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Year: 2015

A Radio Today headline pass me by earlier today “presenter drunk on air.” Was the inspiration this bit from the 1970s?

And while I’m recycling posts, a little ago you’ll probably saw Sandi Thom’s rant on not being playlisted. Maybe she’s just the 2015 equivalent of Status Quo? Bet she won’t take it to the High Court though.

An “A Team Android” rather than a “B Team Disc Jockey”

Recently the local radio service in Slough, Maidenhead & Windsor ‘Time 106.6’ was closed by the current owners. Previously this…

Football on Commercial Radio

There has been much chatter of recent weeks around the subject of football commentary on commercial radio here in the…

Wythenshawe Interchange Construction

The new Wythenshawe Interchange opened yesterday. This is sited between the “Wythenshawe Forum” and the Wythenshawe Civic Centre shops. I’m…

DAB in a box

One day in 2011 one of the ancient looking PC’s above, was briefly the source of a software generated DAB…

Digital Radio – Clearing the way for radio’s future (Part 2 the multimedia)

In my previous blog post, Digital Radio – Clearing the way for radio’s future, we took a trip down memory…

Digital Radio – Clearing the way for radio’s future

Spring 2015 and Digital Radio is a big story in UK media-land, with a second national commercial multiplex licence award…

Recommended reading : Connecting your call

The Steve Penk hype machine went into overdrive this week with the latest twist in the Royal Prank call story:…

World in miniture

Thanks to a recent BBC Click TV programme Webscape feature, I was introduced to the world of “tilt shift” photography…

BFBS in Catterick in the nineties

This item from my Sound Archive looks at the British Forces Broadcasting Service, otherwise known as BFBS. As well as looking at the history of forces radio, it looks at the first UK barracks to open it’s own radio station.

Community Radio’s impact on the viability of small Commercial Radio licence holders

This weeks DCMS announced relaxation of rules on UK Community Radio income from advertising. I analyse if community radio sales is a threat to commercial radio licence holders.

Sound Archive : Wish FM Test Transmission 26 March 1997

Another in my ‘Sound Archive’ features, possibly of more specialist appeal than some of my other clips. A recording of Wish FM’s test transmission in March 1997 including “sample advertisements broadcast on this frequency without payment.

Radio by numbers

I got asked “Can they get that Capital One?” on that new digital device. In the wake of Bauer Radio’s new ‘brand extensions’ this prompted me to ask “What’s in a radio station name?”

The Best Christmas Tape in the World…Ever (52 of the best Bloopers, spoofs and funny bits)

An old tradition in radio circles was “The Christmas Tape”, basically a compilation of the years fowl ups.

Over the past couple of decades I’ve filled many a cassette, CD or hard disc with various blooper reels and funny bits from the world of wireless. So given a spare afternoon this Christmas period I’ve assembled a special 35 minute montage.

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