Final speakers for Doing the DAB Birmingham

The upcoming radio event on DAB in Birmingham will feature a large panel of radio experts from across the West Midlands.

Newly confirmed to speak at the event are Caroline Martin, lunchtime host of BBC West Midlands; Brett Spencer, Editor, Digital, BBC Radio 1, 1 Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, BBC Asian Network at BBC Radio; Mike Newman, Regional Content Director, Free Radio, and Amy Southall, Midlands Officer, Student Radio Association.

They join a line up from across Birmingham’s radio community including Ed James, host of Heart West Midlands’ Heart Breakfast with Ed & Gemma; radio historian David Lloyd; Rupert Upshon, BBC West Midlands; Graham Bryce, Bauer City Network; Matt Deegan, Folder Media; Dean Kavanagh, Birmingham DAB mini-mux; plus Phil Stuchfield, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Ennals, Digital Radio UK.

Doing the DAB will be hosted by Gareth Roberts, Radio Academy Midlands’ Branch Chair and Editor, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. The event runs from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday 3rd May at the Hotel La Tour, and includes a welcome drink, a prize draw for a Pure digital radio and the opportunity for networking.

You can register to attend by contacting: [email protected]

Gareth Roberts, Chair of Radio Academy Birmingham, said: “The Radio Academy Midlands is pleased to be hosting this special digital radio event in Birmingham on 3 May. Birmingham is one of the most dynamic radio markets in the UK and there is a great story to tell about the expansion of digital radio choice in the area and the growth of digital listening. We have a strong line-up of local speakers and it’s going to be a great evening.”

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said: “We are delighted to be heading to the great radio city of Birmingham to hear from broadcasters from the BBC, commercial radio and community radio about the secret of the success of digital radio in the area. Following the success of Doing the DAB in Manchester and Glasgow, it’s great to be collaborating again with the Radio Academy and to confirm such a strong speaker line up.”

Dean Kavanagh, Director, Switch Radio, writes in Radio Today today: “In terms of small-scale, we get it – we are ourselves a community radio station located in the north-east of the city. However, we have tried to make our multiplex anything but “small” in terms of its aspirations. Our services cover a wide variety of styles that mirror the great diversity of our local community. To have this variety on digital radio is an exceptional achievement and one that should be applauded – this medium has now become the place where stations thrive, not just survive.”

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