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Richard Searling on Solar Radio

Richard Searling

Richard Searling presents “Soul Sauce” – relive the glorious sound of Northern Soul in a “Cellar Full of Soul” from 4pm then at 5pm some of the finest collectable soul performances from all eras in “Rare…..and well done”.

4pm – 5pm: A Cellar Full Of Soul – I will be retracing the glory years of Northern Soul, recounting experiences from some of the legendary venues such as the Wigan Casino, The Manchester Ritz , the 100 Club and the Twisted Wheel, as well as all that’s making the scene so vibrant to this day. A fast moving, uplifting blend of the very best 60s rare soul that makes Northern Soul a worldwide phenomenon, and has inspired a feature film to be released later this year.
5pm – 6pm: Rare and Well Done – We switch the mood to a deeper selection of my favourite all time soul tracks in an hour called ‘Rare and well done’. Expect the unexpected, a heady mix of esoteric soul sides from any era ñ as long as they are top quality soul, they will be featured in this hour.

Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?

The melodies, the sincerity and the relevance of the lyrics, together with the fine vocals and polished productions – it’s the music of life, I still relate to the songs as much as I ever did”.

Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?

David Porter – Can’t see you when I want to (1970 version) on Stax
The Whispers – Will you be mine” on Janus
Otis Clay – You hurt me for the last time on Atlantic
Linda Jones – I can’t make it alone on Urbo
Willie Roundtree – Another world on Chelsea
(These change every week by the way!)

Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?

Philadelphia International
Tamla Motown

Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?

The Dells
The Impressions
Chapter 8
The Controllers
The 5th Dimension

Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

The Pendulum (Manchester)
The Highland Room (Blackpool Mecca)
The Casino (Wigan)

Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

Soul Sauce has previously aired on Radio Hallam (Sheffield) 1980-85
Red Rose Radio ( Lancashire) 1983 -1989
Sunset Radio ( Manchester) 1989-1993
Jazz FM / Smooth Radio ( North West 1995 – 2009 )

Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?

They have to meet a required very high standard and of course, sound great on air.

Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

For the immense diversity of great soul music that’s on offer from the informed team of presenters.

Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?

Mike Raven (first soul DJ I heard )
Tony Blackburn (a champion of our music)
Andy Peebles (the consumate professional)
Kev Roberts (the best-connected guy I know with some great stories to tell)

Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

As somebody they could connect with and in whom they could trust to bring them a consistently high calibre soul programme.

Q11. What do you do to relax?

Watching good movies and the occasional TV opus such as “Mad Men”, taking a stroll in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, but most of all losing myself in the music as I present a programme.