Mike Shaft Minister of Sport 2

Launch Day at Commonwealth Games Radio. Special guest The Minister of Sport the Rt Hon Richard Caborn

The brief of the music on the station is to tie the whole thing together. The music we will feature will include every possible genre of music for the last 20 years and more.

At present, the plan is that Music will make up approximately 40% of our total output.

In order to get the sound that we want for the station, the music has been divided into 6 categories. They are:-


The biggest and freshest music that we will be playing.  This will include every type of music, and will become the staple sounds of the station.  You will never be more than 2 songs away from a track from the BBC 2002 A list.

Examples are:-

1          More than that – BACKSTREET BOYS
2          Breathe & stop – Q TIP
3          Hit ‘em up style – Blu CANTRELL
4          The world’s greatest – R KELLY
5          Get up – Beverly KNIGHT


This will be the largest category of music on the station and includes classic soul and dance music tracks from the past 30 years.  We are talking about all the great soul artists, guys like Luther VANDROSS, Anita BAKER, SHALAMAR, Bobby CALDWELL and lots lots more.

Examples are:-

1          Never too much – Luther VANDROSS
2          Sweet love – Anita BAKER
3          Apparently nothing – YOUNG DISCIPLES
4          Ain’t nobody – RUFUS & Chaka KHAN
5          Summer time – Jazzy JEFF & The FRESH PRINCE


This is the category that will include the most recent offerings that we will be playing.  Most will be from the last couple of years and will also include the up to date tracks from the soul and dance field.  We will include top quality album tracks as well, including the Grammy Award winning album from Alicia KEYS.

Examples are:-

1          Nostalgia – HIL ST SOUL
2          Pop ya collar – USHER
3          Falling – Alicia KEYS
4          Ain’t it funny – Jennifer Lopez & Ja RULE
5          Peace & love & Tommy SIMS


BBC 2002 Commonwealth Games Radio will be opening each hour with a song that is guaranteed to get you singing.  This is where you will hear the great Motown songs and the classic Atlantic tracks.  Add to that artists like the Spencer DAVIS GROUP and Michael McDONALD and you’ll see why you won’t be able to wait for the end of our news bulletin, for one of our massive opening tracks to kick in.  We will even be featuring some classic Northern Soul tracks in this section.

Examples are:-

1          Respect – Aretha FRANKLIN
2          Your song – Billy PAUL
3          Move on up – Curtis MAYFIELD
4          Backfield in motion – MEL & TIM
5          War – Edwin STARR


As the word says, this is where we play all the great pop songs, including artists like LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY, SIMPLY RED, Tina TURNER and Robbie WILLIAMS.  We have distilled over 30 years of music to bring you the best available pop songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Examples are:-

1          Your love is king – SADE
2          Lifted – LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
3          We don’t need another hero – Tina TURNER
4          Torn – Natalie IMBRUGLIA
5          Something got me started – SIMPLY RED


And finally the section that includes music that we couldn’t fit anywhere else.  If you are looking for the classics and the off-the-wall selections, then this is where they’ll be. In here we’ll be featuring artists like Nat King COLE, Peggy Lee, Louis ARMSTRONG and Dave BRUBECK  This is the category that will put the COOL to BBC 2002, Commonwealth Games Radio.

Examples are:-

1          So nobody else can hear – Jimmy COBB
2          Let there be love – Nat King COLE
3          Chill out – John Lee HOOKER & SANTANA
4          Beyond the sea – George BENSON
5          What a wonderful world – Louis ARMSTRONG

So there you have it, the music that you can hear on BBC 2002, Commonwealth Games Radio.  It’s going to be the most awesome sounding radio station on the dial, but don’t take my word for it.  Tune in to 97.7FM in the Greater Manchester area and find out for yourself.  We are also streaming here on the www.bbc.co.uk/2002/radio Web Site.

So tell your friends about us BBC 2002, Commonwealth Games Radio.  A radio station that actually plays good tunes…think about it!!!

Finally, if you know any great tunes we should be playing then send me an e-mail.  If it fits in we’ll play it!


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