Many years ago when the Internet was in black and white and hardly anybody had broadband I was part of something called Soul24-7.com, a very early Internet radio station specialising in soul music of all flavours. I used to do a show on a Thursday morning, often listened to only by a black cat called Curtis who would wander in off the street and sit in a corner of the studio, purring noisily. In spite of this, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’d look forward to my weekly trip to their studios in what was then still a fairly run down part of East London, stopping for a bacon sandwich and a cup of coffee from the caff across the road on the way. Turning up and playing records that nobody but a cat was listening to turned out not to have been a profitable thing to do, even in the halcyon days of the dotcom boom. After twelve enjoyable months Soul24-7.com was off the virtual airwaves for lack of money. The premises it once occupied is now an exclusive housing development. What became of Curtis the cat is anyone’s guess.

Had it managed to hang on, it’s likely Soul24-7 could’ve evolved into the kind of thing Soho Radio has become. A roster of interesting DJs and presenters of varying tastes and backgrounds broadcast from the back of a coffee shop in Great Windmill Street. It’s a creative drop-in centre that’s putting a bit of soul back into the overgentrified heart of the West End. In today’s wired world, a global network of listeners log on and interact in ways we could only imagine back in the early Noughties, and the station is attracting some seriously heavyweight guests and presenters.

They’ve also found room in the schedules for me. I’ve been covering occasional shows for Eddie Piller and have just done a show of my own, the Andy Lewis Takeover, which is going to be a semi regular floating fixture. The first show went out on Tuesday 21st July, and you can listen to it via this link https://m.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/andy-lewis-takeover-21072015/

Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed broadcasting!


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