Friday, 31 July 2009

Interview with Earthworks, St Albans

Hello!

On the show this afternoon we heard from Emma Eynon from Earthworks in St Albans. Earthworks is a registered charity that offers trainees, often with learning difficulties or mental health problems, work experience and training in horticultural and land-based skills. They have a two-acre site in Hixberry Lane, St. Albans. It is managed on environmental principles and is next open to the public for its Harvest Fair on Sunday 6th September, 12 noon 4 pm. They can also be found selling all kinds of products at the St Albans Farmers Market held in St Peters Street on the second Sunday of each month - the next one being the 9th August, 10am - 3.00pm. Earthworks staff and volunteers work - and learn - with the trainees to maintain the site, with its gardens, tree nursery, vegetable beds, shade tunnels and polytunnel. If you would like to volunteer with Earthworks (they are especially looking for someone with web design skills at the moment) or would like more information, visit the website - www.earthworksstalbans.co.uk

A very interesting interview.

Neil

Theme Tune Challenge

Hello all,

Here's the latest leaderboard for the Theme Tune Challenge:

Position

Date

Name

Area

Score

Passes

1

28th July

Kev

St Albans

12

3

2

30th July

Mick

Welwyn Garden City

9

3

3

31st July

Kate

St Albans

7

2

4

17th July

Daniella

Watford

3

3

4

24th July

Eve

Devon

3

3



We'll be running the competition again next week so listen out and give us a call to take part.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

All the best,

Neil

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Theme Tune Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I'm Neil and I work with Danny and John BS on the West Herts Evening show, bringing you the travel on Tues and Fri and researching local news aswell. I've also been keeping scores of the Theme Tune Challenge that Danny has been running, and here's the latest leaderboard:

Position

Date

Name

Area

Score

Passes

1

28th July

Kev

St Albans

12

3

2

17th July

Daniella

Watford

3

3

2

24th July

Eve

Devon

3

3


A brilliant result from Kev!

all the best,

Neil

Monday, 27 July 2009

Playlist w/c 27th July 2009

Hi Everyone

Below is our playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - Foot Of The Mountain
Alison Krauss - Simple Love
Anthoney Wright - Wud If I Cud
Ben’s Brother - Questions & Answers
Daniel Merriweather - Impossible
Dolores O’Riordan - The Journey
Elviin - In Colour
Frankmusik - Confusion Girl
Green Day - 21 Guns
James Morrison - Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
Lightning Seeds - Don’t Walk On By
Madness - Sugar and Spice
Martina McBride - Ride
Mica Paris - The Hardest Thing
Neil Sedaka - Do You Remember?
Nell Bryden - What Does It Take?
Paolo Nutini - Coming Up Easy
Polarkreis 18 - Allein Allein
Raphael Saadiq (ft. Stevie Wonder) - Never Give You Up
Regina Spektor - The Calculation
Simple Minds - Stars Will Lead The Way
The Third Degree - Mercy
Vagabond - Don’t Wanna Run No More
VV Brown - Shark In The Water

Items in BOLD are new additions.


On today's show we will be talking to Karin Williams of the St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau. We will also be featuring our usual mix of classic and contemporary music, plus news, views, travel, weather and lots more besides!

See you at 4pm.

Danny Smith
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Monday, 20 July 2009

Playlist w/c 20th July 2009

Hi Everyone

Below is our playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - Foot Of The Mountain
Alison Krauss - Simple Love
Ben’s Brother - Questions & Answers
Benny Andersson Band - Story Of A Heart
Doves - Winter Hill
Elviin - In Colour
Frankmusik - Confusion Girl
Gary Go - Engines
Green Day - 21 Guns
James Morrison -Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
Lightning Seeds - Don’t Walk On By
Madness - Sugar and Spice
Martina McBride - Ride
Neil Sedaka - Do You Remember?
Nell Bryden - What Does It Take?
Paolo Nutini - Coming Up Easy
Paul Carrack - Just 4 Tonite
Polarkreis 18 - Allein Allein
Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
Raphael Saadiq (ft. Stevie Wonder) - Never Give You Up
Regina Spektor - The Calculation
Simple Minds - Stars Will Lead The Way
The Low Anthem - To Ohio
The Third Degree - Mercy
Vagabond - Don’t Wanna Run No More
VV Brown - Shark In The Water

Items in BOLD are new additions


As ever, if you would like to make a request or dedication, please feel free to contact the show in the following ways:

Telephone: 01727 839926
Email: studio@radioverulam.com

See you on the air!

Danny Smith
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Friday, 17 July 2009

Coming Up On Today's Show: Miss Hertfordshire + Competition!


Hi All

Coming up on today's show I will be joined in the studio by Miss Hertfordshire, a.k.a Suzi Cumming. She will be telling us all about what it is like to win a beauty pageant and how she'll be representing our county at the Miss England finals next week.

We will also be having a competition to win a CD plus all the usual local news, views, travel reports, gig guide, plus some great music.

That's all on West Herts Evening with Danny Smith, from 4pm on Radio Verulam 92.6FM and online at www.radioverulam.com

Best wishes

Danny Smith
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Monday, 13 July 2009

The Gig Guide: Tracklistings - 10th July 2009

Greetings all,

Here are last Friday's tracklistings as per. A big thanks to Swanvesta Social Club for coming in and watch out for their gig at the 6 Bells soon!


Tracklisting:

The Raid – We Know Best
http://www.myspace.com/wearetheraid

Mr Twist – Settle The Score
http://www.myspace.com/mrtwistband

Interview: Swanvesta Social Club
- Quema (TRACK OF THE WEEK)
- Chan Chan
http://www.myspace.com/swanvestasocialclub


Chris @
Radio Verulam 92.6FM
www.myspace.com/rvgigguide

Coming Up On Today's Show: Live Aid + Competition!

Hi again (I've just posted a blog with our weekly playlist, hence the "again")

Coming up on today's show we will be celebrating the anniversary of Live Aid, which happened 24 years ago today. We're also going to feature music from your favourite acts who appeared on that monumental day. Of course, I was too young to recall the event (honest!!!) but we'd be interested to hear from you about anything related to Live Aid, especially if you were there!

We will also be giving away the new CD from Simple Minds and to get your hands on a copy you just need to answer a "simple" question (do you see what I did there?).

In the second hour of the show we will be talking with John Gunner from Abbey Line. This is a local community group and we love hearing about what's happening in our local area. If you are involved in a local community group and would like some free publicity, please get in touch.

If you would like to contact us, please either phone or email:

Phone: 01727 839926
Email: studio@radioverulam.com

We'd love to hear from you with your requests, dedications, comments and local news.

See you at 4pm.

Danny
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Playlist w/c 13th July 2009

Greetings

Below is our playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - Foot Of The Mountain
Alison Krauss - Simple Love
Ben’s Brother - Questions & Answers
Benny Andersson Band - Story Of A Heart
Beverley Knight - Every Step
Doves - Winter Hill
Elviin - In Colour
Gary Go - Engines
Green Day - 21 Guns
Geoffrey Gurrumul - Wiyathul
Honey Ryder - Love In Time
James Morrison - Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
Lightning Seeds - Don’t Walk On By
Martina McBride - Ride
Neil Sedaka - Do You Remember?
Nell Bryden - What Does It Take?
Paul Carrack - Just 4 Tonite
Polarkreis 18 - Allein Allein
Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
Raphael Saadiq (ft. Stevie Wonder) - Never Give You Up
Regina Spektor - The Calculation
Simple Minds - Stars Will Lead The Way
Take That - Said It All
The Low Anthem - To Ohio
The Third Degree - Mercy
VV Brown - Shark In The Water
Yusuf - Roadsinger

Items in BOLD are new additions


Danny Smith
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Friday, 10 July 2009

On tonight's Gig Guide - Fri 10th July 09

Greetings all,

On tonight's show we will have the soulful and salsa filled sound of the Swanvesta Social Club in the studio with us to talk about their latest album and performances.

We also have tracks from The Raid and Mr Twist. All this and more at 6:30pm on Radio Verulam 92.6FM

Chris
www.myspace.com/rvgigguide

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Miss Hertfordshire On Radio Verulam!


This is actually a plug for another show but on tomorrow's Afternoon Favourites, Warren Knight will have Miss Hertfordshire (aka Suzi Cumming from St Albans) live in the studio.

So that's Afternoon Favourites with Warren Knight on Wednesday from 2pm - 4pm on Radio Verulam 92.6FM or online at www.radioverulam.com

Danny Smith
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7th July and more

Hello again,

It is four years ago to the day, 7th July 2005, since 52 people were killed and more than 700 others were injured as a result of a suicide bomb attack in London. A series of bombs were exploded on three underground trains and a double-decker bus in what was the worst peacetime atrocity in the capital. As I write, a memorial to those who died that day, is to be opened in Hyde Park, with a service to be attended by the current Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister and others. I remember the emotional statement made by Ken Livingstone who was still Mayor at the time, expressing his anger and defiance on behalf of the people of London. In the days that followed we went about our business in a heightened state of alert. I do not want to argue further about the rights and wrongs of what happened on 7th July and its aftermath, but simply to remember those who lost their lives that day.

On a happier note Radio Verulam celebrates two years on the air. We started broadcasting on 92.6 FM on 7th July 2007 and we are proud to provide a community radio station for St Albans and the surrounding area. Some of you may have been tuned in for longer as Radio Verulam had existed on cable but the transfer to FM and then online provided an exciting new chapter with many more listeners and I am delighted to be part of it!

Since I last wrote on these pages we have heard about the death of Micheal Jackson - I heard about it on the radio as all the years I had heard about Princess Diana, John Lennon and Elvis Presley. Andy Murray was knocked out of Wimbledon and in an emotional and epic final, Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick to win fifth Wimbledon and his 15th Grand Slam title breaking the record set by Pete Sampras. The Ashes starts again tomorrow as England take on the Australians, ironically in Wales (Cardiff) and not at Lord's - the home of cricket. Meanwhile in Moscow, President Obama and his Russian counterpart are re-negotiating the START treaty which could lead to reduction in nuclear weapons.

I will try to reflect all of this, light and shade, on my show later today. And we have an exclusive: David Bellamy will be coming on to the programme on Thursday to talk about Butterfly World. Yesterday my colleague Danny Smith did an interview with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. So for the best interviews, features, local news and great music, tune in every day 4pm 'til 7.

Cheers,

John B-S

Playlist w/c 6th July 2009 + Wildlife Feature

Hi Everyone

Below is our playlist for the forthcoming week:

a-ha - Foot Of The Mountain
Alison Krauss - Simple Love
Benny Andersson Band - Story Of A Heart
Beverley Knight - Every Step
Bruce Springsteen - My Lucky Day
Doves - Winter Hill
Eagles - Do Something / I Don’t Want To Hear Any More
Gary Go - Engines
Green Day - 21 Guns
Geoffrey Gurrumul - Wiyathul
Honey Ryder - Love In Time
James Morrison - Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
Martina McBride - Ride
Neil Sedaka - Do You Remember?
Nell Bryden - What Does It Take?
Paloma Faith - Stone Cold Sober
Paul Carrack - Just 4 Tonite
Polarkreis 18 - Allein Allein
Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
Raphael Saadiq (ft. Stevie Wonder) - Never Give You Up
Regina Spektor - The Calculation
Simple Minds - Stars Will Lead The Way
Take That - Said It All
The Low Anthem - To Ohio
The Third Degree - Mercy
VV Brown - Shark In The Water
Yusuf - Roadsinger

Items in BOLD are new additions


On today's show we were joined once again by Clare Gray from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. She was updating us on the work the do, in particular the "Save Our Ponds" campaign. For more information, check out their website:

http://www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/herts/


We will be having a regular wildlife feature on the first Monday of each month.

Be seeing you...

Danny Smith
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Sunday, 5 July 2009

The Gig Guide: Tracklisting - 3rd July 2009

Greetings all,

Here's this week's chosen tracks. Also a big thanks to Richard from The Van Kleef for coming on the show and talking about the band and his upcoming projects.


TRACK OF THE WEEK: Polly Poison & Her Electric Antidote – Missing You
http://www.myspace.com/electricantidote

Elephant Shelf – Just Another Someone
http://www.myspace.com/elephantshelf

Interview – The Van Kleef
Mark Of Cain
Bounce
http://www.myspace.com/vancleeffour


Thanks for listening everyone, back as per next week with the fantastic 'Swanvesta Social Club'

Chris @
Radio Verulam 92.6FM
www.myspace.com/rvgigguide

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Proclaimers Competition + The Ultimate Film Guide!

Hi Everybody

On today's show we will be giving away copies of the new CD by the Proclaimers and we have our regular film guide feature with the one and only Simon Carver.

We will also be looking for your top tips for staying cool in this warm weather and, as always, we welcome your song requests and dedications. You can contact us during the show as follows:

Phone: 01727 839926
Email: studio@radioverulam.com

See you at 4pm!

Danny Smith
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