Sunday Night is Music Night here on Radio Free Radnorshire
For a few months now, I’ve been chatting with my pal Mark Williams about setting up an internet streaming radio station, based here in my sophisticated apartment in downtown Presteigne. Mark is a top geezer. He’s done loads of jobs in the music biz, including being Press Officer for Stiff Records, and, unimaginably far back in the day, music editor for The International Times. Oddly, Chris Brook, who came with Perry and me on the Islay/Jura leg of the trip for The Longest Crawl, was the last editor of IT.
Mark and I are going to call our station Radio Free Radnorshire, and we’re hoping to go out on Sunday nights; a problematic radio night, in my view. We’d start at 19.15, the same time as ‘Go For It’ starts. ‘Go For It’ is a radio programme, on Radio Four, designed for pre-teen listeners. It makes me want to spit. Spit at the children who go on it, to be honest. The mere idea of getting Charley or Minnie to sit and listen to the wireless even now seems laughable. When they were 10, they would have cried if I’d made them listen to ‘Go For It’, and it would now be yet another issue for them to take along to therapy.
We’ll finish at 23.00, so our listeners can tune into the David Jacobs show on Radio Two, which I like listening to in the bath. As Nick Lezard perspicaciously asked in one of his radio reviews recently, who will play us this stuff when David Jacobs goes?
But for those few hours between seven and eleven, we’re hoping that alternative Presteigne, at least, will tune in, turn on, and drop out.
With this in mind, (and with Mark not here), I knocked about Youtube to find a representitive playlist… welcome to Radio Free Radnorshire…
From the sixties… some punk doo wop/surf
From the seventies… the guys who invented punk
From the eighties… some guys who were clearly not that interested in punk…
From the nineties… more New York magic, more doo wop, but on the other side of town from punk.
From the noughties… Punk is dead! Prog returns! Very ‘eavy!
Thank you for listening to Sunday Night is Music Night here on Radio Free Radnorshire…
Must go – bath is running and the wireless is warming up for Mr. Jacobs.