Brand New Radio Station, Scala, with Brand New Radio Show

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We have secured our first commission from the brand new classical national station Scala Radio.

Highly Rated, a weekly roundtable show, will review the best classical music and contemporary arts from a national perspective. We have been commissioned to make this weekly one-hour programme, which will broadcast on Friday nights at 7pm and be presented by broadcaster, author and classical music lover Penny Smith.

Scala Radio was announced as a ground-breaking brand-new classical entertainment radio station on 22 January; the biggest launch in UK classical music radio in nearly 30 years. The station, anticipating an explosive growth in the genre and an ever-growing crossover into the mainstream, aims to break the mould of classical music in the UK. Leading the presenting line-up is award-winning broadcaster Simon Mayo with other presenters including Angellica Bell, Mark Kermode, Chris Rogers, Goldie, William Orbit and many more.

Our Head of Content, Adam Uytman, says: “We are thrilled to be part of the launch of Scala Radio; it’s such an exciting and unique station. is more than a roundtable review show – it’s an essential guide to the world of the arts. It celebrates the best classical music and contemporary arts to bring Scala’s listeners the biggest, most exciting and eagerly-anticipated cultural works and events from across the UK, with recommendations coming from our presenter, their guests and the show’s audience. Wisebuddah has successfully launched a wide range of long-running series for national radio stations, so we know there is huge potential with this show.”

Highly Rated joins our huge music and arts portfolio – including a wide range of arts documentaries for BBC Radio 4; several music-oriented series including BBC Radio 2’s first ever rock show; recordings of high-profile concerts for BBC Radio; and countless documentaries profiling the work of leading international artists for the Bauer and Celador networks.

Ric Blaxill, Music and Content Director, Scala Radio, says: “Working with the indie sector is really important to Scala Radio as a new and original station. Highly Rated is a music and culture discussion show with a light touch. Wisebuddah’s overall production experience and understanding of the Scala spirit made us feel confident we could work together on this show and it’s a delight to have Penny Smith hosting Highly Rated, with her warmth, knowledge and sense of humour at the heart of it.”

Scala Radio launches on 4 March 2019. Highly Rated will feature in the station’s schedule every Friday evening from 7pm.

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