Thursday, 25 February 2010

New Ridiculously Difficult Music Question

Hi Bloggers

Thanks to Rob from St Albans (he correctly answered the previous question) we have a brand spanking new question for you:

Who provided backing vocals on Bruce Willis' 1987 No. 2 hit "Under The Boardwalk"?


If you think you know the answer and you would like to win a CD for your troubles, listen out for the competition at approx 4.15pm & 6.15pm daily.

Danny
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Monday, 22 February 2010

The Gig Guide: Tracklisting - 19th February 2010

Greetings all,

Big thanks for The Caution Horses (aka Lauren & Ray) for coming on the show on Friday. Thanks to all those who sent in your stirling tracks again, always appreciated :)


TRACK OF THE WEEK: Katie Masson – Back Below
http://www.myspace.com/katiemasson

Navaro – Always
http://www.myspace.com/navaromusic

Betaboy – Tired Eyes And Arguments
http://www.myspace.com/betaboy

INTERVIEW: The Caution Horses
'Carry Me Home'
http://www.myspace.com/rayandfrizz

OUTRO: Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy


On next weeks show we catch up with show favourites, The Pocket Gods

Until next week...

Chris

www.myspace.com/rvgigguide

Interview with Elizabeth from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau

Hi everyone,

On the show today we heard from Elizabeth from the St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau.

Elizabeth started off by pointing out that about 3 million people fall victim to scams each year. Be on your guard - never send money to anyone you don't know and never give your bank details out. If in doubt you can contact Consumer Direct on 0845 404 0506 or contact the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The next topic was fuel bills. With this the coldest winter for 30 years it's advised that we try and budget for our fuel bills and also check our bills carefully. If you get an estimated bill you can always give your supplier a meter reading and they can then change your bill. It's also possible to change supplier to get a better tariff. Some suppliers also have a social tariff which is for people on certain benefits. And remember, if you're over 60 years of age you'll get winter fuel payments, and those on certain benefits will qualify for cold weather payments.

The last subject was about a new scheme called the Home Access Scheme which enables some families to buy a home computer and get a years internet access for free. You need to be a family with a child in school years 3-9 and be on certain benfits to qualify. For more information call 0333 200 1004 for an application form. You'll need to act quickly as the scheme is only for the first 270,000 applicants.

For more information on anything that Elizabeth covered and anything else you need advice on, you can call into the Bureau at 64 London Road, St Albans, or give them a call on 01727 855269, or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

Neil

Playlist w/c 22nd February 2010

Hi Bloggers!

Below is our drivetime new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alex Cornish - Scotland The Brave
Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Amy MacDonald - Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Beverley Knight (feat. Chaka Khan) - Soul Survivor
Charlie Winston - I Love Your Smile
Davy Knowles and Jonatha Brooke - Taste Of Danger
Foreigner - When It Comes To Love
Gabriella Cilmi - On A Mission
Goldfrapp - Rocket
Johnny Cash - For The Good Times
Leona Lewis - I Got You
Mamas Gun - Wishing
Mary J Blige - I Am
Michael Bublé - Cry Me A River
Mika - Blame It On The Girls
Nerina Pallot - I Don’t Want To Go Out
Norah Jones - Stuck
Paloma Faith - Upside Down
Paul McCartney - (I Want To) Come Home
Pixie Lott - Gravity
Raul Malo - Moonlight Kiss
Robbie Williams - Morning Sun
Rod Stewart - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
ROX - My Baby Left Me
Sharleen Spiteri - Xanadu
Susan Boyle - You’ll See
Will Kevans - Sand Makes A Pearl

Items in BOLD are new additions


If there is a song you would like to hear on the show, do get in touch as we love to hear from you.

See you on the air!

Danny
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Thursday, 18 February 2010

On Today's Show - Get Involved & Sleep Easy!

Hi Bloggers

On today's show we heard from Mary Green, who was calling from an organisation called V Involved. This is a government scheme to encourage young people to volunteer in their local communities. She also told us about an event called Sleep-Easy taking place next week and below is a message from Mary with more details:

Sleep-Easy - Friday 26th February, from 7pm to 7am on Saturday, at Vicarage Road Stadium. It's a sponsored sleep-out toraise funds for Watford YMCA and raise awareness of homelessness. The 'rough sleepers' will sleep in the Rookery End concourse, so it will be a totally safe enclosed environment, with no rain or snow falling on us, but it will be COLD!

There will be music, hot drinks and snacks(courtesy of Starbucks, Clas Ohlson, Sainsburys throughout the night, a story-teller, and a Best Dressed Cardboard Box competition, with boxes donated by Blue Box Storage and a prize donated by John Lewis.

People wishing to volunteer for this challenge shoudl visit the website at www.vinvolvedherts.com, or ring me on my mobile - 07989 502269; or email me at marygreen@watfordymca.com. We will provide a sponsorship form and a list of advice and instructions about what to bring etc.

Thank you very much and hope to see lots of volunteers at the Sleep Easy!!!

Best wishes,

Mary Green

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Interview with the Verulam Writers' Circle

Greetings bloggers!

On today's show we chatted with Mark Clemenson of the Verulam Writers' Circle. The group meets each Wednesday, alternating between St Michael's Church Hall and a local public house. The purpose of the group is to help local writers by critiquing their work and providing enjoyable workshops. They also host talks from outside speakers and discuss all writing related matters from what to write though to how to get published.


for more information, check out their website: www.vwc.org.uk

Upcoming meetings of VWC

17th February - Rose and Crown in St Michael’s Street

Get together to read out and discuss works in progress. We’ll get through up to a dozen pieces from different writers.

20th February – University of Herts de Haviland Campus

4th annual VWC writers’ conference

24th February – St Michael’s Church Hall

Manuscript surgery in more formal setting

Then each Wednesday alternating between the church hall and the pub.

AND HERE IS WHERE TO FIND SOME OF OUR MEMBERS’ WRITING

www.sandranorval.co.uk

Libertine – by Sandra Norval

Libertine, an angel and Hugo, a vampire, live in the clubs, squats and alleyways of the late 80's London Rock and Goth scene. The story takes a really dark turn very early on and Libertine will learn that she was never really all alone - neither was Hugo...

www.mrsdarcyvsthealiens.com

Mrs Darcy Meets the Aliens – by Jonathan Pinnock

Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens is a slightly demented sequel to Pride and Prejudice
The serial was launched on Jane Austen's birthday in 2009, and new episodes will be published twice-weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

AND SEARCH FOR MRS DARCY MEETS THE ALIENS ON YOUTUBE

AND two new authors’ websites

www.jlmerrow.com and www.kjbennett.co.uk

Mark will be coming on the show on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to showcase new local writers and keep us up-to-date with the work of the exciting and dynamic local group.

If you would like your local group to feature on West Herts Evening, please get in touch!

Danny Smith

Playlist w/c 15th February 2010

Hi Bloggers

Boy oh boy are we late with this today!!! It must be because of all the excitement following meeting the legendary Beth Nielsen Chapman last night (have I mentioned that already?). Anyway, without further ado (where does that phrase come from?), here is our drivetime new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alex Cornish - Scotland The Brave
Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Amy MacDonald - Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Beverley Knight (feat. Chaka Khan) - Soul Survivor
Biffy Clyro - Many Of Horror (When We Collide)
Charlie Winston - I Love Your Smile
Davy Knowles and Jonatha Brooke - Taste Of Danger
Foreigner - When It Comes To Love
Goldfrapp - Rocket
Helping Haiti - Everybody Hurts
Johnny Cash - For The Good Times
Jon Allen feat. Amy Smith - When The Morning Comes
Leona Lewis - I Got You
Little Big Town - Fine Line
Mamas Gun - Wishing
Mary J Blige - I Am
Michael Bublé - Cry Me A River
Mika - Blame It On The Girls
Nerina Pallot - I Don’t Want To Go Out
Norah Jones - Stuck
Owl City - Fireflies
Paul McCartney - (I Want To) Come Home
Pixie Lott - Gravity
Raul Malo - Moonlight Kiss
Robbie Williams - Morning Sun
Sharleen Spiteri - Xanadu
Stereophonics - Could You Be The One?
Timothy B Schmit - Parachute
Will Kevans - Sand Makes A Pearl

Items in bold are new additions

As ever, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the music we play and to hear from you during the show. You can call us between 4pm - 7pm on 01727 839926 or email us studio@radioverulam.com

See you on the air!

Danny
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Monday, 15 February 2010

The Gig Guide: Tracklisting - Friday 12th February 2010

Greetings all,

Here is Friday's listing of tracks for you. Thanks to Subset for taking time out of rehearsing for that night's gig and coming on the show.


Albany Down – I Wanna Know
http://www.myspace.com/albanydownofficial

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Weird Sleeping Kittens – Slipped A Knot
http://www.myspace.com/sleepingkittens

INTERVIEW: Subset
‘Dalston Blaster’
http://www.myspace.com/subsetlondon

OUTRO: Ash – A Life Less Ordinary


On next week's show we have the usual mix of new tracks from various artists old and new. Keep the tracks coming in, get in touch if you wanna be played.

Till Friday,

Chris

www.myspace.com/rvgigguide

Danny meets Beth Nielsen Chapman


Hello everyone,

It's true! Danny met Beth Nielsen Chapman last night and here's the photgraphic evidence to prove it!

Neil

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The Gig Guide: Tracklisting - 5th February 2010

Greetings all,

Here's last Friday's Tracklisting:


33 Revolutions – Stay Down Kid
http://www.myspace.com/thirtythreerevolutions

Millionairo – Too Far Gone
http://www.myspace.com/millionairoband

Suzuka – With My Arms Wide
http://www.myspace.com/suzukamusic

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Vaults – What Did We Do Last Night
http://www.myspace.com/vaults

Outro: The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You


On the next show, we have Subset joining us who are kindly popping in before their appearance at The Horn that night.

See you Friday

Chris
www.myspace.com/rvgigguide

Monday, 8 February 2010

A date for your diaries

This Friday, the 12th February, the Saints City Trust will be staging a music quiz night in the clubhouse at Clarence Park starting at 7.30pm.

Questions will range over six decades of music and a new format of a prize draw means that it doesn't matter where your team finishes, you will still be in with a chance of a prize. MC for the evening will be no less than Mick Page from the Speckled Hen.

Teams should consist of six contestants and teams should be registered with Ian Rogers as soon as possible on 07714 145862. Entry fee is just £3 per person.

The Trust is also taking part in the Pancake Race on Tuesday 16th February at midday outside the Town Hall in St Albans.

If you would like to find out more about the Trust you can go to www.saintscitytrust.org.

Neil

Coming Up this week....

Hi everyone,

We've got lots coming up on the show this week including:

Tuesday at 5.35pm: we have an interview with Kate Smith and three cast members of St Albans Gang Show

Wednesday at 5.30pm: we have the Film Guide with Simon Carver

Thursday at 5.35pm: we have an interview with Louise Neicho of the Woodland Trust.

Friday at 6.30pm - we have the Gig Guide with Chris Saunders

Enjoy!

Neil

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Playlist w/c 8th February 2010

Hi Bloggers

Below is our drivetime new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alex Cornish - Scotland The Brave
Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Amy MacDonald - Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Beth Nielsen Chapman - Even As It All Goes By
Biffy Clyro - Many Of Horror (When We Collide)
Charlie Winston - I Love Your Smile
Corinne Bailey Rae - I’d Do It All Again
Davy Knowles and Jonatha Brooke - Taste Of Danger
Europe - New Love In Town
Foreigner - When It Comes To Love
Fyfe Dangerfield - She Needs Me
Helping Haiti - Everybody Hurts
Jon Allen feat. Amy Smith - When The Morning Comes
Leona Lewis - I Got You
Little Big Town - Fine Line
Mamas Gun - Wishing
Mary J Blige - I Am
Mika - Blame It On The Girls
Nerina Pallot - I Don’t Want To Go Out
Owl City - Fireflies
Paolo Nutini - 10/10
Paul McCartney - (I Want To) Come Home
Raul Malo - Moonlight Kiss
Robbie Williams - Morning Sun
Sade - Soldier of Love
Sharleen Spiteri - Xanadu
Stereophonics - Could You Be The One?
Timothy B Schmit - Parachute

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you on the air!

Danny
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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Our New Travel Feature

Hi Bloggers

On today's show we were joined by Andy Jarosz, our new travel correspondent. Andy will be joining us each month to bring us top travel tips and news of his personal travels.

Andy is a travel writer and for more information, check out his website www.501places.com - you can also follow Andy on Twitter.

Danny
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The Gig Guide - Tracklistings, Fri 29th January 2010

Greetings all,

Here's last Friday's Tracklisting. Enjoy :)


Lovehead – Moan & Whine
http://www.myspace.com/officiallovehead

Nemo – Bells
http://www.myspace.com/nemoluton

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Feud – One Last Time
www.feudmusic.com

The Fabulous Weapon – Raised By A Sun God
http://www.myspace.com/thefabulousweapon

Outro: Suede – Beautiful Ones


More new bands next week, so keep it tuned (that just sounds lame, sorry!)

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

Interview with Paul Carrack - Listen Again

Hi guys

Below is our recent interview with Paul Carrack. To listen, simply click on the play button below:

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Playlist w/c 1st February 2010

Hi Bloggers

Well we are certainly running late today! However, below you will find our drivetime new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Amy MacDonald - Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Beth Nielsen Chapman - Even As It All Goes By
Biffy Clyro - Many Of Horror (When We Collide)
Corinne Bailey Rae - I’d Do It All Again
Emily Maguire - I’d Rather Be
Europe - New Love In Town
Fyfe Dangerfield - She Needs Me
Hope For Haiti Now - Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)
Jon Allen feat. Amy Smith - When The Morning Comes
Leona Lewis - I Got You
Lisbee Stainton - Never Quite An Angel
Little Big Town - Fine Line
Mika - Blame It On The Girls
Nell Bryden - Not Like Loving You
Ocean Colour Scene - Magic Carpet Days
OneRepublic - All The Right Moves
Owl City - Fireflies
Paolo Nutini - 10/10
Raul Malo - Moonlight Kiss
Sade - Soldier Of Love
Stereophonics - Could You Be The One?
The Sound Of Hush - For All The Right Reasons
Timothy B Schmit - Parachute

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you on air!

Danny
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Monday, 1 February 2010

Theme Tune Challenge.....

Hi all,

The Theme Tune Challenge made a return a today!

Nick from St Albans took part and scored a very respectable 9 correct answers and 1 pass. Well done to him!

Neil

Interview with Paul Carrack

Hi everyone,

We've just had Paul Carrack on the show!

Paul has worked with some big names such as Mike and the Mechanics, Squeeze, Roxy Music and The Eagles. He's also produced alot of his own stuff and is touring at the moment which he said has been very enjoyable.

For those of you interested in seeing him live - he's playing in St Albans on the 26th February. Paul has played a few shows in St Albans and says he's always enjoyed them. He likes playing small to medium sized shows so he can connect with the audience.

The tour is a mixture of old and new tracks - some solo material and some work he's written with other people.

If you would like to get tickets to see Paul Carrack in St Albans. go to www.alban-arena.co.uk.

Neil