South Branch

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The South Branch region covers Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

The new chair of the South Branch is Claire Willis (Isle of Wight Radio & Beacon Media)

The Committee

Roy Martin (Radio Today)

Steve Simms (Jack FM & Free Radio - South Coast)

Paul Topping (Isle of Wight Radio)

Jo Tyler (Bournemouth University)

Claire is still looking for new volunteers to help organise social events in the region. We need people from all areas of the industry, who can spare an hour or so once a month to meet/conference call and plan a diary of activities. We're looking for people with ideas and a little time to turn those ideas into events. This means having contacts across the industry and the willingness to exert a little friendly pressure to persuade people to take to the stage.

If that sounds like you, drop Claire an email and she'll be in touch.



News & updates

South Branch: Congratulations to our 2013 Nations & Regions winner

Posted by South at 22 January, 2014, 10:27 am

N&R 2013 - South Branch TrophyCongratulations to the whole team at Isle of Wight Radio, winners of the South Branch Nations & Regions Award 2013.

Of the winning entry, the Judges said:

Excellent local journalism, really holding a local decision maker to account with a tenacity that wouldn’t sound out of place on a national level. This entry had one of the strongest attention-grabbing starts. This is a station with a demonstrable ability to reflect the unique interests of the island in an entertaining and informative way. Isle of Wight Radio serves the Island well with some good interaction with its listeners and it has a great broadcast ethos that sounds very professional.

A full list of all the 2013 Nations & Regions Awards Winners can be found here.

South Branch: Nations & Regions winner 2010

Posted by South at 10 December, 2010, 3:00 pm

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Radio Academy South Branch Nations and Regions Winners Isle of Wight Radio, with guest Richard Cartridge. Bournemouth University. (Photo Gordon Wray)

Much loved radio personality visits Radio Academy South

Posted by South at 24 November, 2010, 1:10 pm

The South’s household name, Richard Cartridge, will share tales from a 40 year career in radio with BBC producer and broadcaster, Professor Sean Street this December.

The broadcasting legend, who worked for Radio 1 and 2, Classic FM, 2CRFM, Play Classical UK, Play Jazz UK and Play Talk UK, will visit Bournemouth University on 8 December as part of The Radio Academy South Branch Nations and Regions Awards.

Richard was originally a musician and still performs live with his band.

Professor Sean Street said: “Richard Cartridge is a well known broadcaster in the south region. His sense of humour on air is legendary. I'll be interested in some of the stories he has to tell from a lifetime in radio and the music business.”

Richard’s stories will bring back fond memories for his many listeners as well as providing invaluable advice for radio students across the South of England, who will be encouraged to attend.

Sean said: “Richard will have some good advice to offer younger broadcasters about that elusive chemistry which creates a bond between a local broadcaster and his or her audience.”

The event takes place at 6pm on 8 December in the Barnes Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus at Bournemouth University.

Richard will take the hot seat after the Radio Academy awards, which are held to recognise and celebrate the best station within the region with a Total Survey Area (TSA) of under 300,000.

Stations in the running for the prestigious accolade include Newbury Sound, Forest FM, Isle of Wight Radio, Spire FM and Express FM.

As Sean explains, judges are looking for “local stations which truly engage with their communities.” The winner of each regional award automatically goes forward to The Sony Radio Academy Awards next year.

The judging panel includes representatives from Wave 105, BU’s Media School and Southampton Solent University.

This event is free for Radio Academy members and students and is priced at £5 for members of the public. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine. To reserve your place please email us your details.

South Branch: Former UK Radio Regulator Launches New History of ILR at Radio Academy South Branch Event

Posted by South at 7 June, 2010, 9:35 am

Tony Stoller (L) and Professor Sean Street (R) BUA new book on the history of Independent Radio has been launched as part of a series of radio events held at Bournemouth University, supported by Radio Academy South.

Former Chief Executive of the Radio Authority, Tony Stoller has spent the last three years researching the first comprehensive book about non-BBC radio in the UK. Stoller’s definitive account: Sounds of your Life: The history of Independent Radio in the UK (John Libbey 2010) describes how independent radio came about in the Seventies, its fortunes and misfortunes in the succeeding two decades, and how it was replaced by commercial radio around the end of the twentieth century. As well as being a definitive media reference book, the text also illustrates the wider changes across the whole of society which accompanied the UK's shift from a social to a market economy, and the failure of the hopes of the liberal consensus of the post-war years.

Speaking about some of the book’s unique insights, Stoller outlined to a captivated audience why the early years of Independent Local Radio (ILR) were thwarted by the unstable politics of the 1970s and stressed the emergence of Thatcherism in the 1980s which saw an ideological shift in the broadcasting landscape. Stoller also revealed the important role of local radio, notably Radio Victory’s (Portsmouth) support for families during the Falklands War in 1982. His research has uncovered a heart-warming story about how the station’s newsreader had read the morning bulletin regarding the sinking of HMS Sheffield, the ship her husband was serving on, “without any apparent tremor, although it was to be a long time before she knew that [he] was not among the 20 dead…”

Seán Street, Chair of Radio Academy South, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to welcome Tony here and congratulate him on a book that balances the history of British broadcasting while recognising commercial radio’s huge contribution to the medium.”

Sounds of your Life: The history of Independent Radio in the UK is out now, published by John Libbey.

Radio Academy South Branch – Nations & Regions Awards Evening

Posted by South at 3 November, 2009, 3:29 pm

Tuesday 1 December, 2009
6.30pm-8.30pm
Bournemouth University

Join radio professionals, students and academics from across the South of England and celebrate the success of our local radio stations at the 2009 Nations & Regions Awards.

Tickets: £5 on the door, to include mulled wine and mince pies.

Contact: Emma Wray to book your place.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Updated: Free SADiE Workshop at Bournemouth University

Posted by South at 24 April, 2009, 3:01 pm

SADiE 5 Roadshow comes to Bournemouth University

FREE EVENT supported by Radio Academy South

 

Discover the secrets behind how high-level productions and Sony award winning programmes have been made using SADiE, along with a host of tips, processes and methods for making top productions. Join us for two FREE seminars this April.

 

The new owners of the SADiE digital audio workstation, Prism Sound, are coming to Bournemouth University on 29th & 30th April 2009 as part of their UK-wide Roadshow. This will be an opportunity to meet with members of the Prism and SADiE teams as well as hear talks by the leading practitioners in the industry.

 

SADiE is the craft editor of choice with the BBC, and integrates with their radio automation system VCS for Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service. Peregrine Andrews, freelance BBC SADiE editor, will be presenting along with Pete Nash, long standing BBC producer and SADiE expert.

 

They will be showing many of the new SADiE 5 tools for radio feature, drama and drama-documentary production, as well as radio package making and outlining how SADiE works with a playout server.

 

There will also be plenty of opportunity to talk about careers and opportunities and how SADiE links with the new BBC and independent radio production sector with members of the industry from the Southern Regions.

 

These workshops are FREE and are open to all interested members of the radio community and related industries.

 

Please register your interest at www.sadie.com/SADiETour09.

 

Further information:   www.prismsound.com  www.sadie.com

 

Workshop Times:     

 

Workshop 1 

Wednesday 29th April 2009  7pm-10pm

SADiE 5 - Basic recording, editing and mixing

 

Workshop 2

Thursday 30th April 2009      7pm-10pm

SADiE 5 – Location recording, playout system links

 

Refreshments provided

 

Location:

 

Allsebrook Lecture Theatre

Talbot Campus

Bournemouth University

Fern Barrow
Talbot Campus
Poole
Dorset
BH12 5BB

 

 

South Branch – SADiE Roadshow comes to Bournemouth University

Posted by South at 2 April, 2009, 9:07 am

FREE EVENT supported by Radio Academy South Branch
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th April 2009, 7pm-10pm

Discover the secrets behind how high-level productions and Sony award winning programmes have been made using SADiE, along with a host of tips, processes and methods for making top productions.

The new owners of the SADiE digital audio workstation, Prism Sound, are coming to Bournemouth University on 29th & 30th April as part of their UK-wide Roadshow. Primarily this will be an opportunity to meet with members of the Prism and SADiE teams as well as hear talks by the leading practitioners in the industry.

SADiE is the craft editor of choice with the BBC, and integrates with their radio automation system VCS for Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service. Peregrine Andrews, freelance BBC SADiE editor, will be presenting along with Pete Nash, long standing BBC producer and SADiE expert.

They will be showing many of SADiE's power tools for radio feature, drama and drama-documentary production, as well as radio package making and what integration with the playout server means.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to talk with Peregrine and Pete about careers and opportunities SADiE knowledge can bring with the new BBC and independent radio production sector.

For more information visit the South Branch page or email Jo Tyler



Events Archive & Audio

South Branch: Nations and Regions Evening

2nd Dec 08 - Bournemouth Uni
Join radio professionals, students and academics from across the South of England for the Radio Academy South Branch Annual Nations & Regions Awards Evening, featuring a top guest speaker from the industry. Chaired by acclaimed BBC Broadcaster and the UK's First Professor of Radio, Sean Street, who'll be in conversation with one of commercial radio's top programmers and prolific figures, John Baish.

John is Managing Director of Global Radio's Dorset station, 2CR FM. He started as a journalist and music presenter on student radio at Exeter University before getting his first professional job at Radio 210 in Berkshire. He moved to Classic FM soon after it launched, initially as a producer and then leading the International Programming team in Holland, Finland and New York. Following a spell as a news editor at the Press Association, he was Programme Director at Jazz FM for six years, guiding the London station to its peak audience figures with the unique "smooth jazz and soul" format. He ran the Classic Gold network for UBC Media prior to its merger with Capital Gold in 2007. He was MD at the classic hits station when Tony Blackburn transgressed over Cliff Richard, propelling all three of them to the front page of every national newspaper in Britain. John was named Commercial Radio Programmer of the Year in 2000. He is a Fellow and Trustee of the Radio Academy, and is part of the organising committee for the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Whether you're working in the radio industry or looking to get into the business, come and join us and find out what John has to say about the state of today's radio industry and how it is responding to the key issues of convergence and multi-platform technology; music programming and the threat of the MP3 player; radio as a brand; how to hire and nurture top radio talent; and how to get a radio job in today's environment. Followed by Q & A with John & Sean.

The evening will culminate with Sean Street presenting the Radio Academy Nations & Regions Award to the best small station in the South (TSA 300,000 or less).

South Branch Nations and Regions Awards

5th Dec 07 - Solent Conference Centre, Southampton Solent University
Guest Speaker: critically acclaimed broadcaster and academic, Professor Sean Street. Sean will discuss his work in preserving and digitising commercial radio’s archive and play clips of material from programmes.

Sean’s presentation is followed by the Nations and Regions Station under 300,000 TSA award. The three nominated stations are Isle of Wight Radio, Spire FM and 107.6 The Fire.

With thanks to Southampton Solent University and the Centre for Broadcasting History Research, Bournemouth University, for sponsoring this event.

The ILR archives

Radio's present and future is turbulent, exciting and challenging; rightly, it occupies the conversations and thoughts of most of us working in the industry. But what of it's past? In particular, the short history of UK Commercial Radio is in danger of being lost. Sean Street, a radio broadcaster himself, both in the BBC and Commercial sectors, Professor of Radio and Director of the Centre for Broadcasting History Research in the Media School at Bournemouth University, has been working for a decade to save, preserve, digitize and re-activate commercial radio's lost archives. On 12 December, at the Radio Centre, Sean will launch the first of these as an online educational resource - The ILR Programme Sharing Scheme, Felicity Wells Archive. On December 5th, as we celebrate the achievements of today's stations in the South, Sean previews this major event and will talk about major on-going projects to preserve Commercial UK Radio's past

Evening concludes with social and business networking.

Sean Street speaks to Trevor Dann

13th June 07 - Allsebrook Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth Uni
Trevor Dann is a producer, presenter and radio consultant. He is remembered by many as one of the key people who repositioned Radio 1 in the mid-1990s, and prior to that, for being a key part of the programme management team with Matthew Bannister at GLR. He is now Director of the industry’s professional body, dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production.

Come and hear Trevor’s view on the state of today’s radio industry and the issues affecting its future, both for the BBC and Commercial Radio. Hear how the industry is shaping up the meet the new on-demand generation and find out what sort of skills and employees the industry is looking for.

This high-profile event is for anyone working in the radio industry – presenters, producers and managers as well as media students, hospital radio volunteers and anyone looking to get a career in radio.