Wednesday, 2 September 2015

ROCK ALONG ON YOUR AIR GUITAR!!!

Roadie Rocks with Colin Price

Guitar Legends - Part 2

Friday, 4th September, 8pm




This Friday 4th September ROADIE ROCKS brings you our GUITAR LEGENDS SPECIAL (PART 2). Colin Price and guest presenter Martin Barron bring you another slice of prime classic rock, featuring Rainbow, Muse, Marillion, Led Zeppelin and many more.

Tune in at 8pm. All listeners will receive a FREE Air Guitar!


You can still catch last week's show over at our archive 



STAY TUNED TO Secklow Sounds, Community Radio for Milton Keynes

Diary of a Presenter (3)


Dave and Gill at work - supported by Mike
  • Mistakes 1
  • Salvageable mistakes - also 1
  • Nerves 1...billion




Today's training was a 30 minute pilot...and overall...   

The content is there, the personalities are there - and with a little refining - WATCH OUT OCTOBER - the Lifestyle:MK team are on their way!!

Lesson 1: Planning a radio show is heavily constrained by timing and an understanding of what the audience wants to hear.  (This is where Mike, Secklow Sounds' CEO and presenter of "Sweet Inspiration" really knows his stuff).  The first thing we learned was not to try and pack too much into each segment because it's important to give you, our lovely listeners, time to digest - while today's show was "lively" - it was verging at times on the radio equivalent of "candy jar in abundance".  

We know now to give a little more time to pause for breath!
Lesson 2: Not all files are created equal... I made the rookie error of thinking an mp4 file was an mp3!!  Argh...cue dead air - literally!!  Thanks to Mike and Dave (Lifestyle:MK's Producer/Sound Engineer) we managed to re-group while live...and clean up the edit which will go up on Mixcloud!!
Lesson 3: There is a point of no return... There is a point towards the end of the show where the timing needs to be set up for the next presenter - and it's MUCH easier to do this when you are in control of the time...rather than using a recorded vox pop!!!  
...but, to those who tuned in - THANK YOU, and actually, we are really happy for a first run.  Dave has decided he will call himself "Man Man" for his "Man Cave" segment...it'll never catch on ;)   Gill and I now know what films we're going to watch and what to try (for FREE!!!) on our next nights in and out with the girls.  Thanks to Ashley we can all make the PERFECT hot chocolate - and we even had a live tweet from Alex - so - high fives all round ;) !!
We're going to do it all again next week - after all, practice makes perfect - and we want to be perfect for you!

...So do join us next Tuesday at 8.30pm when we'll discussing the "First Time for Everything"!!
Meanwhile - you can catch today's pilot on our Mixcloud or Spreaker !



Lifestyle MK begins on Saturday October 3rd, 12noon - 2pm on Secklow Sounds, Community Radio for Milton Keynes - live the moment with us!

@secklowsounds
@draudreyt



Saturday, 29 August 2015

TALK BACK w/c Aug 30, 2015

Every Sunday we'll update you on the special shows on Secklow Sounds.

You can get in touch:
T: secklowsounds
E: radio@secklowsounds.org
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w/c 30th Aug, 2015

This week's playlist 'specials' on Secklow Sounds...

Monday Aug 31st, 10am

"THE STICKS with Terry Sullivan" featuring Richard Ashdown


Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show is Richard Ashdown is a full time darts MC/referee, spotter, statistician and events organiser. Affectionately known as "Little Richard", he is now one of the "big" personalities on the professional scene.Regular master of ceremonies to darts legend Bobby George since 2002, Richard certainly couldn't have asked for better training! He has now worked along side all of todays top household names such as Phil Taylor, Martin Adams, Raymond van Barneveld, Eric Bristow, Michael van Gerwen, Tony O'Shea, Wayne Mardle, Andy Fordham and Trina Gulliver on the exhibition circuit.






The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays, repeated Thursdays at noon at   
Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.

Contact Terry  with requests, dedications, shout-outs etc. 
Twitter: @thesticks9 
Email: thesticks@secklowsounds.org



Tuesday Sept 1st, 8.30pm

"Lifestyle:MK"  - Sneak Preview pilot

BRAND NEW SHOW!!  
Lifestyle:MK will be starting on Saturday October 3rd from 12noon - 2pm.  The Lifestyle:MK Team led by Audrey, Gill and Dave will bring you tips and tricks, discussion and debate, fun and features for your health and well-being.  The team are broadcasting a 30 minute live pilot show on Secklow Sounds next Tuesday (Sept 1st) from 8.30 - 9pm. Presenters Audrey and Gill are going to have a "Girls' Night In" (but not to worry, Producer Dave and "How To" expert Ashley will be bringing up the rear with a couple of manly bits...that really could have been phrased better...)
So - we're asking you to complete this sentence "The best thing about a night in/out with the girls is..." 

@secklowsounds 
@draudreyt

...and TUNE IN

Check out our fb page here


Tuesday Sept 1st, 10pm

"Soundtracks with Tony Carty"  - The Gifts From Ron


A particularly knowledgeable and generous American has sent Tony treasures of film music recordings each Christmas for many years. This show presents the presents.  It includes some great classic film scores including music by two incredibly talented film composers – and, typical of things related to film music, they are largely unknown.  Hugo Friedhofer was one of Hollywood’s most gifted orchestrators and composers – and Alfred Newman – well, all Tony asks is how can one person gain FORTY FIVE Oscar nominations and WIN NINE OSCARS and still be generally unknown!???

Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Thurs 3pm, Sunday midnight and Mon 11am catch it on "mixcloud" too!


Soundtrack's upcoming shows are:
8 Sep:  NEW RELEASES – a selection of new CD releases of film music.
15 Sep: VERSIONS – film music in interesting versions.

...and we'll be keeping you posted.


Friday Sept 4th, 8am

"Pop and Rock Legends with Bob and Mike" - Bob's rockin' solo


This Friday and next, Mike Barry will be taking a well-earned break ... leaving Bob to man the desk! 
Bob promises to play a selection of his favourite music ... with far less chat than normal ... so look out ... there may be a few surprises in store!




Friday Sept 4th, 8pm

SPECIAL EVENT - Terry "The Sticks" Sullivan is compering a Charity Show at THE STABLES THEATRE

The band on stage are local group The Misfitz and the charities are Willen Hospice and The Brain Tumour charity.

Tickets are only £15 so put on your dancing shoes and come along!


Check out the event HERE









"Rewind" - in case you missed it...

Mondays 10am

"THE STICKS with Terry Sullivan" - Cliff is still Golden

On Last Monday's "The Sticks" show, Terry played Cliff Richard's new single, "Golden".  Cliff, who is soon to celebrate his 75 birthday with a special eight venue tour said in an interview with the Huffington Post that his song is a tribute to his fans.  

The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays, repeated Thursdays at noon.

Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.

Contact Terry  with requests, dedications, shout-outs etc. 
Twitter: @thesticks9 
Email: thesticks@secklowsounds.org


Wednesdays 7pm

"Harry & Edna on the Wireless" - featuring Miss Sarah Jane


Harry & Edna on the Wireless were chuffed to be joined by 1940s vocalist, musician and serving member of our armed forces, Miss Sarah Birch.


When the Band of the RAF Regiment celebrated the 70th anniversary of its formation the band ‘Sky Blue’ featuring Miss Sarah Jane was created.


On the show Sarah talked about ‘SkyBlue’ the newly formed small ensemble within The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.


The group perform the music of the 1940’s and included in their repertoire are many hits by the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and even a few wartime sing alongs!
The groups members are SAC Sarah Birch (vocals and clarinet), Flight Sergeant Steve McGuiness (Piano) SAC Andy Taylor (Double Bass) and Chief Technician Ian Harding (Drums).
Harry & Edna were pleased for SAC Sarah Birch to broadcast some of the groups repertoire on Secklow Sounds and also spoke about RAF Music services.


Just check out our "Listen to Past Shows" button!


Harry & Edna Vintage Sweethearts
www.harryandedna.co.uk

Hedna's the Vintage Nightclub




Thursdays 10pm

"Groovelounge - with Andrew Ackerman" - Philly Soul Special
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
If you missed Andrew Ackerman playing two hours of the finest soul music to come from Philadelphia, USA.  Including tracks from THE O JAYS, TEDDY PENDERGRASS, PHYLLIS HYMAN and HAROLD MELVIN, his podcasts available for listen and download right here.









Fridays 8am

"POP & ROCK LEGENDS - With Bob and Mike" -  Pop & Rock Legends turns 'Pirate'

Listeners that tuned in to last Friday's (28 August) 'Pop & Rock Legends' may have been surprised when they heard an unfamiliar jingle when the show began at 8.00AM. Instead of opening in their normal way by playing the programme's familiar jingle, the duo of Mike Barry and Bob Bluffield aired a lively 1 minute 35 seconds promo from 'Wonderful Radio London' dating back to the mid-1960s.


"When I researched and wrote the show" Bob explained ... "I wanted to try and bring a feel to the audio that was as close as we could get in a live programme to the original sounds played by the offshore radio stations that sprung up in international waters around the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and Holland. This meant searching around for the most appropriate jingles to compliment the commentary. In some cases these dated back to the 1920s and '30s when radio was still in its infancy. In addition I located the then familiar jingles from several of the 1960s offshore stations that, together with some chart hits of the time, were specific to the story we told on air".

But, although the tightly timed show was transmitted for the entire two-hour slot of 'Pop & Rock Legends'  ... it only really scratched the surface of events (some of them bizarre) that occurred mainly between 1960 and 1970. "There is still a great deal to tell and I am already working on a second part that will deal with the period from the 1970s to present day and there will be a good  deal more about the Radio Caroline revival from 1970 to 1980 and beyond".

For those that missed the show ... please check our schedule for details of when the programme will be repeated. It will also be available 'on demand' HERE and on the show's own Facebook page



Stay tuned to Secklow Sounds, Community Radio for Milton Keynes

@secklowsounds

radio@secklowsounds.org

Thursday, 27 August 2015

A thoroughbred line up at The Stables

FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER - THE STABLES THEATRE WAVENDON


Secklow Sounds' very own Terry Sullivan - host of THE STICKS (Mondays 10am, repeat Thursdays 12 noon) will be compering a charity show on Friday 4th September at The Stables:

Stockwell Lane, 
Wavendon, 
Milton Keynes, 
Buckinghamshire 
MK17 8LU
01908 280800

The band on stage are local group The Misfitz who perform covers from the 60's up to today.  The show is in memory of the band's founder, Mr Charles Francis, and the charities supported are Willen Hospice and The Brain Tumour charity.

We would love to see you there. 

Tickets are only £15, so grab your dancing shoes and come along.  

Book here

...AND as a little treat - here's a SNEAK PREVIEW of the future guests on The Sticks shows:

Brian Poole of the Tremaloes
Les McKeown of Them Bay City Rollers
Elio Pace
Billy Mitchell of Lindesfarne
UB40
Tom Robinson
Bernie Marsen


Tune into Secklow Sounds - Community Radio for Milton Keynes

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

It may be raining outside, but it's SKY BLUE on the wireless

Weds 7pm, repeated Friday 4pm

Harry & Edna on the Wireless were chuffed to be joined by 1940s vocalist, musician and serving member of our armed forces, Miss Sarah Birch.

When the Band of the RAF Regiment celebrated the 70th anniversary of its formation the band ‘Sky Blue’ featuring Miss Sarah Jane was created.

On the show Sarah talked about ‘SkyBlue’ the newly formed small ensemble within The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.

The group perform the music of the 1940’s and included in their repertoire are many hits by the Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and even a few wartime sing alongs!

The groups members are SAC Sarah Birch (vocals and clarinet), Flight Sergeant Steve McGuiness (Piano) SAC Andy Taylor (Double Bass) and Chief Technician Ian Harding (Drums).

Harry & Edna were pleased for SAC Sarah Birch to broadcast some of the groups repertoire on Secklow Sounds and also spoke about RAF Music services.

Fly with Harry & Edna - and Sarah Jane here


Harry & Edna Vintage Sweethearts
www.harryandedna.co.uk

Hedna's the Vintage Nightclub

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Diary of a Presenter (2)

    Dave - our Producer/Sound Engineer at work

  • "Life hacks" learned - to help a swift start to the broadcast - 3
  • Playlist songs thought of when put on the spot - 1 (...if you're really lucky!)
  • Minutes overtime for a 1-minute trial "chat" slot - 4



It was day 2 of training for the Lifestyle:MK team with Secklow Sounds' technical chief, Mick Bannister (Mick also hosts "Plane Talking" which repeats tonight (Tuesday) at 11pm!...check him out here)

Dave got straight in with checking mic levels - and concluded that "excitable girls get gradually louder", as Gill and I were given a short "live chat" section in order to practice cueing.  

The most important element of the session was the speed at which the "turnaround" needs to happen.  Every show is cued right up to the second because presenters change over on the hour, and the next show needs to be ready to start so that you, our lovely listeners, can be sure you've got the right station.  This means each show team being aware of little things like the (silent) doorbell to allow the next show in, and making sure that our own show is structured to give as much time at the start and end to settle - while maintaining impact and interest for our audience. Not only that, but every show retains the Secklow Sounds identity on the hour (otherwise poor Mick has to do a lot of editing prior to sending out a recorded programme!)

Mick gave us a number of little pointers for an efficient start - I won't give away all his secrets, but suffice to say "drag and drop" of a singular structure is the way to go...so planning ahead is the key.  

We also recorded our promo - backed by a fantastic original jingle written specially for Lifestyle:MK by the marvelous Simon Gargrave - for more about Simon, click HERE .  He's created a lovely, jazzy sound - perfect for easy listening and Saturday chat!

Next week we are going to have a go at a mini show - so if you fancy tuning in, please do at 8.30pm on Tuesday September 1st when Gill and I will be having a "Girls' Night In"...but gents, don't despair because Dave will be there with a "Man Cave" section.

...and of course we took a few cheeky camera pics:

Audrey and Gill get down to some girl talk

30 minute "Girls' Night in with Lifestyle:MK" Tuesday Sept 1st 8.30pm


Lifestyle MK begins on Saturday October 3rd, 12noon - 2pm on Secklow Sounds, Community Radio for Milton Keynes - live the moment with us!

@secklowsounds
@draudreyt

Monday, 24 August 2015

Kick start your week

Here's our wellbeing idea for the week ahead.






This suggestion comes from Personal Trainer, Robb Henderson and if you like what you see, he reviews other classes on his blog or you can follow him on Twitter

For everyone trying to select a new fitness class - here are his tips on the differences between Pilates and Yoga:

PILATES OVERVIEW

Class Type: Strength & Flexibility

Duration: 60 mins
Average Calorie Burn: 200-300
Complexity/Difficulty: 6 to 9 out of 10
Class Size: 10-30 (varies depending on type/location)

Areas Worked: Whole Body
Equipment: None. Classes which use equipment such as stability balls etc they are provided – you may want to take your own mat. Wear loose clothing.
Music: Soothing & relaxing


A lot of people ask me what the difference is between Pilates & Yoga as at first glance they can appear very similar. Both classes have a focus on flexibility, strength, balance, posture and breathing techniques based on controlled movements and stretches but there are some differences:
Being rooted in meditative practices, Yoga has a more spiritual side that is often included within the class such as chanting and aligning your chakras. Pilates does not have this and has a more anatomical approach to body alignment
Pilates classes tend to be around 60 minutes, whereas Yoga class will usually last 75-90 minutes. Yoga concentrates more towards holding static poses for a number of breaths. Pilates is a little more dynamic in terms of movement.

As a newbie deciding between them – it’s best to give them both a try and see which you like best!

Pilates has a number of variations within it’s scope but the two main variations are either “mat based” or “Reformer”.
Mat based Pilates can either be “pure” – using various body weighted exercises and stretches or equipment such as bands, blocks or a stability ball and class sizes can vary between 10-30 people.
Reformer Pilates is a much smaller class – 5-10 people, due to the larger apparatus used as the exercises are performed on a specialist board that adds additional challenges and resistance to the routine. Finding a “Reformer” class can be harder to find due to the equipment size.


Pilates focuses on “6 principles” – Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision and Concentration and so emphasises quality over quantity. As such, instead of doing large number of repetitions by completing each exercise fully with precision, you can gain better results.

One of the best things about Pilates is that it works well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it as much as seniors and people at various stages of physical rehabilitation.

If you’re looking to start Pilates it is well worth calling in advance to see what type of class it is and whether any equipment is used so that you can make a decision if it would be the right class for you – depending on your level of experience and comfort in using items such as a stability ball.

Needless to say in ALL classes the instructor will provide variations throughout the routine to cover beginners to advanced levels – so don’t worry too much about it, but if you do have or previously had a recent injury – let the instructor know before the start of the class so they can give you specific advice.

Looking for a class close to home?

For Pilates: 
http://www.starlightpilates.com/
http://www.pats-pilates.co.uk/

For Yoga:
http://yogalily.com/classes/
http://www.whitespacestudio.co.uk/