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NilbertZilbert



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Gold Reply with quote

I start work at 7.00 and tend to listen to Gold as I can't stand Evans or Moyles and Radio Kent's breakfast show is all talk and no music, so I put up with the hiss and crackle on AM (or medium wave as we oldies call it!). The music is great but they do tend to repeat a lot of tracks which does seem strange considering that they have three decades of music to choose from. Once I get within range, I sometimes flick back to Smooth or Magic on FM.
Anyone else listen to Gold?
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laissezfaire



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nilbert
I too sometimes listen to Gold, mainly when R2 is in public service mode, Jeremy Vine, late nights etc. And I agree with your point as to why they play a relatively small number of tracks when their remit allows them 30 years of classic hits.
It has to be a Global radio rule as their other stations seem to be on high rotation too.
My second choice of alternative station is Planet Rock. Since it was sold to Malcolm Bluemel and became independent, it seems to go from strength to strength. A good alternative to The Organist Entertains. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

laissezfaire wrote:
Since it was sold to Malcolm Bluemel and became independent, it seems to go from strength to strength.


It's also part-owned by several prominent musicians - one of whom is Rick Wakeman. I think (though I can't be sure) that Gary Moore has an interest, too.
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laissezfaire



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know that Colin. Thanks for the info. Its pretty clear that it isn't owned by the big groups. I can't think of a single Global / Baeur / GMG station that comes anyehere PR for quality broadcasting.
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found Gold far too repetative.
BTW in most areas you should be able to listen to them without the snap crackle & pops on DAB Radios
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

laissezfaire wrote:
I didn't know that Colin. Thanks for the info. Its pretty clear that it isn't owned by the big groups. I can't think of a single Global / Baeur / GMG station that comes anyehere PR for quality broadcasting.


Just looked it up on Wikipedia.

wikipedia wrote:
On 11 February 2008, the previous owner GCap Media (now Global Radio), announced that the station would be closing by 31 March 2008, along with sister station theJazz, unless a buyer was found. According to a statement by former presenter Fish, this was not due to the profitability of Planet Rock itself, which had been reported to be good, but rather to GCap's overall financial state. The station's relative popularity on digital radio brought controversy to the closure threat.........

On 4 June 2008, Planet Rock announced that it had been sold to a consortium led by Malcolm Bluemel and supported by Tony Iommi, Ian Anderson, Gary Moore, and Fish. There was no break in transmission and the programming remained unchanged.


I'm sure I've read somewhere that Rick Wakeman is also part of the consortium too, but there's no confirmation in the Wikipedia entry.
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