SOLAR RADIO SAYS – “THANK YOU!”
SOLAR RADIO would like to say not a big but a HUGE "Thank You!" to our listeners and customers.
We don't often 'blow our own trumpet' (not many around these days with synthesised brass!) but we reckon we have good cause to do so right now, with news of our listening stats and event ticket sales.
Taking the latter first, the December Soul Cruise tickets were put on sale on Wednesday afternoon, September 14, and 240 sold by 6.00pm on Friday 16th! A quick decision was taken to increase capacity by moving to a different vessel and pier, confirmed on Monday 19th. In the seven days that followed, almost all tickets have been sold for the SIX HUNDRED capacity DIXIE QUEEN! Thank you for your amazing support, this at a time when both our September and October cruises were sold out more than a month in advance!
Listening figures? We can tell you that to the end of August, listeners have increased by 30% year-on-year, and listening hours show an 18% increase year-on-year. To extend that a little further, while the total audience might drop during off-peak hours, early morning and late evening, those who tune to the specialist shows broadcast remain loyal to those shows for the duration of airtime, with longer pro-rata listening hours and notable station loyalty.
So, to repeat those words... "THANK YOU"...for supporting SOLAR RADIO
R.I.P. KASHIF and BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO
We are sad to report that Kashif (Kashif Saleem) was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment on Sunday, aged 56 years. He was born Michael Jones on December 26 1959, and was a founder member of BT Express, then adopted the Islam faith and turned his attention to urban music with use of the synthesiser. He signed with Arista Records and scored with several hit albums and singles through the 1980s with resultant Grammy nominations.
We are also sad to report the death of zydeco music star Buckwheat Zydeco on Sunday at his Louisiana home aged 68 years, following a long battle with lung cancer. Born Stanley Dural, he began his music career playing accordion in the Clifton Chenier band, then signed with Island Records in 1987, playing a London show that year supporting Eric Clapton, and was with Alligator Records through the past decade.
DECEMBER SOUL CRUISE – TICKETS SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST.
Tickets are now SOLD OUT for the December Soul Cruise. The date- SUNDAY DECEMBER 11, two large decks of music from Solar Radio DJs aboard m.v DIXIE QUEEN, sailing from Tower Pier (Tower Hill tube), 1pm to 6pm the price - just £20.00 each. If you wish to go on the Waiting List for possible returns or cancellations, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, December Waiting List as the subject, with your contact details and number of tickets required, and we will contact you if any become available.
OCTOBER ‘BONUS BOAT’ – SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST.
All Tickets HAVE BEEN SOLD, price £20.00 each, for the October 'Bonus Boat' on Sunday October 30, 2.00pm to 7.00pm from Temple Pier on the Victoria Embankment Two floors (decks!) of music, soul, funk and club classics, from Solar Radio DJs, with food available to purchase. Please note that all tickets are sold on a 'firm sale' basis. If you wish to go on the WAITING LIST for possible returns, email email@example.com with your contact details and how many tickets you need and we will advise if any become available.
SOUL ON THE TYNE
Coming soon - more news, details and ticket information for a SOLAR RADIO event in NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. Watch this space!
SOUL CRUISES – 2017
As tickets go on sale for the final Boat Party of 2016, plans for next year are already well in hand, and we will shortly publish the full calendar of events in the SOUL CRUISE 2017 diary.
SOLAR RADIO ON DAB
A reminder that Solar Radio can now be heard on DAB in the London area, with the boundary of the North and South Circular Roads, Manchester, Birmingham 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
SOUL CRUISE DATES FOR 2016
We are pleased to advise that Soul Cruise 'Boat Parties' are scheduled for the following dates:
September 25, 2016 14:00 – 19:00
October 30, 2016 14:00 – 19:00
December 11, 2016 14:00 – 19:00
TWO HOUR TAKE-OVER
Each Friday at 6.00pm brings the LES ADAMS request show "The Two Hour Takeover"
In which you, the listeners, select the entire playlist via Les' posting on FACEBOOK.
Tune in to Solar Radio to hear the listeners selection at 18:00 BST.
LISTEN TO SOLAR RADIO ON THE MOVE – DAB In London & Norwich
There are several ways to access SOLAR RADIO on the move, via your Android, IPhone, Tablet or similar device and DAB
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.