20 years in 2 minutes


What would you include if that next job asked you for a current showreel? Your latest ID? The latest weekend promo? Or something to show the range of what you’ve done and what you can do?

The longer you’ve been doing this job, the harder it is to choose what to include. Do you include the beatmatched promo that at the time took you a day to lovingly craft? Or that clever promo featuring that cool artist?  Continue reading

Aircheck Archives


My friend Simon Beale from Heart London alerted me to this site last night whilst in the pub after the excellent Nextrad.io conference.


Trevor Dann, speaking at the conference yesterday, was discussing how incomplete the archives of many broadcasters are. The BBC has a huge archive – but much is missing. In the past, there hasn’t been so much value placed in maintaining archives.

Archives = space. Space costs money.

When I worked in Leicester Square, what archives there were, were kept in the record library by the very knowledgeable librarian Clive Smith. Once he left, who knows what happened to them?

Luckily, there have always been a band of “enthusiasts” who have taped radio stations off air and filed the results away. This site seems to be a fairly large archive.

So whether you want to hear what Capital FM used to sound like, or how Atlantic 252’s Test transmissions turned out – along with airchecks from across the pond, this site may be worth a listen.

Radio in the past wasn’t necessarily better. But if you haven’t heard much of it, this could give you a snapshot.

Don’t have a Cash Cow (man)

So a creative challenge has been thrown down by my friend Steve Martin via this month’s  Earshot Creative Review.

Aside from anything else, it’s a great listen. I don’t think I’ll be able to find an opportunity to get a cow noise in my curent campaign for the BBC Proms. But did manage to get loads of cows in a promotion on Red Dragon FM back in 2000. The station’s sonic logo even featured a cow for the duration! This was a time when we were allowed to do crazy promotions, free form scripts and have fun.

Here it is: