GlossFM closure


Ben here.

As you might have noticed, I’ve got a bit slack with podcasting our shows. As I’m writing this, I’ve got a few to edit/upload still. The last one you can see on the site at this point is the 15th April. We did shows on the 22nd, 29th, and the 6th May. The following week (13th May), me and Stephen were both busy, so we cancelled the show. And that busy-streak continued so far as we had no time to plan anything for the 20th May, so that one was cancelled too. The 27th May we met up, but only to discuss what to do with the big future shows. The 3rd June (today), was going to be a 3-hour mammoth of a return, featuring me, Stephen and James. But sadly, the station has had financial problems and had to close.

From the station’s website:

“It is with great regret that GLOSSFM has to announce that it will stop broadcasting and hence formally close, at midnight 1st June 2012.

The current financial position of the holding company, Severnvale Media CIC, is such that it is unable to continue the day to day operations of GLOSSFM. The decision to stop all operations, connected with GLOSSFM has been taken to protect both the assets of GLOSSFM and the directors of Severnvale Media CIC.

The timing of this announcement will come as a double blow to many, as our special Jubilee June webcast was due to commence 7am Saturday 2nd June. Regrettably this will no longer be taking place.

The directors and operations team at GLOSSFM would like thank everyone in the local community for their help and efforts, however big or small, during what has been a fantastic journey for us all. We would also like to thank our listeners and supporters for their continued loyalty and encouragement.”

It’s always sad to see a station close, especially one we’ve been a part of for every broadcast in 5 years. In that time we’ve seen a lot of effort that has gone into those regular broadcasts, and everyone has been very welcoming towards us (outsiders). We’ve pestered volunteers for keys while they were in the shower (“is he still naked?”). We’ve pestered volunteers for keys while they tried to watch big national events (“Are you guys not watching the Royal Wedding?” // “Nah”). We’ve pestered volunteers for keys while.. well.. you get the idea.

We’ve slightly taken the piss out of other presenters and had them laugh as intended. The presenter of “C-Rock Sunday” didn’t seem to mind us proclaiming he was the only man who was allowed to regularly use “the C-word” (it actually stands for “Christian” Rock Sunday). And an off-air after-show conversation about a farty-smell in the studio being worked into a sketch for the following week didn’t seem to cause offence to the individuals involved. We’ve been given free tickets to pantomimes, free invites to book launch parties, and we’ve had receptionists for other peoples’ shows bring in cake recipes and chocolate to share with us.

One of the other presenters was kind enough, at very short notice and for free, to record the “thanks for downloading a BJS productions podcast” that you currently hear at the start of every download from this site. And she was also nice enough to record other bizarre things like sat nav directions and shopping lists, purely to help me win an argument with my co-presenters that her voice was so sexy she could make even the mundane sound interesting. I still love the way she says “potatoes”. (She declined to record my “whenever I get run over, I always listen to the Bristol Hospital Broadcasting Service” type one, for the hospital radio station I was volunteering on at the time. Not due to the incredibly bad taste of it, but as she thought it might tempt fate.)

We’ve even (and I’ve always been quite proud of this) been the subject of a strange sort of spam-attack as a slew of people requested (via an early anonymous online form) Europe’s The Final Countdown (which we played – in your faces, losers!) and an unsavoury character calling himself “Stanley Knife” sent us a slurry-load of abuse. While we’d rather have been inundated with nice emails, it’s nice to get any at all, on such a small community station, and it was during our first ever show as well.

The station management laughed-through some, and never complained-about any of our recorded sketches (although we often thought it funny to pretend that they had). When one particularly listener decided to complain to Ofcom about pretty much everything and everyone on the station (including us), they stood by us. (None of the complaints were upheld.) And when the listener in question made “a series of videos” on YouTube about the complaints Ofcom had already dismissed, nobody took issue with my 4-episode parody version “a series of audio broadcasts”. (I’m mildly pleased that the one I made into a YouTube video has a lot more views than the originals.)

So with all seriousness, it’s been fun. RIP GlossFm.

P.S. Those missing shows will get added at some point. They’ll be in the right order, so will appear before this post.

Music and Waffle Show – 6 May 2012

Smells, Tulisa, and our last show on GlossFM

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By the time you read this, Ben will have written a blog post (fudging the dates as he goes, to make it a bit in the wrong order) telling you that this is currently our final show for a while, as the station we were making the live shows for, has had to close.
“Currently”, being the operative word. We’re looking at other options. We’ll be back. Maybe under a different name, maybe with James back, maybe with video, maybe with themes to each show, and maybe even without writing about ourselves in the third person. (Ed: Oh really? We’ll see what Ben and Stephen have to say about that one.)

So as time is of the essence (is it?), here’s what happened on the season finale, 6th May 2012:

It smells in the studio. Like feet. And in other body-part news, Ben has an itchy arm.
We open the door to try and combat the smells, only to be distracted by noisy birds (who can’t be heard on the recording, for some reason).

This week’s competition winner can win several prizes. Woop woop. Good luck to you/them (it’s a recording. You can’t enter now.)

What is the worst song ever? Stephen wants to know.
It isn’t anything by Lady Gaga, though. She’s single, dontchaknow. Ben and Stephen are excited about this prospect.

But never mind that. What happened in the week ending 6th May, in the world of TV? We give you a recap.

This week’s news has been interesting too. Or has it? Find out, in our news-filled feature, Read All About It.

Ben and Stephen went to vote this week. From the sound of it, they might have been the only people who did.

Podcast Timings

00:00 – What’s on the show?
04:36 – National days/weeks, hot problems.
09:32 – Lady Gaga.
11:31 – The Week In TV.
19:23 – An update on the smells, listener suggestions for worst songs ever, New England remix.
25:58 – The Golden Minute competition.
28:08 – Listener guesses at Golden Minute, Tweet of the Week, FHM Top 100 sexiest women.
34:55 – Read All About It, council polling, penguin candidates, Amanda Holden, Tulisa, Adele.
42:08 – Golden Minute results, fairy cakes.
45:15 – Chillout, and goodbyes.

Music and Waffle Show – 29 April 2012

Fat balls, and something needs inserting in Stephen’s slot in a darkened hotel room.

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This week we’re not off to the greatest start. Our website is down, so the only people who can listen are people using the Tunein app/site, and/or who follow us on Twitter, and we can tell of the alternative listening options.

What have you struggled to do lately, that should be easy for all adults?
Stephen did something quite stupid and inconvenienced himself for an entire night.
Ben’s been literally trying to get something through the eye of a needle. It’s a bit of thread.
But what seemingly-simple tasks do our listeners struggle with?

The week ending 29th April 2012 was a phenomenal week in TV. It was so good, that even though Ben is editing this podcast in August, he’s kept “The Week in TV” in, even though it’s now 3.5 months out of date.

The wooden spoon you could win last week, has now been used, and as we don’t want to give away a used item, we’ve got a new (unused) prize for our Golden Minute competition this week.

The problem with doing a live show, is you have a live news every hour at a very specific time. Stephen has been trying (and failing) to get one particular song in just before the news every week, but this time he’s determined to get it played, in full.

We’ve also got the latest alternative news for what was happening on the week we did the show, and Ben’s had some problems with his big wok, and fat balls.

Podcast Timings

00:00 – What’s on the show?, the weather, hotel problems, sewing.
08:19 – The Week in TV.
14:48 – New England.
19:21 – Golden Minute, listener suggestions of things people struggle with.
22:54 – Muppets, important national days/weeks, Mel Gibson, more listener replies.
29:33 – Tweet of the week, Ben’s big wok and fat balls.
32:55 – Read All About It, the voice, the rich list, Ke$ha, Romanian naturists, dummy councillors.
39:27 – The Golden Minute results, goodbye.

Music and Waffle Show – 22 April 2012

Mark Morrison’s height, scotch eggs, and a non-gold-plated wooden spoon.

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After a few mistakes, we finally get the show underway.

Ben’s sent Stephen a suggestion for a song to play on this week’s show. Stephen thought about it, and.. no.

If you met someone from another country/planet or the moon, etc. what very British food would you introduce them to? Ben’s told his housemate about scotch eggs and fish cakes.

Oh the week ending 22nd April 2012, what a week that was. Don’t you wish you could relive what happened in the TV that was on that week? No? Oh. Well then you probably won’t like the incredibly late-edited TheWeekInTV. Well we’re not taking it out. If you don’t like it, you know what you can do! (Please just fast-forward through it, and don’t mention it again. We’re sorry. We’ll edit these quicker in the future.)

We’ve had a request this week. It’s not that we give up making shows. It’s for one of Stephen’s acquired New England remixes.

Who are the most influential people in the world? Stephen’s got an official list to hand. He’s not on it. Nor is David Cameron. But that’s not the reason he’s writing an angry email in an aggressive font, with an even more aggressive point size.

What’s happened in the news lately? If you don’t own a television, radio, or computer, then.. erm.. I guess you’re listening to this on an iPod or something. So we’ve got the latest news in our feature – Read All About It, including stories only of interest to Londoners, and costs of expensive dinners.

Ben learns not to eat unmarked food on air.

This week you can win a wooden spoon, if you get the right answer in our competition – The Golden Minute.

Podcast Timings

00:00 – Intro, Mark Morrison, what’s on the show.
04:22 – Ben’s interesting song choices, his new houseshare.
08:01 – The Week In TV.
15:02 – A listener request.
19:50 – Who are the most influential people in the world?
23:11 – Listener answers to our British-food question, The Golden Minute, famous days and months.
27:15 – More listener suggestions of British foods.
30:13 – Tweet of the week.
31:54 – Read All About It.
38:35 – Sweets, results to our competition, and goodbye.

Related Links

Ben’s lovely song suggestion he sent to Stephen. What a lovely voice. Storm Large – 8 Miles Wide [NSFW].

Music and Waffle Show – 15 April 2012

Yoko Ono and a nice spread at the downstairs restaurant.

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This is the second time Ben has been to Thornbury this week. The first time was to get a microwave and see potential Gladiators contestants.

Stephen’s enjoyed something on TV this week. Ben thought the same programme was decidedly average.

It seems one man in America has the superhero-like ability to eat crisps calmly to diffuse potentially violent situations. But what superpower would our listeners like?

Four songs. One year. Just guess the year and win a prize, in our big competition: The Golden Minute.

Kate Winslet has a large opening. The Chinese were concerned about it.

Stephen plays a song that sounds remarkably like porno jazz. He reckons he heard it in a film, but – conveniently – can’t remember which one.

Podcast Timings

00:00 – Intro and what’s on the show, MGMT.
03:15 – Ben’s free microwave, Gladiators contestants, Snackman®.
08:10 – Lana Del Ray and Axl Rose.
09:57 – The Week In TV, The Apprentice, Derek.
16:34 – Ben’s, Stephen’s, and the listeners’ super powers.
18:51 – The Golden Minute, another listener super power, online radio.
22:03 – Ann Summers, Peter Stringfellow, Ben Beckham, Beck and listener guesses at the competition.
27:24 – Tweet of the Week, Quality Street, Lady Gaga, The Darkness, Green Day, Golden Minute competition winner.
32:50 – Read All About It, Instagram, One Direction, spat-out toast, Dalek shortages, Titanic 3D, nudity, Kate Winslet, The Grand National.
39:34 – The Chillout Zone, and goodbye.

Related Links

Snackman. The guy who eats crisps to calm difficult situations.