EDWIN HAWKINS R.I.P
We are sad to report the passing of gospel singer and choirmaster EDWIN HAWKINS on Monday, January 15, at his home in Pleasanton, Cailfornia, aged 74 years, after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Edwin's music career began in Oakland, Calif., when he formed the Northern California State Choir in 1968, but broke wide open when he recorded 'Oh Happy Day' in 1969 with the choir re-branded as the EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS, and featuring the lead voice of Dorothy Coombs Morrison. The track was lifted from an album on Pavilion Records by the Buddah label and reached the Top 10 of the US Hot 100 and the UK charts. Edwin and his choir released upwards of 20 albums over the next 30 years.
Sweet Rhythms Chart 2017
VALENTINES SOUL CRUISE – FEBRUARY 11 2018 – TICKETS AVAILABLE!
Tickets, priced at just £20.00 each, are available NOW for the 2018 VALENTINES SOUL CRUISE. This will be on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11. 2018, aboard m.v Golden Jubilee, 2.00pm until 7.00pm, sailing from Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN. There will be two floors of music from Solar Radio DJs and food available to buy. Bu now at http://www.solarradio.com/product/valentines-boat-party-sunday-february-11-2018/
SOLAR RADIO LOGO T-SHIRTS – NOW AVAILABLE
We now have available in the Solar Radio online shop a Gildan cotton t-shirt printed with our logo and strap-line, initially in sizes Men's Medium, Large, X-Large, and Ladies Medium and Large, price £15.00 including postage and packing, and available now at http://www.solarradio.com/shop/
Solar Radio DJ Gathering…
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SOLAR RADIO BOAT EVENTS – TICKETING PROCEDURE
With the ever-increasing number of people tuning to Solar Radio, we are happy to welcome new customers to our Soul Cruise events, and it may be timely to advise new folk (and remind valued 'regulars'!) of our ticketing procedures. We do not send out tickets for our river events, either by post or as e-tickets, but we do hold all tickets for collection on the day, just before the event. The buyer will receive an acknowledgement email with booking reference number, generated automatically by our website commerce system via PayPal. The buyer will then later be sent another email, this time from our office address, advising of collection time and boarding information, this involving compulsory security checks before boarding. We hope this helps!
ANDROID APP for SOLAR RADIO and upgraded i-PHONE APP
A reminder that the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app for Android devices is available NOW to download and install FOR FREE from the Google Play Store, featuring choice of 64k or 128k streams, schedule information, contact and social media links, available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SolarRadioAndroid Also available from the Apple Store, is an UPGRADE to the SOLAR RADIO app for i-PHONE.
SOUL CRUISES – Dates for early 2018
Here are dates in the THAMES SOUL CRUISE 2018 diary for the early part of the year-
- Sunday February 11, 2.00pm to 7.00pm
- Sunday March 25, 2.00pm to 7.00pm
- Sunday May 6, 2.00pm to 7.00pm
- Saturday May 26, 7.00pm to 12 midnight.
TWO HOUR TAKE-OVER
THE SOUL SURVIVORS MAGAZINE AWARDS – SOLAR RADIO – SOUL STATION OF THE YEAR
PROUD WINNER OF THE SOUL SURVIVORS MAGAZINE AWARD-
BEST SOUL RADIO STATION
Thanks to the listeners.....who voted for us
Thanks to the DJs ....for playing all the music
Thanks to 'Management' - Keith for keeping us on air, Barbara for keeping the finances in order, Clive for managerial 'plate-spinning', Tony our founder and, most important of all, Thanks to the singers, musicians, songwriters and arrangers for creating such great music over some EIGHT DECADES (1940s to date), and the record companies with the vision to release the records (OK, downloads too!) for us to play to you!
SOLAR RADIO ON DAB
Solar Radio can be heard on DAB in Birmingham, Brighton, in the London area, with the boundary of the North and South Circular Roads, Manchester, and Norwich, all part of the Small Scale DAB trial as promoted by OfCom. If you are new to DAB radio receivers, it is worth noting that the most complete range of available stations will be found by doing a full scan near to a window and in the highest available location in your property.
SOUL CITIZEN – Autobiography of Clive ‘R’
Our Sunday morning 'In Orbit' man, CLIVE R, has written his autobiography - entitled SOUL CITIZEN- relating his memories and experiences over his fifty years as a soul fan, record-collector, music journalist, club and concert-goer, oh, and soul radio DJ!
Following the excellent response to his set on the April Soul Cruise, Clive is now making the book available direct to Solar Radio listeners. Purchase the book HERE
LISTEN TO SOLAR RADIO ON THE MOVE
There are several ways to access SOLAR RADIO on the move, via your Android, IPhone, Tablet or similar device and DAB, the latter to Birmingham, Brighton, London, Manchester & Norwich.
From the Android Play Store, free downloads are available of apps for either Radioplayer UK, TuneIn Radio or Nobex Radio, which you can install on your device in seconds and a quick search will soon reveal SOLAR RADIO, which can then be saved as a 'favourite' or can be 'followed'.
The Nobex Radio app is also suitable for use on an I-Phone, while the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app is also available from the Apple Store.
Your device can usually be linked to a car audio system via Bluetooth for in-car entertainment. Please ensure you have an adequate data package with your provider.
SOLAR RADIO is part new Ofcom initiative of experimental Small-Scale DAB radio for London, within the area bounded by the North and South circular roads and for the city of Norwich.
Please re-scan your DAB receiver.
MERCHANDISE – SOLAR RADIO T-SHIRTS etc
A range of SOLAR RADIO MERCHANDISE including branded clothing, t-shirts, sweatshirts and other items is available Here