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The Rock-itt : August 2010
David Barr 'Under African Skies' -- Fridays 6-7pm More used to being interviewed on radio than presenting, after years as the Independent State MP for Manly, David left politics after finally falling at the last election and took up the equally challenging and important role of Chairman at Radio Northern Beaches. Outside of this considerable responsibility, David also presents two programs, "Manic Monday", with friend Stewart Wauchop (Mondays 11.30am-1pm) but being South African born, it is perhaps "Under African Skies" (Fridays 6-7pm) that is closest to his heart. A celebration of music from all over sub Saharan Africa combined with the odd social and political commentary. David actually came to be a presenter after coming to the station for an interview, where he was asked to bring in some of his favourite music. He notes, "The presenter wanted to talk about politics, I wanted to talk about music, now I play and talk about music -- which is far more interesting than talking about politics!" If only all politicians had such an epiphany. Julian Brown 'The Brown Note' -- Tuesdays 5.30-7.30pm Yes I know I write the column, but if you can't promote myself, what kind of media person would I be? I also present Radio Northern Beaches electronic music program, 'The Beat' (midnight-4am Saturday and Sunday mornings) but my main gig outside of being program manager for the station is 'The Brown Note' (Tuesdays 5.30-730pm). Now entering its sixth year, which is coincidentally as long as I have been with the station, the show combines my love of music with an unhealthy interest in politics. Politically I focus on contentious current events as viewed through alternative media sources and musically the show takes a similar left of centre bent. With a smattering of older tunes to go alongside all kinds of under the radar contemporary music, indulging a current penchant for Dub-step, Indie music, Electronica and even dipping into the avant-garde. All topped off with a Christmas time best of year list, there is little heard that would make a day time rotation on a commercial station and all the better for it. Nigel Sutton 'Nige's Nuthouse' -- Thursdays 9.30-10.30pm One of the loudest shows on Radio Northern Beaches is undoubtedly 'Nige's Nuthouse' (Thursdays 9.30-10.30pm) A veritable blowtorch of hard rock, with the emphasis on 'hard'. Presenter Nigel Sutton certainly embodies the kind of music he plays physically and would be out of place fronting a rock band himself. The focus is on modern metal and alternative rock acts rather than the 'hair-metal' of the eighties, though the likes of Hendrix and other kings of distortion and noise can often be heard. Just this March Nigel celebrated an impressive milestone -- ten years of 'Nige's Nuthouse' making it one of a select breed of shows at the station to be more than a decade old. with Julian Brown