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What makes us different? A desire to produce an entertaining, unique music platform for independent artists, while delivering a personal approach to programming.
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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.
- 12:00–13:00 Top 20 Independent Releases
- Independence Day – we play the best of independent artists all day.
- 20:00–22:00 Rockin’ Ricky Live – Ricky “The Riddler” G (LIVE)
- 10:00–12:00 Norm’s Big Breakfast – Norman Jay (LIVE)
- 14:00–15:00 SecondHandSongs – Al “Bear” Galpin
- 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
- 18:00–19:00 Flower Power Hour – Ken Rundel
- 20:00–21:00 Dare to Listen – Eddie Garrido
- 10:00–12:00 Ricky’s Scrambled Eggs Breakfast – Ricky “The Riddler” G (LIVE)
- 14:00–15:00 Every Little Thing – Ken Michaels
- 18:00–20:00 A Blast From the 80s – Gary Hopkins
- 20:00–21:00 Lynda Law Soul Show – Lynda Law
- 21:00–23:00 Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection – Kimbo
- 10:00–11:00 Live Breakfast with Stuart Neild – Stuart Neild
- 14:00–15:00 Me, Myself and I – Vimal Korpal
- 16:00–18:00 Independent Artists
- 18:00–19:00 Blues Cafe – Steve James
- 20:00–22:00 Guilty Pleasures 45s – Neil Greaves
- 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
- 16:00–18:00 Rockin’ Ricky Ready For The Weekend – Ricky “The Riddler” G (LIVE)
- 19:00–21:00 Robbie’s Memphis Soul Train – Robbie Cassels (LIVE)
- 22:00–23:00 Lynda Law Sould Show – Lynda Law
- 10:00–12:00 Robbie’s Breakfast Show – Robbie Cassels (LIVE)
- 12:00–13:00 SecondHandSongs – Al “Bear” Galpin
- 20:00–21:00 Flower Power Hour – Ken Rundel
- 22:00–24:00 Dance Party – Lee Everett
- 12:00–14:00 Rolling Back The Years – Norman Jay (LIVE)
- 14:00–15:00 Live and Kickin’ – Robbie Cassels (LIVE)
- 16:00-17:00 Every Little Thing – Ken Michaels
- 21:00–23:00 Kimbo’s Soul Jazz Funk Connection – Kimbo
Who are we?
aka Norman Jay
“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.”
Rolling Back The Years
Icons of Music
The Impromptu Sessions
aka pault aka elmussol
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’
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.
Daren Bavister – Happy Hour with Daren B
aka DJ Daren B
tel: +44 7811 330070 ∙ email:
firstname.lastname@example.org ∙ The UK Voiceoverman
Steve James – Blues Cafe
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
Geoff Dorsett – 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:
Neil Greaves – Guilty Pleasure 45s
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
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.
Chris Palin – 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.
Gary Hopkins – 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.
Eddie Garrido – 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
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 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.
Ken Michaels – 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.
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