Tuning in to the dead air station

Music radio may be in its death throes thanks to Spotify and smartphones, so it's surprising but apt that a new station has emerged.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 2nd October 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:57 pm

Radio Dead does just what the pun suggests – no, not playing tunes by Thom Yorke (although the way celebs have been going this year I should add “at time of going to press”). No, the remit is to play records by artists no longer of this world.

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The station’s boss does seem indecently keen to expand his playlist, saying: “Many of the original giants are still with us: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard... but they will sadly die in the next few years and of course be added to the playlist”.

Coincidentally, a poll of funeral directors were asked what the most popular exit music was. Kool and the Gang’s ‘Celebration’ was #1 overall (it’s not clear if the music was chosen by the departed or their long-suffering relatives) with ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’ inevitably present.

It could be that anyone who’s ‘had a good innings’ can laugh, but you might imagine a younger audience in the ‘indie’ category. So a top 10 filled with Oasis and Coldplay is topped by Snow Patrol’s funereally-paced ‘Chasing Cars’ – the dirge of choice for young-ish people with an understandable lack of humour. We can only hope they’ll not be tuning into Radio Dead too soon.