UKGospel.com Podcast 10 – You Have the Power: What Would You Do For UK Gospel…?

UKGospel.com Podcast 10 – You Have the Power: What Would You Do For UKGospel…? The first 2013 podcast release from the UKGospel.com team and guests… And (in case you can’t see the photo above for some reason) arguments break out once again over diverse issues including: What the team would do if they were the CEO of the UK Gospel music industry Following the Pope’s … Continue reading UKGospel.com Podcast 10 – You Have the Power: What Would You Do For UK Gospel…?

Want People to Keep Returning to Your Site? Ditch Autoplay

Does the audio or video media auto-play on your site..? You know the story: you’re on your lunch break at work. You decide to check out that website someone recommended. You type in the www dot whatever and press ‘Enter’… Total, embarrassing chaos erupts. You’re on an unfamiliar work PC. The sound fills the entire room, and everyone in the office stares disapprovingly. …and the … Continue reading Want People to Keep Returning to Your Site? Ditch Autoplay

The Dave P Interview – 28 Years in UK Gospel

So, I didn’t really realise the importance of this interview until I started the final prep for it this week… After all, it’s only Dave.   I’ve been listening to the guy on radio for near enough 20 years. For the first 5 or so years of that I was – like many people – a distant fan, listening to his popular radio shows with … Continue reading The Dave P Interview – 28 Years in UK Gospel

And – finally – I’d Like to Thank God…

Sometime in September Miss Tobi sent me the tweet congratulating me on the nomination.

It was the first I heard of it.  As it turned out, I’d been nominated in the ‘Best Radio Personality’ category for the 2012 Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTAs).

I was shocked.  As in ‘stunned, but very pleasantly surprised’.  Pretty much the very same reaction I had when my first-ever nomination came in for the same category in last year’s BEFFTAs.

I didn’t win of course, but – cliché time – it felt fantastic just to be nominated.

To put this into some sort of context, I’d only been doing radio for about two years when that first nomination came in…

Special

What makes this whole thing special for me is the fact that I’m nominated in an ‘open’ category, not a ‘Gospel’ one…

And yes, while that might (possibly) sound like a contradiction in evangelical terms to some people (do refrain from hurling your stones of righteous indignation, and leave them in their pouches a minute longer), from my point of view it means I’m being assessed via the same yardstick as people in mainstream radio – from places like the BBC and Choice FM, to mention just two.

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How Not to Promote on Facebook

How Not to Promote on Facebook… 

This is quite a short post.

I get this on a fairly frequent basis, so I thought I’d point out a few things:

1.  Always introduce yourself: this was the very first time I’d heard of this person.

 

2. ‘Er.. Why would I be excited about your release…?‘ In light of 1 above, why they thought I’d actually start counting down is beyond me…

3. ‘Er… Okay.  If you say so…‘. This project might actually be this person’s best work to date, but I’d recommend someone else provide your endorsement.

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Top 5 Things that will Make The Media Work For You (part 1)

Back in January 2011 I promised you a ‘Top 5′ series, offering advice, tools, tips, hints and more.

Well, here’s the first: ‘Top 5 Things to Make The Media Work For You (Part 1)’.

It’s a ‘part 1’ because I suspect that of all the Top 5s I’ll be doing, this will the most ‘living’ one – many of the tips will be based on real-life strategies and experiences I’ve seen work both for me and other people.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with it:

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UK Artist Makes US Dove History

Lola Godheld singing

Lola Godheld image by StarlightImagery.co.uk

Last week was a good one for UK gospel, not least because on the 20th of April, 2011, London-based Lola Godheld made history by becoming the first Black British solo artist to win a Dove Award.

She was awarded the Urban Recorded Song of the Year  for her song ‘Wait On The Lord’, taken from the excellent UK gospel compilation album ‘The British Are Coming’. Continue reading “UK Artist Makes US Dove History”

Switch on or Shut Up – Choice FM Give Dave P Early Start


(Dave P – photo © Choice FM)

It’s almost as inevitable as night following day.

Given time, most gospel shows on mainstream radio stations will almost certainly end up being shunted to the nether reaches of the station schedule, as programme directors sacrifice niche – if deeply loved – shows on the altar of profitability and/or popularity.

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New Blog Series: ‘Top 5 Things To Do Before…’

New Blog Series: ‘Top 5 Things To Do…’

Like many of the good ideas we all have from time to time, this came to me out of the blue.

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I’m privileged to work in what I consider to be one of most exciting emerging gospel music industries on the planet: the UK gospel scene. Continue reading “New Blog Series: ‘Top 5 Things To Do Before…’”

UK gospel fans: step up with your iThings!

The Apple app store explosion has birthed myriad fun and functional programs for the iPhone, iPod and – more recently –  the iPad, all of which have gone on to have a phenomenal impact on life and living. Take music making: simple and easy-to-use applications have brought interesting and engaging possibilities. 30 minutes ago I came across this video of Korean pop star Yoari plugging her … Continue reading UK gospel fans: step up with your iThings!