COMING UP – 18.11.2017

Another Saturday and another ‘Countdown To Saturday Night!’ While I’m waiting to grab my pre-show coffee, I’ve just about got enough time to tell you what’s coming up on the show.

After a week off, we will have a chart rundown for you at 3:30 and a play of the UK Number 1.

At 3:55, it’s off to the football for our half time sports report including Premier League fixtures and local matches.

It’s Blackpool Week on Strictly and I have a full preview for you at 4:10.

The Weekend Guide is back at 4:30 with the latest film release, local gigs and events for the wet weekend.

A full round up of the sports just before 5.

Plus, at 5:30, there will be another fiendish ‘Crack the Connection’ to test your mind and earn you a car sticker!

Throughout the show, I will have the latest news and local stories for you and some super tracks.

So as the vanilla latte comes off the machine, I’m off to the studio and I’ll be live at 3! Join me at http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

-JP

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SHOW RECAP – 11.11.2018

Thanks to everybody who joined me for my Remembrance Day show today. Another 3 hours of counting down, this week with a poignant twist.

Lots on the show as ever – here are some of the highlights:

At 3:30, I spoke to local man Richard Adams about his experiences in the digital industry, his upcoming exhibition at Haslemere Museum and how we should be preparing children for the future. You can hear the podcast here: Richard Adams Podcast (BR)

The Weekend Guide was jam packed with events last week and led with the great new ‘Paddington 2’ film for the kids getting a 4 and a half star rating.

JP get us ready for tonight’s pre-Blackpool Strictly! He thought that local lady Ruth Langsford could be in danger tonight but wants to see her through to next week.

This week’s Crack The Connection was all to do with drinks – water, moonshine and milk all featuring in the song titles.

JP gave an emotional response to today’s Remembrance Day memorials by sharing his favourite wartime poem and playing Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

With no Premier League fixtures, it was a look to local rugby and the weekend’s F1 in the sport reports.

A busy show but a great one! I’ll be back next week for another ‘Countdown to Saturday Night’ from 3pm.

-JP

COMING UP – 04.11.2017

It’s a busy show today which is why I’m finally writing this as I grab my pre-show coffee!

As well as the usual features, we will be looking at the firework displays and festive light switch ons across Surrey.

JP will preview another episode of the Bake Off-themed podcast that he has recently guested on, as well as discussing the final!

They’ll be another Strictly update with a look ahead at tonight’s dances and songs.

We hear more some local events including an upcoming one at Guildford Spectrum.

There’s lots more too so get involved and get listening from 3pm – http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

SHOW RECAP – 28.10.2017

That’s the Hallo-weekend Special done again! One of my favourite shows of the year and I can’t believe it has come and gone already. Next step – November. But before that, here’s the rundown on what happened on today’s countdown!

The playlist was FULL of Halloween tracks for this show. Anything with monster, ghost, spooky, fear, scared, trick, treat, etc. in the title was sure for a play. The listeners’ favourite… Monster Mash!

In all the excitement, we dropped ‘One Way or Anything’ for this week but it will be back next Saturday.

Although we hoped for some George Michael in the charts, the number 1 was ‘Rockstar’ from Post Malone ft. 21 Savage again for the 4th week.

JP took some time to chat about a Bake Off themed podcast that he guested on recently and played a clip from the show. You can listen to the preview here and download the podcast series too! ‘In The Mix’ Tease

A busy Weekend Guide this week with lots of local events including ‘Night at The Haslemere Museum’ which runs on Saturday night. Definitely sounded like a brilliant idea! The big movie release was the new Thor film and we touched upon some of the horror contributions that are out for the spooky season.

JP shared the guidance from Surrey Police for a safe Halloween, which is definitely worth checking out here: Surrey Police – Halloween Advice and ‘No Trick or Treaters’ Poster

In sport, it was a loss for Woking FC but a win for Esher Rugby! A mixed bag for the local sports teams. We also looked ahead to the Mexican GP for the F1.

Crack The Connection was trickier than planned and required a very rare 4th song. The tunes this week were:
1. East 17 – ‘Steam’
2. Lighthouse Family – ‘High’
3. Little Mix – ‘Hair’
4. The Paper Kites – ‘Paint’
The connection was FINALLY guessed by Julie, who said it was types of roller… which was close enough to the link on the card (titles that can be followed by the word ‘roller’).

JP also shared dates of upcoming outside broadcasts and events including the AWS Gift Fayre at ACS Cobham (Sunday 19th November), Esher Church School Fair (Saturday 25th November) and the Weybridge Christmas Market (Saturday 2nd December).

So that’s it for October. Two more months of 2017 to go and nine more jam packed shows! Keep an eye on the blog for more information about upcoming programmes and new projects for JP and the station. Exciting times are ahead 🙂

-JP

COMING UP – 28.10.2017

It’s that time of year again… the Halloween special!

Alongside all of the usual features, we will be looking at some of the Halloween-themed stories online, the best ways to celebrate on Tuesday and also, look at some of Surrey’s scary events. There are also some spooky themed additions to the playlist.

Elsewhere in the show, JP will be telling you about a great Bake Off podcast that he appeared on recently, some of the places that Brooklands Radio will be appearing in the coming months and giving you another chance to hear about our ‘Reading Aloud’ competition. It’s going to be a good one today so listen in from 3pm! 🙂

3:10 – One Way or Another (Intro)
3:30 – The UK’s Number 1
3:55 – Sports Update (Half Time)
4:10 – Strictly Chat
4:30 – The Weekend Guide
4:55 – Sports Update (Full Time)
5:03 – One Way or Another (Winning Song)
5:30 – Crack The Connection

-JP

SHOW RECAP – 21.10.2017

Missed the show today? You fool! Don’t panic though… here are some of the best bits.


The UK Number 1 this week was ‘Rockstar’ from Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – its 3rd week at the top of the chart!

‘Eleanor Rigby’ was our track for One Way or Another. The Beatles’ version won against Joan Baez’s cover by a score of 6-5.

JP spoke about the Guildford Jazz Festival which is celebrating its inaugural event in Guildford this weekend (20th – 22th October) and mentioned Emily Saunders, who is performing at the event. He also mentioned the upcoming Surrey Vegan Market in Haslemere, which returns to Wey Hill next Saturday (28th October).

JP spoke a little about local artist, Richard Adams, talking about this multiple talents! A definite future candidate for an interview…
Richard Adams Clip

We had requests from Matthew, Catherine and Elizabeth (thank you for getting involved!)

This week’s Strictly Update prompted him to share what he’d been asked in the week – his dream combo if he was to be on the show! After a little consideration, he let slip that it would be a jive with ex-pro Natalie Lowe.

Loads of good stuff in the Weekend Guide – as always. This week’s film was ‘Geostorm’.
Weekend Guide Podcast

This week’s ‘Crack the Connection’ songs were:
1) ‘Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?’ by The Rolling Stones
2) ‘Children of the Universe’ by Molly
3) ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry
The link was the stages of life! Big well done to regular player, Caroline, for adding another BR car sticker to her collection.

…and finally, the show ended with some really happy news! Past contributor ‘Housemate Dan’ has become ‘Daddy Dan’. JP celebrated with a song – of course!
Daddy Dan Clip


A busy show but a fun one with Storm Brian playing havoc with the studio blinds and a computer restarting halfway through the show… never a dull show! As ever, a big thanks for your company today. I will be back for another show next weekend – Saturday 3pm to 6pm.

JP 🙂

COMING UP – 21.10.2017

The blog is back and so are the ‘Coming Up’ updates!

Join me from 3pm today (Saturday 21st October) for all of this…

3:10 – One Way or Another (Intro)
3:30 – The UK’s Number 1
3:55 – Sports Update (Half Time)
4:10 – Strictly Chat
4:30 – The Weekend Guide
4:55 – Sports Update (Full Time)
5:03 – One Way or Another (Winning Song)
5:30 – Crack The Connection

We have the latest events in Surrey including a preview of next weekend’s Haslemere Vegan Market and today’s Guildford Jazz Festival. There’s a look at news from Surrey and across the world, plus the latest on Storm Brian.

Finally, we will be giving you the chance to nominate your favourite storyteller for a brilliant prize – a chance to read a Christmas story live on Brooklands Radio this coming festive season and a voucher!

LISTEN LIVE FROM 3PM TODAY – http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk

I’m back! :)

Hey everyone,

I’m hoping to get back to using the blog after forgetting about… for over a year! Check in for details on my shows and for more on the station.

Exciting times ahead!

-JP

When professionalism and passion combine… (Tribute to CJ Munroe)

It’s strange how you always think that it will never happen to you…

Today, during my show on Brooklands Radio, a moment I had been dreading for 9 years finally happened. Although nobody ever thinks too much about it, anyone who works in live TV or radio hopes that the day where they receive sad news on air never comes. Usually, I manage to keep going through the news of celebrity deaths, terrorist attacks and natural disasters (albeit with my stomach usually churning with emotions), providing the necessary information in a calm and comforting manner. However, today was an exception because it was a little closer to home.

This afternoon, during a song, I was made aware that radio broadcaster CJ Munroe had passed away. Many of you won’t bat an eyelid at that name, some might recall it from hearing of her once or twice but to me and so many others, CJ meant a lot.

It’s funny when I speak about her because in all honest truth, I haven’t met her face to face! To give you a brief back story, CJ (or Glenn as she was back in the 70s – another way in which this woman is a true inspiration) worked with my dad and taught him everything he know about disco and radio. They worked together on South Parade Pier and then when CJ moved to Radio Victory in Portsmouth, Dad’s eyes were opened to the world of radio. Quite simply, as my old man puts it, she taught him everything he knows. Fast forward, 35 years and I get bitten by the radio bug, starting with my first presenting job at the age of 15. Dad taught me everything he could about the industry and we’d regularly discuss CJ and the fun they had working together. Months later, Dad made contact with CJ and we sat together to listen to her ‘Strawberry Fields’ show on Palm FM. She really had the best voice for radio! Weeks later, I got to speak to her for the first time and she passed on great wisdom and advice. I found clips of her presenting and found a brilliant video of her singing some Neil Diamond and laughing along behind the mic during one of her shows. She seemed to love Neil’s music. Over the years, we didn’t talk often but she listened in to some of my shows and gave me lovely feedback which was always appreciated. Through her and my Dad, she truly inspired me to keep going with my radio work and try my best to strive towards being the presenter I want to be. Quite simply, along with my dad, CJ helped me to get to where I am today…

Sat in the Brooklands Radio studio, hearing from my family that CJ had passed away was a shock. With 30 seconds to go until the current song ended, I did what I had to do. Find some words to piece together for the next link. However, I knew that this was my chance to do something for CJ one last time. So I cued up that Neil Diamond song she used to sing and shared the news with my listeners. It wasn’t easy to share but sometimes the companionship we offer our listeners works both ways.  That’s why, although I tried to keep my professionalism, the passion managed to creep through. Now some would argue that sometimes, the best radio and TV is the most real radio and TV. The moments when there is no screen or receiver between you and your audience. The moments when your emotion is shared with anyone listening or watching. But I didn’t do it for ratings or sympathy, just like this blog post; I did it because I wanted to say my piece and say a final goodbye to a woman who truly inspired many people and helped many with their journey into radio and in other parts of their life… just like me.

I am really gutted to have never have got the chance to thank CJ face-to-face for what she’s done for me and I bet she didn’t even realise the effect she’d had. But I hope that she was listening today, somewhere, to hear how special she was to me and my journey.

CJ, no doubt, will be up playing Neil Diamond on the station in the sky. She’ll be keeping them entertained with the best voice in the business. That’s for sure! But for me, I just want to say for one final time… CJ, thank you.

(To hear the recording of my live tribute to CJ, visit: https://www.mixcloud.com/JamesJPPearce/james-jp-pearce-tribute-for-cj-02042016/)

What did you miss? – 02.04.2016

Hey!

Thanks for those of you who listened to my show today. It was full of highs and lows but was an enjoyable one. 🙂 If you missed it, here’s a recap:

This week’s Guilty Pleasure was Madonna’s ‘Vogue’. We discussed the fun I had at Mid Surrey Mencap’s world record attempt for the longest distance covered by a conga line today. Alan Bosson popped into the studio to talk about his show and some April Fools tricks from yesterday. We were the first radio station ever to play Liza Bec’s new track which was brilliant! The Weekend Guide was full of things to get up to over the weekend and then we had some super tunes to finish the show.

I also had a bit of a tough moment when I received some sad news on air BUT I will cover that in another blog post.

I will be back next week at 3pm and will also be appearing on Olivia Lynch’s show tomorrow and John Cull’s show on Monday! A busy weekend ahead…

As always, thanks for your company!

JP 🙂