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Old 25-09-2013, 23:54
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I've just sent a message of disappointment to them, that LBC has stopped broadcasting in the Northwest on DAB.

Do they not realise that I may have to go back to Radio 5 and Talksport at night.
The answer for me will be a "speaker bar" for the Laptop to get the sound to an acceptable quality and volume....
I simply cannot return to the mind-blowing banality of 5 Live (except for the 9am Your Call which is OK). If Tony Livesey is the best they have available for the 4pm Drive slot I dread to think who is presenting at 10pm........
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Old 26-09-2013, 01:01
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I honestly thought they had, as certainly the sound of LBC overnights changed especially, with accents from folk all over the UK, and I thought this was reflected in the listening figures. Didn't realise it was as low as 5000 in the West Midlands. But then I think some people are listening on Sky, some on the internet, so not only DAB. But a few are still finding a way, as over this past weekend, I've heard a Liverpool caller to the Saturday Breakfast show, and I really think that over the past couple of years LBC has gone beyond being a "local London radio station", as one commenter said.

Actually it was this, from South City:
"It's a local station for London, that's why people outside the capital are generally not interested."

I disagree with that, I think the station covers National issues, and people who enjoy speech rather than music radio, will continue to find a way to listen.
There is something very suspicious about this 5000 figure, it's not accurate and just blatantly a great excuse to get rid.
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Old 26-09-2013, 01:04
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No reply yet, which is a shame, as they should, and used to be, more responsive to listeners.
At least the previous Programme Director, Jonathan Richards, gave his direct email address as a contact, and would often reply. (Sadly, I'm aware he was sacked for 'bullying' staff).

Let's give the present lot time, and if I do hear anything, will definitely post.

But very interesting to hear that Global do have a couple of spots on Freeview should they wish to use them.
You'll get the same auto response that the other thousands of upset listeners have received right across the UK in the past 12 months since all this first started.

They are a commercial company they don't give a dam, in fact they don't even need to reply to your letter. They only care about a small group of crappy 'more music variety' stations which have sucked personality and the 'word' local from most stations in the uk.
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Old 26-09-2013, 01:07
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https://twitter.com/LBCbackOnDAB

Here is a petition thats going on via Twitter, won't make any difference but you can only try.
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Old 26-09-2013, 09:56
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There is something very suspicious about this 5000 figure, it's not accurate and just blatantly a great excuse to get rid.
On what factual basis do you think it's not accurate?
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Old 05-10-2013, 00:43
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I bought a little dab radio originally to nod off to TalkSport. Then they got rid of the non sport phone ins so I switched to LBC but LBC went off DAB a while back (I'm in West Yorkshire), So now I resort to BBC World Service. I suppose I could get an internet radio but I've always resisted having wifi in the house.
I'm really fed up with all of this. Nick Abbot in particular is not London specific and I'm pretty sure he has a national following.
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Old 05-10-2013, 00:49
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I suppose I could get an internet radio but I've always resisted having wifi in the house.
Get a Roberts Stream 83i - it's got a nice Ethernet socket in the back if you don't want to use WiFi
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:02
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Get a Roberts Stream 83i - it's got a nice Ethernet socket in the back if you don't want to use WiFi
Buit presumably I would have to run a cable from the modem/computer downstairs. Is this workable?
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:11
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I've managed to find a way to listen comfortably. My DAB radio has an iPod dock and I have the first gen iPod touch model connected. But it's so old that it only runs iOS 3 and the LBC app and the UK Radio Player app need iOS 5 or above. But a website out there on t'Internet has an MP3 stream of LBC 97.3 so I'm able to run that through Safari! Nick Abbot is back in my house once again.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:26
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Buit presumably I would have to run a cable from the modem/computer downstairs. Is this workable?
Yes if the cable route is straightforward as people often have phone extensions upstairs and this route can be used?

An alternative would be powerline adaptors through the mains, but could affect shortwave listening for you or neighbours?
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:35
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There is something very suspicious about this 5000 figure, it's not accurate and just blatantly a great excuse to get rid.
From this blog the Rajar figures for LBC in WM are 10.4k on all digital platforms, of which 4.7k use DAB!
http://www.mattdeegan.com/2013/08/27/radio-mxr/
I think I saw him publish similar figures for another region but can't remember where?
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:40
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An alternative would be powerline adaptors through the mains, but could affect shortwave listening for you or neighbours?
I very much doubt Mrs Grumpy or any of her neighbours ever tune into shortwave!
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Old 19-10-2013, 19:17
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It also went off in Bristol, a matter of a few weeks after investing in a DAB radio for our bedroom. As an exiled Londoner I am gutted - and no, I am not going to put the laptop on the bedside cabinet.

Terrible decision, LBC.
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Old 19-10-2013, 19:19
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It also went off in Bristol, a matter of a few weeks after investing in a DAB radio for our bedroom. As an exiled Londoner I am gutted - and no, I am not going to put the laptop on the bedside cabinet.

Terrible decision, LBC.
If you get a cheap iTrip transmitter you could broadcast it around your house on FM.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/JSG-Accessor...keywords=itrip

Maybe tune it to 97.3 for authenticity?
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Old 20-10-2013, 13:10
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Just buy an internet radio. I have one in the kitchen which cost 80 and is brilliant. I have a Pure alarm clock with internet radio and it's brilliant.

They're both so good that I forget they're internet radio's. They just play the stations I like.

I wouldn't buy another FM/DAB radio for the house again.
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Old 20-10-2013, 18:04
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I bought a little dab radio originally to nod off to TalkSport. Then they got rid of the non sport phone ins so I switched to LBC but LBC went off DAB a while back (I'm in West Yorkshire), So now I resort to BBC World Service. I suppose I could get an internet radio but I've always resisted having wifi in the house.
I'm really fed up with all of this. Nick Abbot in particular is not London specific and I'm pretty sure he has a national following.
Same situation as me,now its gone off in the North West. Used to love Talksport when James Whale and Ian Collins were on late night.
Found Nick Abbot was a more than suitable replacement on a Friday and Saturday Night.
My BT broadband had a limit of 40gb a month, found out I can go unlimited for an extra quid
I currently listen to Nick Abbot through my laptop and earphones.
Not sure that I want to fork out an extra 80+ for another radio. Already have 5 DAB ones around the house.
Nodding off to a laptop isn't ideal.

I did Email LBC, but got the standard you are a valuable listener, we hope you continue to listen on the options available, blah blah.
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Old 20-10-2013, 19:43
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I work in a shop that sells radios and, as a result of the LBC closure, sales are up. I never realised how popular it was, I just thought I was one of a few.
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:11
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I've just noticed the logitech ue internet radio has dropped 40 quid on a.mazon and p.cworld (latter not so easy to find stock). I've bit the bullet and will try one out and if I'm happy buy another for the kitchen. My 2 x Pure Evoke 3's will go to my Mothers in London where they may get some use as they have been idle here since losing LBC. That's 3 she will have now.

I've been using my laptop and blackberry for a few months now and am looking forward to not having to do that much longer.
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Old 15-11-2013, 21:54
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I've just noticed the logitech ue internet radio has dropped 40 quid on a.mazon and p.cworld (latter not so easy to find stock). I've bit the bullet and will try one out and if I'm happy buy another for the kitchen. My 2 x Pure Evoke 3's will go to my Mothers in London where they may get some use as they have been idle here since losing LBC. That's 3 she will have now.

I've been using my laptop and blackberry for a few months now and am looking forward to not having to do that much longer.
I bought a Logitech UE from Amazon at the beginning of November . It arrived safe and sound from a Hermes UK distributer just over a week after my order.(thankfully,read of some some horrors with them and Yodel.)
I was coping with my Laptop hooked up to some speakers, but I didn't like the idea of nodding off to it.

Works fine with my BT hub. The only issue some people have is if their wireless router is not 802.11g compatible.(the older slower system which the Logitech uses.) A lot of newer routers are set to 802.11n
The BT hub is b/g and n compatible. Some routers have to be set to 802.11g if they only can do n or g not all at the same time.
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