Tuesday, February 13, 2007

THE PROCESS ON THE BBC!

The Process was just featured on the "On the Wire" radio program on the BBC Radio 1.








Heres a link to the playlist from Dec 30th.
And the show can be downloaded with this link: HERE
Right-click and choose "Save Target As" (assuming you are using Internet Explorer).
Thanks to our friends Steve Barker and Brian Planet Jackson at the BBC.
(Also thanks to Dr, Strange Dub at THE ECHO CHAMBER on KFAI-FM (90.3 Minneapolis/106.7 St.Paul). On 6-28-2006.

About On The Wire
On The Wire was first broadcast on 16th September 1984. Check Radio 1's playlists for that month – compare and contrast. Way back then there was no such thing as 'dance' music, hip-hop was confined to NYC and LA and the UK was in the grip of the New Romantics. Smashy and Nicey still ruled at fab FM and the London dance mafia were still with their mums shopping for shells. Reggae was apparently dead.On The Wire’s first guests were Adrian Sherwood who provided its now legendary theme tune and collaborator Keith le Blanc, who had earlier launched ‘Malcolm X’ on the world via Tommy Boy. The week after it was Depeche Mode and in the December a three hour live special with Mr. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry still fresh from torching the Black Ark a couple of years earlier.And so it went …… through the eighties as On The Wire slowly built a reputation beyond Lancashire and the North West, throughout the UK and onwards, before the internet, via cassette to the outer reaches, Greece, Sweden, Australia, Italy, USA ….. The show was fairly expansive: releasing a compilation ‘Bugs On The Wire’, putting on The Fall free at Clitheroe Castle when 2,500 people turned up, an Xmas party at the Ritz in Manchester including Sherwood with Gary Clail, 808 State, A Guy Called Gerald, Little Annie and a heavily pregnant Neneh Cherry absconding from a Bomb the Bass gig. First radio plays for in the UK for Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson and the radio premier of 808 State’s ‘Pacific State’.As the Nineties turned OTW was under threat from the BBC as new leaves were turned – but at the last minute the show was saved by the BBC board pegging the show as a ‘unique BBC product’. But the heady days of three hours on a Sunday afternoon were over as in the BBC speech and sport ruled. And so OTW has wandered the airwaves within the BBC schedules ever since, freeform radio before the term was invented.In the last few years there has been a reduced flow of luminaries through the OTW studio. Those listeners with us at the start whilst at college are now in their forties with families. Many friends have come and gone over the years but the show is ‘trodding on’. Quieter guests in the recent past have given us wonderful studio sessions, including Kelly Joe Phelps, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jeb Loy Nichols – as the show developed a quaint obsession for Americans using two christian names. Lately Jim and Fenny in Blackburn have helmed the show whilst Steve contributes from Beijing with the invaluable help of Christiaan Virant, American exile and co-founder of the China-based nu electronic unit fm3. Andy ‘Madhatter’ Holmes and the big man, Pete Haigh, have provided years of peerless effort on the once-a-month Funkology. Jimbo, the current engineer and techno-wiz, took over from the eminent Jethro known on the net as ‘Culf’ who in turn took over from Mikey Martin who started in his early teens as the original studio wizard. Big shouts must also go to Dom and Bob, the Blood and Fire boys, and the Baked Goods team who have both blessed us with a regular supply of great tunes in their guest appearances, and lastly respect is due to Alex Fenton for his wonderful work on the website without which OTW’s inexorable march to world domination would prove impossible. After three glorious years of commercial webhosting, The On The Wire site is on the road again from whence it came - but it will never die! On The Wire was 20 years old on 16th September 2004.Steve Barker – Beijing December 2003

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