If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that last year I had a little dalliance with radio broadcasting. I presented a show on a local community station in Redcar (Palace FM). It began as a mid-week lunchtime slot, and then I was offered the chance to co-host the Friday evening drive show. Before long I was also presenting a late night jazz programme too. Sadly the station closed down due to technical problems which needed more money to fix than the station could afford.
Undaunted, I decided to set up my own online radio station, Guitar-FM. I had a roster of presenters who sent me their shows which I then uploaded to the server of the hosting company. Sadly, this venture, whilst immensely enjoyable, proved short lived. The problem was that the station sounded too professional & the company hosting it insisted that if I wanted to continue running a “serious” station I would need to upgrade to a pro-grade hosting package, which was beyond my means.
The only other alternative (or so I thought) was to do what many people do and just podcast my shows, without the relevant licences to cover copyright etc., and just hope for the best. Being a musician myself, I baulked at this – if us musicians want to earn a living at our craft then it is beholden upon everyone in the broadcasting industry to pay for the right to use the music they play. So, that was that… broadcasting was something I had enjoyed but now it’s over… well, not quite.
In what I thought would be a futile gesture, I posted a message on an online broadcasting forum (forum.internet-radio.com) pitching a show idea. I never imagined anything would come of it, but, guess what? It worked! Within 24 hours my show had been picked up by GlobalMediaCompany.co.uk who wanted it for their ultimate-radio.com service. The show is a 2 hour 70s themed nostalgia show featuring all the great (as well as some of the “not-so-great”) music from the 1970s. In addition to the music there is a weekly round-up of what was in the news in the seventies and a regular slot dedicated to re-living the TV highlights from that decade – essentially it’s like climbing into a TARDIS and travelling back to the heart of the 1970s!
I decided to call the show “The Hitch Hikers Guide To The 70s” (I’m a bit of a Douglas Adams fan, too you see) and it’s on every Sunday evening at 8pm (UK time) HERE. Why not drop by as the weekend draws to a close and check it out. If you miss a show, then you can check out a shorter version of it, on demand, at RYARA RADIO, a service run by a couple of my old colleagues at Palace FM. Whilst you’re there you can listen to some of the other excellent content made by Ryara Radio, including and alternative 60s music show, a rockabilly themed programme & topical discussion shows. If you fancy having a go at making your own radio show, then why not get in touch with the guys at Ryara who are always on the lookout for new on-air talent. No experience is necessary, just a keen enthusiasm for the music you want to play and talk about. I promise you this… once the radio bug bites, it doesn’t let go – you’ll be hooked 🙂
Anyway, back to more guitar-centric stuff next time, so until them… Have FUN!