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Welsh independant broadcaster bags second award in three years.
(London, 09 March 2013)
The home of everything alternative & underground on the web, the UK’s very own Pure Rawk (purerawk.com), held their 2014 awards show on Friday evening 07 March at the Boston Music Rooms in London. The event has become a popular date on the rock & alternative scene calendar in recent years, & is always well attended. Welsh independant broadcaster ‘Big’ Jim of rock & metal project The Rock Show (therockshow.co.uk) was nominated for the third year in a row, in the DJ Of The Year category, which is a prize first given out at the 2012 awards show. Pure Rawk owner Nix Cooper believed that the broadcasters & DJs who play rock, metal, punk, blues, indie & alt music ought to have as much recognition as the bands & artistes, so the category was born.
‘Big’ Jim won the very first gong for the category, having been nominated by the listeners, public & colleagues in the media, which consisted of a short-list of just 4 UK-based DJs & presenters. He came a close second in 2013, & flew back from his post-wedding break in Paris with his new bride, especially for the event. And now ‘Big’ Jim has brought the 2014 gong to Wales, after receiving the nominations & getting down to the 4-draw short-list for a third successive year.
The Rock Show crew attended the 2014 awards show last Friday, which featured performances by Servers, in their debut London appearance, Dedwardians, Teenage Casket Company & The Blacklist Saints. As with previous years, the DJ Of The Year category short-list had just four names – Sophie K (Team Rock Radio, which is tied-in to Classic Rock & Metal Hammer magazines amongst others), “Mucka Jay” / Jason McGuire (TBFM Radio), Mike James (Phonic FM) & ‘Big’ Jim – so it was another year of stiff competition, but it was the Welsh wonder who raised the trophy when it mattered.
Upon being presented the prize, Jim took to the stage & gave a short acceptance speech, which included the lyrics from a classic Meat Loaf song; “Two out of three ain’t bad!” was the quip, & he slipped back into the audience to handshakes & pats on the back from public & broadcast colleagues alike. “It was a great evening, with lovely people & superb live performances from the cream of the alternative crop,” said Jim. “Being able to accept this accolade for a second time makes me feel like all my years in radio, of one shape or another, thoroughly worthwhile. This is just fantastic!” he added.
Jim is orignally from The Mumbles, Swansea, but now resides in Lampeter, Ceredigion, with his wife Sam, his step-son & sometime contributor to the show, Marvellous Mighty Mini Matt, & they are all looking forward to welcoming a new addition to the family, in the shape of a daughter, due in July. Jim said, “It’s been a special year for us all at Rock Show Heights; we had our wedding, I win this lovely shiny thing & now we’re preparing for my first-born! What more can I ask for?” He’s been interested in broadcasting since the age of 16, & has co-presented shows on Firebrand Rock Radio (as a member of a guerilla group called The Four Horsemen of the Rock Apocalypse), PhD Radio (Jacksonville, Florida), Swansea Sound, Touch Radio (now Capital Gold, Cardiff), Bfm (Bath, defunct), Radio Tircoed (Swansea’s community radio station), & also appeared on BBC Radio Wales as a pro-wrestling expert & a voice-over artist for Roy Noble’s Christmas panto, as well as other numerous national & international radio stations & websites, including PlanetMosh Radio where Jim has had an outlet for several years.
The Rock Show is broadcast exclusively live from the show website – http://www.therockshowlive.com – every Monday evening from 8pm in the UK, & is then syndicated further on several worldwide networks, as well as on iTunes & via other outlets, & the show has a home in it’s very own padded cell, yes you read that correctly, located in the deepest darkest parts of Cadno Music School, John Street, Llanelli.
Jim delights in telling of the show’s dubious status regarding YouTube; one of the crews online TV experiments has resulted in the show being banned from the global video host, but to find out why, you’ll need to ask the multi-award winning broadcaster in person!