MEET THE TEAM


PAUL

STATION OWNER

Hi, my name is Paul, I've been on three other online radio station before; this is the second station I have owned and so far, so good. The presenters we have on this station have a lot of knowledge about radio presenting, some of our presenters have been on FM radio stations. How can I put this we are all like one big happy family on this station. We have only been on air since the 11th of April 2023. Myself I love all genres of music from the 40's to the present day but the music I love the most is reggae followed by love songs.


JOANNE

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

I am the Co-Owner of Sparkflame Radio. I have been doing online presenting on and off for about 3 years. I am passionate about music all genres but particularly like golden oldies and musicals in my spare time, I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, and watching medical and musical programmes on TV.


SY

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Hey there, I am Sy or” Smurf or Smurfy” as part of many nicknames I have! I have been a Radio Presenter and been in various Radio management roles for about 5 years now. I have also been a DJ for 17 years along with working in the Security Services Sector for 19 years working for High Profile companies Bird’s eye, BMW, and Coca Cola. I love Music from the 70’s 80’s 90’s dance and Remix’s which I hope to implement that in my shows and give a nice variation of genre’s. I used to be a dancer which started at the age of 4 years old so that is where I fell in love with music, especially Michael Jackson!!! I can be a bit cheeky at times and I like a good laugh but away from the microphone I can be a bit shy until I feel comfortable. Concentrating on the show let’s have fun, plenty of music to enjoy and “LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE”!!!!


STEPH

ASSISTANT MANAGING DIRECTOR

Hi, my name is Lady S, I am your sweet voice show presenter. I love music from all different genres and my playlist changes with my mood. One of my favourite artists is Frank Sinatra and favourite song of his is "I won't dance".


LAURA

STATION MANAGER

Hi, I'm Laura and I'm your Station Manager! I live in Lichfield, Staffordshire. I've been a massive fan of music since I was 5 years old. Before joining SparkFlame Radio, I was with another online radio station. I have had presenting experience since 2020. I love all types and decades of music, but my favourite era is the 90's, as I was really into the dance music scene and Britpop scene.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to see local live artists and going to concerts. I also enjoy going to the gym, watching films, and eating out.

You can listen to my show on Monday evenings at 9pm. I hope you enjoy it! x


TERRIE

ASSISTANT STATION MANAGER

I have always loved all genre of music; I learned the words of many & learned a lot of background information from pop magazines at that time. I have been a presenter for just over a year & enjoyed playing music & sharing my knowledge. I hope that you will enjoy my show playing tunes from the late 1950s to present day.


DJ TIM

Hi, my Tim boot I start doing radio back 1982 a great man, called Dave Kilner from radio Hallam let me look round the studio s, at Sheffield, and I started doing hospital radio, which I did for ten years, then did sine FM in Doncaster, also 5townsfm, Gemini sounds radio, nova radio, dh9 radio, and many more. So, join me Saturday morning to at 6.00am -8.00 for mixed bag of music from 70s, 80s, and today.


DJ ROCK IT

My name is Colin, known as DJ Rock-it I am 76 years of age but don’t let that fool you I am a lot younger in mind. Music has been in my life since a very early age, starting with having to stand on my Nan’s stairs to sing, unaccompanied on a Sunday morning before my dinner.

My father was an entertainer, and we often sang together. I have also been in a group in the 70s, I ran a disco in the 80s, and have been a member of a vocal trio.

I love music from the early years of pop in the UK, I know I am biased, but I think it was the best music so far, now I am retired I wanted to pass on my love of the era and what better way than to go on air live.

Regards   DJ Rock-it.


CHRIS ROWNTREE

Hello I'm Chris I'm 31 I have an interest in all kinds of music from the 50s to the charts 

I started doing a pre-recorded show in lockdown, recording the in-between bits and then putting an hour of my favourite songs together 

I had a love of music from as long as I can remember 

can't wait to get started :)


DJ DAVE

Hi I'm Dave I'm 45 and live in Surrey.  I hot into radio during lockdown when I started to mix a few tracks and upload them to TikTok however my really passion is playing music that you can sing along to in the car or the kitchen and puts a smile on your face. I love to hear what your up to and give you a mention on the radio. Away from the radio I'm a huge Portsmouth FC fan and I live with my 2 cats Bobby and Heffer!


JEFF MARTIN

Jeff started taking a real interest in music from an early age. He became interested in DJing when his brother teamed up with a friend and used to do the clubs and pubs in the mid-seventies. He developed a love of independent music in the eighties initially. By then he was fed up with listening to the same top ten songs played ad nauseum and started looking at alternatives. He believes there is a considerable number of like-minded listeners who also want something different. Hence the A&R Show. Album tracks and rarities, the kind of thing you won't normally hear on mainstream radio. Having been an avid listener to an online station for a few years, he approached the owner about doing a one-off special. It was well-received, and as a result he was offered a weekly slot. The rest as they say is history. He now presents for several stations in the UK, America, and Europe. He really enjoys preparing and recording his show, as it really gets him thinking about what to play, and when. Off-air he enjoys the theatre, both on- and back-stage, and seeing local bands play.


ALAN WILKINSON

Alan (big Al) Wilkinson as I'm also known as. Worked for peak FM doing full match commentary on chesterfield FC. Worked at spire radio in chesterfield and currently at elastic FM local community radio station. Grew up in the two finest decades of music 60/70s. My main music is Floyd zeppelin purple Sabbath free etc. But enjoy all types of music. Outside of radio I'm retired but football keeps me busy. Holidaying abroad (Benidorm). One life live it is my motto. Currently on weekend finale 9/11 Sunday night.


GORDON COOPER

My Name is Gordon Cooper.  I bought my first single in 1969......"Sugar Sugar" by The Archies!!! I continued collecting a cross section of music until my best friend bought me "Burn" by Deep Purple for my eighteen birthdays!! That was it.... I became a lifelong "rocker" from then on!! So, my first love is ROCK, as is my second & third love......although The Carpenters are my guilty pleasure!! Aside from Rock, I also love Sixties & Seventies music......probably because I lived through them!!! lol My love of Radio has been going for more years than I care to remember......25+ years with Sunshine Radio on the Isle of Wight & a stint on internet radio with Vectis Radio for eight years, then I seemed to get offers to broadcast my shows all over the place! A final thought.... If someone had told me in 1969 not to collect the six thousand plus albums I collected over the decades because you'd be able to access them & more on a mobile phone that fits in the palm of your hand, I'd have never believed it!!! Mind, I did enjoy collecting them!!


CHRIS DUNN

Presenter Chris Dunn Bio: Born in the United Kingdom 1960, currently resides in Lincoln, by profession I am a Train Driver. I have a passion for Reggae Music, which I guess became known in the early 70's hearing artists like The Pioneers/ Bob & Marcia /Jimmy Cliff/ Desmond Dekker/ Dave & Ansel Collins appear on top of the pops or played on the UK'S singles charts. I also at the time worked on a factory production line where everyday music was piped through the works Tanoy system including Reggae/ Soca / Calypso music. At this time, my elder Jamaican friend, Michael Alphonso Smith, asked if I wanted to join him in a venture doing mobile discos, he had the equipment, and I had the transport. But all was not as it seemed as it turned out we only did private Jamaican House Parties, where I learnt how to DJ from a master. Eventually I started my own mobile disco and gained a residency at my local working man's club in Penge, South London getting the crowds dancing before, during and after live bands who played at the weekends. Late 80's I packed it in, and it was not until moving to Lincoln and joining the works Welfare Committee that I provided the music at work related events. In 2012 I joined my local Community Radio Station and presented a 3-hour live 70's show, in 2018 I switched to It being a Reggae Show. In 2019 work commitments prevented me presenting the live show and the station did not want a pre-recorded show. Then out the blue I was contacted by an Internet Radio Station, a previous presenter at the station had left as well and recommended my show. I joined and within a year was on twenty-five stations being broadcasted in Africa, America, Amsterdam. Australia, Cambodia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Spain, South America. and listened to around the world.


PETER KIRKPATRICK

Age, 67

From, Slough

Lives in, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk since 1976

Occupation, Retired, but still working occasionally as a Funeral Celebrant, Wedding Celebrant, Wedding Chauffer, Murder Mystery Actor.

Volunteer Chair at MESH Neighbourhood Board, RNLI Shop volunteer.

Previous volunteer in Community Housing, Hospital Public Governor.

Hobbies, learning the guitar, photography, holidays (cruising and trips to Italy)

Music, ELO, The Eagles, anything 60’s and 70’s  

Films, Airplane, Pink Panther, anything spoof and funny.

I’ve been presenting two live shows a week on a local FM Community Radio station in Great Yarmouth for nearly four years, prior to lockdown, then producing one show a week from home since then.

Time for pastures new, taking my eclectic taste in music, and my slightly different sense of humour to a new wider audience, presenting music from 1950 to 2000, mainly pop, sometimes not, with chatter and banter in between.

50 Years of Pop

50 Years of Pop presents a range of eclectic music from the 50’s to the end of the 90’s, all wrapped up with info and chat from Peter Kirkpatrick.


DAVE MARLEY

My name is Dave Marley.

When it comes to music, it rules my life. I have been DJing since the early ’80s, but it wasn’t until the mid 90’s that I became interested in radio presenting. I love and respect all types of good music, right from as far back as the classic ’50s through to the indie-pop ’90s. Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy much of what music had to offer after the ’90s ended.

I grew up listening to the radio as a young lad and started collecting vinyl at the mere age of 5 years old in the early ’70s. I would save my pocket money up to buy records as often as possible, and even now, 50 years on, I still collect music and I’m running out of space to put my vinyl collection

and I always wanted to take a stab at doing his own breakfast show. So here it is. "Dave Marley's - Marley in the Morning" 3 hours of great "feel good" music every weekday morning (Monday to Friday) from 7am to 10am. Great music from the sixties through to the 00's. Including features such as "the feel-good hour" "80s at 8" "The 5 at 9" "The Workout Track" "Celeb Birthdays" "The Daily Vintage TV Theme" "Classic Album of the Week" and much more... All that and more, crammed into 3 hours every morning. Someone said recently... "ITS THE BEST THING SINCE TISWAS!" tune in and make up your own mind. Catch the show here, weekdays from 7am to 10am 

I was always a massive fan of the original “Pick of the Pop” presented by the late Alan “Fluff” Freeman back in the day, and I always wanted to take a stab at doing my own take on a vintage chart countdown radio show. So here it is...  I will be doing just that right here on this station, with my show “The Classic Chart Rundown”. I'll be bringing you a random Top 20 Chart countdown from anywhere between 1957 to 1989. It's a real nostalgia trip every time and if you're like me, a true lover of music, it won't take you long to fall in love with the show and all the personal memories it holds for every individual.

I hope you can join me from time to time.

If you would like to catch up with me on Facebook, come and join "The Classic Chart Rundown" group.

If you enjoy listening to my show, feel free to buy me a coffee White, no sugar :)

See you on-air...

Dave Marley

https://www.facebook.com/marleyinthemorning

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theclassicchartrundown

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/davemarley

Email: theclassicchartrundown@gmail.com


DAN SUN

Dan Sun presents the unique radio show with weekly themes, special guest interviews & playing broad variety of music. Dan Sun is from the West Midlands, UK and has been entertaining since as long as he can remember (ever since blasting his cassette player out of his bedroom window to his neighbours). Dan was born to DJ!

Dan studied popular music at Walsall College and has appeared on various television game shows and deejays many private parties, nightclubs, functions + charity fundraisers.

Dan has a degree of experience in radio presenting having worked for London radio, local hospital radio.  

Dan presents the popular Unique radio programme which features celebrity guests, local talent, jokes, and various trivia.

In his spare time Da enjoys a little bit of bingo, bowling pub, karate, karaoke, pub quizzes, outdoor pursuits, pool holidays, tasty food and dining out.

Over the years Dan has entertained thousands of people over the years and his mission is to keep doing what he does so in fact until it’s time to hang up the headphones.


BOB A BAKER

Bob A Baker Hi a little bit about me Born in 1955 in Lancashire England Left school with a spirit level at 15 years old Worked on the farm till I was 19 then started Truck driving I have driven all over Uk Europe and the Middle East Always with the radio blasting out, Music has been a big part of my life, Still trucking now in Motorsport Delivering Race cars around UK Europe and beyond The pandemic gave me chance to build my own studio and start recording shows in 2020 that was the start of Show Time with Bob A Baker, First shows where for Chorley Hospital Radio. Then Galloway's Society for the Blind Then boom my shows are being played out all over the world I take recording equipment with me everywhere i go to do voice overs and recording newspapers what's going on guides i do recordings in Trucks my Motorhome Hotels and anywhere needed I have rung into Radio station to do a live OB to describe where i was in the world and what goes on in the area and country Always looking for something new and to improve my shows.


DJ BUDGIE BOY

I have five budgies and two cockatiels. I used to do Scott's party mix LIVE on a friend’s radio station till lockdown then I took the decision to do a generic one show stations to share.


DJ CHRIS THE SHIRT

Chris "The Shirt" Elliott was brought up in SE London on a diet of Reggae, Soul, and Jim Reeves (blame his Jamaican dad for that one). He started playing on internet radio a few years back on the original Sunrise FM and since then his stations have included the now defunct Vinyl Morpher Radio, Platinum Grooves Radio of which he was part owner, He has been known to hit the floors on various dance floors at Soul Nights and of course the infamous Caister Soul Weekenders but as his got older its more of a crawl rather than a spring. Shrity's dress sense (loud shirts) and choice of football teams (Millwall) have had people questioning his sanity, but his choonz are good so we let him in lol.

Please enjoy my Chilled Zone Shows which consists of Smooth Grooves and Slow Jams.

Also enjoy my Reggae Vybe Shows which consist of ''Big People'' music. ''IF YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW.''


STEVE JAMES

Hi I'm Steve James. I live just north of London, UK and am a lifelong musician having picked up the guitar at 12 years old. I love all genre of music and have played in many diverse types of bands from blues to dance to jazz to folk. Still playing in bands and love every minute of it. I have a special love of the Blues and sharing that love with you on the radio is a real privilege. My love of all music comes across in my show at the ‘Joker in the Pack’ feature where I play a tune that is not necessarily Blues but one, I really love. 

The Blues Café is my venture into Radio …


SANDY M

Hi all,

My name is Sandy M

Being a child of the 70's, I began to take notice of chart music at around the age of 5 or 6 years old, which would have been the early 80's. Like many of my school friends I would be glued to the radio as often as possible hoping to hear my favourite records. I used to visit the local record shop with my mum from an early age, which is where my music collection began.

Over the years, I have collected many diverse types of music. Now I can share some of that music with you, here on your favourite station. My show includes weekly features such as.

“RETRO REWIND” “TIME TUNNEL” & “SANDY M's 12"INCH FINISH”

I hope you can join me from time to time right here each week.

I look forward to sharing some great music from across all the decades.

60s, 70, s 80s, 90s, 00s & 10s...

Sandy M x


SPECIAL K

Hi there! Special K here. I am a forty something year old amateur presenter hoping to make the big time one day! Roll over Zoe Ball! My show Mid-Morning Madness is 2 hours of fabulous music. All your favourites from across the decades and genres with a few lesser played tracks thrown in. The show airs at 10am Monday to Friday with a different feature to get the grey matter working each day of the week. There is also a daily country section, and every show ends on a slow song.  So come and join me for a bit of fun and madness! Hope to see you there.


KEITH & RUTH BRADSHAW

Keith and Ruth Bradshaw are a husband-and-wife team with a love of popular music
stretching back to the 1950s and the birth of rock n roll. For them, presenting a
weekly trip back into the music of the golden decade that shaped the face of popular
music – forever – is a labour of love!
Keith grew up in Morecambe on the Northwest Riviera. In the 1960s, it was a
bustling seaside resort frequented by the bands of the day – Beatles, Stones,
Shadows, Kinks, Hollies and more. The theatres hosted the much sought after music
package shows, featuring top American recording artists and groups. By contrast,
Ruth’s from Tushingham in rural South Cheshire.
Both are former secondary school teachers, specialising in history – nostalgia and a
feeling for the past features strongly in their programmes. Keith has also worked in
Public Relations and Journalism.
They have lived and worked in and around Leyland, Central Lancashire for 30 years
or more. Both are active members of Go on Tour (Golden Oldies), an Over-55s
entertainment group. Keith is the MC and part-time comedian, while Ruth sings and
dances. 
Join Keith and Ruth every week as they relive so many great memories from the
1960s!


DAVY SIMS

I’m Davy Sims. I have more than 40 years broadcasting experience in radio, web, and TV. The bulk of my career was in BBC, but I have also worked in independent radio, community radio, on the Broadcasting Authority for Ireland’s Sound and Vision panel awarding grants to radio broadcasters. Around the World won the Bronze Award for Specialist Music Programme in UK’s Community Radio Awards in 2021. I am also on the World Music Chart Europe panel of forty radio producers around Europe which produces a prestigious monthly album chart. 


DJ TONY LLOYD

I'm a professional radio presenter and film maker with a varied career in radio, music and sound engineering and film production since I was a teenager.

 I am on the air on over 90 radio stations around the world with my weekly radio show 'Love from Tony'.

I host the popular podcast series 'Music Stories' & 'Human Stories' and teach radio presenting skills, handling the media, and podcasting, produce and edit broadcast audio and produce films and photography for clients. I'm busy!

On this website you can learn more about me, find out how to work with me, hire me for media training, photography & film production, radio presenter training & consultancy, listen to my podcasts and radio shows, live stream your event and if you are a radio station find out how to take 'The Love from Tony Show'. 


EMMA SCOTT

Some people have been declared as the voice of radio and certainly are part of the heart of music and both have been said of EMMA SCOTT. Radio presenter, radio plugger, a staunch supporter of independent music and plenty more besides, Emma has worked in the music industry for 34 years, stepping into its demanding but rewarding embrace from the moment she left school when she straight away entered “the dizzy heights” of a Youth Training Scheme at her local radio station in Bedford back in 1988.

From thereon in she grew to become a focal point for established and new sounds and artists, from 1990 to 2013 radio presenting with her individual style and passion and subsequently gathering thousands of radio shows under her belt across some of the UK finest radio stations including Q RADIO, HEART, POWER FM, GALAXY RADIO, HALLAM FM, and METRO FM as well as the two biggest commercial radio brands in the UK, GLOBAL RADIO and BAUER RADIO. Becoming one of the top 20 Drive Time presenters in the UK whilst at rock and metal station, KERRANG! RADIO, BBC RADIO 1 in the late 90's also approached Emma to join their presentation team, twice in fact, but sadly her “nerves got the better of her at her auditions and it wasn’t meant to be!”

2013 saw Emma take a bold move by stepping away from presenting and setting up her own radio plugging and PR Company, PLUGGIN BABY LTD. Again, she quickly put her individual stamp on the venture and has worked with hundreds of independent bands and artists, sharing, and promoting their music across Britain’s radio stations and shows and in time the vast realm of internet radio too. More than that though, she also had the energy and passion to set out to help the business grow in other areas, especially in regard to its independent scene and artists.

Pre that ventures though, Emma also presented live music TV shows, hosted live gigs and events, been a voice over artist, blogger, band manager, co-ran a record label and put on live music events in Birmingham from 2006 to 2013, all experiences she took into PLUGGIN’ BABY and her wish, indeed need to help aspiring artists and bands. This aspect has seen Emma write two books, Break Your Band: A Guide to Getting Radio Airplay (2009) and If It Was My Band (First edition 2012, with an updated release coming in 2022 as a downloadable eBook.)

Never one to rest on her laurels, Emma recently undertook a Music Entrepreneur Master’s Degree, which she passed with a distinction. Her dissertation centered around teaching independent musicians how to get their own radio airplay which has led her to create YouTube videos, podcasts and to run free online webinars entitled “How to Get Radio Airplay”, all set up for artists to access as part of a radio plugging consultancy service teaching musicians how to become their own radio pluggers.

She has also returned to radio presenting, firstly with PRIMORDIAL RADIO in 2020, and now with her own brand-new syndicated radio show aligned to her YouTube channel and her “Inside the Music Industry” Facebook group where she shares helpful tips and insider information to help musicians better navigate the music industry and climb its ladder.

Whether in voice, deed or energy, EMMA SCOTT has music rushing through her veins; a passion reaping massive highlights in her career to date such as three Promoter of the Year awards at the Pure Rawk Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and being declared the “Best Local Promoter” at the Live Music Business Awards in 2012. Fair to say every new day just gives Emma new opportunities to pursue and new music to support, moments she hungrily relishes as the sounds and artists she is inspired by

Pete Ringmaster.

www.plugginbaby.com


ADY CRAMPTON

Ady Crampton bio

Listening to and playing music has always been a large part of my life.

I bought my first vinyl in 1974 aged 7, by 1983 I was immersed in the UK scooter scene and began attending the rallies which boasted ex-Wigan Casino DJs on their all-nighter line-up.

There was so much music that I hadn’t heard before and of course, as there was a record bar in each venue, my record collection increased although never as much as my wants list.

I really get a kick out of sharing my passion for music and have enjoyed playing my 70s soul, funk and disco records to the world ever since.

Show description.

Hi, I’m Ady Crampton and I hope you can Join me each week for two hours of 70s soul funk and disco / where I’ll be spinning those newies and crossover classics from back in the day / plus each week I’ll be chatting with a star of the 70s to find out what they’re up to now / that’s right here on Fit Music Radio, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm

Social Media

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/adrian.crampton.7

Mixcloud:            https://www.mixcloud.com/adriancrampton7/

Twitter:                @AdyCrampton

Instagram:          shinyl_ady_crampton

Website:            https://www.shinyl.co.uk/


DJ JIM

The Award Winning 'The Sound Lab' play the best new music around. Playing the best of indie to pop, rock to dance, we play them all. Weekly features include interviews from gigs and festivals from around the world plus a weekly live session. We at The Sound Lab have reported from many festivals and have interviewed some incredible bands, all of which you hear on the show. Tune in every week for more great music and more great interviews and hey, you may find your next favourite song!


GINGER & NUTS

Sparkflame Radio Ignites Laughter and Unpredictability with Ginger and Nuts

Buckle up and put on your laughing pants, because Ginger and Nuts are about to hijack your Sparkflame radio with a wild ride of hilarity and unpredictability!

This dynamic duo has the banter skills of a comedy tag team, ready to make your smile stretch from ear to ear. They know how to tickle your funny bone while keeping you on your toes with their lightning-fast wit. Whether it's cracking jokes, playing the best feel-good tunes, or dishing out quirky news, they've got you covered!

These radio rebels have conquered the airwaves, spreading laughter and joy across the globe. They've won the coveted title of 'Best Community Radio Show' and are now taking over the UK, New Zealand, Africa, Australia, the Philippines, and even the USA! It's safe to say they're leaving no corner of the world untouched by their on-air antics.

But wait, there's more! Ginger and Nuts have partnered with big brands like Marvel, Disney on Ice, Shark, Ninja, Draper Tools, SnoozeBand, and Lush. 

Behind the scenes, these awesome hosts face their own challenges. Darren battles mental health and chronic pain, proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. And Kat, she's a warrior who has braved seven miscarriages. Together, they create a show that's more than just fun – it's a radiant ray of positivity that can make a real difference in people's lives.

So, tune in to the Ginger and Nuts show every Friday from 12pm to 2pm and prepare for an experience that will leave you giggling, inspired, and begging for more. These two never fail to deliver their trademark unpredictability that's bound to leave you breathless.

Don't forget to visit their website at www.gingerandnuts.com or stalk them on social media @gingerandnuts. Trust us, you won't want to miss a moment of their witty shenanigans!


MICK FULLER

The sound of SoulShyne has been experienced primarily on the South Coast of the UK but has now spread across many parts of Europe & beyond. The music is lovingly selected & presented by resident DJ and SoulShyne founder Mick Fuller and is aimed firmly at a more perceptive listener.

During his career, Mick's adaptability and good musical taste have been the secret of his success, taking in many different styles of soul music in all of its various forms, from Rare Groove & Disco through to Deep & Soulful House. As a guest DJ, he’s also been welcomed everywhere from international house nights like Soul Heaven & Defected in the House to old school hip-hop jams and original soul sessions.


JP McCartney

JP McCartney spent more than 45 years on terrestrial radio before moving to the internet 6 years ago. JP loves 60s and 70s music, especially The Beatles. He stays busy with 3  sheetgrandchildren and his 2014 Race Red Ford Mustang. If you have a favorite 60s or 70s artist or song, make sure you let JP know about it. The email is JPABCOldies@gmail.com

JP McCartney


JOHN WATSON

John started his technical career at the age of 16 when he trained as a cinema projectionist at Auckland's St James Theatre. Through that period and the following 18 years in the industry he learned about electronics and sound engineering. He also had a part-time business DJing at various functions such as weddings, celebrations and dance parties. In 2013 he established Sleep Radio, a station that plays sleeping music to help insomniacs get to sleep. Then in 2021 he also established Radio Te Aroha, a small community FM station in Te Aroha, New Zealand where New Music Aotearoa is recorded. In 2023, John saw a huge anomaly in that new, New Zealand artists got very little, if any, airplay on mainstream radio stations - hence New Music Aotearoa


John Freeman

 

I wanted to be a DJ from the age of 17, with an ambition to work for the famous UK pirate station Radio Caroline. However, I ended up sticking to a boring safe career and accepting being a part time DJ on hospital, university and land-based pirate radio stations during the period 1976 to 1984.  I also ran a successful mobile disco.

After a long break of 37-years I returned to radio during the Covid Pandemic and worked for Radio Seagull for 16 months and then Epic Radio for a year.  When the latter closed down on the 8th October, I started looking for a new home for my “Freeman’s Choice” radio programme and found this great radio station.

I switched from liking Glam to Prog Rock in 1973 when a girl at school lent me her LP “Selling England by the Pound” by Genesis. I have never looked back since, although I do like and play other genres of album music like Blues, Folk, Country Rock, Acoustic, Reggae, Indie, but definitely no Rap! My favourite decade is the 1970’s, which listeners will soon become aware of 😊  


MATT CRAIG

What is New York’s Best Rock?

Depends on who you ask. It doesn’t seem possible today, but in the early to mid 70s, the AM band was the dominating force in radio. In fact, it wasn’t until 1973 that the US Government mandated that all new cars had to be sold with both AM and FM tuners. AM Radio was dominated by tightly programmed music stations that played the same top 40 songs all day. Many songs repeated as frequently as every 45 minutes! So, those of us music fans who grew up during that time were hungry for more than just those 40 records repeated over and over. In the New York Metro area, we were lucky to have a radio station whose slogan was “New York’s Best Rock”. They featured deep album tracks from rock bands of the time. It was around that time that album sales started to eclipse singles sales. New York’s Best Rock, an “Album-Oriented-Rock” (AOR) station was certainly one of the forces behind that shift. For the first time, we could hear an alternative to the hit songs off an album on the radio. They featured deeper album tracks, and it was a tremendous success. So much so, that if you ask anyone of a certain age what New York’s Best Rock was, they can still tell you all these years later. It wasn’t just the music, it was also the DJ’s. Those who presented this music were stars themselves. It wasn’t unusual for John Lennon or Elton John or other big acts of the day to stop by the studios and chat with them when they were in town. 

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and in 1983, New York’s Best Rock was no more. Today, over 40 years later, New York’s Best Rock hasn’t been forgotten! Magic Matt Craig was one of those fans who grew up in the shadow of New York City listening and loving this great radio station, and it certainly had an effect on his musical tastes. Matt never forgot those heady days, and now, all these years later, he’s taken his obsession for it and turned it into his own weekly radio program. No, it’s not the original station, there’s no way to duplicate that, instead, it’s Matt’s vision of what New York’s Best Rock could have been if it lived on beyond 1983. 

Matt Craig graduated from the New Institute of Technology with a BFA in Communication Arts. He worked at WGLI-AM and WNYG-AM, both in Babylon, NY. His career path veered into sales, until he retired in 2021. From 2004-2005, he hosted “Studio 108” on WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT. He has hosted New York's Best Rock since 2020. He also has the premiere aircheck collectors website, www.bigappleairchecks.com which has been up since 2002.

Matt lives on Long Island with his wife, daughter and 3 cats.


ROD HARDISTY

A little about me: I spent over 30 years working in the radio industry, mainly as a producer. Now semi-retired I have the choice to play the kind of music which I love rather than the format of the various stations where I worked.

 


MAGNUS SHAW

MAGNUS SHAW is a broadcaster, writer and creative consultant

from Derbyshire in the UK.

He is married with three children and six grandchildren.

Magnus has worked on many radio stations, in various advertising agencies,

has won several awards and was Editor of the legendary Rocking Vicar e-magazine

and podcast. 

His passions are travel, media, politics and, perhaps above all, music.

Magnus' musical tastes are eclectic, but he favours The Clash, Manic Street Preachers,

David Bowie and Pet Shop Boys.

You can write to him and contact the show at mail@magnusshaw.co.uk


MELVIN JORDAN II

This Radio Show is derived To Uplift , Inspire & Encourage . Through Inspirational Music from Seasoned & Indy Gospel Artist . Hosted by Melvin Jordan . It's The Fastest 60 Minutes On Gospel Radio. Syndicated World Wide Contact us : GospelVibrations1@gmail.com For Song Request , Submissions & Prayer...


RICHARD OLIVER

Oliver’s Army Radio Show is a weekly two hour show with Richard Oliver, the main aim of the show is to expand your musical horizons. Playing tunes not often heard, or ever heard before (and may not ever want to hear again!) as well as some of the classics. No genres are off limits with music from the last 60 years. Broadcasting from Garage Studios in Herefordshire near the Welsh border in the UK.

Each week there is a featured classic album from my collection that might not have been a mega chart hit but deserves to be heard. Past ones have included From Elvis in Memphis by Elvis Presley, Disintegration by the Cure, Baja Sessions by Chris Isaak, Three Feet High and Rising by De La Soul, Breakfast in America by Supertramp and Different Class by Pulp.

Also, often venturing down the rabbit hole of related tunes by a certain producer or musician. The Oliver’s Army Radio Show is a musical education and discovery. And sadly, when there is the passing of an important musician, there will always be a tribute.

So, if you want a show that doesn’t just play the same music you can find on most stations try this one. I don’t take myself too seriously, I just want to share my passion for music with others.

If you have an idea for a classic album or just a track you think everyone else need to know about drop me a line to oliversarmyradioshow@gmail.com

Enjoy the music!