JACKIE MOORE R.I.P.
We are sad to report the passing of Jackie Moore on November 8 aged 73 years.
Jackie was born in Jacksonville, Florida born Moore and grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Her desire to sing took her to Philadelphia while still a teenager, where she caught the attention of Bert Berns and was signed to his Shout label. Three singles resulted including "Dear John" and the impassioned "Loser Again" and her growing reputation brought a deal with Atlantic. “Precious Precious” charted, then five further singles including "Time", "Darling Baby" and "Sweet Charlie Babe" but sales fluctuated. Then is was back to Florida, and a further five discs for Kayvette in 1975/77, including "Putting It Down to You" and "Make Me Yours". 1978, and "Personally" was a club and turntable hit on Columbia, where she stayed until 1980, and laster singles followed on Sunnyview, though with modest sales. Jackie had a captivating, gritty R&B voice, and enjoyed several club hits, but never quite managed to impact on the crossover market - clearly their loss!
SOUTHEND SOUL – NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL
Join us to welcome in the new decade at the luxurious PARK INN by RADISSON PALACE, SOUTHEND ON SEA, ESSEX - for special offer on hotel rates, call 01702 455100 and quote 'SOUL NYE NIGHT'. With DJs DENNIS O'BRIEN, NICK ARAVIS, ANDREW ACKERMAN, MIKE GEE & TONY MONSON. Plus live music from the SOUL IMMIGRANTS and ANITA CARMICHAEL
Advance tickets at just £15 HERE
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – EVENTS INTO 2020
Here are the dates for Solar Radio events for the remainder of 2019 and going forward into 2020.. Please note that our boat events during this year have usually sold out within a couple of weeks of going on sale, so do look out on our website and on social media for news stories advising of tickets going on sale - and book early to avoid disappointment!
DATES FOR 2019:
DECEMBER SOUL CRUISE on Sunday December 15 aboard the DIXIE QUEEN, for which all tickets have now been sold.
NEW YEARS EVE PARTY, Tuesday December 31 8.00pm to 2.00am at the Park Inn, Radisson Hotel, SOUTHEND ON SEA!!
DATES FOR 2020: (all cruises run from 2.00pm to 7.00pm)
Sunday February 16 - Valentine's Soul Cruise - Golden Jubilee
Sunday March 29 - March Soul Cruise - Golden Jubilee
Sunday May 3 - May Day Soul Cruise - Golden Flame
Sunday May 24 - Spring Soul Cruise - Golden Jubilee
Sunday June 28- Early Summer Soul Cruise - Golden Jubilee
Sunday August 23 - August Soul Cruise- Golden Jubilee
Sunday September 20 - September Soul Cruise - Golden Jubilee
Sunday October 25 - October Soul Cruise - Golden Jubilee
There will also be land-based events in BRIGHTON and SOUTHEND in the Spring of 2020, dates, venues and times to be confirmed.
DECEMBER SOUL CRUISE – DIXIE QUEEN- SOLD OUT!!
ALL TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD for the December Soul Cruise aboard the DIXIE QUEEN. Waiting List enquiries for possible returns- email to firstname.lastname@example.org This will be on SUNDAY DECEMBER 15 from 1.00pm until 6.00pm, sailing from Tower Millennium Pier, London EC3MN 4DT with two floors of music, Solar Radio DJs DENNIS O'BRIEN, TONY MAC, GARY SPENCE, COLLINS & MASON, CLIVE R, COLIN HUGHES and TONY MONSON plus star guest P.A.s from NATASHA WATTS & LUKAS SETTO
With food available to purchase and the chance to see Tower Bridge open and close for our journey.
LISA I’ANSON RETURNS TO THE AIRWAVES!
We are delighted to welcome LISA I'ANSON to Solar Radio. Join her every Wednesday evening from 6.00 -8.00 pm live from Los Angeles. Expect to hear classic soul songs and a selection of 21st century soul too.
Lisa started her career at London's KISS FM then moved to television with MTV EUROPE and went on to present the RADIO 1 lunchtime show from 1995 - 1999.
SOLAR SOUL CD – AVAILABLE NOW!!
Available NOW- our SOLAR SOUL CD, a collection of 15 tracks by singers and groups who have featured on SOLAR RADIO in the past couple of years, and including some exclusive mixes. The CD is in digi-pack format with 4-page gatefold sleeve and full colour 8-page booklet. Full track listing is above. The price for mail-order is £12.50 including postage and packing, and orders can be placed now HERE
SOLAR RADIO WINS BEST SOUL INTERNET/DAB STATION AWARD
A huge THANK YOU to all of our LOYAL LISTENERS for once again voting SOLAR RADIO as the BEST SOUL INTERNET/DAB RADIO STATION 2018 at the SOUL SURVIVORS AWARDS ceremony.
SOLAR RADIO BROADCASTING PLATFORMS
Solar Radio is available to listeners on a range of streaming platforms including our free branded apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices, and similarly with smart speakers such as Echo Dot and Google now available from web dealers and electrical retailers, plus Internet Radios. Solar Radio is also readily available via other apps including TuneIn Radio and RadioplayerUK, and directly from our website at www.solarradio.com.
Solar Radio has also been involved in the path-finding small-scale DAB experiment, and is currently available on DAB+ in the Inner London area (within the North and South Circular Roads), Birmingham, Brighton and Norwich.
LES ADAMS SOLAR RADIO TRIBUTE FUND.
Following the funeral of LES ADAMS on Tuesday September 24, please note that, by agreement with his partner Jackie Davis and Paul Bennett of Soul Against Cancer, donations to the Les Adams Solar Radio Tribute Fund may be made to Soul Against Cancer at this link- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/karenbennett208
LAILANI & MAVERICK LIFE FUND
On New Years Day 2019 the daughter of Solar Radio DJ Ash Selector, Ashley Grundy, sadly passed away, aged just 28 years, leaving her two beautiful children Lailani & Maverick behind.
Nobody can replace the unconditional love of a Mother, the most important person in a child's life.
A page has been set up to raise funds for their future care and give them some much needed stability.
Please donate if you can: LAILANI & MAVERICK LIFE FUND
SOLAR RADIO EVENTS – TICKETING PROCEDURE
With the ever-increasing number of people tuning to Solar Radio, we are happy to welcome new customers to our events including the ever-popular Soul Cruises, and it may be timely to advise new folk (and remind valued 'regulars'!) of our ticketing procedures. TICKETS ARE SOLD ON A 'FIRM SALE' BASIS. There is no automatic refund for cancellations unless we have published a 'Buy Back' message - any returns will be offered to any Waiting List customers for re-sale. 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. After the initial acknowledgement, the buyer will later be sent another email, advising of collection time and boarding information. We hope this helps!
SOLAR RADIO ON ECHO DOT
SOLAR RADIO now has a dedicated SKILL app on the ECHO DOT device to enable easy access.
Listening to Solar Radio on an Amazon Dot or Echo and Google Home device:
AMAZON DOT / ECHO: If you have an Amazon Dot or Echo (or any other Amazon smart speaker device) you can listen to Solar Radio by enabling the Solar Radio Alexa Skill. All you have to do is say “Alexa, Launch Solar Radio”. You may need to repeat the sentence a couple of times before it responds but once enabled you can simply say “Alexa, Play Solar Radio” to play the station. You can also enable the Skill via the Amazon store HERE.
GOOGLE HOME: For Google Home simply say “Okay Google, Play Solar Radio”. You may need to add “… on TuneIn” at the end if it fails to respond
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.
Solar Radio DJ Gathering…
Beer & Banter - Check out the Video:
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, 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 & 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.