The Remarkable Radio Network consists of three distinct services, remarkable radio, an oldies station playing the biggest hits of the 60’s & 70’s, Great Northern Radio, playing Northern Soul all day long, and West Coast FM, capturing the spirit of the US free play radio stations of the 70’s & 80’s.
Created by Stuart Blackburn, presenter of The Northern Soul Show, to air more of his favourite Northern Soul Tracks than the 2 hour Sunday night show afforded, and to bring more of his wider musical tastes to a larger audience.
The costs of setting up a legal internet station in the UK are prohibitive, so all the music played on station is stored on servers in Belgium owned by Radionomy who stream the station. Radionmy pay the copyright & performance fees to SABAM is the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers.
Radionomy is funded by advertising, which plays twice an hour. The advertising is geographically targeted, so you only hear adverts that apply to the country you’re listening from. Where no adverts are available for your country, you will hear a short musical interlude.
The only downside is that the station requires a minimum number of listening hours – 130 a day, or the station will be cancelled. Listening hours are checked every three months in March, June, September ,December. If we fail to meet a daily average of 130 hours over any of those months, the station will cease broadcasting. Listening hours are calculated by number of listeners x hours they listened, so 1 person listening for 6 hours is 6 hours, 2 people listening for 6 hours each is 12 hours.
These listening hours are required to make the station viable for radionomy. They are able to sell advertising which in turn pays the music royalty fees.
So if you want to support the station, all you have to do is listen as often as you can, and of course, recommend our stations to your friends.