For twelve years, the Glastonbury festival in south-west England has had its own on-site radio station.
Worthy FM 87.7 plays music from bands appearing at the festival and provides travel and all-important weather information for people approaching and on the festival site, which attracts over 135,000 people.
This is a really nice little radio-themed game/interactive novel. It's not especially long, I played through it in an hour or so, but it's entertaining and different.
Tomorrow night at this time (21:30 UTC or 22:30 British time), the BBC World Service will broadcast its traditional Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast to the staff over-wintering at the British Antarctic Survey bases.
Music requests and messages from families and British celebrities are broadcast.
Frequencies will be 5875 and 9455 kHz (from Woofferton in the UK) and 7360 (from Ascension island in the Atlantic).
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.
Screaming into the void about radio, media, geography, very occasionally politics and how they intersect.
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