Posts tagged with ‘radio’

Orchestrating songs, or singing orchestral tracks?

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Classic FM is shortly going to release a new album, Pop Goes Classical. They have already played tracks from it on the station. It features the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra playing versions of famous pop songs. The track that they keep playing on the station is a version of the 1991 song (Everything I Do) […]

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Classic FM HD stream

Sunday, 6 November 2016

For the latest post in my occasional series about digital radio, I was intrigued to receive an e-mail from Classic FM this week advertising “HD audio” in their mobile app. There are versions of the app for Apple and Android devices, and they allow users to listen to live broadcasts, as well as to a […]

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New digital radio stations and the introduction of DAB+

Monday, 29 February 2016

Readers could be excused for not knowing that a new digital radio multiplex launched in the UK today, containing 18 new stations. There has been little in the way of fanfare; in fact, there has been virtually no media coverage at all. Take-up of DAB radio continues to be poor, thanks mainly to two factors. […]

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BBC internet radio streams join race to the bottom

Sunday, 15 February 2015

I shouldn’t have tempted fate. At the end of my article on the poor sound quality of Freeview radio, I mentioned that internet streams are much better, singling out BBC Radio 3 for broadcasting at 320 kb/s. Little did I know, the BBC were just about to switch that stream off. The BBC had announced […]

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Classic FM comes to Freeview – in glorious mono!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

DAB Digital radio in the UK has long suffered from sound quality issues on many stations due to broadcasters’ preference for squeezing a large number of stations into their multiplexes. The low bitrates utilised mean most stations are even broadcast in mono: a huge backwards step from FM. It is often suggested that anyone wanting […]

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Classical music poll descends into farce

Monday, 9 April 2012

Every year since 1996, British classical music station Classic FM has held a poll of the nation’s top 300 pieces of classical music, the Hall of Fame. Unlike the weekly charts that exist for both classical and other genres of music, the Hall of Fame is not intended to rank the best-selling recordings of the […]

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Classic FM streaming update

Friday, 6 April 2012

Ever since Classic FM’s owners made half-hearted attempts to stop overseas listeners from listening online a few years ago, people around the world have been listening quite happily to internet streams of the station. If the streams are accessed directly by URL, for example using a media player, there is no check of the listener’s […]

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What a twit

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Conservative leader David Cameron caused a stir last week when he used inappropriate language during a live radio interview. While explaining why he doesn’t use Twitter, Cameron exclaimed that, “Too many twits might make a t*at.” I’m sure many people will sympathise with Mr Cameron’s ignorance of the etymology of the word as it is […]

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BBC phone prank vs spurious complaints

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

The number of complaints made about the BBC radio show in which Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand made a prank call to actor Andrew Sachs currently stands at 27,000. However, the number of people who complained following the actual broadcast stood at just two. The remainder have seemingly only complained following the media coverage in […]

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Not impressed by new Classic FM schedule

Friday, 29 February 2008

Following the news that GCap Media are to scrap their theJazz and Planet Rock digital radio stations, it seemed that Classic FM, as an analogue station, would emerge unscathed. Unfortunately, the closures have had a knock-on effect that has changed Classic FM for the worst. In the week, I’m only really able to listen to […]

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