If you’re like me (or old like me) you’ll have fond memories of the music landscape circa 1980, tuning in to the BBC’s legendary John Peel show at 10pm every week night to catch the latest undiscovered punk, post-punk, reggae, world beat and other treasures from a radio maverick intent on providing a service other official radio outlets would or could not deliver. So there I was last year, some 40 years later, in the fragmented media landscape borne of the internet revolution that promised so much access and opportunity, looking for avenues to promote my own noisy wares in the shape of the re-formed Folk Devils “Forever” EP, a band who enjoyed a fair amount of support from Mr. Peel back in the day, but whose cachet was unknown to the new generation of gatekeepers at BBC Radio, Radio X, and the commercial media behemoths that seem to control mainstream UK radio listening in the modern era. Outside of a spin on Gideon Coe’s excellent 6Music show (if you’re lucky!), what possible channels could there be for our music 33 years after the last 12” single release in 1987? Armed with a fistful of determination and final notices from the pressing plant, I decided to do a deep dive down the post-punk/alternative rock internet rabbit hole and gradually pieced together a rather amazing network of weekly radio shows who specialize in new or unsigned bands and whose submission policy was suitably open enough to allow for the chance of a spin here and there, a mention on social media, and maybe a sale or two on Bandcamp. It seemed that these ‘fanzines of the airwaves’ had either taken to internet radio channels or their local community radio station, Mixcloud, Soundcloud and other podcast platforms, to carve out their own versions of the Peel show, clearly with nowhere near the same audience, but each dedicating their time, energy and curating skills to promoting local bands, under the radar talents, cool new discoveries or just personal favorites you wouldn’t hear anywhere else.

I decided to delve deeper for this article and ask each programmer a little more about their background and motivation for putting their shows on the air. So here’s a purely subjective list, by no means exhaustive, of my favourite weekly shows that deserve your attention; they who share a passion for post-punk and alternative music (two threadbare descriptors these days but hey! I’m no music journalist, invent your own). So lend your support to a growing community of homespun new music shows, follow them on social media, make a point to dial in every week, listen back to their Mixcloud sets, and if you’re in a band or managing one feel free to submit your music for consideration. My advice – be concise and to the point, don’t try to over-explain who you are, offer a streaming preview link on Soundcloud, YouTube or similar, include a download link to a high-quality MP3 (properly tagged with artwork and metadata) and be prepared for rejection or silence, because there are no guarantees ever given the volume of new music they receive, but all are open enough to the chance of discovering something amazing and worth sharing. Dry Cleaning today, Wet Leg tomorrow. We all have to start somewhere.

Neil Lomax (Dorset)

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Name of show?
Teenage Kicks
How is it transmitted?
We broadcast live on Forest FM 92.3 locally and everywhere online at www.forestfm.co.uk/radioplayer/console

When do you air?
Every Monday at 10pm and previous shows are available to listen to on demand at https://www.mixcloud.com/neillomax73/

When did your show start?
In March 2013, so nearly nine years.
What was your motivation? 
I became increasingly tired with the ‘play it safe’ conformity that some of the so-called alternative mainstream stations playlists had become and decided to stop complaining and start doing something myself. As Jello Biafra said…”Don’t hate the media, become the media”.
How would you describe your music mix?
A heady mixture of punk, post-punk, new wave, indie and alternatives including B-sides, album tracks, radio sessions, demos, obscure short lived acts as well as old and new bands, obscure and household names.
Favourite current tune?
The Lounge Society – Caine’s Heresy
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
Joe Strummer (and how I wish he was still around to interview)
How do you prefer people to contact you?
Via my show’s official Facebook page or Twitter

F: https://www.facebook.com/tkforestfm

T: https://twitter.com/neilmlomax

Laura Beth (Manchester) 

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Name of show?
Laura Beth’s Mixtape Show
How is it transmitted?
Online on Reclaimed Radio www.reclaimedradio.com

When do you air?
Every Wednesday at 8pm it then repeats on the following Tuesday at 9pm and then goes onto Mixcloud the day after that at https://www.mixcloud.com/ReclaimedRadio/

When did your show start?
I started this particular show a year ago, but I have done other similar shows on other stations as well as continuing to work for more mainstream stations since 2014.
What was your motivation?
I am a huge advocate for the local music scene and unsigned and upcoming bands and artists from around the world. Other shows I work on and have worked on in the past either don’t feature new music at all or they’re a combination of established artists and upcoming artists. I always wanted to do a show that solely focuses on lesser known and often unsigned artists because I believe they need a bigger platform. I also wanted to do a show that people know they can listen to and discover something new every single time. That’s where Laura Beth’s Mixtape Show steps in as it’s exclusively new music from new artists around the world!
How would you describe your music mix?
I have a very varied and eclectic taste in music and although I do have a soft spot for indie and rock they’re not the only genres I play. As long as the music is new, created by an upcoming artist and sounds great then you’ll hear it on my show. I’ll play everything from hip hop to metal, dance to jazz and everything in between. If I think it’s good then it’s going in the show!
Favourite current tune?
That’s a very difficult question and it’s hard to pick just one so I’ll say a band that I think are smashing it at the moment and that’s The Shed Project. They embody the Madchester, indie, Brit pop spirit of the 90s and every single tune they create is so different to the last one whilst still firmly being an indie, Brit pop classic. One minute they sound like The Stone Roses, the next minute they sound like Cast and the next minute they’re recording a song that features MC Tunes. Their latest release is ‘A Day In The Dam’ and it’s brilliant!
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
I’m definitely going away from my upcoming artist remit here, but I am a massive Morrissey fan and I would do almost anything to even wave at him for 2 seconds let alone interview him. I’m sure he would never do an interview with little old me, but I live in hope.
How do you prefer people to contact you? 
People can send their tracks to my email laurastarrdust@gmail.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/LauraBethReal

T: https://twitter.com/LauraBethReal

Eddie Carter (Newcastle)

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Name of show?
Attention Please
How is it transmitted?
It’s broadcast on Nova Radio North East. If you are lucky enough to live in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne/Gateshead area, you will be able to tune in on 102.5FM, also online at www.novaradio.co.uk and can also be streamed via Tune-In, Alexi and other devices.
When do you air?
Every Monday at 6pm until 8pm. There is a playback page on the station website, Nova Radio – Attention Please Playback.  I do have a mixcloud page that I update all too irregularly, the joys of being a one-man show and it is something I need to update. This is available at Eddie Carter Radio Show. 

When did your show start?
Attention Please started on Nova Radio in February 2015 on NE1FM, born out of the ashes of another program called Alternation which I presented there until March 2019.  After leaving NE1 FM, I presented Across the Pond which aired on the previously mentioned Flytrap Radio from May 2019 until November 2019 and started at Nova also around May 2019 doing cover slots and a shifting schedule until I got a permanent slot in October that year.
What was your motivation?
It originally started when I was a guest on Alternation, as I used to write for a blog called All the Time I Was Listening to My Own Wall of Sound (I do love a pretentious title) and was presenting the blogs album of the year for 2013. When the show ended, the presenters said the soon to be regretted words “you can come back any time”. So, after a while, I became the third presenter. We were then joined by Jay Smith, who I would go on to form Attention Please with after Alternation ended. The main motivation throughout all these projects, from the blog or all the shows I’ve been on, is to share music with an audience. I’m always in awe of musicians and music has always been my go-to fix to cheer me up, help my mood and I get stupidly excited about new bands all the time.
How would you describe your music mix?
Eclectic, I think that is the best way to say it. I’ve always had a philosophy that to place any show I create into just one category is not something I could do. So, whilst Attention Please is predominantly an alternative rock show, I will play any and every other type of music. I’ve played electronica, drone, jazz, French art-punk, Tibetan throat music, Latin dance hall, ’80s synth, grindcore, Elton John, Frank Zappa, Billie Eilish, Napalm Death and everything in between. Music, at least for me, is too big to just listen to one genre. 

Favourite current tune?
I’m going to be slightly awkward and name three. The first one is a single called “Circles” by Stoner Rock legends Dunes, a Newcastle based act who have been on Attention Please a few times and never fails to make me smile. Next is a track called “We Are the Virus” by Post-Punk synth master William Denton Wilde, a stunning condemnation of the current political status in the UK, but in fashionable high heels and with massive bass noise. The final one by Leon II from Houston, Texas, the track is called “Rumours of Water” from the album ‘Antlers in Velvet’.  It is a beautiful piece of Prog-Rock that I have been playing once a week since hearing the album in March 2021. All three of these songs are in the mix for my top song of the year, all of them are top draw tracks.
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
I would love to interview Ben Folds, one of my favourite musicians who has charmed my soul. Alternatively, and for non-music reasons, I would interview Neil Gaiman about his works.
How do you prefer people to contact you?
Email – iisfoley1@gmail.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/APATP1976

T: https://twitter.com/APNova1976

Mark McNally (Cumbernauld)

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Name of show?
Postcards From The Underground
How is it transmitted?
We broadcast on Cumbernauld FM, 106.8FM coverage across central belt in Scotland and online www.cumbernauldfm.com

When do you air?
The show airs every Sunday at 8pm on Cumbernauld FM and uploaded to Mixcloud at www.mixcloud.com/pftu

When did your show start?
The show aired for the first time in April 2018
What was your motivation?
Being able to share music from artists that you aren’t necessarily hearing on mainstream radio all the time. I feel ‘Postcards From the Underground’ has created a good space for sharing emerging and current artists across a variety of genres. Initially it all started with answering an ad on Facebook from the station looking for presenters on a sort of spur of the moment whim, it’s not something that I’d considered before but CFM came back and offered up a slot so there was a slight moment of panic. I decided to then enlist the help of my friend Gary who co-presented with me up until recently but sadly left the show a few months back. At the start we thought we would be playing music from our own collections but after a couple of months the number of submissions and quality of music we were receiving meant we could focus fully on new releases. I’m constantly left blown away by the amount of music being put out, and the thrill of finding something you love just makes you want to share it with as many people you can which ‘Postcards From The Underground’ allows.
How would you describe your music mix?
Each week it’s a fresh playlist made up of new releases which keeps it interesting and varied, PFTU has always run on the mantra of “if we like it, we’ll play it” and it’s served the show well since the beginning, if that means folk, indie, alternative, post-punk, electronica whatever, so be it.
Favourite current tune?
Current favourites are from Mumble Tide, Daisy Coburn, Man Of Minch who has just released a wonderful album ‘The Tide Is At The Turning’ through the excellent Olive Grove Records/Bothy Society, I picked up a copy of the Hadda Be album ‘Another Life’ recently from Last Night From Glasgow which has been on heavy repeat and Blanketman’s EP ‘National Trust’ has been getting a good few spins of late.
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
Simon Raymonde came on the show earlier this year to discuss the ‘Lost Horizons’ album and Bella Union which was a real thrill and definite high point, next to Simon I would love to get Jeff Barrett of Heavenly Recordings on for a chat about the label.
How do you prefer people to contact you?
Submissions can be made to postcardsftu@icloud.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/postcardsfromtheunderground

T: https://twitter.com/PostcardsFTU

Stuart McHugh (Linlithgow)

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Name of show?
is this music?
How is it transmitted?
Internet only, live at www.regalradio.net

When do you air?
Thursdays from 4pm, repeated on Sundays at 10pm, and archived at www.mixcloud.com/isthismusic

When did your show start?
This incarnation started in 2018 but is this music? shows have been on various stations for 20 years or so, at Radiomagnetic, and Sub City before that as well as on various RSLs from pretty much before the internet was a thing – some of them can be found in the archive if you keep scrolling…
What was your motivation?
Probably the same as everyone else, I was hearing some great music and believed that other people should hear it as well. The show also serves a second purpose, as an addition to the website at isthismusic.com – we get in thousands of releases for potential review and could never hope to cover even a fraction of them, but the ones we really like can at least give some exposure on the show. There’s also something of a Scottish bias to the programming, though that’s just governed by the music I get sent, so if it’s good enough… (I also run a Scottish indie music website, www.jockrock.org which was the basis for the first radio shows I did.)
How would you describe your music mix?
I’d say indie or alternative (those are our Mixcloud tags!) but I’ll chuck in anything that I like, so it can encompass reggae, electronic or ambient, folk, hip hop…
Favourite current tune?
Emma Pollock and Pippa Murphy “Monochrome”
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
John Robb ;-) We don’t do interviews all that often, though during lockdown we had a load of (remotely-recorded) live sessions, occasionally with chat, so that would have to be a condition of coming on. I’d chat to Boards of Canada though, find out what the heck is going on with them, and have them do a live session (unplugged, obviously).
How do you prefer people to contact you?
editor@isthismusic.com Though a reply is never guaranteed!

F: https://www.facebook.com/isthismusic/

T: https://twitter.com/stuartmchugh

Kath E. (Lancs)

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Name of show?
The Alternative Frequencies Rock Show
How is it transmitted?
104.8FM to the Leyland Area (Lancashire) and online at https://radioleyland.co.uk

When do you air?
The show airs 7-9PM on Wednesday evening, then repeated 9-11pm on Sunday evening. It is uploaded to Mixcloud shortly after broadcast. Here’s a link to the latest show https://www.mixcloud.com/Leyland_Festival_Radio/the-alternative-frequencies-rock-show-with-kat-e-11th-august-2021/

When did your show start?
February 2020
What was your motivation?
To share the music I love and to discover more, and to give a platform to new and upcoming or lesser known artists.
How would you describe your music mix?
Although the show leans more towards indie rock in a broad sense, the music played is quite diverse, and I also play quite a lot of electro, acoustic and some folk.
Favourite current tune?
There are way too many great bands and artists around at the moment to narrow it down, but I’ve really been enjoying the latest releases by The Battery Farm and The Skinner Brothers.
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
I think Alfie Enzo from Walt’s Frozen Head would make for a great interview.
How do you prefer people to contact you?
I can be contacted by email on alternativefrequencies@virginmedia.com 

F: https://www.facebook.com/alternativefrequenciesrockshow 

T: https://twitter.com/alt_frequencies 

Kevin Mann (Essex) 

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Name of show?
UK Independent
How is it transmitted?
Via various Internet Radio outlets
When do you air?
KrystalRadio Station – www.krystalradio.net – Friday at 3pm
Sword Radio UK –  www.swordradiouk.com – Thursday at 9pm
Warm Radio – http://warmradiouk.wixsite.com/tunein – Sunday 12 am
Pop Radio UK – www.popradiouk.co.uk – Monday 8pm , Tuesday 8pm and Wednesday 8pm
Bunka Radio (Columbia) – https://www.bunkaradio.com – Monday 1am
Charlie Mason Radio (USA) –  www.charliemasonradio.com – Tuesday 10pm
Also on Mixcloud for later listening https://www.mixcloud.com/kevin-mann3
When did your show start?
16 July, 2017
What was your motivation?
Music and radio have been a big part of my life and I’ve wanted to be a professional radio broadcaster all my life and work for professional radio stations like Radio Essex. I have always had a kinship for new and independent artists, as like myself they are trying to break into a very difficult and competitive industry that can be cutthroat and competitive at all times. Its satisfying and rewarding to know you have helped someone progress in their career. Getting them heard by new people and watching them slowly succeed. I have always enjoyed doing my radio show. I had a 6-month break after The Spread ended its 5-year run due to unforeseen circumstances. So I decided to start again once I got back from a holiday in Greece as a way to help amazing talent that sound like they should be in the mainstream charts. I’m lucky enough that the International music reputation that The Spread had followed me when I started UK Independent.
How would you describe your music mix?
Eclectic mix of Independent artists, bands and genres that’s focused on the UK but with an international flavour.
Favourite current tune?
Katie Ellie “Lionheart”
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
Naked Lunch. Tony Mayo is a nice guy with a very interesting story spanning all the way back to the 80s, he would be fascinating to talk to.
How do you prefer people to contact you?
Via email ukindieshow@gmail.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/UKIndie 

T: https://twitter.com/ukindieshow

The Shend (Brighton)

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Name of show? 
The Spinning Man
How is it transmitted?
Via Totally Radio https://www.totallyradio.com/shows/the-spinning-man and Slack City https://www.slackcity.org.uk/ (On DAB ‘real radio’ Tuesday and Sunday)
When do you air?
Tuesday 1pm and Sunday 7pm https://www.slackcity.org.uk/ All 11 years of weekly shows archived at https://www.totallyradio.com/shows/the-spinning-man

When did your show start?
February 2010
What was your motivation?
John Peel show. Meant everything to me as a teenager discovering new sounds and that’s what the Spinning Man is about. Instead of being old, lying on the sofa watching Cake Boss and moaning that there is no good new music I trawl Bandcamp late at night and end up in Peru at 4am listening to some strange gypsy metal band. I then play them the next week on the radio, mention their Bandcamp link and they sell a few copies to a worldwide audience, and they are happy. It’s what Peel would have wanted.
How would you describe your music mix?
All over the shop as it should be. Old, new, weird, tunes from all over the world that people should be aware of. If they excite me then hopefully they’ll excite others. Also many youngsters have never heard Henry Cow so I put that right too.
Favourite current tune?
Anything by Arxx or Human Leather
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
I don’t want to interview anyone as it’s about playing music and people talking is boring unless it’s me and I talk on the show loads. If I had to choose anyone – Fidel Castro and George Best.
How do you prefer people to contact you? 
spinningman@totallyradio.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/spinningmanradio 

T: https://twitter.com/The_Shend

Neil March (London) 

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Name of Show
Trust The Doc Radio
How is it transmitted?
The show goes out on https://exilefm.com and the station is hosted by RadioKing.
3. When do you air?
The show goes out on Saturday from 5pm to 7pm UK Time and is then available by podcast for 7 days on www.exilefm.com/podcasts/trust-the-doc-radio-47

3. When did your show start? 
The show went live on 18th January 2020, and it has grown unbelievably quickly to now having consistently over 700 listeners per week (live and podcast) with a lovely supportive grassroots music community who keep me on my toes throughout!
4. What was your motivation?
I had always wanted to have a radio show and Ming & Jon (of Project Blackbird) who run Exile FM had been trying to get me on the station for a while. I promised them that, if I got Arts Council funding for my activities (I promote two regular monthly gigs, 2 small festivals, moderate & write for Fresh on the Net as part of Tom Robinson’s team, publish a monthly blog etc.), I would be prepared to take on presenting a weekly radio show. I have had that since late 2019. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. The station needed a show that focused on new and emerging music artists and that is my area thanks to the blog, Fresh on the Net www.freshonthenet.co.uk and my live promoting. Also, when I have time, I am a composer and artist who played the BBC Introducing stage at Latitude in 2017. And I co-run the Grassroots Music Network (with Sue Oreszczyn and Pete Cogle) https://grassrootsmusicnetwork.org which gives lots of free advice and resources to people involved in independent music.
5. How would you describe your music mix?
Music-wise the show is very eclectic. The commitment I give the Arts Council is 50% of content being by new and emerging artists. About 35% is current tracks by more established ones (by which I mean BBC  6 Music-type acts mainly) and a few classics linked to regular features on the show which has two polls and a brain teaser. Probably there is more [broadly] Alternative Pop and Indie stuff than other styles simply because I get more submissions of that kind, but I play a lot of Electronic Music, Grime and Hip Hop, Ambient and Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Singer Songwriters, R’n’B, a bit of contemporary classical (which is my main area as a composer and artist).
6. Favourite current tune?
My single of 2021 so far is “Old Ways” by Bleach Lab. I was thrilled that it started as a Fresh on the Net submission that made it into our faves and next thing I knew it was A-Listed by BBC 6 Music. I love Arlo Parks’ & Laura Mvula’s new albums, and I loved The Staves album that came out earlier in the year. 

7. If you could interview one guest who would it be?
Hmmm. Probably Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. Or Stevie Wonder.
8. How do you prefer people to contact you?
I have a submissions email account: dptmusicdigital@gmail.com It is easiest if people use that so there is less chance of their stuff getting missed. Just one track ideally. If I really like an artist then maybe I will listen to a whole album but, when Fresh on the Net is open (which it will be again in September), I have to moderate 200 tracks in addition to all the stuff I’m receiving from pluggers, labels and artists so there are only so many minutes in the day! 

F: https://www.facebook.com/TrustTheDoc 

T: https://twitter.com/TrustTheDocUK

Simon Edwards (Stoke-on-Trent)

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Name of show?
Loose Canon
How is it transmitted?
Via Internet radio
When do you air?
The show is broadcast live on internet station 6 Towns Radio, Monday night 9-11pm UK time http://6towns.co.uk/ and is also broadcast on:
Radio Wigwam (Saturday 9pm and the following Tuesday 3pm) https://www.radiowigwam.co.uk/
Fasching Web Radio, Quebec (Tuesday 10:30 pm UK time) http://faschingwebradio.e-monsite.com/
Radio Lantau, Hong Kong (Wednesday 11am UK time) https://radiolantau.com/ 

All my shows are archived on my Soundcloud page – https://soundcloud.com/simon-edwards-6

When did your show start?
2011
What was your motivation?
I have always been interested in seeking out cool new music, for my own purposes, but so many friends said I should do a radio show to share my finds with the world. I had also presented the breakfast show on another station for several years, so already knew how everything worked.
How would you describe your music mix?
All new post-punk, punk, no wave, noise rock, shoegaze, cold wave, experimental, with two opening-oldies to kick the show off.
Favourite current tune?
It’s difficult to pick just one current favourite track, as there is so much banging music out there at the moment, but The Wind-Ups “Too Many Bibles” (from the current album ‘Try Not To Think’) has to be a contender.
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
Thurston Moore
How do you prefer people to contact you?
The best way for people to contact me is to email bigsiloosecanon@gmail.com – I love receiving unexpected submissions!

F: https://www.facebook.com/LooseCanonOn6TownsRadio 

T: https://twitter.com/SimonEdwardsxyz

Dermot Defaoite (West Yorkshire) 

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Name of show? 

Where’s Me Jumper Dermot (on Indie Rock)

There Is No Connection Available (on Recycle Radio)

How is it transmitted? 

Indie Rocks at www.indierocks.co.uk

Recycle Radio at www.recycleradio.co.uk
When do you air?

‘Where’s Me Jumper Dermot’ – first airs on Monday nights 8-10pm – and then Tuesday morning 3-5 am and Wednesday afternoon 1-3pm

‘There Is No Connection Available’ – first airs on Saturday Nights 8-9 pm – and then repeated 8-9pm until the following Friday

Both shows are added to my Mixcloud straight after first broadcast https://www.mixcloud.com/Defaoite_D/
When did your show start?

I started with Recycle Radio at the start of the first lockdown in 2020 and the Indie Rocks show soon after that. Previous to this my ‘DJ’ experience would have parties for friends and ‘mixtapes/CD’s‘ back in the day.
What was your motivation? 

I have always been inspired by music but had gone through a phase where I had drifted away from music. In 2019 I started to listen to some of the emerging bands from Ireland and the U.K and the Fontaines D.C. debut album ‘Dogrel’ dragged me back into my love of great music.

How would you describe your music mix? 

Indie Rocks – ‘Where’s Me Jumper Dermot’ – this is a 2 hour show which has developed a bit since I started. The first hour always features a healthy selection of new Irish music – and there is so much good stuff out there I have a real challenge to get it down to 14 or 15 tracks in that hour. I also play lots of new UK Indie/Post-Punk etc although I am never bound by genres – If I like it, I play it. I am also revisiting lots of Irish/UK punk/post punk too like Zounds, Paranoid Visions, Crass, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Bogshed. The second hour is called ‘They say I live in the past’ – The title is taken from a song by the brilliant band Sons of Southern Ulster. If a guest joins me for a chat, the premise is that they select 8 songs, and we talk all things music. So far, I’ve managed to chat with loads of fascinating guests including the brilliantly talented Keeley, producer Gordon Raphael, Cathal Coughlan, Stano, drummer Chris Joyce, Karla from Sprints, Naoise Roo, Marc from Slyrydes and loads more.

Recycle Radio – ‘There Is No Connection Available’ – I describe this as a mixture of ‘new, old, Indie and beyond. We don’t have set playlists on the station so that freedom allows me to go from Pottery to Johnny Cash. Given the name of the show and the fact that ‘Dogrel’ was the motivation I needed I always include a Fontaines D.C track on this show. So roll on album number 3 lads!

Favourite current tune?

Very difficult to narrow that down – there is so much great music around – but at the time of this interview I would say it “Throw It All Away” by The Clockworks. But I also love Turnstiles, Slyrydes and English Teacher.

If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
I am still humbled by the fact that so many of those I want to interview have already agreed to be interviewed for my Indie Rocks Show – but I do still have a list! One guest I would love to chat to would be Pixies frontman Frank Black.
How do you prefer people to contact you? 

Via email at defaoitemusic@aol.com I do my best to listen to what gets sent – there is loads and presenting is not yet my full-time job– remember If I don’t play what you send it does not mean it is not good! It just means that I haven’t got to it or it’s just not for me.

F: https://www.facebook.com/dermot.defaoite 

T: https://twitter.com/DEFAOITE_D 

Phil Crowder (Kent)

IT’S JUST THE SAME OLD SHOW? Guest writer Nick Clift delves into the growing network of independent radio shows catering to post-punk, alternative music and unsigned artists in the UK.

 

 

 

 

Name of show?
End Of The Week Show
How is it transmitted?
92.2 Sheppey FM & on internet at https://sheppeyfm.org.uk
When do you air?
Sunday Nights 6pm to 10pm. Then on Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/phil-c-sheppey-fm/
When did your show start?
About 6 years ago
What was your motivation?
Wanted to play music that you don’t normally hear on the radio and to promote local talent from Kent.
How would you describe your music mix?
Indie, Alternative & Electronic
Favourite current tune?
“Beach Cleaners” by The Happy Somethings
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
No one springs to mind
How do you prefer people to contact you? 

Email is fine at PhilCSheppeyfmpresenter@mail.com However I have more music sent to me than I could ever hope to play on my show, would however love to hear from more Kent bands.

F: https://www.facebook.com/EndoftheWeekShow 

T: https://twitter.com/Phil_Sheppey_FM 

Paul Golder (Essex)

IT’S JUST THE SAME OLD SHOW? Guest writer Nick Clift delves into the growing network of independent radio shows catering to post-punk, alternative music and unsigned artists in the UK.

 

 

 

 

Name of show?
Resurrection
How is it transmitted?
We’re live on Phoenix FM – 98.0FM in Essex and also online at https://www.phoenixfm.com/listen-live

When do you air?
Every Friday evening from 8pm-10pm.  The show is also podcasted each week at https://www.phoenixfm.com/category/resurrection/

When did your show start?
I actually started broadcasting in 1995 on a small community radio station in Essex called Mayflower FM – when that station folded I formed Phoenix FM in 1996, and I’ve been broadcasting ever since.
What was your motivation?
I was heavily involved with fundraising for Mayflower FM but was frustrated because the programme controllers wouldn’t touch independent or alternative music. This was at a time when guitar bands were dominating the charts and it was crazy to hear them tell the presenters they shouldn’t be playing Blur or Oasis because no one really liked them! I formed Phoenix FM because I wanted the music to reflect what was popular – although I still wanted a couple of hours a week to indulge my own particular music tastes too.
How would you describe your music mix?
For me, the 1990s is by far the best decade in music – my own musical taste reflects most of the NME covers from that time – The Charlatans, Carter USM, Pop Will Eat Itself, Blur, Salad, Pulp, Sleeper, My Life Story – all great bands who know how to write a great tune.
Favourite current tune?
Loving “Jump In” from the Darling Buds, available on R*E*P*E*A*T Records’ X-Ray Flex compilation – and still can’t stop playing “Contender” from Fightmilk, every single track an earworm.
If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
Kate Bush
How do you prefer people to contact you?
Twitter is probably best as I’m on it far more than I should be – I’m at @resurrection_98

F: https://www.facebook.com/resurrectionradioshow 

T: https://twitter.com/resurrection_98

Nigel Carr (Manchester) 

Name of show?
The Louder Than War Show with Nigel Carr

How is it transmitted?
Via Radio Alty https://www.radioalty.co.uk

When do you air?
Wednesdays 9-11 pm with a second chance on Sunday 10-12 midnight, then uploaded to https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioAlty/

When did your show start?
April 29, 2020

What was your motivation?
To bring a John Peel type show to the airwaves championing new music but also reaching back into the past to make sense of it all! We also feature bands we write about on https://louderthanwar.com

How would you describe your music mix?
An eclectic mix of new punk, post-punk & psyche releases, mixed with a selection of echoes from the past

Favourite current tune?
Too many to mention but Loose Articles “Kick Like A Girl”

If you could interview one guest, who would it be?
Iggy Pop
How do you prefer people to contact you?
Via email nigel@louderthanwar.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/nigeljcarr 

T: https://twitter.com/NigelCarrUK 










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Nick Clift is the guitarist/manager of post-punk survivors Folk Devils. He also runs a boutique label and marketing services company called Definitive Gaze from his home in New Jersey and consults for up and coming London indie label Dimple Discs. Facebook: @definitivegazemusic Twitter: @definitivegaze1

4 COMMENTS

  1. How brilliant – fabulous range of shows with really information grabbing questions. I shall delve and listen. A next time how about looking at shows on Resonance FM? http://www.resonancefm.com My show on there is probably outside your music search, but has new music every week, mostly African in The Outerglobe , but there are several others you would like.

  2. Thanks Debbie, there are dozens of amazing internet music stations that could warrant their own article. I was just focusing on specific shows. Maybe something for the future? Cheers, Nick

  3. Hi Nick,
    As an unsigned artist myself this is a fantastic piece of reference material. I will be sharing it with my fellow artist friends through my socials for sure. Many thanks

  4. Thanks for this fantastic piece of work Nick and for including my Trust The Doc Radio Show in the list. What a great resource this article is for artists and those supporting them.

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