London Greek Radio (LGR) celebrates 29 years as a licensed radio station this month, just weeks after its 35th unofficial anniversary.
On 8th October 1983, LGR began transmitting to the Greek and Cypriot community, as a pirate radio station and officially joined the FM airwaves on 13th November 1989.
In the mid-1980s, tens of thousands of people signed a petition demonstrating the need for LGR to have a real presence within the community. The signatures were handed to the relevant authorities which subsequently contributed to the station being licensed by the radio authorities.
The book, ‘London’s Pirate Pioneers’ by Stephen Hebditch tells the story of the capital’s pirate radio stations and the people who helped change the British broadcasting system.
He writes about LGR’s undeniable legacy in the eighties and the intense pressures it faced to shut the station down. However, London Greek Radio became Britain’s first-ever licensed ethnic radio station upon being awarded its license.
Over the years, London Greek Radio has become steadfast to a wide range of listeners; from maturing-settlers-to-the-UK to the coming-of-age of British Greeks and Cypriots – connecting listeners to their roots through a carefully balanced programming of music, speech, entertainment and news.
Today, in addition to serving communities on 103.3FM, LGR has been taken into 21st-century broadcasting by joining the Digital Radio platform.
LGR can now be heard in four major cities on DAB+ (digital radio), namely London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, crossing into Scotland.
Furthermore, listeners extend worldwide at www.lgr.co.uk and the station has a free app for mobile devices which listeners can download from the App or Play stores embracing the ‘on-the-move’ audience.
LGR’s newly appointed Managing Director, Tony Psillou, said, “More listeners are discovering the ever-growing London Greek Radio family every day, not only Greek-speaking listeners but English, Jewish, Albanian, Arab, Bulgarian, Turkish, Russian and many more that frequently tune in.
He added, “LGR is undergoing a revamp with fresh ideas to attract an even wider audience. Exciting times ahead ‘onwards and upwards’.”
LGR’s Chairman John Kyriakides, added, “With LGR’s edgier playlists of the biggest Greek and Cypriot tunes, Modern Laika, Greek Pop, Entehna, Golden-Oldies, Alternative, Folk and Current Chart Hits, we continue to serve the listener.
“It’s this enigmatic reason that the station remains the preferred choice in most Greek and Cypriot homes, offices, shops, factories, workplaces, vehicles and venues.”
On FM, Online, on your Mobile and On Digital Radio, This is LGR (London Greek Radio) ‘THE HEARTBEAT OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY‘.
Happy Birthday LGR!
Article written by London Greek Radio
THE RESULTS ARE IN! THE UK CYPRIOT COMMUNITY HAS SPOKEN ON CYPRIOT CITIZENSHIP AND BREXIT
The opinion poll indicates clear interest from UK Cypriots to obtain Cypriot citizenship – 81% saying they were “highly likely to apply for Cypriot citizenship”.
UK Cypriots overwhelmingly support the UK remaining in the European Union (83%) and think there should be a referendum on the final deal with the EU (83%).
Federation President, Christos Karaolis, said “This is the first national, representative opinion poll of the UK Cypriot community on these crucial issues. We’ve heard our community’s voice loud and clear and this will guide our advocacy on Brexit and Cypriot citizenship.
The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has conducted a national, representative, opinion poll on two timely and important issues for the UK Cypriot community. These issues regularly feature in conversations amongst our community and people often express strong opinions on both topics. The conclusions of the ‘Cypriot citizenship & Brexit opinion poll’ can be read below, including a summary of the verbatim feedback.
Commenting on the results, Federation President Christos Karaolis thanked those who had participated and said that, “UK Cypriots have had their say on two very important issues to our community. We’ll use the community’s voice to advocate to the Cypriot Government on the issue of Cypriot citizenship and build on the conversations we regularly have with them on this topic. The Brexit opinion poll results, overwhelmingly in favour of remain and a referendum on the final deal between the UK and the EU, enable us to make accurate and factually based representations to the UK Government and Opposition on behalf of the UK Cypriot community.
In all of 2015, the year before Britain voted to leave the European Union, there were only 30 applications for Cypriot citizenship at the Cyprus High Commission in the UK. After the EU referendum, the number of applications has increased by 670% to ~200 in the UK Consulate between January and July 2018. The opinion poll highlights that there are many more UK Cypriots that are interested in obtaining Cypriot citizenship – 81% responded that they were “highly likely to apply for Cypriot citizenship”. It also indicates concerns about a lack of information in the community about the process of obtaining Cypriot citizenship with two-thirds unclear about the eligibility criteria and 80% unsure about the process and documentation required. Despite the significant efforts and measures taken by the Cyprus High Commission to address the application process at the Consulate, the Interior Ministry of Cyprus could do more to streamline and expedite the criteria and process.
The verbatim feedback, whilst highlighting the significant interest in applying, also revealed key themes that needed to be addressed about the “difficulty” and “confusion” surrounding the application process.
The results of the Brexit opinion poll show that an overwhelming majority of the community (83%) is in favour of remaining in the EU. In addition, 12% of the community is in favour of the UK leaving the EU and 5% do not care. The community is just as decisive on whether there should be a referendum on the UK’s final deal with the EU – 83% of respondents said that there should be a referendum on the final deal whereas only 14% believed that there should not be.
The key reasons our community gave for supporting remain are focused on the economy, free movement, fear of racism and the benefits of European collaboration. For Brexit supporters, the key reasons focused on concerns around immigration, democratic deficit and the handling of financial crises in the EU in recent years.
Article written by National Federation of Cypriots in the UK
Bank of Cyprus announced on Friday 23/11 it had completed the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary bank in the UK, Bank of Cyprus UK Limited and its subsidiary Bank of Cyprus Financial Services Limited, to Cynergy Capital Limited following the receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals from the Prudential Regulation Authority and the European Central Bank.
The decision to sell the UK Group was in line with the Group’s strategy of delivering value for shareholders and focusing principally on supporting the growing Cypriot economy, the bank said.
The sale consideration amounted to £107 m (€120m) comprising £103m base consideration plus a purchase price adjustment of £4m.
Half of the base consideration together with the purchase price adjustment was received upon completion and the remaining half is deferred over 24 months, without any performance conditions attached, the bank said
In addition, the Group and BoC UK have signed a cooperation agreement, under which both organisations will cooperate in a number of key areas going forward, including continuity of servicing for existing customers.
Article written by Cyprus Mail
The Management and Staff of London Greek Radio would like to invite you to their pre-Christmas Dinner & Dance, 2018. The festive season kicks-off with live music and food on Sunday 25 November at 6 pm. We are also excited to announce entertainment for this evening includes the renowned Cypriot singer Konstantina, for a 1-night exclusive performance. Not to mention live music by Elizabeth Chapman, George Gregoriou on bouzouki, Nikos Savvides on guitar and Giannakis on the keyboard.
Events like this offer the chance for our station to come together with the community and enjoy a fabulous evening. Moreover, through these events, we are able to renew and build a good relationship with both our listeners and the companies which work alongside us.
In 2018, our time has also been spent putting together events, such as this one, where all members of our community could come and celebrate our culture together.
Join us at The Penridge Suite, 470 Bowes Road, Arnos Grove, London N11 1NL. Doors open at 6pm, dinner will be served at 6:45pm.
Tickets are £35 & £40. For more information and Tickets please call London Greek Radio on 0208 349 6950!
We look forward to seeing you all there.
This event is sponsored by:
A.C.B.O Accountants in North London Business Park;
Barry Pylio – of Food Lovers Cooking Show;
Property Centre – Property, investment & management in Southgate & Bayswater;
Raphaels Bakery & Patisserie in Cockfosters;
S. Aspris & Son, wine, beer & spirit merchant;
SIX PAYMENT SERVICES a member of G.A.P. Vasilopoulos Group, the new safe payment solution;
The Highland Angus Steak House in Southgate;
Article written by London Greek Radio
Experienced London estate agent, Karl Knipe, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, is hosting the LGR’s series, “The Property Show.” Karl, partner of Kings Group (15 branches across North London, East London, Hertfordshire, and Essex), discuss a variety of issues each month, ranging from house prices and Brexit, to stamp duty, and the buy-to-let market, as well as, wealth management. Karl is joined by experts of various sectors in the industry.
Our specialist guests in the seventh one-hour episode;
Stuart Mackay – Kings Group
Stuart has been with the Kings Group since 2007. During these 11 years, he worked predominantly in the Edmonton area and has become as synonymous with Edmonton as, The Green itself….! In 2018 Stuart was nominated for an individual award for Customer Service at the prestigious ESTAS (Estate Agent of the Year Awards)!
Philip Waterfield – Strettons Chartered Surveyors
Philip is a Director of Strettons, a well-established north-east London based firm of Chartered Surveyors and Auctioneers. He has been with the firm for over 30 years, he first debuted on the auction rostrum in 1994. Philip has been running the auction team for the past 10 years, and overseas the sale of about £80 million property a year, comprising a wide range of land and buildings in London and around the UK, and sometimes further afield, including Cyprus where Strettons have held several auctions.
Stuart Collar-Brown – Pattinson Auctions
Stuart is a Business Development Manager at Pattinsons, the UK’s fastest growing online auctioneer. He has been with the firm since June 2018, he works in property auctions for the past 11 years in London, the South East, and Bath. Stuart has been involved in the sale of over 3,000 auction lots, across the length and breadth of the UK, including public toilets and a country mansion – and everything in between!
Paul Cacciatore – Conveyancing Consultant at Boulter & Company Solicitors
Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 7:00 pm
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Article written by London Greek Radio
On Monday 31st December London Greek Radio are hosting NEW YEARS EVE at the Country Club Trent Park in Oakwood.
Join us for the party of the festive season, featuring DJ Magis on the decks and live musical entertainment by Greek singer Mixalis Theodosiou.
Mixalis is expected to fire-up the atmosphere for what is said to be one of the biggest live Greek parties of the year.
DJ Magis will be mixing Greek & English hits, all night long. Fusing all the best Modern Laika, Greek Club, Greek Classics and Zeimbekika with all the biggest English hits of the decade.
Early bird tickets have now SOLD OUT! Standard tickets are available for £25. For table packages please contact Vassoula at London Greek Radio on: 0208 349 6963.
Event tickets are available to purchase below. Or to avoid paying the online booking fee, tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling LGR on 0208 349 6963.
To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: New Years Eve at the Country Club Trent Park tickets from Skiddle.
Article written by London Greek Radio