Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 01.12.17

This week’s blog looks at a Yorkshire radio network’s transition to online, a community station’s celebrations, what the people of Berkshire listen to most and much more.


As of this week, a digital DAB radio network ceased broadcasting. Radio Yorkshire, which launched in 2014, will now only be available online. As an independent DAB only station, we have faced many issues with the changing landscape in Yorkshire. This includes not being able to broadcast on DAB directly into Leeds, a key area for the business, for 14 months of our three years on-air,” explained Sam Brydges, director of broadcasting.

To find out more on Radio Yorkshire’s recent swap, click here.

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Just 6 months in and Fix Radio are reporting its first estimated audience figures of 25,000 listeners. With this recent announcement, comes the interest of investors from Travis Perkins and sealant company CT1.

Read more on Fix Radio’s future plans here.

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At Radio Results, we are always happy to announce the news of certain celebrations. This week we bring you the story of RadioLaB as they celebrate the station’s 20th birthday at the Luton campus. The community station, created in 1997 and formerly known as Luton FM, has been a platform for students to learn the tricks of the trade and create their own shows. Many of Radio LaB’s alumni has gone on to have successful careers in radio and TV, including KISS FM presenters, Melvin Odoom and Rickie Heywood-Williams and ITV News presenter, Becky Jago.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming celebrations.

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Big news for Berkshire digital radio: Berkshire has the highest percentage of digital listening in the country, according to this year’s Ofcom report on digital radio.

To read more about the recent results, click here.

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Podcast of the Week:

This week’s Podcast Pick of the Week comes to us from NPR. Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature a host of musicians performing at Songs Considered host, Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Recently featured acts have been, Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. There’s also a video version of the podcast available. Our personal favourite has to be The National’s episode, there's just something about the intimacy of it all which we love.

Click here to listen.

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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor