Goodwin Sands Radiogram (2016– )
The Goodwin Sands Radiogram is a podcast series of audio documentaries looking at the lives of people in south east Kent, carefully created with music from composers from the area and conceptually broadcast from an imaginary light vessel shipwreck-based pirate radio station. It was conceived as a response to the gorgeously put together US podcasts like Love+Radio, Radiolab and BBC Radio 4's Wireless Nights with the intention of demonstrating that it wasn't just America or professionally employed UK producers that could make beautiful content that stands high above the often variable quality of UK podcasts.
The series currently is six half-hour studio episodes and two longer live specials which were recorded in front of an audience with improvising musicians providing the accompaniment. The first two episodes were broadcast on CSRfm on 27th January 2016, and it has since been broadcast in its entirety (and more than once) on both FPRBristol and Deal Radio. The podcast is available on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as a raft of podcast apps for your smartphone. It is not available on Spotify due to the restrictions they place on the creative employment of music and musicians.
More episodes are in the pipeline as soon as I have time (the project is delayed while I complete my PhD in audio documentary). Most podcasts rely on regular output and heavy social media marketing to raise their discoverability rankings however I don't have time to endlessly advertise, nor the budget to regularly spend the 40 hours each episode requires once a month, so for now until funding can be found the series remains an occasional one.
For full details of cast, musicians and podcast guests please see the project's own website.