Radio Nova is a hidden gem of radio. It's mostly music through the day but it can swerve from obscure early Beatles through Northern Soul, Nigerian hip-hop, Malian music and drum'n'bass. Great little station out of France.
Breath of fresh air when you are used to BBC 6 Music, which is good (and in English) but can often veer into "white men with guitars" territory at the detriment of other styles of music.
@iona I love Radio Nova!
A large part of my music collection is made up of their wonderful compilations "25 ans de Radio Nova" and "Nova Tunes".
I also feel lucky to have collaborated with them on some projects back in the day, meeting some of the wonderful collections of great people that converge there!
@mayel I turn it off when they do a long speech segment because while I can read French, I don't understand enough spoken French to get anything out of it (it's a long time since I was either at school or in France!) but I love the music output.
We don't have anything like it in the UK - everything is very tightly formatted and quite mainstream, even "jazz" and "alternative" stations. Jazz FM UK appears to be aimed at bankers.
@mayel I do have a Nova related question:
What are the things they do at the top of the hour? Someone says something and a sound effect says 'yay!' and someone else says something and a sound effect goes 'boo!'
I don't understand what's being said because it's very fast, so I'm not sure what's going on! What are they saying?
@iona many of them are excerpts from films, like this crazy piece of art (which some Nova people had a hand in making): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Classe_américaine
@iona here are some of them transcribed, so you can use an auto-translator on them: http://www.k-netweb.net/blog/?post/2013/07/10/Les-tops-horaire-de-Radio-Nova
@mayel Sorry for the delayed response - everything descended into chaos the other day.
Thanks for posting this! Interestingly, there aren't many French ads on the Nova online feed anymore. They use some kind of ad-replacement tech to put British ads in the breaks. 🇬🇧
I love Fip as well, which often seems a bit less talky. Fip is so popular here that people on the South Coast of England transmit it as a pirate!
@switchingsocial Mostly it's because most people don't listen to a radio station all day. The average listening time is ~20 minutes, and the research says people want to hear their favourite song whenever they tune in.
So songs go around and around, because they want to hit everyone with a popular track during their 20 minute listening window. It makes all-day listening painful but it's proven that reach goes up when stations narrow their playlist, sadiy.
@switchingsocial We had a station here that went the opposite direction, changed from a bog-standard local pop station to a station playing indie, punk, soul, dance, etc with really knowledgeable presenters, mostly musicians themselves.
The ratings dropped like a stone. They gave it 4-5 years to their credit, but eventually we all turned on one morning to hear Take That and Rihanna :/