This week we asked our very own Bob Allan from Generator to guest post for us on the topic of BBC 6 Music and their 10th birthday… Take it away Bob!
BBC 6 Music celebrated it’s 10th birthday this week two years after the station was threatened with closure, it was rightfully saved by the overwhelming response from it’s listeners supporting this special place on the digital airwaves.
The station deserves to be celebrated for its John Peel-esque eclecticism, its passionate presenters, its home for the alternative but most of all for its huge support of new music. If you’re a DIY musician, Record Label, Publisher or Manager then radio is a really important platform giving exposure to new artists and for collecting royalties.
6 Music is heavily involved in BBC Introducing that gives the opportunity for new music to be played on national radio and Tom Robinson’s show is an incredibly important part of this. The show plays all new music and feeds into a network of DJs both at 6 Music and Radio 1 who can give spot plays on daytime shows. It’s not only BBC Introducing that plays new music on the station, if your music is great, sent in the right way and targeted at the right DJ then the specialist evening shows and presenters give play to new music they like. Check my toolkit on ‘How to… send your music to radio’
This is why 6 Music should be celebrated: it gives a national voice for new alternative music.
I’ve had the pleasure of my music being played on 6 Music, the first time in 2008 by Tom Robinson and it gave me and my band a big confidence boost, we then got invited for an interview and after working at Generator sending Tom loads of music from the region I got the chance to co-present a whole show of North East music with him. The passion and enthusiasm for new music from the presenters along with playing the what they want from the best of what has been is really what sets this station apart.
Happy birthday 6 Music, your ten years are truly worth celebrating. Here’s to ten more.
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