Resonance FM wins award

Earlier this week, Resonance104.4fm won the Radio Academy’s Nations & Regions Award for London – for the second year running. The judges said:

“We agree that the winner should be Resonance FM. The judges felt this was the type of radio to be admired and applauded. Experimental and unique with a clear focus and raison d’être. Anyone who thinks UK radio has become bland and homogenised should listen to Resonance FM. It revels in its eclecticism, champions creativity, experiments with sound, dares to take risks, celebrates London’s vast cultural diversity and brings true meaning to the word ‘variety,’ because you genuinely have no idea what’s coming next. It offers a service not available anywhere else and London would be a poorer place without it.”

Return of the Jack

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Okay, okay, it’s been a long break since the last show went out in August. Thanks to everyone who’s enquired as to my health and well-being and dropped subtle (and not so subtle) hints that it’s about time for another season. Yes, it is.

And so without any further ado, I’d like to announce that the new season will begin on 29 November, running up to the Resonance FM Christmas Break, and then restarting again in the New Year.

Tous en selle!

Resonance On Air Fundraising Weekend

Tune in this weekend and support us when Resonance104.4fm celebrates its 8th anniversary with a Fund Raising Birthday Marathon on Saturday 1st May and Sunday 2nd May 2010, noon to midnight each day. Anchored by Jonny Trunk (Saturday) and Bob & Roberta Smith (Sunday) with special guests dropping in throughout the weekend, we’re setting aside 24 hours to raise funds to help secure our licence for another five years. We need your support! We will be auctioning one hundred exclusive and wonderful items and experiences on-air and on-line: tune in and bid – and help us continue! Or set up a standing order to become a Friend of Resonance – or just send us a donation of any size. Continue reading

More AudioBoo fun: Tour de France reflections

After the Dunwich Dynamo by AudioBoo, now a look-back at the Tour. My guest on tomorrow (Monday’s) show will be writer Graeme Fife, who has written widely about the Tour, cycling, French history and other things too. We’ll be looking back over the 2009 Tour. We’d like to hear your reflections, your most memorable bits, the things that will stay with you, the things that made you happy, made you angry or made you sad. And if you’ve got an iPhone, it’s a simple as laying down an AudioBoo. Just tag it with ‘tdf09’ and they’ll be played on the show. AudioBoo is a fantastic free audio blogging service from a London company based just a stone’s throw from Resonance FM.

Update: Apparently you can also do this from a normal phone. Just call +44 (0) 203 393 6430 and leave a message. Normal national call rates apply, though you could do it from SkyeOut to save a few pennies or if you’re abroad.

Charging up my iPod for a summer cycle tour

Last summer I spent three weeks cycle touring in France, following my own version of the Raid Pyreneean and continuing along the Mediterranean coast and up to the centre of France. This year I’m heading to North America for a ride from Montreal to New York, stopping for the wedding of two dear friends in Ludlow, Vermont.

Solo cycle touring is fun but for me, there’s a time, usually at the end of the day’s riding when you’ve pitched camp and are just enjoying the last rays of sunshine, taking care of any little chores and thinking about getting some supper organised, where it can sometimes feel a bit odd being alone. Last year during those hours of the day I averted the lonesome feeling by listening to spoken word radio on the iPod. It was a mixed bag but primarily BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, This American Life and RadioLab (both from US public radio networks).

This summer I want to freshen up the mix and am going to add in some Philosophy Bites and some Speechification. What else should I be downloading in the two days before I fly? Please add your top picks in the comments…

And please, while flattery will get you anywhere, don’t suggest The Bike Show. That way lies insanity.