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Robert Williams Founding member London London
So I see Radio London is slowly warming up to the new sound of the other local BBC stations

It's nothing new unfortunately, those jingles have been in use on Tony's Sunday evening show ever since it started in March (though Radio London didn't join the show until April).


Ah - thanks! I don't normally listen, was just flicking through the Sounds app for something to listen to between the football matches. The first hour from 6pm is London-only before going out to other stations, so hearing the new jingle at 7 made me hope that change was coming! Oh well.


Yes it's a slightly odd arrangement where Tony does Soul on Sunday (pre-recorded) on London from 6-7pm, while on the other stations he's live doing Hits and Headlines, then they all come together live from 7pm. Meanwhile he's also on KMFM from 4-7pm, meaning from 6-7pm he can be heard presenting three different shows all at the same time!
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Night Thoughts London London
It's nothing new unfortunately, those jingles have been in use on Tony's Sunday evening show ever since it started in March (though Radio London didn't join the show until April).


Ah - thanks! I don't normally listen, was just flicking through the Sounds app for something to listen to between the football matches. The first hour from 6pm is London-only before going out to other stations, so hearing the new jingle at 7 made me hope that change was coming! Oh well.


Yes it's a slightly odd arrangement where Tony does Soul on Sunday (pre-recorded) on London from 6-7pm, while on the other stations he's live doing Hits and Headlines, then they all come together live from 7pm. Meanwhile he's also on KMFM from 4-7pm, meaning from 6-7pm he can be heard presenting three different shows all at the same time!


Crikey, I thought there was a difference in Tony's sound quality either side of 7pm, and now I know why!

I know Radio London has a long heritage in playing Tony's soul music, but that seems to be a very inefficient way of doing things for the BBC stations. Thought it explains why Radio Kent takes the same show as Essex on Sunday evenings...
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Sh1ruba Central (West) Midlands Today
BBC Radio Scotland has now fully implemented their new look and logo across all platforms.
Here's a look at what the branding for the station looks like now. Their purple colour has brightened up into a neon purple.








New branding in the studio too. I like how they implement the shapes of the Scotland logo to the branding.


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Inspector Sands
Meanwhile on Radio London, a crank caller is left on air after saying the N-word which he then says numerous times.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/11/bbc-radio-london-looking-into-malicious-callers-use-of-n-word/

You have to wonder what was going on that they missed it and didn't react, he was putting on an accent but it was quiet clear. Even the caller seemed surprised that he'd been left on air.

The audio is here, I shouldn't need to point out that it (and the tweet below) are NSFW:




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Cold Open West Country (East) Points West
I really wish that BBC Radio Bristol had gone for "The sound of the West", rather than the generic "The sound of where we live".

Yes, the station's broadcast patch is only the former Avon county area (rather than the entire Points West television region), but I still think it's an acceptable description.

There are precedents for using "the West" for just the ex-Avon area. For example, the local bus company here was at one stage calling itself "First West of England" despite only operating circa the Bristol & Bath areas.

After all, BBC Radio Solent have long-since simplified the description of their patch to "the South" (for many moons their slogan was "Loving life in the South", which even survived into the Mcasso generic jingles era), despite "the South" being so vague that it could potentially mean anything from e.g. Cornwall to Berkshire to Kent.
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London Lite Founding member London London
Meanwhile on Radio London, a crank caller is left on air after saying the N-word which he then says numerous times.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/11/bbc-radio-london-looking-into-malicious-callers-use-of-n-word/

You have to wonder what was going on that they missed it and didn't react, he was putting on an accent but it was quiet clear. Even the caller seemed surprised that he'd been left on air.

The audio is here, I shouldn't need to point out that it (and the tweet below) are NSFW:






Just how inept can you be? They don't use a dump button and it appears the producer was oblivious when filtering the callers.

The issue for a little listened to station such as Radio London is that they must be putting them straight to air when the board isn't full.

The presenters did apologise on Sunday evening however.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Meanwhile on Radio London, a crank caller is left on air after saying the N-word which he then says numerous times.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/11/bbc-radio-london-looking-into-malicious-callers-use-of-n-word/

You have to wonder what was going on that they missed it and didn't react, he was putting on an accent but it was quiet clear. Even the caller seemed surprised that he'd been left on air.

The audio is here, I shouldn't need to point out that it (and the tweet below) are NSFW:






Just how inept can you be? They don't use a dump button and it appears the producer was oblivious when filtering the callers.

The issue for a little listened to station such as Radio London is that they must be putting them straight to air when the board isn't full.

The presenters did apologise on Sunday evening however.


I don't think BBC radio (local or national) use a delay for phone ins, or ever have ?

Commercial radio did from the first days of ILR in 1973, because the IBA insisted on it. It was an operational pain back then, required two quarter inch tape machines, next to each other, one recording, feeding into some tape guides to delay the arrival at the play back machine by 7 seconds (which at 15 ips) was 2.7 metres.

Today it's much easier.

Dunno why the Beeb didn't and still won't do it, I'm sure they will have some totally obvious (to them) reason ! Rolling Eyes
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Inspector Sands
The reason I've always heard mentioned is because they have a bigger production team to weed out the trouble makers, obviously not the case now and in my experience even local radio only has a producer and assistant to answer phones which is the same as LBC etc

I'm not sure a dump delay would have helped, it's only useful for getting rid of the few seconds that goes out before the caller is cut off - the reaction time. But in this case they didn't react at all to the first expletive.... or the next 20. They'd have needed a 2 minute delay!

A modern delay can only be used once and then has to build up, the older ones like LBC used until the mid 90s covered the incident with a jingle so it could be used again and again in quick succession. I remember hearing a James Whale weekend show where that happened, you just heard snippets of conversation in between the same jingle again and again
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
The reason I've always heard mentioned is because they have a bigger production team to weed out the trouble makers, obviously not the case now and in my experience even local radio only has a producer and assistant to answer phones which is the same as LBC etc

I'm not sure a dump delay would have helped, it's only useful for getting rid of the few seconds that goes out before the caller is cut off - the reaction time. But in this case they didn't react at all to the first expletive.... or the next 20. They'd have needed a 2 minute delay!

A modern delay can only be used once and then has to build up, the older ones like LBC used until the mid 90s covered the incident with a jingle so it could be used again and again in quick succession. I remember hearing a James Whale weekend show where that happened, you just heard snippets of conversation in between the same jingle again and again


There was a bucket-brigade device available in the 80s that gradually 'pulled' out the delay until it was a 7 or 8 seconds.

Radio Mercury had one. Quite good. They'd set it going at the start of the IRN news before the phone in show. I used to tune a second radio to LBC, and listen how the bulletin would start off in perfect sync at the beginning, but lagging 7 seconds three minutes later at the end.

Then I discovered girls...........
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Inspector Sands
That's the sort of thing I remember on stations like Talk Radio and Virgin in the 90s with slightly burbly, stuttery audio for a few minutes while Nick Abbot (I chose him because he had to dump a lot*) found something else to talk about.



*I can't find it but there's a great clip where he had to press the dump button on colleague Mike Allen when he said the C word on air. Very funny
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Having a delay and not using it seems to be worse for the career prospects than not having one so you can argue that you did everything reasonable to vet the caller and weren't expecting their outburst.

Just ask Tommy Boyd.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
That's the sort of thing I remember on stations like Talk Radio and Virgin in the 90s with slightly burbly, stuttery audio for a few minutes while Nick Abbot (I chose him because he had to dump a lot*) found something else to talk about.



*I can't find it but there's a great clip where he had to press the dump button on colleague Mike Allen when he said the C word on air. Very funny


Not the clip, but perhaps inspired by it

https://youtu.be/FYPrqubRGXY
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