For some reason I just thought of Syntax Error. It was a radio show on national Swedish radio every week for about 3 years. It was pretty much on prime time – something like Tuesdays at 7 o clock – playing mostly 8-bit videogame music, but also demoscene works and other related music. In the first show, aired almost exactly 10 years ago, there was Hülsbeck and Leitch but also Travolta, DMX Krew, Drax, Proxyon and Lizardking. They even played a trashy C64-mashup of two Spice Girls songs by yours truly. That was quite bizarre. What was even more bizarre, was that I e-mailed them to complain about them using an emulator. You know, I was a teenage gangster purist.
I rarely listened to the show back then. But listening to it now, it feels completely surreal to picture this as part of prime time national radio. The host has a great southern Swedish accent and talks about typical prime-time things like helping back2roots.org with server fees (spelling out their URL not once, but three times). Or this one: “If you’re as mature as I am, head to http://www.c64.org and use the SID-find to search for something indecent… like… poo! And what do you get then? Yep, two songs by Goto80!”. Hehe. And this was part of a show with the specific theme of pee & poo (bajs & kiss). Uh-hu.
At the time there was also a local American radioshow playing strictly C64-music. The 6581 Show ran every week at KDVS in California from 1999 to 2001. Hard Hat Mack had themed episodes like one on the demoparty Mekka Symposium 2000, one for Zyron & Kjell Nordbo, for multispeed music and for PRI. It was mostly game music though, as far as I know.
So what other chipmusic radio shows have been around, off the Internet? I’m guessing Syntax Error is the only nation-wide show of its kind, but I’d be happy to be surprised! There must’ve been something in Germany? Or Netherlands or the UK?