For one night only, Eddie Izzard will take part in Stand up for Shelter – an exclusive evening of comedy on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith in London.

Eddie will join a stellar line up of comedians, including Josh Widdicombe, Sara Pascoe and Absolute Radio’s Rob Beckett as they come together to raise money for the housing and homelessness charity. Along with other special guests that are still to be announced. Absolute Radio is the official radio partner for Stand Up for Shelter, and the evening will be hosted by our very own Christian O’Connell.

Every penny raised from the event will go towards helping Shelter to make sure that they can be there to support all those struggling with bad housing and homelessness.

Eddie Izzard, said:

It’s great to be doing a gig for Shelter, who are a lifeline for people battling to keep a roof over their heads. With demand for their services increasing every day, Shelter needs as much support as possible to make sure no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. So please buy a ticket, have a laugh, and support a great charity at the same time.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said:

We’re delighted that Eddie and so many other brilliant comedy acts will be coming together for one night only to raise money for Shelter. Buying a ticket for Stand Up for Shelter will not only guarantee a phenomenal night of comedy, but help us to continue to be there for everyone who needs us.

Tickets for this one-off night of comedy are on sale now at with all proceeds going straight to Shelter.

Follow @Shelter for event information and updates.

KISS FM UK wins ‘Best Radio Station’ at the Urban Music Awards.

Some great news from One Golden Square! For the second year running, KISS FM UK have been crowned the ‘Best Radio Station’ at the 12th annual Urban Music Awards after seeing off some stiff competition from nominees including 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Juice FM.

The Urban Music awards ceremony is held annually in the USA, UK, France, Caribbean, and Japan and recognises the achievement of urban based artists, producers, club nights, DJ’s , radio stations, record labels and artist from the current Dance/R&B, HipHop, Neo Soul, Jazz, and dance music scene.

Kiss FM UK’s Group Programming Director Andy Roberts tweeted this snap of KISS FM’s DJ Neev from the awards which took place in London on 15th November.

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Well done team KISS!



Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced that London leads the world in digital radio with over 60 digital radio stations, the most of any major city in the world.

The Mayor joined forces with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy and key senior figures from the UK’s radio industry in London’s Leicester Square, to celebrate the diversity of London digital stations and to announce the launch of three new London stations and a new national station.

Londoners can receive up to 65 stations on DAB digital radio ranging from national stations such as Classic FM, LBC, BBC Radio 6 Music, Kiss and Absolute Radio, to local stations including language stations like Polish Radio London, Voice of Russia, French Radio London, Sunrise and Panjab, as well as specialist music and speech stations including Fun Kids, BFBS, Jazz FM and Gaydio, among many others. Much of London can also receive local DAB stations from the Home Counties.

The new London digital stations announced were financial station Share Radio which launched this week, and new extensions of Kiss Radio, Kisstory and Kiss Fresh which launch in January on London DAB. Our CEO Paul Keenan also announced that London station Magic would launch as a national station on DAB in January.  Bauer Media leads the way in commercial digital listening, with over 52% of all listening to Bauer stations via a digital platform, compared to an industry average of 37%.

Global Radio announced that it is launching two digital stations – Smooth Christmas on 15 November, and the brand new Smooth Extra on 27 December (replacing Smooth Christmas).

Digital radio is very popular in London with over 63% of radio listeners listening on a digital platform each week, and fewer than 30% of Londoners now listening to only analogue radio (FM/AM). In London homes, the share of digital listening now exceeds the share of analogue listening. 54% of Londoners now have a DAB digital radio (Rajar Q3 2014).

Following a boost to the London digital radio signal in London, at the time of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, DAB coverage reaches almost 100% of the population and all roads. Additionally, there is now 4G coverage across the whole of Greater London and 150 London Underground tube stations have Wifi which means that commuters can also listen to radio on smartphones whilst on the move.

BFBS (The British Forces Broadcasting Service) announced at the London event that they would be broadcasting from the Royal British Legion “Silence in the Square” event in Trafalgar Square yesterday, to commemorate Armistice Day.


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, says:

As a world beating city bursting with creativity and diversity, it is fitting that London can claim the most digital radio stations on DAB. With increasing connectivity across the city, Londoners have a wealth of listening choices whether at home or on the move.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, said

London loves radio.  Digital radio has allowed more radio stations to launch and our capital has embraced this extra choice. The UK has an extremely vibrant media industry with radio as an integral part.  The sheer number of radio stations available in the capital is testament to the strength of the UK radio industry.

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said

Londoners benefit from great digital coverage and over a choice of over 60 stations on DAB which is why over 60% of listeners are already listening to digital radio at home, at work and on the move.

Paul Keenan, CEO of Bauer Media, commented

 The growth of digital means more great radio for the growing London audience. Digital stations Kiss Fresh and Kisstory will be a great success in London. London-born Magic looks forward to a new, national future – again enabled by DAB. With more than 52% of listening on digital platforms, Bauer’s future is digital.


Facts and figures:

• In London 63% of radio listeners listen to a digital platform (digital reach), vs the UK average of 57%.
• In London, in home there is a greater share of listening to digital (47%) than listening to analogue (43%).
• 54% of Londoners have a DAB radio at home vs UK average of 48.7%.



Absolute Radio has recieved four nominations for the Radio Academy’s Production Awards.

Congratulations in no particular order to:

Llia Apostolou is nominated for Best Multi-Platform Creator. Llia’s entry focused on the amazing work she has done for Absolute 80s’ social media. It’s growth and engagement are amazing and she’s really perfected the station’s tone of voice.
Brian Murphy is nominated for Best Documentary/Feature Maker. Brian’s nomination comes for the ad-funded programming series which we created for Volkswagen Golf. It was beautifully soundscaped, critically acclaimed and innovative in not only its subject but it’s style.
Joe Adams is once again nominated for Best Live Music Producer/Engineer. Lovely Joe was responsible for so many of 2013/2014’s greatest sessions. He did some incredible work, not only in our zoo sessions but also in some of the weird and wonderful venues that we’ve taken our gigs to. (Joe is currently the reigning champ in this award so brilliant that he’s nominated)
Finally Sam Coley is nominated for Best Music Entertainment Producer. You won’t know Sam – he’s a lecturer at Birmingham University and last year he approached Martyn Lee/Tim Vernon and asked whether he could make a documentary for Absolute 80s about his music icon David Bowie. We already had one Bowie series on Absolute Radio, but this was very different, it would focus on 30 years since Bowie released Let’s Dance. Sam had already had a Radio Academy Award nomination for his UB:40 show for us, so it was an easy yes.
In total Bauer has 6 nominations with Tony McShane from Metro/TFM getting two nominations (well done to him).
To put this in context – Bauer has the same number of nods as the BBC and double that of Global Radio.
The winners are announced by Lauren Laverne at a ceremony on Tuesday 25th November, so not long to wait.

Absolute Radio’s Jon Champion and Pete Donaldson nominated for the Football Supporters Federation awards 2014


Rock N Roll Football’s Jon Champion and Pete Donaldson have been nominated for the prestigious Football Supporters Federation awards 2014.

Jon has been nominated as the ‘Football Commentator of the Year’. For him to be recognised after just three months at the station is a real achievement and testament to his incredible talent.

Pete has been nominated for ‘Football Podcast of the Year’ along with his Football Ramble team. The show is consistently achieving strong ratings, reviews and a Top 10 position in the iTunes chart podcast chart/

We’d love you to vote for them both along with some of your other favourites from the world of football.  To vote visit:

Voting will close at midday on Monday 24th November, with the winners announced at the awards dinner on Monday 1st December at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

This weekend you can hear Jon Champion and Clarke Carlisle bring you live and exclusive Barclays Premier League commentary of West Ham v Aston Villa from 3pm. Russ Williams will have the build-up from 1.30pm and Ian Wright and Ian Stone will have fun, friends and fans on the phone when the full-time whistle blows.