Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 01.06.18

This week’s blog, takes a look at the departure of a Breakfast show legend, a new face on the Rock n Roll team roster, Spirit FM smashing targets plus much more.

Big news breaking from the BBC this week as Nick Grimshaw just announced he's quitting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. He announced this live on air yesterday morning. The 33-year-old has been the breakfast show presenter since 2012, but it has now been confirmed he will swap shows with current drive time presenter Greg James as of September.

Click here to read more on Nick Grimshaw's sudden departure.


Comedian Matt Forde is set to join the Absolute Radio family. The stand-up is joining Absolute Radio to front the station’s Rock n Roll Football Show on Saturday afternoons, alongside existing co-host Matt Dyson. Forde takes over from Rob Beckett, who has been doing the show since the departure of Russ Williams. You can by now see a running theme of comedians happening, but if it's not broke, there’s no need fixing it.

To learn more on Rock n Roll Footballs new team mate, click here.


An uplifting and feel good story was shared with us this week after the much success of Local Radio Day. UKRD station Spirit FM in Chichester has hit its £50,000 target to raise money for a local man with disabilities after listeners donated more than £7,000 on Local Radio Day last week. Audiences took a pound to work or school to support the station’s Together for Tyler appeal. The money is going towards building an extension to improve the living conditions for local 21 year old Tyler Murphy, who suffered a brain tumour and stroke during childhood. The fundraising total for the Spirit FM appeal now stands at £54,600.

Click here to read more on Spirit FM’s amazing fundraising adventure.


Entries have opened for the 2018 Community Radio Awards. The third UK Community Radio Awards will take place in September. They are urging all stations to enter the best of their output from the past year and to consider team members deserving of special recognition. Submissions are open from the 9th May and close 5pm 18th June 2018.

Click here to learn more on the Community Radio Awards.


Highlight of the Week:

With the world cup kicking off on June 14th, we here at the Sound Bites Blog wanted to bring your attention to another World Cup that is happening in our very own city of London.

This week The World Football Cup kicks off in London – and Fifa have nothing to do with it.

CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is a non-profit competition for teams representing disputed states, ethnicities that stretch beyond national boundaries, and countries that are simply too small or isolated to take part in major international games.

Instead of Brazil, Germany and Argentina, players from Matabeleland, Western Armenia and Tuvalu are among those taking part.

So if you missed out on tickets to Russia, why not jump on a train to Enfield, Sutton or Bromley and get behind your chosen country. It’s certain to be a fantastic week of footballing fun.

You can learn more on CONIFA here.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor