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  1. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    I think it was Richard Nicholls from Greenlight who told me (to my amazement) many years ago that much motorsport coverage on TV - including high profile events like Touring Cars - is paid for by the series organisers to increase exposure (and thus sponsorship and ticket sales). The broadcaster pays nothing. I suspect (but don't know) that Twitch has hit a nail on the head.
  2. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    We need to check out who gets what and who has rights to what in the contract before accepting that viewpoint.
  3. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    FLF - I expect you also think brain surgery can be done with a spoon...after all, who really needs 7 years med school and aseptic technique?
  4. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    A fella with a loudhailer could broadcast to all of the Goodwood estate standing on a chair. Same with Radio Le Mans etc. The whole Isle of Man is a bit bigger an area to cover with hills in the way.Over the years MRTT has flogged cheap pretuned radios - I've still got one here somewhere. I'm not sure why they predominantly broadcast on AM - possibly because they don't want to abandon their core audience. They do have separate FM transmitters in Douglas and Ramsey though now, which serve the majority of people.
  5. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    FLF - please hold your breath waiting for that. One of my claims to fame reflected glory is that I was one of the first to use Steve Coogan professionally. In fact I made the demo showreel cassette that got him Spitting Image, and produced the first corporate video he appeared in (for CIS in Manchester). I DO worry that I may have been an inspiration for bits of AP - I had a Phil Collins 'No Jacket Required' denim jacket in those days and bought my Lotus Esprit in 1990 when he had an MX5. I also have a sheepskin flying jacket and like Abba...
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    Manx Radio

    FLA - I obviously didn't make my point clearly enough for you. I'll use thicker crayons:- The only comparison I draw with the emergency services is that they are also public institutions, owned by and run for the nation and funded in whole or in part by Treasury. Since the TT is also a national institution, it makes sense to me for it to be covered by the national broadcaster and not put out to tender, although that is of course always a future option. I suggest you wait until we all know the terms of the contract before spitting all over your screen again.
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    Manx Radio

    Like the Fire & Rescue or ambulance boys don't tender for providing a service. Those fire engines and meat wagons are probably subsidised by the taxpayer too.
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    Where do you get your science?

    I rely on a feeling in my water. With an ageing prostate I get it much more often too! So I've always had a problem believing the 97% of scientists who assert that climate change (or global warming in old money) is man made. My aqueous membranes disputed that, and today I watched a video that explains all and has led to the Peters Hypothesis On Climate Change: Apparently the poles are moving faster than predicted. Magnetic North (and South) always drift a bit so navigators need to allow for magnetic variation when plotting a course, but it's gone mental and could be a precursor to a complete swapping of the poles - which has happened before every gazillion years or so. Of course, as Our World is one big magnet with a molten core that creates electricity, there's a magnetic force field that surrounds the planet and protects us from deadly sun rays and cosmic winds. So my hypothesis is that it's predominantly changes in this magnetic force field that are causing climate change. And that is my theory. The End. Except to say that you can all buy coal fires and V8 motors again and tell the eco warriors to fuck right off.
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    Emotional Blackmail as Politics - Charity as Politics

    I agree with all that. These 'charity spectaculars' seem more about 'virtue signalling' than anything, and as others have opined it's somewhat ironic having millionaire celebrities who avoid taxes imploring the great unwashed to dig deep. The point about governments providing these essential services is philosophically sound, but in practice any additional revenues would more likely be spent on maintaining the differential between the 1% (and their acolytes) and the rest of us.
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    Advertising agency standards

    Advertising Standards Authority maybe? No agency involved.
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    Advertising agency standards

    Which advertising agency said that? Saatchi? FCB? The one in that Mad Men?
  12. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    You have to be careful with cumulonimbus occlusions - they may lead to uncertainty over horatio.
  13. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    What is the truth? You couldn't handle the truth...
  14. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    Wasn't it Dorothy from Peel? She was before my time but I crossed swords with Marje J a few times and IIRC Count Morenzi (sp?). Also Roy Gough who kept every gas and electric bill and scrutinized them forensically so he could quote competitive rates per therm to three decimal places. There are still some great callers - Dave from Ballasalla, Rob and Fenella from Peel, Buster, Quirky, Wilf, Howard, Eddie et al - it's just a shame that texts are the norm now rather than live callers.
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    Police Cars

    And remember that the true cost of any vehicle needs to be calculated against 'whole life' including maintenance and depreciation, and not just purchase price.
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    Airport Technology Gateway

    I wrote a short paper (an MHK would call it 'a vision document') a few years ago about encouraging general aviation (GA) at Reynoldsway and had a meeting with the two CoMin members most likely to progress it. There are a few light aircraft based here but very few GA visitors. Being bang centre of the British Isles we're in a fabulous position to welcome people going to and from the UK and Ireland, and I reckon the demographic of visitors would yield a few who might even move (or move their money) here. All it would take is a bit of enthusiasm from IOMG and the airport management, with a bit of PR in the GA media and some 'IOM Fly In' events with reduced rate landing fees and maybe even cut price AVGAS (subject to conditions like perhaps spending a night here). You could make all of July GA-friendly, between TT and MGP. The two Ministers were most keen to boost tourism and do (for next to nothing) with the airport what they're spending millions doing at the harbours with these dubious marina schemes. Sadly, after years of waiting expectantly, it seems my ideas have been consigned to Fork Hall. We have a wonderful (albeit expensive) facility at EGNS, but for much of the year it's a ghost town with tumbleweed rolling down the runways instead of light aircraft.
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    Looks like the burglars are back!

    I AM sacred. Or a relic - one or t'other...
  18. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    I've considered that Snaipyr, but it's a step towards censorship which I've always resisted (apart from outrageous comments which I've edited/ignored).
  19. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    Not an admission, it's an established fact - look at any of the Annual Reports and you'll see what is expected of the station in terms of news, current affairs, sport, community stuff, culture, music etc. Still the biggest overall audience in the Isle of Man, albeit after a disappointing quarter. The station was convinced/forced* by government to drop the young audience weekend station KikFM, no doubt designed to address the problem of an ageing listenership in return for an increased subvention and 'clearer' PSB remit. I don't suppose Those Who Must Be Obeyed actually used the words 'and to create an audience for young Juan's niche station'. We all know what happened to THAT experiment. I got my start on Kik FM, as did many of the presenters working for MR and the other stations. I suspect there ARE things wrong with MR - if I owned the station there are a number of changes I'd make. But they'd be based on personal taste (as are most of the comments in this thread) and not necessarily in the interests of a broad church audience. I still stand by my personal opinion that MR is a national treasure and stands comparison with any other similar organisation anywhere. I'm amazed that some people on here hate it so much, rather than celebrate it. The occasional mistakes are irksome, but at least prove the place is full of fallible humans, broadcasting from Douglas, using local people paying local taxes, and not a robot station voice-tracked from a radio factory in the UK. We all know how to save money, but at times you have to realise that the things you want cost money to achieve. * I wasn't privy to the discussion but seem to remember it being one of the main conditional recommendations of the Darwin Report. But as you suggest, I'm an old man and my memory is unreliable.
  20. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    You do come out with some absolute shite! I've never made it clear I know how to fix the 'problem', or asked for more money, just offering an alternative view. And I'm either the unofficial mouthpiece or I'm contractually not allowed to post - make your mind up! I applied for the Programme Controller job a dozen (IIRC) years ago and probably came fifth out of six applicants. I have thanked my lucky stars ever since - what a thankless task! Government mandates the type of content, launches regular 'reports' which destabilise the workforce, and allow two competitors to dilute the commercial income stream and reduce external funding. At least in the thread there are finally some negative comments about Energy and 3FM too - far more fertile ground I would have thought for criticism. Yet you pay for them indirectly rather than through a subvention, so it must be the 30p a week that makes people angry. I like George and Ron and wish them well - but theirs is a fast food joint and Manx Radio is a restaurant. I'm amazed that 'more music' stations still exist, with mobile devices capable of providing a thousand of your favourite choons, which is another reason I'm not the person to be in charge. I especially find the comments about 'MR needs to move with the times - radio is dead' irritating. The same people complained about the cameras in the studios and ignore the vast number of video clips posted daily. 'We want podcasts' you said. You have them now. The whole media landscape is changing in both print and broadcast, but I think few organisations are as proactive in seeking new platforms and ways of doing business. And let's put an end to this nonsense about 'the subvention allows MR to undercut the others'. The OFT looked into that and found it was baseless.
  21. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    Think this through though. Manx Radio could probably boost listenership easily by sacking all the community and 'serious' spoken word programmes and replacing them with cheap computerised pop music shows instead. But that's not the remit of the station or the reason it needs public funding. If all you want is pop music, Energy and 3FM do a pretty good job. If you want more than that, you listen to Manx Radio...unless you're more interested in traffic on the M25.
  22. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    I noticed it had changed earlier today but didn't have time to look at it properly. But reading your comment I've just viewed it on my home PC and I have to say it seems a big improvement to me (I know people will think I HAVE to say that but I'd not comment at all if I thought it was tosh). I don't have the eyesight to use the internet on my moby so don't know how it is on Android. I just wish they'd Photoshop my picture. I still prefer the moody black and white shots from (probably) 15 years ago when I had hair. And no glasses.
  23. Stu Peters

    Manx Radio

    Group of serious investors say they're going to build a marina in Ramsey with private money, create jobs, homes, a hotel and a 24/7 marina - what's not to like? Bugger the bugs and weeds that might have to move a few hundred yards - this could be great for Ramsey. Maybe they're doing it there because they're all IOM residents, and David Dorricot is based there. Good for them as far as I'm concerned. What's the worst that can happen - they'll not manage it and look foolish? Dilli might be right, but my two-pennorth is that Gubmint needs all the spare money for their pensions so they'll not bale it out unless it's virtually finished and they get it for nothing.
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    God.

    Always my opinion too, although I had a moment yesterday where I questioned my belief in evolution and I wondered if there wasn't some fundamental design element to us all, which begs the question.
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    God.

    Yes I am.
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