I love hosting The Late Night Alternative weeknights from 10pm on www.talkradio.co.uk It really is my fave slot and the best job I’ve ever had. One of the joys is we allow anyone to call in, whatever their social skills. Ian called up to question why Paul Ross was no longer presenting the breakfast show. I didn’t know the answer. He didn’t believe me.
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This week we played the Yes/No game for the whole 3 hours of the show. Some callers were great at it. Others weren’t quite so good. Here’s Jack, a 13 year old lad, who was pretty poor. This made me laugh so much.
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Andre has been calling me on and off for about 9 years now. He’s a strange old fish. Recently he’s taken to singing along to rather maudlin tunes, my sister thinks he should be the next John Lewis as. Anyway, he recently called and made even less sense than usual. I have no idea what he’s banging on about, but it’s very funny.
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Last night I gave away movies on my show The Late Night Alternative. You didn’t get anything as crass as a DVD or VHS, you got to own all the rights to the film. Alan Caddick rang in and asked for Grease 2. We decided he should try and get it screened on a proper TV channel so we called Fox News in the USofA to see if they’d be prepared to show it. The call didn’t go well.
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Jonathan is a regular caller to my show The Late Night Alternative. I find him fascinating. His calls range from outright racism to reminiscing about 80’s video games. His most recent obsession has been Japanese wrestling. Last night he called to talk about a wet pussy, I kid you not.
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A whole week of shows in NYC? What a silly idea! But, if Katherine and I could pull it off, what a coup? Unique in British radio. And I think we did. We packed the week full of interviews, guests and new locations. We overbooked. In the whole week we had a total of 3 hours to ourselves, and 2 of those were taken up with buying presents for the kids.
Still, what a thrill!
WEDNESDAY 14th June
Kenny Kramer – www.twitter.com/realkramer the inspiration for the character of Kramer in Seinfeld. Kenny is a delight and a wonderful storyteller. We invited him for breakfast although he was on his way to the doctors and couldn’t eat. Still, he told us wonderful stories of Larry David and turning bullshine into an art form. He wasn’t totally convinced Kath and I were really working for a UK radio station so he’s asked that all of you email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell him we are legit! Please do it! He runs an ace Seinfeld tour that I went on years ago and you can get details at www.kennykramer.com
WFMU – @WFMU and www.wfmu.org This place is a radio geeks dream! A concept completely alien to the UK, a radio station staffed primarily by volunteers and funded by the listeners. I first discovered it by accident and then was lucky enough that the first person to reach out to me from there was Amanda Nazario, a young lady who presents an absolute powerhouse of a radio show. Her twitter is www.twitter.com/AmNazz and you can see more about her show here http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/AN – expect Lovin’ Spoonful followed by some swear punk band followed by space music. The show is incredible and she is a real inspiration. Her attitude certainly made me up my game on my shows and her and Irwin Chusid are the idea behind my new show on MixCloud www.mixcloud.com/iainlee
It was a real thrill to chat to Irwin Chusid at WFMU. He’s the guy that discovered the Langley Schools Music Project music and managed to get it released. It’s an insane album and you should get it NOW by clicking HERE Irwin was a delight and another inspiration behind me getting off my ass as the Americans say and doing a music show in my spare room and spare time. His passion was infectious and we are going to get him back on the show, I promise. Check out his show here http://wfmu.org/playlists/IC
I can’t remember how or when I came up with the silly idea of taking the show to New York, but I do remember carrying it around with me for a few weeks before daring to share it with Katherine Boyle, my producer and co-host. She didn’t laugh. She just nodded and agreed that we could do it. My boss at talkRADIO, Dennie, also didn’t laugh and said he’d help us anyway he could.
I didn’t just want to do the usual show in NYC. It seemed pointless to fly over there, pay for a hotel and present exactly the same 15 hours of entertainment we could have done at home. Kath and I were adamant we wanted to bring New York home to you, the listener. If we experienced it, we wanted you to experience it. The show had to be noisy, sweaty and packed full of voices you wouldn’t normally hear. With that in mind, we spent the 6 weeks or so before we went away asking you for guest suggestions, going through our iPods and emailing EVERYONE! Some people came back saying no, some didn’t even come back, but, the people that did come back with a positive reaction were amazing. If anything, we overbooked ourselves.
Over the course of 5 days we met musicians, artists, comedians, podcasters, authors and fruitcakes. It was delicious fun and incredibly inspiring. So many voices crammed our show that there is a chance you may have missed a few of them and the links and websites they gave out. So, here’s part 1 of a little catch up where I will do my best to point you in the direction of the people we spoke to.
Some of you still don’t know that I know host a late night phone in show 5 nights a week! Incredible, but true. Almost as if talkRADIO haven’t spent any money on advertising. Never fear, I am here to tell you all the ways you can listen to it.
The show goes out 5 nights a week, Monday to Friday, between 10pm and 1am. The BEST slot in the schedule as far as I’m concerned. You can listen live via the talkRADIO website. Go to www.talkradio.co.uk and there will be a handy button at the top of the page. The show isn’t on FM but IT IS on DAB. You may need to do a deep retune of your DAB to get it, please check your manuals. You can also download a handy talkRADIO app for iPhones and Androids. Get it. It’s free. And good.
I also stream most shows on Periscope. www.periscope.tv/iainlee is my Peri address. Follow me for random other things I do on there as well.
It is a piece of pish to listen to an entire show after it has aired. Go to www.talkradio.co.uk click on ‘RADIO’ then ‘SCHEDULE’ then pick a date, scroll down, find my show and hit ‘LISTEN AGAIN’. It comes up in 30 minute chunks but it will play through continuously. Here’s a short video walking you through the procedure.
We put out 1 or 2 pods a day. A best of that runs at about 90 minutes, and if we have a guest, that will go out as well. You can get it from your usual pod providers, just type in ‘Iain Lee talk’ and it should show up. Here are some links to help you find it.
I often post videos of particularly funny bits on my YouTube channel. The channel address is www.youtube.com/MrIainLee Here’s an example of the stuff I post, an hilarious game called ‘Tastes Like Food’
We will often post clips of the show on SoundCloud. Here’s an example from a recent show when some ‘lads’ phoned up to talk to Cundy and Goldstein on talkSPORT. The muppets.
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I am a huge Beach Boys fan. Easily one of the greatest groups of all time. I’ve been lucky enough to interview Brian a couple of times. Once he was disinterested and giving one word answers, while the first time he was engaged, honest and quite rude about Al Jardine! This goes against one school of thought that says Brian is ALWAYS polite in interviews (sorry Smilers, it simply aint true). Anyway, both times were a huge thrill and I was dead happy.
I’ve been trying for ages to get an interview with Mike Love, the lead singer and lead lyricist of the Boys for quite some time but he has always proved elusive. I met him briefly backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, and he couldn’t have been nicer. I was inspired to write an article for Record Collector magazine suggesting that popular folklore had got it wrong and that Mike wasn’t the villain in the BB story. So many people seem to hate him and raise Brian to a saintlike status. Both are human. Both are flawed. Both have made mistakes. Both have also contributed to my life in immeasurable ways with their music and lyrics. I am deeply grateful to both men.
Mike has a book out and it’s a cracking read. Because of this, I was able to get him to call my show one evening and chat to me for almost half an hour. Sure, he told a couple of old stories, and no one in the UK knows what Full House is or what a John Stamos does, but, but, but….I think I managed to get him to answer a few new questions that he hadn’t been asked before. Come on, how many times in an interview has he been asked if it’s true he taught Dennis Wilson about cunnilingus?
I enjoyed it, and I think he did too. I had so many people get in touch afterwards saying it totally changed their opinion of him. Hey, he’s messed up but who hasn’t? He’s been in showbiz for over 50 years, so of course so it would be impossible for him not to have made some missteps. Give My Regards to Broad Street and Press To Play are two examples of McCartney getting it wrong.