Welcome to Solid Gold Gem AM
Congratulations on finding us! We guess you already know and ‘love the oldies’ of the 50s 60s 70s and early 80s? And THAT is why WE are here!
Our station was created by a group of professional radio dee-jays
who had worked in radio from the 1970s onwards and in 2012 we
decided to create a classic ‘oldies’ station, based on the East
Midlands station GEM-AM which some of us were on ‘first time
Why did we start Solid Gold GEM AM? We felt there were no stations playing the variety of songs people from our generations truly loved – the ‘core’ years of pop music that appeared with the vinyl single from 1958, through the golden years of the 60s and 70s, before the generation who liked synthetic, ‘electronic pop’.
Yes, there are already ‘oldies’ stations on-air and on the internet, so why do we run ours? Well we believe in choice and variety - so rather than play the same few 100 ‘hits’ over-and-over – we have created a unique library of over 8000 oldies (and yes we are not embarrassed to call them oldies!) These songs are definitely NOT all ‘hits’, but great songs that were maybe over-looked at times the charts were full of ‘glam rock’, ‘teen idols’, ‘candy floss hits’ or awful songs with great videos.
So what DO we play? We say ‘EverythinGold Is New Again’ – so our huge library of mainly UK and USA oldies includes ‘turntable hits’, classic album tracks, Motown and ‘Northern Soul’, and forgotten songs that now sound like hits. You’ll be able to ‘sing along’ with many of our songs - others will soon become new favourites.
As well as great music, Solid Gold GEM AM combines elements
from the best radio stations of the past. Flavours of the 1960s
UK ‘pirate radio’, the early days of Independent Radio, with
nostalgic jingles recorded in Dallas Texas, the true home of
radio jingles world-wide. We also have features such as ‘Guess
the Golden Year’, and ‘Two’s Company’ where we combine the songs
of two artists.
A key ‘magic ingredient’ is that we are commercial free – we NEVER play adverts, and we avoid too much ‘blah blah blah’ – our deejays enjoy picking their own oldies and can’t wait to play as many each hour as they can!
Solid Gold GEM AM has become one of the most respected
on-line ‘oldies’ stations. Our team of deejays worked on many
stations; BBC Radio’s 1 and 2, many UK commercial stations, and
BBC Local Radio. And having been a part of the industry for many
years, everyone donates their services for free.
Please turn us on for just a few minutes each day, and we believe you’ll soon be hooked-on our mix of great oldies, and classic ‘music radio’ ALL day. And it costs NOTHING – all we ask is that you tell your friends about us. Thank you!
The Team on ‘Radio Like It Used To Be’
Oh, lastly.... you ask us, “HOW CAN I LISTEN ?”
For optimum listening, as well as your computer you can hear us using a Wi-Fi or internet radio, and by downloading the TuneIn APP for your mobile phone. Our only other concession to the modern world is that we use Facebook to stay in touch with our select band of listeners – we are not here to appeal to the ‘masses’. ‘Follow’ us to see what each of our team is featuring, and what is on later in the day or week. Like the great stations of UK commercial radio’s heyday we broadcast from early morning to late at night and then close down!
|Here's just a few of the great oldies we played recently.|