Radio Beer Club!

Thursday 13th July is the first ever “CrowZone Radio Beer Club”!

A bit like Radio Book Club, but without the reading. We’ll be sampling 3 Golden Ales from Greene king, available at most supermarkets in a special 6 pack, including Golden IPA, Old Hoppy Hen, and Old Golden Hen.

You can taste along with us at home and let us know what you think of the beers too! We’ll also be taking requests and song suggestions around the theme of “Golden”.


Look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 8pm UK on


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Radio Beer Club!

Next live book review: Jan 18 2017 @ 9pm UK – The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman

Radio Bookclub:

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Next live book review: Jan 18 2017 @ 9pm UK
The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman
A Richard and Judy bookclub favourite, Goodreads historical category winner, The New York Times bestseller, Soon to be a major film starring Michael Fassbender and Alice Vikander.
“Extraordinary and heartrending”. (MARKUS ZUSAK, author of The Book Thief).
A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man – and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours. “A moving tale …prepare to weep”. (New York Times). “Unforgettable”. (Guardian).​
We’ll be reviewing this in the studio with Liz and our RBC team and you online on
Wednesday 18th January 2017 from 9pm
If you’d like to join us in the studio, drop a line to

Next live book review: Jan 18 2017 @ 9pm UK – The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman

Smudge’s Christmas Post

Smudge 2Welcome to my Christmas Blog.

It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and written a blog, so what, I hear you ask, brings me to write one now?

Well, one reason is to thank all the listeners to CrowZone Radio for their continued support, knowing you tune in on a regular basis makes the reason we present shows worthwhile. Thank You all for being there.

My second reason is to publicise a special show on Monday 2nd January 2017, I am taking over the airwaves of CrowZone Radio from 10am all through the day till 10pm, a 12 hour “Non-repeat” artist Music Marathon.

I am raising money for Alzheimer’s Society, a great organisation.

I will be telling a few really awful jokes and will be setting a few pop questions for you to think about, but generally speaking nothing too serious, a bit of fun raising money for a good cause.

I am taking requests and dedications now via

I have set up a “Just Giving” page – so please feel free to make a donation – all donations gratefully received.

Once again thanks for supporting CrowZone Radio – looking forward to your company at some point (if not all day) on 2nd January 2017


Smudge’s Christmas Post

“The Loney”–bookclub review this coming Wednesday, 19th Oct 9pm

No, not the looney, The Loney. It’s a scary sounding place in the North west coast of England. Creepy goings on and general scariness in time for the Hallowe’en season.


I have only just started reading it, so I’m hoping there’s enough time to get it finished for the review on Wednesday. Why not see if you can do the same? The book is available online from Amazon Kindle etc, so hopefully you’ll be able to join in the review with us.

“The Loney”–bookclub review this coming Wednesday, 19th Oct 9pm

Why I love Crowzone Radio

This may end up being a theme, because to be honest there are so many reasons I love CrowZone Radio. There are times when I’m sitting uploading, downloading, editing recording etc late at night that I wonder why we started this thing, but those times are far out weighed by the times when I sit and think ”Wow I’m glad we started this!”.

Today, Sunday morning, is one of those times and I wanted to share it with you.

Last night we were invited to a big birthday party for Radio Book Club regular, Andrea. Andrea provided the music, we provided the PA, it was huge fun.  During the party I was sat with Charlie A. who told me he has CrowZone on his radio  alarm clock and wakes up to our radio every morning. Awesome.

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He then went on to tell me about a band he has been listening to, called “The Cheese String Incident”. Now I must admit I had my doubts, I often suspect comical band names as a bad sign, but I have to say I love this band! Thank you Charlie A.

This has happened so many times since starting CrowZone Radio, and I say “keep it coming”.


Better still – Keep it CrowZone!


(The Cheese string Incident will feature this Thursday on Howe Bizarre.)

Why I love Crowzone Radio

Windows Auto Update–a nice idea when it works!

PureEvery morning my alarm radio opens to the tunes of CrowZone radio, no surprises there. But this morning it sounded a bit different. Gaps between the tunes is the giveaway that tells me we’re running on the backup stream from the US. No big deal, that’s why we have back ups.

So into the studio to work out why it hasn’t picked up properly to find the main studio PC has been updated overnight. Again no big issue, just a shame it didn’t restart as we planned. It turns out it had messed up the external soundcard settings and the external hard-drive wasn’t recognised…now things are getting serious as all the music is stored there (backed up of course!).

After 4 re-boots and a bit of fiddling about we’re back online – just be warned….there’s a big WIN10 update coming to a PC near you! Spark up your machines at a time BEFORE you really really need them!

(My Alarm radio is a Pure One Flow, internet radio with FM & DAB. Highly recommended)

Windows Auto Update–a nice idea when it works!

and we’re back!

Well of course we never really went away, but it’ been a while since we posted a blog…so I’ve downloaded “Windows Live Writer” to see if that makes the blog process a little easier (quite why Microsoft decided to stop supporting these tools for Win10 I do not understand, but they still seem to work and you can still download them from the Microsoft website).

There’s lots of things to write about so expect a few posts coming up.


and we’re back!