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 KISS FM: From Radical Radio To Big Business (The Inside Story Of A London Pirate Radio Station’s Path To Success) by Grant Goddard

 

format: e-book + paperback 235x191x27mm

pages: 528

ISBN: 9780956496317

published: 1 July 2011

subjects: KNTD radio & TV industry, APW radio, JFD media studies

keywords: media, broadcasting, radio, pirate, music, soul, dance

 

 

 

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In 1985, KISS FM had been just one of many illegal pirate radio stations in London playing black music that had been largely ignored by licensed broadcasters. By 1989, KISS FM had won an FM radio licence to broadcast legally to the whole of London, having fought off dozens of competing bids from some of the biggest names in broadcasting and industry. By 1991, KISS FM was attracting an audience of one million listeners a week, making it one of the most successful radio station launches in British broadcasting history.

The inside story of how a small London pirate radio station was transformed into one of Britain’s most successful youth brands is uncovered in this book. KISS FM’s remarkable trajectory was the culmination of a long-running campaign for a black music radio station in London that had been started in 1970 by soul music pirate station Radio Invicta. Also documented in this book is the determination of the government and commercial radio industry to rid Britain forever of pirate radio, and the abject failure of their desperate efforts.

 

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 "This is the story of how Kiss morphed from a weekend only pirate into a multi-million pound brand. Expertly written by Grant Goddard, who was the brains behind the successful application, and who quite brilliantly and against the odds got Kiss on air in London on the 1st September 1990. The background story is incredible, and detailed to the point of almost every reference is attributed to source. … It's a MUST read. … Buy this book." UrbanRadio.co.uk

 

 "Grant Goddard is either a prodigious note-keeper, or possesses a razor-sharp memory, such is his penchant for intricate detail in this fascinating tome. … Goddard's candid and precise recollections, however, are never short of captivating, and go far beyond the routine machinations of a business. … Definitely an absorbing read for anyone with an interest in the daring days of radio, and UK black music history generally." Black Sheep

 

 "The 500+ page tome paints a vivid picture of the dynamics of London's vibrant yet shadowy pirate radio scene, the socio-political struggles behind the station's legalization, and its effect on the evolution of commercial broadcasting in the U.K. …. This is Goddard's second book in a single year; the first wholly deconstructed the myth that digital radio represents the future of broadcasting. Both are recommended reading." DIYmedia.net

 

 "This remains not only the definitive text but also a fast paced well written insightful read with important lessons on how not to set up a business, especially a radio station. It is also, in many ways, a very sad book as it shows the genuine commitment people can give to a cause who can then only watch powerless as their dreams crash and burn, destroyed by the actions of others." Community Media Association

 

 

 

 DAB Digital Radio: Licensed To Fail by Grant Goddard

   

format: paperback 297x210x17mm

pages: 316

ISBN: 9780956496300

published: 1 October 2010

subjects: KNTD radio & TV industry, APW radio, JFD media studies

keywords: media, broadcasting, radio, platform, digital, analogue

 

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“Digital radio switchover is unlikely to ever happen in the UK” writes radio specialist Grant Goddard. His book offers a blow-by-blow chronicle of the efforts to implement ‘DAB’ as a replacement for FM and AM radio in Britain, from the deliberations of the Digital Radio Working Group in 2008 to the legislation of the Digital Economy Act during the final days of the Labour government in 2010. Goddard uncovers a secret deal struck between the government and the UK commercial radio industry to force DAB radio upon the British public. He also exposes a wealth of inaccurate and distorted information published by radio industry lobbyists as part of their campaign to convince the government and consumers that take-up of DAB radio has been a success in the UK and overseas. Whereas, the data in this book show that consumer interest in DAB radio had already started slowing down, making switchover unlikely to ever happen in the UK.

 

 

 

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