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Dutch Medium Wave opened to hobbies

Christian station Groot Nieuws Radio in Holland left its AM slot at at the tyurn of 2019. The station, which had a 200 kilowatt signal on 1008AM from a site just North East of Amsterdam, has been forced to move to DAB by the transmission company abandoning all its AM sites. The station has been served notice to quit the site on Flevopolder and is now seeking new transmission arrangements. 

Holland's last public service station, Nostaligia 747  on AM closed a year ago. Nostalgia had been broadcasting with 400 KW on 747 AM for several years.

Meanwhile hobby radio is flourishing in the Netherlands with over two hundred small stations now licensed to use either 30 or 100 watts on a variety of medium wave frequencies. In 2019, the former Radio Seagull frequency 1602 is also to be made available to hobby stations.  

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10 DAB trial areas' success
All ten new areas in the small scale DAB experiment are now broadcasting, with the Portsmouth multiplex also carrying some DAB+ transmissions, the first in the UK.

OFCOM chose to ignore small areas where new entrants could have really made a difference, such as Margate, Hull and Scarborough. Indeed, Yorkshire, like many areas, was completely ignored in OFCOM's plans.

The successful applicants now on the air are:

Angel Radio, bringing Angel Xtra, Express FM, JAMM Radio, Mango Vibe, The Flash and Triple Hits to Portsmouth.
BFBS Aldershot, bringing BFBS Aldershot, BFBS Radio, BFBS Gurkha, Radio Frimley Park, Radio Woking and The Breeze to Aldershot.
Brighton & Hove Radio, bringing Juice 107.2, Radio Reverb, Smile Sussex, Totallyradio, Resonance and Brighton City Student Radio to Brighton & Hove.
Celador Radio, bringing Hub Radio, BFBS Gurkha, Ujima Radio, BSR 103.4fm, BCfm 93.2, Somer Valley Radio, The Breeze and BFBS Radio to Bristol.
Future Digital Norfolk, bringing Future Radio, Norwich 99.9, The Music Machine, Solar Radio, Jazz FM, Totallyradio and Future Plus to Norfolk.
Niocast Digital, bringing Panjab Radio, Revolution 96.2, Manchester Business Radio, The Steve Penk Wind-Up Channel, Chris Country and Gaydio to Manchester.
Switch Radio, bringing Switch Radio, Scratch Radio, Gaydio, Oak FM and Touch FM to Birmingham
Scrimshaws Information Directories, bringing Your Radio, Celtic Music Radio, Pulse FM and Go Radio to Glasgow.
U.DAB, bringing Resonance, London Greek Radio, Rinse FM, NuSound Radio, Reprezent, Solar Radio and Crackers Radio to London.
UKRD, bringing Star Radio, Gaydio, Chris Country, Core Radio and Cambridge 105 to Cambridge.

UPDATES:  The 9 month trial was extended to 2 years and the Government  passed new legislation in 2017, authorising the expansion of  the small scale DAB network to around sixty stations. OFCOM invited expressions of interest in Summer 2018 and are expected to announce new licenses shortly for the areas where there was most response.

Amazing Radio has become the latest station to stop broadcasting on DAB, saying that it saw its brand as being a global one, rather than local. It "thought it made sense to keep ‘proper radio’ in the mix, even though most people now listen online and on apps, and our London audience is a tiny proportion of the total."

The station disappered from DAB radios in London following fanancial disagreements with the MUX owner, SwitchDigital, who claimed they were pulling the stations feed for  non payment of carriage bills, as it was unfair to give anyone preferential treatment.

"As Amazing Radio expanded and listenership became ever more global, we wondered if it made sense to spend so much money on a limited platform in one city," said a station spokesman. 

"Today phones can put every radio station in pockets and cars. Do we really serve new music best with London DAB?"




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A low power Class C AM station, KYPA in Los Angeles,  is being sold for over $6m. 

The Woori Media Group, will continue to broadcast for part of the day in Korean, a language already on three other radio stations in the city. LA has the largest number of Korean speakers in the USA. 

The station has a long history in LA, coming on the air in 1927 and it was thought to be the last one in the USA to transmit using a T Aerial.

Radio 1230 AM  is on 1230 AM and has a directional pattern to protect other stations also on 1230. The transaction requires FCC approval as its being sold to a consortium which includes two South Korean businessmen.   There are two other stations in LA that broadcast entirely in Korean - KMPC and KFOX.

The London-based dance music station run by the Ministry of Sound has closed most of its outlets.

Although some shows can still be heard on Tune-In, where it recently had 480,000 followers, the station's other outlets are running a looped announcement telling listeners that "Ministry of Sound Radio is no longer broadcasting. The station was previously on DAB and online. 

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The Ministry of Sound web site shows a page saying: "MoS Radio is taking some time off the air while we work on exciting new projects.  We look forward to sharing with you the next stage of Ministry of Sound and want to thank you for listening."

MoS Radio was previously was heard on DAB in London and also in some parts of Scotland but was replaced by the Yorkshire Galaxy FM in 2002. It's now become a Capital outlet.

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remains the biggest commercial radio station in the Netherlands, reaching over 11% of the market.

Close behind is National pubcaster Radio 2.   Q-Radio is now in third place with Radio 10 catching up fast and now reaching 9.2% of the Dutch radio audience.

Other private stations such as Veronica and 100%NL form a 'third tier' with less than 4% share, but EPower has surged to a 6% figurea after an intense period of clever marketing.

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The expansion of small scale DAB radio in the UK has finally received the 'Green light' from both the Queen and Parliament.

A private members bill promoted by MP finally received the Royal Assent from HM The Queen at the very end of the Parliament.

Her Majesty's signature on the bill enables the DCMS (the Government department responsible for cultural affairs, which includes radio) to instruct OFCOM, its agents, to start licensing more small DAB multiplexes. 

A trial phase of small scale stations covering ten areas was launched three years ago and has been very successful. It offers both DAB+ and the much older DAB transmission to listeners in Portsmouth, Manchester, etc.  OFCOM are now inviting applications for new small scale DAB stations.

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"And with Amazing Record Co. releases aired on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6Music, Kerrang, Planet Rock and XFM (so far), should we also be a terrestrial station?"

"So with heavy hearts but clear minds we came off London DAB last Friday. People kept tweeting – not about DAB, but about the awesome music they were still discovering. That’s what counts."
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FCC Warning to Pirates

The FCC’s mission of shutting down pirate broadcasters continues. Mr Anslo Alezy of Irvington and Lawrence Mason of East Orange were both warned to turn off their stations by the Commission. Alezy was accused of operating an illegal station at 88.1 FM from his home in Irvington, NJ,  and Mason was accused of operating his pirate radio station at 107.9 from his building in East Orange. Both were given ten days to respond to the government and shut down their radio stations.
The BBC has replaced its BBCiPlayer with a new app, called BBC SOUNDS.

The new app brings together live radio, podcasts and other 'on demand' recordings and has options to select output by type - such as science and technology, or various music genres. 

The app is available to download now on iTunes and is being soft  launched until some refinements are completed.


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New Director of England role

Helen Thomas has been appointed Director of England at the BBC. She will have control over all the BBC's 39 local radio stations as well as regional TV operations in her new role.

Helen began her career in ILR before joining the BBC, then Yorkshire TV. While Managing Editor at Radio Humberside she also oversaw the regional TV operation linking East Yorkshire into Lincolnshire

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Newbie Lessons
Former Radio Caroline star DJ Ian MacRae has just released a new episode of his popular podcast “A Radio Station Like No Other”.  It features samples of some of the best of recent programs broadcast by Wilton Bay’s own renegade radio station Seventh Wave FM - uncensored!
There’s a preview of the entertainment at BONKS BRASSERIE AND BAR and this time it’s a truly weird novelty act from Japan. His name is SAIKO FUKUYO. Woz the traffic reporter checks out Wilton Bay traffic in  radio’s weirdest traffic report.
Ian's friend George the one-legged Greek, has written an inspirational poem about being an amputee. And there's another great parody from Brian Coleman saluting Vladimir Putin’s new ballistic missile system. A song that’s right on target! 

You can listen to the 2SM morning star's podcast online or subscribe to it for free on iTunes (which has now been rebranded as Apple Podcasts) or Android at this link
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BBC closes major music studio
The BBC's world renowned known MAIDA VALE studios in West London will be closed as part of the corporations cost reduction exercise. Maida Vale Studios has been in use since the 1930s and has hosted perfromances by most major music names, from the Beatles to Cliff and various classical music orchestras. 
BBC tightens its belt
After 75 years in a plush country mansion just outside Reading, BBC Monitoring has left Caversham Park in a slimming exercise by the Corporation. The BBC's academics, translators and professional listeners are being relocated to London to save £4m.

Minster FM DJ Roxanne Pallett has been discharged from Hull Royal Infirmary after being airlifted there from Bridlington when a car stunt crash went wrong.

Roxanne seems to have found the secret of eternal youth, as she was still playing the part of a teenager in Waterloo Road when she was 29!

After further controversay on a reality TV programme, Roxanne has now left her shows on Minster FM

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"Station may tweak"

UK regulator OFCOM has approved LoveSport's request to ammend its programming remit for its output on 558 KHz AM. It may now offer a speech service focussing on sports plus some topical content and local information," removing the requirement to offer business news or foreign language content.

£3m  funds for ILR talk
The UK Government's department of Media and Cultural Services has announced a new fund of £1m a year for public service programmes on ILR stations.   The money will be made available to small production companies from 2019 with a preference being given to programmes in languages other than English.
UK based online radio stations are being solicited to use the LIVE 365 broadcasting service, after the American service provider claimed to have reached an agreement with the major UK copyright bodies, PRS and PPL.

Live 365 closed for a while and then had a geo-block service for UK listeners for the last two years after the Webcaster Settlement Act changed the rates of royalties for small webasters. “Our mission is to expand by offering audio content to users around the world while ensuring rights holders are fairly compensated,” says Live365’s CEO, Jon Stephenson.

Live 365 can now expand and deliver the most diverse audio content to users around the world, while ensuring rights holders are fairly compensated,” saidd Live365’s CEO, Jon Stephenson.

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