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Gary has been involved in the North East live music scene for over 45 years and along with Karis they try to support as many live gigs and venues as possible.
They have built up many great friendships and contacts with musicians, venues, local record labels and studios so The Geordie Hour is always one of the first places you’re likely to hear new releases.
It’s also one of the few places you’re likely to hear North East artists from the 50s and 60s -
We often record interviews with local musicians and have them introduce some of their own tracks and those of other local acts they admire. Sort of Desert Island Discs style.
A lot of our programmes are recorded at live gigs, album launches and functions as well as in the studio at Claremont Road and sometimes in Gary’s own studio.
Karis Jones is actually an award-
As producer of Radio Tyneside’s Geordie Hour she attends gigs, interviews contributors and then edits it all together. She monitors the material we play to make sure it’s suitable for a Sunday afternoon audience which is our main slot. And because we produce the show primarily for Radio Tyneside she has to make sure that everything on the playlist is suitable for those listening on the hospital wards.
She provides chocolate themed refreshments, does a lot of the driving and tidies the studio before the next show.
Doing the Geordie Hour has opened Karis’ eyes -
Gladys has had many roles since starting with the Geordie Hour. Originally self-