Fire Radio and Sam FM Bristol to rebrand as Hits Radio

Bauer’s Bournemouth and Bristol stations Fire and Sam are rebranding to Hits Radio and taking the network’s national breakfast show from September.

The current Fire Radio breakfast presenters Max and Jason will move over to Hits Radio – Bristol and the South West (formerly Sam FM) to present drivetime, while Jono Holmes will start a new drivetime show on Hits Radio – Bournemouth and Poole.

Sam FM, which currently has its own local daytime lineup including Kam Kelly, Mark Franklin and Downsy, will take the network shows outside of Drive.

Both stations will continue to provide local news, information, traffic and travel as well as work with Bauer charity, Cash for Kids.

Graham Bryce told RadioToday about the changes: “Hits Radio’s journey has been building steadily over the last couple of years, and we’re incredibly happy to now be able to extend its reach to more of our listeners in the South of England.

“Led by the now ARIA award-winning Fleur East at breakfast Hits Radio offers listeners an entertaining and fun escape, with original, authentic presenters who share their interests and values.

The two stations rebrand on September 6th 2021.

Classic FM Live returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall

Classic FM will be back at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 22nd September for the first time in two years

The concert will be hosted by Classic FM’s morning presenter Alexander Armstrong, and Margherita Taylor, presenter of the weeknight Smooth Classics.

For more than two decades, Classic FM has been staging classical music concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

September’s concert will be recorded for broadcast on Classic FM on Thursday 23rd September at 8pm.

Philip Noyce, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Over the past 20 years, we have brought some of the world’s greatest musicians to the iconic Royal Albert Hall – the home of Classic FM Live – as well as showcasing new and emerging classical music stars for our audience to enjoy.

“It feels great to be going back to the Hall, for the first time in two years, with a stunning line-up including Nigel Kennedy and Chineke! Orchestra. Whether or not those attending have been to a classical music concert before, they will have the warmest of welcomes because our spectacular concert promises to be a very special classical music celebration.”

Big Programming Changes at BBC Radio 6 Music

Schedule changes coming to 6 Music this September include Craig Charles replacing Shaun Keaveny on the afternoon shift.

Shaun announced in June 2021 that he was leaving the network after 14 years.

Craig will host the show from Salford in addition to his weekend shows on 6 Music and BBC Radio 2.

Elsewhere, Iggy Confidential, fronted by Iggy Pop, will be transporting his eclectic record box from Friday nights (7-9pm) to a new home on Sunday afternoons (4-6pm), following Guy Garvey (2-4pm).

Amy Lamé will move from Sunday afternoons (4-6pm) to Early Weekend Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (6-8am).

Chris Hawkins will continue to present Early Breakfast each weekday (5-7.30am).

The Radcliffe and Maconie Weekend Breakfast Show will now kick off an hour later and will be broadcast from 8-10am.

Plans for the new Friday 7-9pm show will be announced in due course.