I love Radio Survivor, they get out to all sorts of places you wouldn't expect.
They've visited Raven Radio (KCAW) in Sitka, Alaska which is a wonderful example of rural radio as a lifeline.
They still use the station as a communications medium, reading messages to people on boats and in remote areas outside mobile and internet service.
The month is almost in double figures, so here's another month's worth of radio news and trivia from the UK broadcasting scene:
Excellent article from the Guardian about the plight of rural radio stations in the United States. Many of them are the last station in their community after others have left town and gone networked.
These radio stations in remote communities are of historic importance, having been going for years. But they're also of current importance as some of the only media outlets in these isolated regions.
Happened across this new blog - The Girl with the Radio. It's written by a broadcast DX enthusiast in southern England.
Really nice to see new people getting involved with radio and blogging about it!
Not a great week for radio.
Paul Darrow, actor in 70s/80s TV series Blakes 7 and more recently known to radio listeners as the "Voice of Jack" on the British Jack FM stations, has died.
Very sad news. Commercial radio giant John Myers passed away suddenly overnight, aged 60.
He was the man behind some of the biggest commercial radio stations of the 90s and 2000s, including CFM in Cumbria; the huge Century and Real Radio stations in Northern England, Scotland and Wales; and Smooth Radio.
I've still got a copy of his book somewhere, that he signed when I met him at a conference. One of the good guys of radio.
This is amazing stuff:
When you listen to your local BBC station (you do listen, right?) the only thing in your city is the presenter and a virtual mixing console.
Everything else - music, jingles, the actual system that produces what you hear on air - is on a server in London. It's all done down-the-line, in real time. I'm amazed it works at all.
Bad news from Australia following the election results there:
The Labor Party in Australia had proposed reversing recent budget cuts to ABC and SBS and restoring the ABC's axed short-wave broadcast service for remote territories.
The party that won the election is proposing further cuts to the ABC.
This is super interesting. An open hardware, open software SDR transceiver based on a chip normally used in broadband DSL modems.
The only link seems to be to a presentation on YouTube which I don't have time to sit and watch at present, but it looks like a fun project.
Would anyone like a monthly round-up of UK radio broadcasting news, sourced from obscure databases, local contacts and news sites all over the place?
No? Well, here you go anyway.
Reading the latest edition of the British DX Club publication "Communication".
There's an article about Medium Wave radio in Europe, detailing which countries are still on the air and noting that the UK is unusual in having DAB infrastructure alongside MW.
I'm not reprinting the whole thing - you should join BDXC, it's only a few pounds - but the article concludes "In the UK we are not very good at making decisions so I would expect that MW radio will be here for the foreseeable future."
Dull news story. Presenter leaves Radio Cumbria. 😴
> Despite all his celebrity interviews, he says his most memorable moments have come when discussing "taboo subjects" such as race or being transgender.
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I was up on the North York Moors over the weekend and weirdly picked up Sheffield Live! on 93.2. (Yes, it has an! exclamation! mark! like! Yahoo!.)
You can barely pick up Sheffield Live! in Sheffield, so I was surprised to hear it 50+ miles to the north.
Opinion: The "US Podcast" style of radio production needs to go away, fast.
The constant annoying, clattering, clanging music in the background, the quick-cuts from soundbite to soundbite, the silly sound effects.
I listened to this monstrosity (from a TED conference, no less) this morning. Stop it!
Caught this really interesting programme on the BBC yesterday:
It's part of a series called My Perfect City and this episode looks specifically at London's night-time economy. I didn't know radio's Amy Lamé was now working as Sadiq Khan's "night czar"!
The whole series is brilliant, I just happened to catch this one in the car.
Community radio applications out:
There seems to no longer be any rhyme nor reason to these application periods - they used to be regional, so you'd get all the North West applications, then all the Midlands applications. Now they seem fairly random.
Some familiar names return, a few stations that have closed in the past appear to be coming back to haunt us.
"A radio show produced by the homeless to tell their stories, their way."
This is what local radio should be doing, but it's taken an excellent charity and NESTA funding to make it happen.
Watch out, radio people. I'm hearing that there's a commercial radio station on Merseyside advertising for presentation staff on a "you get paid if you get a sponsor for your show" basis.
This is not legal and they are falling foul of minimum wage laws by operating in this manner. If you come across this person, politely tell them no.
Screaming into the void about radio, media, geography, very occasionally politics and how they intersect.