Giles on the radio
alpha-level broadcasting

Touch ye not the button of doom

I’ve started doing some very amateurish broadcasting on West Wilts Radio, between 2-4pm on Friday afternoons. The show is mostly music, hopefully an interesting and entertaining mix. There might be occasional bits of chat; I’m mostly making it up as I go along.

☞ Listen live on the web at

WWR is a community radio station for the town of Bradford on Avon and surrounding villages. All the presenters are volunteers, and most of us are learning the ropes. Don’t expect the BBC. Do expect something a bit different.

Radio is hard work

I’m just a beginner, but I already have a renewed respect for radio DJs and presenters. Think what it’s like when you have to concentrate on one thing, on one computer. Doing a radio show means concentrate on many things, on two or three computers and a mixing desk, and constantly switching your attention from one to the other.

You have to think several minutes in advance: what will play, or what will I say, when this song ends? I take a notebook with me and scribble in it, so I don’t forget what I intended to say when the moment comes.

It’s exhausting, but it’s lots of fun, and very satisfying when it goes well.

An unnecessary archive

Here are playlists (on Spotify) from the shows so far.

January 2020: 10th, 17th

Filed under: music and projects
(10 January 2020)