Mad Wasp Radio

The station with a sting in its tail!

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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: GBHThe Garry Bushell Hour an.The Hungrry and The Hunted


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


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!

Darren jones

Creator of Pistols To Pulp and now the host of Connected, which focuses on the weird and wonderful from Punk to Britpop, Darren brings his cod-Brummie/London accent to the mic. Originally from the music “hotbed” of Coventry (aside from The Specials, you try and find anyone…Vince Hill?) but now a London resident for 20 years, he tries to unearth some of the hidden gems of the era for your delectation. Official Warning: The show can be a bit 'Marmite. at times.


The mastermind behind Hive Element, N/A, is a breakbeat DJ who plays funky, soulful, electro and hip hop influenced tracks. He produces breakbeat tracks which are mostly progressive in nature. He was a breakbeat DJ in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC for 14 years prior to moving to Attleboro, Massachusetts. He started out with the basics - two turntables, a mixer and a crate of vinyl. He brings to his work a life of trial by fire and a strength forged in pain and loss. \Music is his way of communicating his struggle to the world.

James Bierney


James hails from Wexford, a small town in the South East corner of Ireland. As a teenager he was told to have his voice trained and, no lion tamers being available, attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He spent the 1990s singing and broadcasting in South Africa. After moving to London he had twelve very happy years living and working in the UK. Since returning to Wexford he has given himself over to listening to music every day (which passes for work) and serious beard growing. He still sings but is too lazy for opera. In his show Classical Gas he proves that he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music but absolutely no taste!

Paul Maps


Music writer and gig photographer Paul Maps started indie blog Joyzine in 2003 for want of something better to do with his time and is still at it today.  He can generally be found scouring South London's scuzzier music venues for new sounds, dancing awkwardly with a camera round his neck.  Paul presented The Joyzine Radio Show on Croydon Radio and Wandsworth Radio for six years before bringing the programme to Mad Wasp and also runs the Joyzine Podcast Alliance. 

Tracey Binnie

Popmaster winner, celebrity badger botherer and sometimes described as the 'thinking man’s Tommy Vance', Tracey lives for good music, especially the loud sort, which is amply demonstrated on her rock show Crank It To 11. A veteran of hospital and community radio, she has extensive presenting and production experience and knows her way around the back of an analogue mixing desk (digital desks are boring – not enough wires). Taking audience interaction to a new level, she has also been known to do pole dances with drip stands to the delight of many hospital patients.

Daniel Leisey


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.


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 Lava 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.

Sam Carpenter

The presenter of EMOticon, Sam has been listening to music since his foetus days. After he developed hearing, and a taste for music, he discovered some of his favourite bands and artists on Capital FM (back when they had more than 11 songs on their playlist). Sam’s taste evolved when he started learning drums at the age of 12, and a trio from California USA, by the name of blink-182 (it is a small ‘b’, Mark Hoppus has confirmed this) set him on the road to pop-punk nirvana. In his early 20s he picked up a red Squier Strat, Sam realised he was better on a drum kit. His first live concert was Blondie, aged 12, that’s cool right? Sam has also performed, as part of his guitar education, at the Mick Jagger Centre, that’s cool too right? Away from music, Sam is a long-suffering Arsenal fan.

Lita List

Lita is small but perfectly formed (once) child of the 60s who presents a rather groovy show called Fab to Far Out, featuring the best music from that awesome era. She strongly believae that each decade enriched the one that followed, but there is no doubt the exciting and colourful 60s kicked it all off. She is half-Italian but hasn’t quite worked out which half yet (boom boom!). Music seems to accompany everything she does and she's not sure if there is ever a time when its not playing, either on one of the many speakers around the house, in her car, or in her head. She looks after a team of architects during the day and then goes home to do some proper work looking after a husband, two sons and two cats. Apart from music her other great passion is football and she has supported Chelsea for nearly 50 years (but please don’t hold that against her). She says making this show "feels to me rather like having my friends over to play records in my bedroom like we used to do when I was young, stacking singles on my little red record player and singing along. Its great that vinyl has made a comeback as there is nothing quite like buying a new album, getting it home, taking it out of its sleeve and putting it on the turntable for the first time. I still play my LP’s and singles from way back when, and that sound as the needle hits the record, scratches and all, is like travelling back in time. My records are like pieces of history and some of them still have stuff written on them such as my name and form from when I took them to parties." Lita Luvs David, Skinheads Forever and I Luv Chelsea. Those were the days…

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. 

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.

Samantha Marcus

The presenter of both The Sun Always Shines on the Radio and Into Ms Spydas Web, Sam is a middle-aged Trans woman rediscovering life, who has a passion for music and movies. She's lived all her life in Lincolnshire, has an odd sense of humour and is a swearing enthusiast!


Rob Walker

Originally from London, Rob has surprisingly been presenting That Indie Thing for five 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


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.


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.

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.

Steve Binnie & Julian Sparrow

Having spent almost two decades of talking music, comedy and general nonsense at each other, much to the chagrin of their spouses, Steve and Julian finally decided to channel this into what is now Off The Chart. Steve has run the successful ‘80s website Sound of the Crowd for the last 6 years, covering everything from current news about ‘80s bands to reruns of Top of the Pops, whilst penning a couple of books on the subject. Julian just listens to a lot of random stuff. Off The Chart came about one Friday evening when Steve and Julian bumped into each other in Asda car park. Julian said "I have an idea for you", which Steve promptly rejected. Having mulled over it for a few days, Steve came back with a counter-proposal and the show was born! Taking the standard chart format and hitting it with a big stick to see what happens, The show mixes ‘80s classics, some less remembered hits, album tracks and random foreign chart entries with a big smattering of innuendo and tongue-in-cheek humour, and is almost entirely suitable for dogs and small children.


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 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.

Darren Nicholls

The new host of From Pistols To Pulp, Darren was born in Truro, Cornwall in 1971 to Air Force parents and lived in the south west until the age of six when his parents split up. Since then, he has been in Kent, apart from a six year spell lived in Stafford. He is a member of The Heath Players amdram group in East Malling and is also a member of the Maidstone St. John Ambulance, division. He’s fond of all great music but not too keen on what's current. He finds good new music has to be sought out these days, but obviously that’s not a problem now that he can listen to Mad Wasp Radio! He recognises that there's still loads of old music to be discovered and taking over From Pistols to Pulp is going to magnify this because, as the great Tommy Vance once said, "Your audience is always more knowledgeable than you". So true!

Letters from Mouse

The presenter of The Magic Window, Letters From Mouse, AKA Steven, hails from the heart of Scotland, smack bang in between Edinburgh and Glasgow and has been a music fan for as long as he can remember. Some might say he is one mixed up dude but he prefers to describe his music taste as eclectic. Returning to force his musical taste on the public after a 15-year break from radio presenting, Steven is excited to be joining the Mad Wasp Radio team. His musical taste will see him listening to Miles Davis one minute, Minor Threat the next but it's downtempo/chilled/ DM that spends most of the time on any music player in his house, something that annoys his family no end as they just don't get it. Steven records under the name Letters From Mouse and he is still trying to remember where the hell that name came from. Strange names seems to be a pattern as Steven was the drummer (not very good technically but loud, very loud) with rock band Laughing Gravy then part of Drum and Bass duo EchoVent. With The Magic Window, Steven will be championing the sounds of the finest independent electronic musicians out there and will be attempting not to rant on air about the big music corps. “Different taste is what makes the world go round except that everyone is wrong,” Steven was once heard saying.  



21st Century Boy John comes from Glasgow and has had a BIG LOVE for music since he bought his first guitar aged 12 years old after watching Mick Ronson partner Bowie in the Spiders from Mars. He loves a variety of musical styles and got into Punk after seeing The Damned support T-Rex back in 77. John also fronts his own band The Hybrid Vine and recently released a solo album, Weeping Water. John's love of music has led him into the world of radio and he loves nothing more than playing old classics and sharing new music from local artists who are making a noise on the local music scene and deserve to be heard by a wider audience.


The presenter of Stop, Look & Listen (The Modernists Choice), Danny Gray 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. Danny’s “If you don’t like it, don’t listen” attitude, has earned great respect from his peers and Stop, Look & Listen is his raison d'être. Raised on rock 'n' roll and rhythm & blues and taught the value of a vinyl record collection at an early age, his knowledge and interest in music, style and subculture and also a love of scooters has grown into more than just a passing interest. After a brief career as a recording artist/producer in the 1990s and a number of regular 9 to 5 jobs, Danny created a podcast with co-presenter and musician Jim Sole called Subculture UK which ended up on Mad Wasp Radio exploring the myriad of British post war subcultures. On Jim’s departure due to recording commitments and the arrival of stand up comedian Randy Spaniel, the show began to move away from its original theme and ended after 31 episodes. Now you can hear Danny, on his Jack belting out his favourite tunes on ‪S L & L.


The presenter of backstreetradio, Paul has been obsessed with music since seeing Adam and the Ants on Top of The Pops at the age of six. Since then, he has amasses a huge collection of music, played drums in several incredibly unsuccessful bands and lost quite a bit of his hearing through listening to live music. On backstreetradio he will be playing his favourite indie/alternative songs as well as throwing in some from a variety of other genres. There will also be some inane and sarcastic banter, some very sad music facts that only a middle-aged man who spends far too much time reading music biographies would know, and some brilliant randomly generated music items.Expect to hear songs you know, songs you don't know, songs from brand new artists and songs you really don't want to hear again! But mostly you will get great tunes from a hugely passionate music fan and all round good vibes!

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.


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! 


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).

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.


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.

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.


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)”.

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.