Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 18.05.18

This week’s blog of course takes a look at the RAJAR Q1 2018 results, Mental Health Awareness Week, the lucky new DAB listeners plus much more.

Excitement mixed with trepidation was passing through the UK on Wednesday, like a storm brazing repeat from earlier this year. As we all know, it was due to the release of the RAJAR Q1 2018 results. And what a day for radio listening in the UK it was. We’ve crossed the X’s and circled the O’s and put together a breakdown of the need-to-know results.


This week was an important one for many. All around the country and for the first time in history, hundreds of radio stations across the UK came together to broadcast MentalHealthMinute – a one-minute message from some world famous voices to let everyone know that whoever you are, however you’re feeling and whatever you’re going through, it’s okay to voice it. This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14th - 20th May) was focusing on stress. With research showing that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor.

Listen to the Mental Health Minute message in the video below and to learn more about the important work the Mental Health Foundation does, click here.


4 million listeners are about to gain access to additional DAB stations! Lucky listeners in East Anglia, the South West and parts of Scotland and Wales will benefit from a DAB coverage extension by Sound Digital. This means that 4 million additional listeners will gain access to Sound Digital's DAB stations, such as Absolute 80s, Heat Radio, Planet Rock and Talk Radio, as well as DAB+ stations Fun Kids, Forces Radio BFBS and Magic Chilled on compatible devices.

Click here to learn more.


The latest fellowships have been released by the Radio Academy this week. And to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the female suffrage, The Radio Academy has chosen an all-female list to receive its latest Fellowship awards. The awards were announced and handed out at the Radio Festival 2018 in London on Tuesday.

Click here to learn who was awarded these prestigious accolades.


Highlight of the Week:

As part of this year's Radio Audio Week, we laid claim to another stunning audio presentation from the creative mind of Global Head of Creative & Content of our sister company, Red Apple Creative, Kathleen Moroney.

Red Apple showcased their first ever voice only presentation for the IAB Sound investment Seminar 2018, exploring synthetic voice and human connection in ‘Poetry in Automotion’. It was funny, insightful, emotionally engaging and we feel the need to share the amazing work that went on show.

Listen to ‘Poetry in Automotion’ in Red Apple Creative's blog post here.


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

BY: Niall Killeney Taylor