Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 25.08.17

This week’s blog takes a look at local radio’s political backing, a farewell to a member of Heart FM and a celebration of everyones favourite north Norfolk digital radio DJ and much more!

Local radio is a hit with Labour leader. A certain Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has spoken up about the importance of local radio during a recent interview with Blackpool station, Radio Waze. It would be easy to believe that Mr Corbyn made a number of new fans when stating that local radio provided an ‘incredibly valuable service’, which helps ‘keep communities together and improve the lives of everybody’.

Read more on what Labour Leader Corbyn said here.


Heart London bids farewell to their Managing Editor, Gary Stein.

After four years at Global, Gary Stein has decided to “move back home to the north west to be closer to his family”, says Globals Director of Broadcasting, Richard Park.

Read more about Gary’s departure here.


Classic FM has been gifted the special privilege of having a radio play created about its birth. “The Pazza Factor: the story of the birth of Classic FM” will go out on Tuesday 5th September 8-10pm. The play is being created to celebrate Classic FM’s 25 years of broadcasting. The play was directed by BBC Radio comedy legend Bill Dare, who is the producer of Dead Ringers, The Now Show and many other successful programs.

Read more about The Pazza Factor here.


Not for the first time and it certainly won't be the last, we want to help promote the battle against gender stereotyping within the industry. Keith Weed, CMCO of Unilever, has written a piece for Marketing Week, encouraging everyone in the industry to join forces and help banish gender stereotypes.

Read more of what Keith has to say here.


The 25th anniversary of Alan Partridge’s BBC Radio debut will be marked with a special hour-long show on BBC Two later this year.

There is much more coming from Partridge in the upcoming year, click here to find out more.


Podcast of the Week:

This week’s podcast to listen to is one I only recently stumbled across via a recommendation from another favourite podcast of mine. It’s an American podcast part of the Maximum Fun network.

It is of course, as the heading above gives away, Oh No, Ross and Carrie. Each episode of the show deals with an investigation of a religion, fringe group, or fringe science practice. They explore the nature of belief, and always find the humour in life’s biggest mysteries.

The episode that drew me in was the 5 parter as they joined the quiet modern and controversial church of Scientology. You can find the list of episodes here.


Visit us next week to discover more top audio related stories!

BY: Niall Killeney Taylor