Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio Signs Paddy McGuinness


Bauer Media’s Place Porfolio has signed comedian Paddy McGuinness – one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, star of Phoenix Nights and the host of ITV’s hit show, Take Me Out – as part of a brand new weekend line-up across its Place Stations, North of England and Scotland.

Paddy will broadcast a brand new Sunday show across the whole network of 16 Place stations, which reflect the lives of audiences with a local brand and relevant personalities reaching 4.1 million across locations including Liverpool’s Radio City, Glasgow’s Clyde 1 and Manchester’s Key 103.

Paddy’s Sunday Dinner will be the perfect start Sunday mornings as listeners prepare their own roasts with their families. Alongside all of the great music, guests, gossip banter you would expect, Paddy is going to be searching for the UK’s Funniest Kid over the first few months of the show.

Paddy commented:

Being a dad myself I know how funny kids can be – sometimes unintentionally. I’m looking for the best joke, act or funny story those cheeky scamps can come up with.

Paddy will broadcast across Bauer’s Place Stations, North of England and Scotland from 9 am until noon every Sunday.

In addition to the signing of Paddy McGuiness, the Place portfolio has invested more than ever before in the content that really matters to the audiences it serves in its tight knit communities, as well as country-wide – including Scottish Football rights, providing weekend goal flashes for footy mad listeners.
Other highlights include:

Friday night party to air Place-wide from 7-10 pm on Fridays; hosted by seasoned broadcaster James Barr who comes with an enviable track record of growing audiences across the North of England and Scotland. His new show will be the perfect way to kick start the weekend, whether listeners are heading out or enjoying well earned a night in.

  • ‘Boogie and Dingo’, Saturday mornings 9-12 extends from Scotland-wide to also broadcast across the North of England. After huge success across Scotland, the boys bring their irreverent humour to England, promising to give kids the chance to shine in ‘Wrong to Be Right’ – leaving their parents well and truly in the shade!
  • • Old Skool and Anthems Saturday 6-10pm, sees the hugely popular weekday show extended to Saturday night across North of England and Scotland, delivering the perfect mix of old skool classic tracks and the biggest chart anthems of today. The show launches with a three month residency from one of the godfathers of UK dance music, ‘Hacienda’ legend Graeme Park.*
  • In:Demand with Stu Tolan will now broadcast 7-10pm Sunday through to Thursday, with a special ‘uncut’ version for Sunday nights, showcasing the biggest future hits of the year, music from new, emerging talent, as well as artist interviews and live sessions from across the UK.
  • Kate Lawler’s Late Show will also be extended on Sunday nights 10pm-1am, with the former Big Brother winner sharing her sharp sense of humour and ‘bare-all’ attitude to life across Place North of England and Scotland.**

Commenting on the changes, Owen Ryan, Group Content Director, Bauer Place North of England and Scotland said:

Our new our weekend line-up signals a fresh new era for the Place Portfolio. It follows extensive research and delivers locally relevant shows mirroring the lives of our listeners in their local area, alongside the best UK wide talent, stars and entertainment shows to engage and excite our audiences when our audiences want them most on the weekends.

The brand new weekend line up across the Bauer Place Stations in Northern England and Scotland kicks off from 3rd October 2014.

*GBX on Clyde 1 presented by George Bowie will continue Glasgow and the West only, Saturday 6-10pm

**Night Owls on Metro Radio and TFM presented by Alan Robson will continue across North East England only, Sunday 10pm-1am.

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KISS Launch Haunted House Party

KISS FM UK is taking Halloween to the next level with the ‘KISS Haunted House Party’ - a brand new and completely un-missable event which will encourage everyone to party Halloween style.  This event is set to be an electric atmosphere, a jaw-dropping stage set plus a monstrous line-up. Acts including Example, Professor Green, Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne, Gorgon City with MNEK and Laura Welsh, Rizzle Kicks and Fuse ODG will take the stage at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London on Friday 31st October for massive live performances, with even more huge acts are yet to be announced.

The night will be hosted by KISS FM UK Breakfast show presenters Rickie, Melvin and Charlie who will be joined by fellow KISS DJs ‘Dixon Brothers’ to get the Halloween party vibe going.

Charlie Hedges from the Kiss FM UK Breakfast show said

This is going to be an off-the-scale Halloween party; think killer costumes, mind-blowing special-effects and an unforgettable party vibe. London has never seen anything like it.

Pre-sale tickets are available from Wednesday 27th August to all 02 customers. General tickets will be available from Friday 29th of August starting at £29.

An optional after-party event ticket, with sets from KISS FM DJs Dixon Brothers is available at £10.

Tickets can be purchased from: or 0844 249 4300

The main event runs from 6:30pm-10:45pm, with the After-Party from 10:45pm-1am.

Find out more at:

Listen out for more information about the night on KISS FM and keep up to date by heading over to and by following @KISSFMUK on Twitter.

Absolute Radio And Shelter Present An Intimate Audience With Kasabian


Absolute Radio and Shelter are set to stage an exclusive and intimate gig with one of Britain’s biggest bands – Kasabian. The band will perform for just 500 people at London’s MODE on the 9th of September in aid of the housing and homelessness charity. This special show follows on from their European and Australian tour and a summer that has seen the band headline Glastonbury as well as their very own festival in their hometown of Leicester.  Expect classics from their previous smash albums along with material from their new album ‘48:14’.

Although tickets have now sold out but we’ll be giving away the last remaining tickets on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show next week.

Every 11 minutes, a family in Britain loses their home.  Shelter is there to make sure that no one has to fight homelessness on their own, but unprecedented demand means the charity is currently struggling to answer all of the calls for help it receives.  Since 2011, calls to the charity’s helpline have increased by 20%.  The tickets sold for this exclusive and unique Kasabian gig will helping over 600 families find and keep a home.

Sergio Pizzorno from Kasabian said:

“Everyone needs a place to call home. It keeps you grounded, and helps give you strength to push forward. What Shelter do is amazing, and we want to back that.”

Tracy Griffin, Shelter’s director of fundraising said:

“With more and more people having to stretch their finances to breaking point in a bid to make ends meet, it’s not hard to see why so many families across the country are facing the nightmare of losing their home. But as more people come to us desperate for support, sadly our helpline is also being stretched to its limits. Our advisers can be the difference between a family keeping their home or losing it. This Kasabian gig will raise much needed funds so we can help more families when the worst happens.”

Absolute Radio and Shelter present an Intimate Audience with Kasabian will broadcast at 9pm on Monday the 29th of September – Absolute Radio’s 6th birthday. The exclusive gig will also be filmed, making it available to view on-demand at afterwards.

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Bauer Radio Launches ‘Ad Embargo’ During Friday Drive-Time

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Bauer Radio has partnered with Auto Trader meaning that listeners to radio stations,  Magic 105.4, heat Radio , Planet Rock, Kerrang! Radio,  heat radio, Radio Borders, Wave, Clyde 1, Northsound 1 and Key 103 will notice less adverts during Friday drive-time.

The partnership, implemented by Vizeum, sees adverts being replaced by songs chosen by listeners. Listeners will be able to win the chance to choose a song during the ad free hour, with three winners per station. This is part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of Auto Trader’s ‘What Drives Us Is You’ positioning. The campaign will be supported by traditional sponsorship and ad spots across the Bauer network of radio stations, as well as digital billboard advertising. ‘Ad embargo’ is set to run for a total of eight weeks.

Jonathan Williams, marketing director at Auto Trader, said:

Offering UK motorists an ad-free hour every Friday evening will improve the driving experience and is a way for us to pay tribute to the 11 million Brits that use Auto Trader every month. We have been listening to UK motorists for 37 years, designing a market place based on their needs and feedback. Our ad-free radio hour celebrates their contribution, while expanding the concept of ‘What drives Us Is You’, for all those looking forward to a relaxing weekend ahead.

Jody Aird, head of performance planning at Vizeum, added:

With so many drivers listening to their radios, the journey home provides the perfect platform to thank Auto Trader’s loyal fans and customers.

Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker Nominated For Indie Champion Award

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Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker has been nominated for the Indie Champion Award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards. Independent labels were invited to nominate in the category and the list was shortlisted to the final 5 nominees by a panel of AIM Board members.

Alex has spent his whole life in and around the music industry. His DJing has seen him tour the globe with bands like Metallica, he’s played to thousands of fans and is responsible for some of the biggest Walls Of Death you will have seen.

He has helped break bands such as Bastille, Twin Atlantic and Deaf Havana on his ‘The Unsigned Show’ on Kerrang! Radio, where he lifts the lid on all of the best rock, indie and alternative unsigned artists from across the world.

The AIM Independent Music Awards is in its fourth year and will be taking place at London’s The Brewery on 2nd September 2014.

Catch Alex on ‘The Unsigned Show’ every Wednesday night from 10pm until Midnight or on ‘The Alex Baker Show’ every Sunday night from 9pm on Kerrang! Radio.