Cycle Land’s End to John O’ Groats 19-27 June

Our good friend, “Current Bun” contributor Drew Walton, is undertaking an epic challenge, cycling the length of the country, from Land’s End in Cornwall up to John O’ Groats at the northern tip of Scotland. He’s attempting LEJOG in a tough eight days.

Any support would be wonderful. All donations gratefully received – proceeds are being split between two great organisations – the RNLI and NHS Glasgow. Please consider donating to Drew’s LEJOG challenge here:

JustGiving page for RNLI

Just Giving page for NHS Glasgow

Guest mixes

We’re looking for Creative Commons/free music netlabels who would like to create a guest mix for our new station featuring your label’s artists – get in touch if this would interest you. We’d love to share your sounds with our listeners.

We’re Live!

Welcome to a new radio station – we hope to be around for some time. Thanks to those who have already tuned in and fed back on our opening shows. Plenty more to come.

Coming soon

We’re hard at work preparing your new station, and this website. Check out our hour-long test broadcast right now! We’ll be running 24/7 from Friday 30th April.

Non-profit, non-commercial, freeform radio, Beware! is intended to be the kind of station that we – and our friends – would want to listen to. You’ll find independent music from wax cylinders to chiptunes, samples to sonatas; and wide-ranging spoken word, including interviews, poetry, politics, comedy and essays.

We aim to help bring people together through shared passions.

Got a show idea? Know a potential interviewee? Sitting on a bunch of songs? Get in touch!

The shows you'll hear at Beware! The Radio have been put together in an open-hearted spirit of creativity. We hope you find much to connect with.

Maria talks about music, about drama, about gender, about power, about surrender, about psychology and art, about things that are fun and can be related to each other. Maria has conversations with herself and others, about meaning and purpose or about eccentricity in the world; but Maria will listen to you if you contact her at bewaremaria@gmail.com.

Maria is a musician, choir director and teacher of communication and verbal self-defense tools, with a capacity to reinvent herself many times.

Maria finds it a bit odd to talk about herself in the third person.

So… beware, you have been warned.

Maria’s website

Step back into a well-worn world of scratchy 78 rpm records from the golden age of the recording industry. There’s plenty to share, and nowadays it’s all public domain! Hosted by Andy Brain.

An irregular selection of comedy sketches for all sizes and tastes (vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, peanut butter). Gentle to extreme ribbing. Slimline pack fits comfortably in your back pocket without chafing. Guaranteed not to split. May require lubricant.

All sorts of people have interesting stories to tell. In this regular series of conversations, we’ll be getting to know people who have something to share, including artists, musicians, historians, activists, sportspeople, gamblers, gardeners… Presented by different members of the team.

A monthly strand focusing on musical and cultural diversions around Brighton, England; hosted by Tristian O’Brien, from psychedelic synth band Moondrive 71.

It’s possible we’re overdoing this tag-line… This regular strand will encompass runs of shows hosted by different poets, bringing new voices and new verse to the table each time. Also see Poetry Pushers.

Helmed by Andrew Walton, this left-leaning show is a space for progressive political and activist thought, illustrated by occasional outbreaks of poetry and song.

Improvisational livewire Bob Follen, the artist/musician/rock historian behind Bob Art Models, lets us spend some time with an ever-expanding range of characters. Formal experimentation meets theatrical expression and an uncanny knack for vivid detail. Different every time.

Curated by Keith Helt of Chicago’s Pan y Rosas Discos netlabel, here’s a bi-weekly trip through noise rock, sound art and other wonderful experimental music.

Relaxed readings from classic books to lull you into an easy sleep.

Bitesize readings and musings on individual poems; occasional longer-form interviews and guest readings. Curated by Fióna Bolger.

An electro-acoustic and experimental online radio show, curated and hosted by Chris Samson, the treasurer of B.E.A.M.S.  For your listening pleasure you will find pieces by B.E.A.M.S. community members from Edmonton, Canada, and around the world, along with short interview segments.

Chris Samson, also known as M.O.A.I.N., has quickly established himself as an Edmonton-based composer, musician, producer, visual artist and live sound technician despite having a hearing impairment.

The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) is a non-profit society dedicated to the promotion and production of sound art, experimental music and new media. Its membership consists of professional musicians, composers and performance artists from diverse backgrounds driven to create a voice for sound orientated art in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and around the world.

Contact: info@beams.ca / www.beams.ca

This weekly show will bring you entertaining discussions on cinematic subjects, in the capable hands of Luke and assorted Samples. Notebooks out, Hollywood!

An irregular strand for real or imagined soundscapes, free of narrative. Landscapes for your mind to play freely. We take a tour around a German power plant, encounter an unusually-crowded African savannah, trudge between stages at Glastonbury 2000, and many more sonic adventures.

Our regular news and current affairs show presents articles from the best Creative Commons-licenced publishers, a mixture of science, nature and psychology.

A regular two-hour grab-bag of the Creative Commons and free music scene, curated by Andy Brain of the Keshcology netlabel.

What do you want to know?

  • What’s the story behind this channel? We’re hoping it will provide a space for creativity and expression, for amplifying people’s voices, and will bring together independent artists and all sorts of niche groups. Traditional alternative media, however well-intentioned, often feels quite clique-y and off-putting to outsiders. We’d like to avoid the “closed shop” attitude and maintain a genuine open-mindedness.
  • Is it legal? Can I play it in my workplace? Yes, absolutely. We limit ourselves to playing music that is freely licensed via Creative Commons, or is in the public domain worldwide, or where we have the artists’ permission.
  • How can I listen to it? Currently, online via this website, which is powered by the web streaming technology of Airtime Pro. You can also tune in via Deezer, the rather exciting Radio Garden, and some other directories.
  • How can I support it? We have some neat station swag available on our Redbubble page. Other than that, please spread the word! We have no promotions budget to speak of, so we are reliant on like-minded people getting friends and lovers to tune in.
  • Why do you play one sort of music and then a completely different sort of music? We’re quite open-minded musically. You never know what you might come across!
  • Would you play my music? We’ll happily have a listen – send us links!
  • Are you also a zine? You may be familiar with Beware! The Zine, which began in paper form in 1996. It moved to blog form around 2015.
  • Can I advertise on your station? We’re not taking commercials, but we’re happy to consider shout-outs for charities and other socially responsible ventures.
  • Can my station link up with your station? We’d love to content-share, in order to help amplify some of the great shows that other stations around the world are producing.
  • How can I submit an idea? Get in touch via our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email (bewaretheradio AT gmail.com) or maybe we’ll stick a contact form down here.

Want to catch up with a previous broadcast? You can enjoy some of our shows in podcast form via Mixcloud and Spotify.