Category Archives: Blog

Who was playing Prince?

Sad news that one of my favourite artists, Prince, has died. When I got the news I turned on the radio on my desk to find a station playing a Prince song. I didn’t have to try too hard to get one but I thought it would be interesting to note down which station was playing […]

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A touch of class from Radio City

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This is a touch of class from Radio City this morning. Good morning from The Radio City Tower, love Leanne & Dave x #HillsboroughMemorial #JFT96 pic.twitter.com/ZPNqbuU2Ir — Radio City 96.7 (@RadioCity967) April 15, 2016 You don’t have to go far in Liverpool to find someone whose life was changed by the events at Hillsborough. It’s something […]

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Plenty of excitement left in radio

I’ve always been suspicious of those that are in awe of Twitter Trending. Mainly those who think that getting something trending on Twitter is an achievement in itself without worrying too much about any end product or pay off. However it’s worth noting that last night #thearchers was trending on Twitter in the UK following […]

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BBC Local Radio Should Learn From The Best

With BBC Local Radio making the headlines this morning I decided to listen to the local BBC station where I am. In 20 minutes they covered the breaking news of explosions at Brussels airport, what do you buy the Queen for her birthday and the debate over men’s and women’s tennis. All content that Radio […]

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What’s gone wrong with Serial?

I saw a social media update yesterday saying the new episode of Serial was coming soon. I didn’t care, I haven’t listened for weeks. What a change from the first season. Personally I couldn’t wait for each fresh episode. People were talking about Serial as the podcast that would make podcasts mainstream. The internet was […]

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Video Hailed The Radio Star

Doing some video to promote a radio show isn’t easy. It isn’t always the right thing to do either. Giving people something great to watch isn’t necessarily a great incentive to listen to something. However there are lots of reasons for doing video. It gets shared much more than audio on social media. It’s a great […]

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Customers or Fans?

I had to laugh when I saw the uproar caused by the owners of Liverpool FC saying they were turning “fans into customers”. The amusement came because most the brands and companies I talk to are working flat out to turn their customers into loyal fans. Fenway Sports Group don’t know how good they have […]

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The challenges facing Radio 1

Have a read of this excellent opinion piece from Record of the Day about the challenges facing the new Head of Music at Radio 1. It says a lot about the current situation the station finds itself in and says it better than I can. Two big themes in the piece stand out for me. […]

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Twitter in Trouble: A Readling List

There’s a lot of talk just now about the trouble that Twitter has found itself in. I’ve pulled together some articles which provide the full picture. The first one pulls together the main worries. Lack of leadership, slow growth and pressure from investors. The second article suggests that far from growing slowly the use of […]

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My favourite Terry Wogan story

  Following the death of Terry Wogan there’s a flood of tributes to the man. It shows the warmth that can be generated through radio. I thought I’d share my favourite Wogan story. One I was told in the early 2000s. Terry would go home (or to the golf course) shortly after his show finished. […]

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The Top 5 Posts of 2015

Thank you to everyone who has read, shared and commented on this blog through 2015. Here are the five most read posts of the year. 5. Radio Snoops – everyone dislikes them but they are useful (great video included) 4. Boring, Bland, Breakfast – 15 minutes worth of a breakfast show I never want to […]

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Do tweets = success?

I’ve never been a fan of the thought that being tweeted about equals success. So it was with interest that I looked at the list of the twenty most tweeted about TV shows in the UK this year. I noticed how music and reality played a big part in the list. I also wasn’t shocked […]

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Who says radio has run out of ideas?!

I WILL BE PLAYING @KATYPERRY FIREWORK ON THE SHOW TODAY AS AN ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS COINSCIDENCE. #Nov5 #BonfireNight #FireworksNight — Dan – Free Radio (@DanOffTheRadio) November 5, 2015 Katy Perry – Firework now playing on LG73! https://t.co/AyVGt2dnI1 — LG73.ca Radio (@LG73Radio) November 5, 2015 We're playing @katyperry Firework. Standard. 💥💥💥 — BBC Radio1 Breakfast (@R1Breakfast) November […]

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Boring, bland, breakfast

Breakfast radio has been on my mind lots since my last blog which got a lot of attention and comments. Last night a friend mentioned how she’d been an hour late for work due to bad traffic. She said she hadn’t been as stressed as usual because she’d enjoyed listening to Chris Moyles on Radio […]

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Time to rethink breakfast radio?

Observing Chris Moyles on Radio X this week has been a pleasure for those passionate about radio. The day one crashing of the website and stream as people remembered that radio can be so much fun in the morning was great to see (obviously not if you work in Global’s online department!). It was also […]

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Facebook will NOT add a dislike button

There are many news headlines today saying that Facebook is on the verge or adding a ‘dislike’ button. It’s NOT going to happen. In fact I’ll eat my hat if Facebook add a dislike button anytime soon. They will add a button that allows you to show feelings about sad news stories, the kind of content […]

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The Steve Penk Wind-Up Channel

Today Steve Penk launches his Wind-Up channel on DAB radio in Manchester. When I spoke to him about it earlier this week he used the phrase “I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea” twice. I reckon that’s because when the channel is mentioned on radio sites the comments light up with people saying things like […]

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Emotional Radio

Radio – it’s just people telling you which songs they’re going to play in between the ads isn’t it? Not if you’re doing it right. If you’re doing it right you can make a real difference in the community you broadcast to and create a valuable emotional bond with your listener. Have a look at […]

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What kind of space do you leave?

“What kind of space do you leave behind when you exit the room?” Recently I was working with someone whose job required him to make an impression on almost everyone he met. That was his mantra. When he met people he wasn’t just hoping they’d listen to what he had to say, his aim was […]

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Welcome back Tiger Tim

It was heartwarming today to read that Tiger Tim Stevens is back working in radio as a director of new Glasgow station GO. Growing up in Glasgow he was THE disc jockey. It felt like everyone listened to his evening show on Radio Clyde and it felt like everyone had been to at least one […]

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RAJAR 2015 – Trendspotting

The latest RAJAR results are out and once again there’s a flurry of press releases all putting a positive spin on the ratings. Each set of results is a decent snapshot of where radio is now but it’s always more illuminating to look at the longer-term trends. 1. Radio is remarkably robust. Five years ago […]

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When did radio become BuzzFeed?

Has anyone else noticed a change in many radio station’s social media approach recently? They used to tell me who was the guest on tomorrow morning’s breakfast show or share some important local news with me. Now they seem to have ditched all that and are giving me “viral” content. 22 times Ed Sheeran took […]

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Apple’s Beats 1 – a quick thought

I’ve been as cynical as anyone heading towards the launch of Apple’s radio station Beats 1. It’s all about selling records, not many people listen to the radio online, Zane Lowe has always been niche. I had every objection going. And yet when I listened to Zane Lowe deliver the opening show I got excited […]

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The Radio Today Programme

This is a great listen and not just because I’m on it. Not even because I’m on it! Stephanie Hirst and Simon Cole discuss Apple’s venture into “radio”.   listen to ‘The Radio Today Programme June 10th 2015’ on audioBoom

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