Last week we dedicated our Week in Review to the Super Bowl and its (lack of) digital advertising.
This week, it’s the turn of the radio industry, as we look at some station changes, new faces, and a transformation to the UK’s Official Albums Chart that reflects changing listening habits.
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Kelvin MacKenzie, founder of TalkSport radio, has decided that it’s about time that his original founding station, which was sold to UTV for £98m a decade ago, had a competitor – and one that he would create himself. MacKenzie’s new station, called Sports Radio, is part of a Listen2Digital bid to run a second national commercial multiplex. If Listen2Digital wins their license, Sports Radio would be due for launch in January next year. MacKenzie was quoted saying, ‘It’s been clear to me for some time that there’s room for another player in the sports radio market. In capitalism, when there’s one there should be two.’
Switching on the radio on Sunday afternoons to listen to the latest Albums Chart was as important a social gathering as the Sunday roast. But these days, it’s out with the CDs and cassettes and in with audio streams. For the first time, as of next month, audio streams will count towards the Official Album Charts, with data hailing from Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Google Play, O2 Tracks, Rdio and Xbox Music – all those music streaming services that we are being inundated with. Downloads and CD sales will still count; but the way audiences consume music nowadays is changing drastically, and with CD sales on the decrease while audio streaming steadily rises in popularity, it’s time that one of the UK’s institutional radio listening habits got a bit of a revamp.
The Bradford and Huddersfield multiplex will be getting two new stations on board in the next couple of weeks – Asian radio stations Panjab Radio and Asian Sound Radio. Panjab Radio will be reaching its audiences on DAB across Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, broadcasting in Panjabi and English languages. Asian Sound Radio, meanwhile, is set to expand its East Lancashire service in the next two months.
RockSport DAB Radio station is all about just that – rock music and sport. (And, if we may do a bit of showing off, they’re one of our broadcasting partners too). Following their rebrand from Eklipse Sport Radio earlier in January, they will now be joined by former XFM, Real XS and Radio Clyde presenter – Tom Russell. He’ll be hosting the weekend mid-mornings, so be sure to tune in for your dose of sports talk and rock’n’roll.
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