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  1. WKRP

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    I think so much that is going wrong in the Manx Radio newsroom can be summed up in one of today’s headlines. ”Travel industry on the up, despite external pressures” It’s clearly a low level bit of advertising for a local travel agent, who has no more idea than anyone else at the moment to the possible effects from the current coronavirus situation. What was needed in the interview was to ask about all the people who had lost out on their holidays due to the collapse of Thomas Cook, who appeared to have a connections to this travel agent at that time as it took them down for a few days as well. Has everyone been sorted? Etc. This had the potential of being an interesting, if difficult interview, for the guest, but he was not challenged on the real issues. Looks like the interview was suggested by the travel agent to get some faith back into booking with him. You can’t blame him for that, but surely the young journalist could have probed further and got a news story out of it. If he had been quizzed by the late David Callister I think it would have had a different slant to the story.
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    Manx Radio

    So ex Ramsey commissioner blocks the No 3 bus from leaving Lord Street in an ongoing protest for not letting him take his mobility scooter on board. in his post on Facebook he clearly says the whole event was filmed by the BBC and Manx Radio, yet days later nothing seems to have appeared, on their websites, at least . He’s the interesting part of Eric Corkish’s post… In the end Bus Vannin called the police who attended, I was told to move from in front of the bus as I was "causing an obstruction of the highway" which I did and then the Police Women (no uniform) said that if I protested again I would be arrested and face prosecution. The police then told Manx Radio that the recording they had made whilst the police were talking to me could not be used on the Radio as it was illegal to record the police in action. I don't know if their action was legal or not but will take her word for it. Manx Radio played the interview at 5-30 tonight with comments made from the IOM Government (I don't know which department) which was a total pack of lies one after the other, I have contacted Manx Radio to ask if I can go up to them on Monday to correct their report. So all I can say is watch this space to see if the IOM Government would go through with the act of taking a disabled man to court for wanting to use a Public Service Bus whilst the whole thing is against the Equality Act that came in to force 5 weeks ago. So if the interview has been played and the response from the Government PR machine was also readout, why is the story not on their website? Its only Monday morning so this story might still be covered by other media outlets today…and what about the police part of this story?
  3. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Now Borris is out there asking if the UK government should continue to finance the BBC in the way it always has, with the licence fee, it could have quite an impact on the Manx Governments continuing appetite to push millions of pounds of tax payers money into an organisation that seem to have no idea how to service its audience anymore. You have the fairly new MD who is probably keeping his hands clean from the current revamped schedule and I would not be surprised if some major changes are in the in pipeline, once audience numbers come though. I think Alex Brindley will have to take the hit for the dumbing down of the programmes. Surely speech radio content should have gone up, not down, as this is the public service part of their license. Keep hearing there was always discontent with, effectively an inexperienced DJ, taking on the job. Most staffers can't look to his presentation skills as a blue print to good radio, even the attempt to give him a 'late lunch' sidekick can't stop his 'hilarious' 1980's boyish style, but having friends on the board doesn't do you any harm I guess. Tim Glover being appointed news editor, on the third attempt, saw many worthy and good news hounds question their future career path. Now its really showing in the news coverage, leaving a big gap in age and experience. A news editors position will never be a Monday to Friday 9-5 job. Having the Chief Minister as your headline story day after day can't he helping. Chris Williams clearly can't take to the demoted roll of an overnight warmup act. You can't blame him. You hear that there's never been much love lost between him and Brindley, but the money keeps coming and with little chance to jumping to 3FM or Energy, there is a need to continue with the 'Nicey and Smashy' style show, all be it with less than maybe 30 people tuning in. As previous mentioned the breakfast show clearly needs the most attention. To be fair its not the presenters fault that the highly paid consultant and Brindley give them the brief to do the show this way, but you do get the feeling that they know its not working and are clinging on more and more to the terrible banter thats hardly worthy of a school kids playground. The few stories that do stop the music for have all been on the news, three times and hour without any rewrites, so now there is very little reason to stay with the programme if you're more of a Radio 4 or LBC listener. The gap between Manx Radio and the other two local stations has all but disappeared and now George Ferguson returns! After my original glowing review of the 'Manninline', I have now started to think things are not quite as good as they where. Not sure if continually talking to the school children is seen by the producer as good radio or an easy fix to fill the days up. But credit is due to Mr Wint for filling the time up without the need for music...so far. Look how that format change to Late Lunch moved the dynamics of the output, from searching out people to interview to now moving to a music show with some speech blocks. One must question if the station is hitting its speech content levels required by the Communication Commission. But as long as the station picks the day, once a year, it must just be possible. Surely, like any proper audit, the comms people should be picking the day and just asking Manx Radio for the tapes to check its being reached. It still too early for the latest listener figures, due in March, but looking at the 'Manx Radio Vision' numbers on YouTube you can see that most are getting zero clicks. It must be a worrying time for some of the dedicated broadcasters, I wish them well. They should get the good news this week that they have retained the coverage of the TT, which includes the extra government money. £50,000 last year, £100,000 the year before that, it will be interesting to see if we get to hear how much was bid, but as Manx Radio do not have to publish any Freedom of Information requests we might never know.
  4. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Should we expect to hear Ron Berry and Juan Turner on Manx Radio next? Any other 'blasts from the past' still alive?
  5. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Seems Brindley and co are already bracing themselves for the latest listening figures news from the rating company RAJR The fieldwork period is from 30th December 2019 – 29th March 2020 the results go to radio stations on 13th May and gets released to the public the next day. Do not expect to see a massive change in numbers as the smaller stations numbers are averaged out over the previous returns sessions to make any major changes less hitting. Do expect them to get the good news that they retained the TT commentary from a challenge from Energy FM. What will be interesting is how much the government contract will be worth. Most media pay to cover sports events but with the TT its the other way round.
  6. I see the Gaiety panto has just finished and it seems a bit strange to see no on-line coverage of this festive event. Usually there is a lot written up on social media but I’ve seen nothing this year. Only feedback has been from people who went to see it and they all said it seemed lacklustre at best, too long, badly acted, only two flying scenes and overall a bit uninspiring. Anyone got more info on this? Good or bad. As it was a big upset for the local companies/producers who got queezed out by this UK company who have been given two more years at this major money making event.
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    Manx Radio

    Any radio station manager will tell you its very important to get people tuning in at breakfast, then it’s likely the casual listener won’t move from that station throughout the day, ok that’s in the old world before you could get Alexia to find any station, any style of music from anywhere in the world. It appears the station has decided to dump the current affairs option for a music show with the odd interview interspersed throughout. This morning there was a truly toe curling item from John Moss in a plantation. With no one to interview we were left with a classic Moss special, talking to himself but thinking we could see what he was looking at. I expect this report didn’t get anywhere near an editor for checking, but was just sent to air to fill the quota of a non music item. The problem, as I see it with the programme is it’s now DJ fronted. Young Mr Hartley, who is very adequate as the stations fill in presenter with name checking Manx Radio in every link and telling us what is coming up next etc., but doesn’t seem very comfortable at anything more than introducing the next disk. Think the very first track played when the show launched, by Dodgy, is summing up what’s going on. With the current line up of presenters Ms Wottan needs to be the anchor and needs to pull out of the trivial stuff completely such as ‘where’s Wottan’ etc. It’s a credibility issue. For me, if I was to suggest how to fix this problem, I would use the money being spent on DJs at 5am and after 7pm and put it into a refreshed Mandate programme running 7-9 or until 10 with some music if needed to pad out. Presented by Andy Wint, Chris Cave, Beth Espey and Alex Wotan...oh and give Juan Turner a commentary slot as a good windup segment!
  8. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    OK enough time has past to start to review the new Manx Radio output Dealing with a positive in this post Andy Wint at lunchtime, with a full time producer, is the big success story. This programme shows how local radio can really succeed. Unlike Talking Head, which relied on just repeating the old morning mandate material, now we get the news agenda being moved forward. Mr Wint is not looking for music to fill his allotted airtime. He wants to engage with studio guests and can fill the full hour with ease. Its clearly not the old Manninline, as very few people now want to call in, yet the standard of debate is great. I understand this programme change is down to new MD Chis Sully so he can be congratulated on this programme change. Might take a few RAJAR figures to show the improvement, but I think it will come.
  9. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    Thought it was a very interesting programme, but like gettafe says above to use the advocate firm who are one of the main sponsors on the station does leave some doubt as why they where invited and not another firm. This has the fingerprints of the sales department all over it but, as I said I liked the new format, BTW the producer, the daughter of sitting MLC, did the booking I guess, so not Mr Wint issue.
  10. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    www.manx.net/tv/mt-tv/watch/87835/q12-foi-requests-on-manx-radio How can it be right that the Nation Station, who themselves make great play about using FOI requests to get answers, won’t publish their own results? Surely it must end with the same questions being asked over and over again. Thought it was the spirit of the legislation if not the law. Guessing this line of non response might be taken due to the revelations of the big 50th birthday party costs that they ran for cover. Trust Mrs Barber will pressure the Minister to get this in line with all the other government departments. We have a right to tax payers money being spent.
  11. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    I don't think the other two radio stations have enough money to offer any freelance Manx Radio presenters a job, even if they wanted them. Which is also probably very unlikely seeing as both stations are owned by ex staff members of the Nation Station.
  12. WKRP

    Manx Radio

    So tomorrow’s the big day. As far as the marketing of the “listen again” campaign goes it could be a massive gamble. Remember the big relaunch of ITVs breakfast show with the two presenters from the one show. ITVs marketing department went into overdrive but the public just didn’t buy into it. Expectations too high and the rest is history. We even had the site of Brindley and new the MD going round the island putting up banners for the relaunch, BTW the writing is far to small/TMO to read if you’re passing in a car, It’s been interesting that when the select committee sat last year, and came up with very radical plans, there was no public outcry to save the station, the days of the Kreisky takeover are... well over. The new look on Monday has not raised many eyebrows. Keeping all the DJs employed seems to be the main criteria rather than engaging the listeners again but we need to wait and see. The remake of the jingles also could be a home goal spending more money off island rather then looking local. Looking at the RAJAR figures you’re looking at about 50-70 people tuning in between midnight to 7am, which doesn’t bode well for either Mr Williams or Peters. Smaller stations would usually save money with recorded presenters at those times to put more resources into the main output. Mr Peters has promised an edger late show which might be interesting, but telling the out going lunchtime audience the other day that you won’t allow swearing might backfire as I don’t believe they have a delay system. Who’s going to be first to test the system? I’m guess the breakfast RAJAR will take a hit in the short term however good the programme is as finally the station can’t count the two different programmes on AM & FM together. Lets all give it a go on Monday and wish them well.
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    Manx Radio

    In the week that the stations going back to Government for more money it seems a very odd thing to do to promote the spending of money remaking the stations jingle package, and not even spending that money on the Isle Man. Surely Dave Armstrong, DAM productions could have done this locally?
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    Manx Radio

    Interesting to see the Manx Radio story on next weeks Tynwald questions. https://147-5433bc3297b05.radiocms.com/news/isle-of-man-news/peel-marina-to-chronic-fatigue-tynwald-questions-at-a-glance/ a fair amount of detail...yet they fail to mention question 12 The Hon. Member for Douglas East (Mrs Barber) to ask the Minister for Policy and Reform – How many Freedom of Information requests have been made to Manx Radio; how many have been answered (a) partially (b) fully and (c) rejected; and where they are published? Surely this is worth a mention in the article and makes the newsroom look independent from any perceived management interference.
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    Manx Radio

    Maybe one of the best reasons of getting rid of commercials on Manx Radio is today’s “VOX news” for Shoprite, one of the biggest spenders on the station, https://147-5433bc3297b05.radiocms.com/news/isle-of-man-news/shoppers-react-to-sainsburys-shoprite-deal/ Its not really news and not really balanced, because Shoprite are very proactive on taking action against companies they spend lots of money with. Tail wagging dog?
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