Thousands join Facebook campaign to save Time FM’s Soul Syndicate sessions

09:00 06 May 2012

Adam Philbrick and wife Lisa  at a Charlie Wilson concert in the Indigo 02. Adam won the  tickets, courtesy of Soul Syndicate

Adam Philbrick and wife Lisa at a Charlie Wilson concert in the Indigo 02. Adam won the tickets, courtesy of Soul Syndicate

Archant

»More than 3,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign calling for much-loved soul music sessions to return to Havering’s Time radio station.

Time FM 107.5’s Soul Syndicate DJs have been playing between midday and 6pm every Saturday and Sunday, and weekday evenings, for around three years.

But fans were left angry and upset when they tuned in last weekend to discover the plug had been pulled on their favourite shows.

Now an online Save Our Soul Syndicate page is calling for broadcasters to bring back the popular sessions.

Organiser Chriss Herwig, 46, said: “I’ve been listening for as long as I can remember. It’s the music my kids grew up on; it means everything to me.”

The site attracted hundreds of followers within just 24 hours of launching, on Monday. The mum-of-two, from Dagenham, added: “Surely it shows how much people want it to carry on.”

Presenter Mark Dover, in charge of the station following departure of managing director Peter Stremes, said he told the company which runs the shows, Centreforce, that “things had to change ie it was political” – but it “would not abide”.

Jimmy Low, of Centreforce, said he had been called to Time offices and told the weekend sessions would be slashed to its week night hours of 8pm-midnight.

“Playing all day Saturday and Sunday is what we’re about,” he said.

“People love it. As soon as I was told that, I walked into the studio, packed my equipment, and left.”

Jimmy added: “We brought the biggest DJs in the country; we have made Time FM into a credible talked-about station. The Soul Syndicate has a massive, massive following. We make people happy.”

Adam Philbrick, 44, from Hornchurch, said: “The DJs did it for the love of the music and not for the money. Not many stations play that kind of music these days – so many of the fans are gutted.” Georgie Bromfield founder of ’80s jazz funk band Second Image has thrown his weight behind the crusade.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
[Photograph by Carl Cullinane]

Thousands of people have been evacuated, West End plays have been cancelled, and onlookers are ‘struggling to breathe’ due to an underground electrical fire that is still raging in Holborn.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Passenger at Euston station were left stranded after the fatality (Pic: Getty Images)

Services between Euston and Tring are up and running again, after an earlier fatality at Hemel Hempstead forced rail bosses to suspend journeys.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Stevie the Fox will not be coming to London (Pic: Getty Images

A pop-up fox café has been cancelled after an outcry from animal rights campaigners.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Rancadaore's wife (left) and daughter (right) have pubicly supported him throughout his extradition battle (Pic: Getty Images)

An Italian mafia boss discovered living in Uxbridge has won his extradition battle and can stay in the UK.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
[Photograph by Matt Alexander/PA Wire]

A six-foot-tall sculpture of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is going on display at Westfield Stratford City on Good Friday to celebrate Easter and the launch of a new television channel.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Vroom! You could be emmersed in the action at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship fires into Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 April for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years as 39 riders are set for two fierce contests on the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.

Read more