10 Reasons Why Boogaloo Radio is Better Than Any Other Radio Station

10 Reasons Why Boogaloo Radio is Better Than Any Other Radio Station

Read on to find out our list of why we think we’re the greatest radio station around. If you’ve got any of your own to add, let us know!

1. It’s in a pub. We could just finish this list here, but…

2. … not just any pub! The Boogaloo in Highgate is legendary and has become one of the most well known and respected pubs in the UK. Their history with creative types such as writers, poets and artists goes back years. It is the watering hole of choice for many established musicians. One time, Suggs from Madness was having a few pints here and actually ended up co-hosting an entire radio show, much to the bemusement of the actual presenter, Jim O’Donoghue Martin.


Romeo Stodart and Ren Harvieu    

3. The presenters are the backbone of the music industry. John Leckie (Saturdays 4-6m) produced both Radiohead and Muse, plus John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Brix Smith Start (Wednesdays 12-2pm) was lead guitarist in The Fall, Ted Carroll (Mondays 12-2pm) managed Thin Lizzy, Alan McGee (Mondays 6-8pm) signed Oasis, Primal Scream and Jesus Mary Chain, Mike Smith (Tuesdays 7-9pm) signed PJ HarveyElasticaSupergrass… it’d be fair to say this lot know a thing or two about music.


Bill Lunn and Rowena Alice


4. Everyone has creative freedom to play and say whatever they want. Seriously, you should check out Luke Haines’ show (Tuesdays 2-4pm) if you don’t believe us. Ever get a craving for a 12 minute German Metal instrumentals? Want to hear a grown man play the Kazoo live, over the top of every track? We got you.

5. You can drink on air. Not that any of us would ever dream of being drunk on air. That would be… unprofessional.


Andy Bell (Ride)


6. We don’t play adverts! Of course we give kudos where kudos is due e.g. our audio partners Meze Headphones and Rode Audio but asides from that you can enjoy 24/7 streaming ad-free.

7. Our biggest fans are from several different continents. Story time; opposite The Boogaloo is a flower shop called, ‘Highgate Flowers’. One Friday, after a fantastic episode of BB & The King (Bernard Butler and Mark Kingston) the panicked shop owner came rushing over with a gorgeous bouquet. Apparently, ‘someone’ in South Korea had rung them and ordered some to be made and brought over. That is dedication. We’ve also had gift packages from Canada and Australia.

Portia Freeman, Pete Denton and Johnny Lloyd


8. The radio industry has been infamously male-led. We’re proud to boast a roster full of incredibly talented women. From Rowena Alice (Weds 2-4pm) who champions women in rock and indie, to Princess Ziah (Sat 8-10pm) who plays a blend of Reggaeton, Dancehall, Soul and R’n’B.

9. Our presenters are not strictly, ‘presenters’- which is a good thing! We don’t know about you, but sometimes commercial radio can feel a bit… bleh. Scripted and vanilla. Here you’re only going to get real opinions, real conversations (swearing is allowed) and real mistakes. It’s part of what we do.

10. We archive everything. Go to our ‘Shows’ page here, or visit our Mixcloud page here. Alternatively, download our app and click on the picture of your favourite presenters to see a list of all previous shows. 

Medium vs. Music: Cherry Red Records Joins Boogaloo Radio

Medium vs. Music: Cherry Red Records Joins Boogaloo Radio

Medium vs. Music: Cherry Red Records Joins Boogaloo Radio

‘We’ve been not so much ‘specific’ but what we feel is important as a music release…’

Cherry Red is a record label founded way back in 1978 by a man called Iain McNay. Fast forward to Nov 2019 and they’re joining ranks with us, by bringing you an official ‘Cherry Red Records’ show every Sunday 8-10pm hosted by Iain himself. 

Now, we would have had some of you at ‘McNay’, but for those not familiar with this iconic label, read on and get to know your new favourite show on Boogaloo…

‘My fear is anyone that’s too balanced as a character, probably isn’t going to be a very creative musician…’

For the past 40 years they’ve combined a ‘formidable past’ with an innovative backbone to remain consistently as one of the most respected record labels in the world, and so we are only too delighted to welcome them into our gang (or, ‘The Boogaloo Massive’- a phrase coined by Alan McGee).

From Jack Bruce (Cream), Todd Rundgren and Suzi Quatro to Dead Kennedys, Hawkwind, Inspiral Carpets, Felt and The Fall, Cherry Red’s artists come from every corner of the industry and you can start to see why Boogaloo Radio and Cherry Red go hand in hand. Lawrence of Felt has guested a few times on our station and Brix Smith Start herself hosts a live show Wednesdays 12-2pm.

So, depending where on Planet Earth you are, this broadcast will come to you Sundays 10-12pm GMT. You can do this via clicking ‘listen live’ on boogalooradio.com, download our (brand new) app for free (both iOS & Android) OR come to the Boogaloo Pub in London (you get to listen approx. 2 seconds earlier than the rest of ‘The Boogaloo Massive’). 

A CBGB Newbie

A CBGB Newbie

A CBGB Newbie

I was hungover from trawling the other pubs in Highgate last night and loitering around the bar, declaring that I’m going home to eat ramen and watch TV. The chef at The Boogaloo picks up on this and suggests the CBGB movie on Amazon (released 2013).

The lead (Hilly Crystal) is played by Professor Snape (also known at Alan Rickman) so I was pretty delighted with that. I precariously balanced my DIY ramen on my lap and settled in to get some music history education.

People are often surprised/ amused at my lack of music knowledge. Like, I’ve heard of the CBGB club and of course, I’ve listened to The Talking Heads, but until today I did not know they were connected. 50% of you will find this shocking and I’m hoping the other 50% of you will say, ‘Jenn, I didn’t know either, don’t you fret’.

Other bands the film features, as artists who began their careers at this joint, include The Ramones, Blondie and The Police. Watching the various scenes where these iconic bands were just starting out and auditioning kinda reinforces your admiration for these artists, or at least gives some context as to why people of that generation, now moan about ‘the state of the industry’. I do personally like artists such as Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, but after finding out a bit of the punk rock heritage in 70’s New York, it does suddenty make you jealous that authenticity is thin on the ground today.

It’s sad that even if I rack my brains, I cannot think of anyone currently in the charts that would be considered a real rock star, or shaking things up. Typing this, I realise I sound dangerously like those nay-sayers I often poo-poo for their ongoing grumblings about ‘there’s no such thing as real music anymore’.

The spirit of CBGB culture is very much alive and well at Boogaloo Radio. I love the fact this bar created a scene because there wasn’t one for these kids wanting to make their own music. In a similar vein, Boogaloo Radio has given shows to countless people, who otherwise would never have been on the air. So many stories would not have been told, playlists not curated and bands not had their songs played on the radio. Some unlikely collaborations have sprung up too- such as Food Records’ Andy Ross and new music conniseaur Peggy are going to go on tour soon with their ‘punk lecture’ (come to the debut show at The Boogaloo 7th November).

If you’re staying in tonight, give this a watch. Whether you’re in the music industry or not, it might give you some inspiration to go take some risks. I am no Hilly Crystal, but I am proud that our little bin-shed-studio is pretty damn punk.

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

The first time we met Jesse Malin was around 15 years ago. He was playing London and invited our spiritual leader Shane MacGowan to guest on a fast and furious run through of Elvis Costello’s old classic ‘Oliver’s Army’.

September 18th 2019 we were back in the 100 Club to see Jesse  Malin, this time without our spiritual leader who is resting but with the head honcho of Boogaloo Radio Jenny Crothers and Henry Shaw- aka ‘The Dancefloor Troubadour’.
The sold out show was the release of Jesse’s new album Sunset Kids- he opens with a bluesy ballad and then proceeds to rip the club apart with the rest of his set.
At one point he even covered our absent spiritual leader with a brilliant version of ‘If I should fall from grace with God’ complete with a full horn section and  later dedicated a beautiful tender song for and about our missing spiritual leader called appropriately enough ‘Shane’.
Jesse was just as good as ever and has excelled over the years. Tonight was a testament to that.
Keep your eyes peeled for his future appearances on Boogaloo Radio when we will be sure to get him to do a takeover and rip through his tremendous  back catalogue.
Long live Jesse Malin, “Queens baby, Queens”.

Listen to Jesse Malin’s interview on Boogaloo Radio: