RTÉ Pulse is going Back2Basics
RTÉ Digital Radio’s dedicated dance music station, RTÉ Pulse, is to air Back2Basics, which will be the first weekly vinyl radio show presented on RTE in many years. The show will air every Wednesday from 11pm until midnight and is presented by DJs Simon Palmer (originally from England) and Padraic Marren from County Clare.
Back2Basics has been running on community radio station 93.9 Dublin South FM since July 2012, where it has attracted a cult following across the world with its unique mix of classic dance music records, exclusive interviews with dance music legends and a nostalgic and often comical look back at the dance music scene by its hosts, as they reminisce about the music they play along with anecdotes about their misspent middle age in clubs and raves across Britain and Ireland.
RTÉ Pulse Station Editor, Adam Fogarty, said: “we’ve been thinking about adding an old school show to our schedule for some time. With Back2Basics we have a ready-made show hosted to by two DJs who really know their dance classics and do some great interviews. Believe it or not we still have turntables in RTÉ that do get used regularly for some of our other shows, so a weekly vinyl show is a unique aspect that we can cater for. With record sales increasing again, due to the much improved quality of vinyl and a lasting appreciation of its sound quality, we feel this is the right time to welcome Back2Basics to RTE.”
Commenting on their new home at RTÉ, Padraic Marren says: “Since the beginning with Back2Basics, even though we were on community radio, we tried to run the show as professionally as possible. From the production, to the quality of the interviews, down to ensuring every show was podcasted each week to our website, as well as ensuring everything was optimised for the internet. It’s been hard work but radio is changing so it’s been important for us to maximise our reach and listeners by using new technology.”
Simon Palmer adds: “We will do whatever it takes to get an interview. Securing a national radio exclusive with Nile Rodgers when we interviewed him after the Forbidden Fruit festival was a real turning point for us. We also recently hit 100,000 listeners for our show through iTunes and became a Featured Podcast on Podbean. If our internet stats are anything to go by we’re now probably more well-known in places like Bosnia and Bolivia, than Buncrana or Bandon, so it’s great that RTÉ has given use the chance to re-address this balance through national radio, which will allow us to expand the profile of the show across Ireland.”
Previous guests on Back2Basics include Nile Rodgers (Chic), DJ/Producer Paul van Dyk, Peter Hook (New Order /Joy Division), Nick Bracegirdle (Chicane), Mike Pickering (Hacienda DJ / M People), Dave Seaman (DJ/Brothers In Rhythm), Rowetta and Bez (The Happy Mondays), disco five piece Crazy P and the first Irish radio interviews for LA duo Classixx and British three-piece Public Service Broadcasting. All interview and previous shows can be listened to at http://www.back2basicsdublin.ie. Forthcoming interviews already recorded for RTÉ Pulse include Mark Archer (Altern 8) and producer/DJ Andy Weatherall.
RTÉ Pulse is one of a suite of digital radio services from RTÉ available on digital radio (where available), on Saorview Channel 205, UPC channel 943 and the internet via the RTÉ Radio Player, which is available on all mobile devices.