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Phonic FM
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Gandy Street




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Phonic FM is Exeter’s sound alternative — a community radio station for the city and beyond, broadcasting on 106.8FM and online since 2008.


Music to get you rockin'

Music to get you rockin'

Show name:

Presenter/s names:
Sam and Martin

Show time and day:
Saturdays 6pm – 8pm

What type of music can we expect to hear on your show?
An eclectic mix of all music types for your aural pleasure.

Why do you like this music?
We love music, and we like nothing more than discovering new music and rediscovering the old…

What is the format of your show?
A balance of musical delights both old and new, plus a good dose of geeky banter. Expect lots of chat about television, movies, games and what’s going on in the world.

Why should we listen to your show?
Hear some great music, hear some interesting chat and maybe discover that something you didn’t even know you were looking for, oh and expect some giggles along the way.

How did your show come about?
Sam & Marc guested on a Phonic show, then started their own two-weekly Plugged ‘indie/alternative/punk’ show. Eventually the show moved to every Saturday night and Sam invited Martin on as a guest for a one off appearance. Martin then became a stand in for when either Sam or Marc were unable to make the show and over time became a full time third presenter of the show. As the show progressed it moved from its indie roots and became the musical mix it is today. Following Marc’s departure at the end of 2012, Plugged entered a new year with a new style and format…

What goes on behind the scenes in the studio?
On-the-fly desk maintenance most days, we call it organised chaos.

What has been you best on air moment?
Sam: In all honesty I can’t pick out a singe best moment… My all time best show was the first one with Martin and our friends Stu & VW, was a great show with some brilliant laughs.
Martin: I’d have to say it would be one of the many random and unplanned conversations that occur between Sam and myself, which can be both informative and amusing. That or hearing from our listeners, having external input and feedback is always appreciated.

What has been your worst/most embarrassing on air moment?
Sam: Telling a band not to swear and then moments later accidentally swearing on live radio…
Martin: One of our guests taking control of the studio while I was out looking for him.

Who is your favourite artist? Why?
Sam: blink-182. It’s the band that started my musical career. If it wasn’t for them, I would never have picked up the bass guitar or become a DJ.
Martin: So many I honestly can’t pick one, but Radiohead, Bloc Party and the Foo Fighters are all up there.

What is your all time favourite album? Why?
Sam: Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit (2005). It’s a brilliant album, and a great discovery, in my opinion it ticks all the boxes.
Martin: Radiohead – The Bends or Bloc Party – Silent Alarm, I think every track on both albums work perfectly as a collection and I’ve listened to them many times without ever wanting to skip a track.


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