Zetland FM Country
Richard is originally from Middlesbrough however he's lived in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland for almost all of his life.
He has always been passionate about music and loves engaging with the public and says that whilst he had no previous broadcasting experience, he felt just had to get involved with Zetland FM.
Richard says he feels privileged to be a member of the Zetland FM family as we encourage artists within our community to connect with us.
He says he feels that we are a truly local station able to relate to its listeners in person and of course on the air.
You can listen to 'Zetland FM Country' on Mixcloud - click here.
BRITISH HOUR RETURNS THIS WEEK!
I'd like to thank you for listening to Zetland FM Country and all the people who continue to support our show in so many special ways. Hardly a day, certainly never a week, passes without an artist or a promoter gets in touch with me to consider becoming part of our family.
I say 'family' because that is just what we are. Whilst clearly producing and presenting Zetland FM Country is my 'labour of love' i am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together to firmly place Zetland FM Country as one of the first choices of a growing number of artists.
This is not however limited to the United Kingdom and quite recently we have been linking with other radio stations and indeed artists from mainland Spain. Our incredible connection with Dallas and Camo of Nashville Access has helped raise our profile tremendously. Introducing a direct link to the Country Music capital of the world was, not that long ago, one of my pipe dreams for the show.
Thanks to the initial connection via Sam Harris of CVFM, our relationship with these amazingly passionate people is growing literally by the minute and Nashville Access News is a central feature of our show.
That said, we've always enjoyed the amazing support of Ken Meakin who manages the social media affairs of many of the UK's finest artists. Ken's like me, he does all of these things from his love of country music and his selfless will to see artists flourish and get the recognition they deserve.
It says in my 'bio' above that 'I just had to get involved with Zetland FM' - little did I know just how, together we would grow Zetland FM Country into the best get together's on air anywhere.
Well, almost two years on, I can tell you that none of this would have been possible without your amazing support, the support of my family and above all else the absolutely incredible team here at Zetland FM.
Thank you so much.
JONI HARMS AT ZETLAND FM
Oregon born and bred Joni Harms visited our studios in May and recorded for Zetland FM Country, accompanied by her tour manager Geoff Byford and Ray Freeman. Ray and his wife Jackie are long-term friends of Joni's having met at a concert in Norfolk some time ago.
Joni has released eleven very successful albums and toured extensively in a singing career that began at a very early age.
You can hear our chat and music from an amazing afternoon here: https://goo.gl/CRcFmC
May was an amazing month for me, culminating in my birthday on the 31st with Joni's last concert at Great Broughton before leaving for home. As you can imagine it was an incredibly moving evening of music and friendship.
Find out more about Joni Harms and her fabulous music here
CHLOE CHADWICK RETURNS TO ZETLAND FM COUNTRY - VERY SOON
A visit to Zetland FM Country from Chloe Chadwick is always a show not to miss!
Chloe launches her first album Dustbowl Jukebox in Newcastle on the 30th June (more details here) and comes to our studios on Sunday 2nd July for her first exclusive radio launch.
We're proud to have been able to help Chloe on her musical journey and on a personal level we are able to call this amazingly talented singer songwriter one of our many friends of Zetland FM Country.
I did my best to try and prise advanced tracks from the album to play before the launch however, bless her, she's made us wait!
Tune in next Sunday from 7pm for another Zetland FM Country First!
ZETLAND FM COUNTRY EXTRA IS NOW AVAILABLE
This is a new venture for the show and I'm hoping that you would like to get involved in this in any way you can. That could mean letting me know about events, suggesting artists you would particularly like to hear on the show and indeed getting a dedication into the show on Sunday. I've always said I'm part of a great team here at Zetland FM and for this rather personal project, to receive the full backing of the station is just fantastic.
Zetland FM Country Extra is a Mixcloud only show at present so please check out our social media for news of the show. It's recorded in the 'comfort' of my own home and hence anything can happen!
RISING STARS OF UK COUNTRY IN SESSION AT ZETLAND FM
Not one, but two of the UK's brightest female stars visited the studios of Zetland FM Country in what was a frantically busy week for the show.
Emma Moore, who has recently released her debut album Pilot and newcomer Kira Mac travelled from Stoke, via Preston and Blackpool to visit our studios and record an exclusive session for Zetland FM Country. Kira's first single 'Storm on the Horizon' recently topped the UK & Irish Hot Disc chart and she has her first EP release entered the iTunes Country Music Chart at number 3!
Both ladies were accompanied by their manager, Mel Osten and spoke of their love for country music which had stemmed, like many of us, from their parents. The ladies have a refreshing take on country music and given their relative youth this can only be encouraging for the British country music scene.
It's really quite fantastic for me as host of Zetland FM Country to be able to attract artists of their stature to the studios for our show and especially pleasing to see how much they enjoyed the experience, a return date has already been 'scheduled.'
Given that both artists are very busy with numerous events over the next few months we were indeed fortunate that they were willing and able to come and see us. Emma is appearing with her full band at the immensely popular Rock Ridge Festival this year. I can assure festival regulars that they will not be disappointed. You can hear the full session here : https://www.mixcloud.com/zetlandfm/zetland-fm-country-hour-2-60/
UK COUNTRY MUSIC STAR DARREN BUSBY HOSTS ZETLAND FM COUNTRY
Multi Award winning Darren Busby took over the helm of Zetland FM Country on Sunday the 14th of January. I interviewed Darren for our show at the Dorman’s Club a few months back and Darren revealed that hosting a radio show was one of his life-long ambitions
Darren’s music has long featured in the British Hour of our show so when I suggested that Darren could indeed host part of the show, he didn’t hesitate in taking up the offer!
The special session was arranged ahead of Darren’s appearance at the Covered Wagon Country Music Club and club host ‘MadKath’ Rigg was also invited to the studio to take part in the session.
Darren thoroughly enjoyed the experience, talking about and playing music from the excellent Tribute to Kenny Johnson CD, a fund raising project that was the brainchild of Nicky James.
Zetland FM Country has many listeners from around the UK and further afield with many getting in touch with us during the live broadcast and complimenting Darren on his presentation skills.
Whilst Darren realised one of his ambitions, you’ll be relieved to know that I'm not likely to grace the stage of any country music club belting out 'I Walk The Line’ anytime soon!
None of this is possible without your support which is very much appreciated.