Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 20.10.17

This week’s blog shines a light on Global’s DAX buyout of US ad sales company, Juice Breakfast’s new permanent hosts and one for the Tom Waits fans, plus more stories from the radio industry.

Oxford is in celebration mode this week and it's not that Cambridge has dropped two places in the rankings, but more a celebration of JACKfm’s ten years in Oxford. The most awarded local commercial radio station in the UK, originally from Canada, has grown in all directions since October 18th 2007. Ian Walker, the CEO of JACKfm, says: “Over the past 10 years, JACKfm Oxfordshire has established itself as one of the most trusted local media companies in the county. I am immensely proud that our broadcasting excellence has been recognised with local, national and international accolades – but more than that, it’s our commitment to local business that has seen JACKfm really become part of the Oxfordshire fabric”.

Read more about JACKfm’s recent success here.


DAB digital radio is set to reach huge milestones. Latest market reports reveal that by the end of Q2 2017, there will be almost 60 million consumers. DAB digital radio sales approach 60 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers - up from 48 million one year earlier.

Read more on the latest report here.


A schedule shakeup at Juice FM sees Lou Nash and Alex Baker presenting breakfast together on a permanent basis. It was meant to be a temporary arrangement for the station’s Content Manager and Lou, the new breakfast host, but they liked spending mornings together so much that they’re now ‘official’, says the station.

Read more on the breakfast budding relationship here.


For some news that we're sure is being shared stateside as this is being written, is Global’s DAX recent buyout of US digital audio ad sales company AudioHQ, in a bid to become the world’s biggest audio ad sales platform.

Global, the media and entertainment group, which owns Capital, Heart and Classic, says DAX will offer advertisers a global audio audience of 160m, following the AudioHQ acquisition.

Read more about on Global future plans here.


Podcast of the Week:

This week's pick of the week is Song by Song. It is hosted by Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay as they discuss the entire Tom Waits discography, episode by episode, song by song.

If you're a fan of Tom Waits, this is a no-brainer, but even if you aren't, this series still has something for the eternally inquisitive.

We have to admit, it is probably the most grown-up podcast we’ve listened to in a while and we love that Isy Suttie - from Peep Show fame - is a guest host who brings and added dynamic to the fold.

Click here to listen and learn.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor