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Sep 15 2014

That's what we love to do at Plains FM -  get local people trained up to be competant, confident community broadcasters. Our broadcasters come from all walks of life, represent all sorts of organisations (or not!), are a mix of ages, and have a wide variety of ideas and interests. Our broadcasters retain editorial control of their content and make the decisions on what they want to express and how they do that.

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Currently we have over 65 programmes on air, broadcast in 13 languages. So if you have a germ of an idea and think you might like to have a chat about it - just give us a call on 365 7997. 

Sep 05 2014

The Horncastle Arena will rock out on September 10th to the musical genius that is Bob Dylan and his band.

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman , May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter , artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he was both a chronicler and a reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as " Blowin' in the Wind " and " The Times They Are a-Changin' ", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival , Dylan's six-minute single " Like a Rolling Stone " radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians , reached the top end of the U.S. music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan's lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture . Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard , and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie , Robert Johnson , and Hank Williams , Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres . His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American song—from folk , blues , and country to gospel , rock and roll , and rockabilly to English , Scottish , and Irish folk music , embracing even jazz and swing . Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour . His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered his songwriting.

Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time ; he has received numerous awards including Grammy , Golden Globe , and Academy Award ; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Minnesota Music Hall of Fame , Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame , and Songwriters Hall of Fame . The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama .

We've been playing heaps of Dylan songs on air lately thanks to Gaz on DETOX MANS!ON, Chris the Chick on THE FIDDLER'S CHIN, and Tamara Smith on FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. Congratulations to those who listened in and won tickets to the show. We hope you thoroughly enjoy it!

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