Amazing Radio

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Amazing Radio
Broadcast area United Kingdom
First air date 1 June 2009
Format new unsigned music
Owner Amazing Media
Amazing Radio is based on Church Street in Gateshead, next to the Tyne Bridge

Amazing Radio is an international radio station first broadcast originally on digital radio in the United Kingdom.[1] The station plays new music from a number of music genres including pop, rock, indie, hip hop, electronica and jazz.[2] The station originally broadcast on the Digital One ensemble which replaced the temporary Birdsong test transmission which had been running for a year and a half beforehand.[1][3][4] The station discontinued its DAB presence in 2012 to become an Internet only radio station.,[1] but has since returned to DAB in London and Dublin.

The station takes its music from its sister website and encourages its listeners to have their say as to which songs should make the station's playlist.[5][6]

The station slogan is “You Heard It Here First”. Artists to have been played extensively by the station since their earliest recordings include Bastlle, Tom Odell, Haim, The 1975, Chvrches and London Grammar.


Chris Martin: Presents Amazing Breakfast with Chris Martin every weekday between 0700 and 1000.[7] He joined the station in 2011 after a successful stint on NME Radio and still DJs regularly for Propaganda.

Scott McGerty: Presents a self-titled show every weekday between 1000 and 1300. and the Amazing Chart on Sunday from 1600 to 1900.

Greg Porter: Presents Amazing Afternoons every weekday from 1500 to 1900.[8] Previously part of The Greg and Burtt Show on the station, Porter returned to Amazing Radio after appearing on Spark FM.

Charlie Ashcroft: Presents Audition every Monday between 1300 and 1500, to showcase the best new and emerging music from[9] Charlie is also a music journalist for Artrocker (magazine) and This Is Fake DIY.

Jim Gellatly: Presents a self-titled show every Sunday between 1400 and 1600.[10] He is renowned for unearthing new musical talent in Scotland, and he often features guests on his show, from established artists to newcomers and music industry insiders. He also writes a regular new music column for The Scottish Sun.

Mark Ryan: Presents Amazing Beats every Friday between 1900 and 2400, where you can expect to hear a whole range of music genres, including down tempo electronica, house, techno, dubstep, and drum and bass.[11]

Aaron Phillips: Presents Amazing Rock Show every Saturday between 2000 and 2200,[12] featuring a selection of rock music from the website, from thrash metal through to indie.[13]

Simon Raymonde: Presents his self-titled show every Monday between 1900 and 2100,featuring a selection of the best new and emerging music from the website.[14] He is best known for being a part of the band Cocteau Twins and for being the founder of independent record label Bella Union.

Gill Mills: Presents her self-titled show every Wednesday between 1900 and 2100. The show features indie, electro and rock music from the website, including her handpicked selections from The Amazing Chart and the new uploads to[15]

Matt Jamison: Presents The Amazing Chill every Sunday between 0900 and 1200. The show features ambient, chillout, chillwave music from[16]

Paul Lester: Presents The Paul Lester Show every Saturday between 1500 and 1700. Paul is best known as the writer of The Guardian's renowned New Band of the Day[17] and the show features Paul's picks from[18]

Dani Charlton: Presents her self-titled show from Tuesday to Friday between 1300 and 1500. The show takes music from that is both strange and stupendous in equal measure.[19] The last 30 minutes of each show is based on a theme selected each week by the listener.

Ruth Barnes: Presents The Other Woman every Saturday between 1700 and 1800. The show is an extension of Ruth's blog and new music podcast The Other Woman. All of the music for the show is taken from[20]

Mike Taylor: Presents his self-titled show every Thursday evening from 2300. Mike was the first USA presenter on Amazing Radio. All of the music for the show is taken from[21]

Tobi: Presents The Amazing Happy Hour with Tobi every Wednesday night between 2300 and 0100. Tobi was the second and USA presenter on the station. The music on the show is taken from[22]

The Zings[edit]

The Zings 2012 was held on Saturday 18 February 2012 on The Saturday Show.[23] It was the 1st edition of the annual new and emerging music awards. The winners were announced live on Amazing Radio in Gateshead. The artist winning the most awards was Daughter, with two wins. The awards were billed as an alternative of the BRIT Awards format. A mock ceremony was staged, in which the winners were perceived to be announced in front of an audience, featuring the presenters who curated their category and acceptance speeches from some of the winners.


Best British Male Solo Artist (curated by Chris Martin) Best British Female Solo Artist (curated by Ruth Barnes)
  • Theo Altieri
    • Matthew Kilford
    • Jethro Fox
Best British Breakthrough Act (curated by Charlie Ashcroft) Best International Breakthrough Act (curated by Jim Gellatly)
  • Youngblood Hawke
    • Matineé
    • Bravestation
Best British Group Best British Single (curated by Georgie Rogers)
  • Breton
    • Alt-J
    • Viva Brother
  • Daughter - Love
    • Bear Driver - Never Never
    • Alt-J - Fitzpleasure
Best International Act (curated by Greg Porter) Best British Rock Act (curated by Aaron Phillips)
  • Screama Ballerina
    • Heroes and Outlaws
    • Mechanical Smile
Best British Producer (curated by Mark Ryan)
  • Disclosure
    • Stumbleine
    • D/R/U/G/S


  1. ^ a b c "Amazing - a new DAB station". Radio Today. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  2. ^ Barnett, Emma (2009-06-01). "Amazing Radio launches on DAB, promoting unsigned talent". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Birdsong radio taken off the air". BBC News. 2009-06-01. Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  4. ^ Welsh, James (2009-06-01). "Amazing Radio replaces birdsong". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (2009-06-01). "Amazing Radio gives voice to unsigned bands – but silences birdsong channel". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  6. ^ McCabe, Maisie (2009-06-01). "Amazing Radio launches on DAB". Brand Republic. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Amazing Breakfast". Amazing Radio. 
  8. ^ "Amazing Afternoons". Amazing Radio. 
  9. ^ "Audition". Amazing Radio. 
  10. ^ "Jim Gellatly". Amazing Radio. 
  11. ^ "Amazing Beats". Amazing Radio. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Amazing Rock Show". Amazing Radio. 
  14. ^ "Simon Raymonde". Amazing Radio. 
  15. ^ "The Gill Mills Show". Amazing Radio. 
  16. ^ "Amazing Chill". Amazing Radio. 
  17. ^ "The Guardian New Band of the Day". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ "The Paul Lester Show". Amazing Radio. 
  19. ^ "Dani Charlton". Amazing Radio. 
  20. ^ "The Other Woman with Ruth Barnes". Amazing Radio. 
  21. ^ "Mike Taylor". Amazing Radio. 
  22. ^ "The Amazing Happy Hour with Tobi". Amazing Radio. 
  23. ^ "The Zings! Winners announced". Amazing Radio. 2012-02-18. 

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