THE BOATS ARE BACK…!
We are delighted to advise that, following the announcement by H M Government of the relaxing of lockdown restrictions on Monday July 19, Solar Radio Soul Cruises will resume with not one but TWO events in August!
The first boat will be on Sunday August 8, the Golden Flame, sailing from Temple Pier at 2.00pm and returning at 7.00pm with two floors of music and a passenger capacity of 240.
The second boat will be on Sunday August 22nd on the Golden Jubilee, sailing from Temple Pier at 2.00pm and returning at 7.00pm with two floors of music and a passenger capacity of 240.
Ticket price will, as usual, be £20.00 each, available from the Solar website and customers will be required to be responsible for their own health and wellbeing. Hand sanitizers will be provided on board the boats, but you are asked to take all reasonable precautions with your own health, including an awareness of responsibility toward fellow customers, and if you feel unwell with any of the published Covid-19 symptoms in the days before the event, you are advised not to attend. In compliance with published guidelines, you may be asked to show your proof of vaccination ( (double or single or exemption) or negative lateral flow test on collecting tickets and all of your party on boarding. All necessary steps will be taken to safeguard customers.
MORE SOLAR SOUL -19 TRACK CD NOW AVAILABLE
NOW AVAILABLE - "MORE SOLAR SOUL" - 19 (yes 19) track CD containing tracks featured on Solar Radio in recent times - price for mail-order to the UK is just £13.50. For track listing visit the webstore . Mailing costs outside the UK will differ, and could be subject to customs fees (email firstname.lastname@example.org for overseas quote). UK order from our webstore HERE
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!
PLAYLISTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
With so many presenters playing new music, and with the present inability of singers and musicians to earn income from indoor shows and gigs, they are even more dependent on revenue from sales of downloads, CDs and merchandise. DJs are usually careful to announce names of performers, but if you happen to miss this information, there is usually a podcast available with a playlist, these posted usually on the DJ's social media account and/or on the Solar Radio Group Page on Facebook.
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.
SOLAR RADIO – SOUL TOP 500 CHART
At the end of 2019, TONY MONSON asked all connected with SOLAR RADIO, including DJs, listeners, artists and all friends of the station to submit their ALL TIME TOP 10 favourite tracks and albums. Contributors totalled some 500 people, from whose suggestions the TOP 500 chart was compiled.
The first 100 can be seen here-Top 500 # 1 to # 100
The next hundred, 101 to 200 - ...the next 100, # 101 - #200
Positions 201 to 300 are here-..third segment, #201 - #300
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 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.