community All of this helps put across that important message of Loving Life on the Rock — the latest station jingle — which is what James is so keen to project to listeners and make the station represent what it is meant to be... Radio Gibraltar, Gibraltar’s radio! Innovations have recently been introduced. There’s a fresh new Jingle package playing out. Studio equipment and music computers have been upgraded with frontier camera images monitored in the studios and there are new programmes and some changes in the station’s sound. “Yes, the Spanish programme is no longer where it used to be, between 2 and 4pm on all frequencies, it has moved to Radio Gibraltar Plus on 100.5FM and 1458 on the medium wave only now, but still airing between 2 and 4. The programme is a little more MOR (Middle Of the Road) than our shows in English. “The reason for the split in programming is there are more ex-pats from many countries now living and/or working on the Rock. Now, if they’re listening to us up to 2pm there’s a very good chance they will stay with us and
not move to another station (as most did), where they would stay for the duration of their listening day and probably stay there the next morning too so listeners would be lost to rival stations.” It’s also true more and more of our youngsters are speaking English all, or most of, the time and they too will relate to a more English sound — whilst bearing in mind Spanish is important for our older generations and others. It is part of our identity too and we have to ensure transmitter power is sufficient and coverage of our Spanish broadcast is satisfactory to reach all those who wish to tune in. James adds, “Moving the Spanish transmission to Radio Gibraltar Plus has meant Paul Grant’s airtime commitment has been extended to four hours from 2 to 6.”
Newcomer Claire Hernandez fills in the 6 to 7 slot Monday to Friday and there’s a new programme on Thursdays between 7 and 9 called On Request which harks back to the old days (record requests) where you can ring in or e-mail to ask for a specific song and give a reason why you’re choosing it. Michelle Rugeroni and Andy Coumbe jointly present that show with loads of banter! In this age of super technology a reminder that Radio Gibraltar is also on-line at gbc.gi, which of course means it can be listened to from Los Angeles to Melbourne and Helsinki to Capetown. Radio programmes can also be heard on GBC Television during the day up to 7.30pm and through the night from about midnight. Parliament sessions continue, broadcast on TV and on 1458 on the Medium
I enjoy it all, especially updating and hopefully improving aspects of our Radio Gibraltar output, something which is ongoing
Wave only. You can also tune in to Radio Gibraltar by downloading the App using your iPhone. Radio Gibraltar ’s Manager James, certainly has been busy over many months and tends to keep that way most of the time. His other duties include looking after the station’s on-line service and popping upstairs to read television news once a fortnight. “Well, I enjoy it all,” he says, “especially updating and hopefully improving aspects of our Radio Gibraltar output, something which is ongoing.” Outside of his Radio Gibraltar and other GBC obligations, James runs his production company, Stage One, which is once again producing the annual Miss Gibraltar Show which will be staged at the Queen’s Cinema in June 2014. “Yes, recruiting of potential entrants has begun and my attention and time is already being taken up with that too... Oh, and I almost forgot, I’m committed and ridiculously enjoying co-producing and presenting Talk About Town on GBC Television fortnightly on Thursday nights, with an individual called Richard Cartwright...” Oh! Who Dat Man? n
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GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2014
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