Observer’s Duncan Barkes on Angel Radio

OBSERVER columnist Duncan Barkes is taking to the airwaves on nostalgia radio station Angel Radio.

The Havant-based station can be heard across the Observer area on 101.1FM and DAB digital radio.

His new radio programme features cool jazz, big band, swing and music from the great crooners.

Angel Radio is registered as a charity and is staffed by volunteers. The current team has 92 volunteers.

Duncan Barkes said: “I have been knocking around radio stations for many years, but Angel Radio really is in a class of its own.

“When you search the dial these days all you seem to hear are variations on a theme – the same pop and prattle just played in a different order every day.

“The beauty of Angel is that it offers real choice and serves a section of the society often neglected by the media.

“Our elderly population is growing and I feel it is important that there is a radio station dedicated to them which caters for their needs.”

The station came on-air in March, 2002, and is the brainchild of Tony Smith.

Tony spent many years lobbying the licensing authorities to secure a permanent licence for the service.

The station only plays music recorded before 1960 and also broadcasts speech features relevant to an older audience.

Duncan added: “My weekly half hour programmes are a joy to present.

“I get to play the music I love including Sinatra, Dave Brubeck, Bille Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as talking about all kinds of things. The programmes are set in the snug of the Angel Radio pub and all are welcome.”

As a charity Angel Radio is always looking for donations and support. Duncan is also seeking sponsorship for his programme if local companies are keen to help. He can be contacted by e-mailing

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Duncan’s programmes are broadcast Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 6pm.