Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 06.10.17

This week’s blog looks at one UK Minister’s view on digital radio, two departures for Bauer and the return of a much loved and fascinating podcast.

The future of UK radio looks set to be digital. Matt Hancock, the UK’s Minister of State for Digital, called for shifts in radio production to make all new devices digital by default. The Minister spoke at the Drive to Digital event where 250 industry executives including audio and radio manufacturers were present.

Read about what Mr Hancock had to say here.


From Magic to Smooth, Gary Vincent will be hosting the nation’s evenings on Smooth Radio. The long-serving Magic presenter has been hired by Global, taking over from Chris Skinner.

Read more about Gary’s move to Smooth here.


This week we see the second departure from Bauer Network as co-host Emma Jones is set to leave Viking FM’s Breakfast show. Emma is joining Signal 1 to co-present alongside current host John Fox. Emma said: “Having grown up listening to Signal breakfast, I can’t believe I’m going to work at the station that’s been part of my life for so many years. I can’t wait to get on-air with Foxy and start chatting with listeners in Staffordshire and Cheshire.”

Read more on Emma’s new show here.


This week, Ofcom received two declarations of intent to apply for the local FM commercial radio licence for Ipswich. Celador Radio, who are the current licence holders, are facing competition from neighbouring DAB stations, MuxCo Suffolk. A spokesperson for MuxCo has stated: “MuxCo Suffolk’s a big believer in local radio – whether that’s analogue or digital. With the recent changes to Town 102, there’s now no local commercial radio based in Ipswich, so we think there’s a great opportunity to create a brilliant station for the area that will be broadcast on FM and DAB Digital Radio.”

Read more on battle of Ipswich here.


Podcast of the Week:

After a year-long break, Radiolab’s More Perfect is back for a second season and seriously deserves a listen.

The podcast is about Supreme Court cases, both past and future. The highest court in America may not be the first thing people think of when looking for a new podcast, but the podcast’s structure allows it to be many things at once and never fails to be interesting.

The series varies between episodes describing past cases and their impact today, and upcoming cases before the court. The first three episodes of season two are indicative of this structure. Episodes 1 and 2 focus on what happens when the Supreme Court fails to uphold the Constitution, specifically in the cases of Japanese internment during World War II and the Dred Scott decision of the 1850s.

Click here to listen.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor