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BBC Radio 3 will be Capturing Twilight this winter

Wed, 2021-10-13 13:51

BBC Radio 3 is marking the start of the Winter season with Capturing Twilight, a week of special programming featuring music, literature, and art.

The special week, from Sunday 24 – Sunday 31 October, is inspired by the magical time between night and day.

Highlights include:

  • Sleep scientist Professor Matthew Walker discussing the ‘global sleep crisis’ and selecting restful musical repertoire (Private Passions, Sun 31/10);
  • Writer Andrew Martin explores the “lost hours” – daily rituals that have been mostly abandoned as not suitable to the modern lifestyle (The Essay, from Mon 25/10);
  • The Tallis Scholars conducted by Peter Philips present moments of musical reflection throughout the day, inspired by the monastic tradition, from 1am on Sunday morning (Music for the Hours, Sun 31/10);
  • New, twilight-inspired short commissions performed by BBC Concert Orchestra members (Breakfast, from Mon 25/10);
  • Authors, musicians, painters, performers and thinkers past and present discussing night-time creativity (Sunday Feature, Sun 31/10);
  • In Tune is live from Market Place Theatre in Armagh, where Sean Rafferty introduces performances from local musicians and discovers different types of twilight at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (In Tune, Mon 25/10);
  • Print-maker Norman Ackroyd painting the Suffolk coast from a boat at sunrise and poet Nancy Campbell responding in verse to his journey (Between The Ears: Capturing Light, Sun 24/10);
  • Twilight-infused music selections, mixing classical repertoire and beyond, accompanied online by galleries of listeners’ images (In Tune Mixtape, from Mon 25/10);

Capturing Twilight celebrates the music, art and literature that has been inspired by twilight – the glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon- featuring works by composers, performers and writers who have been provoked by this magic diffusion of light and the unsettling serenity it brings.

Radio Bath gets exclusive first play of new Tears for Fears song

Wed, 2021-10-13 11:40

Radio Bath had an exclusive play of Tears for Fears’ new single The Tipping Point on its breakfast show recently.

The event was the first play on commercial radio and was introduced by TFFs Bath-born Curt Smith.

It was played out at 7.50am on Thursday 7th October and fans throughout the globe soon tuned into the station.

Presenters Nick Day and Shaun Smith, Curt’s brother, were overwhelmed with comments throughout so repeated the song again at 8.50 am.

Content Director Steve Fountain said: “The two-hour Tears for Fears special was brilliant fun with Shaun sharing family secrets and the highlight was the new release ‘Tipping Point’.

“Tears for Fears has a new album and tour in 2022 so we are hopeful of further exclusives.”

Radio Bath broadcasts on DAB and online.

Wisebuddah rebrands and restructures IMGR to imager

Wed, 2021-10-13 07:30

Wisebuddah has rebranded and restructured its production service IMGR to become imager.

The imager library is updated daily and serves CHR and HOT AC stations worldwide whilst all other formats will be delivered via a new service, imager Custom.

Imager is offered via the updated URL on an entirely new user platform, which they say is built to deliver content to users even faster.

Phil Tozer, Managing Director of imager, told RadioToday: “imager provides users with exactly what they’ve asked for: world-class imaging delivered via an intuitive and user-friendly platform.

“We’ve also added exciting new talent to our creative team and as a result imager is producing regular content for some of the biggest brands in radio, including BBC Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM and Nova in Australia.

“The launch of imager Custom marks a significant step in imager’s offering, as we can now commit to offering content of any format to any radio station anywhere in the world.”

The new service was announced at the recent Radiodays Europe event in Lisbon.

Santa Claus audio updates are back with Devaweb

Tue, 2021-10-12 17:11

Devaweb is once again connecting radio stations with the North Pole each morning in December with a daily update from Santa Claus.

Santa’s Christmas Updates has Santa filling your listeners in on his plans during the lead-up to the big day.

Heard on stations around the world, the daily audio is 60 seconds long and can run on weekdays or weekends, or both.

Devaweb’s commercial manager Zoë Vernon told RadioToday: “This is the thirteenth time we’ve connected Santa with radio listeners worldwide, and every year it seems to pick up more momentum! I think it feels that bit more special, having picked up silver at The British Podcast Awards this year too!”

Santa’s Updates include a production kit of beds, intros and promo shells. They can run in any show, as a standalone promo feature, or even multiple times per day. Radio stations can get more information by emailing

Have a listen below for more details.

Devaweb · Santa's Updates 2021

First comedy radio series planned for Bauer’s Jazz FM

Tue, 2021-10-12 15:23

Jazz FM will broadcast its first-ever comedy series in the run-up to Christmas this year.

The Cabinet of Jazz will air every Sunday evening from 17th October at 9pm for 10 weeks.

Based on the real-life run for president in 1964 by Dizzy Gillespie, the series will see self-confessed jazz nerd and occasional Jazz FM host, comedian Marcus Brigstocke ask a famous jazz fan or musician to suggest their cabinet of jazz musicians as they become US President for the week.

Recorded in front of a live audience at Pizza Express Jazz Clubs in Soho and Holborn, the 60-minute programme will feature a diverse cross section of famous jazz-heads, from actors, comedians, broadcasters, journalists, and musicians themselves, kicking off with journalist Jay Rayner, plus comedians Isy Suttie and Stewart Lee, actor Clarke Peters and musicians Zara MacFarlane and Julian Joseph

The Cabinet of Jazz marks Jazz FM’s fourth Audio Content Fund funded series and is produced by Loftus Media.

It also features a collaboration with jazz educators Tomorrow’s Warriors who have provided production support and live music for the events.

Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts – who also devised the series – said: “This idea has been rattling around in my head for more than ten years and it is brilliant that we have been able to turn it into reality. Loftus have created a perfect treatment and is has been exciting to see it come to life.

“Marcus is the perfect host and really allows him to bring his real inner geek to the surface and talk jazz with fellow nerds to much hilarity. The audiences have been brilliant, very interactive and it makes a great listen that adds to our arsenal of ever-growing creative ways to talk about jazz music.”

Cabinet of Jazz Host Marcus Brigstocke said of the series: “This is so much fun to make and to listen to. The guests/appointed Presidents have all surprised me; not only with their choices for Cabinet positions but with the well-argued and funny cases they make for each selection. The aim was always to give the listener a show that makes them laugh and then dash off to hear more music from these excellent artists and I really believe we’ve achieved that.”

Joanne Rowntree, MD of Loftus Media said: “It’s a real pleasure to team up with Jazz FM on this project, bringing our editorial expertise to help launch a new format. When we first heard the idea, it captured our entire team’s imagination; it’s such a playful way to explore jazz music, jazz stars and its fans. Marcus brings humour and warmth and listeners learn loads of interesting stuff too. For example, did you know that Elvin Jones had very specific synaesthesia where he would see particular colours when hearing a note; an F he would see as yellow, low D as purple! It’s a brilliant show to work on and we hope that the Jazz FM audience will love it as much as the live audiences have.”

Finally, Nick added: “This brings the curtain down on a tremendous set of programmes from across the year in this slot since January and has set the standard for what we commission and broadcast in 2022. It has proven to be a highly successful strategy in exposure for Jazz FM and a rather unique approach to creating compelling content on commercial radio.”

Banbury radio station wants a new FM licence advertised

Tue, 2021-10-12 13:40

Banbury FM, with the support of Banbury Town Council, is writing to the DCMS asking for an FM licence to be made available in Banbury.

The online radio station, which applied for (but lost) a local FM licence in 2005, say they’d like to provide a local station to support the area.

Banbury’s local radio licence launched in 2006 as Touch FM but was relaunched as Banbury Sound in 2009. It later returned to the Touch branding before becoming Capital and eventually bought by Global.

Councillors have voted in favour of a motion proposed by council leader Kieron Mallon to send a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support Banbury FM’s plans.

Cllr Mallon said: “Banbury FM was born in 2001 with the aim of keeping residents informed and entertained with local news and information and to be a true reflection of life in north Oxfordshire.

“But in 2005 the licence went to another broadcaster. Today, that licence is owned by a large media group that broadcasts a national brand from London except for three hours on weekdays when a drive time show comes to us from somewhere in Warwickshire. In my opinion, we get the minimum amount of local news and information as required by the terms of the licence.”

Cllr Mallon added: “Councillors recognised there is a large gap in the market for what they feel would be a more genuine local radio station.”

Banbury FM is also working with other groups in a bid to be awarded a new local DAB multiplex licence that will be advertised for the area within the next year.

This would enable Banbury FM, hospital station Radio Horton and Banbury United’s Puritans Radio to broadcast on digital radio.

Cllr Mallon said: “Town councillors have given their backing to Banbury FM’s plans which would enable valuable radio frequencies to be used and controlled locally for the benefit of the local community.”

He said: “Local radio is an important part of the social fabric of any community. It serves an important purpose – not just to keep us entertained as we travel around or listen at home, but also to keep us up to date with local news and report back on the issues that matter to local people.

“It supports local businesses, publicises local events, and increases the pride people show in their area.

“It seems to me that our town and the surrounding area is under-served by the current broadcasters. A radio station dedicated to the residents of North Oxfordshire is much-needed and we are keen to support Banbury FM where we can.”

Banbury FM is run by Adderbury-based professional broadcaster Andy Green.

He said: “I am delighted to have the support of Banbury Town Council as we try to bring truly local radio to the town and surrounding area.

“I know from experience elsewhere – and our trials back in 2001 and 2002 – what a positive difference a well-run local station can make supporting local charities, businesses and individuals, and promoting the wonderful area in which we live.

“To date, Banbury hasn’t been granted that service on traditional radio, but we hope this time the regulator will listen. Exciting times could be ahead.”

Presenter Stan Aston joins Chelmer Radio for daytime show

Tue, 2021-10-12 12:10

Former Radio Orwell and Saxon Radio presenter Stan Aston has joined Chelmer Radio.

Stan, who has also worked on Big L International and UCB, will host the 1pm till 3pm slot.

On his arrival to Chelmer Radio, Stan said: “What a Marvellous opportunity! It really is great to be part of such a talented team on Chelmer Radio which has such a strong and loyal listenership across Mid Essex.”

David Baker CEO/Programme Director added: “We have and are very fortunate to have some top people and experienced presenters at the station.

“In his career look where Stan has been, Big L International, UCB international Radio Orwell and Saxon Radio to name just a few.

“His knowledge across the board including media sales and that amazing velvet voice makes him a perfect fit for our light n easy format.”

The online station is currently supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021 on-air during its daytime programmes.

A series of interviews will be aired on the daytime show from 10am-1pm each day from the 9-15th October.

David Baker added: “This is a hugely distressing and emotional time for many people, what we aim to do is let people out there know there is help and how good it is to talk, we are also trying to get as many businesses and organisations to light up their buildings in Pink and Blue and pay tribute to those beautiful babies who have been lost.

Chelmer Radio is also taking part in Local Radio Day this Friday.

talkSPORT expands Premier League international rights deal

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:14

talkSPORT has extended its exclusive international audio rights package with the Premier League for a further three years until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The rights deal sees talkSPORT continue as the Premier League’s global audio partner – a role it has fulfilled since 2012.

The agreement enables the broadcaster to distribute official live audio commentaries of Premier League matches to all countries around the world, outside of the UK and Ireland, with coverage presented by talkSPORT’s team in multiple languages.

talkSPORT provides official live and on-demand audio coverage of all 380 Premier League matches, with distribution spanning both streaming and broadcast platforms. talkSPORT currently licenses its Premier League coverage to international partners spanning North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

talkSPORT’s international arm broadcasts across the world in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Swahili and Mandarin and has covered almost 10,000 matches across the world since 2012.

The international agreement complements talkSPORT’s official broadcast rights in the United Kingdom, where talkSPORT is the only national commercial radio network to carry live Premier League commentary as part of its GameDay output.

The station’s line-up features presenters including Alan Brazil, Laura Woods, Darren Bent and Ally McCoist, as well as commentators including Sam Matterface and Jim Proudfoot.

Premier League Chief Media Officer, Paul Molnar said: “The Premier League is delighted to continue our long-standing collaboration with talkSPORT through the extension of our agreement. talkSPORT has consistently delivered excellent sports coverage over the many years of our partnership and Premier League fans can again look forward to catching every match live on talkSPORT and its partner channels internationally.”

News UK Broadcasting CEO, Scott Taunton said: “As exclusive Premier League audio partners in the UK, talkSPORT has delivered award-winning GameDay coverage and inspired fans across the country. This extended agreement means our large international audience can enjoy talkSPORT’s world class coverage for another three years, creating more exciting opportunities for our loyal partners around the world.”

Radiodays Europe announces host city for 2022 conference

Mon, 2021-10-11 17:17

Details of the next country to host Radiodays Europe has been announced during a session at the current event in Lisbon.

Malmö in Sweden will be the destination for the 2022 event, scheduled to take place between 15th and 17th May.

Peter Niegel, General Manager, Radiodays Europe said: “This year at Radiodays Europe we have opened the doors once again and made new connections which has been more important than ever after two years of quarantine and pandemic.

“The radio and podcast industries have in many ways thrived however we know that it has not always been easy and we hope that we have brought all of you together to continue the great traditions of radio making connections with our listeners and with each other.

“We know in May next year Radiodays Europe will once again be different. There’s nothing that we can change about the past but in the future we know that although changed, radio still holds strong and is the trusted go to media for many.

“We are looking forward to next year bringing you the flavour of Scandinavia with a taste of Denmark as a bonus!”

Radiodays Europe in Lisbon 2021 had 800 registered in-person participants over two days and 729 active participants online. For those registered at the event the sessions, networks, exhibition stands will all be available for 30 days after the event.

The next Radiodays Europe will be in Malmö in Sweden, between 15 and 17 May 2022…#RDE21 #RDE22

— Radiodays Europe (@RadiodaysEurope) October 11, 2021

Day 1 at Radiodays Europe; Paul McKenna and more

Mon, 2021-10-11 13:40

The much anticipated Radiodays Europe event is underway in Lisbon with day 1 seeing sessions from hypnotist and former radio presenter Paul McKenna, Adam Bowie from the BBC, KISS’s Rebbeca Frank and Bauer’s Tobias Nielsen.

Dino d’Santiago, the star of fado, opened the event with ‘Nova LIsboa’.

Hosting the main room, “ReelWorld Track 1” this year once again is Paul Robinson and joining him as co-host is Inês Lopes Gonçalves a Radio and TV host from Portugal.

Here’s what happened at some of the sessions on the first day.

Opening session

Peter Niegel, the General Manager of Radiodays Europe quoted Bruce Springsteen in saying ‘it’s a long time coming’ and he encouraged everyone to reach out, and make the most of the ways they can talk to each other in-person and online.

A message was given to Radiodays Europe by the President of Portugal about regeneration and resumption of normal life and a need for people to be closer to the media and linked to new media, radio linked to visuals, audio, new platforms plus linked to people’s new behaviours.

He was clear that radio is important and that ‘There is no free society without media’.

‘Radio remains a strong and relevant medium!… Listeners have more ways of listening than every before’ Marianne Bugge Zederkof, Vice President of AER called for us all in the radio industry to continue to be relevant and deliver trusted news.

Edita Kudlacova from the EBU gave an overview of where radio, audio and podcasting is today. 1000 podcasts are launched everyday, Edita noted that this is a huge amount of new content. She asked the radio industry to focus on connected devices, and announced that all the big radio associations in Europe have asked on a political level to strengthen the policy on anti-competitiveness activities by connected voice devices.

RTP President, Nicolau Santos focused on the role of radio as a friend during the pandemic – which is reflected in more people listening to radio this year in Portugal than in 20 years. He ended with ‘Let the Radio Games Begin!’.

Teresa Fragoso talked about the importance of gender equality in radio. Women make up 50% of the population and yet only hold 27% of management roles in media. Gender equality should be essential but if that isn’t a good enough reason then Fragoso pointed out it is also good business. She ended with ‘gender quality is everybody’s responsibility’.

Adam Bowie, Business Development Manager at BBC World Service spoke about how radio and audio is habit-driven which was massively disrupted in the pandemic. The morning commute shifted to working from home and fewer people using public transport. Will listening return to ‘normal’, Adam Bowie doesn’t think so – the world has shifted and with it so has the audio world.

Paul McKenna: an ‘anything is possible’ mentality

In a session with Francie Currie, Paul McKenna dedicated himself to studying success and learned techniques in neurolinguistics and clinical hypnosis. His career skyrocketed when, in 2008, Paul signed a contract with Discovery Channel.

He sold around 10 million books, and worked with David Bowie: “I was starstruck”.

Paul told a story about his past: He had to interview a local hypnotist. The hypnotist lent him a book that was written by his future teacher. DJ by day and hypnotist by night, he had an “anything is possible mentality”.

Then, someone approached him to do a hypnotism show. He went from being on the radio to people recognizing his face. Paul was somewhat overwhelmed at first and he quickly had to learn how to be a stage performer and then a television performer.

He helps professionals in several areas, but mostly in communication: “A lot of people deal badly with rejection”. Paul trains them to overcome those kinds of struggles.

Paul’s new book is about confidence and motivation. To exemplify the kind of themes discussed in it, he invited the audience to do an exercise in visualization.

Radio revenue: making money by creating stories

Digital audio spots are more than just spots. Gavin Deans and Natalie Dooley from Media Central, Irish radio network, showed how their collaborative approach to advertising have innovated and made them “a one-stop shop”.

Deans explains that the DNA of their radio network is made of different components, such as music, lifestyle, entertainment and sports. As Dooley added, “Ireland is a nation of storytellers”, and also of radio, with 3.1 million daily listeners. To make audio spots stand out, they have to combine those two factors and go beyond taglines.

Embraced by their personality, that being the presenters, all of those topics become stories. “You have to trust the presenters that they are capable of delivering the message”, stated Dooley.

Also in the panel, Joris Van der Pol (Managing Director of Talpa Network) explains that 40% of the media consumption in Netherlands is audio, but only 5% of media spend is audio.

The speakers left the audience with three points to consider to solve radio’s marketing problem: logical (customers need it for its effectivity); new (to be innovative and interesting); desire (make creative content).

The future of Music Radio: “Streaming vs Radio?” – Rebecca Frank and Nick Goodman

The move to streaming is not a new thing. There’s no need to use the radio to listen to music nowadays.

“It’s not the fact that streaming has come around, it’s about life having changed” – Lona Clarke

Rebbeca Frank, Kiss Content Director, explains that stations that have music-only sequences, need to “stop being lazy” and start making programs. Admitting that even radio workers go to work listening to Spotify, “there is nothing better for me than having a guide in music.”

Besides that, there is a need to stop thinking about streaming and radio as enemies:

“We coexist, and make deals. Not one against each other.” – Rebeca Frank

To Lorna Clarke, BBC, it is not music radio that has been attacked, or news radio. It’s changing times, when at home, people go digital. To Sophian Fanen, a freelancer, there is a need to stop thinking about radio and to create podcasts.

Through the pandemic new channels emerged as an attempt to globalise radio, small channels streamed and compartmentalized in diverse genres so that audiences could adapt their preferences and listen to more radio.

Audiences became used to the power in modifying streaming sites to personal preferences, and that’s the demand for radio to compete – give the listener a personal touch in radio – this modification in radio might happen in two formats: new radio station, provided by a mother station, or streaming branches connected to the station.

Creating the Hybrid Radio Experience in Cars: New technologies, new radio experiences

With the technology evolving comes the challenge to innovate. Nowadays, cars are demanding new ways of thinking about the radio experience.

Back in Track 4, Bob Dillon (Xperi), Roger Lanctot (Strategy Analytics), Nick Piggott (RadioDNS), Xavier Filliol (Radioline), Cas Adriani (Pluxbox) and Caroline Graze (Radioplayer) discuss the future of hybrid radio- with cars that have bigger screens and that also promote digital content.

Google is taking the dashboard and, if this happens, with only an app in the system it will be possible to have a hybrid radio. Making the process manageable for the radio industry is urgent. And there have been a lot of things helping to create the hybrid radio experience in cars.

“The broadcasters need to maintain the relationship with car makers” – Bob Dillon

This is important to make sure that they create a global solution when making the cars. On the other hand, Dillon states that, because of this urgency, there is a need to find an industry to represent radios globally, but not the car industry. As far as personalization goes, it creates a paradox. The quality is needed for the car companies want to have partnerships: if car companies share the user’s data with radio stations – like the duration of their commute – it could would be possible to know if we needed to shorten our news program, for instance.

“The interaction with the audience is a benefit.” – Roger Lancton

In USA, radio is not the first preference to car drives anymore. TV, Watches, and computers and podcasts have been adapting over time. There’s a need to create a solution to make sure radio gets part in this new reality. Can be an app but there is more, like podcast or even different sites.

“Cars are not obliged to have radios but consumers expect them to come with them.” – Caroline Graze

An upgrade solution is saying what the audience is listening to, so they don’t need to use apps like shazam. And that doesn’t happen in most in “nonstop” music programs, the radio knows what is playing, but the drivers don’t. The sensitivity to know how to share the knowledge with the listeners.

Premium radio and the sweet spot for the listeners

Traditional radio is healthy, but there are challenges to tackle. Tobias Nielsen, Director of Audio+ Bauer UK, flagged up how important it is to reach a young audience when thinking of the future of radio.

Part of the vision of this project is to create more content, and think on an international level with more opportunities being created if a subscription model is added.

One of the attempts to make radio more appealing for that age group is to achieve what Nielsen describes as the “sweet spot” between something easy to use and flexible through subscription systems. The option to be able to skip a song is reinventing radio, giving listeners a choice and more control through a premium product.

Customers don’t mind paying for content when it is worthwhile. Nielsen explains that there is a small group of listeners that are passionate about their favourite radio station and are willing to pay to listen to without ads in the middle.

The option of premium radio is complementary to the advertising business. They will forever advertise, while having the option of a premium as “something additional done in full respect of the advertisement world”, explained Nielsen.

The point of a premium service isn’t to sell it to everyone. Rather, it is to have a premium version for those who really enjoy radio and the programs, and are willing to pay to enjoy without ads.

The above reports are highlights from the Radiodays Europe official blog, which you can view here.

Writing credits: Michelle Coelho, Artyom Laptseu, Beatriz Figueira, Mariana Serrano, Andreia Simão, Gonçalo Borbinha and Francisco Sezinando.

Wrexham’s Calon FM returns after nine-month break

Sat, 2021-10-09 17:17

Wrexham community radio station Calon FM is back on air after a nine-month break.

The service was taken off air by its previous directors in January but a team of volunteers, led by presenters from the old station, came together to ensure the Ofcom licence was transferred to the new team.

A new community interest company, Wrexham Community Broadcasting, is now running the service.

Calon FM is now based at the enterprise hub in Wrexham town centre. Its newly installed transmitter is back on-air on 105FM from the top of Ty Pawb, enabling it to increase its reach.

Wrexham Community Broadcasting chair Conrad Anderson said: “We’ve had quite a year with the uncertainty of the plug being pulled without much warning, the battle to retain the licence, the need to establish a new company and find a new broadcasting centre and site for the transmitter.

“We’ve also had to raise money as we had no advertising income while we were off air.

“It’s been a huge team effort and everybody’s pulled together to make it happen. But we do have a special thanks to the former station manager – Amy Hughes – who has helped steer us through this transition and will shortly be leaving us to start on a new career as an EMT. We wish her well for the future.

“We’re also incredibly grateful for the work done by Pete Rogers at Wrexham Enterprise Hub and the very willing support from the team under Dave Cupit at Ty Pawb to ensure we had a transmitter site.”

The station is currently undertaking technical trials with a soft launch on 105FM planned for the 11th October, with all presenters producing programmes.

Mr Anderson added: “Calon FM is a great asset to the community and a positive representation of what can be achieved when we work together. It’s amazing to think what we have achieved in a relatively short time and there is definitely much more to come.

“The station has had its setbacks getting to this point but at the core of Calon FM’s operation is a community of local people and our aim is to provide opportunities for people to learn skills in radio broadcasting and production, but also provide a voice for those charities and organisations within the Wrexham community.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our board, who have worked around the clock to ensure that today’s exciting announcement has been made possible.”

In photos: Global’s Make Some Noise raises over £2.7 million

Fri, 2021-10-08 22:25

Global’s Make Some Noise has raised over £2.7 million for small charities that help disadvantaged people across the UK after a day of on-air activities.

All of its radio brands came together – Heart, Capital, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, Capital Dance, Capital XTRA and Gold – to raise funds and awareness for small charities in local communities across the UK, including food banks, mental health and domestic abuse helplines, carer support, community projects, and employment programmes.

Global presenters took on challenges and fundraising in aid of the eighth annual Make Some Noise appeal.

Classic FM’s Alexander Armstrong completed a record-breaking 24 concerts in 24 hours, Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden travelled the UK putting small charities in the spotlight and Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp recreated a giant game of Monopoly.

Chris Moyles’ Pubcast returned, which has raised over £500,000 since Chris and the Radio X crew first took to the pub to record the paywalled podcast special in 2016.

The activity culminated in Global’s Make Some Noise Day on Friday which saw stars including Jesy Nelson, Liam Payne and Olly Alexander come to the radio studios in London’s Leicester Square.

Listeners also joined in the fundraising, including Heart listener and Adventurer Mark Delstanche, who rowed from New York to London to raise funds for Global’s Make Some Noise while presenters including Heart’s Dev Griffin and Fia Tarrant and Capital South Coast’s Dave Goodings ran the London Marathon.

Global presenters including Heart’s Mark Wright took to the phones on the day, accepting generous donations from listeners across the country.

Presenters joined in the fun by taking up the Dress Loud theme, with the Capital Breakfast crew dressed as Harry Styles (Roman Kemp), Elton John (Sonny Jay) and Billie Eilish (Sian Welby).

Sonny twinned with Smooth’s Kate Garraway who was also dressed as Elton John while Capital XTRA’s Yinka Bokinni & Shayna Marie Birch-Campbell both dressed as Beyoncé.

Radio X’s Toby Tarrant and Johnny Vaughan sported aptly LOUD shirts.

Vodafone supported Global’s Make Some Noise as headline sponsor, as part of a six-month campaign with Global to help combat digital exclusion, including supporting small charities working to close the digital divide, funding projects that are providing access to technology and digital skills training.

Heart Breakfast’s fundraising drive across the UK was powered by Motorpoint and Capital Breakfast’s Monopoly challenges were supported by Hasbro.

Selco Builders Warehouse is supporting the charity through The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X Pubcast and Capital XTRA partnered with Kaspa’s to boost their fundraising.

Since Global’s Make Some Noise launched in 2014, the national charity has raised more than £24m million and raised awareness for 380 charities and projects around the UK that struggle to be heard.

Stephen Miron, Group CEO of Global, said: “Global’s Make Some Noise is passionately supported by the whole of Global, our fantastic listeners and our partners. This is the eighth appeal and we have been able to make a real difference to hundreds of small charities up and down the country. Thank you to all the celebrities, our amazing presenters and every single Globaller for coming together again to help raise vital funds for so many incredible charities.”

To donate £10 to Global’s Make Some Noise, text GIVE10 to 70766 with 100% of donations going to Global’s Make Some Noise.

Olly Alexander at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Mimi Webb at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Heart’s JK and Kelly Brook wearing pyjamas at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Capital Breakfast’s Sonny Jay, Sian Welby and Roman Kemp with Jesy Nelson, at the Global studios in Leicester Square, to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Capital Breakfast’s Sonny Jay, dressed as Elton John, at the Global studios in Leicester Square, to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Heart Breakfast’s Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Capital Breakfast’s Sonny Jay, Sian Welby, and Roman Kemp, dressed as Elton John, Billie Eilish and Harry Stykles, at the Global studios in Leicester Square, to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Global’s Make Some Noise Day, to raise money for disadvantaged people across the UK. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Joel Corry at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Capital Breakfast’s Roman Kemp, dressed as Harry Styles, at the Global studios in Leicester Square, to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Classic FM’s and Smooth Radio’s Myleene Klass at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Liam Payne at the Global studios in Leicester Square, to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick Tom Grennan at the Global studios in Leicester Square to support Global’s Make Some Noise Charity Day. Photo credit: Matt Crossick

Jesy Nelson pictured at Global in Leicester Square, to support Global’s Make Some Noise to raise money for disadvantaged people across the UK. Photo credit: Matt Crossick

Update from Radiocentre’s new Chief Executive Ian Moss

Fri, 2021-10-08 14:33

Radiocentre’s new Chief Executive Ian Moss reflects on his first few months at the industry body.

He discusses the interesting dynamics of working in a multi-facing organisation and talks about what to expect from Radiocentre for the rest of the year.

As summer turned to autumn, it feels as if absolutely everything that Radiocentre could be involved with is happening at the same time.

When I arrived in post, back in July, I set out to visit as many Members as possible. Many thanks to all those I have met for the warm welcome, the wise words and the transfer of knowledge and experience.

The feedback was that Radiocentre is really well regarded, and long may it continue. Our training, research, promotion of radio and interventions on policy and regulation are all vital to the ongoing health of the industry and it sounds like we are hitting the right notes but are never complacent and there are always things we can improve on.

We have just launched Backing Brilliant Business – a new drive to promote radio advertising to small and medium sized enterprises. We hope the advertising campaign and the dedicated hub will help bring new and old local advertisers back to a medium that we know really works for them.

Though there is a lot of optimism on revenues, with some very positive figures, Radiocentre is continuing to play its part in pushing the positive story of radio advertising. We do not just want revenues to be restored, we want them to grow. We know that many companies have turned to digital advertising, in many cases social and search, and the reasons for it. We have made it a particular focus to show that online search for a brand increases after an ad has aired on the radio and this is one of the messages we push, particularly with smaller advertisers.

The team also has some exciting research work underway to create new tools to help optimise media campaign planning and creative effectiveness which I will merely tantalise you with. It will exploit the vast amount of data we have collated from measuring over a thousand radio advertising campaigns on Radiogauge over the last 13 years, using statistical analysis techniques to build up a solid evidence base to allow advertisers and agencies to mine the data for relevant insights based on the specific goals of their campaign.

Whether we have some nuggets of that project to share with you in November or not, Tuning In is back. So hold the morning of the 10th November. As we explore the future that is hybrid, I am delighted to tell you that this will be Radiocentre’s first conference with delegates in person since before the pandemic started. However, we appreciate that for some, coming to London is just not possible so we are broadcasting it live and audiences will be able to interact wherever they are.

In the political world, the approach of waiting until the autumn to meet Ministers can also be now seen as an efficiency measure as, surprisingly, there was an almost complete changing of the guard at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We will be getting meetings with the new Ministers as soon as we can, and I have been to both the Labour and Conservative conferences to meet, mingle and promote on behalf of Radiocentre.

I did get to meet and have a long conversation with the new Secretary of State at the Creative Industries reception and her initial instincts are very encouraging for our industry. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Radio is also helping amplify our issues and is kindly hosting a reception in Parliament in October. We are also getting out and about meeting relevant MPs.

The policy and regulatory world is ramping up for a very big autumn and an even bigger 2022. We submitted our response to the Ofcom Consultation on Regulation of the BBC and we got some good coverage in The Times for our analysis of the BBC performance against quotas submitted as part of that response. We await the final publication of the Digital Radio and Audio Review, the Digital Markets Unit of the Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on its approach and a Media Bill looms on the horizon. All of this feels like a backdrop to a big discussion on the BBC and on the importance of the tech platforms, and our opportunity to make sure that radio is properly understood and valued in those discussions. Our future is very bright in a world where there is fair access, fair competition and fair treatment.

There are “lots” of other things on the go too. Our ever popular training continues to get positive reviews and has also moved into the smartphone world, with an app to help induct new commercial staff. Clearance of ads saw a record week recently, and at the same time the team migrated to a new, better platform. Of course there are ongoing issues – and I recognise how important the RAJAR situation has been – but hopefully with the publication on October 28 th we can get back to normal service.

Nothing stands still at Radiocentre. Including Radiocentre itself which will need to move out of its current office over the next few weeks. So the history of the organisation is currently being packed into boxes in any spare moment anyone has, which is in itself a challenge given all that is going on.

Europe’s Biggest Dance Show returns with BBC Radio 1

Fri, 2021-10-08 12:02

Radio 1 will be once again partnering with radio stations from across Europe for a marathon broadcast showcasing the best of each nation’s dance scene.

The stations will join forces with Radio 1 for the mass simulcast on Friday 29 October.

Radio 1’s Dance Party host Danny Howard will kick off the marathon show at 6.30pm with 30 minutes of the hottest dance music from the biggest UK acts before handing over to the next country.

The station’s first multi-nation dance simulcast of this kind took place in 2019 with a seven hour broadcast to an audience of over 18 million.

Danny Howard says: “I always love when Radio 1 do these special nights because you get to hear so much amazing music from each respective country, it’s a real treat!

“I feel honoured to be stepping up and representing the UK to showcase the best new music and talent we have to offer but not only that, Halloween weekend is traditionally a huge party weekend and with two years’ worth of raving to make up for, what better way to do it than partnering up with our friends across the continent for this monumental occasion. Get involved!”

The countries and broadcasters involved are:

  • UK, BBC Radio 1
  • Sweden, SR P3
  • Germany, 1 Live Cologne and Fritz Berlin
  • Belgium, VRT Studio Brussel
  • Ireland, RTÉ 2fm
  • Austria, Radio FM4
  • Norway, NRK mP3
  • Finland, YleX

Erewash Sound wins Local Radio Station of the Year

Fri, 2021-10-08 11:23

Erewash Sound has been declared as Local Radio Station of the Year 2021 (Derbyshire) in the Media Innovator Awards 2021.

The Media Innovator Awards 2021 honour businesses and enterprises regarded as the driving force behind the region’s continued growth and success.

The nomination for the radio station comes after a three-month selection and review process was completed.

Ian Perry is the Press and Publicity spokesperson for Erewash Sound. Speaking on the news of this latest award, he said: “Having already had as many as nine successes for our presenters at the annual Community Radio Awards, and receiving the 2020 award for Local Radio Station of the Year in the ‘Innovation and Excellence Awards’, we are absolutely delighted to be declared as ‘Local Radio Station of the Year 2021 (Derbyshire) and to receive a Media Innovator Award.

“A great deal of hard work is put in by our volunteer team – particularly under very challenging circumstances during the pandemic – to provide a genuinely local 24-hour radio station, on our website, social media and on-line broadcast services in addition to our two FM frequencies, but our achievements would not be possible without the support of local businesses, and of course, our many listeners and supporters and we thank every single one of them, past, present and future.”

Audioboom launches new studios and hires new execs

Thu, 2021-10-07 16:19

Audioboom has announced the launch of Audioboom Studios and new leadership roles to support the initiative.

Audioboom Studios is the new business unit encompassing all creative services within the group, including original show development, co-productions, branded content, production services and creative advertising services.

Amongst the appointments is Neil Fearn joining as Executive Producer. Neil joins Audioboom from his role of Deputy Managing Editor of Radio X and will focus on original show development.

The UK production operation was launched on 1 October 2021 under the Audioboom Studios banner. It currently produces the official Formula 1 podcasts F1: Beyond The Grid and F1 Nation, plus the recently launched The FBoy Podcast.

Methods of Murder will be the first original show developed by Audioboom specifically for the UK market, with six further original shows for that market currently in development for 2022.

The rollout of Audioboom Studios and the growth of Audioboom’s UK-focused production operation will be led by newly appointed Chief Content Officer, Brendan Regan. Mike Newman is promoted to Vice President, UK Content & Production, and

As CCO, Regan will now oversee global content operations including original show development, production services and creator partnerships. Regan joined Audioboom in 2015 from Viacom and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Content and Production.

“With podcasts winning the hearts and minds of consumers everywhere, it’s an exciting time to lead a content team.” Regan says.

“The team at Audioboom Studios is creating amazing content and I am thrilled to be at its helm as CCO.”

Newman, previously Head of UK Content Partnerships is now set to lead UK production and creator partnerships as Vice President. He came to Audioboom in 2018 from Free Radio where he served as Regional Content Director.

“He said: It’s been an honor to be part of the tremendous growth Audioboom has undergone the past few years. I’m thrilled to lead this new operation and continue to deliver great podcast content in a booming industry.”

“The launch of our production arm in the UK is an important step in our goal to become the leading British podcast creator,” says Stuart Last, CEO.

“Our show development process will be supported by the significant level of audience insight that we capture through our platform. I’m pleased to have a talented team of leaders in place to take Audioboom Studios forward.”

Permanent radio show for Judge Rinder at talkRADIO

Thu, 2021-10-07 12:21

Judge Rinder has signed up as the new permanent host of Drivetime every Friday on talkRADIO and talkRADIO TV.

Rob had covered the show earlier the year but now commits to hosting one programme a week.

He says: “After guesting in the Drivetime chair this summer, I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the brilliant talkRADIO schedule permanently.

“My Friday show will be taking a look back at the biggest talking points of the week gone by and setting the agenda for the weekend ahead, with great guests, robust debate, and quite a bit of fun along the way.”

talkRADIO Programme Director, Dennie Morris, adds: “Rob Rinder is a proven favourite with talkRADIO listeners – and viewers of talkRADIO TV. His intelligence, warmth and wit will provide the perfect start to the weekend.”

Rinder’s first show in his new slot is this Friday, 8th October from 4pm. He joins other station hires this summer including Jeremy Kyle and Trisha Goddard.

PRS for Music signs new five-year licence agreement with BBC

Thu, 2021-10-07 11:21

PRS for Music has signed a new five-year blanket music licence agreement with the BBC.

The new licence covers the BBC’s full suite of services including, radio, television, iPlayer, and Sounds in the UK, as well as BBC World Service and BBC Studios internationally.

Just last year, PRS for Music processed over 100 billion lines of music data from across the BBC’s platforms whilst more than eight million minutes of music featured on BBC TV programming alone in 2020.

PRS says the new licence agreement will give the BBC the freedom and flexibility to develop and grow its digital content platforms whilst also delivering long-term certainty to music publishers and creators.

With a PRS for Music licence, the BBC has access to over 30 million musical works to use across its platforms. Over 40,000 songwriters and composers received royalties for music used by the BBC in 2020, while nearly 2,000 emerging music creators received their first-ever music royalty because of a BBC play last year.

Dan Gopal, Chief Commercial Officer, PRS for Music, said: “We are very proud to have signed this new agreement with the BBC and to see our long-standing partnership continue to evolve in an ever-changing market.

“It is paramount to PRS members that their music is valued wherever and whenever it is consumed, and our relationship with the BBC ensures that we can deliver on that commitment to our members across the entire proposition of BBC services.

“The partnership between PRS and the BBC remains one of our most important, with our members playing an instrumental role in bringing BBC content to life through their music, and the BBC’s reputation as one of the world’s most respected and innovative broadcast corporations contributing significant value for the music creators we represent.”

Nicky Bignell, Head of Music Licensing, BBC, added: “The BBC is delighted to have signed a new five-year agreement with PRS for Music, giving long-term certainty to both parties in an ever-changing digital landscape.

“A blanket music licence gives the BBC the flexibility required to offer our audiences the very best music from members of PRS for Music. The deal also enables the BBC to continue delivering outstanding value to every household for their licence fee, whether providing live music coverage from Glastonbury or the Proms, or featuring burgeoning talent on 1Xtra or 6 Music.

“As the BBC continues to innovate with BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer, we look forward to continuing our relationship with PRS for Music whilst working in partnership with the wider music industry, which is also crucial to our success.

“This agreement will take us through to the next phase of the BBC’s evolution, as we continue to entertain the nation whilst ensuring the highest-quality output on screen, on air and online.”

Global acquires audio content and technology company Remixd

Thu, 2021-10-07 10:55

Global has acquired American digital audio content and technology start-up Remixd.

Remixd automatically converts text articles into audio files and is used by many companies in North America.

The Remixd technology will be added to Global’s proprietary digital ad platform DAX (Digital Ad Exchange), offering monetisation tools to enable digital publishers to generate incremental revenues on their articles.

Clients such as USA Today Sports, Fast Company, Tribune Publishing, Future Publishing and Dennis publishing are already using Remixd technology to convert online written articles into audio content with targeted adverts inserted.

Les Hollander, CEO at DAX North America, said: “This technology means digital publishers can meet the growing consumer demand for audio and publisher need for improved ad monetization.

“It’s the perfect pathway to reaching consumers with customized marketing messages in the burgeoning smart speaker space. Adding text to audio conversion is a further enhancement of the tech Global has developed for DAX, offering a best in class solution in the automated programmatic buying channel.

“Publishers, who have rafts of written content, can now use the power of audio to open up audience opportunities and revenue streams.”

The tool offers revenue opportunities including ‘plug and play’ direct sales as well as programmatic ad sales. Pre-roll bumpers, interstitials and sonic branding can be easily added to text-to-audio.

Hits Live music event returns to Liverpool and Birmingham

Wed, 2021-10-06 13:11

Bauer’s pop music event Hits Live will be taking place in Liverpool and Birmingham this year.

Manchester, home of the Hits Radio brand, also had its own version in previous years at the Manchester Arena but misses out this time round.

Acts including Ed Sheeran, Rag’n’Bone Man, The Script, Anne-Marie, KSI, Mabel & Years and Years among the first to be announced.

Hits Live will take place in Liverpool on 19th November hosted by Manchester breakfast presenter Fleur East, and network weekend host Sarah Jane Crawford, and Birmingham the following night on 20th November presented by Fleur East.

Fleur East said: “Hits Live is one huge weekend of amazing acts and incredible music. I’m so excited to be in an arena watching live music after being deprived of it for so long. I can’t wait to party with all of you. See you there!”

The Line-up for Hits Live Liverpool on Friday 19th November is as follows: Ed Sheeran, The Script, Years & Years, Tom Grennan, Becky Hill, Joel Corry, Ella Henderson, Mimi Webb

Taking the stage at Hits Live Birmingham on Saturday 20th November is: Rag’n’Bone Man, Dermot Kennedy, Tom Grennan, Anne-Marie, Becky Hill, KSI, Mabel, James Arthur

Tickets and more details are at