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TG414 posts since 11 Jul 2004
Meridian (South) South Today

Ah yes, the one that made me glad I'd had a read of Student Broadcast Network's obit procedures, as my first show on our uni radio station was that morning. (I decided it would probably be best to not come out of the news with The Strokes.)


Same here, actually! I was our newsreader, and got the call to come and do a safe, gentle show that morning. We had a new library card-operated lock on our studios, though, and thankfully our programme controller happened to be in stupidly early that morning, and a) locked the door to non-news types, and b) pulled a load of safe songs out of the record library, and just had me pop up every fifteen minutes between songs to report the news, until lunchtime, by which time it was clear it wasn't too big a story, and normal programming could resume.
James Vertigan2,954 posts since 2 Jun 2001
London London
What happened with the football programme on the day of Diana'so funeral?


From Wikipedia's article on the 1997-98 English Football season
Quote:
The Liverpool-Newcastle United FA Premier League fixture on 31st August was cancelled as a mark of respect. The entire Football League programme was moved to the previous Friday or the following Sunday on the day of the funeral (there were no Premier League matches scheduled because of international fixtures).
James Vertigan2,954 posts since 2 Jun 2001
London London
Radio 1's coverage of Diana's death was discussed earlier in this thread and there was a mention of Capital. I remember that most of the music on Capital's obit playlist came from the Pure Moods collection - Kenny G, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.

Here's a clip from the day Diana died of how the GWR network of stations handled things, recorded from Wyvern FM with Robert Kenny presenting http://aircheckdownloads.com/Wyvern_RobertKenny_31Aug97.mp3. Interesting how it differed from Capital as they played non-instrumental songs.
VMPhil7,142 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Radio 1's coverage of Diana's death was discussed earlier in this thread and there was a mention of Capital. I remember that most of the music on Capital's obit playlist came from the Pure Moods collection - Kenny G, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.

From the MHP page:


"Meanwhile, all independent radio stations were taking the IRN special programme, which consisted of light instrumental music and ten minute announcements, with extended news bulletins on the hour and half-hour.

London’s Capital Radio (95.8 FM and Gold 1548) dropped out of the IRN coverage fairly quickly, partly due to the poor quality of their feed, which had sounded like a telephone payphone with beeps over the music. They broadcast a combined programme of light classical music with Howard Hughes announcing every ten minutes."

Indeed one of the songs from the clip is a Kenny G number
Inspector Sands10,628 posts since 25 Aug 2004
One problem that some smaller stations had was that the IRN bulletins were extended from 2 to 3 minutes, but their automation was still expecting 2. I remember tuning around and hearing my small local station cutting off the news suddenly with a cheery jingle overnight
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dvboy8,244 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
There's an interesting blog post on how one overnight jock handled the Diana obit here

http://ruddmakesense.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/death-of-princess.html


That's a great read -, some of his other posts include how he was on air finishing a football OB shortly before the Queen Mother's death was announced, and in another a back-up CD triggering during a Remembrance Day silence.
thegeek3,985 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
Radio 1's coverage of Diana's death was discussed earlier in this thread and there was a mention of Capital. I remember that most of the music on Capital's obit playlist came from the Pure Moods collection - Kenny G, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.

From the MHP page:


"Meanwhile, all independent radio stations were taking the IRN special programme, which consisted of light instrumental music and ten minute announcements, with extended news bulletins on the hour and half-hour.

London’s Capital Radio (95.8 FM and Gold 1548) dropped out of the IRN coverage fairly quickly, partly due to the poor quality of their feed, which had sounded like a telephone payphone with beeps over the music. They broadcast a combined programme of light classical music with Howard Hughes announcing every ten minutes."

Indeed one of the songs from the clip is a Kenny G number

I seem to remember hearing Kenny G on the radio in Glasgow too - though don't recall it being poor quality, so perhaps Clyde 1 were just running a similar playlist. (It may also have been a rare - for the time - example of SRH networking their stations during the day, as I distinctly remember Craig Wallace reeling off all the stations in the group, though I may be confusing that with the day the Queen Mum died)
Markymark4,483 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Radio 1's coverage of Diana's death was discussed earlier in this thread and there was a mention of Capital. I remember that most of the music on Capital's obit playlist came from the Pure Moods collection - Kenny G, Ryuichi Sakamoto, etc.

From the MHP page:


"Meanwhile, all independent radio stations were taking the IRN special programme, which consisted of light instrumental music and ten minute announcements, with extended news bulletins on the hour and half-hour.

London’s Capital Radio (95.8 FM and Gold 1548) dropped out of the IRN coverage fairly quickly, partly due to the poor quality of their feed, which had sounded like a telephone payphone with beeps over the music. They broadcast a combined programme of light classical music with Howard Hughes announcing every ten minutes."

Indeed one of the songs from the clip is a Kenny G number

I seem to remember hearing Kenny G on the radio in Glasgow too - though don't recall it being poor quality, so perhaps Clyde 1 were just running a similar playlist. (It may also have been a rare - for the time - example of SRH networking their stations during the day, as I distinctly remember Craig Wallace reeling off all the stations in the group, though I may be confusing that with the day the Queen Mum died)


The IRN line by then (1997) was satellite delivered I think. It wasn't like the dark days of the 70s and 80s, where
it was a load of BT EPS98 (?) 10kHz landlines that leap frogged from ILR station to ILR station, and once you were 200 miles from London sounded dreadful. It must have been a low bandwidth sat channel, so would have sounded just as crap wherever it was being received in the UK !