Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I probably should've mentioned this before, but here it is now: One of the best radio stations I've ever heard is now broadcasting on the fm band in my home town of Exeter, Devon, UK! Phonic FM 106.8 broadcasts from the Arts Centre (The Phoenix) in Gandy Street, Exeter and plays the broadest, most eclectic mixture of music you've ever heard on one station. It's possible to switch on Phonic each day and hear something completely different each time, Dub, Blues, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock'n'Roll, Hardhouse, Trance, World music, Folk, Folkrock, Country, D'n'B, Indie, and everything in between it all. I love this station! It's so welcome after years of rubbish radio from the other stations in the area (horrible Gemini FM - a generic short-playlist pop station, Gold radio - a generic golden oldies pop station and BBC Radio Devon - news for farming and fishing industries interspersed with middle-of-the-road music).

I love the way phonic will defy the usual patterns of local radio by putting James Brown, Billy Bragg, John Coltrane, Duffy, Pink Floyd, Prince, Fela Kuti, Fairport Convention, Nitin Sawney, The Clash and Bessie Smith all back-to-back with each other!

You can also listen to Phonic online at

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