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December 31, 2013
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40 Things about Radio Clyde

Radio Clyde turned 40 at 1030pm on Hogmanay 2013. I was 10 when it launched and vividly remember tuning in to the test transmissions on 261 metres on my wee transistor radio in Grangemouth. Then the station went to air … Continue reading

December 4, 2013
by johnco
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A Tale Of One City

This is a revised version of  an article published in the excellent e-radio on 4th December. That article started out at 900-odd words and i was asked for 500-700. This version takes a view slightly more distant view and re-incorporates … Continue reading

November 17, 2013
by johnco
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Doing Old Right

I’m ‘properly’ middle aged. I turned 50 back in April. Therefore, I’m well out of range of any number of young brands. The models in the Boden catalogue that wear the shirts I love to buy are lucky if they’re … Continue reading

November 7, 2013
by johnco
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Radio Hero: Derek Cooper

Coop (courtesy Your Radio) Sometimes my radio heroes are market leading megastars – sometimes they’re people who influenced me along the way. But other times I’m simply blown away by their creativity and their willingness to go the extra mile. … Continue reading

October 23, 2013
by johnco
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Where has BBC Radio Five Live Gone?

I produced programmes for the original incarnation of BBC Radio 5. A grab-bag of programmes from all over the place stuffed onto 693 & 909 under a completely lovely controller who seemed totally out of her depth marrying the disparate … Continue reading

September 21, 2013
by johnco
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Finally, a chance to end ‘churnalism’

There’s a lot of grumbling about ‘news hubbing’ in Scotland, with the moves at Bauer to rationalize their news operation. Individual stations will have bulletins presented from Glasgow after 10am, but will retain locally presented bulletins at breakfast – albeit … Continue reading

September 13, 2013
by johnco
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Radio. Like the priesthood.

The thing I really don’t understand in education is the artificial divide between so-called ‘academic’ and ‘vocational’ post school education. As I understand it (remember, I work in education) academics are reflective thinkers. People who gather and assess evidence and … Continue reading

August 20, 2013
by johnco
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Radio Hero: Bryan Burnett

For my money, one suite of skills sets the commercial presenter in Scotland apart from the BBC one. It’s the set of abilities that drives home the station and it’s brand promise. It extends to a well developed ability to … Continue reading

August 7, 2013
by johnco
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It’s Radio, Stupid!

This old Bush valve radio still works – it has a ‘lovely tone’. It was a gift from John Cavanagh who presented ‘Earshot’ on BBC Radio Five/ Scotland (while I produced) over 20 years ago. Two things caught my eye … Continue reading