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Richard Gibson aka "Herr Flick" of "Allo Allo" at the Mad Wasp Launch Party with The Sisters of Duras and Lorraine Lancaster

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We are now about 10 weeks off of celebrating our 5th Birthday! Yes Mad Wasp Radio will be 5 years old which is a marvellous achievement considering most internet radio stations only last a few months.

When we started our station we stated that we would offer a complete mix of genres and shows alongside comedy. Everyone said your idea won’t work! It is too confusing you need to focus on one area! We thought bollocks because real music lovers love all kinds of music! And we proved that we were right!

Unfortunately success comes at a price! Whilst they do say that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” it is also a pain in the arse! All of a sudden we see start up internet radio stations trying to copy our format - doing copy cat versions of our original shows - stealing our written descriptions and copying our tongue in cheek style - even daring to nick our DJ’s unique show straplines???

If you can’t come up with original ideas of your own then you honestly feel it is ok to copy someone else? Really???

There is only ONE Mad Wasp Radio - we are totally unique and original which our loyal listeners bear testament to and continue to donate to keep our programming ad free!


And let us not forget that there are thankfully other brilliant radio stations out there who are unique and doing their own fantastic creative thing - and to those stations WE SALUTE YOU!!!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – June 2022


NITRO NICK JOINS THE MAD WASP RADIO TEAM



Join Nitro Nick with his new show Musical Spice!

Musical Spice – A radio program all about opening yourself up to the various forms of music and hearing new things. However it is mostly about a good way to spend an hour!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – June 2022


DONALD STRACHAN EDINBURGH HALF MARARTHAN IN AID OF THE ALZHEIMER’s SOCIETY



On Sunday 29 May, our very own Donald Strachan, presenter of Views From The Edge, is taking part in the Edinburgh Half Marathon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

It’s a fantastic cause and should anyone care to make a donation, please visit his Just Giving page:
Donald Strachan Just Giving Page

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – June 2022


JONNY STEINGOLD INTERVIEWS EMILY DUFF ON AMERICANA GMT!



Jonny Steingold is delighted to interview Emily Duff this week on his Americana GMT show which is exclusive to Mad Wasp Radio!

Jonny met up with Emily at the Green Note in Camden Town and you can hear them chatting on his show this week which goes out 4pm Saturday 21st May and is repeated on Monday 23rd May at 7pm and Friday 27th at Noon.

Americana GMT is one of the most popular shows on Mad Wasp Radio and Jonny Steingold never disappoints with his wonderful choice of music!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – May 2022


LOTS OF MILESTONES COMING UP FOR SHOWS ON MAD WASP RADIO!



Two very big birthdays coming up on Mad Wasp Radio this week…

On Sunday 22nd May we celebrate the 200th edition of Sequins To Suburbs – two hours of 70s goodness, brought to you by the inimitable Alan Read. Sequins To Suburbs – Sunday 7pm.

Then Wednesday 25th May sees the 100th edition of Diamond Lights Express – Mark Taylor’s brilliantly cheesy, sparkly and nutty celebration of retro music. Diamond Lights Express - Wednesday 8pm.

We have also had some other shows recently surpass their 100th Birthday At Her Majesty's (Dis) Pleasure, Old School Boombox and The Lowdown So Happy Birthday to our wonderful Presenters and Shows and here's to many more!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – May 2022


DOUBLE DARE THIS WEEK ON MAD WASP RADIO!



It's Double Dare week on Mad Wasp Radio!

This Tuesday at 9pm Neil Saint talks to Ian Burden about his time in The Human League and his musical journey.

On Friday at 8pm The Human League's classic album Dare will be featured on All Killer No Filler the monthly in-depth album show brought to you by Alan Read.

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – May 2022


THIS WEEK ON RETROPOPIC INTERVIEWS - WILKO JOHNSON



Influential British guitarist Wilko Johnson talks with The Saint of RETROPOPIC RADIO about his journey in music.

Which British group was he first drawn towards? What was his early impressions of Lee Brilleaux? How did Dr Feelgood come into existence? Which legendary pub rock venue was Dr Feelgood's first gig in London? What are his memories of writing 'She Does It Right' & 'Roxette'? How did JJ Burnel of The Stranglers become a mate? Why was he fearful of Lemmy and Joe Strummer fighting in his living room? How does he remember key punk venue 'The Hope & Anchor'? What the truth about his departure from Dr Feelgood? Which guitarist did Wilko bond over with Roger Daltrey? What stopped Daltrey from throwing in the towel over the album he recorded with Wilko? Pleased with the quality why is Wilko nonetheless disappointed with his last release?

Tune in 9pm BST Tuesday - check our schedule pages for repeat times!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2022


GOD SAVE UKRAINE!




The Ukrainians are an English band, which plays traditional Ukrainian music, heavily influenced by western post-punk. The Ukrainians Website

Check out the great work they are doing to raise funds to "Help the Ukranian Refugees".

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2022

Shows Update on Mad Wasp Radio


Dracula's Child



We promised you even more amazing shows on Mad Wasp Radio and we start with Dracula's Child - A radio show hosted by your favorite weirdo, Emmett "Mouse" Davenport. Sure, they’re old enough to know better, but they’ve never let that stop them before. Won't you join us and listen to the music of the night? They’ve got an assortment of dark, gothic & not so spooky music, they’d like to share with you.

With the resilience of a shark and swinging fists that would send any pugilist crying for their momma, Emmett "Mouse" Davenport is a high-spirited cross between a glitzy Jazz Age flapper and an in-your-face punk rocker. They're equally comfortable spending a weekend in a quiet place reading 19th century literature or guzzling down multiple pints of Guinness in the parking lot outside a club, smashing stuff. They spin an eclectic mix of goth, industrial, electronic, punk, indie, soul, funk, new wave, neo-vintage, and some good old fashioned favorites.

Catch this brilliant new show starting this Sunday at Midnight EST 5am GMT, repeated on Tuesday 4am GMT and Thursday 6pm GMT.

Blackout Radio Show Undertones New Album Special



Mike Pougounas has an exclusive interview with Damian O'Neill of The Undertones on Saturday 12th March 2022.

The Undertones are releasing 'Dig What You Need’, The Best Of The “Reformation Years” 1999 - Present on 11th March, on Dimple Discs alongside a 9 date UK tour:

March

10 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
11 - Northampton, UK - Roadmender
12 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
17 - Brighton, UK - Chalk
18 - Frome, UK - Cheese & Grain
19 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff SU Great Hall
31- Newcastle, UK - Boiler Shop

April

01 - Manchester, UK - Academy
02 - Liverpool, UK - O2 Academy
09 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
10 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
22 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy

Possibly one of the greatest pop-rock bands of all time, Derry’s The Undertones have roots that go back 45 years to the 1977 punk explosion when they were beloved and championed by BBC DJ John Peel. Songs like ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘Get Over You’ and ‘My Perfect Cousin’ are household staples beloved by millions across three generations of music listeners. The band’s reputation as recording artists and a brilliant live act has carried them through the recent two decades since they reformed in 1999 with new singer Paul McLoone. ‘Dig What You Need’ collects the best of their two reformation albums, 2003’s “Get What You Need” and 2007’s “Dig Yourself Deep”. Both albums have been digitally remastered and both are being released for the first time on vinyl. In addition, all tracks have been remixed by producer Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Elastica, Idlewild, Placebo, Julian Cope, The House Of Love).

Guitarist and founder member Damian O’Neill notes…"So dig this: Thrill Me / Oh Please / I'm Recommending Me / Dig Yourself Deep / Here Comes The Rain - all firm favourites on an Undertones set list these days, songs penned by John O¹Neill and Michael Bradley. So it's a no brainer really that all these songs (and more) should finally be included on a best-of compilation taken from the two albums we've recorded with Paul McLoone. Even better is the fact we got producer/mixing maestro Paul Tipler to remix them with fresh ears and make them sound even better than the originals. Add to that the wonderful packaging and sleeve design courtesy of Bruce and Mary from Arthole and lo and behold we have a sonically cohesive bunch of nuggets waiting to be rediscovered all over again. So dig this compilation my friends - you know you won¹t be disappointed".

Since their reformation, the band has toured several times across the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, Japan, Turkey and North America, with highlights that include Glastonbury and a pre-game performance at Celtic Park in Glasgow before a UEFA Cup play-off between Celtic and Arsenal. The band is much loved in all quarters of the British and Irish music media, with their debut album being voted into the Q Magazine Top 100 albums of all time. The band will spend March - May on the road with gigs across the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

'Dig What You Need’ track list


Side One

1. Thrill Me
2. Enough
3. Here Comes The Rain
4. She’s So Sweet
5. Fight My Corner
6. You Can’t say That
7. We All Talked About You

Side Two

1. Oh Please
2. Dig Yourself Deep
3. Winter Sun
4. I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be
5. I’m Recommending Me
6. Joyland

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2022


New shows on Mad Wasp Radio



March will see a bunch of whole new shows coming to Mad Wasp Radio, including Retropopic, featuring music and interviews from the very best of 20th-century pop music, ranging from ABBA to punk… and pretty much everything else in between! Presenter Neil Saint will also be taking a look at some of the classic albums, featuring music and fascinating interviews with the artists behind them.

Also, returning will be Dan Leisey and The Metal Institution, featuring the best from the world of heavy metal., including hair, speed, thrash, death and just about anything else you can think of!

Keep ‘em peeled as there will also be some great new comedy and goth shows heading your way!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – February 2022

New shows on Mad Wasp Radio



Alan Read brings us a show featuring your favourite albums over the decades - each show will feature a different album - All Killer No Filler! Find this great show every month on the Friday 6pm monthly rotation slot. Next show Friday 18th Feb!

Who doesn’t love a bit of sweet Soul music? There’s RnB, Motown, Northern, Atlantic and Blue-Eyed, to name just a few, then add into the mix a little bit of Ska and Reggae and you have the Retro Soul Appreciation Society! Join Lita List every month on a Friday at 6pm and get yourself enrolled! Catch this new show this Friday at 6pm!

After his one off Special a while back John Dredge is now back by popular demand - we hear you listeners! Join John this Wednesday at 6pm for his show NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING!

Thanks for continuing to listen to Mad Wasp Radio and for the donations that help us to keep bringing you your favourite shows… we couldn’t do it without you!

Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – February 2022

A NEW YEAR AND A FANTASTIC NEW SHOW - MY 80s Decade


Join Sarah Lewis and Junior Giscombe for #My80s Decade starting at 8pm UK time on New Years Day. For More information on the show you can click on the video!



Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – January 2022

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