In one of the leading DJs on the island playing foreign tunes, THEO PANAYIDES finds a man interested in what is ‘hot, fresh and trendy’ but also with a love of structure and a sound business mind I live alone, but it sometimes feels like I live with Alex James. His is the first voice I hear every morning, in between the perky pop tunes aimed at a “30-plus age group” on NJOY Radio, where he does the breakfast show (99.5FM in Nicosia; they plan to go national by the end of the summer). He tells me, indirectly, if I’m running late, since he always does the same daily features at exactly the same time. We even have occasional arguments (yes, I talk back to the radio) when he inadvertently annoys me, mostly by being too politically correct about this or that social issue. A radio DJ’s relationship with his listeners is curiously intimate. He’s the cool friend who turns you on to new music, the know-it-all with a head full of quirky factoids, the … [Read more...] about Radio DJ is the voice of the morning
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Adam Levine is leaving The Voice By Lena Reece Sunday 26/05/2019 Adam Levine with Blake Shelton together on The Voice [Photo:CNN] After 16 seasons and a major bromance with fellow coach Blake Shelton, Adam Levine is leaving "The Voice." The news was announced on NBC's "Today" by "Voice" host Carson Daly. Daly noted that the Maroon 5 frontman was one of the original coaches to launch the reality singing competition and has notched three victories on the show. Levine later posted a lengthy note on Instagram in which he expressed his gratitude for his experiences on the show and explained his departure as simply "time to move on." About 8 years ago, Mark Burnett convinced us to sign up for this show where you sit in a big red chair with your back turned away from the singers on the stage. First thank you must go to Mark. ❤️ We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself … [Read more...] about Adam Levine is leaving The Voice
For the entire 1960s and virtually all of the 1970s, pop lovers were ill-served by the country's national broadcaster. The deeply conservative Radio 1 held little appeal and, instead, they were tuning into Radio Luxembourg and the glut of local illegal 'pirate' stations that had sprung up to meet the demand. Radio 2 finally aired on May 31 and Larry Gogan - already something of a broadcasting veteran by then - was given the honour of playing the first song, the Boomtown Rats' 'Like Clockwork'. And, from the off, it largely ran like clockwork - a station that injected a shot of cool to the fusty RTÉ. Fast-forward 40 years, and the station - long since rebranded 2fm - celebrates a milestone birthday with yet another schedule shake-up. From early June, a new breed of presenter will be comin'atcha, including impersonator and comic Doireann Garrihy and RTÉ's go-to host of irreverent programming, Jennifer Zamparelli. But, for many, it's far less clear today what purpose 2fm serves … [Read more...] about 2fm turns 40: What’s next for RTÉ’s youth radio brand?
Life by Press Association May 23, 2019, 9:35 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Stacey Dooley has said she does not consider herself brave but is determined to give women a voice. The documentary maker has explored often-violent front lines in the battle for women’s rights across the world. Experiences in war zones and other fraught areas have gone into her book, On The Front Line With The Women Who Fight Back. Dooley, who has visited Iraq several times for her work, said everyone deserves to have their stories told. She does not think she is courageous, but feels a duty to women across the globe. Speaking at the Hay Festival, she said: “I don’t know if I’m brave, it’s probably more stupidity than anything else. “Without sounding too Miss World or too earnest, I believe in what I do. “I believe that these girls deserve to have a voice. I believe that everybody deserves a platform. “You hope that if … [Read more...] about Stacey Dooley determined to give women a voice
Funhouse Comedy Club is back at the Guildhall Arts Centre ballroom on Thursday, May 23, with another amazing line-up to keep the laughter flowing.Headlining the night is the diminutive Andy Askins who has appeared on BBC1’s John Bishop Show.His air of vulnerability and innocent child-like qualities mislead the crowd, heightening the impact of his killer lines.With his guitar and his wickedly dry sense of humour, he captivates everybody with an eclectic mix of offbeat comical songs and parodies.A talented musician with an appealing voice and cheeky magnetism, he never fails to leave his mark.Supporting will be the mischievous and engaging Tez Illyas who appeared on ‘Live at the Apollo’ in 2018 and had his own BBC Radio 4 series, based on his 2015 Edinburgh Show ‘TEZ Talks’, with a second series released in 2018 and a third already commissioned.Completing the line-up is the quick-witted and lively Hayley Ellis, with her engaging character, she has audiences … [Read more...] about Get your tickets for Grantham Comedy Club night next week