It’s been quite a while since I used this site but hope to get back in to it now.
I am looking for some feedback, comments, etc on an idea I have had for a radio show. Below is the initial post I wrote about my idea on Facebook and there is also a link to the pilot show on Mixcloud. I would love to hear what you think
HELP, SUPPORT & ADVICE NEEDED
Please bear with me as this could be a long message.
I already make 2 radio shows (Blues and Country) each week but have come up with another idea for a project to start in 2017 and need your help, support and advice to get it off the ground. The inspiration for this new show has come from 3 sources:
1 – Listening to Bruce Springsteen on Desert Island Discs and hearing how music had helped shape him and helped him to deal with mental illness
2 – My Mother-in-law, Enid, is in her 90’s and is getting more and more confused and possibly has the onset of Alzheimers and I was wondering if listening to music she heard and liked through her life could help to settle her. She used to listen to the radio a lot but does not bother anymore
3 – As part of my Blues show I came across an amazing lady called Kaz Hawkins who released an album, Feelin’ Good, earlier this year and it contains a track, This Is Me, that i really connected with and I feel is very uplifting and thought it would be a great theme tune for a show like this.
The concept of the show could be seen as a mix between Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and the Our Tune slot that used to appear on Radio 1 and it gets listeners to write a little bit about themselves (life stories, milestones, family, etc) and pick 5 tracks that bring back special memories for them and write a little about each one. Then I would ask them to pick a favourite book, film/tv/radio show, food or drink and place that brings back memories to them and write a little about them.
The reason I ask them to write these things down is so that they can take time over the answers and discuss with friends and family and family can also write their thoughts and memories down. The more detail that is given the more it will make the show more interesting.
I will do the first show and will ask Enid if she would be interested in doing the second one and then it will be open to everyone to send me their choice of tracks and stories. Looking for people from everyday life and would be great to get some celebs involved too. I would love to do this with musicians such as Charlie Landsborough or Kaz Hawkins, broadcasters such as Dave Raven, Barry Marshall-everitt or Diane Herring, sportsmen such as Andy Gregory or Alex Ferguson and others such as Richard Branson or Alan Sugar.
The show will initially just go out on Mixcloud and will initially be a weekly show but if there is a lot of interest more shows will be made. It would be great if some hospital radio stations aired the show and who knows maybe the BBC would be interested (ha ha – dream on).
I would love to hear your thoughts, comments and suggestions about whether this show would work. Depending on the feedback I will look at making a page for the show along with contact e-mail address etc. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading 🙂