About Cruising Radio

Cruising Radio was created as a ‘not for profit’, independent broadcaster focused on the promotion of ‘specialist’ music programmes that do not feature in mainstream radio formats.  It was launched by Dennis Roberts, a ‘seasoned’ radio presenter, who brought a passion for rock, soul, blues, ‘real’ RnB music and more. The aim was to encourage like-minded presenters to contribute to the development daily schedules that reflected those ‘specialist’ music genres.

Cruising Radio produced and broadcast the following shows:

  • Cruising with The Commissioner (rock, soul & ‘real’ rhythm and blues)
  • The Blues Come Calling (new blues releases, recent releases & ‘seasoned’ favourites)
  • Down at Kokomo’s (club night soul, rhythm & blues & mod favourites)
  • Through ‘Til Midnight (late night jazz, soul and ‘alternative’ music choices)
  • Rocking Tonight (new and classic rock & roll choices)
  • Jazz Juice (the best of current and classic jazz choices)
  • Forever Fab (a showcase of music by The Beatles)
  • Mod Revolution (club favourites of the 60s Mods)
  • Motown Magic (familiar & obscure releases on the Motown and related labels)
  • Latin Lounge (a showcase of past and present music with a distinctive Latin beat)
  • Cruising with The Pirates (music from the playlists of the 60s UK Pirate Radio stations)
  • Cruising Country (new country music releases, current chart choices, recent releases & ‘seasoned’ favourites)
  • Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon (easy listening, soft rock & ‘alternative’ music choices)
  • Soul Serenade (a selection of smooth soul choices)
  • Funk & Soul Rescue (up-beat soul & funk music for dancing)
  • Northern Soul Sensation (a selection of familiar & obscure soul dancers)
  • A Hip Trip ( pop psych, freakbeat, sunshine pop, Britbeat & psychedelia choices)
  • Fill Your Head With Rock (70s rock choices typical of the music featured by ‘The Rock Machine’ compilations)
  • ‘Real’ Rhythm & Blues (‘real’ rhythm & blues of the40s, 50s, 60s & beyond)
  • Good Morning (bright, ‘good time’ music choices to start the day right)
  • Lunch Box Special (Midday selection of past & present bright, ‘good time’ music)
  • The Blues Cafe (daily 2 hour showcase of new blues releases, recent releases & ‘seasoned’ favourites)

Additionally, Cruising Radio hosted and broadcast the following shows:

  • Out of Sight (presented by The Shake, featuring Northern soul, R&B, pop psych, freakbeat, sunshine pop, Britbeat & psychedelia choices)
  • Funky 16 Corners (presented by Larry Grogan, featuring funk and soul music from across the years)
  • Welcome to The Spongelab (presented by The Spongeman, featuring prog rock, garage, psychedelia, freakbeat & more)
  • Saturday Night In New Orleans (presented by Jamie Dell’Apa, featuring doo wop, ‘real’ R&B, rockabilly, rock & roll & more)
  • Indie Blues (presented by DJ Suzy, featuring the best blues from independent blues artists around the world)
  • The Iron Leg Radio Show (presented by Larry Grogan, featuring the best of sunshine pop, garage, bubblegum music & more)
  • Juke in The Back Show (presented by Matt The Cat, featuring 40s & 50s rhythm and blues)

The music content of these programmes and their presenters reflect the rich music legacy of pioneer radio DJs such as Wolfman Jack, Mad Daddy, the Emperor Rosko, Mike Raven, John Peel, Paul Jones and so many others. As music radio developed, each of these individuals contributed significantly to popularising this music, whilst also shaping and influencing the style of modern radio DJs.

Access to music of all kinds has never been greater or easier than it is today and it is easy to underestimate the influence of the radio DJs of the 50s, 60s and 70s in introducing their audiences to the strands of music that were far from mainstream or sufficiently popular for mainstream radio airplay.

So, Cruising Radio aimed to promote the same spirit and share these strands of music, along with the curiosity and enthusiasm that has kept this music alive across the years. It only got played on Cruising Radio, if we liked it like that!

Cruising Radio ceased to broadcast at the end of 2017, due to technical and operational issues, but it made its mark and listen out . . . it may return!

Comments
  1. Hamish Davidson says:

    An excellent site – and one I’ll be sure to follow. Congratulations. H

  2. Mandy says:

    Look forward to listening each week. Really good, keep up the good work. Lil_Sis

  3. Pete Newton says:

    Pete from Supurbia here. Great site and I’ll be sure to listen in regularly.

  4. Many thanks for spinning my new single “Dog Without A Bone” on “The Blues Come Calling”

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