Hello, Good Buy: Dexter Bentley Airtime Auction 31.03.12

A big thanks to everyone who helped Resonance FM raise £18,500 in their mammoth fund-raising drive. It was quite an exhausting week, culminating in a four-hour free-for-all between myself, Lucky Cat Zoe and Mr. Connor Walsh of In The Dark, which for an extended, un-rehearsed transmission on slightly malfunctioning equipment went really rather well.  And my newly acquired poster of ‘The Sex Adventures Of The Three Musketeers’ should make for an interesting conversation down at the framer’s shop…

But there’s still more! The wonderful Hello Goodbye Show which goes out on Resonance every Saturday from Noon to 13.30 is giving away their show on 31st March at the rate of £10 per minute. That’s ninety minutes ripe for the filling with all of your songs, bands, field recordings, bits of sound art, or whatever you like. Within reason, of course, but someone of your exquisite tastes doesn’t need to be reminded of that, surely?

They’ve asked me to make them a radio ad for Resonance to play in-between their programmes. I was happy to do so. Here it is:

I have a special connection with Dexter Bentley and the Hello Goodbye show, my first job at Resonance was engineering for them, and the very first thing I saw upon my arrival to the studio was the baby buggy belonging to the programme’s then-youngest host, 3-year-old Chester Bentley. I quickly realised this was no ordinary show and no ordinary station I had got myself into. I spent five happy years amidst the chaos every Saturday morning, setting up three bands in five minutes on semi-functional equipment, making mammoth rounds of tea and strategically placing buckets under the holes in the roof (in the old Denmark St days), until the rigours of shiftwork and supposed ‘proper broadcasting’ (HA!) took over. In that time Dexter Bentley played host to literally hundreds and hundreds of bands, including Pete and Peggy Seeger, the late punk legend Ari Up of The Slits, Metronomy, good grief, the list goes on…

In fact, while we’re on the subject, here’s a short feature on Resonance FM I made for Monocle Radio a little while back, which makes special reference to Hello Goodbye. Hopefully this should provide a little colour:

Send your bids to dexterbentley@hotmail.com. You can have as long as you like, but be warned,the minutes are going fast!  I shall most certainly be contributing, most likely with a track from the recent ‘Notes On Cow Life’ cassette/download release.

Did I mention that was still available? It most certainly is. And that’s a charity release too. In fact, I’ve made a new page on this very website devoted to the label and it’s inaugural release, so feel free to have a click and a listen.

It’s been a busy old year so far, hasn’t it?

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