BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net has been broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music every week since 28 October 2008 and will end on 2 April 2012. It started out as a single 120 minute show that went out every Saturday night from midnight (technically Sunday morning). In June 2008 it was expanded to two shows a week which went out at 1am every Sunday and Monday morning.
Its 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 the 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 had 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.
However my album-length BBC podcast will continue to offer an hoursworth of new music from BBC Introducing every week, and the tracks will be included in my new Saturday evening show (9pm – midnight). In addition, the download will be broadcast on 6 Music as a standalone programme in its own rioght every Sunday morning from 2am.
Even though BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net is almost at an end, here on the blog our mission remains the same: to connect listeners with new music and musicians with new listeners.
Take a look around, meet the team members (left) and click a few music links to see what takes your fancy…