Stafford’s World - Show History

Stafford's World launched at the end of May 2006 and we are now over 10 years old. Thinking back, I'm not really sure how it all came about! After nearly 10 years of broadcasting shows across Europe on satellite, firstly via EKR and then from Radio Caroline, I just thought it might be a good idea to try to get the show heard in a few other parts of the world. For those that have never heard the show, here's a bit of general background information. Let's start with the answers to some questions. What is “Stafford's World”? “Stafford's World” is a syndicated radio programme which launched at the end of May 2006. The show currently broadcasts via local transmitters in the USA, Germany, New Zealand, Indonesia, Spain, the UK, France and Italy, along with pan-European satellite coverage and worldwide internet coverage.
The show is presented by Mark Stafford and is an extension of the very popular specialist shows which have been broadcast (via Satellite) throughout Europe since 1997, firstly on European Klassik Rock then, from 1999 to the present day, on Radio Caroline. Musically it is an A.O.R. based show covering the spectrum of adult rock and quality pop/rock. A key features of the show is “The Rock Flashback” this a 90 minute segment of the show, which focuses on a particular month in years gone by. From this particular month, The Top 10 Rock Singles in America, The Top 10 Rock Albums in Britain and the Top 10 Rock Singles in Britain are featured along with news and headlines from the month in question. However, the show is certainly not just about “nostalgia”, it features a high proportion of new music from both established artists and new talent. What audience sector is “Stafford's World aimed at? The target audience is the 35-65 age-range.
“The Rock Flashback” section will particularly appeal to the older element of this age spectrum as it's features primarily focus on the music of the period from 1966 to 1983. The new music element of the show will appeal right across the age range with older listeners hearing new music from familiar artists such as Eric Clapton Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Mark Knopfler while younger listeners will relate to new music from artists such as Train, The Magic Numbers, The Wallflowers, The Goo Goo Dolls and Feeder. However, the musical aim of the programme is to prove that new modern rock music from 2006 can happily co-exist alongside the great music of the past four decades. The past 13 years have proved that you can mix The Beatles with Incubus and Creedence Clearwater Revival with Placebo!


Rolling Stones - Paint It Black Inspiral Carpets  - This Is How It Feels Train - Hey, Soul Sister Mr. Mister - Broken Wings Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze U2 - I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight Jackson Browne - Lawyers in Love Weezer - (If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To Jags - Back of My Hand Joe Walsh - Lifes Been Good NeedtoBreathe - Something Beautiful Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City Muse  - Feeling Good Mark Knopfler - Hard Shoulder Merseys - Sorrow Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Learning to Fly
Here’s an example of a couple of hours from the playlist of a recent show


ROCK FLASHBACK NOVEMBER 1973 Who - Love, Reign O’er Me Hollies - The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down.. Loggins & Messina - My Music Ringo Starr  - Photograph Jim Croce - I Got a Name Rolling Stones - Angie Chicago - Just You ‘N’Me Art Garfunkal - All I Know Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Todd Rundgren - Hello It's Me Led Zeppelin - D’Yer Maker Seals & Crofts - We May Never Pass This Way Again Bob Dylan - Knocking On Heaven’s Door David Bowie - I Can’t Explain Bryan Ferry - Don't Worry Baby Status Quo - Roll Over Lay Down   Rolling Stones - Doo Doo Heartbreaker                             
Radio Caroline RSL Tilbury 1999 in the Ross Revenge Mess Room with my son Anthony
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