Where Real Music LIVEs!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Guest in the studio Sheryl Ann Andrews

Sheryl popped into the studio to record a small 40 second promo to raise awareness of two charities Southern Domestic Abuse Service and Square Pegs
You can find out for about these at the links below:



Now what actually happened, Martin Kirby (Station Manager) twisted Sheryl's arm and put her directly LIVE on air to the listeners. Chris Rogers was in the middle of the usual weekday drive time show from 4pm till 6pm (Jonathan Copeland on a Wednesday) and was happy to throw Sheryl in at the deep end. She gave not only us at the studio but the greater public and worldwide listeners an insight to her involvement with the charities and how she has been raising money for these great causes.

Please give what you can to her just giving page
Sheryl Ann Andrews JUST GIVING PAGE
Sheryl came across fantastic on Air, a real natural. Lets see how the 40 second promo turns out.
Keep listening to the Flash

Sheryl is a very busy lady, amongst other things she has also written a book which she will be passing some of the money made from sales to the charities.
You can get a copy from
Manage Your Critic

We at the Flash wish her all the best of luck and hope to give you the listeners an update soon.

Friday, 13 October 2017

WHAT !!!!!! I here you say? The Flash is Going all a Bit Modern !

The Flash is not stuck in the Past as many believe it to be, for a while now the presenters have been bringing not just great classic music from the 60's to the late 90's but often bringing you the best in what's fresh in the REAL MUSIC WORLD.What do we mean by REAL MUSIC, well it about actual instruments and Talent that's not solely created on a computer in the studio, I'm sure the Beatles and even Pink Floyd would have loved the technology we have in the 21st century when they were first experimenting but i'm sure the real instruments would have been the REAL stars of the show.

As you all know The Flash have a partnership with Park Community School in Havant and have exciting plans to involve students in our station. The Flash has always been proud to bring you the very best in classic rock and blues but you will notice that we now also include other genres with in our new 'Real Music' banner. As part of our expansion as a community radio station we would now like to become more accessible to a younger audience in addition to our current older listeners. We will be seeking feedback and advice from the school's students on how we can do this as well as offering them a monthly show of their own.
This process starts NOW with the launch of regular features spotlighting the best rock songs of today. These 'Fast Forward To 2017' spots will be heard hourly during The Flash Jukebox from now on. We look forward to any suggested tracks or bands for this feature, and especially from our younger listeners.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


A Lovely Message from Andy Connell inviting the Flash team over to watch them perform at The Mettricks Guildhall in Southampton as Guests, Thank you to Andy and Lorne for that.

Wow what an evening of True REAL MUSIC.
The Connell brothers bring together just the best of the best in the local Music scene and Invite Guest Singers to bring the audience vocals that astound, Ashya Roberts, Izzi Moulsdale, Robert Phillips, Emily Rose Ireland and Jean-Luc Ramdin.

Just an Amazing Line Up

Ashya Roberts With Lorne Connell On keys. What A beautiful song FALLING By Olivia Newton John, written By John Farrer (Marvin, Welch and Farrer) Yes The Shadows for part of the 70's.This song has 45 progressive chord changes, never repeated throughout the Song, so a massively difficult song to Sing and Layout from memory on the Keys. This is Amazing and the audience loved every moment of it
The Fantastic Tom James on Guitar at The Connell Brothers Gig The Mettricks Guildhall
You Know when you have to let it Rock Out, this is how its Done. WOW Check out the Connell Brothers and Izzi on Vocals
Take a Listen To Jean-Luc Ramdin on Vocals to this classic By Led Zepp. I'm sure Andy Connell Said he was Only 12 years Old WOW, he was infact 18 or so LOL

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

New Presenter Alert and A Fantastic GIG

The flash would like to once again welcome a new presenter JAMES CRUTTENDEN

 Here's the post on Facebook:
SOUTH COAST CREATIONS' Yes it's that time of the month. Our monthly programme celebrating the creative talents of local songwriters is back this week and with a new presenter sitting in for Rob Hyslop. New Flash presenter James Cruttenden will be at the controls for this edition and as the main man behind this weekends 'Rock Against Racism' festival, you can expect to hear lots about it and the bands taking part. Tune in this Thursday 28th September at 11.00pm, with a repeat on Friday at 6.00pm

Friday, 22 September 2017

Against the Tide EXTRACT - The Paul Groovie Show

Please take a look at this fantastic video featuring our very own Paul Groovy.
an extract that covers his Flash show taken from Matt Tillers documentary that he has made for his degree course at Portsmouth Uni(a small part from a 3 hour interview filmed at The Wedgewood Rooms in the summer.

Don't Forget to Check out the Full Video and Story From Matt Tillers Documentary


We'd like to be on FM and you can Help

The Flash have been promoting the talents of local musicians and singer/songwriters and local music venues for over 5 years now via our internet stream and DAB radio. We have now been given the opportunity to apply for a Community Radio licence to serve the Greater Waterlooville area on FM and have just a few weeks to submit an application. Please help us by writing letters of support and sending them to us via the following address as soon as you can -
Whether you are a local artist or band who have had your music spotlighted by our station, or one of the many live music venues that we promote through our Local Live Music gig Guide each week, then please write in and express your thoughts on the service we provide and how you feel an FM licence from us could help the local music scene.
 Please do not send letters directly to Ofcom however, and please make it an old fashioned letter, even though it is less convenient than a Facebook message or e-mail.
We are also looking for support from local councillors in the Waterlooville area so please put a good word in if in contact with any local contacts of this kind.
Such a licence would not affect our present DAB or internet services in any way, as these outlets will always be important to us.
Even though we already have a very healthy audience on our present platforms, this licence could help put The Flash on the map and will enable us to achieve so much more for the communities that we have already been serving for the last 5+ years.
I thank you so much in advance for your letters and please Wish us luck!  MARTIN KIRBY

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Introducing our Latest ON AIR Recruit - NICK HAINES

This Is Nick Haines, yet another great addition to the station.

Here's what Nick has to say:

Radio has provided the soundtrack to much of my life.
Born in Germany in 1959, the BBC's World Service and British Forces Radio informed my world with Gilbert & Sullivan, Flanders & Swan, The Navy Lark and the Clitheroe Kid.

Radio listening of my own choice started in the late sixties with Ed Stewart's Junior Choice show on Saturday mornings featuring Bernard Cribbins, Charlie Drake and Terry Scott singing songs about Shifting Pianos and Digging Holes, became essential listening.

Between 1971 and 1975 I strained to get reception of Radio Luxembourg on my tiny transistor radio under the blankets at night, and at school on Tuesday lunchtimes I listened intently to Radio One's chart rundown, desperate to hear if my personal hero Gary Glitter had triumphed over the rival Bowie, Bay City Rollers, Slade and T.Rex factions.

After 1975 I forsook the charts and radio and sought more adult listening, relying on the music press and friends' opinions for guidance. This lead to some dreadful mistakes and a record collection containing hugely embarrassing progressive rock.
By 1976 I had almost fallen out of love with music since nothing I heard inspired.
Television and radio pumped out blandness by day and numbingly tedious rock by night.

More through luck than judgement I encountered the punk phenomenon at an embryonic stage.
I was inspired to not only start to listen to new bands again, but to form a band myself.
Radio One's John Peel was an established figure on the radio with his show Perfumed Garden, but he too concentrated on progressive rock. Peel latched onto the burgeoning punk scene and in early 1977 declared that his show would no longer be a 'rock'n'roll mausoleum'.
From that point the Peel show focused on the new music that was emerging from around the country. Peel's championing of punk still left room for esoteric tracks by the likes of Drummers of Burundi, Gamalayan Music From Bali and poet/storyteller Ivor Cutler.
Peel's laid back enthusiasm was infectious, his huge knowledge an education to many.

By 1980 I found employment within the music industry in Scotland, initially with the Cartel indie distribution network, then Virgin Retail.
Being surrounded by music all day at work, I tended to seek respite from it during the evenings so my interest in radio waned.

Now in 2017 I've been asked to present a show for The Flash and agreed to give it a go.
I've called it Cross Tracking.
Peel's ethos is certainly an influence, but these are different times and initially I'll be trawling through the dark recesses of my record collection and scouring the charity shops for tracks that you may not have heard for some time, or perhaps not at all.
Hopefully I'll also be featuring interesting unsigned local bands too, but that's up to the bands as much as me.
I hope you find the music interesting, try to forgive the bloke chuntering between tracks.
He means well.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Solent TV Exposure - Big Thanks To James Pearce

The Studio had a visit from SOLENT TV a community TV station based at Highbury College.
James Pearce popped into The FLASH a couple of Mondays ago during Derek Pearce's Monday Meltdown Show and took the opportunity to Interview Martin Kirby the Station Manager.
Martin gave us a little insight into the Partnership with Park Community school.

 As from September the FLASH RADIO will be working more closely with the school, the pupils. will have the opportunity to get more involved with a REAL radio station.
The Flash Broadcasts on DAB to the Havant and Portsmouth area and streams its Rock based music around the world. More importantly THE FLASH keeps the local public up to date with Music and Charity events as a FREE service.

Take a moment to catch the interview on YOUTUBE

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Mark Handley in the Studio

Mark Handley popped into the studio to entertain us and give the listeners a real treat.
Marks new album has landed  MARK HANDLEY & THE BONE IDOLS GREATEST HATS. A play on words really. Mark admits himself that he's never had a greatest HIT, but we all know and so does his audience of followers that everyone of his amazing songs is a HIT.

Mark was off to the Wickham festival on the Friday and we wish him and the Bone Idols all the very best,we are sure that he and the band will rock

Here's a Live track that Mark performed in the studio for us

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

WOW Brian Nash of Frankie Goes to Hollywood Fame

Brian Popped into the Studio and gave us a fantastic interview headed up by Chris Rogers.
Brian was promoting his new Album 432-1 Open the vein.
He gave us a brilliant incite into his life as as a true Rock star and legend of the 80's Rock and pop scene.

Brian Even Kindly Signed Mark wiseman's copy of

Thursday, 6 July 2017

New Presenter Alert Welcome to John Price

I had a pleasant evening on Wednesday assisting Mr John Price as he recorded his pilot show for our radio station. John lives in Southsea and is the second member of the local band 'Strange Brew' to join our team. Once settled in he will be presenting a regular series called 'Rollin' And Tumblin'. You can hear his pilot show this Sunday at 4.00pm, with a repeat on Monday 10th July at 10.00pm.

Guest Artist in the studio Jaimie O'Byrne

Jaimie is a local Solo singing Artist from Southsea Portsmouth.
She popped into the studio for a chat and a couple of Notes on the Vocals  www.jaimieobyrne.co.uk.
Look out for her on the Popular local Music Circle, one not to be missed

Monday, 26 June 2017

Please Welcome Harriet Cope

You may have heard this young lady reading the weather and gig guide during The Chris Rogers Drive Time Experience, well now she will be taking to the airwaves with her own show. Harriet is an arts and media student at the University Of Westminster and is spending time with us over the summer. Her first show for The Flash will be a Festivals Special and will be broadcast this Friday 30th June at 6.00pm, and again on Sunday at 4.00pm.
The Flash - Where Real Music LIVEs!
Find us on DAB+ to the greater Portsmouth area,
on TUNEIN as 'The Flash On Air', or via www.theflashonair.co.uk'.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Welcome A New Presenter GRAHAM ANDREWS

Today we officially welcome Graham Andrews to The Flash team. He will be on air at 4.00pm today with the first edition of 'Breakaway Blues'.

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Some of The Flash Presenters helped to get the Summer Music off to a great start in Gosport
Appearances from Our Own Presenters
Martin Kirby
Paul Groove
Pete Crew
Jonathan Copeland

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Caroline Storey LIVE in the studio

Caroline Storey from Hampshire Girl Guiding came into the studio to tell us all about getting involved in this great pass time and adventure for young Girls, grown up girls and young adults. Its not just about girls thou its for anyone to get involved.

Caroline gave us all the contacts and also told us all about the modern age of Girl Guiding but it still included lots of MUD lol.
She even selected some of her favouite Rock tracks to fill in the spaces of a pure fun and informative hour.
If you would like to get started in the amazing and rewarding world of Girl Guiding then visit

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We empower nearly half a million girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today. We’ve been doing that through adventure, friendship and fun for over 100 years.
Here is everything you need to know about us -  from the Promise that every girl makes, to how we’re run and what it’s like to work for us.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A huge Flash thanks go out to Richard Setford and Bob and Lee of CopyThat Design & Print in Spur Road, Cosham for supplying hands, a van and tools needed to remove our FM mast, aerial and associated cable from the roof of The Curlew pub in Havant. It is now sitting in the corner of our new office waiting for some action on FM again. I must say the smell of roast dinners coming from the pub kitchen was lovely. Make the most of this fine pub while it is there, as The Flash team can highly recommend their Sunday Roasts!.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Flash Get Together May 2017

Here is a pic from our last Flash get together, which took place on Monday 22nd May at The Red Lion in Cosham. From left we have Roger Wilson, Kev Ellis, some bloke called Martin, Chris Rogers, Jill Stembridge, Rob Hyslop, Larry Oster, Mark Handley, The Magnificent Jonathan C, and Derek Pearce. A big thank you to Julie Pearce for taking this photo. It was a great evening, and the pizza was nice too!. — with Roger WilsonKev EllisChris RogersJill StembridgeRobert HyslopLarry Oster,Mark HandleyJonathan Hope and Derek Pearce.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

We are Famous with Our Exciting Parnership WE'RE IN THE NEWS


The Flash was originally broadcast live from a temporary building in the car park of The Curlew pub, in Havant. It now has a new home at the Apex Centre, Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, which is run by Park Community School to provide construction skills to students. The not-for-profit radio station was founded by Martin Kirby to promote the talents of local musicians. In a deal with the school, staff at the digital radio station will teach students radio skills. Mr Kirby said: ‘We had great times at The Curlew, which we nicknamed Flash Towers, but had outgrown our surroundings. ‘The pub’s future was also in doubt and while searching for a new home one of our volunteer presenters put me in touch with the school. ‘On my first visit I was instantly inspired by the school’s approach and the modern facilities it offers its students and the community.

It soon became obvious that we could be of benefit to each other.’ The radio station will be offering students the chance to learn media skills and assist in producing features for broadcast. There are also plans for a monthly programme to promote the talents of students and community events taking place at the school. Christopher Anders, the headteacher of Park Community School, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to be able to offer space to The Flash and form this partnership.

This opens vast opportunities for our students in gaining real-life broadcasting experience by producing programmes and features for broadcast on the station.’ The Flash is available on DAB radios in the Portsmouth area and through theflashonair.co.uk.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Martin Lets the World Know on FB we have a New Partnership and a New HOME

This is What the Facebook Post SAID :-
We know you have all been wondering what has been going on behind the scenes at The Flash over the mast month or so, with the occasional off air periods and lack of live shows for a time. Well a lot of work has been happening and we would like to introduce you to our new friends and partners at Park Community School in Havant. Special thanks must go out to Mark Wiseman and Richard Setford for all their hard work in setting up our new studio home, and to Mark Ringwood and David Harris for creating the link with the school.
A rock based local radio station promoting the talents of local musicians in the Portsmouth area has joined forces with a popular school in the Leigh Park area of Havant. 'The Flash' radio station have signed an agreement with Park Community School which will give the not for profit broadcasters a new home and create exciting opportunities for the school and its students.
Although, The Flash broadcasts on DAB from a transmitter on Portsdown Hill, the stations programmes have been
coming live from a small portable Metal Container located at The Curlew public house in Petersfield Road in Havant and ironically referred to on air as 'Flash Towers'. Station founder & Managing Director, 47year-old Martin Kirby, said "We had great times at The Curlew but had outgrown our surroundings. The pubs future was also in doubt and while searching for a new home one of our volunteer presenters put me in touch with the school". "On my first visit I was instantly inspired by the school's approach and the modern facilities it offers its students and community, so it soon became obvious that we could be of benefit to each other".
The Flash will soon be broadcasting full time from The Apex Centre in Bishopstoke Road, Havant, which is leased by Park Community School to be able to provide practical construction skills based learning for students from Park and other schools further afield.
The radio station will be offering students the chance to learn media skills and assist in producing features for broadcast. There are also exciting plans for a monthly programme to promote the talents of students and community events taking place at the school.
Christopher Anders, Headteacher said “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer space to The Flash and form this partnership. This opens up vast opportunities for our students in gaining ‘real life’ broadcasting experience by producing programmes and features for broadcast on the station”.
The Flash is available on DAB radio's to the Portsmouth area and via its website www.theflashonair.co.uk.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Still waiting on a launch, Won't be Long

Still waiting on a launch date, but everything is almost back to normal in the World of Flash.
We are Hoping for a Press release and a final date very Shortly. Most of the shows are now back LIVE from the studio. A few tweeks still required on a few bits of Equipment but its all good. The Presenters that have used the New studio have all commented what a pleasure it is to broadcast from the Apex centre. Its a real Home
Where Real Music LIVEs!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Presenters get the First Look at the New Tools of the Trade

All the presenters were invited to take a look at their new home for the first time, many managed to make it for what turned out to be a fun evening. Big smiles on everyone's faces and some Serious Chat in the Small office opposite the studio room. Going to call them the Room 20 Gang lol

Monday, 17 April 2017

Chris Having a sneaky peak at the Controls

CHris Rogers having a go at the Controls, we didn't let him go live thou, we don't trust him LOL