Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 16.02.18

Top of the agenda this week on the blog are Classic FM’s new host, World Radio Day, and some big news from Audioboom!

Fans of Julie Walters should be sure to tune in to Classic FM on Saturday 17 February at 9pm, as she’ll be presenting the first episode of Turning Points, a new series exploring the history of classical music. And fans there are plenty: Walters was recently chosen by Classic FM listeners as their favourite actress. She said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Classic FM team and to present the new Turning Points series...I can’t wait to join all the listeners as we embark on this journey of discovery together.”

Read more about the new show here.


Britain’s commercial radio industry came together in celebrating World Radio Day on Tuesday 13 February 2018. Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny said: “World Radio Day is a great initiative that highlights the value of radio. Radiocentre and its members understand the important role radio plays in delivering news and sports bulletins to listeners throughout the day. This significant public value should not be underestimated.” This year the theme for World Radio Day was Radio and Sports.

Find out more about World Radio Day here.


It’s been announced that Howell James CBE will be joining Radiocentre as its non-executive Chair.

James has had a long career in communications, having worked across politics and broadcasting. He worked in commercial radio early in his career as Head of Promotions at Capital Radio in the 1970s, and at the BBC as Director of Corporate Affairs between 1987 and 1992. He served as Political Secretary to the Prime Minister in the mid-1990s, and then as the government’s first Permanent Secretary in 2004, overseeing Whitehall’s press, advertising and marketing.

Read more about the appointment here.


Podcast platform Audioboom is planning a merger with US-based Triton Digital with a view to growing in the American market, which boasts an audience of 67 million podcast listeners each month, and citing “natural synergies” with Triton. Audioboom’s popular podcast offerings include comedian Romesh Ranganathan’s Hip Hop Saved My Life and true crime show Undisclosed. The newly-merged company will be renamed Triton Digital Group, with Audioboom boss Rob Proctor staying on as a managing director.

Read more details here.


Podcast of the Week:

Now you can get your true crime fix and your comedy fix at the same time! American joke-wrangling institution The Onion has taken their first stab at podcasting with a withering parody of the true crime genre. Some killer observations wittily skewer the tropes popularised by shows such as Serial and Dirty John.

Listen here for a thrilling case (of the giggles).


Visit us next week to discover more top audio related stories!

BY: Niall Killeney Taylor