Spring is upon us and whilst the weather doesn’t feel much like Spring, there is a lot in store to keep you entertained around the Uni as we move through the last term.
Starting with the Coventry Conversations:
Friday 4th May (1pm): The Herbert plays host to a special Coventry City Football Club event in which the fans have the chance to meet CCFC chief-executive after an unsuccessful 2011-2012 season in which Coventry are relegated.
In Coventry, commercial radio only fears the BBC Network giants Radio 1 and – more – Radio 2. BBC Local is considered no contest.
Two commercial radio moguls – Phil Riley, CEO of Mercia FM <http://www.mercia.co.uk/>/Orion, and Steve Orchard, CEO of Touch FM <http://www.102touchfm.co.uk/> – shared a Coventry Conversation as ‘The last men standing in local commercial radio’. The rest have concentrated into quasi national networks – Heart, Capital, Kerrang! and Smooth – to take on the BBC.
Riley and Orchard between them control 15 local radio franchises in the Midlands; they are decidedly local operators, and proudly so. Writes John Mair…
Phil Riley and Steve Orchard talked about their successes and challenges as they aim to keep commercial radio alive at last week’s Coventry conversation.
Steve Orchard created an air of mystery placing his ear by his bag to check if the content ‘was still alive’ and this certainly kept the audience listening. When he unravelled the mystery item it turned out to be a 1946 Bosch wireless radio given to him by his grandmother when he was still a teenager.
This has been the catalyst that propelled him into radio as he believed the appliance would take him everywhere in the world, in terms of news coverage.
“To own a radio station and run it successfully, you have to indeed be the last man standing as there is a dramatic change in radio listeners and also the competition to get as many people listening to a particular station is fierce’’, said Phil Riley.
This competition has driven quite a number of local radio stations to go national. Smooth FM, which was once a local radio station, has gone national. Heart has also experienced a reduction in its local programme from 10 hours a day to 7 hours and Galaxy, now Capital FM, is hoping to take on Radio 1. Writes Nana-Ama Akpoblu…
RIGHTY, I’M not quite sure how this is meant to sound, so I’ll stick with my usual funny energetic less formal approach. Mr Mair has asked me to write a piece for CUtoday on how I’ve got myself in the position I am now.
Firstly, for those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Tim Watson; I’m a second year journalism and media student, about to enter my final year. I’m also ‘Our Tim’ off of Mercia, the most successful commercial radio station across Coventry and Warwickshire. Writes Tim Watson
A SECOND YEAR journalism student at Coventry University has been rewarded for his hard work by becoming Mercia Radio’s ‘freelancer of the year’.
Tim Watson, 21, who is originally from Dudley, has been doing work experience at the station since June and works as the Technical Operative for the home games at Coventry City FC. Tim was nominated for the award by staff at station and spoke about his achievement: Continue reading