All good stories begin “once upon a time” don’t they?

The author as a young dog. A radio dog.

Once upon a time, specifically at the end of August 1990 a 16-year-old boy sat at the desk in his bedroom and began to work through the pile of university prospectuses which had arrived through the door while he’d been…

The death of any performer is always a sad occasion for their fans, but no more so than when the death is that of someone still in the prime of life. The passing of Tim “Avicii” Bergling in April 2018 at the age of just 28 prompted a re-evaluation of…

Tucked away down what has on occasion been an all-too gloomy back street somewhere in the vicinity of the South Bank of the River Thames in London sits an otherwise nondescript four-storey brick building.

Since January 2000, 18 Hatfields has been the home of a pioneering, entertaining, sometimes controversial, but…

Roughly once every fortnight the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom publishes what it calls the Broadcast Bulletin. This document is the regular log of cases it has considered as a result of complaints received from members of the public about television and radio broadcasts. It assesses each of these against the…

Rolling The Jack

I only knew my great-grandfather for a vanishingly brief amount of time.

Robert Aitken Masterton was his name, and for much of the early part of my childhood, he was all but invisible to us, living away in Belfast with his second wife. My younger sister and I only really…

I think it was worth the wait in the end. Now! 100 is finally here.

The dedicated band of people behind the production of the thrice-yearly Now That’s What I Call Music albums did a masterful job of not only building up the anticipation to the release of Volume 100…

Back Then Everyone Used Lotus

Our information-led world is a beautiful thing. Facts, help, knowledge at the click of a mouse or the tap on a screen. Such a state of affairs is especially true if you work in any technology-related field where the solution to any problem you may…

🍉🐝James Masterton

Music Week’s chart analyst, broadcaster and writer and general bloke with a keyboard.

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