Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 02.03.18

Welcome to this week's Radio Results blog, but before we delve into the hot news of the industry, we recommend you first find warmth and comfort. So wherever you may be, either wrapped up on the sofa “working from home” or as close to the mildly warm office radiator as humanly possible. We ask you to sit back relax and join us as take a look at the biggest stories from the industry this week.

Out of the cold and into the warm welcome of DAB service Union JACK. This is how former Absolute Radio presenter, Geoff Lloyd, is feeling as he has joined up with the digital station this week.

Lloyd is back on the commercial station next month with a series of six-weekend programmes. “Hometown Glory” will launch at 11:00 on Saturday 3 March 2018 and feature a host of famous faces every fortnight, then be available as a podcast.

An impressive approach to viewing new content from Union Jack and I’ve no doubt a well-received decision from Lloyd’s loyal listeners.

Click here to learn more about “Hometown Glory.


As we awake in London to the now departing snow, another departure has taken us by surprise. Smooth Radio breakfast presenter Russ Williams has left the station after two years. last on-air on Friday. His last link gave no indication that he was leaving the station, and all references to him and his show have since been removed from social media and websites.

Click here to learn more about Russ’s mystery departure and what awaits him come this Spring.


It’s been revealed this week that Free Radio Birmingham escapes the clutches of networking.

Free Radio Birmingham has introduced a new local daytime show whilst its sister stations go networked from Manchester during the day. All good news except for presenter Dan Morrissey, formerly covering Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Black Country, Herefordshire & Worcestershire and Shropshire. Now, all stations, with the exception of Birmingham, are taking Debbie Mac’s networked show from Manchester.

Click here to find out more about scheduling.


Lincolnshire based station, Lincs FM have made changes to their Breakfast and Drivetime shows.

Lincs FM evening show presenter Joseph Begley is moving to the Breakfast Show at Lincs FM, replacing Rob Hammond. To learn more about the Lincs FM’s new scheduling, click here.


Podcast of the Week:

This week’s Podcast Pick of the Week is Long Way Home.

It is a bold and unique take on the medium, while also having references to Lord of the Rings, to which I am an annoyingly huge fan.

The Long Way Home is a podcast that is running in ‘real time’, following the New Zealand actor Bruce Hopkins, who many may know from The Lord of the Rings (Gamlin, a horse rider of Rohan) as he walks from one end of New Zealand to the other, carrying the ashes of his dead father and brother back to where they were born. He records the show as we walk and sends it back to be quickly produced and released via Radio New Zealand.

Through the RNZ website, you can also trace Bruce's walk through a live Google mapping software.

This type of podcast prepares you to mindfully lock yourself away and embark on your very own walk through the snow-laden marshes, imagining taking the treacherous pass over the Mountains of Moria.

Apologies for the heavy Lord of the Rings references this week, but stay safe, stay warm and allow this podcast to take you on a journey beyond the safety of the four walls of your home.

Listen to ‘The Long Way Home’ here.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor