When Gaydar suddenly folded last January, a gaping hole was left for many avid London listeners, while for those involved in this internet radio institution there was a stark sense of shock over its untimely demise, although a determined few were resolute in pulling the phoenix from the ashes and mere months later JemmOne was born, after it’s first year on air, we looking into this superb radio station and some of its key players & presenters.
It was a very sad day in early January 2013 when the news of Gaydar’s closure was announced, the shockwaves of its untimely & without warning wind-up tumbling many like a towering Tsunami and in the few weeks that followed, just as one would expect from a bereavement, an overwhelming outpour of support for those directly involved and affected came flooding in from all corners of the community. However, a handful of individuals that had been loyal to Gaydar for many of its illustrious eleven years of broadcasting, we keen to pick up the broadcasting baton and give the loyal London listeners what they wanted, more of the same, rather than submitting to the seizure of rival radio station Gaydio, always seen as a northern nemesis, their Manchester base dictating much of the daily content and even the music far more mainstream & mundane. And so by the end of March, the new station was born, JemmOne making an immediate impact & bringing back some Gaydar’s most popular presenters, such as Neil & Debz, Alex Baker, Phil Marriott & Robin Crowley, while also introducing new talent, Adam Turner very much at the forefront of this push to propel JemmOne’s popularity among the online & DAB radio receptive.
So, into its tenth month of daily broadcasting and a year to the month since Gaydar’s dissolution and how has JemmOne faired, plus what can you expect from this superb station today & in the imminent future? Well, it would be fair to say that in presenters picture is looking very different to when JemmOne was launched, although both Neil Sexton & Debbie Ryan (better known at NDebz) are still in breakfast show pole position, while the then new kid on the radio block, Adam Turner, has carved a prominent prime time place for himself within the radio station, scooping the Friday & Saturday slots from 5 till 9 as well as picking up terrific Tuesday turn from 9 p.m., when he showcases mixes from the scene’s best newcomer D.J.’s. But with names such as Mark Doyle, Dave Aude & Seamus Haji all making capital contributions with show slots throughout the week, plus with well know Hed Kandi radio resident Andy Norman on board, JemmOne’s considerable house music credentials are plain for all to see, or in the case of this resplendent radio station, to hear and with daily regulars Olly Stock & Michaela Powell, JemmOne has not just carved but now commands a considerable & appreciable audience.
But the fairy-tale story continues as JemmOne has recognised as among the top ten music radio stations of 2013, the team extolling that “…at the end of our first year on air, we couldn’t be more proud to have been voted to number ten by our listeners, sitting us in the ranks of BBC’s Radio 1, Capital FM, & Kiss…” they adding “…it has been an incredible year for us, we having been involved with & broadcasted live from both the Red Bull Music reflects & D.J. industry…” And Adam Turner reflects on the first year with fondness when he says “…my favourite moments include landing the UK & worldwide premieres of a few big records like Made In Norway ft. Raff’s “High Life” and WAWA & M.A.R.K.’s “Never”- there’s no better feeling than dropping a new track knowing that it’s going to be huge…”. However, it’s all about 2014 for JemmOne now and with new station manager Lolie Ware on board, her experience in both radio & television production is set to spearhead an exciting expansion, while with a heavyweight clubbing sponsor in the form of No.65, the Vauxhall based venue supporting several of the shows throughout the week, along with more plans due to be put into place and JemmOne is certainly going places this year. As for tuning in, well it’s pretty simple really, just head to their online site at http://jemmone.com/ and hit the “listen” button, while you can also check out the daily schedules & much more, added to which, for some classic cloudcast broadcasts from the last year, you can hit on https://mixcloud.com/tag/jemmone/, while you can follow them on Facebook at https://facebook.com/jemmoneradio & tweet at https://twitter.com/jemmone.
So, if like us, you have recently turned to the radio for extracurricular entertainment, then you should certainly add JemmOne to your favourites, especially, if like & like them, you “Love Music : Love Dance”. (DISCO MATT)