Saturday Breakfast Show 28th May

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On 106.9 SFM – Jason and the full Saturday breakfast show team return for more light hearted news, music and fun on the bank holiday weekend.

In the first hour – The News Quiz – Jason plays a clip from the news but can you guess the news story behind the audio headline & a bonus point if you can identify the person actually speaking.

In Tranquil Time – the poem is from Oliver Hereford – A tragedy in Rhyme.

After 8 – Feather is back up in the SFM helicopter hiding somewhere in the garden of England – she’ll give you the clues all you have to do is work out the location.

In the final hour it is Pick Of The Number One Pops and Paul from the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway talks about the bank holiday services running.

 

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Saturday Breakfast 14 May 2016

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Jason McCrossan broadcasting on 106.9 SFM in Sittingbourne

Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast Show is broadcast on 106.9SFM in Sittingbourne, Kent. On the show today Jack has the news & Lee has the sport.

In the first hour: NEWSROUND: can you guess the Headline behind the news clip? After 8am we play Treasure Hunt – can you guess the place where Anika Rice is? Also, it’s Eurovision on this day and Jason chats to Twitters Head of Entertainment Gorgina Purnell. In the final hour we start with the wake up song which is followed by Pick of The Number One Pops!

Sittingbourne Sci-Fi event

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The town of Sittingbourne was invaded by a number of creatures from outer-space at the weekend as it played host to the 2nd annual Sci-fi event.

The town Centre became a Scifi and fantasy village with maps to guide spectators around so as not to miss out on the interactive performances, Steampunk displays, monsters and characters that descended into the town centre.

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Highways England release video of bridge demolition

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Highways England has released footage of the demolition of a bridge over the A38 near Plymouth.

The demolition of the old Merafield Bridge at Plympton took place overnight on Saturday, signalling the final phase of the £6.3M maintenance project on the A38.

The bridge was in need of replacing due to suffering from alkali silica reaction, commonly known in the construction industry as ‘concrete cancer’.

Around 50kg of explosives were used along 278 drilled locations centred on the supporting piers and the abutments at each end of the structure.

As some segments of the old bridge were not fully broken up during the demolition work continued into Sunday to break up and remove the remaining parts.

Highways England South West Regional Director, Andrew Page-Dove commented: “This was a big project that needed extensive planning to ensure traffic around Plymouth was kept flowing smoothly and the vital A38 transport link between Devon, Plymouth and South East Cornwall was maintained.

“We worked very closely with Plymouth City Council, the Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to ensure we got the traffic management right and we are very grateful for all the support we’ve received.”

Two weeks ago, a new bridge that was built alongside the old one was opened.

The new structure is 80m long, 11m wide and consists of 2,503 tonnes of concrete and 401 tonnes of steel.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “It’s vital that we replace out-of-date infrastructure so we can keep traffic moving and I am pleased Highways England has delivered this new bridge over the A38 on time and on budget.

“As well as tackling congestion, our investment in England’s motorways and major A-roads is about keeping communities connected through projects like this.”

The scheme is due to be fully complete by July meaning that the region shouldn’t be affected during the busy holiday season.

Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan 07 May 2016

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After a few months off Jason returns to 106.9SFM with the breakfast show broadcast to Sittingbourne and Swale on FM and www.sfmradio.com everywhere else.

Today Jason asks people to Name That Noise; plays Treasure Hunt with Anika Rice and dusts off pick of the number one pops.

Matt Cardle Intimate & Live

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Former X Factor winner Matt Cardle is touring Kent this summer with his “Intimate & Live” tour. He will be at the Marlowe and Orchard Theatres in July.

His tour has been devised to show his versatility as aside from winning X Factor, his previous albums have all reached the top 10 and he is best known for “When We Collide” – one of the Top 40 best-selling singles of the last decade.

Alongside hits from his previous albums and some personally selected covers, Matt will also be previewing some of his new material from his forthcoming studio album, Higher Power for the first time.

Among his achievements is an award presented last year for “Best West End Debut”, following his role as Huey Calhoun alongside Beverly Knight in the acclaimed West End production Memphis.

He spoke to Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM.

He will be at the Marlowe Theatre on Tuesday, July 5. For tickets call 01227 768768 or you can visit marlowetheatre.com

He will also be at the Orchard Theatre on Tuesday, July 19. For tickets call 01322 220000 or you can visit orchardtheatre.co.uk 

Ghostbusters – The Crazy Dance

I was out with 106.9 SFM in the streets of Sittingbourne on Saturday.  We were broadcasting live from the town centre as part of the fantastic sci-fi weekend that they were having.  Whilst filming on periscope a little man honed into view and started dancing along to Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters song that was playing out.

 

Desert Lion Extinguished

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It’s not every day that one celebrates the death of another human being, well, not in the UK anyway.  However, news from the US was released this week confirming the death of the notorious ‘desert lion’ Abu Wahib.  He was a senior ISIL leader known for his brutality who had stood out in a land where brutality and acts of evil are commonplace.

Abu Wahib, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s military emir for Iraq’s Anbar province,  was targeted by a US led coalition  Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Monday.

The spokesman said Wahib is a former member of al-Qaida in Iraq and has been seen in ISIL execution videos.

That strike also killed three other ISIL jihadists, Cook said.

“Abu Wahib’s death is another blow to ISIL’s leadership that will further degrade its ability to operate, especially in Anbar province,” he said.

I find it striking that in certain parts of the world where people seem at their most ‘godly’ – the acts that they do to each other – the slaughter, maiming, beheading and torture…all appear utter godless. If that is what God truly wants – they can keep their belief and their god to themselves.

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Leadership ‘Hit Hard’

ISIL leadership has been hit hard by coalition efforts, Cook said. “This is another example of that,” he added. “It is dangerous to be an ISIL leader in Iraq and Syria these days, and for good reason we want to apply pressure [on] ISIL on as many fronts as possible. Taking out leadership targets is one way to do that.”

Cook noted Anbar province is a critically important area in the fight against ISIL, and the death of Wahib will harm ISIL’s ability to conduct operations in the region.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook

The spokesman noted that taking out leadership is part of what he called “a multipronged effort” to apply pressure on as many fronts to ISIL as possible, “and for ISIL leaders to be very worried about their next step.”

I started this story saying how we don’t celebrate death here, and it’s true. Yet, watching some of the videos of men standing beside other men who are either dead or about to be killed (by them) I just can’t imagine the hatred and anger which drives this desire to glorify and celebrate the killing or death of another human.

AMBASSADOG – SEARCHING FOR SCOTLAND’S TOP DOG!

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He clearly couldn’t put a paw wrong … over 200 dogs applied, but there could only be one chosen to be VisitScotland’s Ambassadog.

And that dog is George, a one-year-old Golden Retriever from Glasgow.

George (and his owners) will now have the job of being an ambassador for Scotland on social media, attending red carpet events and generally being in demand as a VID (or ‘very important dog’).

The lucky pup joined his seven fellow selected finalists at a special interview event at Prestonfield in Edinburgh on Sunday, 8 May where dog owners were assessed on their knowledge of Scotland, social media savvy and interview skills.

Owner Victoria said:

“It’s really unexpected and I still can’t quite believe George has been chosen; especially as there were so many lovely dogs in the final. I am very proud of him.  I feel George is a great ambassador for Scotland as he is always looking for to his next voyage.

A golden retriever is also a Scottish breed and VisitScotland will now work with George and his owners to create a programme of activity, to include social media that will enable them to be global ambassadors. In return they will be given a three night specially selected dog-friendly holiday in Scotland in 2016.