Radio Days (Radiodager)

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Absolute Radio’s Content Director, Tony Moorey is set to speak at the forthcoming ‘Radio Days’ events held in Stockholm and Oslo on 18th and 19th September respectively.

Radio Days is a two day academic conference with an aim to be a source of inspiration for those involved in radio. Professionals, media students and other radio people are asked to join the conference, with a number of highly acclaimed industry executives giving talks at the event. Tony will be joined by other high-profile speakers including Magic FM’s Tony Blackburn, John Peake, Anna Sale and Helen Thomas.

Tony will discuss InStream, Absolute Radio’s innovative, targeted, personalised ‘logged in and listening’ advertising solution as well as the informally named ‘Project Banana’, the latest in innovative thinking  from the station which enables listeners of Absolute Radio the ability to choose between different playlists at Breakfast.

Kasabian Perform For Absolute Radio, Raising Over £22,000 For Shelter

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It’s been an amazing year so far for Kasabian, who last night treated only 500 people to an intimate Absolute Radio gig at Mode Notting Hill. The gig was in aid of the housing and homeless charity Shelter, with an aim to help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Over £22,000 was raised on the night, through ticket sales and collections, which will aid over 600 families find and keep a home.

The guys performed a number of classic songs from past albums as well as showcasing tracks from their new album ’48:13’ including Days Are Forgotten, Re-Wired, Thick As Thieves and Bumblebee.

This special show followed on from Kasabian’s European and Australian tour and a summer that has seen the band headline Glastonbury as well as their Leicester homecoming gig.
Fan of the band, American actor, director and screen-writer Zach Braff was amongst the 500 lucky audience members.  Best known for his role as ‘John Dorian’ in Scrubs, Braff’s in town to promote his new film ‘Wish I was Here’. Comedians and Absolute Radio presenters Rob Beckett, Danny Wallace and Christian O’Connell were among others who also watched the performance.

Before the next phase of 2014 and jetting-off to America, Serge sat down with Absolute Radio’s Pete Mitchell for an exclusive chat.

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You can listen to the full interview and live tracks from Absolute Radio and Shelter’s gig with Kasabian on 29th September from 8pm. Visit www.absoluteradio.co.uk for more

 

Kerrang! Introduce ‘Fresh Blood’

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Kerrang! will mobilise their entire network across television, radio, print and online for the first multi-platform new rock music initiative in the UK, under the ‘Fresh Blood’ banner. Each platform will unite to seek out and nurture the very best in unsigned and independent label talent from the alternative UK music scene with one chosen act to receive a full showcase and maximum exposure across the network every Wednesday. The property also provides an opportunity for brand and sponsor partners to connect with a passionate and engaged audience.

‘Fresh Blood’ will combine the already hugely popular properties of Alex Baker’s ‘The Unsigned Show’ on Kerrang! Radio and the ‘Introducing’ feature in Kerrang! Magazine authored by New Music Editor Jennyfer  J. Walker.  Both entities will now carry the Fresh Blood name, as they uncover a ‘Featured Artist of The Week’ in conjunction with new segments on Kerrang! TV and Kerrang.com. The chosen band will also receive further airplay on Johnny Dooms weekday 7pm – 10pm show on Kerrang! Radio.

Kerrang! Radio reaches just shy of 900,000 listeners each week, while Kerrang! Magazine, the world’s biggest selling Rock Magazine reaches out to 252,000 readers in the UK. Kerrang.com hosts 525,000 monthly unique users while Kerrang! TV, the UK’s #1 Rock music channel broadcasts to 3.1m viewers. The Fresh Blood entity is available for client partnerships and sponsorship opportunities.

Listen, read and watch Fresh Blood every Wednesday with Alex Baker’s Fresh Blood show on Kerrang! Radio from 10pm, check out Kerrang! Magazine’s feature issues and Kerrang! TV’s talent showcase. Keep up to date via www.kerrang.com and on twitter using #KERRANGFRESHBLOOD.

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3 Of The Top 20 iTunes Comedy Podcasts For Absolute Radio

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Absolute Radio lays claim to 3 of the ‘Top 20 Comedy podcasts’ on iTunes this week, with a homepage feature promotion for Frank Skinner along with new presenters Rob Beckett and Danny Wallace.

Just in case you didn’t know, Frank hosts his award winning Absolute Radio show every Saturday morning from 8am with co-presenters Alun Cochrane and Emily Dean. The show’s popularity has rocketed since it began in March 2009 and boasts the most successful podcast in commercial radio.

Mr Skinner has thus far picked up Sony Gold for ‘Best Entertainment Show’ and most recently, a Radio Acadamy Gold for Best Speech Programme of the Year in 2014.

Filmmaker, comedian, writer and radio presenter, Danny Wallace, joined the station in August this year and presents his show ‘Masters of Man Time’ with co-presenter Pete Donaldson. The duo guide men through the modern world with a mix of music and ‘man chat’ every Thursday evening from 8-9pm.

Rob Beckett, another newbie to Absolute Radio, presents Rock ‘N’ Roll Football from 2-6pm every Sunday. Rob is best known for starring on popular comedy TV shows such as BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, BBC2’s Mock The Week, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice as well as his role as resident comedian in the jungle each year on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! Most recently Rob performed in his debut tour which saw him playing to sell out venues across the UK.

Bauer Media’s Place Portfolio Signs Paddy McGuinness

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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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