Celebrating Radio

From news and public debate to music and entertainment, radio continues to inform, captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can.

But radio is so much more than a forum for information and entertainment. It reaches more people in more places than any other medium. It’s a bridge of communication for remote communities, developing regions and vulnerable populations, sometimes with no other connection to the outside world. Perhaps no other platform can have the real-time reach between people and across cultures.

Radio is also the medium best-adapted to navigate the new digital frontiers that are pushing the media and communication into unchartered waters. Technologies such as the Internet, mobile communication and geolocation have shifted the traditional dynamic in which the media operate, with young people at the fore-front of these converging trends, at the same time embracing radio as enthusiastically as ever.

So let’s come together on 13 February not only to celebrate the importance of radio in our lives today, but to ensure it lives up to its huge potential in the future.

There are over 2.4 billion radio receivers and over 51,000 radio stations worldwide.

Even in developing countries, at least 75% of households have access to radio.

Between 2006 and 2013, there was a steady increase in online radio revenue worldwide from $278 million to $827 million. This represents an average annual growth rate of 28% per year.

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Modifications Mod Radio Show

XeRW are pleased to announce a new programme and a new presenter. Modifications is a series of Mod-centric programmes that explore original Mod and Mod-influenced music. Focussing on Mod, Freakbeat, Northern Soul, Modern Jazz, Reggae, Ska, ’79 Revival, Modfather and Soul.

Modifications is presented by Melvyn Fickling who became a Mod during the 1979 revival, undeterred by the fact that he was playing second guitar in a heavy rock band at the time. The tonic suit and the biker jacket hung side by side in his wardrobe, one for going out and dancing, one to wear at gigs. Life and responsibility got in the way as they always do, the tonic suit soon stopped fitting and the guitar was pushed under the bed. Then in 2009 a young friend persuaded Melvyn to dig out the guitar and accompany her for a few songs at a party. Over time this led to the formation of a Mod covers band called The Boogaloos. Re-bitten by the Modernist bug, Melvyn started to explore the music surrounding the subculture and the Modifications Mod Radio show was born.

You don’t need to be a Mod to listen, you just need to enjoy cool music with a retro-flavoured spin.

Modifications can be heard on XeRW on Wednesday and repeated on Saturday at various times, so you should be able to find a day and time that suits you!

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UNESCO World Radio Day

UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February.

UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain.

Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.

A wide consultation process started in June 2011, carried out by UNESCO. It included all stakeholders, i.e. broadcasting associations; public, state, private, community and international broadcasters; UN agencies; funds and programmes; topic-related NGOs; academia; foundations and bilateral development agencies; as well as UNESCO Permanent Delegations and National Commissions. Among the answers, 91% were in favour of the project. The leader of the project, the Academia Española de la Radio, received over 46 letters of support from diverse stakeholders, including the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), the Organización de Telecomunicaciones Ibeoramericanas (OTI), BBC, URTI, Vatican Radio, etc.
A World Radio Day Feasibility Study provides more details about the consultation process.

The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth.

On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.

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The USA Loves XeRW!

A map showing where our listeners are in the USA is very interesting.

[stextbox id=”info” bgcolor=”ffffff”]The darker the shade of blue, the more listeners we have in that state.[/stextbox]

USA listeners Jun-Jul2

For the period 19th June – 19 July 2013 the maps & stats show that we are most popular in Florida, followed by Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois and California.

Quite why we are so popular in the South Eastern USA is a bit of a mystery, but we are!

So ‘Good Morning America’ from XeRW!

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Northern Soul

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Northern Soul is a music and dance movement that emerged, initially in Northern England in the late 1960s, from the British mod scene. Northern soul mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound. The northern soul movement, however, generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has met with significant mainstream success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, and were initially released only in limited numbers, often by small regional United States labels such as Ric-Tic and Golden Records (Detroit), Mirwood (Los Angeles) and Shout and Okeh (New York/Chicago).

Northern soul is also associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960s, at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. This scene (and the associated dances and fashions) quickly spread to other UK dancehalls and nightclubs like the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent), and Wigan Casino. As the favoured beat became more uptempo and frantic, by the early 1970s, northern soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling the later dance styles of disco and break dancing. Featuring spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops, club dancing styles were often inspired by the stage performances of touring American soul acts such as Little Anthony & The Imperials and Jackie Wilson.

During the Northern soul scene’s initial years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, popular Northern Soul records were usually not recent releases, and generally dated from the mid-1960s. This meant that the movement was sustained (and “new” recordings added to playlists) by prominent DJs discovering rare and previously overlooked records. Later on, certain clubs and DJs began to move away from the 1960s Motown sound and began to play newer releases with a more contemporary sound.

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Listening is up!

World Radio Day – Radionomy’s Audience Has Doubled in One Year

As part of World Radio Day, Radionomy, the leading platform dedicated to online radio, announces record-breaking audience levels.

In total, 20 million more hours were broadcasted in January 2012 than in January 2011, which means audience levels more than doubled.

New Figures : January 2012

During the month of January 2012, Radionomy recorded worldwide:

– 72.500.000 listening sessions
– 36.000.000 hours streamed
– 13.100.000 unique listeners

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The Decades That Rocked

Remember those often freaky sounds from the 60’s, or the more mellow rock from the 70’s? Well you can hear all sorts of rock music from those two decades every Saturday night starting at 21.00 GMT. We feature music from groups such as Pink Floyd, Nazareth, Love, Steve Miller Band, Roxy Music and ELO.

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VOA News Bulletins on XeRW

Whilst we appreciate that many people love XeRW because we play great music, we also know that in today’s busy and unsettled times being up-to-date with what is happening in the world is very important. Therefore we have introduced a regular 5 minute news bulletin supplied by VOA. The bulletins cover major stories throughout the world and are updated regularly. We hope that you find the service useful, and we would appreciate your views on it.

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Party Special

Our New Year’s Eve 70’s Party programme went down so well with our listeners that we have now decided to make it a regular feature. So tune in at 20.00 GMT/UTC every Saturday night for four bouncing hours of disco party music.
Music from The Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Rubettes, Barry White, Detroit Emeralds, Slade, The Tramps, Van McCoy and many many more. Dig out the big shoes, the big trousers, the tank tops, the glitter, the big belts, and guys if you still have the hair, how about a nice big Afro hairstyle?
So Now Is The Time to Get Up And Boogie at the Disco Inferno, get Reunited with your old mates and Dance Dance Dance!

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Happy New Year!

XeRW wishes all our listeners a wonderful New Year! Thanks for your support and listenership in 2011, it’s been great to know that you are listening all over the world. Let’s hope for peace, stability and a better life for all in 2012.

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