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Did you miss me?

Hi Gang,

I know it has been a long time, so put the kettle on and hit the link BBR And let’s have a bit of a catch up.

First, I want to that everyone for all the support that you have given to both myself, and the Radio Station.  Not only tuning in, in your droves, but by supporting the events which we put on around the country, and in other countries.  I would like to also thank you on behalf of the team.  Who have seen an increase in subscribers/listeners to podcasts, So thank you for that.. We would also like to say a special thank you to everyone who has supported ‘Soulful Sundaes’.  You have come down to Herne Bay in your 100’s and we thank you for all the positive feedback, and look forward to seeing you down at the Bandstand, as the Summer continues.

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This weekend 11th-12th August 2018, We have Herne Bay Carnival 2018, and we have brought some special guests over from BBR Tenerife.  David Manso & Le Canarien!

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We look forward to seeing you all down in Herne Bay, on Saturday.  If your in Reading on Saturday night you can catch the Duo from Tenerife, alongside BBR’s Rob Randell!! At the ‘Purple Turtle‘ (Yep.. I said it).

ONWARDS!!

I have been known to use these pages to have the odd rant, bit of politic’s, I steer well clear of religion.  But I have seen some weird thing going on with other stations.  I always say we are in a business, which is full of competition, and that means that you have to either be very niche, or very broad in terms of what you do.  At the same time it’s a business, and the minute you go on air, you have a responsibility to your listeners!  Take what you do seriously, and have a plan to be broadcasting in 10 years time.  I took a financial punt, but at the same time their was, and is a long-term plan.  Kind of build it, they will come!!  And I am grateful that you all share the enjoyment,ent we hope to bring with BBR.

With that in mind, it has alway been our strategy to expand our operation in Tenerife (Canary Islands), and we shall start broadcasting on FM in Tenerife in 2019.  This will run alongside our current online programming, and will offer the not only our online users, but our FM & Online Listeners the opportunity to experience a new schedule of dual programming, with live shows from both the UK & Tenerife.  This has been something we have been working on for some time, and look forward to our launch in January 2019.

THERE’S MORE!!

Fun in the Sun 2019‘ Someone booked today, and paid £398.00pp flights & Accommodation.  So don’t take my word for it! book for yourself, and buy your BBR Wristband, and you will be in store for one hell of a week!!  We will be bringing to Tenerife, from Italy ‘Camera Soul‘  for two Amazing shows at the Legendary ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ Los Americas, Tenerife. In January 2019 as part of FITS 2019.

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‘FITS 2019’ Just got bigger, so why not be a part of it.. Book your trip & get yourself a BBR Wristband, and be a part of Fun in the Sun 2019, in Tenerife. for more info: boogiebunkerradio@gmail.com

For all you need to know about Tenerife, follow our Partners Tenerife Buzz (www.tenerife.buzz)

FINALLY!!

It’s been a hectic few weeks with all the project’s me and the team are trying to juggle.  The Wife has been back and forth to hospital with her mother, so it has been all hands to the pump.  Hence the delay in the update!  Lot’s of exciting stuff in the pipeline, so follow this blog, or subscribe to BBR..

Have a great weekend, and if you can’t be good? Be careful!

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?

 

HOLLA AT ME!

 

JJ

 

 

He’s got my vote? Danny for Prime Minister!

Hi Gang,

I know it’s been a while… So lot’s to catch up on! So kettle on and click the link for some tunes BBR

World Cup, Brexit, Soulful Sundaes, to name but a few are the topic, we are going to cover.  First up Brexit.. I saw my old mate Danny Dyer on Television, giving his opinion on Brexit, which went viral, and basically, I can’t help but agree with him at every turn.  No matter what side of the argument you are on? Leave or Remain! Your not going to get what you want, and in the mist of it all is a great big mess? And Danny is right? Where is David Cameron! In France, with his trotters up! Darn right! but he is right… What a twat!  David Cameron had the opportunity, as Prime Minister to go to Europe, and said.. We want, and if you don’t give us.. We will leave! And on the result of the Referendum, I have a feeling, he would have got us a great deal, and we would be having our cake and eat it! Instead, and I am going to say it, because Danny couldn’t on National Telly! We are Fucked!! Let’s not make any bones about it, we are in deep shit!

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In the last 2 years since the referendum, We as a country have spent Billions, working out how we are going to get out? Without making the country bankrupt? Good luck with that.. Teresa!  Now we all remember that famous £350 Million!  Let’s for a minute, say it exists? The cheapest solution to the Irish Boarder Situation? Would Cost £25 Billion, Yep £25 Billion.. for a £350 million a year saving! You do the math!  Some of the issue’s prior to the referendum was immigration.. That has dropped, mainly from Non-Europeans! and Europeans, has not only dropped, but people leaving the country has increased! mainly Europeans.  One of the concerns of Brexit, is that immigrants, have been the backbone of the country for so many years, that the lack off, or the loss of, does not in-fact create more jobs for British people, because they were the jobs, that Brit’s didn’t want to do! Anyone fancy working 10 hours on a chicken farm, or picking fields in Kent, for 10 hours, on your hands and knees.. Hell No!

Everyone keeps telling me, about getting our boarders back, and control of trade! Sounds good.. But let’s take a look at that.. President Trump, is in the middle of a trade war, and We think that he will do us a favour, by giving us Tariff free access to his US Market? Is that ‘Putting America first‘? I think not, so I can’t see any sweet deals for us? And if there is… What does America have, that we can’t get cheaper, and quicker from Europe? Even with a new Tariff agreement.. After all we are going to get a good deal?

Our Boarders.. Like America, we can dictate, who we let into the country… Even with freedom of movement rules! I will explain…  AT EVERY UK BOARDER THERE IS A SIGN! “We have the right to refuse entry into the UK… TO ANYONE”!  We have control of our Boarders! WE CHOOSE NOT TO!! FACT!!

The final point from the referendum, was our Parliament being in control, and not a bunch of bureaucrats in Brussels.. Fair and interesting point!  Have you ever watched our parliament?  Nuff Said! And let look at some of those rules.. We know the bent Bananas was a joke! So how bad are these rules? And some of the counties having to suffer these rules! I can only talk from personal experience, but I am sure you will see my point, if you have travelled round Europe. Holland, Rotterdam, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, to name a few, each have their problems, but as far as I can see the laws, and rules that those Bureaucrats have put in place, seem to have done each of those countries as service, and each of them, have managed to negotiate favourable terms, while inside the EU!

I am going to leave this topic, for now, and I am sure over coming weeks we will no doubt have to revisit it, but I am praying that Prime Minister Dyer, get’s in and sorts this mess out.. and in his words.. ‘Soon As‘.

Onwards!

World Cup fever is upon us.. And I for one am loving every minute, it have been the only thing that has keep my eye off the Premier League transfer market.. (Come on West Ham, few more players in).  But this World Cup, in Russia has been the first time I have been able to truly believe, we could actually win the thing! Fingers crossed, and not wanting to ‘jinx’ things I will leave the subject there for now… Save to say.. Come on England!!

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Summer is here!

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Last weekend we launched ‘Soulful Sundaes’, Boogie Bunker Radio’s Summer Event.  Held in the Glorious Seaside town of Herne Bay, Kent.  We Take over the Central Bandstand, with our partners Makcaris Ice Cream Parlour!  We bring an afternoon of across the board Soul & Dance music, with a hint of Reggae!  We had great weather, and a great crowd throughout the day.  We shall be back every Sunday, as Well as Saturday 11th August for the Famous Herne Bay Carnival, when we will have some extra special guest joining us.

So why not come and join us for a day at the seaside, and some great music. Free entry throughout the Summer!

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This week on the family front, hasn’t been great, NO! The wife is very much alive... But her Mother has been unwell, and it has put a strain on the family, as a whole.  My wife is a little bundle of energy, as many of you know? But with hospital visits, and the worry, it does have its effect all round.  I unlike most am very pragmatic, and to some very strong and capable.  Which to a degree I am, I am a good businessman, and run a successful business, which I built from scratch.  But there are days, that my wife puts me to shame!  She has been exhausted, but each day, she gets up, and brushes her teeth, and gets ready for another day, of more unknown.  Yes, there have been tears, and couple of nights of waking up, in her clothes.. Where I have pulled the covers, over her corpse!  I have had to cope with a couple of ‘Bitch‘ moments, but I can take all that, because I look at my wife, with great pride.  My admiration for how she has coped is immense, and I hate to say it… I am a lucky guy, to have such a loving & caring person by my side.. And if anyone tells her, they are a dead person!

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You know what to do?

 

HOLLA AT ME!

JJ.

 

Time for another holiday?

Hi Gang,

I am back, sun-tanned… What’s so funny… You know the drill.. Kettle on.. hit the link BBR

First I want to thank everyone involved in our recent trip to Tenerife.  My DJ’s, Rob Randell, Jackie Allsorts, Malc, Ed Mahon, David Manso, Sergio, LUUH, Aitor Robles, Alby, and everyone involved.  To all the superb venues, thank you for all your assistance and we look forward to seeing you again, very soon.  Some of the photo’s and videos are available via the radio station website.

Never one to shy away from controversy.. I return to find out that the Brexit situation, is no better, and still costing us a fortune.  Which make me wonder! Tenerife is not part of the EU, but a member of the EEA.  It’s cheap, it’s well run! bins are collected daily? unemployment is average! By taking this possibility off the negotiating table, not shooting ourselves in the foot? Just going to leave that out there!

Moving on!

Going to try to get it all in… We went to Tenerife to do some promotion, for ‘Fun in the Sun 2019’ Our annual trip to Tenerife.. We needed to test Venues, and check on new venues, all the tech stuff.. We did however stumble over an amazing venue which will add something to next years ‘FITS 2019’.  And we shall add 2 night’s under the star’s as part of next years event.

We have also added an amazing new Sponsor ‘Tenerife Buzz’ This brand new app is not only a tour guide for the island, it will offer discounts, and a host of business listings, and information, invaluable to our ‘FITS’ travellers.. This year it will make up the ‘FITS 2019 Wristband’ listing venues, times, travel info, and where wristband holders can claim their discounts.  The app will be online in mid-September! However anyone ordering their ‘FITS 2019 Wristband’ before 1st September 2018, will get FREE subscription to ‘Tenerife Buzz’.  So FITS 2019 is shaping up into something really special…

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While we are on the subject of Tenerife… I want to thank everyone at Parque Santiago 6, and the Staff at Loft, Coffee & Food.. For allowing us at BBR to take over the whole shopping centre!! Something we could never dream of doing in the UK, and anyone who saw the videos, will agree it was some spectacle.. We are going to do it again, in January! be a part of it..

Moving on.. Again!

My Plans to set up BBR Tenerife, moved another step closer! I will not say too much for now! However, FITS 2019 should be broadcast across the south of the island on FM!! As well as worldwide online!

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I know some may be sitting and reading this, thinking! what a cocky git! I feel you… But I said this was my plan 2 years ago, and I get up at 6am each day, and start work, and am still working when my wife puts my dinner on the table in the evening.  Apart from my wife, no one has any idea, the hours I have had to put in to get the Station, and the brand that we are building around it together.  There is more for us to do, and I still need to put things in place, so that we are not just a flash in the pan radio station.  I have a great team of DJ’s both here in the UK, and in Tenerife.  I can’t put into words what it feels like to see them all working together, sharing ideas, teaching each other tricks, and the love they all have for the music, I know it’s all a little cliché, but truth be told, I keep saying I started this station, as someone pissed me off, but now we are here, let’s make it the best..

I am never going to change in that thinking.  Cocky, far from it.. I can’t afford to be! As those same DJ’s I mentioned who I am so proud of, look to me to keep this thing rolling, which of course I intend to.  People have not been too sure about us, and our numbers show that a hell of a lot of people listen, so we can’t be doing so bad.  We have a plan! And we are going to stick with it.  If you clicked the link above… Not too bad is it?

Onwards!

Summer…. Ice Cream… Soulful Sundaes!! Forget Shopping Centre’s… Bandstands!! This Summer.. Boogie Bunker Radio & Makcaris Ice Cream Parlour. Herne Bay, Kent… Bring you ‘Soulful Sundaes’ Starting on 1st July 2018, Then every Sunday until end of August! Every Week it will be hosted by a new BBR DJ from Both BBR UK & BBR Tenerife! Bringing the Sunshine to Herne Bay, Kent.  Live from the Bandstand at Herne Bay, Exclusive to Boogie Bunker Radio, and broadcast live worldwide. Come and meet the BBR Team!IMG_1448

So that’s summer in the south east of England sorted! But fear not.. Look out for other member’s of the BBR team, in a town near you! And our Tenerife DJ’s are Resident’s at Monkey Beach, Hard Rock Hotel, Le Club, Siam Park, Loft Coffee & Food, Roca Negra! to name a few!

Getting to the end now…

Finally… I want people to know, all these trip’s, are not for the faint of heart.. I am not going to lie, 3 day’s in and I was knackered! But I want to make a special mention to my wife..

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Corinne Williams is one great big ball of energy, forever the hostess, and sometimes a bit of a bitch! But she has earned the privilege..  But I am truly nothing without her.. My life is hectic, and she manages to help keep it all on track.  She peck’s my head, on the odd occasion, but I love her for caring, although I can’t say that! She was and this trip, she was my rock, yet again, and made sure the villa was the place to be, for the 10 days.. Love you Bub, x

You know what to do?

HOLLA AT ME!!

 

JJ

It’s a ‘Good Friday!’

Hi Gang,

It’s that time again, so grab a coffee, and hit the link… Boogie Bunker Radio May as well tune into the station, while you have a read!

It’s Good Friday, and a day of contemplation for most? Me included, yes even me too! I am human, and although not overtly religious these days, I have an a very good understanding about the background of today’s feast.. I even know how ‘Fish’ became the meal of the day!  My Genius has no bounds.. I hope that those who look at today, as one of contemplation, take a moment to consider others.  More over those less fortunate!

I celebrate my Birthday on Easter Sunday, and no I am not saying how old! I have decided that I can do without recycling, cards the next day, so I have set up a donation page which will make donations to Prostate Cancer Donate I would be grateful if you would donate at least £1 to a great cause.  I would like to thank all those who have donated, thus far.

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Onward!

Sometimes in life, people can surprise you? I will explain.  At the Radio Station, we hosted a competition to give away a trip for 2, to Tenerife! Great, and all you had to do was send, in a photo! Easy… Not so.. We got more emails to donate the prize to someone, who worked on the trip, this year, and to back that we received, just 11 entries.

Here’s where the story get even more ironic! We had already recognised the fact that this person, would indeed make a valid member of the Station Team, and therefore would be travelling anyway! For me it was the gesture, from the public, and those who travelled this year, who had, like us seen his contribution.  Be assured, we do recognise those within, and around the team, and we try our best to do something to reward those.

Which still left us with 2 ticket’s for Tenerife! After a meeting with the Sponsor’s, we feel that we have found a solution! Mega Competition Why not have a go?

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Onwards!

My Birthday weekend starts with a return to the London Stadium, for West Ham’s game against Southampton. Known as a 6 pointer, to us football fans, it will also be start of the new security measures, after the last game, and the well publicised pitch invasion. I think for now, I have said more than enough with regards to the whole issue, and my feelings with regarding how things are going, at the Club.  I will therefore, forget what has happened in previous weeks, and return with a clean slate, and see if there has been any movement on some of the issues which, in my opinion, could be easily solved, and would be seen as a positive step forward, in the eyes of many fans… Please note, as I write, I am not holding my breath (even as I wrote the last sentence!).

Finally… 

I spoke some weeks ago, about adding an FM/DAB stream to our station, and the regulations for such.  We finally completed the criteria for the Station to broadcast in Spain.  Which we see as an opportunity to increase our reach, across another platform, and opening up to us a new audience.  We would like to thank all those involved in assisting us in obtaining the necessary permissions.  This will also expand our reach during FITS 2019, where we will be able to broadcast to listeners across Spain, on Dual Networks.  Some new branding will be forthcoming, which is very exciting, and will finally take the responsibility of Marketing out of my hands, to which I am eternally gratefully.  It will also mean a base in Spain (Tenerife), which I would be happy to accommodate! If anyone is asking??

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It’s that time!! You know what to do!!

 

HOLLA AT ME!

 

 

JJ.

 

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

This theme came with the title, and I thought it was highly appropriate, so it stay’s… This Journey has long since begun, but we start a new chapter! So come along for the ride..

Well, I think the best way to kick things off, would be with a little catch up!

January!

‘Fun in the Sun’ month, and a very important time in the Station (Boogie Bunker Radio) Calendar.  We travel to the Island of Tenerife, with a team of DJ’s to play venues across the South of the island.  Tenerife is somewhere I know pretty well, as I have spent a lot of time there over the last few years, and in the 80’s, and have seen many changes over that time, but the island still very much has a place in my heart, the fact that it’s CHEAP! Is an added bonus, and therefore the perfect place for a trip..  It was never my intention to do a trip in any way, I felt that there were sufficient holiday makers on the Island, most of which were Brits, it seemed like we were bringing something different to the Island.  Two years later!! We have a wristband which offers discounts at venues, across the island, as well as discounted trip, and leisure.  So in effect your £40 Wristband can get you up to €350  in discounts across the island.  Entry to all venues are free, and wristband holders are offered discounts on food & drink in venues.

You make your own way to Tenerife, we can’t beat travel agents! and it’s a holiday too.  Yes, we have events running most day’s, but we hope that our events, work alongside your use of the discounts the wristband offers.  I am not going to lie, I made a few compromises this year, and although I had been previously rigid about how I saw things, I compromised, and it’s something I don’t plan to do again where this event is concerned.

With that said I think most, had a great week! And it was clear that the people of Tenerife are beginning to warm, not only to Boogie Bunker Radio, but ‘Fun in the Sun’ So much so that we have been asked to return in June 2018, more about that in the coming weeks, but for many reasons the event was a success, and FITS 2019 looks set to be something very special.

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Before we leave January, and FITS 2018.  We have been doing some work on our website, which will upgrade the current site and add some additional features to the site.  As well as some new branding, the overall look of the site will feel fresher, and hopefully more exciting to the user..  The new website will be online sometime mid February!

We posted a Competition on our old website, to win a trip for 2 to FITS 2019!  We will extend the entries to this competition, and the closing date for sending entries! Deadline for Entries have been extended to March 20th 2018! and details will be posted to the website, on Launch.

February!

As I said earlier, returned back from Tenerife and into planning for the return in June.  I also returned to scheduling issues at the station.  We are a few weeks away from appointing a full-time Station manager, and therefore the day-to-day running has fallen to me.  We have a great format on the station, and are responsible for many first’s in online radio.  That is not me blowing my own trumpet, over the last 12 month, myself, and the previous station Manager, had worked on the format, and figures showed that we have got it right, so if it’s not broken!! With that in mind, I like to replace shows, like for like within the schedule.  We have a waiting list of people awaiting shows, so much so that we have a guest mix slot, where we play mixes sent to us.

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We are a worldwide station based in the UK, and we have access to some of the best DJ’s in Tenerife! And we found a couple of stars during FITS 2018, and it was only right to find a slot for them, and they find themselves in our new schedule.  We wish those moving on to pastures new, all the best for the future, as they begin their journey.

Here’s where we are! 

Here’s the bit where I normally bring things up to date, chat a bit about family.. Blah, Blah!  And I make a joke about the Wife, still being alive!! Far be it for me to disappoint anyone, but this time I will have to save it! As unfortunately I can’t say too much on the family front, which can only mean a baby is due, or someone is terminal, or someone is due in front of a Judge? Either way, I will have to save it for a future posting….

I fly out to Malaga (Spain) in the next 24 hours, for a bit of down time with the wife, and do a bit of Radio.  As we come back to a busy March, With our regular LIVE event, ‘Soul by the Sea’ at The Diver’s Arms, Herne Bay, Kent. (10th March 2018 – Website for details).  And the start on the new schedule on Boogie Bunker Radio.  With the addition of the brand new website, it’s an interesting few weeks ahead.

Finally!  

I am in a different place now, than when I last wrote a blog, and I did get myself in trouble.  I would like to say that I have mellowed, and that my past rants, and finger-pointing at our Government, and in some cases other Governments, has come to and end, and I am content with spending my Saturday afternoons in my seat at the London Stadium, watching West Ham United! But alas I cannot… I am still going to say what I feel, and probably upset a few along the way, this is never my intention, but you can’t please everyone? Stuff with me is pretty much Black & White! It is, what it is? As the kids say these day’s.

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I hope I will bring some laughs along the way, but at the very least I will give you something to make a comment about, and good bad, or indifferent, I will post them! If I have an opinion then so do you, and feel free to voice them… Try and keep it clean, and so will I…

You know what to do!!! 

 

Holla at Me!

 

JJ