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The station with a sting in its tail!

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GARRY BUSHELL

A controversial and fearless TV critic, music journalist, crime novelist, Charlton Athletic supporter and crusading DJ, Garry is one of Britain's most loved and admired personalities (well that's what he's written here). He is deeply associated with British youth cults and his love of rock, punk, reggae and ska bands, both old and new, is amply demonstrated in his shows on Mad Wasp Radio: GBH – The Garry Bushell Hour andd.The Hungrry and The Hunted

DEE WEBB

The brains behind Mad Wasp Radio, Dee has already established a cult following (and a large amount of pervy emails) courtesy of her alter-ego, Matron – the central character on the Mad Hatties Show. She also plays the homely Agnes in Rest Home Radio Dee was a regular face on the 70s London punk scene and in more recent has become one of the UK's leading champions of new talent, as can be witnessed on the shows Dee Time and the Double D Show

DAVID PRESTON

Recruited after successfully pouring a glass of wine for the station controller, David has loved music ever since he used to throw up in his cot, jigging along to the Swinging Blue Jeans' 'Hippy Hippy Shake'. He was once a member of several totally unknown punk bands and, as well as fronting his own show of cover versions, Under The Covers, he is also co-presenter on the Double D Show and 'plays' the philandering Donald in Rest Home Radio.

Terri MacDonald

Small, middle-aged, Irish crazy cat lady, residing in a ramshackle house, with a large Scotsman and four disdainful felines. When friends with radio shows finally got tired of her constant requests for musical weirdness, they staged an intervention. They said "if you want to play that stuff, why don't you just get your own show and stop torturing us". So she did. Not wanting to be tied into decades or genres, her show Cabinet of Curiosities works on a weekly theme, and requests are actively encouraged! The show continues to surprise, even her with the tracks that come up – although she's still struggling to find a genuine Tibetan Nose Flute solo. actually she's probably kidding about the Tibetan Nose Flute… unless you know of a track?

John Armstrong

Having failed to get the part of The Master in the new Dr Who (perhaps due to neglecting to apply), John has instead created his show Tuning Up. He has been broadcasting in his adopted home of Manchester for a number of years and has, since the 1980s, been part of the underground music scene there and beyond: Performing live and hosting visiting bands gigs, in addition to writing for Florida-based Rock At Night website and the occasional piece elsewhere. Tuning Up comes in from the cold, it's coat pockets bulging, stuffed with succulent eclectic choice cuts of independent, neglected, new and not so new non-mainstream sound.

Mike Pougounas

Broadcast from the exotic climes of Greece, Mike's Blackout Radio Show places its focus largely on underground artists, though there will also be the odd classic from bygone days thrown into the mix. Among the varied genre that Mike covers are punk, post punk, goth, psychedelic rock, prog rock, electronica, industrial goth, alternative, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and dub – though he draws the line at heavy metal and hip hop!

Jake DaPhunk

Club DJ and much in-demand remixer, Jake brings his earthy East European tones to the Mad Wasp airwaves with his snappily titled show And Now For Something Completely Electctronic… – taking you on a journey through the very best in alternative dance and modern electronic music.

Andre Leon

Andre is something of an old hand in the radio and media world. After working in the record industry and music publishing, he launched  the community station Central London Radio to offer aspiring broadcasters an entry into the profession. He went on to work at many other stations, including Invicta Sound, Cafe Radio, Capital Gold and Classic FM. In 2008, he launched UKlightradio, making many shows for stations around the world, including Sounds of the Century.

Darren Chraplak

The youngest presenter on Mad Wasp radio, Darren Travis Chraplak started out as a live performer in comedy. He got a guitar for Christmas aged eight, and was on stage less that two weeks later. After about a year of doing that, he walked into a record store not expecting much. As he looked through the records, the owner asked how he knew so much about music? Darren showed him some of his live performances and he loved it.Turns out he worked at a radio station and offered him a slot!.He obviously said yes and that’s how he got a radio show. Fast forward a few years and DJ Darren is now 12 and is still producing a weekly one- hour comedy and music show, Off The Record.

Roger Peck

Roger has been a country music fan for over 40 years and his tastes range from the classic traditional sounds to the modern-day chart music. He is pleased by the upsurge and growing popularity of British artists, which is reflected in his British Country Music Show

STEVE BLACKNELL

A legend in his own bath time, Steve has been in the music business for longer than he can remember. A presenter on Live Aid and BBC Breakfast Time as well as a VJ on MTV, he says working on Rest Home Radio is one of the greatest achievements of his career, though this may be due some incriminating photos that have fallen into the hands of the station management. He will also be presenting the show Weekend Waffle if he can get off a train without injuring himself.

LEE MELLOWS

Host of The Left Field, which brings together music across the musical spectrum, Lee is a veteran of the video and communications industry where he has worked as a writer, director, editor, camera operator and voice artist. He has written for and directed the likes of Fry & Laurie, Hale & Pace, Angus Deaton and Rory Bremner and has even survived several recording sessions with Tom Baker! His love of Tangerine Dream will also be represented in The Larva Lamp.

Alan May

Known on radio for the Glory Boy mod show on 6TR, Alan was rebellious as a youth but has matured like a perfect cheese, and chooses his music like most choose their wine. Expect raucous classic punk through to oi! on his Garage Punk for Boys show, while his show Shake provides an eclectic mix that explores the whole mod genre and gives new artists a much needed chance of some air play.

Mark taylor

When he’s not driving trains around Cornwall, Leicester-born Mark is the presenter of the monthly show Diamond Lights Express and listens to music pretty much ALL the time! He claims there is pretty much nothing he won't listen to. The title of his show reflects both his daytime job and his love for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (poor chap) – 'Diamond Lights' was, lest we forget, a hit single for the mullet-haired Spurs duo Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle back in 1987, and is a song he keeps trying to get played on other shows. His other great love (apart from his family of course!) is quizzing. Much to chagrin of one of the Mad Wasp Radio bosses, he appeared on the TV quiz show The Chase and made it through to the final chase… but was sadly caught by Frosty Knickers with just two seconds to spare!! He says quizzes are perfect for him because he has a brain that can remember all sorts of useless information and trivia. But tell him to remember to put the washing on and he’ll clean forget. Our sympathies to Mrs Taylor.

gordon stoker & julia gosling

Julia and Gordon are newbies to the world of radio. Having left the bright lights of London for the green fields and mountains of Tasmania in Australia, they became involved in the local radio station in the form of Cogwebs & Strange. Their different music tastes smash together to produce an eclectic show that is alternative at its heart. Theoretically, it’s the best in Goth, Steampunk and Punk, but Julia tries to sneak in cheesey songs while Gordon quietly slips in the odd psychedelic rock classic. 

Alan Read

When not bamboozling the listeners of My 80s with his fiendishly tricky Monster Mash Up quizzes, Alan can be found bringing back the 70s with his own Sequins to Suburbs show. Although he claims the 1970s were way before his time, we've seen his passport and know that may not be entirely accurate.

Heather Teysko

The presenter of The Tudor Music Hour, Heather has always been passionate about history, since growing up in a 300 year old house in Pennsylvania (that's considered old there). She built her first history website 20 years ago this summer, and started the Renaissance English History Podcast in 2009, making it one of the longest continuously running indie history podcasts. She devotes her time to all things Tudor - she created the online Tudor Summit, a twice-yearly online event featuring leading Tudor historians and bloggers that draws over 1,000 people. She has written extensively on Tudor history, and particularly the music of the period, which is her huge passion. You can learn more about her at TudorMusicHour.com

Dave Watkins

Dave started with a local community radio station in 2011, presenting a sports show but then soon progressed to bringing a weekly blues show to the airwaves. This quickly found a lot of regular fans from all across the world and in 2014, he was named Independent Blues Broadcaster of the Year at the British Blues Awards. He also dabbled with prog and generalrRock shows and was a regular on the Breakfast Show too. After leaving the station in 2016, he set up a home studio and has been producing The Country Mile since January 2017. 

GARY GOODMAZE & PAUL SHED

Gary Goodmaze and Paul Shed are two ordinary guys who love a bit of entertainment and laughter. Having been lucky enough to experience all sides of the entertainment business, working with a host of great acts and stars, they hope to bring you a healthy slice of fun and laughter on The Goodmaze and Shed Radio Show, Join them and their showbiz friends for chat and music.

Adam Riley

The presenter of K-Pop Korner, Adam is a man of many talents. Director of media website Cubed3, he has been pretending to work since 2003, reviewing videogames galore over the years, interviewing developers, and managing an ever-burgeoning pool of staff. And as well as that, Adam regularly does voice acting; whether it be corporate training courses, character voices for games, or even taking part in the Doctor Who Audio Dramas, he certainly does seem to like the sound of his own voice. Thankfully, others don't seem to mind it, either. Oh, and yeah, that is all just in his 'spare time.' Adam's actually a full-time railway design engineer during the day. You could say "tracks" of any kind are his specialty! We feel sorry for his wife…

James & jacob

Little is known about the backgrounds of Jacob and James prior to them meeting after both accidentally gaining employment at a radio station of ill repute some years ago. Rumours of their respective origin stories include – but are not limited to – raised by wolves, raised by sand people, fell to earth, secret lovechild of Neil Morrissey, found on a doorstep, lived with Buddhists up a mountain, married to the old one from Birds of a Feather, worked for the CIA, worked as a Redcoat at Butlins, aided in the capture of the Yorkshire Ripper, once lived on a roundabout for 2 months, etc. Jacob & James went from being music-loving colleagues to firm friends after the conception and launch of Lone Frequencies. The rest, as literally nobody says, is history.

Rob Walker

Originally from London, Rob has surprisingly been presenting That Indie Thing for four years on various stations. Now based in the sun-drenched metropolis of Northampton, he mainly plays new and recent Indie pop, post-punk, psychedelic, garage rock and the odd slice of Surf music. Known to occasionally go off-piste with the odd themed show. He supports Barnet FC (someone has to) and was once in an appalling punk band that Garry Bushell once mentioned in Sounds. 

SARAH LEWIS

A self-confessed obsessive of 80s culture, Sarah is a mine of useless trivia on the decade. With an uncanny knack of bumping into celebrities, and only a few restraining orders against her, she can recall in startling detail events from over 30 years ago, but is unlikely to remember what she had for lunch. Randomly quoting old lyrics in her My 80s show, with a secret stash of neon-coloured legwarmers and naturally big 80s hair, Sarah is a walking, talking nostalgia fest of everything Eighties.

JONNY STEINGOLD

The presenter of Dixieflier, Jonny has been in love with music ever since hearing Johnny Duncan sing 'Last Train to San Fernando'. He grew up in the halcyon days of the 60s and took a keen interest in the charts until the late 70s. Mainly interested now in Americana – a contemporary music incorporating elements of blues, folk, country and other forms of roots music.

Howard Billington & James Cobley

Howard and James are two 30ish Englishmen with little in common except for a love for music, complaining and Japan. They didn't even like each other when they initially met. However, after coming across each others' antics through mutual friends, they started hanging out and making bizarre comedy videos together, usually on a whim. James, the comic book shop owner (Howard doesn't understand comic books at all) travels to visit Howard in his recently adopted Japanese home and to buy special edition Japanese candy (also an irritant to his friend). Howard is a singer-songwriter and producer specialising in mocking pretty much everything. Together, they've got their shit together just about enough to condense their antics in to a comedy show, The Sapporo Broadcast.

Donald Strachan

The man behind Views From The Edge, Donald worked in the legendary 'Bruce's Records' in the early 1970s, before going on to spend many years teaching in Scotland. When he managed to escape from that career his interest in music was rekindled when he was persuaded to volunteer for Generate Radio in the Scottish Borders. Generate was twice nominated for 'Scottish New Music Awards', 'Radio Station of the Year' and Donald once for their 'Media Person of the Year'. Since then, Donald has continued to seek out and support unsigned acts by including their music in his shows and penning reviews of gigs and albums. When not 'attached' to his laptop he can be found out and about appreciating and photographing the stunning landscapes of the Borderlands 'between' England and Scotland.

JAMMIN' JAMES RILEY

Presenter of the Rockabilly 'N' Blues Radio Hour, James brings you the very best in modern and vintage rockabilly, blues, surf, early country, early rock and Ameripolitan, plus interviews with legends and new artists. As James says: "I want to show that great music is great music and it reaches different generations… sometimes it's not cool to like older music, but once you get past that, it's just great music.

JOHN HENERY

John is a regular voice on the airwaves in his native Scotland and brings a broad church and a lot of Punk Attitude to the party. The host of Spectrum and Teenage Kicks, his tastes range from MIles Davis to The Cure and back again, but, as John Peel once said,"'there are only two kinds of music – good stuff & bad stuff". John's somewhat sarcastic, monotone style is as far removed from Smashy and Nicey as you're likely to get but hey, it's all about the music maaan!

Songs of preys

Songs of Preys takes us on a mildly menacing meander down fog-laden Amnesia Lane, remembering songs from when music really mattered. The show features post-punk, goth and electronic tunes which have stood the test of time, unlike most of us DJ’s! The Anti-Pop Police will be monitoring this show closely as we introduce you to new talent in the same vein/vane, proving that this music STILL matters.

NMS60

Featuring highlights from their popular New Music Saturday podcast, join Dr. Bones and Mike Five for NMS60, featuring new tracks by independent bands, interviews, reviews, random music chat, and  some poorly thought out phrasing. Bonesy’s encyclopaedic knowledge of obscure rock facts and Mike calling everything #properrocknroll always guarantees a good show. Broadcast from Canada and the UK using the power of technology that almost never goes wrong (well it does… but we cut those bits), tune in to the show described as “filling the gap left by John Peel and the NME (when it used to be good)”.

Stepping Out

DANNY GRAY

Danny was raised on the fumes of aircraft amid the gritty suburban backdrop of Feltham in west London. Growing up in the '70s and '80s has provided him with first-hand knowledge and a keen eye for street fashions and cultures, musicians, like-minded individuals and self confessed poseurs – providing the backdrop for Subculture UK, often accompanied by Randy Spaniel. Whether you are a Ted, Mod, punk, chav, or just a lover of old TV, this is the show for you!

Simon Mckay

At the age of 15, Simon published the Newcastle post-punk fanzine ‘Eccentric Sleeve Notes’ (1981 to 1984). Towards the end of that time he moved into club DJ work and formed the rather uncelebrated indie-acoustic pop band, Said Liquidator. In the last ten years Simon has revived his interest in post-punk by putting the archive of his fanzine online and adding some new interviews In tandem with this, he’s produced a number of Post Punk Britain radio shows now available through Mad Wasp Radio.

MARK LANGDON

Mad Wasp Radio's go-to man when it comes to spinning the hits of yesteryear  Mark started DJing in the late 1970s and spent some time spinning discs at 247MW Swansea Sound during the 1980s. He says he loves all good music but especially The Beatles, Rolling Stones and ELO.The Cardiff-based host of Mark Langdon's Oldies, says he loves to play oldies mainly because he is a bit of an old git himself! 
 

DARREN CROOK

The presenter of both The Ultimate Music Stash and Celluloid Street, Darren has worked on a number of community and Internet-based radio projects in and around Gloucestershire since 1995. He started as a volunteer and then as a part-time staffer at Forest Of Dean Radio, presenting a number of shows including The Spectacular, The Eclectic Breakfast, Chilled And Blissed – but he's most known around the area for presenting White Labelled City promoting unsigned bands and singers. His HNC radio and broadcasting training at Stroud College enabled him to gain work experience on BBC local radio and commercial radio at national level. Since the demise of FOD Radio, Darren has worked briefly on White Labelled Radio and Triangle Radio. In 2016 Darren got involved with Radio Beacon Online creating a diverse and wide reaching schedule focusing on unsigned and emerging artists – making him a perfect fit for Mad Wasp Radio.

Frank Broeders

The host of The Total KnockOut Experience, Frank Broeders has been working in radio and as a club DJ since the late 1980s. Starting at his home town radio station, he moved on to different commercial stations in the south of Holland and Belgium. Since 2009, Frank has been involved in Internet radio attracting many listeners to his online radio shows, podcasts and on FM in Malta. In January 2014, he started The Total KnockOut Experience, featuring a wide variety of quality music: pop, indie, rock and dance. 

Titus Jennings

The man behind The Retro Album Chart Show, Titus is a child of the 60s and of suburban London – though now a resident of South Wales – and has been involved in radio and the music industry, in one form or another, for most of his working life. He's been waffling away and playing his always-eclectic blend of music since the late 70s on stations such as London Hospitals Broadcasting, Kingston Hospital Radio and University Radio Bath. In the 90s and 00s, he presented the Breakfast Shows on Bath's Torch FM and Bristol's Caroline Rocks, and has been working as a presenter/ producer & programme controller on a number of internet-based stations since 2005. Titus managed a couple of Bristol record stores in the late 80s and has also written CD, DVD and book reviews for Record Collector and other publications. He did ask us to mention that he is available for further voiceover, writing and audio production work; please send offers via his email, Twitter or Facebook accounts (which he plugs relentlessly).
 
 

RICHARD ORAM

Richard was born and raised in the UK, but now lives in Denton, Texas. His show, Granny Takes A Trip, was little more than a pipedream for over 30 years, but it's amazing what you can do in Texas with a British accent. In his spare time… well, he's a single father of two teenagers, so he has no spare time. But the two great loves of his life – kids excepted – are still music and his beloved West Ham United, because a constant source of disappointment keeps everyone well-grounded.

Maximum Rhythm & Booze

Hosts Jonny Owen (filmmaker/actor) Penny Lane (voice of reason) and Warren Peace (philanthropist, emphasis on the ‘pissed’), fight fire with Bombay Sapphire on Maximum Rhythm & Booze – with top tunes, barely sober banter and a line-up of celebrity guests popping by to raise a glass  to the internet's most listened-to 'subcultured' show! Allegedly.

Colin French

Aussie Colin has had an interest in radio since a child when he ‘broadcast’ old 78s around the neighbourhood. He had his first taste in the industry as a panel operator and went on to work at commercial stations both on air and behind the scenes. In the early 1980s he produced a ‘60s top 40 show on Community Radio in the Sydney suburbs of Bankstown and Liverpool. After a short presenting spell on the Internet station The Journey, he started up his weekly Rewind To The 70s show – which pretty much does what it says on the tin.