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Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

Bob Simpson October 3, 2014 0

I was pleased to be joined today by our regular contributor Carol Finney Carol is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood. Today we talked

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Arbutus Music Workshops and Pictures of Lily – Can You Help?

Arbutus Music Workshops and Pictures of Lily – Can You Help?

Bob Simpson October 2, 2014 0

Arbutus Music have launched a new programme of singing events  The first one is in two weeks time Thursday 16 October at South Weald and the next is at St George’s in Brentwood on

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Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

Bob Simpson September 25, 2014 0

An Evening with Jo Harman and Friends is a fundraising concert for Brentwood Mind at The Brentwood Theatre on 25 October. I was joined in the studio today by the concert’s organiser, Colin Wade,

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Margaret Mills’ Book Review – “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore

Margaret Mills’ Book Review – “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore

Bob Simpson September 19, 2014 0

Margaret Mills returned to Phoenix FM today for her latest book review. “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore, (paperback, fiction,) published 2014 by Windmill Books, price £7.99   In 1920, Daniel returns to Cornwall, after service in the trenchesduring World War 1. 

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Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is Coming…

Bob Simpson September 18, 2014 0

On today’s show our thoughts went out to Australian golfer Greg Norman… Last week, he posted a picture of himself using a chainsaw to trim a plant. He wrote alongside it: “Never ask someone

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Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Bob Simpson September 5, 2014 0

Carol Finney is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood. Carol will be joining me on the show each month to talk about a range

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Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

Bob Simpson August 22, 2014 0

The Brentwood Yoga & Wellbeing Studio celebrated it’s first Birthday by bringing 100 people together to do a mass Yogathon on Shenfield Common in May and raised more than £3,000 much-needed funds for Brentwood MIND

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£7,500 for a Cupboard

£7,500 for a Cupboard

Bob Simpson August 21, 2014 0

Today on One 2 Three I featured a story that shows just how crazy the housing market is getting. Yes an estate agent has a 7ft by 12ft cupboard for sale in London available

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The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

Bob Simpson August 15, 2014 0

On today’s One 2 Three it was time for our monthly book review with Margaret Mills. This month Margaret was  reviewing… “Payback“  by Kimberley Chambers, (paperback, fiction),  published 2014  by HarperCollins, price = £7.99.   A tale of a

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Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

Bob Simpson August 14, 2014 0

It was great to welcome multi talented Drew Levi to the studio today. Drew is a 21 year old Singer/Songwriter who is currently finding his rightful place in the music industry. He taught himself

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Christmas Shopping, Boris Does Gangnam Style and Don’t Forget the Memory Walk.

Christmas Shopping, Boris Does Gangnam Style and Don’t Forget the Memory Walk.

Bob Simpson August 7, 2014 0

After a week away it was good to get back in the driving seat at Phoenix FM today. With only 140 shopping days left until Christmas, is it too early to start shopping? We

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Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

Bob Simpson July 25, 2014 0

My guest today was Carol Finney. Carol is a therapist from CBT Services Brentwood who offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy throughout Essex and London. CBT deals with a wide range of conditions and problems including:

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Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

Bob Simpson July 24, 2014 0

My guest today was Cameron Southcott Cameron Southcott, is a contemporary violinist from Brentwood. Among other events Cameron recently performed in the big top arena at the Brentwood Strawberry Fair. He is self-taught, and

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eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

Bob Simpson July 21, 2014 0

With the cost of everything on the rise these days it was good to chat to Russell Quirk today from online estate agency eMoov to discover a way to potentially save thousands of pounds

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Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

Bob Simpson July 18, 2014 1

Today it was time for Margaret’s monthly book review. “A Green and Pleasant Land (how England’s Gardeners fought the Second World War)“  by Ursula Buchan, (paperback, non-fiction), published 2014  by Windmill Books, price = £9.99.   As WW2

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Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

Bob Simpson July 11, 2014 0

This radio lark is a funny thing. Unexpectedly today I found myself covering for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch. Just as unexpectedly I was delighted to meet Michelle’s guests today. The Billericay and

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Council update – lights, roads, dogs, brass bands and the Brentwood Centre

Council update – lights, roads, dogs, brass bands and the Brentwood Centre

Bob Simpson July 11, 2014 0

Paul Golder reports on the Council's latest plans for the Borough

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D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Bob Simpson July 10, 2014 0

Ever Thought About Playing The Ukulele? If you have, then the best place to go is D’UkesFest on Saturday 26 July at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. Organised by ukulele band D’Ukes in conjunction

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A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

Bob Simpson July 4, 2014 0

About a month ago Daniel Hearn came into our studio here at the Brentwood Centre to tell us about his forthcoming trip to Brazil with the charity Lionsraw. The aim of the trip was

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Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Bob Simpson July 3, 2014 0

I had a chat on the phone today to two mad (but lovely) scientists who are bringing The Science Museum’s “The Energy Show” to The Queens Theatre Hornchurch this weekend. Methane bubbles are set

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Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Bob Simpson June 27, 2014 0

Tomorrow evening at the Billericay Baptist Church, The Billericay Community Choir will be holding their Summer Concert. The choir was only formed in October last year and already has over 80 members. It was

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Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

Bob Simpson June 26, 2014 0

On today’s show I gave a mention to a forthcoming great family event that has been organised by Churches Together in Billericay. I need say no more about it because all the details are

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Drought Already? What Drought? – A Drought of Real News in the Papers

Drought Already? What Drought? – A Drought of Real News in the Papers

Bob Simpson June 18, 2014 0

It’s been reported in certain newspapers that a drought could be on the way. Surprising that, as much of the country spent weeks underwater earlier this year. It is true that the long range

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Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

Bob Simpson June 16, 2014 0

With all the football on the telly at the moment, some bright spark has come up with a way to help women understand the offside rule. This has been doing the rounds on the

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Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Bob Simpson June 13, 2014 0

The Brentwood Arts Festival comes to town this year between 5th and 12th July. There are dozens of events happening this year including some great music events. To tell us all about the music

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Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

Bob Simpson June 12, 2014 0

It was a delight to welcome Cezara Nicorici in to Phoenix today. Cezara is a local Bokwa instructor who has arranged a great family Bokwa event in Brentwood in aid of The Royal Brompton

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World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

Bob Simpson June 6, 2014 0

With the World Cup nearly upon us, Lionsraw is a movement that mobilises passionate football fans who believe they can make a difference in the lives of others locally and globally. During the World

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Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

Bob Simpson June 5, 2014 0

Arbutus Music was set up  by Christine Gwynn and Frances Quintrell in 2008 to provide a range of musical activities. Arbutus Music courses include voice coaching, ideas and tips, and the opportunity to build

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Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

Bob Simpson May 30, 2014 2

Today at The Brentwood Centre, the Brentwood Mental Health Fair was taking place to celebrate new mental health initiatives being introduced by statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations across the borough and county.   Right at

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Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

Bob Simpson May 28, 2014 0

It was a pleasure to sit in for Mike Jones today on One 2 Three. Mike will be covering me tomorrow in return. Today’s programme included an appeal for new members from one of

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Phoenix FM Book Review – Margaret Mills – Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Phoenix FM Book Review – Margaret Mills – Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Bob Simpson May 23, 2014 0

Margaret Mills is an adult education history & literature tutor, and also regularly gives talks to various societies & organisations, including talks on aspects of Essex history, legends and folklore. Margaret is joined me

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That Was The Firewalk – Now it’s Time for a Tea Party!

That Was The Firewalk – Now it’s Time for a Tea Party!

Bob Simpson May 22, 2014 0

So last Saturday evening was a great evening here at the Brentwood Centre, with crowds enjoying music, conversation, food and drink and walking on fiery hot coals! It was of course the Brentwood Community

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A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson May 16, 2014 0

With so many events happening in our area this weekend (see the Phoenix FM events guide) I devoted most of today’s show to all that’s going on. We heard all about Saturday’s Yogathon on yesterday’s

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Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

Bob Simpson May 15, 2014 1

This Saturday 17th May there’s a yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind.  To tell us what a yogathon is and to talk all things yoga, Jo Kemp and  Jessica Livingstone  from Brentwood Yoga and

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Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

Bob Simpson May 2, 2014 0

On today’s show I was pleased to welcome to the studio, a fine young man, Ross Kerwood who has been raising money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, in memory of his

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A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

Bob Simpson May 1, 2014 0

Lifesaving equipment could be introduced to Billericay High Street in a joint initiative between the Street Pastors, the Community First Responders and the wider community. Phil Norton, Billericay Street Pastor co-ordinator and Community First

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Brian Southall – Banned on the Run – Tales of Music Legends

Brian Southall – Banned on the Run – Tales of Music Legends

Bob Simpson April 25, 2014 0

It was my great pleasure to spend almost an hour in the company of Brian today, who kept us royally entertained with tales of his experiences with some of the biggest names in music

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Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson April 25, 2014 0

Matthew Shepherd is a 19 year old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Loughton, Essex. Matthew is no stranger to Phoenix FM having performed on Michelle Ward’s Eat my Brunch show and in the run

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Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk Around Great Britain Coming to Brentwood and Billericay

Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk Around Great Britain Coming to Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson April 24, 2014 0

Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to

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Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk to Come Through Brentwood and Billericay

Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk to Come Through Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson April 17, 2014 1

Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to

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Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

Bob Simpson April 15, 2014 0

Well we’re all supposed to be Europeans now, so why is there such an intolerance here of naked flesh when over in the German city of Munich they have given people the go-ahead to

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Tales of Prague…

Tales of Prague…

Bob Simpson April 14, 2014 0

So it’s good to be back in Brentwood after almost a week away in Prague. I had a great time touring around this beautiful city and on today’s show I talked a bit about

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Eric Pickles and The Bishop of Chelmsford Open Essex Savers in Brentwood

Eric Pickles and The Bishop of Chelmsford Open Essex Savers in Brentwood

Bob Simpson April 4, 2014 0

Today saw the official opening of the Brentwood Branch of Essex Savers.net Credit Union. I popped along this morning to watch the proceedings and have a chat to those involved. First I spoke to

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A Musical Journey Across Europe – Choir For All Seasons

Bob Simpson March 28, 2014 0

This Saturday at the Mayflower Hall, Chapel Street, Billericay, The Choir for All Seasons are holding a concert called Music on The Orient Express. This is described as a romantic musical journey across Europe,

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Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Bob Simpson March 20, 2014 0

David Schacht talks about the group's new concert

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First Responders Want You! – and a song from Matthew Shepherd

First Responders Want You! – and a song from Matthew Shepherd

Bob Simpson March 14, 2014 0

Community First Responder volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Following a 999 call, one of a group of trained volunteers is despatched to the patient by

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A Visit from D’Ukes and a Tale of Being Lost in Iceland

A Visit from D’Ukes and a Tale of Being Lost in Iceland

Bob Simpson March 13, 2014 0

After their crowd pleasing performance at our recent Phoenix Fridays gig, it was great to welcome back to the studio, the finest Ukulele band in the known universe! – D’Ukes. Members Martin Burdikin, Jo

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Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

Bob Simpson March 7, 2014 2

Billericay Town Council had to cancel its full council meeting after around 280 people flocked to Billericay Day Centre. They swarmed the Chantry Way building in protest of Basildon Council’s proposals to build 2,300 homes on the town’s

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Queens Hospital A & E Romford – An Emergency – Watch Here

Queens Hospital A & E Romford – An Emergency – Watch Here

Bob Simpson March 6, 2014 0

Brentwood’s nearest Accident and Emergency department at Queen’s Hospital Romford, sees about 400 patients a day Following a report by the Care Quality Commission that its A&E was “at times unsafe because of the

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Drive-in Movies come to Brentwood and a Cat Cafe

Drive-in Movies come to Brentwood and a Cat Cafe

Bob Simpson February 28, 2014 0

Another busy show today with a few gremlins at the start, but I managed to beat them off with a stick! CLASSICS of the silver screen will be shown al-fresco this year in Brentwood

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Danger! – Selfies

Danger! – Selfies

Bob Simpson February 27, 2014 0

A packed show today but somehow I managed to cram it all in! I mentioned a new app out designed to keep your partner happy by automatically sending them cute messages – bound to

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Do you Believe in Half Price?

Do you Believe in Half Price?

Bob Simpson February 20, 2014 0

So inflation is down by nought point one percent? Well I can’t say I’ve noticed. But I have noticed all those phoney half price offers in supermarkets, including a block of cheddar, half price

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A One 2 Three Valentine’s Day Special – Guess The Mystery Voices!

A One 2 Three Valentine’s Day Special – Guess The Mystery Voices!

Bob Simpson February 14, 2014 0

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must

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Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

Bob Simpson February 13, 2014 0

Listen again to our interview with comedian Seann

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A New Credit Union for Billericay, Street Pastors and The Big Promise, and Goodbye Pip!

A New Credit Union for Billericay, Street Pastors and The Big Promise, and Goodbye Pip!

Bob Simpson February 7, 2014 0

Back in December Alison Davies from Essex Savers.net Credit Union came into Phoenix to tell us the good news that a new credit union branch was to open in Brentwood. Well we had some

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William Hunter Way Project Scrapped – Russell Quirk

William Hunter Way Project Scrapped – Russell Quirk

Bob Simpson February 5, 2014 0

AFTER eight years of planning the deal for William Hunter Way’s multi-million pound redevelopment is to be scrapped. Brentwood Council have confirmed the project with Stockland is “set to be refused” after a development

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Leanne Louise Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Leanne Louise Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson January 24, 2014 0

Leanne Louise is a singer songwriter and occasional producer. 2013 saw Leanne opening Brownstock Festival and going onto win both ILUVLIVE and Live & Unsigned. Leanne will be appearing at Phoenix FM’s First ever

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William Hunter Way – Opposition Members Anger at Secrecy

William Hunter Way – Opposition Members Anger at Secrecy

Bob Simpson January 23, 2014 0

Ian Edmonds and Graeme Clark explain their reaction to current negotiations

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Married? You Could be Part of a New World Record – The Big Promise – Listen Here

Married? You Could be Part of a New World Record – The Big Promise – Listen Here

Bob Simpson January 23, 2014 0

Every year more than a quarter of a million couples across the UK signify their commitment to each other by getting married – they make promises to each other that form the bedrock on

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Richie Milton and Bill Farrow – Tales of Simon and Garfunkel, The Pioneers, Long John Baldry And Eastenders! – And Some Great Music Too

Richie Milton and Bill Farrow – Tales of Simon and Garfunkel, The Pioneers, Long John Baldry And Eastenders! – And Some Great Music Too

Bob Simpson January 17, 2014 2

Well I have been looking forward today’s show for weeks. Back at Brentwood lighting up at the end of last November we had several great musicians perform on our stage in Crown Street Brentwood

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Prismism Project Live from Studio 2 – Watch Here

Prismism Project Live from Studio 2 – Watch Here

Bob Simpson January 10, 2014 1

Today I played out a great session I recorded in studio 2 earlier this week with Greg Hummell, also known as Prismism Project. Prismism Project is all about Alternative/ Electronic production, live looping &

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£10 to visit A & E – Manure from the Press Association?

£10 to visit A & E – Manure from the Press Association?

Bob Simpson January 3, 2014 0

So here is the news, or at least someone’s version of it. A third of GPs believe patients should be charged for some A&E visits, while most think Government changes will do nothing to

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Happy New Year – The First One 2 Three of 2014 and The Shape of Things to Come

Happy New Year – The First One 2 Three of 2014 and The Shape of Things to Come

Bob Simpson January 2, 2014 0

It was my privilege to host today’s One 2 Three, the first of 2014. Along with Scott Ross and Mike Jones we have been presenting this early afternoon show on Phoenix FM since last

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Oxjam 2013 – Listen Again Here

Oxjam 2013 – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson December 19, 2013 0

On Saturday 28th December it’s the return of Oxjam, a music festival that celebrates the local music scene and raises money for Oxfam- two undeniably great causes! After raising more than double the amount

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Essex Savers Credit Union Arrives in Brentwood

Essex Savers Credit Union Arrives in Brentwood

Bob Simpson December 6, 2013 2

My guest today was Alison Davies, president of Essex Savers Net Credit Union The Archbishop of Canterbury recently said that one million families are now taking out payday loans every month as they struggle

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Crown Street Live – Listen Here

Crown Street Live – Listen Here

Bob Simpson December 5, 2013 0

Another chance to hear all the acts who performed at Crown Street during this year's Lighting Up

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Lighting Up Brentwood – ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Lighting Up Brentwood – ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Bob Simpson November 29, 2013 0

‘Tis almost the season to be jolly… But with Father Christmas busy in his workshop and Lighting Up Brentwood tomorrow, I played a few Christmas tunes today to get us in the mood. We

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Weird and Wonderful Stories

Weird and Wonderful Stories

Bob Simpson November 28, 2013 0

Today seemed a good day for Weird and Wonderful stories… So I thought I would start by mentioning a local event of the same name. Weird and Wonderful     I hear that there

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Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes – We Make Fatballs!

Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes – We Make Fatballs!

Bob Simpson November 22, 2013 0

Thanks to Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes today The Phoenix FM studio today felt like the Blue Peter studio at the BBC. We made fatballs! You can see the result of my effort

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Lizzie Allen and Tracey Cowling from Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

Lizzie Allen and Tracey Cowling from Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

Bob Simpson November 22, 2013 0

Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service are a local non profit making registered charity, which since 1989 has been offering professional and confidential counselling to adults and more recently children who are struggling to come

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War of the Worlds a new tour! I chat to Jeff Wayne

War of the Worlds a new tour! I chat to Jeff Wayne

Bob Simpson November 20, 2013 0

The man behind one of the most successful concept albums ever is Jeff Wayne. War of the Worlds remains one of the best selling albums of all time in the UK with sales well

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Steve Davis in the Jungle and Sam Callahan says Goodbye to X Factor

Steve Davis in the Jungle and Sam Callahan says Goodbye to X Factor

Bob Simpson November 18, 2013 0

Snooker star and Phoenix FM presenter Steve Davis has swapped his waistcoat for a khaki suit to appear in the latest series of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ Here’s some top

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Rock Choir and Brentwood Lighting Up – Andrew Small

Rock Choir and Brentwood Lighting Up – Andrew Small

Bob Simpson November 15, 2013 0

  Rock Choir was started by musician Caroline Redman Lusher in 2005, and now people all over the UK are enjoying its mix of fun, friendship and community spirit. Well on 30th November Rock

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Phil Norton – The Billericay Street Pastors

Phil Norton – The Billericay Street Pastors

Bob Simpson November 14, 2013 1

A DEDICATED team of volunteers have started to hit the streets of Billericay to support late-night revellers and vulnerable people in need. The Billericay Street Pastors will be out in the town between 9pm and

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A Surprise Eat My Brunch and a visit from The Brentwood Brewing Company

A Surprise Eat My Brunch and a visit from The Brentwood Brewing Company

Bob Simpson November 13, 2013 0

Roland from the (other) BBC came in to talk about the brewery's Open Day

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David Schacht from The Stondon Singers and a Warning about Conmen

David Schacht from The Stondon Singers and a Warning about Conmen

Bob Simpson November 7, 2013 0

The Stondon Singers are a mixed Chamber Choir, resident at the atmospheric Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore. On 12th November (next Tuesday) they will be performing their next concert “Watercolours” at St Laurence

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Arbutus Music and The Rhythm Of Life. Paul Golder Chats to Steve Hackett of Genesis and Happy Birthday Scott Ross

Arbutus Music and The Rhythm Of Life. Paul Golder Chats to Steve Hackett of Genesis and Happy Birthday Scott Ross

Bob Simpson November 1, 2013 0

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to chat to Christine Gwynne and Frances Quintrell about their singing workshop “The Rhythm of Life” which was happening on Monday this week. I thought I would pop

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Maddy Davies from Brentwood Connect and some Halloween Horror!

Maddy Davies from Brentwood Connect and some Halloween Horror!

Bob Simpson October 31, 2013 0

Brentwood Connect is about empowering local communities across Brentwood to support families in their locality who are struggling to function effectively. Brentwood Connect is working with Inspiration Youth Call and today, Maddy Davies a

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The Encore Harmony Singers

The Encore Harmony Singers

Bob Simpson October 25, 2013 0

It was a great pleasure to be joined by The Encore Harmony Singers in Studio 2 at Phoenix. The Encore Harmony Singers are a group of eight singers that are well known in the

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The Rhythm of Life – Arbutus Music and Fun with Powis (Bob Simpson Sings!)

The Rhythm of Life – Arbutus Music and Fun with Powis (Bob Simpson Sings!)

Bob Simpson October 24, 2013 0

It was a great pleasure to welcome back to the studio Christine Gwynn from Arbutus Music who this time was joined by her colleague Francis Quintrell.   Sing Special – Rhythm of Life, is a

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Chinese Food, Pandas and Paul Merton speaks to Rob Jelly

Chinese Food, Pandas and Paul Merton speaks to Rob Jelly

Bob Simpson October 17, 2013 0

The Man who wrote Rebecca Black’s “Friday” has Made A New Song Called “Chinese Food”  And if you think Friday was bad, you need to listen to Alison Gold’s song “Chinese Food.” It’s about

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The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood – Concert with The Friends of Kneller Hall Band

The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood – Concert with The Friends of Kneller Hall Band

Bob Simpson October 13, 2013 0

The Friends of Kneller Hall band are a band of ex army musicians who travelled from all over the country and from as far away as Germany to support the Brentwood Royal British Legion

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World Mental Health Day, Larry Pegg and Silly Stories

World Mental Health Day, Larry Pegg and Silly Stories

Bob Simpson October 10, 2013 0

With one in four people suffering from a mental health problem, World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day,

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Barclay James Harvest – A Chat With John Lees

Barclay James Harvest – A Chat With John Lees

Bob Simpson October 9, 2013 1

Formed in 1966 the band Barclay James Harvest created classic albums like Once Again (featuring the beautiful song Mockingbird), Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories and many others  Founder member of the band John Lees is about to

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X Factor’s Sam Callahan, A Lost Granny and Cheese and Pickle

X Factor’s Sam Callahan, A Lost Granny and Cheese and Pickle

Bob Simpson October 4, 2013 0

Now that Sam Callahan has made it through boot camp on X Factor, This weekend we’ll see the final contestants revealed, as the judges’ houses stage of the competition airs. Sam’s now off to San

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And you’re back in the room… Ches Moulton, Hypnotherapist and Eric Pickles turns nasty.

And you’re back in the room… Ches Moulton, Hypnotherapist and Eric Pickles turns nasty.

Bob Simpson October 3, 2013 0

Our friend Ches Moulton made a welcome return to Phoenix FM today. Until recently Ches presented a great show on Phoenix – Blues From Brentwood but left to concentrate on other things in his

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Kaylen Castle – Amazing 16 year old Guitarist and Composer

Kaylen Castle – Amazing 16 year old Guitarist and Composer

Bob Simpson September 27, 2013 0

I was totally knocked out by my talented young guest today, Kaylen Castle. Kaylen Castle plays the guitar. Nothing unusual about that then, but it’s the way he plays that interests me. Far from

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Rubbish and Bondage – Now there’s a Funny Thing

Rubbish and Bondage – Now there’s a Funny Thing

Bob Simpson September 26, 2013 0

  So have you been to the rubbish tip lately? Well I’m having a major clear out at home at the moment and I arrived at the tip the other day with a car

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Ken Dodd talks to Bob Simpson …

Ken Dodd talks to Bob Simpson …

Bob Simpson September 19, 2013 2

about his life, comedy, music and The Beatles

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Paolo Morena Live – Weird and Wonderful with Colin Wade

Paolo Morena Live – Weird and Wonderful with Colin Wade

Bob Simpson September 13, 2013 3

A very busy but immensely enjoyable show today. I was joined in the studio by my two guests – first was Essex singer songwriter Paolo Morena – then Colin Wade from Brentwood Mind. Paolo

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Breakforcover! – Goodbye Stef and a Drunken Pig

Breakforcover! – Goodbye Stef and a Drunken Pig

Bob Simpson September 11, 2013 0

Was a pleasure to sit in for Mike Jones on One 2 Three today. It was a good opportunity to pay tribute to Stef Cybichowsky, drummer with local band Breakforcover. I have been lucky

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Strange Tails? When Animals Go Bad

Strange Tails? When Animals Go Bad

Bob Simpson September 9, 2013 0

Had fun sitting in for Scott Ross today. Here on Phoenix we try to bring you interesting and sometimes quirky news stories from around the world. Well today all I could seem to find

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Freecycle – Diane Evans on a busy Packed Lunch

Freecycle – Diane Evans on a busy Packed Lunch

Bob Simpson September 7, 2013 0

It was great to welcome Diane Evans from Brentwood Freecycle to the studio today. You can hear our chat again here – Freecycle Well I think Freecycle is a fabulous idea. Anything that can

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Bay City Rollers – Les McKeown chats to Bob Simpson on Phoenix FM

Bay City Rollers – Les McKeown chats to Bob Simpson on Phoenix FM

Bob Simpson September 6, 2013 12

I much enjoyed talking to the voice of The Bay City Rollers today – Les McKeown. Les is about to embark on a 41 date UK tour with his Les McKeown’s Legendary Bay City

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The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood

The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood

Bob Simpson September 6, 2013 0

Originally formed as a bugle band in 1990 the Brentwood Branch of The Royal British Legion formally adopted the Youth Band in March 1993. The band performs within various musical arenas from garden parties

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Domestic Abuse – Men Have Rights Too

Domestic Abuse – Men Have Rights Too

Bob Simpson August 30, 2013 0

Essex Police describe domestic abuse as incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those who are or have been intimate partners or family members. Domestic abuse is not just about

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One Million Cockroaches and Eric Pickles on those Short Skirts

One Million Cockroaches and Eric Pickles on those Short Skirts

Bob Simpson August 29, 2013 0

    One million cockroaches have reportedly escaped from a farm in China. The insects, which were being bred for use in traditional medicine, escaped from a facility in Dafeng, after an unknown person

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The Simpsons on Phoenix FM

The Simpsons on Phoenix FM

Bob Simpson August 23, 2013 0

  Yes it’s was Simpsons here on Phoenix FM,  With me was Sarah Simpson, lover of music, Personal Assistant, Psychology Graduate, amazing dancer, daughter and festival goer. Sarah had just got back from V Festival,

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Andrew Ings Paolo Morena and the Traveller Camp

Andrew Ings Paolo Morena and the Traveller Camp

Bob Simpson August 22, 2013 0

It was great to be back in the studio today after a week off. Today’s show seemed to fly by, due mostly to my fascinating guest, Author, Theatre Critic, Actor and Director Andrew Ings. You

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Louise McKinlay on Crossrail and Councillors’ Case Loads …

Louise McKinlay on Crossrail and Councillors’ Case Loads …

Bob Simpson August 9, 2013 0

... plus A Nasty Smell in Billericay and no e-cigarettes on Trains

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Meetings, A Fishy Tale and Brentwood’s MP in a reasonably priced car?

Meetings, A Fishy Tale and Brentwood’s MP in a reasonably priced car?

Bob Simpson August 8, 2013 0

It was great to get together with a host of Phoenix FM presenters last night at one of our meetings. Good to meet some of our newest presenters and discuss some burning issues. Then

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Naked in the Saddle, a Seagull and some False Teeth. How silly can we get?

Bob Simpson July 25, 2013 0

A packed show today that included some serious local news stories about Brentwood Borough Council and The Archbishop of Canterbury’s attack on payday lenders. But never mind about all that – what we really

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Snail Facials in a Heatwave

Bob Simpson July 15, 2013 0

Great to sit in for the legendary Scott Ross today, even if one of our stories made my stomach turn just a little - A Japanese beauty salon is offering ‘snail facials’. The treatment

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Concert in aid of the Brian Norris Charity Appeal with Basil Fawlty

Bob Simpson July 12, 2013 0

There’s open air summer concert on the 25th August in the beautiful gardens of Ingatestone Hall.  This will be a great opportunity to see some very talented artists featuring Soprano Jackie Pittman, Soul Singer

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Traffic Jams and Summer Jazz

Traffic Jams and Summer Jazz

Bob Simpson July 5, 2013 0

Such a shame that my expected guest Adrian Nation was unable to get to the studio today. He made a heroic effort to get here but an accident on the A12 Colchester by-pass meant

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A Rat and a Gag for The Opposition Allegedly

A Rat and a Gag for The Opposition Allegedly

Bob Simpson July 4, 2013 1

A very busy show to fit into two hours today, but somehow I managed it, with some stuttering along the way! My guest tomorrow on the show will be talented singer songwriter and musician

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Dangerous Raspberries and a Wee Visit from the Postman

Dangerous Raspberries and a Wee Visit from the Postman

Bob Simpson July 1, 2013 0

Monday’s One 2 Three on Phoenix brought a couple of stories about Royal Mail and their difficulty in dealing with raspberries and the tale of a postman who made an unusual delivery… A man

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My Final Sunday Replay… Some of the Best!

My Final Sunday Replay… Some of the Best!

Bob Simpson June 30, 2013 0

Enjoyed saying goodbye to the Replay today, and took the opportunity to play a tiny selection of some of my favourite music. With Nile Rodgers playing a blistering set at Glastonbury on Friday I

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£3,000,000 on Biscuits and a Six Minute Rant (Listen again here!)

£3,000,000 on Biscuits and a Six Minute Rant (Listen again here!)

Bob Simpson June 27, 2013 0

Today’s One 2 Three included an unusually long rant from me about the way our elected politicians spend our money in this time of austerity. Essex County Council Spent over £40,000 on meals for

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My Penultimate Sunday Replay and Extreme Shampooing!

My Penultimate Sunday Replay and Extreme Shampooing!

Bob Simpson June 23, 2013 0

In my penultimate Sunday Replay we had a story about the new craze of extreme shampooing! An internet blogger called Jim Chapman started the craze, which involves people washing their hair in extreme places.

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Fathers Day Songs and Static Man

Fathers Day Songs and Static Man

Bob Simpson June 17, 2013 0

A three hour edition of Sunday Replay today – in the first hour we heard some cool chilled out oldies, then in the next it was songs for Dad’s Day. We heard, Alexander O’Neal

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ABBA – Sing the Show – Mamma Mia and Lock your Car!

ABBA – Sing the Show – Mamma Mia and Lock your Car!

Bob Simpson June 13, 2013 0

DANCING Queen and Waterloo are just two of the classic ABBA anthems on the ‘to-do-list’ at a special singing event for adults in Brentwood. Frances Quintrell and Christine Gwynn are hosting Sing the Show

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The Final Sunday Replay Rocks – Listen Again Here

The Final Sunday Replay Rocks – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson June 9, 2013 0

Well it’s been a great six weeks of 100 classic rock tracks. You can listen again here - http://www.mixcloud.com/bobsimpson391/the-final-sunday-replay-rocks-on-phoenix-fm/ We started how we finished last week - Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll AC/DC

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Carmel Jane from Brentwood Rugby Club and Drivers – Beware of Romford!

Carmel Jane from Brentwood Rugby Club and Drivers – Beware of Romford!

Bob Simpson June 6, 2013 0

My guest today was Carmel Jane from Brentwood Rugby Club. Carmel told us all about what’s going on at the club and some plans for the future – You can hear our chat again

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Rockin Replay Five – Listen again here.

Rockin Replay Five – Listen again here.

Bob Simpson June 2, 2013 0

Ahh despite a few gremlins it was good to rock out again this week! You can hear an edited version of the show here - http://www.mixcloud.com/bobsimpson391/sunday-replay-rocks-on-phoenix-fm-part-5/ This was the music - LED ZEPPELIN – ROCK

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Sunday Replay Rocks! Part 4 – Listen Again Here.

Sunday Replay Rocks! Part 4 – Listen Again Here.

Bob Simpson May 27, 2013 0

Woo Hoo! – Simpson Rocks on Phoenix FM! Loved the music today! You can enjoy it again here - Play Tracks played were - Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones – (I Can’t

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More Rocking on the Sunday Replay

More Rocking on the Sunday Replay

Bob Simpson May 19, 2013 0

Another great two hours of Classic Rock on this week’s Sunday Replay courtesy of the following bands - Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks Cream –

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The Brentwood Awareness Walk and Talk – Tony Robinson and Wayne Banks

The Brentwood Awareness Walk and Talk – Tony Robinson and Wayne Banks

Bob Simpson May 17, 2013 0

I popped along to Brentwood Mind the other day to have a chat with Tony Robinson and Wayne Banks about The Brentwood Awareness Walk and Talk event on Sunday Brentwood Mind along with the

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Rocking Out Replay and D’ukes – The Finest Ukelele Band in the Land – Listen Again Here

Rocking Out Replay and D’ukes – The Finest Ukelele Band in the Land – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson May 12, 2013 0

We Rocked some more this week, but first, my lovely guests were D’ukes D’ukes are a quirky 8 piece ukulele band that has given the small four-stringed, two hundred year old, modest ukulele a

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Essex Savers net Credit Union – Alison Davies

Essex Savers net Credit Union – Alison Davies

Bob Simpson May 9, 2013 0

My guest on the show today was Alison Davies from Essex Savers net Credit union A credit union is a member-owned financial  co-operative, democratically controlled by its members, and operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit at

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Sunday Replay Rocks! – Listen Again Here…

Sunday Replay Rocks! – Listen Again Here…

Bob Simpson May 5, 2013 1

Well we finished the countdown of the top 100 of the 1970′s last week. Where to next I thought….. Yea lets Rock OUT!!! You can listen to the show again here - http://www.mixcloud.com/bobsimpson391/sunday-replay-rocks-part-one/ For the

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One 2 Three with Frances Clamp and without Scott Ross!

One 2 Three with Frances Clamp and without Scott Ross!

Bob Simpson April 30, 2013 0

It’s been a pleasure to sit in for Scott yesterday and today while he takes a short break. Yesterday it was Maximum Music Monday but we also took in a few local news stories

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Top 100 of the 1970′s – The Final Top Ten

Top 100 of the 1970′s – The Final Top Ten

Bob Simpson April 28, 2013 0

Yes we made it all the way down from 100 – 1 The best selling single of the 1970′s was Mull of Kyntire by Wings From next week we are rocking out on the

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Bruce Kent visits One 2 Three

Bruce Kent visits One 2 Three

Bob Simpson April 26, 2013 0

The veteran CND campaigner chats to Bob Simpson

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Brentwood Foodbank

Brentwood Foodbank

Bob Simpson April 25, 2013 0

We welcomed Julie Bowler and the Rev Jem Treherne in to talk about the work they do with Brentwood Foodbank

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The Penultimate Top 100 Of the 1970′s, and the Top Album of the Decade from Simon and Garfunkle

The Penultimate Top 100 Of the 1970′s, and the Top Album of the Decade from Simon and Garfunkle

Bob Simpson April 21, 2013 0

Nearly there! Today we counted down from 28 – 11, leaving the top ten for next week’s final show on the decade. In 3@3 today we featured three songs from Simon and Garfunkle, celebrating

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The Top 100 of the 1970′s

The Top 100 of the 1970′s

Bob Simpson April 15, 2013 0

This weeks part of the countdown included 3 tracks from the 3rd best selling album of the 1970′s - Rumours - the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976 and was released

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I’ve Joined a Boyband! Class A

I’ve Joined a Boyband! Class A

Bob Simpson April 12, 2013 1

Great Guests in the studio today – Class A In 2011, following a nationwide search for six great-looking guys who could sing, dance and write their own music, James, Jake, Robin, Craig, Seb and

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Top 100 of The 1970′s and The Dark Side of the Moon

Top 100 of The 1970′s and The Dark Side of the Moon

Bob Simpson April 7, 2013 0

Today’s tracks took us from number 64 to 44. More on that later but first our top selling album of the 1970′s was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This was the 4th

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Friends of Upminster Windmill – Martin Withers

Friends of Upminster Windmill – Martin Withers

Bob Simpson April 5, 2013 0

Today it was my pleasure to welcome Martin Withers from the Friends of Upminster Windmill to the Phoenix FM studios. You can hear our chat again here -  If you would like to get

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Sam Callahan – Listen Again Here

Sam Callahan – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson April 4, 2013 2

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome singer songwriter and musician Sam Callahan to the Phoenix FM studios today. Sam was spotted by Geri Halliwell when he was 15 and was signed to a

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The Top 100 of the 1970′s part two – Tubular Bells

The Top 100 of the 1970′s part two – Tubular Bells

Bob Simpson March 31, 2013 0

The 5th best selling album of the 1970′s was Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and we heard an extract from this just after 3pm Today we continued our countdown of the top selling singles of

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Cllr. Russell Quirk and The Hutton Community Centre

Cllr. Russell Quirk and The Hutton Community Centre

Bob Simpson March 29, 2013 1

Brentwood’s Conservative councillors have agreed to invest £165,000 in to Hutton Community Centre to bring the building back up to scratch. Cllr. Russell Quirk joined me in the Phoenix FM studio today to chat about

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Brentwood Brewing Company’s Easter Quiz and a Surprise Visit From The Earl Of Brentwood!

Brentwood Brewing Company’s Easter Quiz and a Surprise Visit From The Earl Of Brentwood!

Bob Simpson March 28, 2013 0

It was my pleasure to welcome Head Brewer from The Brentwood Brewing Company Sophie De Ronde to the Phoenix FM studio today to talk about The Brentwood Brewing Company’s Easter Quiz. During our chat

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The Top 100 of the 1970′s – ABBA

The Top 100 of the 1970′s – ABBA

Bob Simpson March 24, 2013 0

Today we began our countdown of the top 100 selling singles of the 1970′s. We also featured three tracks from the sixth best selling album of the 1970′s – ABBA -  Greatest Hits. The album was

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Brentwood Buddhist Community – Jane Ward, Rene Cantiani and a Taste of Honey!

Brentwood Buddhist Community – Jane Ward, Rene Cantiani and a Taste of Honey!

Bob Simpson March 22, 2013 0

A near miss on the road this morning distracted me somewhat from today’s show, so it was good to have the calming influence of my guests Jane Ward and Rene Cantiani from the Brentwood

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The Final Soulful Sunday Replay – Sam And Dave

The Final Soulful Sunday Replay – Sam And Dave

Bob Simpson March 17, 2013 0

Today was the fifth and final (for now) week of our trip to the world of soul Motown and Disco on The Soulful Sunday Replay. I’ve had a great few weeks playing some of

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Cllr. Louise McKinlay Leader of Brentwood Council and D’ukes

Cllr. Louise McKinlay Leader of Brentwood Council and D’ukes

Bob Simpson March 15, 2013 0

Today I had the pleasure of talking to Cllr. Louise McKinlay about the “Bedroom Tax” in response to the interview yesterday with Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Cllr.

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The Bedroom Tax. I speak to Hilary Benn Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Also, Brian Carline from The League of Friends of The Marillac Nursing Home

The Bedroom Tax. I speak to Hilary Benn Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Also, Brian Carline from The League of Friends of The Marillac Nursing Home

Bob Simpson March 14, 2013 2

A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the “bedroom tax” by Labour and, for many, the name has stuck. Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was

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Phoenix in the Foyer, James Brown and Ray Lewis

Phoenix in the Foyer, James Brown and Ray Lewis

Bob Simpson March 10, 2013 0

After Saturday’s hugely successful Phoenix in the Foyer event I chatted to chief organiser Tony Smith about the event and played him some audience reaction that I recorded as people left The Brentwood Centre

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Paul Greene from Brentwood’s Hermit Club and How Not to get Food Poisoning!

Paul Greene from Brentwood’s Hermit Club and How Not to get Food Poisoning!

Bob Simpson March 8, 2013 0

It was my pleasure to welcome Paul Greene to the Phoenix Fm studios today. Paul has been involved with The Hermit Club for many years in one capacity or another and is now aiming

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Cllr Phil Baker and Gary Sheridan from The Essex Indoor Family Festival

Cllr Phil Baker and Gary Sheridan from The Essex Indoor Family Festival

Bob Simpson March 7, 2013 0

Such a busy show! I was delighted to be joined in the studio by my two guests today. First it was Cllr. Phil Baker chatting about last night’s Brentwood Council Planning Meeting. You can

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Dani Clay and Marvin Gaye – Only the Best on The Soulful Sunday Replay

Dani Clay and Marvin Gaye – Only the Best on The Soulful Sunday Replay

Bob Simpson March 3, 2013 0

A complete pleasure to welcome my guests – The Dani Clay Band –  to Phoenix FM today. Dani, Scott and Jason together gave a fantastic performance on three tracks live in Phoenix FMs Studio

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Wilson Pickett, Dani Clay, The Temptations, The Soul Ladies and The Staple Singers

Wilson Pickett, Dani Clay, The Temptations, The Soul Ladies and The Staple Singers

Bob Simpson February 24, 2013 0

Today we previewed Dani Clay’s appearance on next week’s Sunday Replay ahead of the great Phoenix in the Foyer event on 9 March. We heard two tracks from Dani as well as a brief

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Brentwood A Becket Rotary Club

Brentwood A Becket Rotary Club

Bob Simpson February 21, 2013 0

My guest today on One 2 Three was Diane Matthews of Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club The Club was chartered in 1980, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Brentwood and The Rotary Club of

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The First Soulful Sunday Replay… Featuring The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

The First Soulful Sunday Replay… Featuring The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

Bob Simpson February 17, 2013 0

In the first of four shows today we heard some fantastic music and had a brief look at the story of soul music. Soul music first gained a following during the 1950s. At that

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Friday’s One 2 Three, with Tony Robinson and Daisy from Brentwood Mind, and Joe Cocker

Friday’s One 2 Three, with Tony Robinson and Daisy from Brentwood Mind, and Joe Cocker

Bob Simpson February 15, 2013 0

TGIF! A very enjoyable show today featuring a couple of tracks from Joe Cocker’s excellent new album – Fire it Up. After 2pm I was pleased to be joined in the studio by Tony

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The Top 10 of The 90′s – Reg Presley and a Close Encounter with Essex Ghost Hunters!

The Top 10 of The 90′s – Reg Presley and a Close Encounter with Essex Ghost Hunters!

Bob Simpson February 10, 2013 0

In the final show of the series we counted down the remaining top 10 of the 90′s 1       “ Candle In The Wind 1997″       Elton John 4,868,000 1997 1 “Candle in the Wind 1997”

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Thursday’s One 2 Three – Something Free!

Thursday’s One 2 Three – Something Free!

Bob Simpson February 7, 2013 0

Well that went quickly! I so enjoyed my first edition of the new show that it felt like it was over before I had got started! Helping me along the way (including making me

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The Penultimate Top 100 of the 90′s and the Best Selling Album of the Decade

The Penultimate Top 100 of the 90′s and the Best Selling Album of the Decade

Bob Simpson February 3, 2013 0

So we counted down to number 11 today in the Top 100 of The 90′s saving the top 10 for next week. 11     “My Heart Will Go On”        Celine Dion        1,310,000 1998 1 From

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Coming Soon – One 2 Three on Phoenix FM

Coming Soon – One 2 Three on Phoenix FM

Bob Simpson January 29, 2013 1

A brand new weekday show comes to Phoenix from 4 February – One 2 Three Monday to Friday 1pm to 3pm it’s One 2 Three It’s going to be such a busy show, it’s going

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Top 100 of the 90′s – Simply Red Stars

Top 100 of the 90′s – Simply Red Stars

Bob Simpson January 27, 2013 0

Part 4 counted down from number 44 – number 27. 27 “Torn” Natalie Imbruglia 982,000 1997 2 Imbruglia received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for Torn, losing to Celine Dion’s

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The Top 100 of The Nineties and The Spice Girls

The Top 100 of The Nineties and The Spice Girls

Bob Simpson January 20, 2013 0

On this wintry day we spent a couple of hours in The Nineties. Part three took us down the countdown from number 61. The music was (in reverse order) - 45 “Ooh Aah… Just

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The Top 100 of the 90s – 80-62 and Talk on Corners

The Top 100 of the 90s – 80-62 and Talk on Corners

Bob Simpson January 13, 2013 0

Part two today took us from number 80 down to 62… 62     “D’You Know What I Mean?”       Oasis          707,000     1997 1 Written by Noel Gallagher and released as the first single from their third album Be

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The Top 100 of The Nineties and a Jagged Little Pill

The Top 100 of The Nineties and a Jagged Little Pill

Bob Simpson January 6, 2013 0

Hey I so enjoyed this first show of the new year – For the next five weeks it’s the top 100 of the Nineties. In reverse order the tracks played today were – (followed

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Happy New Year – 2012 Review – Vanquish, Doogie, Breakforcover, D’Ukes and Those we have Lost

Happy New Year – 2012 Review – Vanquish, Doogie, Breakforcover, D’Ukes and Those we have Lost

Bob Simpson December 30, 2012 0

So to the last Sunday Replay of 2012. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to all those New Year celebrations. As we find ourselves at the end of the

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Christmas Dedications on The Sunday Replay

Christmas Dedications on The Sunday Replay

Bob Simpson December 23, 2012 0

It was over to you for your Christmas Dedications this week - First one for me! The Beach Boys – Merry Christmas Baby For Angela’s Mum – Michael Buble – Christmas  (Baby Please Come

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Ghosts of Christmas Past – Christmas Number Ones

Ghosts of Christmas Past – Christmas Number Ones

Bob Simpson December 16, 2012 0

On today’s show we revisited some Christmas number one’s of the past, for a change though I chose hits that were not actual Christmas records as I’m sure we’ll be hearing enough of those

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All The Way to Number 1 – Band Aid, The Top Selling Single of the Eighties

All The Way to Number 1 – Band Aid, The Top Selling Single of the Eighties

Bob Simpson December 10, 2012 0

In the final 80′s show today we heard the top ten….. [1] DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS – Band Aid – Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for

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Thursdays Drive – Bad Jokes, Tongue Twisters and Abandoned Doggie

Thursdays Drive – Bad Jokes, Tongue Twisters and Abandoned Doggie

Bob Simpson December 6, 2012 0

Had a blast sitting in for Bryan this afternoon, Scrooge-like I decided to limit any Christmas records to just one an hour, but relented in the final hour when I played two! These were

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Lighting Up The Top 100 of The Eighties in Brentwood and Shenfield!

Lighting Up The Top 100 of The Eighties in Brentwood and Shenfield!

Bob Simpson December 3, 2012 0

Well it was a busy weekend for Phoenix and me, helping both Brentwood and Shenfield to switch on their Christmas lights. Congratulations to everyone involved in these highly successful events, the organisers, Phoenix FM

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The Top 100 of the Eighties Part 4 and Whitney Houston

The Top 100 of the Eighties Part 4 and Whitney Houston

Bob Simpson November 25, 2012 0

Part 4 today included some solid gold and one or two turkeys! Well it’ll soon be Christmas after all… In reverse order - [21] SWING THE MOOD – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers –

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The Top 100 of the 80′s Part 3 and Queen at Live Aid

The Top 100 of the 80′s Part 3 and Queen at Live Aid

Bob Simpson November 18, 2012 0

This 60 – 41 of the Top 100 of the 80′s – in reverse order - [41] LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE – Bucks Fizz (740,000) [42] NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW – Starship (740,000)

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The Relaxing Show – Relaxation Techniques and Chilled Music

The Relaxing Show – Relaxation Techniques and Chilled Music

Bob Simpson November 13, 2012 1

With Elle Flynn away this week I’m sorry to say there was no Fashion Zone tonight. It’s was my pleasure to sit in for Elle. You could write what I know about fashion on

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The Top 100 of the Eighties Part Two

The Top 100 of the Eighties Part Two

Bob Simpson November 11, 2012 0

In today’s show we counted down from 80 to 61. We took a look at some of the events of 1982 and 1983 and relived a couple of the top TV moments of the

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The Eighties Top 100 – Part One

The Eighties Top 100 – Part One

Bob Simpson November 4, 2012 0

Ah the Eighties! In the coming weeks on Sunday Replay we’ll count down the Top 100 singles of that fabulous decade as well as taking a look at year-by-year events and the top TV

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Eat My Lunch with Wine!

Eat My Lunch with Wine!

Bob Simpson November 1, 2012 0

I was pleased to step in for Michele today to cover EML. My guest in the second hour was Neil Hornsby of Drinks of France in Pilgrims Hatch. You can hear our chat here

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The Beatles

The Beatles

Bob Simpson October 28, 2012 0

Final Beatles episode today – From next week – The top 100 of the Eighties. Yellow Submarine The Yellow Submarine LP, issued in January 1969, contained only the four previously unreleased songs that had

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The Beatles Story Episode 3 – 3@3 Paul McCartney – and D’Ukes

The Beatles Story Episode 3 – 3@3 Paul McCartney – and D’Ukes

Bob Simpson October 21, 2012 0

I much enjoyed today’s show despite a few technical problems. We started with The Beatles. Episode 3 Paperback Writer In 1966 during a tour of the Philippines, the group unintentionally snubbed the nation’s first

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Great Choice Ches!

Great Choice Ches!

Bob Simpson October 18, 2012 0

It was a great pleasure to stand in for Ches Moulton this week on Blues from Brentwood. Thanks to Ches for helping me with the music – I loved it all! Little Milton –

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The Beatles Episode 2 – 3@3 – George Harrison

The Beatles Episode 2 – 3@3 – George Harrison

Bob Simpson October 14, 2012 0

Episode Two Today on the Sunday Replay we continued our tribute to The Beatles 50 years after the release of their 1st single Love me Do. Last week took us up to late 1964

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The Beatles Story Part One – and Vanquish

The Beatles Story Part One – and Vanquish

Bob Simpson October 7, 2012 0

I was delighted to be joined in the studio today by up and coming girl band Vanquish. More on that later but first part one of the Beatles Story… 50 years ago this month

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1960 – The Beatles – Andy Williams – Frank Wilson

1960 – The Beatles – Andy Williams – Frank Wilson

Bob Simpson September 30, 2012 1

The final show of the top hits of the past 5 decades concluded at the start – 1960. The music we heard was Eddie Cochran – Three steps to Heaven Hollywood Argyles – Alley

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2009 Bon Jovi and Bad 25

2009 Bon Jovi and Bad 25

Bob Simpson September 23, 2012 0

In the penultimate show of the top hits of the last 5 decades (only 1960 to go next week now) we travelled back to 2009 - Pixie Lott – Boys and Girls JLS –

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2008 – ELO – Ray and Jan Spiller

2008 – ELO – Ray and Jan Spiller

Bob Simpson September 16, 2012 0

This week it was the year that Boris Johnson became London Mayor – 2008 Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me The top selling tracks of the year were - 1. Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah

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1961 – The Space Race and Dire Straits

1961 – The Space Race and Dire Straits

Bob Simpson September 9, 2012 0

Off to 1961 this week – The year the space race began. Yuri Gagarin beating Alan Shepherd into Space. JFK announced that the US would land a man on the moon before the end

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1984 – Oasis – Max and Hal – LISTEN AGAIN HERE

1984 – Oasis – Max and Hal – LISTEN AGAIN HERE

Bob Simpson September 2, 2012 0

Todays Replay included a visit to 1984 with the top selling hits of the year – You can catch an edited version of the show here -  1 Do They Know It’s Christmas –

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2007 – 10cc – Scott MacKenzie and Neil Armstrong. LISTEN AGAIN HERE

2007 – 10cc – Scott MacKenzie and Neil Armstrong. LISTEN AGAIN HERE

Bob Simpson August 26, 2012 0

Really enjoyed the music on today’s show – all the best from 2007… Why not have a listen here if you missed it - first - Mutya Buena – Real Girl Scouting for Girls

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Hot Times – 1964 – Simply Red and The Dandy – Listen Again Here

Hot Times – 1964 – Simply Red and The Dandy – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson August 19, 2012 0

In the blistering heat of the hottest day of the year so far I managed to escape the high temperatures in the comfort of our air conditioned studio. To cool everybody off we escaped

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2006 – Dusty – Gold Medal Music

2006 – Dusty – Gold Medal Music

Bob Simpson August 6, 2012 0

On this fantastic weekend for Team GB we travelled back just 6 years to 2006 - Madonna – Sorry The top ten selling singles of the year were - 1 Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

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Getting You Home at The Last Minute – Listen Again

Getting You Home at The Last Minute – Listen Again

Bob Simpson July 31, 2012 0

I really enjoyed covering Gary’s show Monday evening – even though I didn’t know I was doing it until about an hour before it started! (no fault of Gary) So armed with nothing but

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1973 – The Eagles – New from Elton John – Listen Again Here!

1973 – The Eagles – New from Elton John – Listen Again Here!

Bob Simpson July 29, 2012 0

Returning after a week away it was great to get back to the music! The first hour featured a trip back to 1973 starting with one from James Blunt NOT from 1973 but called

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1991, Wind-Up Radio and The Pretenders

1991, Wind-Up Radio and The Pretenders

Bob Simpson July 15, 2012 0

Today we featured the year that Trevor Bayliss invented the clockwork radio – 1991. Songs featured were: Tom Petty – Learning to Fly EMF – Unbelievable The top selling tunes of the year were:

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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Bob Simpson July 11, 2012 0

It was a great pleasure to meet and chat to the writers and cast of Phoenix FM’s new comedy series The Lighthouse. Written by Colin Wade and Ian Rayment the series is set in

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Blue Music – The Corrs – Olympic Flames and Goodbye Ed

Blue Music – The Corrs – Olympic Flames and Goodbye Ed

Bob Simpson July 8, 2012 1

Wow a packed show today when we tried to improve the appalling weather by playing some “blue” tracks hoping for some blue sky Barry Blue – Dancing on a Saturday Night ELO – Mr

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1963 and Chic

1963 and Chic

Bob Simpson July 3, 2012 0

Sunday Replay this week headed back 49 years to the year of Beatlemania – 1963 Beach Boys – Little Duece Coupe Elvis – Devil in Disguise Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas – Little

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1989 – George Michael and DOOGIE HUNTER!

1989 – George Michael and DOOGIE HUNTER!

Bob Simpson June 24, 2012 11

A trip back to 1989 on todays show - Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World The top selling tunes of the year were - 1 Ride On Time – Black Box 2 Swing

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2003 – Genesis – Dad’s Day

2003 – Genesis – Dad’s Day

Bob Simpson June 17, 2012 0

Back to 2003 this week… Sugababes – Hole in the Head Elton John – Are you Ready for Love Christina Aguilera – Beautiful The top selling tunes of the year were… 1 Where Is

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1974 – The Kinks – Liverpool – Doogie Hunter

1974 – The Kinks – Liverpool – Doogie Hunter

Bob Simpson June 10, 2012 0

A show full of great music this week – in the first hour, a trip back to 1974… Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive Alvin Stardust – Jealous Mind Sweet Sensation – Sad Sweet

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Royal Diamond Jubilee Connections and the Strawberry Fair

Royal Diamond Jubilee Connections and the Strawberry Fair

Bob Simpson June 4, 2012 0

Celebrating The Royal Jubilee I dug around in my massive oldies sack for music with Royal Diamond Jubilee connections and came up with these tracks. Spin Doctors – Two Princes King – The Taste

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1965 and Robin Gibb

1965 and Robin Gibb

Bob Simpson May 27, 2012 0

Great music from 1965 on this sweltering hot day. So glad we have a window in our new studio! The Four Tops – It’s the Same Old Song The Beach Boys – California Girls

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1995 D’ukes and Donna Summer

1995 D’ukes and Donna Summer

Bob Simpson May 20, 2012 0

Quite a show today! Very much enjoyed having my guests D’ukes in the studio in the second hour, but first off it was back to 1995 for an hour of the best selling music

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1983 – Olympic Concert and the Coronation Street Musical!

1983 – Olympic Concert and the Coronation Street Musical!

Bob Simpson May 6, 2012 0

Top tunes from 1983 today - Every Breath you Take – The Police The Top Ten Of the year were - 1 Karma Chameleon – Culture Club 2 Uptown Girl –  Billy Joel 3

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FA Cup Final day and a stolen Bra!

FA Cup Final day and a stolen Bra!

Bob Simpson May 5, 2012 0

Very much enjoyed covering Alan Johnson on Feelgood Saturday today. Along with some great Feelgood music we heard some Interesting local news and sports stories including a story about a bra (and nothing else)

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2004 and Cher

2004 and Cher

Bob Simpson April 29, 2012 0

Back to the hits of 2004 this week - Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get it Started Natasha Beddingfield – These Words Maroon 5 – This Love U2 – Vertigo Girls Aloud – I’ll

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1972 – Bon Jovi – Bert Weedon – Billericay Town – St George’s Day

1972 – Bon Jovi – Bert Weedon – Billericay Town – St George’s Day

Bob Simpson April 22, 2012 0

Back 40 Years to 1972 this week Rod Stewart – You Wear it Well Layla – Derek & the Dominoes Elton John – Rocket Man Michael Jackson – Ben The top ten of the

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15 Years ago – 1997 – Diana

15 Years ago – 1997 – Diana

Bob Simpson April 15, 2012 0

Was it really that long ago? Sad news that year dominated everything else and produced the year’s best selling single from Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997 – The death of Diana

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My First Breakfast Ever!

Bob Simpson April 14, 2012 0

Whoo hoo! Very happy to have covered Rob Harvey’s Saturday Breakfast today. Such Fun! We heard the usual mix of great Phoenix FM music and looked at some local news stories and entertainment news.

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The Motown Story

The Motown Story

Bob Simpson April 8, 2012 1

Sunday replay this Easter Sunday dwelt in the magical music of Motown for a whole two hours. Too much great music to mention. The Motown story is the story of Berry Gordy, Jr., who

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1967… All Fools Day… Death to the Pirates!

1967… All Fools Day… Death to the Pirates!

Bob Simpson April 1, 2012 0

Today’s Sunday Replay returned to 1967, the year pirate radio ended… You can catch the whole show again here: The Hollies – Carrie Ann Hermans Hermits – There’s a Kind of Hush Frankie Valli

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