Two Brand New DAB Digital Radio Stations to hit the airwaves

KISS FM UK is getting ready to unleash two brand new radio stations across London this December – KISSTORY (Non Stop Old Skool and Anthems) and KISS FRESH (Non-Stop New Beats), giving fans of Hip-Hop, R&B, EDM, House and Garage beatsthe option to go back in time and into the future with non-stop 24/7 tunes.

KISSTORY spins the biggest tune’s from the likes of Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Usher, Justin Timberlake, TLC, Eminem, J-Lo, Ne-Yo, Basement Jaxx, So Solid Crew, Wiley, Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat.

As the week gathers pace and the weekend draws closer, the team serves up the party vibes  through your speakers with a weekly fix of ‘KISSTORY Dance Anthems’ and it doesn’t stop there.

KISSTORY lives on beyond the radio with huge compilation album releases and massive club nights in London and Bristol. The next events in the calendar come this New Year ’s Eve with two club events from both cities, helping to bring in 2015 in style, while the latest album release is available to download and purchase from stores now.

KISS FRESH is where you’ll find exclusive first plays of some of the biggest club tracks right now from the hottest artists and producers in the industry. Think David Guetta, Chris Brown, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj, Jeremih, Fuse ODG, Sigma, Clean Bandit and Wretch 32 mixed in with some of this year’s freshest acts like Kiesza, Year & Years, Sigma, Blonde and George The Poet.

The week continues to turn it up into the weekend, playing the best in new dance, house, bass line and hip hop beats with shows from top DJs like Tough Love, TS7 and Mike Delinquent.

With the launch of KISSTORY and KISS FRESH, the KISS FM UK team are searching to find the next KISS FRESH presenter, the ‘KISS Chosen One’ – an incredible platform for all aspiring DJs out there.

Presenters like KISS FRESH’sCharlie Tee know all too well how life-changing the process can be having won the competition last year and you don’t necessarily have to win it to be in it. Contestants like Tinea Taylor, Alex Mansuroglu and Joe Flemons have all gone on to present daily shows on KISS FRESH.

KISSTORY and KISS FRESH will be available in London on DAB digital radio from 12th December 2014, in addition to the online players, Freeview TV and the free to download KISS KUBE mobile app. In order to receive the station’s digital frequencies, make sure you re-tune your DAB Digital Radio to get the most up to date stations including KISSTORY and KISS FRESH. For more information on how to do this, head to

Video entries for ‘KISS Chosen One’ can be uploaded from 5th January 2015 before the live auditions take place at Westfield London City on Saturday 24th- Sunday 25th January 2015. 

For more information and to purchase KISSTORY NYE tickets visit




Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell has been inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. Whilst hosting the event, Christian was taken by surprise as Radio Academy Chairman, Ben Cooper who revealed him to be the eighth inductee.

Christian has been recognised in celebration of winning more Radio Academy Awards than any other broadcaster and for his work in creating some of the most talked-about and creative content in the last two decades.

Also inducted was Radio City/City Talk’s late-night legend Pete Price. Pete’s been a fixture on Liverpool’s airwaves since the 1980s with a show that is a must-listen.

During the special lunch at The Savoy Hotel in London, Jo Whiley, Vanessa Feltz, Trevor Nelson, Nicky Campbell, Alan Brazil and Barry Cryer were also presented with the prestigious honours. Fellowships were awarded to Ben Cooper, Scott Taunton and Fi Glover.

Gloria Abramoff, Interim CEO of The Radio Academy, said:

The Radio Academy are so thrilled to honour these true heroes of the radio industry. All are so deserving of the honour, and we commend their continued excellence in the industry.



George Ezra, Simple Minds & The Smashing Pumpkins – Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions 2014

It’s the Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions 2014 and man of the moment, singer-songwriter, George Ezra, 80s legends Simple Minds and 90s rockers The Smashing Pumpkins are getting in the festive spirit for three exclusive, live performances from One Golden Square this week and beyond. The sessions promise to serve up  their usual brand of spell-bounding, spine-tingling, stripped down, sets to get everyone in the mood for Christmas. This year’s performers are following in the footsteps of artists from previous years including the likes of Jake Bugg, Tori Amos, Kodaline, Tom Odell, Stereophonics, Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons.

George Ezra rose to prominence with the release of his hit single ‘Budapest’ as he continues to top the charts world-wide with his brand of deep vocals and catchy original songs. ‘Listen to the man’, the second single from his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’, features none other than Sir Ian McKellen in the video.

 Simple Minds, the Scottish rockers who shot to fame in the 80s with international hits ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’ and ‘Belfast Child’, will bring their unique and timeless style to the sessions as the core of the band’s founding members Jim Kerr (vocals), Charlie Burchill (Guitar, Keyboards and more) lead the way. The band’s new album ‘Big Music ‘ has been highly acclaimed as their best in years.

 Billy Corgan’s The Smashing Pumpkins made their mark in the 90s with chart-topping albums including ‘Siamese Dream’ and ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ which have translated into tens of millions of record sales world-wide. The performance will showcase classic tracks along with songs from their eagerly anticipated 9th studio album ‘Monuments to an Elegy’ out December 9th

 Stay tuned for featured interviews and live sessions on demand via and listen in to the on-air specials detailed below.

 Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions On-Air Specials

George Ezra - Sunday 7th December 9pm

Smashing Pumpkins - Tuesday 9th December 9pm

Simple Minds - Thursday 18th December 9pm

Olly Murs & Caroline Flack, Take That, Idris Elba, Boyzone, Martin Kemp Join Magic Radio this Christmas

Olly and CarolineMagic Radio has announced a star-studded line-up of presenters to accompany their festive programming schedule as they gear up to go national on DAB in January 2015. Much-loved presenting duo Olly Murs & Caroline Flack will to take to the airwaves in their joint radio debut with top shows on the way from pop’s finest – the mighty Take That, as well as one of the UK’s hottest home-grown actors and part-time musicians to break Hollywood – Idris Elba.

The Christmas programmes kick off with Take That on Sunday 30th November between 1pm – 3pm ahead of ‘That Take Day’ on Monday 1st December. Listeners will be given the chance to get their hands on copies of their new album ‘III’ along with tickets to see them at the O2 next year. Spandau Ballet‘s Martin Kemp sits in for Rick Astley for the next two Sundays between 1pm- 3pm  getting us into the Christmas spirit and playing some of his festive favourites.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack debut on Christmas morning from 10am-12pm on Thursday 25th December. The pair will then be heard on Wednesday 31st December from 6pm- 8pm as they get you in the mood to kick off New Year’s Eve with all the sing-along favourites.

Commenting ahead of their joint radio debut Caroline Flack said,

We’re going to be accompanying families all over London as they get ready to celebrate Christmas and New Years Eve. Get your festive feel on the boil and join us.

Fellow presenter Olly Murs added,

If you’re not in your Christmas jumpers we’ll be disappointed.

Throughout December, Magic Radio’s ‘Behind the Music’ slot, which broadcasts every Sunday from 6-8pm, will feature special spotlight shows and interviews with Boyzone who discuss new album ‘Dublin to Detroit’ as well as the one and only Idris Elba who gives the low down on his album ‘mi Mandela’.

Magic will become a national radio station from the 5th of January, for details of how to listen go to



Take That presents the Rick Astley Show

Sunday 30th November 1pm-3pm

Take That sit in for Magic Radio presenter and 80s legend Rick Astley


Boyzone ‘Behind The Music’

Sunday 30th November 6pm-8pm

Throughout December, Magic Radio’s ‘Behind the Music’ slot, which broadcasts every Sunday from 6-8pm, will feature a special spotlight show and interview with Boyzone who discuss new album ‘Dublin to Detroit’


Take That Day

Monday 1st December

Listeners will be given the chance to get their hands on copies of their new album ‘III’ along with tickets to see them at the O2 next year


Idris Elba ‘Behind The Music’

Sunday 7th December 6pm-8pm

Throughout December, Magic Radio’s ‘Behind the Music’ slot, which broadcasts every Sunday from 6-8pm, will feature a special spotlight show and interview with the one and only Idris Elba who gives the low down on his album ‘mi Mandela’


Martin Kemp presents the Rick Astley Show

Sunday 7th & Sunday 14th December

Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp deputises for Magic Radio presenter and 80s legend Rick Astley


Christmas Day with Olly Murs & Caroline Flack

Thursday 25th December 10am-12pm

Olly and Caroline bring the Christmas spirit on Christmas morning


Boxing Day on Magic Radio

Friday 26th December

10am-12pm – Kim Wilde

3pm- Nick Snaith

6pm – Gary Vincent

Kim Wilde’s ‘Request Show’ play some of the biggest songs of the year with all of your Christmas Favourites before Nick Snaith presents ‘Nothing But…Karaoke’ Favourites ahead of Gary Vincent’s ‘Magic 80’s


New Years Eve with Olly Murs & Caroline Flack

Wednesday 31st December 6pm-8pm

Olly and Caroline get you in the mood to kick off New Year’s Eve with all the sing-along favourites


Brian MBrian Murphy has been crowned ‘Radio Producer of the Year’ at the Radio Production Awards 2014. It’s the highest honour a producer can be given and it was a double for Brian who also scooped documentary maker of the year for the ad-funded programming series, Pioneers. This examined seminal moments in music and sound. Brian beat off competition from the BBC and Independent Sector.

His series The Pioneers was described by the judges as

some of the most impactful and memorable radio which the judges have ever heard.

In what marked a double success for Brian, he was also awarded the Best Documentary/Feature Maker for delivery with “immediacy and verve which made it compelling listening.”

Congratulations on nominations also go to Llia Apostolou and Joe Adams on being recognised among the best of the best.

The winners of the 2014 Radio Production Awards, the UK’s most prestigious radio production accolades, organised by The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group (RIG), were announced last night in a ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne.

The Awards recognise the unsung heroes of radio and reflect the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated excellence in UK radio production, both in-house and in the independent radio production sector.