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Dandelion Radio is an internet radio station founded in June 2006 with the aim of pursuing the musical legacy of the popular and influential BBC Radio 1 disk jockey John Peel. The station takes its name from the record label Dandelion Records founded and run by Peel between 1969 and 1972.
In November 2006 Dandelion Radio was asked by Peel's former production team at BBC Radio 1 to take over the running of the annual Festive Fifty listeners' chart of that year's releases. Radio 1 DJs Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank broadcast notice of the move to Dandelion Radio during their One Music shows. The 2006 Festive Fifty was broadcast on Dandelion Radio in January 2007. During Christmas week 2007 and the subsequent January 2008, Dandelion Radio continued the Festive Fifty for 2007.
Dandelion Radio has broadcasting licences from MCPS-PRS Alliance and the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) ensuring their legality and payment of royalties to performers. It is funded by the DJs and backroom staff who contribute their time on a voluntary basis. The rolling schedule is renewed on the first day of every calendar month. Shows include exclusively commissioned sessions and live sets from both new and established artists. The station's audio idents include contributions from many artists championed by Peel, including David Gedge, Half Man Half Biscuit and Jegsy Dodd.
DJs involved in Dandelion Radio
The number of DJs involved in Dandelion Radio's schedules has been increasing steadily over time. The current line-up is: Andrew Morrison, from Portsmouth (who used to do the content warning jingles for John Peel), Dan Barrell, Radio Dubster (two Scottish DJs Stephen and Brian), Jeff Grainger, Katherine Godfrey, Marcelle van Hoof (a Dutch DJ), Mark Cunliffe, Mark Rosney, Mark Whitby, Matt Gunn, Matt Jones, Neil Jenkins, Paul Ackroyd, Pete Jackson, Peter Nelson, Rachael Neiman and Adam, Rocker, Sasser (aka SASR), Simon Higginbotham, Ste McCabe (queercore singer) and The Yank Sizzler (US DJ Michael Stoecker).
- "Reported in The Guardian newspaper 1 December 2006"
- "Article on Dandelion Radio and Andrew Morrison in Portsmouth News"
- Article in The Guardian newspaper about John Peel, The Festive Fifty and Dandelion Radio 14 November 2008
- Review of Dandelion Radio in the TV & Radio pages of The Guardian 26 November 2008
- Huw Stephens 30 November 2006, 7 December 2006, 3 January 2007. Rob da Bank 1 December 2006.
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