Manx Radio has been given permission to broadcast an additional event radio station covering the new Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in August.
The station will broadcast after the usual Manx Radio TT which covers the Isle of Man TT Races in May and June.
It has been given the go-ahead by the Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development.
The voice of Manx Radio Sport, Tim Glover, will lead the commentary team for both events during 2013 alongside regular pit-lane presenter Chris Kinley, Glen Helen commentator Dave Christian and Ramsey Hairpin commentator Roy Moore. An experienced anchor, Tim has reported on the TT for Manx Radio for more than 16 years.
Regular voice of the sport Charlie Lambert will leave the Manx Radio commentary team after nine years, along with Charlie Williams.
Radio TT will this year commence coverage of the TT on Monday 29th May and will continue to broadcast to Senior Race Day, Friday 7th June, with coverage of the pre-TT Classic Races and the Post TT Road Races at Billown being broadcast as part of Manx Radio’s normal broadcasting.
Coverage of the Festival of Motorcycling will run for eight days between Friday 23rd and Friday 30th August and include all the racing and Festival events.
Anthony Pugh, Managing Director of Manx Radio, commented: “Since the launch of Manx Radio in 1964, our coverage of the TT has been at the heart of our broadcast output and this year’s extended coverage marks an exciting new era in global TT broadcasting as we approach our 50th anniversary.
“I am delighted to welcome Tim Glover to the anchor commentary position and am sure that his knowledge and enthusiasm of this flagship motorcycling event will be welcomed and enjoyed by our listeners. As a consequence, I am disappointed to confirm that Charlie Lambert will no longer be part of the Manx Radio commentary team. Charlie has been the voice of the TT since 2004 and fans around the world will inevitably miss his hugely professional commentaries.
“Similarly, Charlie Williams, who has knowledgeably contributed to Manx Radio’s TT coverage for so many years, will not be with us this year with Chris Kinley taking over the morning chat shows. I would like to thank both Charlie Lambert and Charlie Williams, on behalf of their supporters, for their passionate commitment to the success of Manx Radio TT.”