Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 02.02.18

This week’s blog looks at the nation’s love of all things 90s music, radio’s boom in the 2017 Q3 revenue figures, Christian O’Connell heading down under plus podcast pick of the week and much more.

The decade that gave us Britpop, cagoules, The Lion King and Ginger Spice’s union jack dress. Absolute Radio 90s is going back on the Digital One national DAB multiplex, three years after making way for Magic. The station has specialist shows including The 90s Chart Show with Sarah Champion and Forgotten 90s with Chris Martin. The station’s also promising special programmes on Liam and Noel Gallagher over the weekend of 3rd and 4th February, which will include extended interviews, documentaries and live music performances.

Click here to find out what Absolute Radio Content Director, Paul Sylvester has to say.


Radiocentre have stated that there has been a ‘huge boom’ for radio as the 2017 Q3 revenue figures were released this week. In Q3 2017 radio revenue increased 5.1% year on year (boosted by a 42.6% rise in digital revenues) and outperformed the total media market growth of 3.5% resulting in an increase in market share for the second quarter running.

Click here to find out more on the latest Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report.


Established community radio station, Cannock Chase FM, have set a launch date. The station will be heard on 89.6 FM for Rugeley and the Trent Valley and 94 F for Cannock Chase and the surrounding areas on March 30th 2018 at 12pm live from Cannock Town Centre.</p>

Click here to learn more on Cannock Chase Radio ahead of their official launch.


Absolute Radio Breakfast Presenter Christian O’Connell confirms his move to Australia. It has been announced that O’Connell will be replacing morning show duo at Gold FM in Melbourne. He tweeted to say: “So, Australia I’m coming. You are my new home. Please be my friend”. After 12 years on Absolute/Virgin, he has recently announced he is to leave the UK for a new big adventure down under.

Read more on Christian’s move here.


Podcast of the Week:

This week’s Podcast Pick of the Week is Haunted.

“Do ghosts exist? If not, why do we see them?” Haunted is a four-week-old podcast that has the personality and self-assurance of a show that’s been running for years. Presented by Danny Robins, it takes an in-depth look at ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Unlike most of us, it doesn’t take one of the two opposite stances, but instead examines each real-life tale on its non-life merits, wondering why the people in it are seeing something that, according to all logic, simply isn’t there.

There are many podcasts on the market that cover this topic, but part of its charm is Danny Robins himself and the investigative nature of the podcast.

The most recent 2-parter, ‘The Night Shift: Part 1 & 2’ is a great introduction to Danny and his haunting hunts.

Listen to Haunted here.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor