So Long, Big City

I’m moving to Cornwall in two weeks time. It’ll mark the end of a turbulent 10 years here in Birmingham, including nearly three years in Kings Heath. In my time here I’ve set up two businesses, put on gigs, discovered new music and made life-long friends. It’s not much on (virtual) paper, but it’s my life and although there have been some really low-times, there have been some equally brilliant ones. A year ago my daughter moved down there and at the time I was apprehensive about what that meant. I’d been a constant in her life since she was born so knowing I’d only see her when time (and money) allowed was hard for me to take.

The end of the month marks a new chapter in my life, a fresh start with my first love and the chance to live somewhere that’s truly inspiring. I’ll be back in Birmingham every few months and I hope I can hold on to those friendships I’ve built. Being involved in Rhubarb Radio again will keep that link with the city I’ve grown up in, but I’m going to miss all of this.

 

Rhubarb Lowdown

I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to do something connected with podcasting again, but I really missed being part of a community. When I left Rhubarb, I missed it instantly. Not just producing the show, but being part of the technical & outside broadcast teams and doing a bit of production for new shows if they needed it. I’ve been working with Sticky Joe for a while now. He was involved in Rhubarb just before it went under and really enjoyed his time on it. He studied sound at BCU and is in the process of putting together an album working with artists from Birmingham, Jamica, Brazil and Germany (so far). Over the past few weeks I’ve been listening to old shows and talking more and more to Joe about resurrecting Rhubarb in some way.

On Monday I secured the domain names for Rhubarb Radio. They had been registered just before they expired last year and in October I started an email dialog with the registrant. We’ve both been really busy recently so emails were sporadic. He’s agreed to let us use them as he’s also really passionate about music and loved what Rhubarb was at it’s peak. I was out of work when I got involved properly and Rhubarb was a springboard to everything I’m doing now. It gave me the confidence to start building websites, meet new people and share the music that I loved most with people.

The ethos of New Rhubarb is simple. It’s going to be a global community of DJs, podcasters, musicians, comedians, poets and everything in between. Primarily a music station, we’re also encouraging people to produce documentaries, radio dramas, sports shows, phone ins and original content. There won’t be any explicit content on the station, at all. We want people to be able to tune in to the live stream and be able to share it with their family and friends.

All shows will be pre-recorded for now. We’re keeping costs to a minimum and I’m covering the server space at the moment. There are a couple of ideas on how we can raise some money in the future and we may ask for a contribution from shows to keep things going. It won’t be much, probably in the vicinity of £2-5 per show, per month but it will help. The schedule will be on a rotational basis on the most part, with “series” of 6-10 shows to allow people to secure more content and still be a part of it without having to be too committed.

We don’t have a studio space at the moment. Again to keep costs to a minimum but to allow myself and Joe to run the station without having to keep an eye on an external space. It doesn’t take much equipment to record a show at home and we’ll be providing quick tutorials on how to record once the new website is up and running. So far we’ve had about 30 people express an interest in doing shows for us and we’re looking to launch sometime in September.

Although we’re using the old logo for now, we have already started the rebranding process which should be complete in a couple of weeks. We’ll also be producing a whole new set of jingles for people to use on their shows and to handle the scheduling announcements on the stream.

We’ll be releasing more information on how to register later today, but for now if you’d like to be a part of it you can send a demo show to us. An existing podcast is fine, as long as you’re aware that when the station is up and running we’ll be looking for something specific to Rhubarb. We’re also looking for mixes, so if you’re doing something regularly on Soundcloud or Mixcloud, send us some links. You can leave a comment here, find us on Facebook or talk to us on Twitter.

For press enquiries, please contact production@rhubarbradio.com.

Wanted: Producers, DJs, Musicians (frustrated or otherwise) and Podcasters

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to start the ball rolling on a new online radio station and I need some help. If you’re a DJ, Producer, Musician, Podcaster or just someone who enjoys talking in to a mic, I want to hear from you.

Details on the station are very limited at the moment, but I know it’s going to be entirely online, with shows being sent in via Dropbox and played out both on a live stream and available for download. The schedule will be on a rotation basis, and we’ll be asking for a commitment of 3 shows to start with. More details once I get a clearer picture on how many people are interested.

Shows will “live” on one main website, and full shownotes will need to be submitted along with your show. Tracklisting *must* also be included. There may be the opportunity for shows to be broadcast live, but that’s dependent on budget really. You’re welcome to set something up via livestream, YouTube or similar to get a more interactive show.

The aim is to create a station with a diverse selection of shows from all over the world. It isn’t just about playing music; talk shows, radio drama, comedy, whatever you have a passion for will all be welcomed. If you’d like some more information, you can talk to me on Twitter @philcoyne email me or leave a comment below.

I’m taking submissions now, so if you’ve got an existing podcast or show somewhere, send me links to a selection of episodes. If you’ve got no experience at all, please do still get in touch, there will be some training materials on the website which will walk you through setting up to record.