A NEW radio show featuring local bands from across Fife has proved to be a huge hit with listeners, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
The feature called Kingdom Cuts has seen its audience figures double in just three months since its introduction in May this year.
Kingdom FM has seen people tuning in on mass to hear the show which is broadcast every Thursday night around 9.30pm.
The programme is produced by Fife music fanatic Kevin Quinn who hosts the show and finds the bands to bring into the studio for a chat.
As well as playing a selection of new tracks, Kevin also compiles a weekly gig guide which has proved indispensable for music lovers from across the region.
Kevin told the Gazette how the show came about: “I had a friend who used to read the news on the station who knew I had a keen interest in the Fife music scene.
“He suggested the idea of a small slot in the programming specially devoted to local groups from the kingdom and gladly the station went with it.”
It’s a simple idea that certainly seems to work, as Kevin explains: “The aim is to get a band in the studio every week to talk about what material they’re currently working on and what gigs they have in the pipeline.
“I’ll feature a couple of tracks from them and run through the up-and-coming gigs in the area and briefly cover any other relevant news. It’s simple but effective.”
Many of the most popular bands have already appeared on the weekly show including the likes of Modern Faces, Val Verde and Glenrothes’ very own Tomas Bird and the Blonde Spirit.
Kevin’s show has proved so popular with Fife’s budding talent that he has already got future shows booked up for the rest of the year.
He’s also revealed to the Gazette that there will be a couple of exclusives coming up including 2011 Mercury Music Prize nominee, King Creosote and Fife favourites, The Draymin both due to pay a visit to the show in the coming weeks.
Recent audience figures have seen a sizeable jump in listeners across the programming schedule.
Managing Director at Kingdom FM, Kevin Brady is clearly delighted by the success of the local bands slot as well as listener figures for the station in general. He said: “As a station we hope to focus on and appeal to the community across Fife.
“The latest quarterly audience figures are our highest since 2006 and Kevin’s local band slot is just one of several ‘spikes’ in our listenership which we are delighted about.”
Music promoter, Reagan Gallagher, the man behind the Gig in the Car Park music festival at the Greenside is clearly in support of the show.
He said: “Fife is a hotbed of quality band talent, it’s important that people get a chance to hear it.”
The show even has a Facebook page and Kevin now hopes to expand the show.