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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.

Two Knobs & An Oscillator

Two Knobs & An Oscillator

Two Knobs & An Oscillator

Show name: Two Knobs & An Oscillator

Presenter’s names: Helen Connole & Paul Griffin plus guests

Show time and day: 2nd Friday of every month – 8pm

What type of music can we expect to hear on your show?
Electronic and synth based contemporary music ranging from pop and dance to the more avant garde at times.

What is the format of your show?
Choice cuts with light-hearted and informed discussion between tracks. We also welcome interaction from listeners through our Facebook group.

Why should we listen to your show?
As well as playing classic electronic music from the last 50 years, we also bring you a lot of the great new electronic music being created by signed and unsigned acts – in particular concentrating on those from our own region. We spend each month between shows hunting down and researching new material to broadcast to our listeners.

How did your show come about?
I detected that there was a whole genre of music and taste that wasn’t being reflected by radio in this area, and also a whole silent population of fans of this sort of music who weren’t being represented. An “untapped vein” you might say. I’ve always been a supporter of electronic music, even back in the days when it was scoffed at and not considered “real music”.

What goes on behind the scenes in the studio?
Singing, dancing and general merriment at the joy of playing great electronic music – particularly if we’ve managed to unearth a previously unaired classic!

What has been your best on air moment?
When I suddenly realised that we were picking up new listeners and people were really gaining experience and pleasure from the show.

What has been your worst/ most embarrassing on air moment?
Leaving the faders slightly up at the end of the show. Anyone listening carefully might have heard us messing around and generally enthusing about it – all natural and thankfully no expletives.

Who is your favourite artist?
It falls somewhere between Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and Radiohead.

What is your all time favourite album?
Depeche Mode’s Violator. It’s just perfect, classy pop. Beautifully written, arranged and produced. Their follow-up, Songs Of Faith And Devotion comes a close second, but for repeated playings I think Violator doesn’t falter in pleasing me. Plus it also contains my favourite song of all time, Enjoy The Silence.


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