Never Go Out Of Style

Gone For A Leak For a couple of days at the start of this week, it appeared to be all anyone with even the remotest connection to the radio industry could talk about. The “leaked” (ie, a single photograph posted on Twitter) excerpt from a new presenter style guide issued…

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Late Night Fucking

There is no 9pm watershed in radio. That’s a detail that often surprises people, most of whom assume that the strictures that apply to ‘adult’ and ‘mature’ material on television also cover radio broadcasts as well. In actual fact the only content restrictions on radio broadcast enforced by the almighty…

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The Final Gang’s All Here

Having spent the past four weeks (and then some) in some kind of football-related bubble, on the evening of the 2014 World Cup final it seemed only appropriate to gather together those of us who have spent afternoons and evenings confined to the office broadcasting a seemingly endless amount of…

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Come On! COME ON!

I’m going to stand up and take full credit for this, because it was my idea in the first place. It all started during the 2010 World Cup, sat at work producing the live coverage of England matches. These broadcasts were anchored by Mark Saggers, an immense broadcaster with a…

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A Boy on The Bay

This month, in the heart of darkest Lancashire, one of the countries smaller yet rather well regarded radio stations is celebrating a special anniversary. Hard to think it now, but this March marked 21 years since The Bay first took to the airwaves from its studios in the heart of…

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A Hairy Escape

I very rarely tweet anything outside of blog updates and links to articles these days, but one morning back in January I felt compelled to post the following: #TEAMDLT — James Masterton (@ChartUpdate) January 14, 2014 It seemed entirely appropriate to express support for a true gentleman and a broadcaster…

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Cross-Platform Literature

Before embarking on the messy, complicated business of publishing an E-book, I did the sensible thing and read a number of how-to guides. One common theme emerged from all of them: “be warned”, they said, “everything about the process takes much longer than you would expect”. Like a fool I…

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A Bit Piffed Off

Christmas Blooper Tapes. A concept familiar to most fans of archive television thanks to the online circulation of the compilation tapes put together by BBC engineers in the late 1970s (and to a lesser extent those made by ITV companies in the early 80s which were distributed network-wide). However an…

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#WFAN25

Time to break radio silence, in a blog sense anyway, as I’m about to come up for air after another relentless month of helping to get the talkSPORT coverage of Euro2012 on the air. The bread and butter of my work is broadcasting live football matches, but the pace of…

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