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Stevie’s broadcasting career began on the BBC in 1971 and has been more or less constant ever since, but he was rather uncertain when asked to present Seagull Country.

“All I really knew was Daffy Don Allen’s Country & Western Jamboree, and the genre has come on a long way since then.”

So, the Country Music charts were studied and Radio Seagull temporarily put to one side in favour of US Country radio.

“A revelation” says Stevie. “The more I discovered about the music and the more I heard it, the more I liked it”.

Seagull Country’s playlist is based on the US Country Chart. Some of the most popular songs are played very regularly, and those are not always announced. Happily, the programme’s listener base continues to grow, but somebody tuning in for the first time might be disappointed that they are not told the title of a song they particularly liked.

Stevie is well aware of the problem, but is excited to tell you that Seagull Country now has its own website where you can see the weekly playlist. Please do visit the website, and then send him your thoughts about it.

“Your requests and dedications, your comments about the Seagull Country website and the programme itself are all very welcome. I will look forward to hearing from you”.

Stevie Gordon
Harlingen – August 2013

Show Times:
Wednesdays: Seagull Country 15:00 - 17:00
Thursdays: Seagull Country 03:00 - 05:00

Stevie Gordon on... Wi-fi Radio:

"Listening to stations from different parts of the world has always been interesting, but it can often also be a hassle finding the sites, logging on, signing up as a friend etc, and then finding a stream that works. But, with a wi-fi radio, you just switch it on and listen. It really is as easy as that. No screen, no keyboard, just a box that both looks and sounds like a radio, and you can take it anywhere.

Well, almost anywhere! A wi-fi radio, which simply put is something like a free version of Winamp, works from a computer’s wireless network. If you have got broadband and wi-fi for your computer(s) then you should really think about treating yourself to a wi-fi radio.

Satellite TV has been with us for just over 20 years but, before then, whenever I wanted to hear the news from home or a brief summary of the Top 20 the only option was the BBC World Service on shortwave. Not now though! With an internet radio, I can listen in nearly FM quality to whatever takes my fancy. Our wi-fi is normally in the kitchen tuned to Radio Seagull and Waddenzee 24/7 although, in the past, my wife has put on Johnny Walker sitting in for Wogan whenever she thought she might get away with it!

To be honest, I do sometimes listen to other stations. When I was contributing to The Evening Show, one of the 10 presets was for BBC Radio Kent. And the others? At the moment, those are BBC Radio 2, WPLJ New York, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, Caroline, Planet Rock, Capital Radio, Virgin and The Jazz. That is today. Tomorrow, my choice might be something else. Offshore Music Radio for a bit of anoraking, or 2XS for some serious listening! They are all available.

Reciva is the name of the Cambridge UK company that has revolutionized radio listening. Reciva collects the internet signals from all over the world, and then puts them through their own servers and back onto the internet. A wi-fi network is necessary to receive the signal from Reciva, but your computer does not have to be turned on. Both “live” and “on demand” broadcasts are available and you can also listen to any audio files saved to hard disc again without turning on your PC or Mac.

And, believe me, wi-fi radio is becoming more and more popular. You will find various models available in most Radio/TV/White Goods chain stores. Mine is an AE (Acoustic Energy also make dynamite loudspeakers) and retails in the UK for around £200. It is exported around the world and, you should look here  to find your local stockist.

Many major hotels and airports already have a wi-fi zone. Public wi-fi is ever growing, and surely it cannot be all that long before wi-fi car radio becomes a reality?

Let’s face it, sitting down to the computer can become a chore! The wi-fi, looks like a “nomal” radio but has around 10,000 stations available. Totally amazing! The jocks used to think I was a real computer geek because whatever they said or did, I semed to hear it. To be honest, I am not really a computer person. What helps me so much in my job is the wi-fi playing quietly in the background. Usually in the kitchen, sometimes in the lounge, occasionally in the bedroom or even out on the terrace! We live in Norway which is too far from The Netherlands for normal reception but, with the wi-fi, I can tune into Radio Seagull, Waddenzee or any of the other 334 Dutch stations which are available. Not bad, eh?"

Stevie Gordon

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