Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 03.11.17

What a week for radio, with celebration in the air: ad spend is up, and special gigs and birthday parties seem to be everywhere we turn!

This week brings great news for radio ad spend. Ad spend overall is up 3.7% in the first half of 2017 to its highest H1 total since monitoring began in 1982. Radio has outstripped the total market, boasting an 11.1% year on year growth in Q2 2017, which Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny has called: “nothing short of exceptional”.

Read more from Radiocentre here.


This week, Global have launched a brand new app for Apple devices. The Global Player boasts all of Global’s national brands, with offline listening options, plus new branded services offering curated music across different genres, decades and moments (Radio Today counts over 30 new services).

There’s no word from Global about the app officially yet, but you can find out more here.


Absolute Radio is to play host to an exclusive performance by Liam Gallagher. Absolute listeners will have a chance to win tickets to the gig, which will be held in a secret location on 7th November. The performance, and Liam’s chat with new Hometime host Dave Berry, will air on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 7pm.

Read more about the upcoming event here.


Happy birthday Original! Aberdeen’s Original 106 has been broadcasting for 10 years, and celebrated the special occasion in style with an on-air cash giveaway of ten thousand pounds. Martin Ingram, the station’s first presenter and current programme controller, said: “I’m very proud that Original 106 has well and truly found its place in the fabric of life in Aberdeen and north-east Scotland.”

Read more about the birthday celebrations here.


Podcast of the Week:

The podcast we’re putting under the spotlight this week is suitably spooky for the post-Halloween period! Wondery’s Hollywood & Crime is a serialised docu-drama that’s not for the faint-hearted. Kicking off its first series last year with a close look at the infamous Black Dahlia murders, there are plenty of episodes for you to binge on, as series two is well underway. Listen here at your peril!


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor