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Old 16-07-2009, 15:16
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Thanks for that mojo, tried searching the telegraph website for the story...cheers for the info
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Old 20-07-2009, 01:25
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hey, just wondering when lisa was on u105 this week? i've been away the last few days so just asking to satisfy my curiosity... also interested to read your comments on johnny, didn't know he was suing baeur, anyone know why?
interesting times...
Johnny Hero was presenting Saturday Night Seventies on Saturday evening (18th July ) ....or could it have been a recording ?
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Old 20-07-2009, 10:06
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Johnny Hero was presenting Saturday Night Seventies on Saturday evening (18th July ) ....or could it have been a recording ?
None of the Sat Night 70's or 80's shows are live
they are all voice tracked.....
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Old 22-07-2009, 15:13
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None of the Sat Night 70's or 80's shows are live
they are all voice tracked.....
Well, Jonny's back, maybe he isn't leaving after all..
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Old 24-07-2009, 10:44
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None of the Sat Night 70's or 80's shows are live
they are all voice tracked.....
Not all, Johnny read out a text that I sent a while back. Does anyone else think that Downtown's AM signal is awful? I listen on DAB at home but don't even bother in the car anymore the quality is terrible.
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Old 24-07-2009, 11:38
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Not all, Johnny read out a text that I sent a while back. Does anyone else think that Downtown's AM signal is awful? I listen on DAB at home but don't even bother in the car anymore the quality is terrible.
It needs to be on FM in greater Belfast. 1026 could then relay an NI version of Gold or Magic AM. Surely it can't be that expensive to do ? A 1kw transmitter from Black Mountain and a filler for Newtownabbey would be ideal. Ofcom have told me though, that Downtown is, in effect, a regional commercial station for NI. If this the case then the power should be even greater than 1kw, say around 20 kw It shouldn't be a problem since there are plenty of spare frequencies around.

And don't give me the DAB crap. DAB in the car is worse than FM and not really an ideal medium for radio on the move, in my opinion (I've tried the Pure Highway). The DAB siruation in NI is woeful anyway
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Old 24-07-2009, 18:14
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It needs to be on FM in greater Belfast. 1026 could then relay an NI version of Gold or Magic AM. Surely it can't be that expensive to do ? A 1kw transmitter from Black Mountain and a filler for Newtownabbey would be ideal. Ofcom have told me though, that Downtown is, in effect, a regional commercial station for NI. If this the case then the power should be even greater than 1kw, say around 20 kw It shouldn't be a problem since there are plenty of spare frequencies around.

And don't give me the DAB crap. DAB in the car is worse than FM and not really an ideal medium for radio on the move, in my opinion (I've tried the Pure Highway). The DAB siruation in NI is woeful anyway
Funny that Downtown's signal is so bad no matter whether it's FM or AM, and they (Bauer) also own the DAB License for
N. Ireland, and it's reception is so bad........any co-incidence!
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Old 20-10-2009, 10:35
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I notice that Henry Owens, the 1 person responsible for the
degrading and destruction of Downtown Radio, has departed, did he jump before he was pushed, or was he pushed,
be interesting to find out.
Though what on earth they are doing putting Eddie West in his
place only heaven knows.
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Old 20-10-2009, 11:33
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I notice that Henry Owens, the 1 person responsible for the
degrading and destruction of Downtown Radio, has departed, did he jump before he was pushed, or was he pushed,
be interesting to find out.
Though what on earth they are doing putting Eddie West in his
place only heaven knows.
Well, it'll be interesting to see if there will be any changes. I've been told Eddie West is a real nice guy and he was pretty hurt out of what Citybeat did to him (like they've also done with Mark Lima). Eddie West is probably good news for the station.

I also heard Lisa Flavell doing the Saturday night disco show on U 105 the other week. Thought she sounded better than Carolyne Stewart.
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Old 20-10-2009, 17:36
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Well, it'll be interesting to see if there will be any changes. I've been told Eddie West is a real nice guy and he was pretty hurt out of what Citybeat did to him (like they've also done with Mark Lima). Eddie West is probably good news for the station.

I also heard Lisa Flavell doing the Saturday night disco show on U 105 the other week. Thought she sounded better than Carolyne Stewart.
I don't think Eddie West had anything to do with Citybeat, he's been at Downtown for a while,
don't ever remember him being at Citybeat, he was a chef or a cook.

Eddie's a nice enough guy, but would you put a cook in charge of a Radio
Station, how will he deal with the massive ego
of Dougie Marshall, etc, Johnny's not as good as he was, (pending court case.?),
and they shouldn't have let good presenters go to their main opposition U105, albeit a Henry Owens decision.

I'm sure they are quite worried that U105 has got so far ahead of them......Jerry Lang and Lisa Flavelle would be a really
good double act at U105, they were always full of fun while
at Downtown, something Eddie West will have to put back in to their output
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Old 20-10-2009, 22:30
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I don't think Eddie West had anything to do with Citybeat, he's been at Downtown for a while,
don't ever remember him being at Citybeat, he was a chef or a cook.
Nope, he was on Citybeat as a presenter 1998-1999:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_CityBeat

Though for some reason I seem to remember him on the station well into the noughties(maybe I'm thinking of Phil West). I think he did the drivetime slot if I remember correctly.

Notice citybeat are now playing a much wider range of nusic. Really the 70's through to today and muscling in on U105's territory a bit. U 105's music is OK but there's far too much chat during the day. I often find myself listening to Citybeat instead now.
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Old 20-10-2009, 22:41
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best ever Owen Larkin http://www.downtown.co.uk/Article.as...243&spid=32237
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Old 21-10-2009, 11:32
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I take it you're joking...!
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Old 01-11-2009, 13:20
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Are U105 in trouble?
Rumour has it they spent a massive 2.000,000 in advertising on UTV to get approx 30,000 listeners. Am I right in thinking that's about 6,600 per new listener.
They lost listening hours, market share etc in a Rajar that showed all radio listening was up.
I would think Maurice (Jay) mcNabb is scratching his head (and I believe it's a pretty big one) at what to do next.
They have played the big market saturation advertising card (If you're in Northern Ireland and haven't heard of U105 yet you must be living the hermit life in a cave.

I was listening to the U105 graveyard shift the other night and Jerry Lang was on (nothing unusual about that, because It's like Jerry Lang FM) he was berating and talking down to listeners who were asking for one hit wonders (now there is a unique and novel feature!! not) he refused to play a requested song which in his view was not a hit suitable for an oldies programme. The next song played after approx 5 minutes of inane chatter was John Prine???? Is John Prine even in the Book of Hit Singles and Albums.
Sometimes I despair.......

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Old 01-11-2009, 13:57
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I don't think Eddie West had anything to do with Citybeat, he's been at Downtown for a while,
don't ever remember him being at Citybeat, he was a chef or a cook.

Eddie's a nice enough guy, but would you put a cook in charge of a Radio
Station, how will he deal with the massive ego
of Dougie Marshall, etc, Johnny's not as good as he was, (pending court case.?),
and they shouldn't have let good presenters go to their main opposition U105, albeit a Henry Owens decision.
Actually Eddie's been in the radio business since Downtown started, he was there back in the very early days, then went to Dublin and ended up on Radio Nova (with another ex- Downtowner LJ).
He was on Citybeat quite a bit in the late 90's after coming "back North" to work on some RSL stations, then he went to Cool and then back to Downtown.
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Old 01-11-2009, 14:04
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after approx 5 minutes of inane chatter
That's always been the problem with U105 for me. Far, far too much inane chatter. Nearly 12 hours of it during the day along with the odd song. If you want inane chatter, Radio Ulster does it so much better.

with another ex- Downtowner LJ
I see he's on 5FM these days, doing the country collection.
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Old 01-11-2009, 16:13
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QUOTE: Mojo Loop "I don't think Eddie West had anything to do with Citybeat, he's been at Downtown for a while, he was a chef or a cook. Eddie's a nice enough guy, but would you put a cook in charge of a Radio Station" UNQUOTE

I used to be a paperboy, it didn't stop me from having the successful career I have today.
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:39
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Are U105 in trouble?
Rumour has it they spent a massive 2.000,000 in advertising on UTV to get approx 30,000 listeners. Am I right in thinking that's about 6,600 per new listener.
They lost listening hours, market share etc in a Rajar that showed all radio listening was up.
I would think Maurice (Jay) mcNabb is scratching his head (and I believe it's a pretty big one) at what to do next.
They have played the big market saturation advertising card (If you're in Northern Ireland and haven't heard of U105 yet you must be living the hermit life in a cave.

I was listening to the U105 graveyard shift the other night and Jerry Lang was on (nothing unusual about that, because It's like Jerry Lang FM) he was berating and talking down to listeners who were asking for one hit wonders (now there is a unique and novel feature!! not) he refused to play a requested song which in his view was not a hit suitable for an oldies programme. The next song played after approx 5 minutes of inane chatter was John Prine???? Is John Prine even in the Book of Hit Singles and Albums.
Sometimes I despair.......
It would help if they were on province wide FM rather than DAB or Freeview!
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:50
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[quote=radio-tuner;36393973]QUOTE: Mojo Loop "I don't think Eddie West had anything to do with Citybeat, he's been at Downtown for a while, he was a chef or a cook. Eddie's a nice enough guy, but would you put a cook in charge of a Radio Station" UNQUOTE

I used to be a paperboy, it didn't stop me from having the successful career I have today. [/QUOTE

Wow.....who are you successful for now.?
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:51
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It would help if they were on province wide FM rather than DAB or Freeview!
Would be very interesting if they did.......though not on DAb at moment, wish I had something more than on-line listening here
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:21
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It would help if they were on province wide FM rather than DAB or Freeview!
Yep, U105 aren't on DAB. Downtown are of course, but unfortunately few car radios are equiped with DAB reception.

The DAB situation is a disgrace in NI by the way, with only a measly 20 stations and no Absolute Radio, still. What are the local Ofcom committee doing with respect to this situation ? It should have been sorted out with Comreg years ago.

I still think Downtown needs to be on FM in greater Belfast in order to compete with either Citybeat,or U105.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:30
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And U105 should be on FM outside of Belfast!
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:43
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And U105 should be on FM outside of Belfast!
We should of course have a regional commercial station in the province, the same as England, Scotland and Wales (and the ROI now). I was told by Ofcom that Downtown Radio was in effect a regional commercial station.
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Old 03-08-2010, 16:11
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And U105 should be on FM outside of Belfast!
Reception for U 105 is very good outside Belfast, only the
North West of the province is neglected, anyone
know when that area goes on to digital, Freeview etc.?
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Old 03-08-2010, 16:13
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Reception for U 105 is very good outside Belfast, only the
North West of the province is neglected, anyone
know when that area goes on to digital, Freeview etc.?
Ulster region, Autumn 2012.
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