Popular rock show broadcast from a living room in Ilfracombe
A ROCK show for a Birmingham City radio station is being broadcast from an Ilfracombe living room.
John Forster, 54, of Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe, started the show, which only plays music by unsigned bands, for Birmingham City Radio four years ago.
He says it has since become increasingly popular and at one point reached 1.1 million listeners.
The show is currently broadcast internationally, including in Australia, India and Canada as well as across Europe.
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For the first three years it played all kinds of rock music from mainstream bands but in the last year John has stuck to only playing records by unsigned groups.
John broadcasts the show on a Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 6pm and 9pm via his laptop and various other broadcasting equipment.
He started out playing a bit of rock music on another radio show called Haunted Cornwall on The Source FM when he lived in the county.
This led to him doing a show on Penwith Radio which was then syndicated and taken on by Birmingham City Radio.
John has continued to broadcast the show for them from his house in Ilfracombe where he moved to a year and a half ago.
John said: "When I first started out there were two other people involved. I started just putting on some music to help out. I've absolutely no idea how it has got as big as it has."
He also thinks the show will eventually get a lot bigger than it currently is and may look to make some money out of it in the future.
John said he made the decision to play only unsigned bands a year ago after Ofcom increased their fees for playing mainstream music.
He said: "Signed bands get told what to play. I would not go back to playing mainstream music.
"It is not what people are used to listening to and there thousands and thousands that do not get the air play and the promotion and the recognition they deserve."
The show takes up a lot of time with John saying he gets music given to him by around 1000 bands, meaning it takes hours to prepare each show.
John, who lives with his partner and seven-year-old daughter, says his love of rock music started after he bought Black Sabbath's first album in 1967.
However, his dad did not approve and broke the record in half, saying he was not allowed to listen to that kind of music which of course made him want to listen to it even more.
John is also organising the Ilfracombe Rock Festival along with Chris Hammond which takes place this weekend at the Bunch of Grapes pub.
Chris said: "All these bands are coming at the weekend as a thank you to John for getting them the success."
John's rock show can be listened to online at www.birminghamcityradio.co.uk.