Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Radio days and nights

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were all fairly routine! I had three very good evenings on the radio and I'm getting great energy off the texts at the moment. Between 5 and 7 Red Drive is very much a bridge between day and night with traffic reports, news, sports, gig updates etc, while my Music Overload slot from 7 to 9 is a totally different show. After 7PM it's more aimed directly at teenagers and it's been building really solidly now during the last 12 months. We are an interactive station so I try my best to reply to most texts and build a relationship with the regular listeners, even though the sheer volume of texts and emails has gone through the roof lately. This is a good problem to have and sometimes I'm still buzzing off the vibe by 10PM when I'm at home!

The music is quite fresh too and as we introduce most of the stations new stuff at night it adds to the vibrancy of things. All the focus this week is on the release of local rapper GMC's debut album on Friday, and since I've been pushing his material for so long, my show is the major outlet for competitions/interviews/updates and stuff. He is live in the studio tomorrow night with some of his fellow Cork "Hip-hop Rebels" (check the pic of their last Savoy performance) and I'll have a full report up here as soon as I can! I've seen rappers like GMC, Bony, Brozy, Jaae, B Wonder and An Buachaill Dana improve so much since their early gigs at my Jam Junior night and I'm proud that they are getting such recognition now.

The rest of my days so far this week were spent doing various other bits. On Monday I had a lot of writing to do at home, Tuesday went for a swim and had some meetings about the potential re-launch of the over 18's Jam (on a more regular basis), while Wednesday was spent at RedFM at meetings and getting up to speed on some technical stuff with regard to my shows. It's Thursday already and another weekend is here-phew! See ya tomorrow!

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    I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays also you can catch me at