NEWS: PARTY CELEBRATIONS AT 'BBC RADIO ULSTER', 'BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE' AND 'VIRGIN RADIO' by GRANT GODDARD

www.grantgoddard.co.uk April 2005

'BBC Radio Ulster' will celebrate its thirtieth birthday with a series of concerts next month featuring rock bands, folk music and traditional Irish acts. A twoday outdoor music festival called 'LaganLive' will be staged on May 28 and 29 at Custom House Square, Laganside, Belfast with a line-up that includes The Thrills, Therapy?, The Undertones and The Revs. The celebrations kick off with a 'Marathon Music Day' on 2 May when the station will present seven hours of special music on-air. Gloria Hunniford and John Bennett were the first voices heard by listeners when the station opened at midnight on December 31 1974 and Hunniford was invited back to be guest of honour at last week’s launch party. 'BBC Radio Shropshire' celebrated its twentieth birthday with an exclusive party at the Enginuity museum in Ironbridge. Managing editor Tim Pemberton made a presentation about the station’s history to guests that included the Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury, Atcham Miles and Aurona Kenny, borough council chief executive Robin Hooper and county council chairman Adrian Coles. 'Virgin Radio' held a party in London for 300 guests, mainly advertisers and commercial clients, to convince them that the station was much stronger than recent critics had claimed.

[Submitted to 'The Radio Magazine', unpublished]

Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk

News: Party Celebrations At 'BBC Radio Ulster', 'BBC Radio Shropshire' And 'Virgin Radio' ©2005 Grant Goddard

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