New Radio Academy Chairman, RAB relaunches Aerial Awards and Capital FM’s Summertime Ball sells out in 2 hours – Behind the Mic, week April 22nd

Apr 2013  Behind the Mic

Earlier this week

Absolute Radio to take part in innovative summer festival

OpenCo announced that its ‘festival of innovation’ is coming to London for the first time this summer. After launching in San Francisco last year, the event encourages ‘open’ and innovative companies to share their wisdom with marketers, entrepreneurs and curious neighbours alike. Absolute radio is on the bill alongside Google Campus, Spotify, YouTube and many more.
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Sian Bennett from RadioWorks says: “Absolute Radio are a dynamic and tech-driven company who deserve to be included on a bill alongside these forward-thinking brands. Looking forward to it!”

New country music radio station launches

A new UK-based online country music station will launch on Saturday April 27 with an exclusive interview from American country singer, Kacey Musgraves.
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Sian Bennett from RadioWorks says: “Having grown up on a steady diet of country music myself, it’s great to see this genre represented in the UK.”

RAB bring back Aerial Awards

The Radio Advertising Bureau is bringing back the Aerial Awards, which celebrate creativity in radio advertising. The monthly awards invite entrants to submit their audio to by the end of each month and all winning ads are entered into the annual D&AD Awards.
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Justin Timberlake to host Capital FM’s Sold Out Summertime Ball

Capital FM have signed Justin Timberlake as their guest host for this year’s Summertime Ball. The event, which takes place at Wembley Stadium in June, will be the fifth and fastest selling one – it sold out in under 2 hours when tickets went on sale on Friday.
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Vina Jesani from RadioWorks says: “It’s a quality line-up this year. I still can’t believe it sold out in under two hours!”

All English music on Absolute to celebrate St George’s Day

Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell Breakfast show switched to an all English playlist to celebrate St George’s Day. O’Connell said “We’ve already had an incredible response from the audience who’ve picked some gems that I haven’t heard in a long time. There’s just one rule: no Levellers.”
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Jack Allen from RadioWorks says: “They could have played English songs all day, there’s enough amazing tracks to choose from!”

Breakfast co-host search for Juice FM

Juice FM has launched a competition called ‘The Recruit’ to find a new breakfast co-host to join Adam Weighell. Current co-host Leanne Campbell is taking maternity leave so the winner will join the station throughout her absence. Hopeful candidates can upload a 1-minute video clip for consideration before May 10.
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Global Radio rubbishes tax avoidance claims

The Sunday Times reported that the group paid no corporation tax in the last five years. Global Radio denied the claims saying: “Global has invested over £500m in commercial radio in the UK over the past six years and played a major part in promoting and rejuvenating the sector. Global is a fully tax-compliant company, as agreed with HMRC.”
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Four month campaign for ‘More Than’ insurer on Bauer stations

Insurance brand MORE TH>N is running ‘More Than Mondays’, a four month online and on-air ad campaign across four Bauer stations: Magic 105.4, Wave 105, Clyde 1 and Forth One. The activity focuses on the idea that Mondays are typically days of action for purchasing, following research which is conducted online during the weekend.
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