The Future of Radio

Trevor Dann will chair a symposium at the University of Lincoln where media commentators, broadcasters and academics will discuss the way ahead for radio and audio content. May 1st 2013 is the date for your diary.

Radio 1 Story

TDC has been commissioned to make its first programme for BBC Radio 1. Scott Cawley will produce an investigation of the growing practice of pop stars getting into bed with brands. From Pit Bull (Kodak) to Justin Beiber (X-Box), from Dr Dre’s Beats headphones to Katy Perry’s Nokia phone, they’ve all sold out. Commercial is the new cool. Or is it? The programme will air as part of the Radio 1/1Xtra Stories series later this year

Building Bridges – Radio 4

Our latest documentary for BBC Radio 4 will air on Saturday April 27th at 1030 am. Midge Ure investigates the mysteries of the Middle 8 in popular song. Remember the spine-tingling effect of ‘life is very short’ in We Can Work It Out or ‘since you’ve been gone I’ve been lost without a trace’ in Every Breathe You Take or ‘I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight’ in Born To Run? Those are some of the most familiar bridges or Middle 8s Midge that will discuss with Justin Currie, Boo Hewerdine and others. There’s also an attempt to write a Middle 8 for a famous song which doesn’t have one …….

Here Be Angels: A Podcast for Peckham and Dulwich

TDC staff-member Heather Davies is known for her extra-curricular activities. The latest of which is a new hyperlocal podcast for Peckham and Dulwich.

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TDC staff-member Heather Davies is known for her extra-curricular activities. The latest of which is a new hyperlocal podcast for Peckham and Dulwich, Here Be Angels.

The mastermind of the operation is Peckhamite Richard Leeming – who approached Heather a couple of months ago to pick her brain about podcasting. Heather jumped at the chance to do more audio, particularly about the local area. A Groucho meeting later and the team was joined by another local resident, Sarah Jane Griffiths.

In the first episode Heather takes a look at what makes Lordship Lane one of the most successful local high streets in London, speaking to the proprietors of local butchers William Rose, local fishmongers Moxons and local farmshop and restaurant Franklins. Richard asks if Peckham’s Bellenden Road can match Dulwich’s Lordship Lane and Sarah Jane meets the fantastic Dulwich Ukelele Club.

RadioTalk with Phil Riley, Stuart Thomas & Jonathan Wall

The future of local radio, Sony noms and how station rebrands work with RAJAR

Trevor is joined by Phil Riley (Orion), Stuart Thomas (BBC Regions) and Jonathan Wall (BBC Radio 5 live) to discuss the future of local radio, the Sony Radio Academy nominations and how station rebrands work with RAJAR.

Should local radio be run by 5 live? What other radical suggestions have been discussed? Should all BBC services be put to tender? What other ways are there to save 20%? Is co-locating BBC and commercial local services a potential solution?

This week, Phil has been listening to Peter Allen on 5 live; Jonathan’s been listening to RadMac on 6 Music, 4 Extra, talkSPORT and has been scouting talent on radioplayer.co.uk; and Stuart has been listening to Ambridge Extra, and a series called Sounds of the 20th Century on BBC Radio 2 (…who made that then?).

Available on the Radio Academy site and on iTunes.

Sounds of the 20th Century: Making you gaze at your radio with new-found wonder

We have been genuinely delighted with the feedback from the first episode of Sounds.

We have been genuinely delighted with the feedback from the first episode of Sounds.

The Independent and The Radio Times (“surprisingly immersive, quietly informative and – vitally – very entertaining”) were very complimentary but The Telegraph gets the red rosette for loveliness:

Once in a while a series comes along that’s so well conceived & cleverly produced that it makes you gaze at your radio with new-found wonder.

It’s great getting reviews from respected radio writers like these, but nothing quite compares to reading the touching comments from listeners on the post Heather wrote for the BBC Radio Blog.

Trevor Dann: Lecture Man

Find out about Trevor's opening lecture at the University of Lincoln

With one of his many hats on, the proprietor of this lovely establishment is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Lincoln (he’s having a building named after him n’everything).

You can find out about his opening lecture here:

RadioTalk from Radio Production in the North

Part 2 of our world tour takes us to sunny Salford, where Trevor Dann is joined onstage by Ashley Byrne (Made in Manchester), Denis Nowlan (BBC Radio 4) and Kerry McGeever (BBC Radio Wales) to talk about the issues raised by the conference, including commissioning in the Nations and Regions, partnerships and the abandonment of the preferred suppliers list.

And Producer Heather talks to some of the delegates to find out why they’re there and what they’ve learnt.

Available on the Radio Academy site and on iTunes.

This was our first TDC day-out. We were delighted by how the independent sector welcomed us into the collective bosom.