Sunday, 24 May 2009

Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio

John Osborne's book Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio is Radio 4's Book of the Week this coming week.

In it John listens to a different station each day, all day, for a month, taking in a broad range of stations including Capital FM, BBC Asian Network, theJazz, Resonance FM and Radio 3.

As someone who has spent a lot of time carrying out monitoring/analysis on many stations, not just in the UK but also in Ireland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, I was obviously intrigued by the concept behind this book and splashed out on a copy.

It's early days, and I have been skipping around to get a flavour of the book, but so far I'm finding it an enjoyable read. To John Osborne's credit, much of the music played is not to his liking but he does stick with it.

Definitely a must for anybody who is interested in radio.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Rajar - London Stations Q1/2009

Following my previous blog about Rajar, here's an updated version of the London stations' chart (I've also added XFM, Choice and Gold this time):

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Sunday, 3 May 2009

Rajar - Let Battle Commence

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The latest Rajar figures are out this week - stations get them at 1.30pm on Wednesday but are embargoed for public release until 7.00am on Thursday.

As always many eyes will be on the London market - where Magic will be looking to maintain its position as the leading commercial station, while Heart and Capital will be hoping to improve on past performance.

LBC's dominance late at night and overnight would appear to show that many Londoners prefer live speech to music - whether presented live or automated - in the wee small hours. It could also, of course, be a direct result of music stations diluting the audience.

The first of the re-branded Heart stations will also be reporting, but it should be borne in mind that most of these stations have half-yearly survey periods, so any results this time round will include their previous quarter's performance under their old name.

It's going to be an interesting time!