I’ve been trying to write this post since the 27th of December. Constantly rewriting, going of on tangents and probably sharing too much, but it’s allowed me to at least have a conversation with myself about what I’ve achieved, what went wrong and what I’m going to do differently this year.?
Last year was the most successful year I’ve had in the short 25 years I’ve been here, although it definitely didn’t start off like that. After losing my job via a txt message in 2009, I was struggling to get motivated to do anything and as a result, lost the one woman I thought I might actually spend the rest of my life with. I didn’t feel in control of my anything any more, especially as I was used to being able to get a job with no problem at all.?
I started to concentrate a lot of my time on Rhubarb Radio, helping out with the website and presenting my own weekly Saturday morning breakfast show. Through Rhubarb I’ve some amazing people, all of which helped me to get through several months of not being able to find a job. I was lucky enough to go to New York and Barcelona in the space of a few months, set up a company that does exactly what I’ve always wanted to do and, possibly the most significant milestone, I learnt to drive.
Here’s to more accomplishments in 2011, so far it’s been a slow start, but I’ve got faith if you have.?
Brian Travers on The Midsweep from Phil Coyne on Vimeo.
Back in February, Brian Travers from UB40 popped in to the studio to have a chat about his 30 years in music. This, for me, is my highlight of the past 18 months on Rhubarb Radio.?
Since July 2009, I’ve been broadcasting The Midsweep on Rhubarb Radio every Saturday morning between 10am and noon. In that time I’ve interviewed 20 or so bands and artists, including UB40’s Brian Travers, recorded a dozen or so live events from all over the City and made some amazing friendships along the way.
I was also given the task of administering the website, making sure programmes were recorded and fixing the Listen Again feature – which I believe is still one of the best features the station has.
My last post was about the trouble that Rhubarb has found itself in now that Daniel Cremin of Dynamics Arts is looking at moving away from funding the station. At the time of posting, I was passionate about trying to help save something that I felt I owed so much to. As the weeks have gone on, that passion has faded away, as it does with many things you devote most of your free time to.
This Saturday will be my last show on Rhubarb Radio and I’ll be doing a cheesy “Best Of” show, featuring the tracks we’ve recorded live, some of the interviews we’ve done and other various highlights that have happened over the past 18 months or so.
I’d like to thank everyone who’s listened, contributed, played on and supported the show, without you it wouldn’t have been such an amazing time. Also a special thanks to Steve, Amy, Gemma, Tammy and Dave who’ve all been producing, co-hosting and researching for me along the way.
I plan to carry on Podcasting the show at some point in the future, possibly with a live stream at the same time to keep that radioesque aspect of the show, but for now it’s ta-ra a bit.