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David Randall

David Randall

"Assume The Position", Sundays 22:00, Mondays, Fridays 22:00 (repeat) Latest playlist

New to GRTR!, Sundays 21:00; Tuesdays 16:00, Thursdays 21:00 (repeat) Latest playlist

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.

David Randall 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.

David Randall in 1985

Whilst at 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. 

David Randall in 1983David 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!"

The Internet 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 banner."

"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 Rock Radio."

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!

His biggest 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 contact us.

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.

The Best of 2014 with David Randall by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud

Selected shows are now available to listen again at Mixcloud


2014 highlights

Sunday 28 December, 22:00
The Best of 2014

Now available on Mixcloud

Steve Cropper and David Randall
Photo: Simon Dunkerley

Sunday 2 November, 17:00

David chatted to Stax legend Steve Cropper at the start of his UK tour with Animals & Friends (October 2014). 

That chat forms the basis of a one hour special in the Heroes series.

Steve Hackett, photo by Simon Dunkerley

Sunday 5 October

David chats to Steve Hackett ahead of his UK tour dates

Martin Barre

Sunday 28 September 2014, 22:00 (repeated Monday 29 September and Friday 3 October, 22:00)

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.

Sunday 17 August, 22:00 (Monday 18 and Friday 22 August, 22:00 repeat)

David chats to Chris Daughtry, frontman of his band Daughtry who play London Roundhouse on 12 October. 

Since 2006 Chris has clocked up platinum and gold album sales and collaborated with the likes of Chad Kroeger, Brent Smith (Shinedown) and Marti Frederiksen.

We'll be playing tracks from his albums and chatting about his career.

Sunday 13 July, 22:00 (Monday 14 July and Friday 18 July, 22:00 repeat)

Steve Hogarth book

In the first hour, David previews the Cambridge Rock Festival, 7-10 August.

In the second hour, he chats to Marillion frontman STEVE HOGARTH about his new book with tracks from the latest Marillion release 'A Sunday Night Above The Rain'.

Now available on Mixcloud

Steve Hogarth Diaries

Sunday 6 July, 22:00

Joey Tempest of Europe

In the first hour David previews some of the acts appearing at this year's Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales (19-20 July) and chats to JOEY TEMPEST of headliners EUROPE.

Bernie Shaw - Uriah Heep
Photo: Simon Dunkerley

Sunday 8 June, 22:00

David talks to Bernie Shaw about Uriah Heep and the new album 'Outsider'.

Steve Lukather

Sunday 18 May, 22:00 The Guitarists

David chatted to legendary guitarist Steve Lukather, about his career including Toto.

Deborah Bonham, photo by Simon Dunkerley

Monday 21 April, 22:00 (Friday 25 April, 22:00 repeat)

David looks back on the first three months of the year and plays some of his favourite albums.  Plus, a ticket giveaway and interview with Deborah Bonham who releases her new album 'Spirit' this month.

Eric Rivers of H.E.A.T.

Sunday 16 March 2014, 22:00 (repeated Monday 17 March and Friday 21 March, 22:00)

David chats to Eric Rivers of the Swedish band H.E.A.T. and plays tracks from the forthcoming album 'Tearing Down The Walls'.

Anette Olzon

Sunday 9 March 2014, 22:00

David chats to Anette Olzon, with tracks from her new album 'Shine' released 31 March.

Tony Clarkin of Magnum
Photo: Noel Buckley

Sunday 2 March 2014, 22:00

Tony Clarkin of Magnum talks about the new album and his songwriting, illustrated with tracks from 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' released on 24 March.

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Regular features

Anniversary Rock feature

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 11  January: James Griffin, Joe Jammer, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Sunday 18 January: Status Quo, Barry Manilow, Eric Clapton
Sunday 25 January: Jim Capaldi, Seven Thorns, Fleetwood Mac

Previous featured artists

Playlists 2015 (updated 26.01.15)

January 2015 -

Playlists 2014 (updated 29.12.14)

January  2014 - March 2014

April 2014 - June 2014

July 2014 - September 2014

October 2014 - December 2014

Playlists (2007-2013)

Archive 2013

Archive 2012

Archive 2011

Archive 2010

Archive 2009

Archive 2008

Regular feature

Live Legends

Two tracks featuring bands who are particularly renowned in the live context

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Click the link below to reveal those artists that have featured in our Live Legends sequence, and then make your own suggestion!

Live Legends

Playlist Archive 2007-2013 

Playlists 2013 (updated 30.12.13)

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January-March 2013

April - June 2013

July - September 2013

October-December 2013

Playlists (2012)

October 2012-December 2012 (updated 30 December 2012)
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