Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 13.04.18

This week’s blog looks at Toby Tarrant’s schedule shift on Radio X, Jack’s new DAB station, the Radio Festival 2018, Radio Caroline’s expansion into London on DAB, and the nominees for this year’s British Podcast Awards.

Radio X have welcomed Toby Tarrant as the new presenter of the morning show - 10am till 1pm. Tarrant has moved from the early breakfast slot into the new slot replacing Jack Saunders, who made the decision to leave the station after four years.Toby said: “Buzzing to announce that next week I will be the new mid-morning host on Radio X – it hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest!”

Find out more about Toby’s move here.


Something new has landed from Oxford-based DAB station Jack, in the form of an alternative version of Jack 3, which appeared on the UK’s second national digital radio multiplex last week. Jack 3, whose strap line is “chilling when we want”, offers a variety of easy listening music. The team in Oxfordshire said last year that a new format would launch before Easter.

Find out more about the new Jack 3 here.


More speakers have been announced for this year’s Radio Festival. The event, which will take place in May at the British Library in London, will feature appearances from Gillian Reynolds and Cerys Matthews, as well as previously-announced speakers Ed Miliband, Geoff Lloyd, and Christian O’Connell.

Read more about the festival and how the theme - ‘Radio: What’s The Future?’ - will be celebrated here.


This week Radio Caroline has become available in the capital after being added to the Small Scale DAB multiplex in London. The station tweeted the news last weekend, saying “From Sunday 1st April (honestly) Radio Caroline can be heard on DAB+ throughout the London area. If you are located within the M25, the nearer to central London the better, simply give your DAB+ radio a full scan and then you may find us.”

Read more about the expansion here.


Highlight of the Week:

Our audio highlight of this week was the unveiling of the nominees for the British Podcast Awards 2018!

The list of nominees includes several podcasts we’ve previously championed right here on the blog; including This Paranormal Life (Rory Powers and Kit Grier), and The Butterfly Effect (Jon Ronson for Audible).

The ceremony - only the second British Podcast Awards ever - will be taking place on Saturday 19th May at King’s Place in King’s Cross, London.

Read the full list of nominees here.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor