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This is the Red Kite Radio blog, a diary of our achievements and events we've been involved in.
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On Saturday the Red Kite Radio team descended on the ASM Stadium, home of Thame United FC for the match against Aylesbury. Station director Chris Long,assisted by Saturday afternoon presenter Steve Fox, sports reporter Peter Dawes, Howard Bond, Melv Warner and Peter Gerhardi were on hand to witness a superb display of football by the lads in a 4:1 victory which keeps Thame United's hopes of a play-off alive.

Listeners were kept posted on progress in the match and there was also an interview with a member of the Under 14 squad who played their match before the main event. Our grateful thanks to Jake Collinge, Carl Catling and the staff at Thame United for their hospitality on what was also a special sponsors' day at the ground."

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Well did you wonder what was going on on Monday 1st April between 7 and 10am? Did you hear strange sounds coming from your wireless? 

Well it was all a bit of fun, when Red Kite Radio made a tribute to Wonderful Radio London, a Pirate radio station from the 1960's and one that helped give rise to the sound of pop radio we all loved back then. Many of today's "Old Hands" began their lives on Pirate Radio, and our little Pirate breakfast show took to the airwaves. Here's Steve Fox, the programme presenter to tell how it all began.

This started as a simple email exchange between Howard and myself on what we could do for April Fool’s Day…… and then Chris jumped in with an idea. “Why don’t we recreate a pirate radio station from the sixties?”

So first we got agreement from the directors to have a bit of fun.

I was up for it not realising how much work goes into creating a brand new show for a one-off. It’s tremendous.

First you have to alter the show clock – obviously radio stations in the sixties were completely different – so our normal timings went by the board.

Then Chris had loads of work to do changing the clock (show layout), sourcing the 1960’s jingles (yes that’s what we called them), checking that Radio London were happy for us to use their copyright material. He then had to ‘manufacture’ new versions of our standard news, weather, sport and travel to include the BIG L branding but also keep our sponsors happy.

At the same time I was sourcing the tracks we were going to use – I had to make sure that none of them had a release date after April 1 1967 (The last year of the pirate radio stations) and also get a copy of the charts that Radio London used that week in 1967 to add to the authenticity.

We knew we needed to tighten the show as much as we could and ideally we would have done it live from HGC so that we could be fading tracks in and out as we used to do in the good old days and unfortunately this isn’t really possible with SPL remote and so in some places we had to trick the system by making the ramps a lot shorter than normal to ensure that I was talking over as much music as possible.
In terms of links, I averaged 12 per hour which compared to the normal 4 we do on a standard show keeps you on your toes. The biggest problem here was that my mind kept me wanting to say You’re listening to the Red Kite Breakfast here on – it’s amazing how quickly that gets ingrained!
So we had the tracks, we had the ‘jingles’. We decided we wanted to do a phone call – which was Chas’s baby – he scripted it – recorded his bits and then I added mine – we then spent the next couple of hours passing that across the internet so that we could polish that – but it was well worth it.
I then had to place the tracks into the correct spaces in the clock so that Chris could then come back and place the ‘jingles’ in the right space – to make sure they matched the music.
Now I had to record my voice links and ensure that the ramps would play under me whilst I was taking – some of them had to be edited in Cool Edit with a bed running underneath to make it sound like I was talking over the music – that was fun.
And then Chris had to tighten everything up and make sure we were still running to time.
Yes we had problems on the morning – a couple of things didn’t play because SPL can be a cow sometimes but overall it was great fun and something the station can be proud of.

Thanks to Chas & Chris for their sterling efforts – my bit was probably the easiest of the three of us.

Kind Regards
Steve

So here for your enjoyment is that great show for you to hear all over again.

 Red Kite Radio meets the Pirates.

Thame United

By March 26, 2019

Thame United FC banner smWe are very proud to be a major sponsor for Thame United Football Club for the next two years.TUFC Logo

We have been following their progress since we began broadcasting and now are happy to become more involved with and promoting our local team.

Featuring interviews with key players, coaching staff and even club president Jake Collinge, Red Kite Radio will be sharing many events.

As a regular feature, in additon to our sports reports, listeners will be able to hear regular updates on upcoming fixtures as this season draws to a close and the club has its eye firmly on a play-off place for promotion to the Evo Stick Southern Premier Division. On Saturday afternoon matchdays, there will be match reports from the ground.

From 6th April, Red Kite Radio will be played live over the sound sytem at the ground and Steve Fox's Saturday afternoon show will have features on the day's game

In the future, listen and look out for promotions and competitions with Thame United FC.

Welcome to the Twelve Days of Christmas, a series of twelve playlets written and performed by the Windmill Players of Brill.

These audio recordings were broadcast on Red Kite Radio from the 25th of December 2018 for the twelve days.

Recorded and Edited by Chris Long.

Please click the player under the title of each play.

The First Day - A Partridge in a Pear Tree, by Caroline Wiggins.

The Second Day - Two Turtle Doves, by Alexandra Howarth.

The Third Day - Three French Hens, by David Croydon.

 

The Fourth Day - Four Calling Birds, by Lydia Giles.

The Fifth Day - Five Gold Rings, by Fran Newman.

The Sixth Day - Six Geese a Laying, by Caroline Wiggins.

The Seventh Day - Seven Swans a Swimming, by Jan Molyneux.

The Eighth Day - Eight Maids a Milking, by Caroline Wiggins.

The Ninth Day - Nine Ladies Dancing, by Caroline Wiggins.

 

The Tenth Day - Ten Lords a Leaping, by Caroline Wiggins.

The Eleventh Day - Eleven Pipers Piping, by Andrew Whitaker.

The Twelveth Day - Twelve Drummers Drumming, by Fran Newman.

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    Based in the grounds of Haddenham Garden Centre, we've been on air since June 2017. A not-for-profit organisation, our remit is to serve the community with Classic Hits from the 60’s to today, News and Information. We are funded by Advertising, Sponsorship and Grants from supporting organisations.

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