This month, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Brian West, who is one of the founding members of the new radio station Crouch End Radio, which is the only local radio station exclusively serving Crouch End and the surrounding areas. The station features music, local news and information, chat and comedy; as well as featuring singers and bands closely associated with the area, including The Eurythmics, The Kinks, David Gray, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Travis, and Bob Dylan.
Q. So who are the team behind Crouch End radio and when did you start?
A. I started the station with Georgina Sowerby in October 2013. We’ve had our own show called Brian and Georgina’s Fat Chance on iTunes since 2005 and have just passed 10 million podcast downloads. We also wrote a book about podcasting and presented breakfast shows at Chorley FM and Coast FM. I’m also a former digital content producer at the BBC and have written comedy for Channel 4.
Q. Where can we listen to the radio station?
A. It’s online 24/7 and it streams straight out of our website at www.crouchendradio.co.uk.
A. I love radio and I love Crouch End. Georgina and I have been producing live shows at Downstairs at the Kings Head since 2002, so we thought we’d try to create an online brand for Crouch End, in order to promote local activities.
Q. What kind of things can we hear on the station, in terms of music genres and the types of radio shows?
A. Rotating local news and updates on local events. Musically, it’s mainly pop, rock and retro during the day and jazz through the night. At weekends, we break that up with a little comedy, lounge and classical.
Q. If you could pick one guest to interview on the station, who would it be and why?
A. Simon Pegg. Who is probably the best known Crouch Ender at the moment. Or maybe local actor Peter Capaldi, who’s about to take over as Doctor Who. Or that Aussie guy who runs the Harringay Arms on Crouch Hill.
Q. Where in London would be your favourite venue for a gig and why?
A. Crouch End’s Downstairs at the Kings Head. Best comedy and music club in London. Over the years I’ve compèred hundreds of comedy nights down there.
Q. Future plans for Crouch End Radio?
A. World domination obviously. I’d like to build our listenership to the point where our radio platform partners Radionomy can inject paid advertising and generate a decent revenue share for us.
Q. What are your own personal links with North London?
A. I was born nearby and studied technical theatre at Mountview Drama School. I’ve lived in Crouch End since 1994 and I also run regular scriptwriting workshops both at the Union Community Centre & Hornsey Vale (www.thinkfunny.co.uk).
Q. Final message to the people of North London…
A. Red and white bad. Blue and white good.
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See you all again in next month’s edition…