These are the stations from the 80's & 90's where some of the chocolate radio presenters came from. It was fun in them days and we did not have the technology that we've got today. click the picture for more....
Back in the 80's when vinyl was the key product for DJs and consumers, now its CD's and MP3's down load, the changing in technologies are driving change in the music industry
The Legend DJ Froggy, the full story on how he started off to what he done to the music industry and how he help shape it to what the soul scene is today. Click the picture
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The Story of Soul Music Radio in the U.K
Back in the late 60's there was a thriving underground soul scene
in the UK, but only one show a week on BBC Radio One
Around 1970 a group of enthusiastic soul fans set up a pirate station in London called Radio Invicta, broadcasting for just three hours on a Sunday. Despite the problems it faced across the decade, the station became more and more popular with its dedicated approach to the music. The weekly mailbag became huge. Tony Johns (pictured here from that period) was Invicta's founder, and it is largely down to him that the eventual soul radio explosion in the 80's occurred.
Radio Invicta eventually ceased broadcasting in 1984, but not before the next batch of stations came along....
In 1981 a station called JFM took to the pirate airwaves,
initially broadcasting through the whole of Sundays, and
sometimes into Monday mornings. Brian Anthony was the
station's founder, and the DJ's included such legendary
names as Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Barrie Stone, Dave
Collins, Marc Damon, Steve Jackson, Lynn Parsons, Terry
Davis, Clive Richardson (aka Clive R.), Jim Colvin and
Froggy. The station fast became a must for any serious
soul, funk and jazz fan - and was probably best
remembered for its thoroughly professional approach -
many people thinking that it was a legal station! JFM
concentrated largely on upfront new music, and many a
huge crossover song started life on one or more of its
shows. JFM eventually broadcast 24 hours a day towards
the end of its life, but was finally forced off the air
Then in 1998, things began to move: An opportunity arose for the
group to lease airtime from the classic rock satellite
station EKR. On October 1st 1998 we launched as Solar FM
- broadcasting Soul, Funk and Jazz across Europe from
10PM to 6AM nightly on a sub-carrier of Challenge TV.
The response was very encouraging, and had it been
possible, we would have continued the service.
Unfortunately EKR suffered financial difficulties, and
in January 1999 were forced to discontinue broadcasting;
since we were sharing the same studio facilities and
sub-carrier, Solar likewise had to go off the air.