Andy’s reggae show 105.5FM draws listeners from around the world

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Listeners around the world listen to a community reggae radio show from Swindon.

Andy Vater hosts the Random Reggae Show every Saturday night from community station 105.5 in Liden.

And it has listeners from all over the world, including Germany, France, America, and Jamaica.

He joined the radio station six years ago and upgraded his one hour Saturday night show to a three hour performance.

Choosing reggae was easy for Andy as it has been his favorite genre throughout his life.

The 56-year-old explained, “Reggae is my music. To be honest, I could listen to any kind of music, but reggae is my goal and it has been throughout my life.

“It’s what I was raised on and what I loved.

“Being in a position where I can impose my taste in the reggae world and uplift other people’s music is great.”

In an attempt to increase his number of listeners, Andy took to social media.

Andy, of Royal Wootton Bassett, said: “We are broadcasting live on social media, we have attracted a variety of people, bands and artists to the music world and it’s only getting better.

“There were times when we were hitting 4,000 views and people were logging in, so that’s really good. ”

Listeners told Advver why they enjoyed the show.

Tommie Tei from Kingston Jamaica said: “I’m always listening. It’s an amazing show that keeps me on lockdown, keep up the great work, I’ll always keep it locked.”

Roland Burrell, listening in Jamaica, said: “Usually we are three generations sitting listening.

“We appreciate the positive vibes because they are so needed in these uncertain times. We hope DJ Andy will continue to reach out and bring people together through his magical radio show.

Taurean Estrada, from Trinidad and Tobago, added: “I thank him for playing my 2020 reggae track ‘Is Reality’ every week.”

Andy said, “We have a lot more attention now that we have a global focus.

“Bands and labels send me material every week from all over the world, mainly Jamaica, but also from the United States and Europe. Looks like they all want to be on the Random Reggae Show.

When he’s not on the radio, Andy is a health and safety inspector, but he would give it up if his reggae show could support him.

He said: “It’s a very difficult balancing act, it’s really like being on a tightrope.

“I never let my interest in music interfere with my work, and my work does not interfere with my weekend activities.

“If this was the right place at the right time and I could still pay my bills, I would do it full time.

“I would never be there to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds, but if it were to earn a living, I would definitely get off the ship.”


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