WHEN I was told about an new radio programme being broadcast from the wilds of High Sion and boasting over a thousand listeners per week, I have to say I was dubious.
It’s always dangerous to assume, of course, and after receiving a personal invite from music-mad Jim McIntyre to report on his latest broadcasting endeavour ‘Jim’s Jukebox’ on the increasingly popular Keltic Radio channel, I was keen to come along and see it for myself.
Welcoming me into his home, Jim led me up to his loft coversion/musical mecca, complete with full radio broadcasting set-up.
“This is where the magic happens,” he said.
“I broadcast my twice weekly radio programme to hundreds of listeners over the globe,” he explained, while putting on his headset and adjusting sliders on the mixboard.
“The project was borne out of a love for music and we have listeners from as close as down to road, to fans in Canada, China, Newfoundland and across Europe.”
Keltic Radio, Jim tells me, includes himself and some 25 other DJs from across the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
As an online radio station with an Irish heart, the station was started in June 2017 by Irish singer and radio DJ Dee Brown, who contacted Jim after she started the station when living in Canada.
As a previous DJ for Finn Valley FM and a range of other stations, Jim jumped at the chance to present his own show on Keltic Radio, ‘Jim’s Jukebox.’
“It’s all about the love of music,” he continued. “The show boasts that I have the biggest jukebox in the world, and it wouldn’t be far wrong. I have several hundred-thousand pre-loaded songs on the system, meaning listeners from around the world can request whatever they want.”
This said, Jim’s real passion is music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and having toured with the Drifters and other bands in his day, he is always on hand to offer a tune from the era as well as musical trivia to likeminded listeners.
“During my last show, I received requests from listeners in San Fransico. To think they were listening to the show despite the time difference is always mind-blowing, and shows just how connected we are in the modern age.”
With this, Jim feels the future of radio undoubtedly lies online.
“Whether it be a smartphone, a Smart TV, phone or laptop, listeners can tune into Keltic radio,” he said. “Internet radio, and the sheer ability to cater for all genres, is without a doubt the future.”
As Jim gears up for his latest broadcasts on Sundays from 10am – 12am and Mondays from 8pm to 11pm , he hopes to attract hundreds, if not thousands of new listeners.