Radio round up: Fatboy for X, Donny for Smooth, Capital changes, and another Heart

By | Published on Friday 23 March 2012

Global Radio

There has been lots going on in radio land of late, so here’s a very quick update.

First up Fatboy Slim is joining Xfm to present ten programmes, a series of hour-long mixes under the name ‘On The Road To Big Beach Bootique 5’.

It will go out on the station each Saturday at 6pm up to the weekend of the Big Beach Bootique event, which will take place at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on 2 Jun.

Says Xfm Programme Director Andy Ashton: “Norman’s position in Xfm’s history is unquestionable, with so many amazing records and mixes over the years supported by our network. I’m extremely excited to announce this new show as part of our 20 year celebrations and I cannot wait to see the impact Norman will have on Xfm’s weekend offering for the spring and early summer season”.

Second, Donny Osmond is joining Smooth Radio to host a new Sunday night ‘lifestyle show’, which I think is a new UK version of his existing American radio programmed, which is recorded in Las Vegas. Says Smooth Radio’s Brand Programme Director Steve Collins: “It is great to be able to bring an artist such as Donny to Smooth Radio. Our listeners have grown up with his music and have followed his life story so we are delighted that he will be joining our line-up each Sunday evening”.

Staying with Smooth Radio, it also announced this week that two of its daytime shows will be swapping over. David Jenson will takeover drive time from 4pm to 8pm, while Carlos will move to Jenson’s current early afternoon slot, from 1pm to 4pm.

Third, Capital FM is making a bunch of changes to its networked programmes from next week, which air on the Capital branded stations all around the country. Daytime presenter Roberto is bowing out, as is overnights and weekend DJ Luke Smith.

That means evenings guy Rich Clarke gets Roberto’s mornings slot, late night presenter James Barr moves to early evenings, and another current overnighter, Will Cozens, gets the late show. Did you follow all that? Weekend DJ Emily Segal and Choice FM’s Pandora will then share the overnight shifts between them.

Meanwhile in the East Midlands, presenters of the two local Capital FM shows in that region are swapping slots, so that Twiggy and Emma will get drive time and Dino and Pete breakfast. Capital FM East Midlands’ Programme Director Dick Stone told Radio Today: “We are looking forward to Dino and Pete bringing their dynamic mix of chat, fun and music to the breakfast show after Easter and delighted to introduce Twiggy and Emma to drivetime. We are convinced the shows will be the perfect way to both wake up to at breakfast and drive home with in the afternoon”.

Finally in radio news for now, Capital owner Global Radio also announced it had bought Cornwall-based station Atlantic FM this week, and that it will duly relaunch the station as a new outpost of the Heart Radio network. That announcement led to the boss of UKRD, which operates another station in the county, bemoaning the continued loss of truly local radio services in the UK, and to gloat that his Pirate FM station was now the only properly local commercial radio service in the region.

William Rogers told Radio Today: “The sell out by Atlantic’s owners to London based Global will inevitably mean job losses and programming coming from outside the county. So much for Atlantic’s owners’ commitment to Cornwall as made in their application document to OfCom. We will continue to serve the county, be based in the county, employ local people and work with local businesses. We have no intention of dumping our involvement with Cornwall like the owners of Atlantic have sadly done”.

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