Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 26.01.18

This week we take a look at Christian O’Connell’s departure from Absolute, talkSPORT’s brand new show, Local Radio Day 2018, and the resurrection of Vibe FM. Plus, we showcase an immersive thriller as our Podcast Pick of the Week.

Christian O’Connell is to leave Absolute Radio after presenting the breakfast show for 12 years. The UK’s most awarded commercial radio presenter has said he is leaving the UK and “heading off somewhere new for a big new adventure for me and my family.” Absolute Radio, who have wished O’Connell well in his move, will make an announcement in due course about his replacement.

Read more about the move here.


talkSPORT launched their brand new show, The Scottish Football Show on Thursday. Presented by Ally McCoist, Mark McGhee and devoted to everything Scottish football, the show will air every week from 7pm-10pm on talkSPORT in Scotland. An edited version will be repeated across the UK on talkSPORT 2 on Fridays, followed by a podcast of the show.

Find out more about talkSPORT’s newly launched show here.


The third annual Local Radio Day has been announced for Friday 25th May. The day is a platform for local radio stations to come together and celebrate their work, and connection with their communities of listeners. Dave Coull, UKRD’s Group Content Director said: “it’s only appropriate that those working in, and those that listen to, proper local radio are the given the opportunity to share in and celebrate their passion for it and the areas it broadcasts to.”

Find out more, including how to get involved here.


Dance music station Vibe FM is to return to East Anglia, where it aired across the region from 1997 to 2006. The station, which was rebranded to KISS FM in 2006, will return as a 24-hour online radio station at the beginning of February. Founding station member Glen White said: “After hosting the Vibe Resurrection stage at Zombie Fest 3, it was clear there is still a lot of love for what Vibe stood for so we decided to bring it back ourselves.”

Find out more about what’s ahead for the station here.


Podcast of the Week:

This week we’re shining the spotlight on Panoply’s innovative new offering ‘The Walk’.

The immersive thriller puts you on the run in Scotland with a mysterious package and a codename. Your mission: to deliver the package to Edinburgh against the odds (roads and trains have been closed after an explosion).

The show's 31 episodes will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For most optimal excitement, have a listen to one of the episodes on your next walk!

*Note: best listened to with headphones.

(Content warning: There are loud noises and gunshot sounds throughout the series).


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor