Saturday, 12 April 2008


Back around the turn of the century, I bought myself a Psion Wavefinder digital radio receiver. I had this idea, you see. I worked in an office that was about an hour's drive away and I was running out of ways to entertain myself on the journey. Daytime radio was kind of a chore to listen to, and it doesn't take long to get bored of an album when you listen to it three or four times a day.

The John Peel show was still going at the time, but it was on too late for me to listen to it live and still get up for work in the morning. My plan, then, was to use the Wavefinder and my PC to record the show every evening, then transfer it to audio tape (yes, that's how long ago it was) and listen to it on the drive to and from work. An incredible plan with just one minor flaw - it turns out I was way too lazy to do all the work needed to transfer audio from PC to tape.

I think I listened to maybe three or four shows this way before losing interest in connecting hi-fi equipment to the PC every morning. I kept recording them though, slowly filling up my hard disk, and every now and then I'd sit and listen to one at home. Eventually, I upgraded the PC and the Wavefinder stopped working. It had been temperamental right from the start, and Psion had pretty much abandoned support for it by the time I bought mine. So the recordings stopped. It didn't bother me too much at the time because I had this archive of old shows and, hey, it's not like Peel was going anywhere, right?

Time passed, and eventually Peel did leave us. I'd switched computers a couple of times, switched jobs a couple of times, and pretty much forgotten about all these old shows that I'd recorded. Turns out I kept the hard disk they were all stored on though. There's about 8gb of files all told. I'll be uploading them here. Maybe not every day like the title says (I've got bandwidth caps to think about) but fairly regularly.

1 comment:

So It Goes said...

Hi there, from a fellow Peelite! You are welcome any day at Teenage Kicks,, and I wholeheartedly applaud your project. You can never have enough Peel. I'll give you a link as soon as I can.
I get what you're saying about thinking that Peel wasn't going anywhere: I still have a pang of regret every day when I think that my shyness prevented me from meeting him in 1983 in Oxford.