So you want your music played on RDU!?!

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RDU 98.5 FM has been a strong supporter of Christchurch music for over 30 years and is airing more local music than ever before.

Christchurch choons get played on RDUs New Zealand music shows The Sheep Technique (rock/guitar/pop) and The Green Room (dance/electronic); Nu Noyzzzze – a new Christchurch music feature on RDU Drive; anyone of our many specialist shows and throughout the weekdays and early morning on the general RDU playlist.

Some tips for music submissions:

None of these are hard and fast rules but if you take on these pointers you’re more likely to get your music on the airwaves.

  • Length: Being a radio station we do like songs that are “radio” length, roughly around 3 minutes. If your song this length and it gets on RDU it is likely to be played more often. Longer songs e.g. dance/electronic tracks, burn much faster i.e. people get sick of them quicker.
  • Format: The current format that we prefer is 320k MP3s. We still like getting vinyl/records and CDs but for ease of use it’s hard to beat 320k MP3s. It’s also recommended that you submit a 1 page PDF that includes a link to an official web site, MySpace address or any other publicly accessible social network profile page. These can be sent to benet@rdu.org.nz
  • How many songs should I submit at once? I recommend submitting 2-3 songs at a time. 2-3 songs per submission gives the Programme/Music Director a bit to choose from and gives your sound a better showcase. If you send through an entire album usually no more than 2 songs off that album are likely to be playlisted.
  • Have a good listen to RDU and see how your music might fit into what we do. Is there a band or musician that gets played on RDU that your sound is similar to? Is there a show that your music might sound good on? If so, this is worth mentioning when you submit your choons. If not, tell us why you should be getting played on RDU!
  • The Personal Touch / Standing Out From the Crowd: When we get music addressed to “Dear Programme / Music Director” or an old Programme Director it usually gets put at the bottom of the pile and you don’t want your music there. RDU receives around 50 CDs and 20 MP3s a week, if you’ve made an effort to find out who is potentially putting your songs on the radio you’re more likely to get heard. Making your submission something special always helps, e.g. hand written notes, nicely decorated, easy to read and honestly written bios. And now I’m not encouraging bribes but in the past we’ve received submissions which included Instant Kiwis, Lollipops and a bottle of beer wrapped in the album cover art. Now I know that it should be “all about the music” but from all the releases we’ve had through RDU in the last year I can tell you exactly what releases came with the above mentioned extras. Try something creative, fun and different!
  • Where do I submit my music to? To submit your music visit RDU.org.nz, find where it says “Want your music played on RDU 98.5 FM?” and follow the simple instructions J

Mad props to NZ On Air for all their support!

For more information please contact:
Benet Hitchcock, Programme / Music Director, RDU 98.5 FM
benet@rdu.org.nz
– 03 364 2983 ext. 4
PO Box 31-244, Christchurch 8444, New Zealand.

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Wed Drive, May 27

I had a good time on the show today, and I hope you enjoyed it too.
The Twee Track of the Week was The Field Mice, with I Never Thought
Fly My Pretties – Let’s Roll
Anna Coddington – Never Change
Tourettes – Helper Monkey (feat. Anna Coddington)
Flip Grater – Ring Around the Rosie
-Gig Guide-
Robot Folk Tales – Welcome to Bluebell FM (www.bluebell.fm)
Beck – Gamma Ray
Robot Folk Tales – Episode 1: Hector on Efficiency
Bachelorette – Mindwarp
Los Campesinos! – It’s Never That Easy Though, Is It? (Song for the Other Kurt)
Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Xiu Xiu – I Love The Valley Oh
Matt & Kim – Yea Yeah
Animal Collective – In The Flowers
‘Til next week,
-David xx

Monday Night Feature: Around the World in Sixty Minutes

Well..sort of around the world…and more than sixty minutes as I stole some of Bill’s time too. Heehee

Kirwani – Cinematic Orchestra – England

Woo Hoo – The 5.6.7.8’s – Japan

I Feel It All (Escort Remix) – Feist – Canada

L’Amoureuse – Carla Bruni – France

I Don’t Know Why – Redhead Outdoors – Brazil

You Are My Joy – The Reindeer Section – Scotland

No I in Threesome – Interpol – USA

Speed – Atari Teenage Riot – Germany

Our Wasted Lives – The Thrills – Ireland

Sun Shaking – Capsula – Argentina

Loopy Loopy Love – The Brunettes – New Zealand

Hope you enjoyed yourself,I had fun!
See you next week

Love Annie xxx

Smooth Wednesday Drive 20/05

I kicked the show off with a wee medley from Brian Wilson’s Smile, an album with which I’m totally enamoured at the moment. Hope you’re keeping warm in the very changey weather we’re having
Brian Wilson – Wonderful, Song For Children, Child is Father of Man, Surf’s Up
Architecture in Helsinki – Tiny Paintings
Los Campesinos! – Death to Los Campesinos! (Live on 90.5 KUT, Austin)
Thom Yorke – The Clock (Live on The Henry Rollins Show)
Dear Time’s Waste – Cows
Bonaparte – A-A-Ah
Matt & Kim – Daylight
Justice – D.V.N.O
Quintron – Waterfall
The Sneaks – Gold Submariner
CRS (Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Pharrel ft Thom Yorke) – Us Placers

Monday Night Feature – Gay Pride Week

To mark Gay Pride Week, I am playing an hour of music either by gay musicians or with gay themes / lyrics.

Thanks for the swell idea Katherine!

Lola – The Kinks

Lose You – Peaches

You Are My Sister – Antony & the Johnsons

Blind – Hercules & Love Affair

Bitter End – Placebo

Hand in Glove – The Smiths

Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat

100,000 Fireflies – Magnetic Fields

TKO – Le Tigre

Check out the Christchurch Pride Week website :

http://www.chchprideweek.org.nz/main.html

Thanks for listening!

Annie

xxx

THIS IS NOT THE CHRISTCHURCH SOUND VOL.3 – Dubstep

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NZ MUSIC MONTH, RDU98.5 AND JAGERMEISTER IS PROUD TO PRESENT

THIS IS NOT THE CHRISTCHURCH SOUND VOL.3 THE DUBSTEP EDITION

A CHRISTCHURCH PRODUCED CD – DUE FOR RELEASE 22ND MAY 2009!

Here at RDU we are proud supporters of NZ Music – not just in the month of May, but all through the year…. Our commitment to the local music scene has seen RDU produce 2 previous incarnations of ‘This Is Not The Christchurch Sound’. The first of these was brought together by local Indie & Electro scene elder Dr Hitchcock and last years compilation CD was made up of local Drum ‘n Bass and was compiled by local heavyweights Urban Notion. 2009 see’s RDU looking to another burgeoning scene as we bring ‘This Is Not The Christchurch Sound Vol 3’ the Dubstep edition.  RDU sees NZ Music Month as the perfect time for us to release this CD to the wider community, to give birth to our new compilation while the people of NZ are celebrating NZ Music (just like Tupac) all eyez on us…

THIS IS NOT THE CHRISTCHURCH SOUND VOL 3 – THE DUBSTEP EDITION
MIXED BY J-RED AND L-QUE FEATURING: JOINT FORCES, TRUTH, DUTTY RANKS, L QUE AND J RED, RQ, ILWRATH, RUDIMENTORY BWOYS, CHOP DOG AND GROUCH

A few words from James Meharry, Director of RDU98.5FM about the Christchurch produced CD.

What is the concept around “This is Not The Christchurch Sound” series?
The concept was to continue to platform the excessively top skillz of our local heads – and this time it’s one for the subbass culturalists – DUBSTEP.

Where do you see RDU placed within Bass Music culture?
I guess with this being the first compilation produced of Dubstep in Christchurch, we should put ourselves somewhere near the centre – alongside all the heads who put out every week or month to ensure we get the greatest selections right on our doorstep.

RELEASE PARTY 10PM UPSTAIRS AT THE BEDFORD ON FRIDAY MAY 22ND.
$10 DOOR SALES ONLY OR $5 FOR RDUNITED MEMBERS.
FEATURING L QUE, J RED, TRUTH, JOINT FORCES AND DUTTY RANKS

Special thanks to Jagermeister and Christchurch City Creative Communities NZ Christchurch is continuing to win the race with hot new musical talent, don’t get left behind.

For more info go to http://www.rdu.org.nz – Phone: 03 3642983 – Email: simone@rdu.org.nz

Wednesday Drive 13/05

I was feeling a bit stuffy and coldy, but the show turned out okay. Hope you’re feeling well, and staying healthy in the chilly autumn. Here are the tunes from the show today

The Ruby Suns – Papatuanuku

Midlake – Young Bride

Dear Times’s Waste – Room for Rent

Yule – A Mess

Radiohead – Reckoner

Dudley Benson – Asthma

Malcolm Middleton – My Delerium

Animal Collective – Lion in a Coma (Live on BBC Freak Show)

We Love Katamari – Disco Prince

The Fields – The More That I Do (Foals Remix)

Brian Wilson – Wonderful

Clue To Kalo – The Infinite Orphan