New to GRTR!,
Sundays 21:00; Tuesdays 16:00, Thursdays 21:00
David presents 'Assume the Position', a weekly show
signposting new additions to the website, upcoming tours and
playing the best new and classic rock tracks, and 'New to GRTR!'
showcasing latest additions to our playlist.
grew up in the sixties on a diet of pirate Radio Caroline North
enchanted by both the music and the informality. Like many
enthusiasts, as a youngster he made home recordings of an
imaginary radio station using an early reel to reel.
David was far too young to join the 'pirates' and
therefore comforts himself with the thought that - having grown
up intimately with their output - he may have subconsciously
absorbed their presentation styles and enthusiasm.
University he worked at BBC Radio Birmingham witnessing first
hand the work of Alan Dedicoat (the voice of the National
Lottery) who was then a station announcer. He then
auditioned for Radio 210 (Thames Valley) when Bob Harris was
Head of Music and Presentation and Mike Read and Steve Wright
were on the DJ roster.
was unsuccessful and decided that he would pursue an alternative
career. However he maintained his radio interest in the
1980s when he worked for Liverpool's biggest hospital radio
station, later becoming station manager. David says:
"Technically, the station was kitted out with some of the best
ex-BBC equipment and it provided an excellent training ground
not least with the roadshows which entailed engaging the public
and of course raising funds for the hospital.
Unfortunately the studios were next to the morgue!"
gave David a chance to rekindle and develop his lifelong radio
interests and study of rock radio. He says: "Amazingly,
much rock radio is still driven by a fairly restricted playlist
rotating the familiar big name artists. There is a lack of
real depth in the programming. With GRTR! Radio we like to
give a voice to independent and upcoming artists as well as the
more mainstream and we take great pleasure in searching out
those who may have been overlooked or forgotten about over the
years but who nevertheless repay greater investigation.
There are also specialist presented and continuous music
sequences for a range of genres under a general classic rock
"It's amazing that the Internet now gives an opportunity to
reach a global radio audience - it's created more of a level
playing field - and much of our feedback comes from
outside the UK as listeners discover the refreshing music mix.
For example, we've had some great comments from listeners in
North America which traditionally has been a stronghold for FM
David established the radio channel after the
demise of UK City Radio which broadcast his weekly show from 16
June 2007. The idea was to complement the reviews and
interviews that appeared on the well-established classic rock
website Get Ready to ROCK!
radio heroes are those who trailblazed rock music in the UK
sometimes in the face of adversity: Alan Freeman, Bob Harris and
Johnnie Walker. He aims to bring elements of their style
and spirit to his own programming. In particular, he was
always very impressed with Bob Harris' overnight show for BBC
Radio 1 in the early-1990s: "If there is a model for GRTR! Radio
it is that. Bob calls it a strip show, rather than a
specialist sequence, but he played a really healthy selection of
music with interviews and live sessions and before his
subsequent more specialist Country and Americana interests."
David's own musical tastes came full circle with
the start of the Get Ready to ROCK! website in 2003. For a
period in the eighties he was very interested in disco and funk
music (with pop this formed the staple output of his hospital
radio station) and the 1990s was something of a blank as music
became less important in his life almost coinciding with Bob
Harris' removal from Radio 1 as part of an old-school DJ cull in
1993. Now fully reformed and enlightened, David cherishes
that he started buying records in the early 1970s in what was a
glorious and formative period for classic and progressive rock.
If you'd like
to make your own suggestions for any of our features (see below)
or request a particular track please
The 'New to GRTR!' sequence is broadcast on Sundays at 21:00 showcasing new
releases and gives a flavour of the range of music played on the station.
You can also hear David interviewing artists for our special features. These have included Steve Hackett, Rod Argent,
David Coverdale, Joan Armatrading, Geoff Downes, Martin Barre, Paul Rodgers and many others.
David recently chatted to Stax legend Steve Cropper at the start of his UK tour
with Animals & Friends (October 2014).
That chat will form the basis of a one hour special in the Heroes series, to be
broadcast on Sunday 2 November at 17:00 GMT.
Sunday 5 October
David chats to Steve Hackett ahead of his UK tour dates
Sunday 28 September 2014, 22:00 (repeated Monday 29 September and Friday 3
On the eve of the release of his latest album - 'Order Of Play' we replay our
recent chat with Martin Barre who also selects some of his favourite tracks from
other artists. And in the second hour some of Martin's highlights from
both Jethro Tull and his solo work including his session for GRTR! last year.
If you have a suggestion for this sequence, please let us know by
email, you can also suggest tracks for those
forthcoming shows listed above.
Sunday 6 April: The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Haley & The Comets
Sunday 13 April: Anthony Phillips, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd
Monday 21 April: Maria Taylor, Grace Slick, The Who
Sunday 27 April: Johnny Winter, Status Quo, Norman Greenbaum
Sunday 4 May: Vinegar Joe, Dolores O'Riordan, Jimi Hendrix
Sunday 11 May: Tony Hadley, Jim Kerr, Asia
Sunday 25 May: Jeff Buckley, Eagles, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Sunday 1 June: Rich Robinson, Ian Anderson, Joey Belladonna
Sunday 8 June: Tony Joe White, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings
Sunday 15 June: Billy Joel, Chrissie Hynde, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Sunday 22 June: King Curtis, Hawkwind, Joe Perry
Sunday 29 June: Huey Lewis And The News, Nils Lofgren, Don Felder
Sunday 6 July: The Everly Brothers, Raf Ravenscroft, David Bowie
Sunday 20 July: Richard Marx, Patrizia, Thea Gilmore
Sunday 27 July: James Taylor, Gram Parsons, Jerry Jerry & The Sons Of Rhythm
Sunday 3 August: Bad Company, Jackson Browne, Toto
Sunday 10 August: Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Arthur Brown & Vincent Crane, Alice
Sunday 17 August: James Griffin, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton
Sunday 24 August: Talisman, Ten Years After, The Darkness
Sunday 31 August: Phoneys & The Freaks, Steve Winwood, Philip Bailey
Sunday 7 September: Fozzy, John Parr & Rick Wakeman, Led Zeppelin
Sunday 14 September: John Illsley, Kate Bush, Stackridge
Sunday 21 September: John Waite, Culture Club, Slipknot
Sunday 5 October: David Bowie, Midge Ure, Whitesnake
Sunday 13 October: Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Saxon
Sunday 20 October: Bachman Turner, Chicago, T-Rex
Sunday 3 November: Faces, Joe Cocker, Pearl Jam
Sunday 10 November: Jimmy Page/Robert Plant, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mott The
Sunday 17 November: The Beatles, The Boomtown Rats, R.E.M.
Sunday 24 November: Nick Drake, Glen Campbell, Eric Clapton
Sunday 1 December: Deep Purple, Tommy Bolin, The Carpenters
Sunday 8 December: Mick Taylor, Patti Smith, FM
Sunday 15 December: Yes, Motley Crue, The Pogues
Sunday 5 January: Carly Simon, Yes, Deep Purple
Sunday 12 January: Nektar, Paul McCartney, Paul Rodgers
Sunday 19 January: Spencer Davis Group, Dexys Midnight Runners, Rupert
Sunday 26 January: Fleetwood Mac, The Blockheads, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Sunday 2 February: Paul Rodgers, Platinum Weird, Keith Emerson Band
Sunday 9 February: Paul McCartney, Nine Below Zero, The Moody Blues
Sunday 16 February: Jim Kerr, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Average White Band
Sunday 23 February: Eric Stewart, Don Felder, Corey Glover
Sunday 2 March: Jeff Beck, Melanie C, Dusty Springfield
Sunday 9 March: Thea Gilmore, 10cc, Van Halen
Sunday 16 March: Cat Stevens, Circa Hero, Dan Hartman
Sunday 23 March: David McWilliams, FM, Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
Sunday 30 March: Gentle Giant, Foo Fighters, Kate Bush
AC/DC, Michael Chapman, Alice Cooper, Allman Brothers Band, America, Argent,
Asia, Atomic Rooster, Jeff Beck, Pat Benatar, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult,
Joe Bonamassa, David Bowie, Brinsley Schwarz, Jack Bruce, Budgie, Paul
Butterfield, Roger Chapman, Eric Clapton, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,
Deep Purple, Dio, The Doors, Edgar Broughton Band, Europe, Fairport Convention,
Fish, Fleetwood Mac, Focus, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Free, Rory Gallagher,
Gamma Ray, David Gilmour, Groundhogs, Steve Hackett, Richie Havens, Hawkwind,
Jeff Healey, Heart, Heaven And Hell, Jimi Hendrix, Alan Hull, Humble Pie, Ian
Gillan Band, Iron Maiden, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Janis Joplin, Judas
Priest, Richie Kotzen, Led Zeppelin, Lindisfarne, Linkin Park, Magnum, Man,
Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Marillion, John Martyn, Megadeth, Michael Schenker
Group, Molly Hatchet, Gary Moore, Mott The Hoople, Mountain, Nazareth, Nektar,
The Nice, Ted Nugent, Alan Parsons, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Procol Harum,
Queen, Queensryche, Rainbow, Todd Rundgren, Stone The Crows, Thin Lizzy,
Thunder, Toto, Pat Travers, Robin Trower, Roxy Music, Rush, Santana, Saxon, The
Scorpions, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Status Quo, Supertramp, Taste, Ten
Years After, Tesla, Thin Lizzy, Thunder, Toto, Traffic, Walter Trout, The Tubes,
Twisted Sister, Tygers Of Pan Tang, UFO, Uriah Heep, Van Halen, Whitesnake, The
Who, Wings, Johnny Winter, Wishbone Ash, Neil Young, ZZ Top, Zzebra