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Programming Points: The Best of 'The Radio Magazine' Columns (2003-2010) by [Easton, Paul]
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Following several years volunteering in hospital radio, Paul’s professional radio career began in 1974, when he joined LBC Radio as a studio operator, working on news programmes, phone-ins and outside broadcasts. He later became a programme producer and, eventually, the station’s Head of Production, where one of his main responsibilities was LBC’s on-air ‘imaging’ and branding. In 1987 he spent a year with Ocean Sound, in Hampshire, as a freelance presenter, before becoming launch consultant to Contact 94, an English-language commercial station broadcasting to the Channel Islands from France. From there, Paul went to Vienna where he spent the next two years as a regular freelance presenter and newsreader with Austria’s state broadcaster, ORF, on their English-language station, Blue Danube Radio. Returning to London, Paul joined Melody Radio as one of its original music programmers, before, in 1991, moving to Capital Radio as Assistant to the Director of Programmes, where he worked on both Capital FM and Capital Gold. He later moved full-time to Capital Gold, where he was responsible for much of the station’s music output, as well as working with radio legends such as Kenny Everett, Alan Freeman and Tony Blackburn as a producer. In 1994, he left Capital to take up the new post of Head of Programming at Music Choice Europe, the digital satellite music service, where he helped to develop and launch over 40 digital audio channels covering a broad range of musical formats. At the end of 2000, Paul joined UK Radio Developments' 'Infinity Media' subsidiary as Programme Director of their new DAB digital radio station, FLIX Radio, as well as developing new digital/internet radio station formats and helping to write Radio Authority licence applications. Since 2002 Paul has been a freelance radio programming consultant, working with a number of clients. He has also worked on a number of applications for new FM radio station licences in both the UK and Republic of Ireland, including several winners. In 2007 he was part of the launch team at JACKfm Oxfordshire, with responsibility for programming – and continues to work with the team at JACK, and its sister station JACK 2, providing regular Rajar analysis as well as carrying out other research and programming-related work. He also contributed the fortnightly ‘Programming Points’ column in The Radio Magazine from 2003-2010 and has been a judge for several UK radio awards.

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Having been a fan of Paul Easton's Programming Points column for many years - but having failed to file them all when they originally came out - this book containing the best of them is brilliant!

Lots of sensible, sound (pardon the pun) advice for programmers, heads of music, presenters and producers all in one place. Chapters with advice and discussion on subjects as diverse as song selection, talking over intros and personality as well as issues such as localism, formats, DAB and women in broadcasting. There's even a chapter on anoraks!

Paul's enthusiasm for and experience in radio over many years shines through. This book is invaluable reading for anyone who shares Paul's passion. Well worth buying.
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Whenever I see Paul, he regales me with at least five stories about his broadcasting history. He worked for the first commercial radio station in the UK, and has also worked in Europe - and has a wealth of knowledge and understanding about how great radio should sound.

His 'Programming Points' column was, in my mind, one of the most interesting column in the Radio Magazine; it's great to be able to get hold of an archive of these columns and points: as relevant now as they've ever been.
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When releasing what is essentially a 'best of' collection of articles written for a particular industry at a particular time, it's often difficult to ensure it remains current. However, Paul's compendium of columns from The Radio Magazine still stand today, making it a worthy purchase and a good read. It's a good refresher of themes that those of us working in radio already know.
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I remember reading these over the years in the Radio Magazine, which in turn was in every studio, in every radio station up and down the land. Great to have them once again all together in this book.
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I have known Paul for a long time and also had the pleasure to work with him on many occasions.
If you want to know about how radio "works" this is the book for you !
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