UK Radio

Why Everyone Benefits From the BBC's Bold Move to Open Up More to Indie Production

Jez Nelson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jez Nelson

Tony Hall has recognised that this model is unsustainable, old fashioned and just wrong. In an increasingly fragmented media world none of us can rely on audience brand loyalty, we have to always do the very best we can.

Test Match Special: The Pinnacle of Sports Broadcasting

Scott Thompson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Scott Thompson

On paper, a group of ageing middle class men wittering on for eight hours about a sport where very little can happen for five days straight doesn't sound like radio gold, however the BBC has turned it into an art form.

Does Age Make You Less Impressed!

Livvy and Chrissie | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Livvy and Chrissie

We think it is very important to make a good connection with a person we are interviewing and aim to create an intimate atmosphere, even in a busy studio.....it's then surprising what happens and what comes out in the interview. The judges in the Radio Academy Awards said we had 'an innovative approach to topics interviews' and we like to bring in an unexpected twist, or a new angle.

Do the Oldies Love the Goldies?

Paul Marshall | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Having spent a large proportion of my working life in advertising, I now do all I can to avoid the commercials.

Internet Radio- It's a blast

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

This year, for me, has been the year of the radio show. I can't get enough of it. What a fantastic medium radio is.

Discovering Music: How Personal Radio Opens the Door FM Radio Closes

Jyrki Rosenberg | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jyrki Rosenberg

Anyone who works in an office will be familiar with the scenario - half way through the afternoon you feel as if you've heard the latest track by this week's favoured artist enough times to make you never want to hear it again. It feels as if the same handful of songs have been on rotation all day.

My Thoughts on 'How Was Your Day Joe?' on BBC Radio 3

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

When scrolling through my twitter feed yesterday evening I came across a tweet by the lovely Mike from Talk About Autism, he was sharing the BBC Radio 3 program, "How Was your Day Joe?" that was available to listen to again via the BBC website.

You Can Be a Woman of a Certain Age and Change Your Career Successfully

Livvy and Chrissie | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Livvy and Chrissie

We are two women, BBC radio presenters, who have just won the Bronze award in the Best Entertainment category at the UK Radio Academy Awards. We were the only women duo in the Radio Academy Awards, and the only female nominees in our category. We present, produce, write and edit the show, and get all our own guests.

How Ed Miliband Can Avoid Future Goggling at Questions on Shopping and Swindon

Roz Morris | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Roz Morris

We can all have a bad day at the office, but when the Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, had a really bad day in the TV and radio studios by not knowing much about food shopping bills or anything at all about the Labour Party Leader in Swindon - he didn't just sound unconvincing - he broke a number of important rules of politics and of media interviews.

Radio 1's Big Weekend Glasgow 2014 - Shining a Spotlight on Glasgow and Leaving a Legacy in the City

Jason Carter | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Carter

So Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glasgow 2014, is almost upon us. Nearly two years in the planning and everything is very well poised.

Make It Stop! The Jolly British Gas Hive Advert Is Destroying My Life

Johnny Dee | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Johnny Dee

There are, I suspect, some adults who will be seduced by this kind of jolly CBeebies singalong advert. Who will merrily have their brain wiped clean of all the bad news stories that have plagued the energy industry and from now on look at British Gas as Brian Cant would Humpty - with fondness and kindness. Aren't they silly and sweet? I'm afraid I am not one of them.

Want To Get Into Radio? Start At Your Student Radio Station - Here's How

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Want to have your own radio show? Well student radio is a great place to start. Meet Remina Nair from GoThinkBig who tells us how she came about h...

Rolling With The Big Boys

The Huffington Post UK | Indigo Ellis | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student radio personality has been nominated for an award at the Radio Academy Awards, and is pitched against industry professionals. Phin Adams,...

My Top Ten 'Eltons'

Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy

In the process of producing the documentary, I revisited many of Elton John's early albums and this has been a truly joyous rediscovery. There are so many amazing tunes and the musicianship is astounding. See if you are able to hum along to my personal favourite "Eltons"...

Radio Maths is Fun!

Wendy Jones | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Wendy Jones

We already knew that poor numeracy was more widespread than poor literacy and that around half the population of working age had only primary school-level maths skills (too many power naps at secondary school?). We also knew that poor maths was linked to lower earnings (even more so than poor literacy is) and possibly to wider wellbeing. But now the new economic research put a figure to the estimated overall cost.

Obsessive Personality Test Disorder

Geoff Lloyd | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Lloyd

Personality tests are enjoying an online resurgence. Previously a staple of tabloids, they fell out of favour as sceptics began to doubt the veracity of the 'If You Answered Mostly B...' scoring system... We're embracing these quizzes like someone who's filled in a 'Which Online Meme is For You?' questionnaire and got the answer 'Personality Tests'.

Peter Young, DJ: A Master of Spin

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Picture it. The kitchen radio, a glistening hunk of bakelite, its alignment of valves producing a sound that commanded attention. You're a kid busy hanging onto your mother's skirt as she cooks the evening meal. It's a moment of inspiration.

Ex-Rockers Jarvis and Matthews Go Head-to-Head for Broadcaster of the Year at BPG Awards

Maisie McCabe | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Maisie McCabe

In this blog last year I challenged the commercial radio industry to ensure that one of their number was among the list of nominees for the BPG Radio Awards in 2014. I am delighted to say that for the first time in many, many years there is a commercial nominee included among some wonderful nominees from the BBC...

Why Is Ellen DeGeneres in a Den With Three Bears... and a Wolf?

Jyrki Rosenberg | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Tech
Jyrki Rosenberg

Like millions of people around the globe who have no interest in American football, I found myself drawn to the world of Super Bowl TV commercials. As you would expect, I wasn't able to avoid seeing the Ellen DeGeneres fronted ad for Beats Music.

Long Live Radio

Caroline Feraday | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Feraday

Every week still it seems that I hear that something new will "kill the radio star". Spotify will kill off radio, Pandora streaming will kill off radio, Nick Grimshaw will kill off radio. It won't. Technologies change, but radio isn't a piece of technology. It has a soul, it's a connection... it's my friend.

Audiences to Takeover BBC Radio 1's Studios During 'Access All Areas' Month

Rebecca Frank | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Frank

Just to get mushy for a minute, it's projects like these that make you proud to wear your BBC lanyard. Having the freedom to design a celebration around something as human as openness is pretty amazing, it's something only Radio 1 and 1Xtra would and could do.

World Radio Day: Empowering Women Through Radio

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Today is World Radio Day, which celebrates radio as a way to communicate and promote access to information, freedom of expression, gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

Behind The Scene: Sian Anderson

Bwoywonder | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bwoywonder

I left my Rinse FM show in June 2013 and have been on 1Xtra covering Clara Amfo and Adele Roberts from December 2013 - now. I've got a show coming up on Radio 1 on March 8th for International Women's Day 9-11pm, check it out.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2014 - My Cervix and Yours

Vicki Blight | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Vicki Blight

Three years ago, at the age of 29, after taking up the invitation for my regular cervical screening, I received my first abnormal result. The re-test showed mild changes to the cells of my cervix and so I was referred to the hospital's colposcopy clinic for a biopsy. First thing I did? Worry myself stupid!

Why Every Manager Should Go Back to the Shop Floor

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

One of my best experiences last year was doing a week's unpaid work experience for Kerrang! radio. Working in a real radio station, and hanging out with the DJs (I was sat next to Johnny Doom) gave me a sense of possibility around working in radio that had seemed fleeting previously.