Drovers Barn, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR3 6EU, GB

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the website of Graham Fisher

PODCASTS & AUDIO

Robert Allen Zimmerman, probably since better known as Bob Dylan, once famously told us: The times they are a-changin’ and nowhere is this more in evidence that the world of radio. 


Here is an eclectic selection of audio in addition to Tales From The Barn (see TFTB and Books), all of which have been independently produced in-house by GF. An explanation as to how they came about accompanies each SoundCloud.


In addition to his own output Graham is also 'the voice of the Black Country' for  History West Midlands. These are accessible via Links, above.

In my opinion (IMO)

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What they and why?

For reasons I need not detain you with here - frankly because I’m not yet entirely sure myself so let’s just go with the flow - those nice whiz-kids, technophiles and marketing people at Black Country Radio (BCR) all tell me the way forward is via the podcast, which is quite amazing when one considers the term didn’t even exist just a few years back.


Somewhat fortuitously, but I confess entirely coincidentally, I had been a little ahead of the curve for some while in collating a modest body of podcasts for this site. When my chums at BCR kindly invited me to contribute towards the setting up of their own podcast facilities I was in a position to supply TFTB; hence in addition to being here they now also appear  at www.blackcountryradio.co.uk/onair/podcasts/ for which I am most grateful. 


TFTB are temporarily on hold following the publication of the first 25 episodes in book form (see Books). In the meantime, as TFTB was going through the publication stage, I compiled unrelated op-ed contributions to BCR aimed at provoking thought and generating discussion. 


Thus was born In my opinion (IMO), a personalized ‘take’ on a mélange of subjects. Random and sporadic, subjective and potentially controversial but - I like to think - ultimately balanced, they are entirely my own view and I emphasize that their airing on BCR does not suggest or imply that they represent the opinion of the station. Or anyone else, for that matter. 


Each episode is independently produced by GF and is typically around 12 minutes duration. You might or might not agree with what is said, but I guarantee it will give food for thought. And that can’t be a bad thing.

In My Opinion

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Rockin' the world

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FRIDAY NIGHT ROCKS

Ok, perhaps not quite setting the music world alight but yes, that is Yours Truly back in the days of the dinosaurs (actually circa 1973) as an aspiring bass guitarist supplementing his meagre student grant.


Ah well, once a rocker always a rocker I suppose, so imagine my delight when Black Country Radio commissioned a series of  rock shows.  Aired on Friday nights throughout 2019 they remained on the station's Listen Again facility for a few days before being despatched mercilessly into the ether. But fret ye not, for they are saved for the nation here.


Written and produced by GF on behalf of BCR they take the form of a 'rock-umentary', the titles of which are self explanatory and each coming in at a scheduled  58 minutes.


(Says Graham: 'For the record, the instrument is a  Gibson EB3, probably '60s vintage, that I acquired  by swapping a Hoffner Violin bass, as played by Paul McCartney and now worth megabucks. It needed work. The rear 'humbucker' pick-up was replaced with one from a Fender that I rewired. The resulting round was a fusion of mellow blues Gibson with strident Fender; very impressive. In 1976, having avoided hitting the Big Time, I flogged  it  plus my amplifier and speaker for thirty five quid. The things we do, eh? Sic transit in Gloria mundi.')

Audio

Friday Night Rocks

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Short story

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DROONLIVET

Droonlivet, a tale of waterways, whisky and the Devil's brew first appeared in print in 2001 as a six-part mini-series in the sadly since-defunct Canal & Riverboat magazine, for which the author was at that time Review & Special Features Editor.


It was written in tribute to an elderly friend, Frank, who sadly died. before the derelict canal that he and Graham  both loved and worked on together could be fully restored - as at 2019, it still isn't but that's another story. Though Frank was elderly his loss was nonetheless keenly felt. 


Droonlivet has been retrieved from the archives and is voiced here for the first time as a broadcast by Graham. The hip-flask illustration is one of several from the original written piece drawn by his colleague Derek Pearson, also formerly of Canal & Riverboat magazine.. The introduction and closing credits are courtesy of Mary Spence MBE.

Audio

Droonlivet

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