THE END IS NIGH...
BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net has been broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music every week since 28 October 2008 and will end this Sunday night - well technically at 3am on Monday morning 1st April 2012.
Fresh On The Net started out as a single 120 minute show broadcast at midnight every Saturday night - but in June 2008 it was expanded to two shows a week at 1am on Sunday and Monday mornings.
Our mission was to connect listeners with new music – and musicians with new listeners. Central to this was our Recommend Music web page where the public could suggest favourite tunes directly to the team, bypassing record company pluggers and promo CDs completely. All music considered by the show had to be streaming in full on the web – the aim being to provide a guide to new tunes that could be heard legally and for free online. (The only exceptions were session tracks and tips from BBC colleagues).
Unlike most BBC shows, our tracklists have always featured live links direct to the artists’ own websites. Those tracklists have now been compiled into one big searchable webpage (click to open in new window). Once it’s loaded you can scroll, browse or search through the entire four and a half years the show has been on air.
So what's next?
Well from Easter I begin a new Saturday evening show (9pm – midnight) which will feature vintage gems from my record collection alongside new tunes plus guests and occasional sessions. BBC Introducing will still be featured on my album-length download - which will continue to offer an hoursworth of new music every week. That download will now be broadcast on 6 Music as a standalone programme in its own right every Sunday morning from 2am.
As you'll see from recent tracklists, in the last few weeks BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net has been revisiting some of the most interesting artists we discovered over our four years on air. This weekend we wind things up by packing in 60-70 more of them into two music-heavy shows, It's our final salute to the huge variety of fascinating talent to be found on the wilder fringes of cyberspace.
Even though the radio show is almost at an end, Fresh On The Net will live on as a not-for-profit music blog run by volunteers. Our mission remains the same - to connect listeners with new music and musicians with new listeners - and you're warmly invited to join us there.