Various radio groups and presenters came together for a 12-hour RSL station this week, broadcast live from a tent outside the Radio Festival in Salford.
Presenters on the pop-up service, which was available yesterday on DAB and FM in Manchester as well as online, were BBC network presenters Ken Bruce, Jane Garvey, Fi Glover, Stuart Maconie, Adele Roberts, Anneka Rice and Raj & Pablo; Heart’s Joel Ross; Key 103’s Adam Caterall; Rock FM’s Jordan North; 5 live’s Chris Warburton and talkSPORT’s Max Rushden; Free Radio’s Ben Burrell; Fun Kids’ Bex Lindsay; Xfm’s Clint Boon; Absolute Radio’s Vicki Blight; and student radio award-winners Glen Scott and Emma Jones.
The studio and broadcast equipment were built and co-ordinated by Broadcast Bionics. The 12-hour 8am-8pm broadcast was streamed online with live video too, and there was also additional video content produced by students from the University of Salford.
Delegates at the Radio Festival in Salford also made guest appearances on the pop-up station. They included Radio 1 Controller and Radio Academy Chairman Ben Cooper, who went on for a few minutes with Ken Bruce while the Challenge Radio output was being simulcast on Radio 2. Listen to his inability to name any One Direction hits here!
Jordan North on how he was asked to be involved in Challenge Radio, and that it’s “OK to be an anorak!”
Vicki Blight on how she thought that Ken Bruce was going to steal her bacon butty!
Timeline video of the Challenge Radio studio being built
Listen to Greg James getting a radio-nerd’s dream come true. He got to play “3 in 10” with Ken Bruce
You can also listen and watch more of the best bits online here.