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Podcasting course announced by Audiotrain

Thu, 2019-10-03 15:34

Audiotrain has announced a new course on one of its most popular training subjects – podcasting.

Craft and sell – the secrets of a successful podcast – will share the skills to create a high-quality original podcast, and introduce attendees to the basics of how to promote and market it.

Over the course of the day attendees will:

• Listen to some great podcasts & work out what makes them successful.
• Scope out and script an introduction to your own podcast.
• Learn how to plan your podcast, create a format and running order.
• Experiment with microphone use.
• Understand the basics of rights issues and podcast funding.
• Learn how to reach your audience.
• Make your own 5-minute podcast to take home.

David Prest, founder and Managing Director of production company Whistledown will be leading the day. Whistledown works for Economist Radio, BBC Radio, BBC Sounds, Spotify, Audible and a host of other brands.

Date & time: Friday December 6th 2019, 9.30am – 5pm
Venue: Artworks, 60a Weston St, London SE1 3QJ
Places: 16

Book and see fees at

Ofcom proposes to allow more than two SRSLs per year

Thu, 2019-10-03 13:01

Ofcom has started a consultation on a plan to allow a single operator to run more than two SRSLs per year.

At the moment, one person or company can only run two Short-term Restricted Services Licences per year, or one if within the M25.

Current rules also state that the programme format of a short-term restricted service should broaden audience choice.

Now, the regulator is proposing to cease to apply these policies, saying they have not achieved their objective of securing the availability of a wider range of services.

Ofcom had a few situations where it refused applications based on other services that were planned but did not happen. The regulator says “The policy has not been effective in securing the provision of services calculated to appeal to a wider variety of tastes and interests than would be the case had the SRSLs concerned been granted, because there have not been other services provided in the same areas.

“We expect that the consequence of this would be that more SRSLs would be likely to broadcast content that is similar to content broadcast by community and commercial radio stations.

“We consider this likely to be neutral or beneficial to audiences, particularly Muslim audiences, in that they may have more radio services available to choose from than they otherwise would. It would also benefit those wishing to make broadcasts.

“However, where a licence applicant has already held two licences (or one licence if within the M25) within the previous 12 months, or is applying for a licence within four months of a previous one, we will consider the likelihood that a further licence grant will in practice negatively affect others wishing to broadcast, having particular regard to the power levels required and the nature of the service being licensed.”

Ofcom will prioritise applications from those who have not held a licence within the previous four months and have not held two licences (or one licence if within the M25) in the previous 12 months.

Comments are invited on this issue by 5pm on Thursday 31 October 2019.

RadioToday’s take

Ofcom doesn’t put a limit on the number of licences a station can apply for per year with this change, but this move looks to be more about allowing an occasional third or forth licence per year, rather than giving a station a licence to broadcast every weekend, or every other month, for example.

The regulator admits to occasionally deviating from the current policy and granting more than two licences to the same applicant within the same year, so this will just allow them to do the same in the future within its own rules.

Dearne FM holds a Coffee Morning In A Car

Thu, 2019-10-03 10:58

Dearne FM has held a coffee morning in a car in support of Macmillan’s Annual Coffee Mornings.

The station-branded car was took off from a local Tesco store, and you can see a video of how the event unfolded below.

Dearne FM Breakfast presenter Matt Foister told RadioToday: “It has received our biggest Facebook hit of the year. We wanted to do something different and communicate the importance of the fund raising whilst doing what we do best… providing a smile.”

Dearne FM has recently been bought by Bauer Media but is operating in Hold Separate whilst a CMA investigation is carried out.

New DAB stations launch for kids and Arabic expats

Wed, 2019-10-02 14:30

In the latest DAB multiplex variations, a new radio station for children has launched, along with a service aimed at Arabic expats and visitors.

Little Radio has appeared on the Portsmouth Small Scale Multiplex. It is promising fun, songs, stories, letters, numbers, shapes, rhymes, games and so much more according to its website, which has been created by Nation.

Meanwhile the Cambridge mux has permission for the addition of Dubai Now – an Arabic language music radio station which specialises in a modern and youthful style, targeting the UK audience of Arabic expats and visitors.

In addition, a new service using the “Pure Radio” name has permission to appear on the Central Scotland mux, providing a “music-based radio service with regular local travel news delivering high energy personality led shows with a focus on Scottish content and humour”.

In other changes:

Kingdom FM has permission to be added to Central Scotland, whilst Rocksport is scheduled to be removed.

Radio Up from Communicorp has been added to Herts, Beds and Bucks, Peterborough, Northampton, replacing Connect FM.

Gold has been removed from Humberside and Lancashire, replaced by Smooth Country.

Baikal Radio, featuring American and British pop music plus hits and news in Russian, is to be removed from London 2.

Fun Kids Junior has been added to North East Wales and West Cheshire.

Gold has replaced Smooth Radio in Peterborough, Northampton and Cambridge.

Quidem Format change requests go to consultation

Wed, 2019-10-02 13:01

Ofcom has opened a consultation after Quidem requests its six stations make significant changes to their output.

Quidem earlier confirmed to RadioToday that it has entered into an agreement with Global to broadcast one of its brands across its stations, currently known as Banbury Sound, Rugby FM and Touch.

Today, Ofcom reveals Quidem has asked to change each of the six licences from broadly-based, locally-focused services to a rhythmic-based music-led service for 15-29 year-olds supplemented with news, information and entertainment”.

The only Global brand to fit the new Format is Capital, which operates within the same Approved Area from Birmingham. Adding Capital to the six licences would give it significantly more coverage around the West Midlands.

In addition to its requests to change the ‘Character of Service’ of the six licences, Quidem has made associated requests with regard to the requirements in the Formats relating to locally-made programming hours, programme sharing and co-location arrangements. These requests have already been approved.

Ofcom says: “We have taken a preliminary view on the requests and are minded to grant them. However, we are seeking views on the requests before we make a decision. The consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30th October 2019.”

If approved, Quidem would need to provide at least three hours of output per weekday on its six stations from within the Central area, with the rest allowed to be broadcast from London.

Here’s how the TSAs of Capital Birmingham and all the Quidem stations look together: (Source: RAJAR)

Eight new radio projects to share £200,000 funding

Wed, 2019-10-02 11:00

The latest recipients benefiting from the Audio Content Fund have been announced.

Eight projects have been given the go-ahead by the Audio Content Fund Panel, from a total of 31 applicants this round.

The selected projects involve eight different production companies making content to be broadcast on 15 different radio stations, including Magic, Jazz FM, BFBS, National Prison Radio, and several community radio stations.

The bids include a bilingual production to be broadcast on Northern Ireland’s two indigenous language radio stations.

‘The Hidden History of Language and Places’ will be produced by the Belfast-based Foghorn Company, and broadcast in Ulster Scots and Irish on Fuse FM and Raidio Failte respectively.

The productions also feature a weekly radio show for Forces Kids, produced by TBI Media for broadcast on BFBS. Targeted at the 75,000 British children with parents in the Armed Forces, the show will feature inspiring guests, recorded packages and live discussion.

The other funded programmes are: a series of packages spotlighting the unsung heroes of the UK theatre industry; a weekly satirical comedy showcasing new talent from central Scotland; a short-form drama series about the legends of jazz music; an adaptation of the blog Prison Bag about the wife and family of a man serving nine years for fraud; a weekly series of bilingual features about the rural communities of West Wales; and development funding for a drama series written by new and emerging disabled writers.

Sam Bailey, Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund, said: “It’s great to add to the success of our Round 1 winners with such an exciting, diverse range of projects. We’ve now handed out more than £400,000 for documentaries, comedy, drama, children’s content and content in indigenous languages. It’s also fantastic that this round had so much interest from new talent and smaller radio stations.”

Nigel Adams MP, Minister for Sport, Media, and the Creative Industries, said: “The Audio Content Fund is a positive injection of investment from Government to create new ways for creators to bring their exciting and original content to the airwaves. I am thrilled by the variety on offer across these eight projects, and that we’ll be hearing innovative new content in indigenous languages that would not otherwise be made.”

David Lloyd, Audio Content Fund Panel Member, said: “One reason I was so keen to join the fund’s panel was to help facilitate programming which would not otherwise exist. This array of proposals is a further excellent illustration, including some particularly thought-provoking content. I can’t wait to hear the outcome on air.”

The next Funding Round will run from 14 October 2019 until 12 November 2019.

The Audio Content Fund Funding Panel is comprised of Helen Boaden (Chair), Mukti Jain Campion, Kate Cocker and David Lloyd.

Ofcom awards extra transmitters to community radio stations

Tue, 2019-10-01 14:45

Ofcom is currently assessing 127 applications from community radio stations requesting an improvement or an extension to their coverage areas.

So far, a number of radio stations have been granted further frequencies or higher power, and the regulator says the work is nearing completion.

We’ll update this list once all the requests have been made public, but for now, here are the changes approved so far:

Extra relay transmitters have been agreed for:

  • Cambridge 105 (Cambridge) to serve Cambourne
  • Forest FM (Verwood) to serve Ferndown
  • GTFM (Pontypridd) to serve Aberdare and surrounding areas
  • Bishop FM (Bishop Aukland) to serve surround areas
  • Erewash Sound (Ilkeston) to serve Long Eaton and surrounding areas
  • HCR FM (Huntingdon) to serve Warboys and surrounding villages
  • Zack FM (Forest Heath District) to serve Mildenhall and Newmarket
  • Môn FM (Anglesey) to serve parts of north Gwynedd
  • BFBS Edinburgh (Edinburgh barracks) to serve Glencorse Barracks
  • WCR (Wolverhampton) to serve parts of South Staffordshire
  • Eden FM (Penrith) to serve Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen and the surrounding rural area with a significant increase in the licensed area. A second relay to serve Carlise was not agreed

Extra power has been granted to:

  • Deveron FM to serve Portsoy and Turriff
  • Link FM (Parts of Sheffield) to serve all of Sheffield
  • Uckfield FM (Uckfield) to serve more surrounding villages
  • Gateway 97.8 (Basildon) to serve the surrounding areas
  • Park Radio (Diss) to serve Diss, Harleston and Eye and surrounding villages in the Lower Waveney Valley
  • Black Diamond (East and central Midlothian) to serve Midlothian
  • Alive Radio (Dumfries) to better serve surrounding villages
  • Radio Ashford (Ashford) to serve the surrounding villages
  • Bolton FM (Bolton) to serve surrounding areas of Bolton via a transmitter site move and power increase
  • First FM (OX4 area of Oxford) to serve all of Oxford
  • Endeavour Radio (Boston) to serve the surrounding areas
  • Lincoln City Radio (Lincoln) to serve the surrounding villages

And coverage improvements have been agreed for:

  • Akash Radio (Leeds)
  • Pendle Community Radio (Nelson)
  • Ribble FM (Clitheroe)
  • Sine FM (Doncaster)
  • Tone FM (Taunton)
  • Beverley FM (Beverley)
  • Future Radio (Norwich)
  • Hermitage FM (Coalville)
  • Hitmix Radio (Newcastle under Lyme)
  • Inspire FM (Luton)
  • Salford City Radio (Salford)
  • The Cat (Crewe and Nantwich)
  • Unity Radio (Central Manchester)
  • Youthcom Radio (Worcester)
  • Ambur Radio (Walsall)
  • Black Cat Radio (St Neots)
  • HFM (Market Harborough)
  • Susy Radio (Redhill and Reigate)
  • Wycombe Sound (High Wycombe)
  • Wythenshawe FM (Wythenshawe)
  • Belfast 89FM (Belfast)
  • Castledown FM (Tidworth/Ludgershall, Wiltshire)
  • Radio Panj (Coventry)
  • Amber Sound 107.2 FM (Ripley)
  • Awaz FM (Glasgow)
  • Black Country Radio (Stourbridge)
  • Chelmsford Community Radio (Chelmsfordv
  • Drive FM (Derry/Londonderry)
  • In2beats (Bedford)
  • North Manchester FM (North Manchester)
  • PCRFM (Peterborough)
  • Penistone FM (Penistone)
  • Radio Verulam (St Albans)
  • Revival FM (Cumbernauld)
  • Seaside Radio (Withernsea)
  • SFM (Sittingbourne)
  • TCR FM (Tamworth)
  • TD1 (Galashiels, Scottish Borders)
  • The Eye (Vale of Belvoir)
  • Wey Valley Radio (Alton)
  • Your FM (Stockport)
  • Andover Radio (Andover)
  • Angel Radio (Isle of Wight)
  • Exmouth Air Radio (Exmouth)
  • Kennet Radio (Newbury and Thatcham)
  • Phonic FM (Exeter)
  • Rhondda Radio (Rhondda Valleys)
  • shmuFM (Aberdeen)
  • Voice FM (Southampton)
  • Witney Radio (Witney, Oxon)

Entries open for 2020 Audio and Radio Industry Awards

Tue, 2019-10-01 12:57

Submissions are now welcomed from anyone wishing to take part in the 2020 Audio and Radio Industry Awards.

Suggestions for Moments of the Year also open today. The ARIAS crew are asking for the best bits of radio and audio heard in the last 15 months, with a shortlist of favourites put to a public vote. Radio Academy members can submit as many moments as they like, for free.

There are 23 awards to be won, with the full list of categories below.

The closing date for submissions and entry fees is Tuesday 5th November 2019, and the awards night will be sometime next year (location and date not made public yet).


  • Best New Presenter
  • Best New Show
  • Best news Coverage
  • Best Speech Breakfast Show
  • Best Speech Presenter
  • Best Sports Show
  • Best Coverage of an Event
  • Funniest Show
  • Best Music Breakfast Show
  • Best Music Presenter
  • Best Specialist Music Show
  • Best Factual – Single Programme
  • Best Independent Podcast
  • Best Fictional Storytelling
  • Best Station Sound
  • Best Commercial Promotion
  • Best Marketing Campaign
  • Best Community Programming
  • Best Local Radio Show
  • The John Myers Award for Local Station of the Year
  • National Station or Network of the Year
  • Moment of the Year

More information on the ARIAS website.

Schedule released for The Imaging Days conference 2019

Tue, 2019-10-01 11:29

This year’s two day imaging conference in Amsterdam is taking place next week, and the full schedule is now online.

Day 1 includes “The Imaging Boss from Boston” – Jeff Berlin, along with sessions from Bauer’s James Lawson and SPIN 1038’s Nick Karkazis.

The second day includes sessions from former ReelWorld Imaging Producer Oliver Pengilly and 90 minutes hearing from Broadway Bill Lee from WCBS FM New York.

The Imaging Days will be on October 7th and 8th 2019 in Amsterdam and you can follow coverage at

To see the schedule in full and book tickets go here.

Bay Trust Radio gets Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Mon, 2019-09-30 21:38

Bay Trust Radio has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for providing a local service to hospitals and the local community in Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Volunteers from the station were presented with the crystal award by Mrs Susie Bagot MBE DL – Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria – at a celebration evening. The team also received a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen.

The event, which took place last weekend, saw local MP Tim Farron and the Deputy Mayor of Kendal Doug Rathbone speak about the importance of local radio in the area and praised the charity’s volunteers for the hard work they put in.

Tim Farron MP with Station Manager John Williamson and Deputy Manager Danny Frith, standing with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

John Williamson, Station President, said: “I feel extremely proud of every person involved with our radio station. To be awarded with the prestigious Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service is a testament to what has been achieved by working hard, both behind the scenes and on the air, to bring the best entertainment for local people over the years.

“Every person involved with Bay Trust Radio is a volunteer who gives up their time to bring enjoyment to others each and every week. For their work to be recognised is absolutely amazing and I would like to thank them once again for their dedication to the charity.”

Bauer Media creates Visit Scotland’s first podcast series

Mon, 2019-09-30 12:26

Bauer Media has created a new podcast for Visit Scotland called 100,000 Welcomes to mark the Scottish tourist board’s 50th anniversary.

Launching today on International Podcast Day, the in-house team at Bauer, led by the recently-appointed Podcast Editor Maria Williams, has worked with VisitScotland informing content, creative direction and production to create the inaugural podcast series.

This comes as over 7M people in the UK listen to podcasts every week and an estimated 62M listen to podcasts weekly in the U.S.

‘100,000 Welcomes’, named after the Scottish Gaelic phrase, Ceud Mìle Fàilte, is Bauer Media’s latest collaboration with a commercial partner to create custom-branded podcast content. The podcast aims to offer listeners the chance to experience an authentic Scotland as seen through its people, targeting visitors in the US and UK.

The series will join Bauer’s growing digital audio product portfolio which now comprises of over 70 podcasts including Q Presents: The Making Of, The MOJO Innovators, Clyde 1 SuperScoreboard and the award-winning The Frank Skinner Show podcast; the UK’s biggest digital station KISSTORY; seven new radio stations from existing brands KISS, Kerrang! Radio and heat Radio; and the relaunched InStream.

Commenting on the partnership, Vicky Foster, Commercial Director, Digital, Bauer Media Advertising said: “Over 7M of us in the UK listen to podcasts every week and they offer commercial partners an opportunity to reach highly engaged audiences. As experts in the power of sound, our in-house digital audio experts have brought VisitScotland’s first-ever podcast to life – enchanting audiences in the UK & US on the beauty of Scotland through world-class audio content.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland has a wealth of stories and it’s the people and warmth of welcome that sees visitors return time and again to explore our wonderful shores.

“100,000 Welcomes paints an immersive picture for listeners, taking them on an audio journey across Scotland, revealing our dynamic history, culture and character. Having heard the sounds of Scotland, we hope the podcast will inspire listeners to take the next step and give the rest of their senses a memorable experience by exploring the country for themselves.

“Everything we do is about showcasing a destination and visitor experience worth talking about through innovative marketing, partnerships and events to inspire visitors to spend more time and money across the country.”

The series includes five 25-minute episodes, hosted by Scottish travel writer and blogger Neil Robertson focusing on five different themes: adventure and wellness; food and drink; nature, scenery and landscape; culture; and Scotland on screen. It also features Alison O’Donnell (aka DS Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh in TV series, Shetland).

100,000 Welcomes will be hosted on online platforms, iTunes and SoundCloud from today – and forms part of the activity to celebrate the national tourism organisation’s 50th anniversary.

In July 1969, the Development of Tourism Act was enacted by the UK Government, allowing for the establishment of an official Scottish Tourist Board.

Mark Goodier heads up new production company Listen

Mon, 2019-09-30 10:31

A new production company has been created by the content team at Wise Buddah, with Mark Goodier as Chairman.

Listen will be led by Adam Uytman as Director of Content, Josh Adley as Director of Commercial & Client Relations, and Tim Hammond as Executive Director.

The senior management team – who are departing Wisebuddah to launch Listen – will take over the content production business of Wisebuddah, including the company’s roster of work. It means that the current production, business development, marketing, operations and production finance teams will also be moving over to Listen.

Mark Goodier tells RadioToday: “As the major shareholder, I’m very excited about Listen. We have decided to create Listen so that we can use it as a vehicle to focus our assets and energies on what the team is already famous for – world-class audio content. It is exactly the right time to do this.”

As well as producing across the full range of audio media and across all genres – from podcasting and on-demand, to live and recorded radio – Listen will also offer a consultancy service, working with clients on their audio strategy.

Adam Uytman, Director of Content, Listen, says: “The world of audio is on fire right now and, in particular, podcasting is booming. New technologies, including connected cars and smart speakers, have made it much easier for consumers to listen to audio content which, in turn, creates more opportunities for creators. The UK currently lags behind the US in innovation and investment in this space. However, the next three years will see the UK catching up rapidly. Listen will lead the next wave of audio content creation in the UK for consumption by global audiences and the company will help clients navigate the future of this exciting medium.”

Listen wil be responsible for producing numerous podcasts and radio shows, including The Gemma Collins Podcast for BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 1’s Indie Show with Jack Saunders; The Michael Ball Show, Sounds Of The 80s with Gary Davies, Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of The Seventies, BBC 6 Music’s Huey Morgan, Highly Rated for Scala Radio as well as a host of branded content series for clients including Starbucks, Stylist, Marathonbet, The Sun, Attitude Magazine and the NHS.

Josh Adley says: “Whilst continuing to build on our key relationships with broadcasters, our main focus for growth will be in our podcasting division. The highest possible quality of audio production is a given, but it takes more than that to make a podcast successful. We can guide clients through the whole process – from idea conception to content creation, distribution, monetisation and promotion. We can also advise companies on their wider audio strategy, so that they can maximise commercial opportunities in the burgeoning audio market.”

“We will be working under a variety of commercial models,” adds Adley, “including investing our own funds in original projects; partnering with creatives/talent to collaborate on the production of new original podcasts; and working with brands and their agencies on content that tells their stories in innovative ways. We’ll continue to deliver the very best content to commissioners such as BBC and Audible, whilst working with podcast partners such as Acast, Audioboom and Global.

Tim Hammond adds: “Audio’s boom time is happening right now. Big players across the world are moving into audio in a way that was never anticipated five years ago. The growth of the audience, of brands’ involvement, and the transition of audio content into other forms such as live, books and TV, has all helped solidify audio’s reputation as a fantastic platform for IP creation and exploitation. With over 25 years’ knowledge of the sector, we are streets ahead of many other companies in the marketplace in terms of understanding what the growth of audio means. The audio world is accelerating fast and Listen will guide and inspire clients to make the most of the opportunities it offers.”

All other Wisebuddah businesses (Studios and Jingles) remain unaffected by the launch of Listen. In addition, Wisebuddah’s voice over agency has been acquired by James Thake’s new venture, One Take Voices.

Podcast: BBC Radio Shropshire’s Eric Smith on 25 years on-air

Sun, 2019-09-29 10:51

This week BBC Radio Shropshire’s breakfast presenter Eric Smith talks to RadioToday about his 25 years on the show, and what BBC Local Radio was like when he started back in 1972.

Also – Stuart Clarkson and Roy Martin look at the big stories in UK radio this week; and David Lloyd’s RadioMoments include the departures of Tony Blackburn and Peter Powell from Radio 1, the arrival of CD-quality sound on DAB and the return of Chris Moyles on Radio X.

Processing by Ian Deeley. Voiceover by Hannah Patterson. Original music by Mcasso.

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here.

If you’d like to suggest a topic for discussion, or join in one of our regular round-table shows, please email

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the show.

Nominations out for the Community Radio Awards 2019

Sat, 2019-09-28 23:16

The shortlist for the 2019 Community Radio Awards has been revealed.

Awards chair Martin Steers said: “The breadth and depth of entries never ceases to amaze, and yet again our judging panel from across the industry has had some tough choices to make.

“Thanks also go to our sponsors, who make the awards possible and help us to keep entry fees and ticket pricing accessible.”

The awards take place on October 26, at Memo Arts Centre in Barry.

Here are all the nominations:

Community Development Project of the Year
Chapel St Primary School takes over – ALL FM
The Routes into Levenshulme project – ALL FM
Community Awards – Bro Radio
Cash 4 Calendars Campaign – Spark FM
The 4Ps Project – Vectis Radio
Station of the Year
Pride Radio
Spark FM
Ujima Radio
Wycombe Sound
Female Presenter of the Year
Jo Thoenes – BFBS Brize Norton
Fiona McNeill – Dunoon Community Radio
Jeannie Nicolas – Erewash Sound
Gloria Miller – Express FM
Gemma-Leigh James – Marlow FM
Male Presenter of the Year
Pat Hart – BCfm Radio
Chris Kaye – BFBS Catterick
Paul Stacey – Erewash Sound
Sam Day – Future Radio
Rob L'Esperance – Wycombe Sound
Community Show of the Year
The Vale This Week – Bro Radio
The Edge of Life – Flame CCR
The Health and Wellbeing Hour – Heartland FM
Talking Council – Vectis Radio
Julie Donaldson's Morning Mix – Zetland FM
Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year 
Local Radio Day – Bro Radio
Fiona McNeills Celtic & Folk Fusions at the Islay Whiskey Festival 2019 – Dunoon Community Radio
Start of the Great North Run 2018 – Radio Tyneside
Source FM Christmas Party 2018 – Source FM
Source FM's Parklive – Source FM
Entertainment Show of the Year
The Dylan Taylor Breakfast Show – 107 Endeavour FM
Desi Beats Show with Desi Diva Deepa – Asian Star Radio
The Jeannie Nicolas Show – Erewash Sound
Robbie James – Express FM
House of Fun – PCR FM
Speech & Journalism of the Year
Talking Men – The Alex Skeel Interview – Cambridge 105 Radio
An interview with a young person about drug dealing – Gateway 97.8
Wylfa Newydd Suspension Coverage – MônFM
Autism & It's Possibilities – Radio LaB 97.1FM
Second Chance: Disclosing Your Past – Swindon 105.5
Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
Maritime Radio Launch: A Love Song to Greenwich & Woolwich – Maritime Radio
"The UK’s most creative independent radio station" – Resonance FM
Pages of the Sea – Spark
Where I Was Born, Where I Was Raised. – Spark FM
Under the Radar – Warminster Community Radio
Specialist Music Show of the Year
Alex Krupa's Country Show – Andover Radio
It's Showtime with Ryan & Jodana – Bro Radio
Russell Hill's Country Music Show – Express FM
Funk Soul Brother – Spark FM
The Roots Collective – Wycombe Sound
Sports Show of the Year
The Meridian Sports Show – 107 Meridian FM
Odd Shaped Balls – CANDOFM
MônFM Sport – MônFM
The Terrace Radio Show – Radio Cardiff
Verulam Sports – Radio Verulam
Volunteer of the Year
Gareth Knight – Bro Radio
Gareth Joy – MônFM
Chas Large – Red Kite Radio
Kate Gregory – Speysound Radio
Luke Davis – Wycombe Sound
Young Person of the Year (under 25)
Sponsored by BBC Local Radio
George Icke – 103 The Eye
Haashim Siddique – Asian Star Radio
Kane McMahon – Bro Radio
Emma Snow – Erewash Sound
Tom Lamb – Erewash Sound
Sage Person (Over 60)
Moz Walsh – ALL FM
Geoff Selby – Bro Radio
Sue Rodwell Smith – HCR FM
Steve Fox – Red Kite Radio
Kelvin Currie – Vectis Radio
Newcomer (new to radio in last 12 months)
Lewis Allsopp – Erewash Sound
Jenna Myles – FromeFM
Sam Sethi – Marlow FM
Annette Luck – Red Kite Radio
Jonny Green – Ribble FM
Innovation Award
Community Awards – Bro Radio
Access All Areas – Audio mapping of the Community – Phoenix Radio – Halifax
Pride Community Network – Pride Radio
Not so much a website, more a community hub – Radio Verulam
The Local Radio Marketing Group – Wycombe Sound
Talking Men – The Alex Skeel Interview – Cambridge 105 Radio
Rich Seams – New Writing North
Fantastic Noise – Radio LaB 97.1FM
ArtsWatch – Riverside Radio
Speak Up Sunderland – Solo Arts CIC

Digital or RSL Station Of The Year
Aycliffe Radio
Corinium Radio
Ocean Youth Radio
Radio Wanno
Thre3-6ix Radio & Scout Radio

Radio 1 joins European dance music radio simulcast

Fri, 2019-09-27 13:32

BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac will host the first hour of an 7-hour dance show which is being simulcast across 8 radio stations in 7 European countries next month.

The show will run from 7pm till 2am on Friday 11th October, with Radio 1 joining forces with Sweden’s SR P3, WDR 1Live and RBB Fritz in Germany, Belgium’s VRT Studio Brussel, RTÉ 2fm in Ireland, Radio France Mouv and NPO 3FM in The Netherlands.

The BBC says the show will have an audience of more than 18 million listeners, who will hear ‘exclusive mixes’ and ‘interviews from the biggest UK acts’.

Annie Mac says: “I’m looking forward to being part of such an exciting collaboration with our broadcasting partners. It’s going to be like nothing we’ve ever done before and I can’t wait for the listeners to hear what we have planned.”

Aled Haydn-Jones, Head of Programmes, BBC Radio1 says: “This is going to be a real radio event! Having seven countries showcasing the best dance music from their country is absolutely the best way it can delivered. I’m proud BBC Radio 1 partnered with seven other radio stations and I can’t wait to hear it!”

Host countries and stations on the simulcast are as follows:

1900 – UK (BBC Radio 1)
2000 – Sweden (SR P3)
2100 – Germany (WDR 1Live and RBB Fritz)
2200 – Belgium (VRT Studio Brussel)
2300 – Ireland (RTÉ 2fm)
0000 – France (Radio France Mouv)
0100 – Netherlands (NPO 3FM)

First sessions announced for Radio TechCon 2019

Fri, 2019-09-27 09:51

Radio TechCon’s topics for this year’s event have been announced ahead of the event on Monday 25th November at IET London: Savoy.

Tickets are now on sale, with discounts offered for members of The Radio Academy, the IET, Community Media Association, Student Radio Association, Audio UK, Sound Women Network, the Institute of Acoustics, the AES and delegates who attended Radio TechCon’s Radio Technology Masterclass 2019.

Tickets include entry to all the talks, the trade fair, lunch and cake.

  • A few of the sessions will include:
  • The technological Future of Radio – TechCon decides
  • The Technology behind Brexitcast
  • UWot? UX and UI mini-masterclass
  • An insider peek into the new studios at Wireless
  • The science and practicalities of acoustics
  • The latest radio technology news from behind the scenes at the BBC
  • And more..

Aradhna Tayal, from organisers TBC Media Ltd, says, “I’m thrilled to gear up for Radio TechCon again. Once more, the support from our volunteers and sponsors has been inspiring and we’re getting ready for the best conference yet. I’m especially delighted that, for the fourth year running, we have managed to maintain the same low ticket price and remain accessible. Radio and audio technology is a dynamic and exciting industry to work in and I can’t wait to get together soon, to share, discuss, learn and engage with each other.”

“Once again Radio TechCon is committed to providing 10% of tickets to bursary recipients – those who are underrepresented in our industry or might otherwise be unable to attend. We will launch the bursaries soon, so stay tuned for more information and how to apply.”

In addition to the bursaries, for 2019 Radio TechCon aims to offer travel and accommodation support to bursary recipients travelling from outside of London.

Tickets, full event details and information on how to support the bursaries are available at

Radio Lollipop throws big party for its 40th birthday

Fri, 2019-09-27 08:33

Radio Lollipop celebrated forty years of broadcasting and bedside entertainment by throwing a big party.

Lollipop Live! was hosted at Evelina London for the second year running, with entertainers, singers, and a kids author.

The party also included the Urban Fox Orchestra steel drum band.

Twelve-year-old DJRJ was put in joint command of the cake-cutting ceremony, who since learning about Radio Lollipop during his time in hospital was inspired to become a radio presenter and has taken the steps to set up a hospital radio station of his own in his local hospital.

DJRJ, real name Robin, says of the charity, “I really love Radio Lollipop because when I was in hospital, they helped me through the hard times. Happy Birthday!”

Radio Lollipop broadcast the whole show live from within the open-plan Atrium throughout the hospital.

Radio Lollipop International founder Hedley Finn MBE says: “We have reached a significant milestone, with 40 years of service; over 13,000 volunteers have provided our unique brand of radio and play to over 10 million children in hospital and their families. We are very proud of the contribution we have been able to make delivering this unique service.

“Our key role is to help the children feel special, important and involved, we do this using craft activity, music, prizes, play and socialisation as part of the magic mix we deliver every single day around the world.

“Currently, we have over 1,500 volunteers delivering our service; these amazing people give their time to help sick children in their communities in a very special way. We are very grateful for their time, their support and their humanity”.

Here’s what happened at Tuning In North 2019

Thu, 2019-09-26 22:08

Advertisers, producers and representatives gathered at The Bridgewater Hall on Wednesday 25th September for Radiocentre’s Tuning In North.

Nearly 200 delegates from radio stations across Manchester and the North of England came together to gain insight into the latest developments in radio and audio, as well as hear from talent including Hits Radio Breakfast presenters Fleur East, Greg Burns and James Barr, and Take That star Howard Donald, who closed the morning conference in conversation with Heart’s Sian Welby.

Opening the morning’s proceedings was Radiocentre CEO, Siobhan Kenny, providing a whistle-stop tour of headlines in the industry and what the industry body has been up to, including its Mental Health Minute campaign and continued work with the FCA on the regulation of terms and conditions in radio ads.

She said: “89% of the population still tune in to radio every week, and when you consider the explosion of other ways to grab our attention in the last 10 years, the fact that that line has remained pretty consistent, really says something about the power of this medium.”

On stage to give a first-hand account of the power of radio was Inspiral Carpets band member and XS Manchester presenter Clint Boon, speaking to 2ZY’s John Ryan, who is also fronting a new show on the station, The XS Manchester Music Tour.

Supported by the Audio Content Fund, the show sees Clint – who also admitted he never thought he’d end up working in radio, because he didn’t like the sound of his voice – celebrate the musical heritage, legacy and upcoming talent from across Manchester.

Siobhan introduces the first speakers, two Manchester legends: @therealboon and @johnedwardryan

— RadioToday Live (@RadioTodayLive) September 25, 2019

Radiocentre’s own Planning Director, Mark Barber, presented the latest research, Hear And Now, which used neuroscience to conclude that Despite digital media fundamentally reframing people’s expectations in targeting, conventional targeting strategies can still play an important role – particularly in terms of enhancing relevance.

Explaining the importance of editorial and consumer context in advertising, his short talk provided ample insight and debunked the belief that listeners don’t absorb information on the radio when they’re doing something else. In fact, if the activity is related, it boosts an ad’s effectiveness.

Another renowned name in Manchester delivered a rousing speech to the crowd next: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester. Between 2011 and 2018, the number of people working in the creative industries in the North West of England rose 26.5% to 158,000, including 15,000 in advertising and marketing. Andy spoke about how much bigger the media sector was now, compared to his first forays into jobs after university when it was more London-centric.

He also praised commercial radio for its diversity, and history of bringing “voices onto the airwaves that don’t get a look-in, in other parts of the media”.

Vee Gunn, AV Strategy Director at Amplifi UK, provided a comprehensive agency view of how important audio has become to brand identities, and how channel-first strategies can’t compete with strategies focusing on audiences, especially as technology disrupts the ad sector. She noted that while the future will continue to evolve and fragment, radio and audio has really set itself up for the marketplace of tomorrow, because it has a unique connection with its listeners.

.@imjamesbarr describes the difference in hosting a podcast (@gaynongay) and the @hitsradiouk radio show – he says the excitement of live radio is unrivalled #TuningInNorth

— RadioToday Live (@RadioTodayLive) September 25, 2019

Returning to focus on the content of radio shows, Radiocentre’s George Butler spoke to Hits Radio’s Fleur East, Greg Burns and James Barr about everything from the launch of the breakfast show to its weekly segments like Rap Roulette and Lame Revenge. With her pop star credentials, Fleur East spoke about the ‘epic’ feeling of hearing your song on the radio, and how she always loved doing radio promo. Now on the other side of the microphone, she knows how to make guests feel at ease, saying: “When artists come in, the barrier just drops because we know each other and can talk artist to artist.”

After an inspired sci-fi audio clip predicting the next three years in audio, Global duo Hannah Lynch, Digital Group Head, and Tom Whitlow, Senior Creative, jumped on stage to discuss all things context, and what brands can do with their identity across different audio platforms, as more and more appear. Providing examples of how one brand can vary its communications based on whether its advert airs during a comedy podcast or while a listener is likely to be travelling, their talk referred back to the importance of relevance previously highlighted by Mark Barber.

Their talk also focused on the growing importance of smart speakers, with data showing that 70% are used to listen to audio and expectations high for further growth in the next two years.

Focusing on one audio platform in particular was Michael Hill, Managing Director at Radioplayer, whose remit is to keep radio strong in connected devices. With modern cars connected devices themselves, he talked about the need for international collaboration. While radio is still strong in cars, and research shows that 82% of drivers would never consider buying a car without a radio, there are challenges to keep control of the dashboard and provide a better user experience.

.@HowardDonald tells @Sianwelby about the solo album he wrote, and a solo gig he did. He says he prefers being in a group, but could do a dance EP linked to his DJing #TuningInNorth

— RadioToday Live (@RadioTodayLive) September 25, 2019

Finally, wrapping up the morning’s excitement was Take That’s Howard Donald, in conversation with Heart presenter Sian Welby. As one-third of Britain’s most successful boy band, he talked about how important radio had been to their career, as well as more personal topics including plans to learn how to fly, writing a parenting book, and a call to Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to open an exhibition of Mancunian artists.

“Radio was always absolutely massive for us,” he said. “And when we split up, radio kept playing our music which was amazing, so when we did come back for the second part, people still knew who we were. I think that radio in particular played the biggest part for us. It wasn’t TV, it was always radio that was playing the music that gave us that lease of life and the big start for part two.”

Bauer Radio’s Hits Live returns to three locations

Thu, 2019-09-26 12:03

Bauer has announced details of this year’s Hits Radio Live taking place once again in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Each event features its own individual line-up including Lewis Capaldi, Mark Ronson, Rita Ora and Mabel.

Liam Payne will be reunited with former One Direction band-mate Louis Tomlinson as they join the same bill at Hits Live Manchester.

The Script will take to the stage at Hits Live Birmingham, with Craig David amongst other artists set to perform in the city. Fans heading to Hits Live Liverpool meanwhile will see James Arthur, John Newman, Jax Jones and more.

The events will be hosted by Hits Radio Breakfast’s Fleur East, Greg and James, with backstage interviews on the night from fellow Hits Radio presenter, Jordan Lee.

Hits Radio Network’s Head of Music, Toby Mackenzie said “We can’t wait to celebrate the UK music scene this November with 42,000 of our listeners from across the Hits Radio Network. We’ve teamed up with our colleagues in the music industry to bring the biggest artists to three arenas in three incredible cities.

“Hits Radio Live underpins our commitment to creating great memories with our audiences and our network’s ongoing support of the biggest artists here in the UK.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Fleur East said “Having had many of these brilliant artists on our Breakfast Show over the last few weeks, I’m so hyped to be able to bring them all together over one incredible weekend for Hits Radio listeners. Providing the biggest hits, we have the artists and the locations, now we just need you!”

The line-up for Hits Live Liverpool on Friday 15h November is as follows: James Arthur, John Newman, Jax Jones, Sigala, Freya Ridings, Becky Hill, Raye.

Performing at Hits Live Birmingham on Saturday 16th November is: The Script, Lewis Capladi, Rita Ora, Craig David, Sigala, Jax Jones, John Newman, Becky Hill, Raye.

The line-up for Hits Live Manchester on Sunday 17th November features: Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Mabel, Mark Ronson, Anne-Marie, Tom Walker, Zara Larsson, Jonas Blue.

Local breakfast presenters in Liverpool, Leanne & Dave, will also host at their local event.

BBC Somerset holds development day for Community Radio

Wed, 2019-09-25 18:08

A new partnership is emerging between BBC local radio and community radio in Somerset.

BBC Somerset and the nine community radio stations in its area are coming together to collaborate on training and sharing content.

Representatives from Apple FM, Frome FM, Glastonbury FM, Radio Ninesprings, Sedgemoor FM, Somer Valley FM, 10Radio, Tone FM and West Somerset Radio met in the offices of BBC Somerset in Taunton for a development day recently.

The idea was the vision of BBC Somerset’s managing editor Nick Bull and Dom Chambers, who runs Somerset based Somer Valley FM and recently launched the Local Radio Alliance. Dom also hosts the inRadio podcast.

Dom tells RadioToday how it all came about: “Nick and I met through the Radio Academy and soon found that we shared a common interest in how the BBC and community sectors can work together for the benefit of local radio and their audiences.”

Dom, who previously chaired the Community Media Association, co-authored the Memorandum of Understanding between BBC English Regions and community radio. That led to the first national cross-sector collaboration culminating in the BBC CMA Media Day on 15th February 2015 which saw 13 BBC local stations create shared content for over 70 community stations.

“The Somerset radio collaboration is the next stage in how we can work with the BBC for the benefit of local radio. It is fantastic that everyone has responded with enthusiasm to what feels like a dynamic and forward-thinking partnership of equals. With community radio really settling into the broadcasting landscape and the BBC reasserting their local offer this is the right time to strengthen the bonds between all of us delivering local radio.”

After hosting the development day Nick Bull said, “To get all ten stations together that share my passion to deliver great content to audiences in Somerset was just brilliant. We’re not 100% sure but we think it could be an industry first. I was bowled over by how many great ideas that came forward, not just on how the relationship between community radio and the BBC could develop but also how the stations themselves could unite to become a strong force as one unit in the county but at the same time maintain their excellent local offerings.”

The move follows BBC local stations getting their evening shows back and the New Voices project the BBC are launching this weekend.

Joanne Schofield is a director at Glastonbury FM who also works for the BBC: “Somerset is such a large area and for BBC Somerset to work in partnership with the nine community radio stations in their area offers exciting opportunities as well as diverse broadcasting.

The very nature of community radio is about local people reporting on their local communities so this will be great for listeners.”

The group is next planning to meet again in the new year. Meanwhile, a platform to share content has been set up and they are working on an entry-level passport system for emerging radio talent.