Eartunes Radio started out back in May 2009 as a means of improving our knowledge of Internet Streaming technologies, and has developed over time into the Community Station that it is today.
What drives us? Well, apart from satisfying our egos (all Radio Presenters like the sound of their own voice, and don't let them tell you otherwise!) we have seen a need for a more local radio service. Increasingly, once-local stations are becoming "branded", with less and less local content. You could say that certain Media Giants have taken the "Heart" out of local radio - we aim to redress the balance!
Ade (also known as "Grey Squirrel"), who has lived in and around Calne since 1975, was the Station Engineer for Chippenham Hospital Radio for many years before deciding to start his own station. That was a fantastic experience in how to harness Streaming technology (CHR was the very first Hospital Radio station to broadcast LIVE on the Internet) and the experience has been put to good use when setting up Eartunes!
Ade is still occasionally involved in Chippenham Hospital Radio and also manages to squeeze in a weekly Sunday Lunchtime show on Fantasy Radio 97FM in Devizes
Clearly a Man of Mystery. C'mon Chris, give us a potted biography!
Derek ("The Silver Fox") was invited in 1986 to run, as an experiment, a single-handed airshow radio station associated with what is now the Royal International Air Tattoo. The experiment proved a success and until hanging up his headphones at the end of 2008 he headed up a team of 6 broadcasting from the airshow for 5 days every July. He was a guest presenter with the BFBS during a 4 month detachment to the Falkland Islands in 1987. In 2003 he was invited to join Moonraker FM for its month long run in Chippenham. He joined the Station again in 2004 when it broadcast in Trowbridge and remains part of the Moonraker team.
Des (also known as "The bloke wot works at the smelly place"), is Somerset-born but has lived in Calne for most of his life. He attended John Bentley school until 1981. He has always loved Rock music, right back to his school days, which makes him the perfect candidate for a Rock show. He spent 16 years as a DJ in the 80's and 90's so music is in his DNA!
So now he joins us at Eartunes Radio, where he makes Monday nights Rock!
A Singer-Songwriter and accomplished musician, Daz is now adding another string to his bow (or should that be "guitar"?) and now presents two hours of music from the Nineties to the present day, with a Rock slant.
Daz presents "The Stowford Sessions" in his own inimitable style every Wednesday evening.
Dave 'Bootsy' Penfold
Dave 'Bootsy' Penfold moved to Calne in 2013. Having found Eartunes Radio, he contacted the studio and resurrected his love for live radio by becoming the presenter of Soultown.
Bootsy likes all music, but his passion is soul music, from Motown to Mississippi. He was a club and radio DJ in the mid to late seventies, often credited for bringing Jazz Funk to the dancefloors of the UK. He regularly appeared on and represented Radio 210 Thames Valley until his father told him he should get a proper job!
Well, now he has; join him on Friday afternoons from 1pm.
Andy Henly has been working in Radio professionally since 1988. He started his career doing overnight shows on GWR FM, and since then he has worked for radio stations like Severn Sound, Gold, Jack FM and The Breeze.
When not in front of the microphone, Andy has worked in Radio Programming (Music Manager and Programme Controller). As well as Big Ones and New Ones on Eartunes Radio you can hear Andy doing Sunday Breakfast on The Breeze (South West)
Outside of Radio, Andy is a huge fan of 20th Century history, Loves cult and classic TV and tries to stay fit by rambling around Wiltshire.
George is by far the most hard-working of the entire Eartunes team. He "mans" the studio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - providing a sustaining service for times when the studio is unoccupied, and of course always ready to jump in and assist "Live" presenters.
We suspect that "Posh Betty" may be from a titled family, but presenting at Eartunes Radio to "keep in touch with her subjects". You can catch her "pumpin' out the tunes" during The Party Zone every Saturday night.