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14 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Pure supports Children’s Radio Foundation on World Radio Day

CRF logoLast night, we attended the Children’s Radio Foundation UK photographic exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London to celebrate World Radio Day 2013.

The event was an opportunity for the foundation to showcase their projects in South Africa along with audio clips from a recent trip to the country by the charity’s Global Ambassador, Colin Greenwood (bass player for Radiohead), which were played on a number of Pure Sensia 200D Connects for guests to enjoy.

CRF Audio being played on Pure Sensia 200D Connect Pete, Vicky and Andy from Pure enjoy the clips!

We caught up with the lovely Colin with our guest, Sean Hannam from ERT to chat about gigs gone by and his work with the foundation. As massive Radiohead fans we were all a bit star struck!

Vicky and the lovely Colin Greenwood Sean Hannam and Colin Greenwood

We were all blown away by Laura Mvula (BBC Sounds of 2013) who sang live at the event, which was broadcast live on 24 hour pop up station, WRD Radio. Presenters on WRD included BBC Radio 4′s Ed Stourton, the award winning journalist and broadcaster Robin Lustig, Hardeep Singh Kohli (radio and TV presenter) and Charlie Lee Potter (broadcaster and writer). Caribou and Fourtet also did a live set.

Robin Lustig presents on WRD Radio Laura Mvula wows the audience

The ticket sales and silent auction for the photographs taken from Colin’s trip went to Children’s Radio Foundation UK (#CRF) which is a charity using radio as a tool to empower young people across Africa. The photographs and audio were recorded especially for the event by Colin Greenwood who travelled around South Africa to meet some of the talented people on the projects and make some great radio. You can follow his trip by visiting http://crf.waste.uk.com/. You can also listen to the audio clips along with music from Caribou, Fourtet and Laura Mvula on Pure Connect.

Pure Sensia 200D Connects being used at CRF event Photographic exhibition

You can follow CRF on Twitter @CRFProjects

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14 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Herts, Beds and Bucks get new digital radio stations

I attended the switch-on of the new local DAB digital radio stations for Herts, Beds and Bucks today at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park.

The switch-on was conducted by special guests: football broadcaster and ex Luton Town manager David Pleat, and MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman. Both Luton Town and MK Dons will be playing their FA Cup 6th round matches on Saturday, and both will be broadcast live on local DAB digital radio. They were also joined by local Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart.

The switch-on was marked by a Valentine’s Day collaboration between local broadcasters from BBC Three Counties, Heart, Connect FM and MKFM who were all broadcasting live from the event. This switch on is part of a series of new multiplex launches across the UK and will bring digital radio servies to an extra 1.8 million people.

D-Love announced the switch on and encouraged everyone to #spreadthelove!

Vicky.

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13 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Children’s Radio Foundation UK celebrates World Radio Day

CRF logoTonight at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Children’s Radio Foundation UK will be celebrating World Radio Day by hosting a photographic exhibition of their projects in South Africa along with audio clips from a recent trip to the country by the charity’s Global Ambassador, Colin Greenwood. There will also be a 24 hour ‘pop up’ radio station featuring presenters such as Ed Stourton, Robin Lustig, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Charlie Lee Potter and live performances from the likes of Laura Mvula, Caribou and Fourtet.

Guests will be able to listen to the audio clips on a number of Pure Sensia 200D Connects.

Children’s Radio Foundation (#CRF) is a charity using radio as a tool to empower young people across Africa. The photographs and audio have been recorded especially for the event by Colin Greenwood who has been travelling around South Africa to meet some of the talented people on the projects and make some great radio. You can follow his trip by visiting http://crf.waste.uk.com/. You can also listen to audio clips along with music from Caribou, Fourtet and Laura Mvula who are performing on pop up station, WRD Radio on World Radio Day on Pure Connect.

All proceeds from tonight’s event will go direct to Children’s Radio Foundation UK.

CRF project - South AfricaCRF Project - South Africa

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13 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Pure and Imagination help celebrate World Radio Day

Paul Smith and Colin CrawfordUNESCO has proclaimed February 13th as World Radio Day to celebrate radio as a medium. To help raise awareness we asked senior management at Pure and our parent company, Imagination Technologies, to tell us what radio means to them:

Paul Smith, general manager for Pure says, “My drive to and from work would not be the same without listening to BBC Radio 5 Live on my in-car digital radio.”

Colin Crawford, who will sadly be leaving Pure in the coming months after 23 years at the company says, “I love radio because, unlike TV, it celebrates the everyday”.

Nick Hucker Nick Hucker, Pure’s new director of marketing says, “In the late 19th century radio was referred to as ‘ the wireless’ in the UK. Back then the invention enabled the sending of short signals – today, radio devices bring communication and joy to people in all walks of life, in every corner of the world.”

Hossein YassaieHossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination Technologies, says “I discovered my love of electronics taking radios apart when I was a child – and of course putting them back together again!”

The aim of UN World Radio Day is to raise awareness for this vital medium which survives bravely in the new digital world and has a lot potential for the future!

Tweet us about what radio means to you @Pure_Insider and we’ll retweet the best ones!

 

 

 

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12 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Folks play Sebright Arms in Hackney

Last Thursday, Vicky and I took some of our journalist friends to see our current favourite band, Folks play the Sebright Arms in Hackney. Fresh from supporting Band of Skulls at Brixton and playing at our Jongo launch, Folks have been touring the UK to promote their debut album, I See Cathedrals. You can listen now on Pure Connect and www.wearefolks.com for more details.

Here are a few pictures from the gig and our pre-gig dinner!

Hunter and Rich Vicky, Hunter, Rich, Chris and Will

Folks Folks

Will and ChloeIMG_0161

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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06 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Did You Know?

One Flow WhiteYou may already be aware but this week between 4th-10th February is Tinnitus Awareness week, where the British Tinnitus Association will be celebrating the importance of Tinnitus Support Groups throughout the UK.  Did you know that Pure’s One Flow has a feature that can help with Tinnitus??

One Flow (SRP £99.99)  is one of our range of Pure Connect compatible streaming music and radio systems which bring millions of songs, thousands of radio stations, hundreds of on-demand programmes and podcasts, and ambient sounds simply and easily within your reach.  One Flow also comes complete with Pure Sounds which  provides a variety of natural sounds for users to listen to. These include white noise – a rushing kind of sound which is known to help ease the noise for Tinnitus sufferers.

One Flow also features two tone/radio alarms, a sleep timer and kitchen timer , 30 DAB digital pre-sets and an input for your iPod or Mp3 player.

You can download the Pure Connect app for Android and iOs on the Pure Connect website.

For more information or hi-res images for One Flow, please contact sarah.riley@pure.com

 

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05 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

‘Spring forward’ into summer with a Pure radio system

No sooner have we taken down the Christmas decorations and our thoughts are turning towards light summer evenings. British summertime begins on the last Sunday of March and that means the sun sets earlier and the evening walk home from school/work gets lighter too. In exchange for the extra sun we suffer the loss of one hour in bed on the night of  31st March. Zzzzzzzzzz.

But fear not, for an easy transition wake up to one of Pure’s easy-to-use radio systems. No need to sleepily re-set the time in the morning as the clock will automatically sync to GMT.

All of our radio sytems have at least two alarm settings and the Sensia 200D Connect comes with a countdown and sleep timer too.

As soon as you’re awake you have a cheerful colour touch screen to navigate your way through your favourite stations or stream your music from your iPod or android via the free Pure Connect app.

If you don’t need to jump out of bed straight away then make use of the handy remote to change modes.

The Twilight fully featured bedside digital radio could be the answer to everyones morning  nightmares. It combines an energy efficient lamp featuring flexible lighting options with a digital and FM radio alarm clock to deliver the ultimate bedside experience.

Twilight is also a fully featured digital and FM radio or you can plug in your iPod/MP3 player. You can set up to four alarms with optional dawn simulation, plug in USB accessories or charge your mobile using the handy PowerPort. Other features include a headphone socket, sleep timer, large autodimming LCD display, touch-sensitive controls and satin-touch finish.

For more information please visit our website – www.pure.com.

For high res images and review samples, please email sarah.riley@pure.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

BBC Radio Drama Award winner receives Pure digital radio

Sylvester McCoy and host David TennantWe were delighted to be able to support the BBC Audio Drama Awards on Sunday 27th January by giving the winner of the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for Best Radio Drama Script a Pure One Classic Series 2.

The awards, which were held at BBC Broadcasting House, were hosted by actor David Tennant and are a celebration of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and everyone else who works on the programme.

The awards were presented by the likes of Stephen Tompkinson, Nicholas Parsons, Siân Phillips, Stephen Mangan and Lenny Henry.

Pictured here with his One Classic Series 2 is Murray Gold, winner of the Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for Best Radio Drama Script for Kafka the Musical.

Murray Gold with his One Classic Series 2One Classic Series 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013 were:

  • Best Actor in an Audio Drama – Andrew Scott in Betrayal by Harold Pinter, produced by Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland for Radio 4
  • Best Actress in an Audio Drama – Michelle Fairley in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, dramatised by Donna Franceschild, produced by Kirsty Williams, BBC Scotland for Radio 4
  • Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama – David Troughton in Singles and Doublets by Martyn Wade, produced by Cherry Cookson, Rockethouse Productions for Radio 3
  • Best Supporting Actress in an Audio Drama – Vicky McClure in Kicking the Air by Christine Murphy, produced by Heather Larmour, BBC Northern Ireland for Radio 4
  • Best Audio Drama (Single play) – On It by Tony Pitts, produced by Sally Harrison, Woolyback Productions for Radio 4
  • Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial) – The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll, abridged by Helen Meller, produced by Polly Thomas, Somethin’ Else Productions for Radio 4
  • Best Adaptation from Another Source – A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Tanika Gupta, produced by Nadia Molinari, BBC North for Radio 3
  • Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama – The Cruel Sea, written by Nicholas Monsarrat, dramatised by John Fletcher, produced by Marc Beeby, BBC Radio Drama for Radio 4
  • Best Scripted Comedy - Believe It! by Jon Canter, produced by Clive Brill, Pacificus Productions for Radio 4
  • Best Online Only Audio Drama – Above and Below written and produced by Daniel Macnaughton, for Aboveandbelowseries.co.uk
  • Imison Award 2012 for Best Script by a New Writer – Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely
  • Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 for Best Radio Drama Script – Kafka the Musical by Murray Gold

On It  - Winners of best single play presented by Lenny HenryMurray Gold with Stephen Mangan

 

 

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21 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?

CES 2013 – the biggest consumer electronics show on the calendar in Las Vegas. It’s hard work but let us not forget how fun Las Vegas is. Here are a few snapshots from our recent trip to Paradise, Nevada where we showcased the new additions to our Jongo multiroom music system.

CES Unveiled might be the craziest press event but it has some fun elements (yes, really!). Colin Crawford, director of marketing, was interviewed for Dave Graveline’s Into Tomorrow radio show, we were all interviewed on camera and we also got to meet lots of US press and some familiar UK journalists.

Pure does CES Unveiled Noam Meppen, director of sales US, talks to journalists

Tuesday was the first day of the show and packed full of meetings with US journalists and UK press who we missed on Sunday at Unveiled. It was also the first time that Colin had been treated to a makeover for his interview with CNET on the Best of British panel!

Colin gets a makeover Colin on the Best of British CNET panel

 

 

 

 

 

We were really pleased with our stand at the Las Vegas convention centre and everyone was impressed by our Jongo wall. The colours of our Jongo products really drew people in and made for great video interviews for the likes of LAPTOP and CBS.

LAPTOP film on the Pure standPure stand

It was great to see so many UK journalists in Vegas and here are some pictures from some of our evenings out.

Paul, Vicky, Dan, Chloe, Joe and SophieVicky decides that walking on the escalator is not fun enough!

Enjoying the fountain viewChloe, Emily, Olly, Vicky, Richard and Andy

Vicky gets a little lift from Dan!Chloe and Dan enjoy the best chocolate souffle!

We also had great times with our colleagues at the show and at the Imagination Technologies company dinner.

Michael (IMG), Vicky and Paul (IMG)Paul (IMG), Non (Pure), Nicola (IMG), Chloe (Pure)Vicky and Chloe with the Cookie Monster Noam Meppen (Director of Sales US) and Alasdair copy Big Bird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe and Vicky relax at the end of a long week!We had a great CES 2013. We met some great new contacts, got great feedback and had some great nights out, so thanks to all of you who made it happen!

Cheers!

From Chloe and Vicky xx

 

 

 

 

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16 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A Pure music system for all the mums out there!

Mother’s Day, 10th March - it’s time to appreciate all the wonderful things our mums do for us and make them feel really special. Of course, a helping hand or a caring gesture goes a long way and so can the gift of music with a Pure radio system!

All you have to do is decide what kind of mum she is. Is she a gardening mum? action mum? sporty mum? We’ve got something for all the super-mums out there.

Fashionable Mum

Evoke_Mio_Orla_Kiely_ButtercupOur latest addition to the Pure Evoke Mio Orla Kiely range has arrived just in time for Mother’s Day!

This custom designed luxurious digital and FM portable radio features the stylish Striped Petal print. Perfect for Fashionista Mum’s, the Evoke Mio Striped Petal channels Orla chic and adds a glamourous touch to any room. It also has an aux input for an iPod or MP3 player so you can listen to your own music as well as 30 presets on digital and FM radio. For the Mums who love to cook, the Evoke Mio has a handy kitchen timer. It also takes an optional E1 Charge PAK for go anywhere listening for up to 24 hours!

For more information on Evoke Mio – Striped Petal, please click here. (SRP £149.99)

Traditional Mum

The Evoke-1S  is still our most iconic radio to date. The wooden cased digital/FM radio boasts a host of features which includes the option to preset up to 30 radio stations; a dedicated kitchen timer button and the ability to connect your iPod/MP3 player amoungst others.

Fit the optional ChargePak and the Evoke-1S is ready to take away. (SRP £99)

Sporty Mum

For sporty mums out there we have the Move 2500, a take-anywhere pocket sized DAB/FM radio.

Ideal while jogging, walking or travelling to work, the uncomplicated and stylish Move 2500 is great for anywhere where she wants to listen without disturbing others. (SRP £79.99)

Gardening Mum

For the keen gardener, consider the Jongo S340B. This  is great portable wireless speaker with  Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and 360° sound.

Once connected to the wi-fi network she can enjoy synchronised music, radio and much more, streamed from her smartphone, tablet or compatible Pure products. For more casual audio streaming, she can also use Bluetooth to stream one-to-one from a huge range of mobile devices. The first product in our Jongo multiroom family, the S340B can be placed wherever she likes thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery pack and the sound can be boosted for outdoor listening. (SRP £149.99)

Gourmet Mum

The Evoke Mio is ideal for the keen cook. This classic easy-to-use digital and FM radio is available in ten striking two-tone colour schemes: teal, grape, cherry, noir, rose, paprika, seagrass, pepper, sage and mustard. An extensive colour range designed to complement any style of kitchen finish.

The Evoke Mio features a handy kitchen timer, alarm, auto-dimming OLED display and an input for her iPod. (SRP £129.99)

 

 

Action Mum 

A rugged compact DAB digital and FM radio, Move 400D is a go-anywhere radio with superb battery life. Great for picnics, walks and camping trips, this little chap boasts good looks and a punchy sound. (SRP £89.99)

 

 

Designer Mum

For all those design concious mums out there this is truly a  unique version of our Evoke Mio radio featuring the signature Stem print and styling from the internationally renowned fashion designer, Orla Kiely. Features a clear OLED display, an input for her iPod/MP3 player, Intellitext and textSCAN. Takes an optional ChargePAK E1 for portable listening. (SRP £149.99)

 

If you would like high res images  then please contact sarah.riley@pure.com.

Please see the link below to view our current gift guide.

Look Book 2012   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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