Over the next twelve days, Children’s Producer Craig Priest will write a series of blogs and v-logs which take you behind the scenes of Takeover Radio 106.9FM and catching up on what’s been happening over the past year.
I’ll be completely honest, I’ll struggle to hold back tears when it comes to this year’s Christmas Cracker. As silly as that may seem when it comes to a grown man working with a bunch of teenagers I’m unbelievably proud of what’s been achieved this year and never thought it would be as good as it has been.
With this year’s awards evening only eighteen days away I do feel an immense pressure to get everything right, not just because I’m a professional but because with the amount of work and effort our participants have put in, I feel there efforts need to be recognised with more than just a pat on the back.
The success of the “half term tour” shocked me as not only did every participant grow over the course of the week, but also kept asking for more. It became clear that school holidays were key to getting young people involved and there and then made it my mission to put on a different scheme skillset at every available opportunity.
I won’t harp on too much about each scheme, otherwise I run out of things to talk about over the twelve days! However I will say this, the success and popularity of the schemes continue to shock me, only this afternoon a participant, who you will hear from at the bottom of this blog, asked if we were planning to run anything over Christmas! It’s hard to say yes on that one, as we all deserve a holiday! Fortunately I have a very cunning plan!
So much has happened this year I genuinely have no idea how we’re going to cram it into one awards night, OR how I’ll stop myself from sheding a proud tear, there is one thing I ask though. No, not that the participants present at Purple Frog skate shop on the final day of the “Half Term Tour” share their videos of me falling flat on my backside, but that YOU, whether a parent, guardian, friend of the family or humble admirer of what we do comes along to the Christmas Cracker and helps myself and the participants to celebrate a wonderful year of activities!
Thanks for the support, keep reading, watching, listening and sharing.
Last night (Tuesday 18th November) local teenage trio 'The Dukes' joined Alison for a special 'Life in the limelight' - The 15 year old's from Worksop popped in to chat about this Friday's gig at the Old Library for the latest Plug Promotions event entitled 'The Mad Hatter'. The Dukes will be performing alongside acts such as Autograph Club, Fusor and Paige Seabridge who will be joining Cam for a live video interview on Thursday evening. Tickets are £3 on the door but those who go along in fancy dress will be admitted for just £2! Doors open at 7pm.
Last night The Dukes performed three of their own tracks plus a cover of John Legends 'All of Me' - you can listen to those tracks in full below. Don't forget The Dukes will also be performing at this years Christmas Cracker event, tickets are on sale now for £6!
You can now listen again to this weeks 'New Music Takeover'. On this weeks show, we introduce two tracks from Mansfield based super group 'Deeper Than Forever' plus bring you new tracks from Marilyn Manson and Oklahoma based group Broncho. Also on this weeks show, we give you the first taste of Christmas through artist Andrian Munsey with his choral version of classic 'Angus Dei'.
Broncho - What
Andrian Munsey - Angus Dei
Deeper Than Forever - Now It's Over
Marilyn Manson - Third day of a Seven day binge
Taylor & Marie - Bad Moon Rising
Funeral For A Friend - You've got a bad case of religion
Logan Wilson - Tell my heart
Ward Thomas - Way back when
Lucy Spraggan & Santa Maradonna - Give me sunshine
Rachel Sage - Happiness
Deeper Than Forever - Voices
Ashfields - Wonderful Dreamer
Red Nation - So Excited
The Once - We Are Running
RJ Thompson - House upon a Hill
Cory Lee - Shot to my heart
Ryan Calvert-Cousins - Hellbound
Yesterday, November 12th, Broadcast & Achieve crew member Ant had two special guests in the studio with him, Olivia and Daisy from Plug Promotions. The girls were in the studio to talk all about the forthcoming Plug Promotions gig 'Down The Rabbit Hole' on Friday 21st November at the Old Library in Mansfield.
Episode three of the New Music Takeover is now available to listen again. Featuring on this weeks show, we introduce you to Derbyshire based covers band Red Nation as we play their version of The Pointer Sisters' classic So Excited.
We also head across the pong to feature two Canadian acts, singer Cory Lee and award winning band The Once who will be touring with Passenger on his UK tour next year!
FULL TRACK LIST
Red Nation - So Excited
RJ Thompson - House Upon The Hill
Taylor & Marie - Bad Moon Rising
The Once - We Are All Running
Cory Lee - Shot to the Heart
Ashfields - It's Not Me (Its You)
Ward Thomas - Way Back When
Lucy Spraggan & Santa Marradonna - Give me Sunshine
Logan Wilson - Tell my Heart
Turrentine Jones - Moonlight is on yer side
Ryan Calvert-Cousins - Hellbound
The Scheme - Sick of You
The Romana Flowers - Lust & Lies
Seth Lakeman - The Wanderer
James McLaren - Stay Abroad
Alexander Wolfe - The Trick of the Light
The interview took place as part of our October Half Term Broadcast & Achieve scheme. The Trio quizzed the Sutton Community Academy Principal, whose just completed his first full term at the helm, about a number of topics including school meals, unauthorised absences and much more. Hit play to hear the interview in full.
On Tuesday morning Leah & Emily joined forces as part of our October Half Term 'Broadcast and Achieve' scheme. The 'October All In' program throws in all kinds of radio genres including discussion and interview.
Leah & Emily prepared a set of questions and put them towards Headteacher of Quarrydale School Mr Jon Crone, you can listen to the full interview below. We'd like to place on record our thanks to Mr Crone for giving up his time and look forward to more interaction with Quarrydale over the coming months.
Producer - Craig Priest, Ant, Nathan & Cam
Interviewers/ Hosts - Leah & Emily
Guest - Jon Crone
This week, two local artists are included in the playlist. First of all local band Ashfield’s feature with their track ‘It’s not me, it’s you’ – the band will be performing at our Christmas Cracker on December 18th and formed earlier this year. Carl from the band was interviewed by Alison a few weeks ago and following their appearance at the Plug Promotions ‘Fight Night’ last week, fans have been getting in contact wanting more after rave reviews from the Takeover crew.
Second, another act working with Plug Promotions, is 16 year old Mansfield based lad Ryan Calvert-Cousins with his track ‘Hellbound’. Ryan got in touch through facebook and after our panel of young presenters listened to his track, it received a huge thumbs up.
Joining our two local acts on this week’s show are up and coming Folk Duo Taylor & Marie, the duo perform their version of ‘Bad Moon Rising’. Also on the show we hear from established Berlin based band ‘The BossHoss’ the seven piece band have had previous chart hits and will be hoping for the same outcome with ‘Whatever’.
Our final pick of interest comes from singer songwriter Logan Wilson. Since appearing on the scene in 2006, Logan has appeared at numerous festivals and was once of the books of Sony. Logan has just completed his second album and his track ‘Tell my heart’ features on this weeks NMT.
PLAYLIST – NMT EP2
The Subways – I’m in Love (and it’s burning my soul)
The Romona Flowers – Lust & Lies
The BossHoss – Whatever
Ryan Calvert-Cousins – Hellbound
Taylor & Marie – Bad Moon Rising
Rachel Sage – Happiness (Maddies Song)
Funeral For A Friend – You’ve Got A Bad Case of The Religions
Turrentine Jones – Moonlight Is On Yer Side
The Scheme – Sick Of You
Logan Wilson – Tell My Heart
Santa Maradona (Feat Lucy Spraggan) – Give me Sunshine
Ashfields – It’s Not Me (It’s You)
Seth Lakeman – The Wanderer
Ward Thomas – Way Back When
These Reigning Days – Thrones
Ali Campbell – I Want You
Alexander Wolfe – The Trick of The Light
Hit play on the media player (top right) to hear this weeks episode!
Editorial Credits: Producer: Craig Priest, Music provided by Ashfields, Ryan Calvert-Cousins (Plug Promotions) & Hart Media
Earlier today (October 23rd) Children’s Producer Craig Priest headed off into Idelwells as Takeover joined up with ‘Make A Difference Day 2014’. The day is held by AVA (Ashfield Voluntary Action) and celebrates all the local volunteer run groups. Below you can hear all the interviews and best bits from the day!
Here is a list of all the organisations that we’re present on the day and featured on our program.
Patches Heart Group – Helping young families and raising awareness of congenital heart defects – CONTACT 07960 868 843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE www.patchesheartgroup.org
Home Start – Supporting families experiencing difficults with young children under five years old – CONTACT 01623 513 137 or email email@example.com
Community of Christ CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org
Literacy Volunteers – Helping young children in local primary schools enjoy books. CONTACT 0115 876 5474 WEBSITE www.literacyvolunteers.org.uk
Ashfield District Council – Helping members of Ashfield in the community. CONTACT 01623 457 091 or email email@example.com
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