Presenter - Julie Bastow


Julie Bastow
Julie Bastow

1. What time is your time slot and what does your session consist of?

10am – 1 pm Friday. For lovers of gardening we have a handy hint from Graham Ross after the 10am News,Sport, and Weather. I play music from the 1920s to the 1950s, chat to the listeners, and familiarise them with the composers, lyricists and bandleaders. At 12.15 pm we have “Madeleine at the Movies”, a review of a recently released film, and at 1 pm I play and comment on a segment called “The Girl Singers of the Big Bands”.


2. How did you first connect with GDR?

I heard over the air that GDR required a Minute Secretary.  Having just retired, and with suitable qualifications, I applied for the job.  That was in March 1998.  I find Golden Days Radio an absorbing and delightful activity providing me with an ideal community service opportunity.


3. Why did you want to be a presenter?

I was invited to join the list of presenters by one of the Founders of Golden Days Radio, Mr Jim Shaw. I feel strongly that the marvellous body of music composed in the first five decades of the 20th Century must continue to be heard to ensure its preservation and to attract new generations of listeners. I also relish the chance to learn more about the music of the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s from the various luminaries amongst the GDR volunteers and the vast musical resources of the station.


4. What experience do you want to give your listeners?

I want my listeners to cherish that wonderful body of music composed between 1920 and 1960.  I like to speak to them as I would if sitting in their home enjoying the music with them.  I want them to be uplifted, as I am, by the wonderful melodies, lyrics, singers and orchestras.

Program List

DayProgram NameTime Frame
GDR Program Guide on Friday10 - 1 Music
10am - 1pm