Former Radio 1 DJ Mark Page is the Managing Director of the first radio station dedicated to the Navy. "I'm pleased that the team at Navy Radio are able to bring about a first in military broadcasting. There is tremendous interest in the Royal Navy at home and abroad and I'm sure our broadcasts will appeal not only to our targeted Navy audience, but that external audience too." The station is broadcasting in the base area on 87.9 FM and online to worldwide listeners from this website and via the Royal Navy's official site at www.royalnavy.mod.uk.
Station Manager Richard Wyeth is looking forward to the International Festival of the Sea in the last week of broadcast. Richard says "There's hundreds of thousands of visitors and it does the tourist trade locally a great service and of course the Navy too, so get yourself to Portsmouth
this month." Richard's may be a familiar voice locally as he is a former
Wave 105 DJ and has extensive military broadcasting under his bet. This includes
3 visits to Iraq since the Gulf War.
HMS Nelson is an area within Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth. The radio station is completely IT based- no CD players, tape recorders or record players! Using a state of the art playout system the station is programmed by the team to broadcast programmes 24 hours a day. The breakfast show is our first live show of the day at 6am, which is an earlier start than some nearby stations. Altough it is an earlier start across the week for David Taylor or Mark Page it's the peak time show on the station.
Josette Lesser outside our home at NAAFI Financial in Queen Street, HMS Nelson. This area lies within HMNB Portsmouth and its double security to get in or out!
The success of Navy Radio has taken even the Navy Radio team by surprise. Within two days the online listening has reached capacity and the Station's Managing Director, Mark Page, say the capacity is to be trebled overnight. "It seems the whole Navy world want to listen to what's happening in Portsmouth. As we also give a Navy-wide view this is of appeal further afield." The station is at www.navyradio.co.uk.
Win a digital DAB radio. Navy Radio is giving away a DAB radio during its broadcast. Lookout for a leaflet on base or call in to the studio in NAAFI Financial in Queen Street, HMS Nelson from 6am to 6pm to pick one up.
Captain Ian Beaumont officially launched the station at 10am on Monday 6th June 2005- the birth of the Royal Navy's first dedicated radio service, after we had warmed the transmitter up at 3am. Mark Page Managing Director of Navy Radio is joined by Captain Beaumont to be presented with a replica 1950s Bush Radio by the Managing Directr of Close Brothers Military Services and NAAFI Financial, Mr Al Voice.
The station, headed by former Radio 1 DJ Mark Page, is broadcasting a lively mix of music, news, sport, information and entertainment aimed specifically at a Navy audience on 87.9FM and at www.navyradio.co.uk.
This includes a daily news bulletin devoted solely to news from the Royal Navy across the globe. For the past four years Mark has been head of Garrison Radio which broadcasts 24-hour stations at five Army garrisons in the UK, and he is now keen to create a bespoke service for the Navy.
"We are starting with this four-week trial to see how things go and we have deliberately timed it with the busy summer of events in Portsmouth including the International Fleet Review and the International Festival of the Sea, he said.
"We hope the trial will lead to a permanent Navy Radio which will have a role to play in Navy communications both internal and also to the local community"
Captain Ian Beaumont, the Baseís director of personnel, said he was looking forward to Navy Radioís presence. "It will have an important role in publicising the Trafalgar 200 events, and also it will be useful in getting internal news and information to Naval and civilian personnel working in the Base.
The station has been sponsored by two military service providers. "We are delighted to host Navy Radio 87.9 FM in our Queen Street offices, said Al Voice, Managing Director of NAAFI Financial.
"Being at the hub of activities during this action packed month will be terrifically exciting, and we congratulate Navy Radio on being the first to launch a dedicated service for the Royal Navy and itís extended family. We wish them every success - with so much to cover in the coming days itís bound to be lively and very entertaining listening."
Paradigm Services who provide Welfare Communications to the Royal Navy are a joint sponsor of the station. Sara White, Paradigm's Marketing Manager said: "Improving communications for service personnel is our business - and we are delighted to be sponsoring the first Navy Radio Station which will help everyone stay in touch with what's happening."
For more information call 02932 812300 & ask for Richard Wyeth
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Navy Radio, NAAFI Financial, Queen Street, HMS Nelson, Portsmouth PO1 3HH
You'll have been hearing weekly Financial Updates from the Managing Director of Close Brothers Military Services, parent company of NAAFI Financial, during our broadcasts. As well as heading up this leading military service provider, Al is a former Building Society chief, so when it comes to assessing things financial, Al is your man.
It's also worth mentioning that Al is a lifelong Baggies fan, that's right, West Brom, so Al is ever the optimist.
Al - on the air with Mark Page at Navy Radio
The Royal navy's largest survey ship, which produced the first graphic images of the Indian Ocean seabed following the Boxing Day tsunami, had a key role in the international Fleet Review.
HMS Scott formed part of the Royal Review Column of ships sailing between the lines of assembled ships.
Before the big day Navy Radio's Richard Wyeth, visited HMS Scott and spoke to the Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Malcolm (left in picture) and met Captain Ian Turner OBE, who is the Captain HM and Hydrographer of the Navy.
Navy Radio covered the first International Fleet Review since 1977 by HM The Queen. The flotilla was made up of 67 Royal Navy warships & axillaries and more than 40 foreign ships.
Navy Radio were based in the Veterans Centre on Southsea Common for the day. Paul Morris & Josette Lesser presented the show with the expect talking about the ships from the Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Grassy Meadows.
On Wednesday (29th June) morning the International Drumhead Service took place on Southsea Common. The multi-faith service was attended by 10,000 invited Veterans and their families and was centred on remembrance, service and hope.
The whole service was broadcast live on Navy Radio 87.9fm and after the service Josette Lesser spoke to some of the Veterans in the Veterans Centre.
Following on from an interview on the Mark Page Breakfast Show, about a drama and writing a play, Lieutenant Jason Saunders took up the challenge of presenting a one hour show on Navy Radio 87.9FM.
Station Manager Richard Wyeth was so impressed on how quickly Jason took to the air waves, he invited him back to present a 4 hour Friday evening show. So you never know the hidden talents within the Royal Navy and maybe you'll hear Jason again on air.
As a part of the "Trafalgar 200 (T200) celebrations in Portsmouth the Royal Navy Football Association (RNFA) hosted a modified one day International Futsal Competition for visiting warships at the home of Navy football Victory Stadium, Portsmouth. A total of 14 different nations, 32 teams, and 300 players from Australia, USA, Portugal, Finland Turkey, Oman, France, Germany, Uruguay, Poland, Morocco, Japan, Latvia and the UK took part in the competition. The event was covered on Navy Radio and we maybe know Futsal better as "5-a-side".
The Navy's Football Development Officer Steve Johnson said "this was a new venture for the Navy so a great deal of help was needed to prepare for such an event as well as a great opportunity for our match officials to work with players from other countries". With the assistance of Dermott Collins and Roger Vaughan from the Football Association, 15 match officials from the Navy and Hampshire FA's received a Futsal match officials training course in preparation for the day's competition.
The competition was organised on a Knockout Cup & Plate basis which enabled all teams to play at least two matches. After 7 hours of play and 44 games later the Plate Final was between HMS Cumberland and NRP Alvares (Portugal), and the Cup Final was between HMS Gloucester and USS Saipan (USA). The finals were contested in a fair and spirited manner with the UK ships winning both competitions by two goals to one.
The day before the Futsal competition, the RNFA conducted a 3 hour coaching session for 100 foreign sailors. Senior coaches from the RNFA's Coaches Association and Portsmouth Football Club delivered a variety of sessions that covered a number of different elements of the game. The Football Association kindly supported this event and donated England T-Shirts for the occasion; which was well received by all of the participants (Especially the Japanese).
County Secretary Lt Cdr Steve Vasey said, "it was an honour and a privilege for the RNFA to host these two events, it has enabled us to deliver one of our Associations main objectives which is to convey football to other nations whether it be at home or abroad. We are extremely grateful to the Football Association in lending its support to these events. They were a great success and now we have had the opportunity to play Futsal we are keen to take it forward as an alternative to 5 A 'side within the Navy".
No - a Tardis has not been used to help create the picture- the timeline is Portsmouth 2005. Left is Captain Steve Bramley, one of the leading lights of the Trafalgar 200 team, in deep discussion with Admiral Lord Nelson. Or rather it's the actor and historian playing him. Probably Britain's most featured man in the newspapers in June 2005 and for all the right reasons - its Alex Naylor. Listen to both Captain Bramley (part 2) and Alex Naylor (part 1) of our Trafalgar 200 programme. Click here to take you to our listening page.