Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Starpoint Radio The Soul Music Alternative

Starpoint Radio The Real Alternative has a new all the way LIVE weekday schedule from Monday to Thursday starting in the morning with Kevin O'Brien (Tuesday to Thursdays) The Morning Soulcial runs from 9-11 am and one of the popular features is Kevin's cheesy wotsit with such classics as ... No, we'll let you tune in to discover just how Cheesy they are! You can hear the best of the new releases along with some forgotten classics on this well-produced morning show.

Gary Van den Bussche making a welcome return to radio with his Disco Soul Gold show, the show broadcasts Monday to Thursday live from 11am to 1pm (UK Time) playing the best in new releases, classics, newly mixed re-edits, edits, and mixes.  Gary who also runs a succesful radio promotions company and the DSG record label with songwriter-producer Nigel Lowis help many artists and groups receive the fame they rightly deserve.  Nigel Lowis provides a feature called Diggin' For Gold where he digs deep into the DSG crates and uncovers a classic that was ahead of its time, other features include Tune Of The Unexpected which a mix or a track recorded by an artist that you would not think would have recorded it, plus Birthday's and light entertainment news.

Gary Van den Bussche is celebrating 40 years in the industry from Baker St Records, First Bell Chart Hyper, his own  Empire Distribute, Wizz records, Chunky Cheese Records, DSG record label, to djing at Johnny Gold's celebrate hot spot Tramp to organising his own nightly club nights for over 28 years.   

  The Soulmaster Steve Aggasild is live from Aberdeen with his SOULANDJAZZFLAVAS shows Monday to Friday from 1-3 pm (UK Time) offering a great mix of Smooth Jazz, current new releases, classics and a quiet storm feature showing us romance is not dead.  

Steve's radio career started on Northsound Radio in Aberdeen which went on air in July 1981 as the local ILR station for the North East of Scotland, The station was groundbreaking at the time for Aberdeen to have it’s very own radio station. Steve played the music he loved including Smokey Robinson, Randy Crawford, Pieces Of A Dream, The O’Jays, Earl Klugh & Joe Sample to name a few.   In excess of 1,000 shows presented, with approx.over 25,000 songs played, approx. 4,000 hours on air, all on ONE RADIO STATION, PRESENTED by the same person & proudly becoming the UK’s longest-running soul music programme for these very same reasons.  And here we are in 2018, doing full-time radio, from the grey town of Aberdeen in the North East Of Scotland.

Steve King is one of the Kings Of Starpoint broadcasting Monday to Friday afternoon from 3-5 PM Monday to Thursday with his Soulful Sounds show. Steve plays sought after and classic soul from the 80's, 90's and brings it bang up to date with always the best in new quality Soul. 

King's love of the slow jam can be heard in a special Wednesday evening Windown Soul sessions from 9-11pm and if you are not quite ready for bed, Steve does an extended hour from 11pm - midnight with The Soulful mix.

Starpoint Radio was first founded over twenty years ago in 1985 as an alternative music station for London and the Home Counties.
Originally broadcasting once a week on Sundays, demand quickly prompted the addition of an entire weekend broadcast and Starpoint Radio soon earned the reputation of being a quality radio station with presenters whose musical knowledge and presentation skills were second to none!
Starpoint Radio, therefore, became known as THE REAL ALTERNATIVE. Over the next three years Starpoint Radio attempted to broadcast seven days a week, but as an unlicensed station, this proved difficult within the rules and regulations of the DTI. In December 1988 it was decided to pursue alternative avenues of broadcasting and Starpoint's final show as an unlicensed station was from infamous Crazy Larry's on the Kings Road in Chelsea.starpoint_radio_good_old_days
In June 1991, Starpoint Radio applied for and received one of the first restricted broadcast licenses for a period of twenty-one days and the first show came from the unlikely venue of Windsor Safari Park, covering Windsor, Slough, Maidenhead, and most of Surrey and South London! The following three weeks were a rip-roaring success with the station being able to adhere to its long-held principles of quality music and quality presenters without bowing to the pressures of commercialism. The success of the Windsor broadcasts led to Starpoint Radio being approached by Alex Lowes of the Southport Weekenders to broadcast from the legendary event.
This resulted in Starpoint's management joining forces with another former unlicensed London radio station and the two merged into a satellite-based radio station. With Starpoint's connections, this radio station became the official broadcaster for the Southport weekenders until the BBC's 1- Xtra took over in - now here's a problem, the old mind's gone blank. Does anybody out there remember when 1 Xtra took over? Perhaps you could let us know so we can put this archive right.
In February 2005, management decided to part ways and Starpoint Radio was reborn.starpoint_radio_antenna_1985
As "The Real Alternative" Starpoint Radio is now 'the' station for quality music and quality presenting! Now broadcasting on DAB and 24 hours on the internet, Starpoint Radio continues to grow each month proving that it is possible to run a quality soul based music station.

Starpoint radio is the home to The Official UK Soul Chart which updates with a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm (UK Time) and repeated Monday's from 5-7pm. The UK Soul chart is the most accurate survey with its chart being compiled from DJ's returns of plays and sales of the week. The chart is then shared to around 70 other radio stations and then published on the Starpoint Radio website the following Thursday or latest Friday. The chart can also be seen in Blues & Soul Magazine.   

Starpoint Radio live events include Bol Soul which is a yearly event in Croatia that is now in its fourth year of success you can party with the DJ's and artists for a week in luxury with mighty fine music and sun. 
(Carl Barrington Webster owner of Starpoint Radio pictured with Bolsoul partner Ian Dewhirst)

 Bolsoul 4 runs from  September 29th - 6th October 2018  and is Just £399 for 7 nights!
4 The Price includes: 1 x Luxury Room (sleeps 2-3 people per room) Half-board Catering (full Breakfast and evening meal) Transfers from the Airport to the resort and back. Wristband for all events on the Blue Sun complex. You can Secure now with a deposit of just £100

Other DJ's to listen to on the Radio Station bringing their class and style to the airwaves include  Nigel Fox, Chris Box, Joey Coyne, Barry Bee, Paul Goldsmith, Bob Jeffries, Brett Costello, Dubzy, Marcus Bee, Hugh Williams, Elle P, Paul Andre, Mike Prior, DJ Jai, Paul Garland, Bob Hill, Phil Levene, Cliff James, Ed Weller, Kevin Oxbury, Nigel Lowis,andy Lothian, Soulful House producer Richard Ernshaw, Paul Andre, Steve Collins, Chris 'The Shirt' Elliot, Paul Stuart, Mike Stephens,Paul Mac & Mark Merry.



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