In association with cataloniaradio.com

TCR Banner

Welcome! Just hit the play button!

Powered By Passion

What makes us different? A desire to produce an entertaining, unique music platform for independent artists, while delivering a personal approach to programming.

You can also listen to us on

Streema OnLineRadioBox Alexa

Click the links to get the player from Streema or the apps from the Google Play Store/Apple AppStore for OnLineRadioBox or install the Alexa Skill from the Amazon Skill Store – just say: “Alexa, play Topcat Radio.”.

Supporting TopCat Radio

Our Supporters

Many thanks to our generous supporters:

supporters

Your Support

You can support TopCat Radio too. Keep us streaming.

Our weekly schedule

All times are in 24-hour format and are local to Catalonia (Central European Time (UTC+1) or Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) depending on the time of year).

Live shows and the first broadcast of guest shows are in bold.

Monday

  • 12:00–13:00 IMC Now & Then – Pete Matthewman
  • 14:00–15:00 Live and Kickin’ – Robbie Cassels
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 Happy Hour with Daren B – Daren Bavister
  • 20:00–22:00 Guilty Pleasures 45s – Neil Greaves

Tuesday

  • 10:00–12:00 Norm’s Big Breakfast – Norman Jay (LIVE)
  • 12:00–13:00 Me, Myself and I – Vimal Korpal
  • 14:00–15:00 SecondHandSongs – Al “Bear” Galpin
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 The Country Mile – Dave Watkins
  • 20:00–21:00 Dare to Listen – Eddie Garrido

Wednesday

  • 10:00–11:00 Icons Of Music – Norman Jay
  • 12:00–13:00 Every Little Thing – Ken Michaels
  • 14:00–15:00 A Kick Up The 80s – Geoff Dorsett
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–20:00 A Blast From the 80s – Gary Hopkins
  • 20:00–21:00 Cocktails and Cool Tunes – Norman Jay (LIVE)
  • 21:00–23:00 Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection – Kimbo

Thursday

  • 10:00–11:00 Invisible Folk Club – John Bickley
  • 12:00–13:00 Me, Myself and I – Vimal Korpal
  • 14:00–15:00 Live and Kickin’ – Robbie Cassels
  • 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
  • 18:00–19:00 Blues Cafe – Steve James
  • 20:00–22:00 Guilty Pleasures 45s – Neil Greaves

Friday

  • 10:00–11:00 The 70s Show – Dave Edwards
  • 12:00–14:00 Impromptu Sessions Live (LIVE) – Norman Jay
  • 14:00-15:00 A Blast From The 80s – Gary Hopkins
  • 17:00–18:00 Europe’s Top Chat Show (LIVE) – Stuart Nield
  • 20:00–21:00 Dare to Listen – Eddie Garrido
  • 22:00–24:00 Dance Party – Lee Everest

Saturday

  • 10:00–12:00 Robbie’s Breakfast Show – Robbie Cassels (LIVE)
  • 12:00–13:00 SecondHandSongs – Al “Bear” Galpin
  • 15:00–16:00 Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show – Chris Palin
  • 18:00–19:00 Happy Hour with Daren B – Daren Bavister
  • 20:00–24:00 Paul Cator’s Soul Show – Paul Cator

Sunday

  • 10:00–12:00 Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show – Chris Palin
  • 12:00–14:00 Rolling Back The Years (LIVE) – Norman Jay
  • 14:00–15:00 Live and Kickin’ – Robbie Cassels
  • 16:00-17:00 Every Little Thing – Ken Michaels
  • 18:00–19:00 The Country Mile – Dave Watkins
  • 20:00–22:00 Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection – Kimbo

Who are we?

Norman Jones

aka Norman Jay

NormanJ

At the age of 16 he formed The Normans – a guitar-vocal duo with friend, Norman Green. The duo made appearances at over 100 northern clubs (chauffeured by Jay’s dad, Arnold) before disbanding. His first attempt in the music industry, but not the last. Entertaining was in Norman’s blood, whenever there was opportunity to sing he never hesitated.

“Music is my passion. I have been a professional singer for over 40 years. I studied music (performance/studio recording and live sound), I have performed live all over Europe, been interviewed many times and had several TV appearances. I came to Catalonia and believe I became the first English-language radio presenter on Radio Mora FM and la Cala RTV, and produced radio for the federation of radio stations in Catalonia.

I relocated to Catalonia in 2008, and five years ago set up Catalonia Radio – because I was disillusioned by local radio here. At that time I was writing in the Catalonia Today magazine too about radio. The internet was not so good then and my listeners seemed to be everywhere except Catalonia.

My programmes are now well accepted in Catalonia on Epic Radio, but that is based in Canada. So I have decided, to launch once again an English-language station dedicated to Catalonia’s people and songwriters. Welcome to TopCat.”

shows

Rolling Back The Years

Rolling Back The Years

Icons of Music

The Impromptu Sessions

Paul Taylor

aka pault aka elmussol

pault

Olive farmer, techie, proofreader/typesetter and life-long music geek. Born in the mid-1960s in north-east Lancashire.

Paul also lives in southern Catalonia on an off-grid olive finca. He does the tech and online stuff for TopCat – runs the radio server and website (more details at the foot of the page). Provides online services under the elsmussols.net banner. Passionate about music generally and Free & Open Source Software.

Meet our presenters

Robbie Cassels – Live and Kickin’

Robbie Cassels

Having commenced a technical apprenticeship in engineering, I was, to quote my lovely Dad, “hijacked by music”. Largely due to the influence of Radio Luxembourg and later, the so called “Pirates” I felt compelled to follow the dream and began to DJ everywhere I could. I worked in Denmark and Spain and virtually every venue in Coventry and surrounding areas. I have continued to follow my passion whenever possible.

I have a discotheque road show called The Memphis Train and more recently I also make internet radio contributions from ”The Strawberry Studio” a purpose-built studio at my home in Warwickshire.

Dave Watkins – The Country Mile

Country Mile

Playing new release authentic Country, Honky Tonk, Outlaw, Western, Bluegrass, Ameripolitan and more. Nominated for ‘DJ’ and ‘Show’ at the 2020 Academy of Western Artists Awards.

Produced in Frome, England and Syndicated Worldwide on 70+ stations.

FacebookOn demand ∙ email: thecountrymile@yahoo.com

Daren Bavister – Happy Hour with Daren B

aka DJ Daren B

Daren Bavister

tel: +44 7811 330070 ∙ email: dj-darenb@gmx.co.ukThe UK Voiceoverman

Pete Matthewman – IMC Now & Then

IMC Now & Then)

“Hi. My name is Pete Matthewman and I hail from Brookfield a smallish country town about 50km west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

I was the Founder/Host of My Country Australia (Radio Show) for the past six years and 300+ episodes. My love of country music started about ten years ago, when I was introduced to Rascal Flatts and ever since that day I have been hooked.

When I started MCA it was predominately-American country music that I played for first 4-5 months. I have found that Australia has some of the best country music artists going around and they then took up most of the show. MCA has now been retired and I have started It’s My Country – a 24/7 Online Country Radio Station and as an off shoot from that IMC Now & Then was born.

In my private life, I am married with 2 kids and 3 grandkids, I work fulltime for Netafim Australia and am involved with sporting clubs in my local area.

I look forward to bringing you all the latest and greatest country music from around the world.”

It’s My Country Online

Richard Harris – The Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show

The Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show

Playing songs from the little well-known to the more obscure.

Steve James – Blues Cafe

Steve James

Steve lives in London, UK and is a lifelong musician having picked up the guitar at twelve years old.

He loves all types of music and has played in many different types of bands from blues to dance to jazz to folk.

He is still playing in bands and love every minute of it. Steve has a special love of the Blues and sharing that love with people on the radio is a real privilege.

Paul Cator – Paul Soul Show

Paul Soul Show

Nigel Bateman – Nige On The Radio

Nige on the Radio

Nige has been on the radio for over 30 years and has been involved in that time with hospital radio, community radio, rsl’s and has also worked production and Commercial Production for Radio City in Liverpool.

Nige has also been nominated for a Sony Award in Commercial Production.

He has met and worked with people like Billy J Kramer, Gerry Marsden, Billy Butler, Bill Mitchell (famous voice over), Pete Best, Ken Dodd, Bill Oddie, Keith Skues and many more. Nigel has always had a keen interest in 194 Radio City and used to run a website that was a tribute to the memory of the good old 194 days but now runs a 194 Radio City group on Facebook.

Nigel’s interest in music is reflected in his shows with 60s, 70s, easy listening, Northern Soul, novelty songs and lots of songs we all know and love but you don’t hear on the radio any more.

Facebook ∙ email: nigelradio123@gmail.comTwitchMixcloud archive

John Bickley – The Invisible Folk Club

The Invisible Folk Club

The Invisible Folk Club is an hour of great music with a late night vibe. Presented by Jon Bickley and produced by Steve Yarwood, the show covers grass roots music, traditional or original, across the spectrum of folk, country, blues and Americana. There are many shades, the music is broadly acoustic but we are more than happy to go electric when it feels right, it never harmed Bob Dylan! You’ll hear some famous names and some who are bubbling under, we like to promote new music while tipping a hat to the pioneers who came before. We have good relationships with various PR people so we have access to a lot of newly released material. Let us know what you think, maybe we can swap some ideas.

The Invisible Folk ClubFacebook

Geoff Dorsett – A Kick Up The 80s

A Kick Up The 80s

Geoff is a Music Jock and eight-time award winning DJ. Started music career aged 13, with some local discos. By age 18, he was working with Mecca ballrooms – opening venues around the UK and by 1974 was on air at the opening of commercial radio in Sheffield, Radio Hallam. Shifts on other local radio stations in the 80s and pirate radio.

Currently on air every morning at Forest FM with All our Yesterplays, Saturday nights with The Soul Show and Monday evenings with A Kick Up The 80s. He currently syndicates three shows – Solid Gold Sixties, Supersonic 70s and Kick up the 80s to 75 stations in 24 countries. For the last twelve years, he (along with producer Adrian) has presented the cult radio programme The Soft Rock Show on Monday nights at Express FM. It’s a four-time award winning show which has sessions, breaks new artists and covers every genre. It also interviews artists from every decade, and to date has done 2,880 interviews. Geoff has interviewed amongst others – Sir Cliff, members of the Stones, Genesis, The Eagles, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Toto; and from every decade – Freddy Cannon, Tommy Roe, Marty Wilde, The Searchers, The Hollies, Sweet, Slade, Suzy, Leo Sayer, Rick Astley, Go West, Dodgy etc. Plus the greatest songwriters and the best authors.

The Soft Rock Show ∙ email: chunkygeoff@gmail.com

Neil Greaves – Guilty Pleasure 45s

Neil Greaves

My passion for music drew its first breath when Radio Rentals took our TV away. I was ten years old. Not being one who waits to be entertained, and being of a curious nature, I decided to explore my mother’s vast record collection, the bulk of which represented the genres of folk and country. But, hidden in its depths were some real sonic treasures. After a short search, I unearthed Bob Marley’s Burning and the Wailers albums, Donny Hathaway’s Extension Of a Man, and the complete works of Ray Charles and Millie Jackson. This was truly my Eureka moment!

Now I had a new passion, now I could see a path before me, one that I would follow from that day forth. Paper-round money was now being used to service a new addiction – a new hunger.

No longer would I be visiting the local toyshop to buy yet another Airfix Spitfire (1:72 scale) to cover in inappropriately-applied glue. No, from now on, it was now the racks of vinyl in my local record stores that beckoned me with their seductive contents. Aylesbury’s Record House, Earth Records and Our Price were my after-school haunts. Even now I can still recall, as if it were yesterday, the alluring scent of clean, fresh vinyl that permeated these (what were in my mind) palaces, these shrines dedicated to music, sanctuaries where I could escape from the world and be Me.

The Grundig radiogram, my then pride and joy, with the glow of its valves radiating evocatively through the louvered vents of the rear cover, would now be pumped to the max, and my my bedroom window would be wide open. This was the life, sharing the music I loved with the kids playing outside my house, while Mother would scream her own chorus of disapproval, “NEIL! TURN DOWN THE BASS!”. I knew it in my heart, my blood, my soul, I wanted to be a DJ.

So now you know a little more about me from my perspective. In the eyes of others I’ve been described as (amongst other things that I think I’ll keep to myself!) charmingly and uniquely amusing, but I will let you, my beautiful listeners, be my judge…

I look forward to playing my music for you. – Greavsie

Kimbo – Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection

Kim Pearce

Kimbo has been a DJ since a teenager, he first started tuning in to pirate radio catching the radio bug. He built his own mixer using two record players and a tape deck allowing him to play the music he enjoyed.

He kept an interest through all the changes in radio over decades, liking any music style and went on to become a mobile DJ playing at minor venues around London.

After a spell in the wilderness due to family commitments he found he could come back to his interest through a local community radio station. He joined it from its inception on the internet to becoming an FM station.

FacebookMixcloud

Chris Palin – Chris Palin’s 70s Chart Show

Chris Palin's 70s Chart Show

Starting my entertaining career at the age of 15, I’ve been DJing, presenting radio and voice overs ever since. You might even hear me on a telephone system you call. My weekly 70s Chart Show reflects that week’s top 40 from a 70s year.

Chris PalinFacebook

Gary Hopkins – A Blast From The 80s

A Blast From The 80s

Playing the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s via dedicated shows and the best UK, US and worldwide retro charts.

Blast80sFacebookMixcloud

Eddie Garrido – Dare to Listen

Dare to Listen

Eddie Garrido is from Mexico, his father was a musician, and has toured Spain and lived in Madrid. Eddie is also a fine composer and musician living in the United States. His new jazz show is exclusive to Topcat Radio.

Vimal Korpal – Me, Myself and I

Vimal

Me, Myself and I features new sounds, new music and new voices. A variety of music sourced locally as well as from around the world – whether that’s indie, hiphop, dance, folk, country or electric.

There is a sprinkling of humour and craziness all presented to you by Vimal Korpal.

Al “Bear” Galpin – The SecondHandSongs Radio Show

SecondHandSongs

SecondHandSongs is a weekly show all about cover versions. Each week we bring you an hour’s worth of the best cover versions, from those which are hits in their own right to hidden gems, foreign language covers, songs you didn’t realize were covers and more cover versions. Each week we bring you an hour’s worth of the best cover versions, from those which are hits in their own right to hidden gems, foreign language covers, songs you didn’t realize were covers and more.

On each show, we will be focusing in on one or two songs to bring you the story of the song (The Cover Story), as well as creating a new “Cover Chain” each week, where we try to link different cover versions together. Then we end each week with an Obscure Original of a song you probably didn’t realize was a cover. The show is produced in association with SecondHandSongs.com the online database of cover versions.

Al is a podcaster and radio presenter. As well as SecondHandSongs, he also hosts The Bear Cave Radio Show and is co-host of the 3 Amigos podcast. He is also the founder of SuperPod: TheCharity Podcast Festival. He got his start in radio at Southampton Hospital Radio before studying Radio Production at university, helping to set up a new student radio station in north-west England.

Cover versions have long been a passion of Al’s, and he says that getting to bring you his favourites and discover new covers through this show is a real delight.

SecondHandSongs

Ken Michaels – Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing

Ken began his radio career at college radio station WNYT (New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY) in 1981, where as Disc Jockey he handled several of their music formats – oldies, rock, and his weekly Beatles show (later named Every Little Thing) in March 1982. While he’s enjoyed being on the air on other radio formats – adult contemporary, and album oriented rock, he’s best known for nearly 40 years of several different Beatles shows, including podcasts, and his own YouTube channel.

Creating a Beatles show unlike any other with Every Little Thing, the programme mixes the entire catalogue of the Fab’s group and solo recordings, plus features, cover versions of their material, side projects, tribute songs, novelty records, family members, artists on the Beatles’ Apple label, etc. Ken also includes Beatles trivia and a wide variety of games testing fans’ knowledge of the Beatles music and history. Many shows have original interviews with people in the Beatles world, and every show includes a unique thematic set, focusing on everything from the serious (John Lennon political songs) to the silly (song titles that rhyme). Anything is up for grabs in this show which caters to both the casual and hardcore fan.

Every Little Thing was heard first on WNYT (1982-83), then for ten years on New Jersey’s Album Rocker WDHA-FM (1983-93), followed by Long Island’s Oldies station B-103 during the Beatles Anthology craze, and later on XM Radio on their eclectic music channel, Fine Tuning (2003-09). His show was syndicated in 2011, and currently is heard on over 45 stations. Ken developed his own website which features much of what you’ll find on Every Little Thing – loads of interviews, weekly Beatles trivia, and more!

Ken also became co-host for several Beatles podcast, including Things We Said Today started in 2012, and Talk More Talk: A Solo-Beatles Videocast. Both shows are heard on many platforms, including iTunes and their own YouTube channel. As if that wasn’t enough, Ken’s new YouTube channel has him interviewing musicians, authors and fellow podcasters who have dedicated their time and livelihood to the Beatles.

Ken Michaels RadioYouTube • email: everylittlething@att.net

Keep in contact

On socialmedia

We have a Facebook page – please follow and like us.

By email

For programming, sponsorship and publicity, contact Norman: normaninspace@gmail.com.

For technical, contact Paul: pault@elsmussols.net.