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30Jul/110

Radio playlist- African spectacular

Yet another smashing night at Leith FM! I drop in to Saturday night's Soul Stream with Clayton P every other week to spice things up and my picks this time were some favourites from Africa. Links to the tunes are below and I defy you to stay still when you're listening.  I've got some heavy festival activity this month so I'll be back to Soul Stream in September. If you have suggestions for the next time I'm on just get in touch!

Afrikan Boy- Lagos Town

Ba Cissoko- Silani

Baloji- Independence Cha Cha

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80- Rise

Oumou Sangare- Seya

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20Jul/110

Fat bottom girls make the rockin’ world go round

I'm in full swing as a guest DJ at Leith FM now. I'm having a great time dropping in on Soul Stream every other week to take audiences around the world to discover new jazz, reggae and hip hop. Last week we went to the streets of LA and learned about the Jamaican communities in Puerto Rico and Panama that helped grow Reggae en Español or reggaeton. Have a listen to the podcast. And yes I know I need to sit closer to the microphone.

My next appearance is on Saturday July 30th from 8-10pm on 98.8 FM or listen online at www.leithfm.co.uk. I'm thinking Africa....

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3Jul/110

A great night at Leith FM

Last night was my first time on the radio. I shadowed Leith FM DJ Clayton P on his fantastic Soul Stream show which airs every Saturday from 8-10pm and gets Leith boogying to soul, funk, disco, raggae and hip hop tunes.

I met with Clayton, Station Manager Momo and a group of new volunteers a couple of months ago to get to know more about the station, say what we as volunteers could offer and to get paired up with someone at the station to get some real practical experience.

If I do say so myself our show was great and the two hours flew by. My friends and family in America listened in online and gave us great feedback through my Facebook page. We also had lots of messages and texts from work colleagues (Clayton and I know each other through our day jobs) and all the correspondence gave us both a real buzz.

Clayton's keen on my having my own show but I don't know if I'm quite ready to make that commitment because I still have so much to learn. I'm meeting Momo again tomorrow to talk about how I can help get their website up to date so for the time being I might be beavering away behind the scenes and not on air. However, Clayton and I agreed last night that I would drop in to the show every other week so tune in again July 16th!

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24May/111

Me as DJ? Getting in at Leith FM

I went along to a volunteer night at Leith FM last night and it's all very exciting. I have the great pleasure of working in my day job with two of Leith FM's best DJs and presenters, Claton P (Soul Stream, Saturday nights 8-10) and Ralph MacGillivray (Music Routes, Sunday afternoons 2-4) and it was fantastic to see behind the scenes at the station and meet lots of people, including Momo, the incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable station manager.

Leith FM has a constant stream of notes of interest from people to volunteer at the station and last night was an opportunity for volunteers to tell Leith FM what their interests are, what they can offer the station and to be buddied up with a presenter to learn the ropes. I was glad to see how encouraging everyone at the station is to get volunteers involved and even get people broadcasting in a pretty short time.

I've been buddied with Clayton P to pitch in during his Soul Stream programme and I'm hoping I can bring something different to his weekly show by sneaking in some current rap, hip hop and general good time Saturday night tunes. I'm not sure when I'll be starting but I'll keep you up to date here.

Leith FM is an amazing local radio station with an enormous work force of volunteers helping from everything from admin to presenting shows. I'm really proud to be welcomed in there and here's hoping I can learn how to work that board with all the dials and buttons.

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