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January 26, 2020
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Meet our presenters
Mary K Burke
Mary K Burke presents a show on Tues nights 7pm to 9pm Playing a blend of Country ,Americana and Celtic Music ..
Creator Colin MacDonald is still producer and presenter, and his no-frills, late-night, folk-to-rock format remains essentially unchanged since it first aired back in 1974 on nascent Radio Clyde.
Hollyj Jones (The People's Choice)
I previously worked for my Local Council in their Housing Office for 24 years and upon retirement, I was at a loss what to do with all this time I’d suddenly got. Steven King, a family friend for several years and also the owner of Krystal Radio, he kept prompting me to join his team of Radio Presenters, but I was reluctant to join at first, because I had no previous DJ background. Well, finally I relented and dipped my toes in the water. On entering this Real Live Studio, it was a shock to my system when I first sat behind a huge mixing desk, with microphones towering over me and two turntables behind me, plus a twin CD player. Every time I pushed the fader up to speak into the microphone, this red light appeared with the words ON AIR. I was given a pair of headphones and I remember feeling out of my depth at the beginning and that first hour seemed like a lifetime. Well, I survived that first introduction to Live Radio Presenting, even if it was a bit of a car crash! Now six years on, I think I’ve finally cracked it. I continued doing Live Shows at the Studio for quite some time until Steve was forced to find new premises. I’ve since joined several other Radio Stations where I play the 50’s 60’s and 70’s, Bring it on! Hollyj
Daniel Shutt- “Ireland on my mind”6pm- 8pm Thursday’s (rp) 5pm – 7pm Friday’s
I first got involved in the Music world in 2009, when I was offered the job as Executive Reporter for the Irish Community News magazine and then went on to produce ‘A Little Bit Of Ireland’, one of the first Irish Music TV shows on Sky TV. I subsequently founded Country Bulletin magazine in 2010, which in its heydey reached up to 10,000 readers each month.
In 2011, I became more involved behind the scenes of the music world, as I worked in Public Relations and Artist Development, and got to work on a whole host of projects – a definite highlight was the Wembley Festival in 2012 where I got to meet Reba McEntire!
It’s been a long time since I presented a radio show, but I recently decided to start broadcasting again during the COVID-19 pandemic because I believe in the comfort music can bring in these troubled times, and I’m really honoured that MKB Independent Radio enjoyed my shows enough to want to broadcast them. First and foremost, I’m a music fan and I believe the greatest music deserves to be shared…
The Indie Americana Songwriter Show with Beth Williams Every Wed Night 8pm -9pm
The Beth Williams Indie Americana Songwriter Show is a 1-hour program showcasing Colorado and Texas songwriters along with other songwriters from around the world. On air since February 2017, the shows theme is “Where the Colorado mountains meet the West Texas wind and beyond.”
Americana singer songwriter Beth Williams is an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC Top 10 NOMINEE for Best New Female Vocalist of the Year whose songs have charted in Billboard, Cash Box and various European charts through the years. She is the owner of Hill Country Recording Studio on the western slope of Colorado in the USA and is a session singer for studios in Nashville, Texas and Colorado. Clients from around the world contact Beth to sing and demo their songs. Williams is a performing songwriter at House Concerts, Festivals and other events.
Beth Williams: Indie Folk Singer Songwriter – Storyteller – Yodeler – Hippie Bohemian Cowgirl who loves to sing and make people happy with her music! Join Beth as she showcases other Indie songwriters each week and closes each show with one of her own songs!
Sam Harris MBE
Sam Harris, MBE started broadcasting in 1954 while in the forces. In civilian life he worked at Metro Radio in the North East of England for over three years and, for the next forty years, presented Country, Holiday and Angling programmes on BBC Radio as a freelance.
For the last seven and a half years he has been with CVFM Radio based in Middlesbrough with a “Big Band Crooners & Jazz Show” on Thursday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm and on Saturday morning 8 am to 10 am he has presented “Gone Fishing” where top anglers from England Ireland Scotland and Wales keep us up to date with what is happening in the fishing world.
On Sunday afternoon between 3 pm and 5 pm Sam plays “real Country Music”. He is a member of the International Western Music Association and Pro Cowboy CA. On his Country programme he has had guests such as Lynn Anderson, Marty Stuart, Jessi Coilter, Suzy Boggus plus many more world famous artists.
These shows can now be heard at the above times on MKB Independent Radio.
P.S. Sam is 86 years of age.
His show will be playing music from Ireland and beyond and have interviews
Saturday's 12 Noon to 2pm Sunday's (rp) 1pm to 3pm
Paisley man Bill Black has presented Country music radio shows for 40 years in West Central Scotland. He became the very first Country music radio presenter in Scotland when he began a weekly show on Radio Clyde just after the station went on the air on Hogmanay / New Year 1973 on 261 meters medium wave. Since then Bill has become something of an institution having broadcast on Radio Clyde ‘261’ and 1152 Clyde 2 AM, Saga 105.2 FM and then after Saga was bought by the GMG Radio group and rebranded and launched as 105.2 Smooth Radio.
Bill’s musical knowledge not only spans many years but over these years, Bill has interviewed many Country legends including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins and Billie Jo Spears.
He has won many accolades and awards in this time including the prestigious International Country Music Broadcaster Award from The Country Music Association in Nashville – the home of the genre
produces and presents both ‘John Godfrey’s Troubadour Show’ Thursday’s 8pm- 10 pm and ‘Alt-Country. Ain’t Dead Yet’ Friday’s 7pm-8pm. Originally from Glasgow he is now based in the Scottish Borders. As a child in the 1970’s, he grew up listening to his Dad’s record collection, mainly Country & Western and 50’s Rock n Roll music. It was in the mid-1980s after listening to Bruce Springsteen for the first time that John’s love of music really started. As a fan, he has attended thousand’s of gigs over the years, including 155 Springsteen gigs.
John first got involved with radio in late 2012 when he was invited to sit in with his late great friend Terry Ferdinand on ‘The Folk Show’ on community radio station 105.9 Bishop FM in County Durham. In March of 2013 the station allowed John to host his own show ‘The Troubadour Show’. Later that year the show went online with two stations,
The Penguin Rocks in Belmar, New Jersey and, Blues And Roots Radio in Canada. In March 2017 after 200 shows John decided to end the show having played 4,000 different artists and 5,000 different songs.
In the summer of 2019 and now settled in the Scottish Borders John started the show again, now as ‘John Godfrey’s Troubadour Show’. The show is an eclectic mix of new releases and some old favorites with a distinct Americana sound. John starts every show with an old country music song and ends every show with a track he hopes you will become familiar with. The show has many testimonials, including “It’s like listening to a time warp transistor radio in the ghost of a Route 66 diner – middle America.” Jay Souza, (Patrolled By Radar). California, USA. and by UK Singer-Songwriter Gabriel Brox as “Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes Of Wrath’ set to music.”
In April 2020 John started to produce and present a new show ‘Alt-Country. Ain’t Dead Yet’, which features an hour of new releases and a few classic tracks from that great music genre that John says, ‘Ain’t Dead Yet’, Alternative Country.
You can listen to both shows on MKB Independent Radio.
Emily Anna Dinwiddie
Jeff Hyman "Somewhere in time "
Jeff Hyman Bio
Jeff is a multi-Grammy balloted singer who recently moved to LA from New York. Since arriving he has drawn considerable notice for his talents and is enjoying making new music at this stage of his life.
In 1962 Jeff formed The Gaslight Singers with some fellow folk music lovers that he met in college. This turned out to be an amazing experience for Jeff, Earl Mann, Martha Velez and Alan Alcabes. The Gaslight Singers shared the stage with icons such as Bob Dylan, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Paxton, Glenn Yarbrough, Judy Collins, and so many more iconic artists. Their friends included Mama Cass and John Denver.
In 1964 The Beatles took over the music scene in the US and knocked folk music right out of the box. It was over. It was not until 2009 that Jeff took his guitar out of the closet and began to play again. The occasion was the reunion of The Gaslight Singers, two of whom he had not seen in 45 years.
The reunion was held over a long weekend that August in Toronto, Canada, and was intended to renew treasured relationships and see if the group still had the sound and the vibrancy that carried it to the top of the folk music industry back in the 60’s. In 2012 Jeff decided to become a solo artist due to the difficulty of getting the group together. He struck out on his own to develop his own individual style, with an appetite for more current genres. He performed, and began recording songs for what has become his first solo CD, “Old Dogs New Tricks”. The album, and the track “Let The Mystery Be” were both in contention for a 2018 Grammy.
Jeff Hyman Bio
As a solo artist, Jeff likes to concentrate on making music that is unique to his voice and style. He puts a lot of care into his song choices and tries to do material that he thinks folks will like.
Much of his work, and his history, both video and audio, can be found on his website, www.jeffhymanmusic.com.
Old Dogs New Tricks, has been a considerable success for Jeff. It is available on all major internet music outlets including Amazon, Itunes, and CD Baby. It streams on Pandora, Spotify and Shazam.
Jeff next album, “Pick Yourself Up” was released in July 2019. It includes duets with some amazing Indie singers as well as many of the iconic songs that his fans, and audiences, always love.
Ludo Sterkens (dj Postje) " Its Country Time" (LIVE)
Fri Nights 10pm - 1am UK
From Belgium Ludo has been presenting country music around the world and has his own station as well
Western Swing & Other Things was conceived by Marshal Allen Bailey for a Kansas radio network back in 1989 and has been on the air for over 31 years. It features the latest in Western Swing music and information, plus old Western Swing Classic recordings, some going back nearly 90 years. The program also features old classic Country Music, Big Band, and just things that you will not find anywhere else, all coming from the Marshal’s extensive personal collection.
Ten years ago, the Marshal was joined on the air by his wife, the lovely Cowgirl Janey, and together they broadcast the show from the actual Swinging Gate Ranch, located in central Kansas, USA.
Tom Lambert – The Independent Music Show Monday’s 11.00 pm-12.00 am
Céad Míle Fáilte
(A Hundred Thousand Irish Welcomes)
‘The Independent Music Show’ does exactly what it says on the tin.Plays the Independent Music of artists and writers from All Over The World. ‘The Independent Music Show’ features music from Real Country, Rock, Rhythm & Blues and whatever you the Listener would like to hear. Sure you will hear some Mainstream Music on the show, but you will find it hard to figure out who’s on Big Budget Production and who isn’t….because the Independents are as good and in some cases better, than the Mainstream.
Charles Dewhurst . No Celtic Boundaries.
In early 2000 No Celtic Boundaries was born, from Charles' own love of Celtic folk and traditional music , on Lochbroom FM, in the small fishing village of Ullapool on the West Coast of Scotland before moving to the beautiful Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and, while still broadcasting on Lochbroom FM, joined Isles FM from Stornoway both on FM and the internet.
The show was initially produced by a retired BBC engineer (The late Tony Henk) but it wasn't long before Charles took over all production and presenting with occasional guest presenters joining in from The Hebrides and Belfast. Charles found Tony Henks production, while superb, very restrictive. It wasn't long before Charles had his wrists slapped by OFCOM.
Trying to find a name for the show was the hardest part and a friend in the form of The Late Maartin Allcock (Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention) came up with the name.
It wasn't long before the programme took off to such an extent that the show was broadcasting all around Scotland, Northern Ireland, Europe, the USA and Australia.
At the height of its success No Celtic Boundaries was attracting in excess of 20,000 hits on its old website per day.
Unfortunately the shows success became its downfall as the demand for more and more recorded shows proved impossible to keep up with. This all as well as keeping a full time job going.
It was only with the constant persistence of Mary K Burke that the show is to reborn on MKB Independent Radio.
The show has seen so many esteemed artists appear:
The Celtic Tenors
Cora Smyth (Lord of the Dance)
Deirdre Shannon (Lord of the Dance)
The list goes on.......