How to keep your moment of fame

If you get good at your marketing, it’s just possible you’ll end up getting some press coverage.

Now newspaper and magazine articles are easy to save but suppose you end up on the radio. How are you going to keep a copy of that?

You could ask the radio station for a copy of the show but maybe you don’t want to do that for whatever reason. What do you do then?

If you get yourself on to any of the BBC radio shows, then most (all? I don’t know I haven’t checked them all) can be listened to again using their listen again service. Just go the BBC radio website and navigate your way to the correct show.

There’s just one “problem” with this. Actually there are two.

Firstly show are only avaiblable for 7 days.

Secondly, there’s no obvious way to record the shows. So not so good if you want to keep so other people can hear it.

But all is not lost.

There is some free software called Radio Downloader that will….well the name’s a pretty good clue!

Radio Downloader supports different types of content via plugins – the following plugins are currently included:

  • BBC Radio
    Allows you to download radio programmes made available via the BBC iPlayer.
  • Podcast
    Allows you to download files made available as attachments to RSS feeds.

Once you’ve downloaded Radio Downloader  and installed the program, you need to find the show you were on.

  1. Radio Downloader Screenshot

    Double click the BBC radio icon

    So start Radio downloader click on Choose Programm or double click on BBC Radio icon to bring up a list of programmes

  2. Use either the A to Z to find the programme by name or hunt through the categories
  3. If you are using the A to Z (and there’s no reason not to) one thing to keep in mind is what you call the show and what it will be listed as aren’t always the same!

    The word “the” isn’t always included.
    For example Chris Evan’s breakshow is listed as “The Chris Evan’s Breakfast show” so you need to look under “T” but The Dave Monk Show – I’ll use this as an example as I’ve been on it a few times – is listed as “Dave Monk” and so is found under “D”

  4. So once you’ve found your progamme/presenter, click on the link.
  5. This will load a list of the available shows. They handily have the date and the title normally includes a major feature of the show
  6. Select the one you want (by default they are all selected so un-check the boxes of the ones you don’t want)
  7. Click on download

    radiodownloader screenshot 2

    Select the show you want to keep

  8. Find something else to do while it’s downloading. You’ll be downloading a couple hours of audio which is probably fine if you have super-duper fast broadband but it can be a bit painful for the rest of us.
  9. Once it’s downloaded, you’ll be able to see it listed in the downloads tab and from there you can play it again and again and again…..
  10. It’s useful to know where to find it on your hard drive if you want to edit the show so you just have your bit (note you’ll need some other software for that which I will cover in a future article)
  11. Click on Options, then Main Options. This will show you where it’s saving the files. You can change this if you like but just remember anything you’ve already down loaded will be in the old place so it’s probably a good idea to move them so everything is in the same place.


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15 Responses to How to keep your moment of fame

  1. Steve 15 February , 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I tried several methods and programs and this is by far the easiest, thanks.
    What software do you use for editing and is there a link to that article?

  2. ciogga 28 June , 2013 at 12:07 am #

    It was indeed a top-notch program, but from 26 June 2013 it doesn’t download BBC shows anymore rendering it, unfortunately, useless. 🙁

  3. alex 28 June , 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    bad news – radio downloader has been now made incompatible with BBC radio shows. tragic..

  4. craig 29 June , 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi radio downloader no longer works for new programmes as the bbc contacted him about it , any alternatives you can think of ?

  5. ANDREW PAYNE 30 June , 2013 at 10:59 am #

    This site is no longer working do you know of any others ?

  6. Dave 1 July , 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Radio Downloader no longer works. See:

  7. nathan jordan 2 July , 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    very very sadly this no longer works. After ‘requests’ from the BBC the author has had to disable the program such that it no longer functions with the bbc. AFAIK it works or will work with many other streams, just not the bbc.

  8. Joey Ramone 3 July , 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Hi, thought I’d let you know that the wonderful Radio Downloader cannot be used to download BBC radio anymore, apparently BBC have requested for the source & installers to be removed. 😥 BBC has spoilt our fun…

    You can however still use the downloader for other (non-BBC) radio on the internet.

    Kind regards

  9. Richard 4 July , 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Radio Down loader has been discontinued. I have this response from the BBC:

    Dear Mr Aitken

    Thanks for contacting us regarding the NerdOfTheHerd Radio Downloader.

    Your concerns were raised with BBC Future Media and they’ve asked us to forward their response to you:

    “The BBC has clear terms of use ( which govern the use of BBC content and services online and which also authorise their further distribution in some circumstances, e.g. BBC podcasts, RSS, authorised iPlayer applications. TheNerdOfTheHerd Radio Downloader service, which enables and encourages listeners to download BBC radio programmes without DRM-protection is a breach of the BBC Terms of Use and amounts to copyright infringement. We have therefore asked for this service to be removed.

    Separately, the BBC Trust recently approved proposals from the BBC Executive to enable listeners to download their favourite BBC radio programmes via BBC iPlayer Radio and keep to listen to for up to 30 days. The BBC plans to launch this service in 2014.

    BBC Future Media”

    We’d also like to assure you that we’ve registered your complaint on our Audience Log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that’s made available to all BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive board, channel controllers and other senior managers.

    The Audience Logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions on future BBC programmes and content.

    Once again, thank you for contacting us.

    Kind Regards

    BBC Complaints

  10. Roger 6 July , 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    NB Radio Downloader or at least the BBC functionality of it is now dead.

  11. wheels5894 7 July , 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    This no longer works following complaints form the BBC. The developer is coming up with a revised version that won’t record BBC programmes.

  12. Linda Dale 17 July , 2013 at 12:55 am #

    Unable to do this via radiodownloader for my favourite radio progs this think BBC have stopped it while I’ve been on holiday are there any other ways to record a BBC radio programme to keep

  13. Pete 23 July , 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    needless to say the BBC have buggered this excellent piece of software!


  14. Charlie Summers 16 October , 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Like everyone else, I’m now looking for a new app/method to record BBC radio programming on a timed basis, preferably free. Yes, I know they have their “terms of service,” which I don’t believe I’m violating by time-shifting and removing the insipid DRM from the files so I can play them on the go…and if I am, I don’t really care, as they are unlikely to sue me for listening to a radio documentary on my Android phone. Maybe instead of being so haughty, they might consider chilling out a bit and not worrying so much about time shifting.

    Any suggestions for alternatives would be greatly appreciated.

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