Brian Francis

PROGRAM:

Sunday Blues (Sunday 6-7pm) and Sunday Easy (Sunday7-9pm)

WHERE IS ‘HOME’? 


Urunga

HOW DID YOU COME TO BE LIVING IN THIS AREA? 


Moved here in 2002. Love the place.

WHAT DOES YOUR PROGRAM OFFER TO LISTENERS? 


Sunday Blues is a combination of traditional and modern blues. It replaced another popular Blues program discontinued about mid 2013. My program was first on air in February 2014. I asked Leo if I could do a Blues program for one hour before my other show and he agreed. It seemed a good time for a short version and could very well fit into that time of day when listeners were relaxing.
Sunday Easy features music from the thirties to the seventies, interspersed

with my own ideas about the type of music that listeners could relax to.

I just felt that there was a lot of activity in households on a Sunday night, with people wanting to eat dinner, prepare for school or work and have music in the background while they do these things. I hope it also works for people who are out driving and just want some “un-dull” music to listen to.

WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN TRIPLE B?


I like most forms of music, when I was young I used to pretend I was a ‘disc-jockey’ on my grandmother’s windup gramophone. Working at a real radio station was always a dream but life has always been busy with other things. I think it was in 2012 I called into the station on an Open Day and registered for the next presenters class. So around seventy years after putting a needle nto a pick-up on a wind-up old gram0phone I got to be a ‘disc jockey’.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON AIR AT TRIPLE B? 


I am the secretary at the Urunga Men’s Shed and that organisation’s representative at The Urunga Neighbourhood Centre. Also I do Meals on Wheels.

IF YOU WERE TO STAGE YOUR OWN FESTIVAL IN BELLO, AND COULD HAVE ANY THREE HEADLINE ACTS WHO WOULD THEY BE?


Really unfair and difficult to choose. I love music, but I like that person to be an entertainer and there are many available. Because of my age I tend to be less inclined to some of the styles of the younger (but talented) singers. My choices over recent years, Fiona Boyes, Hat Fitz and Cara and a group of mature and local musicians who call themselves ‘Panache’.