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

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Mohammed Yasser Afzal

The man accused of murdering a minicab controller admitted in a typed letter found in his pocket that he killed him “because of his own crazy feelings”, a court heard today.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
London Bridge

Commuters travelling on trains to and from London Bridge via Charing Cross are facing headaches this evening due to signalling problems at Waterloo East.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Demetris Costa Hapeshi used the University's database to get a student's phone number  [Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]

A lecturer who discussed sex toys with his students - and even kissed one of them - is fit to carry on working, a tribunal has ruled.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Whitechapel High Street has more unhealthy businesses next door to one another than anywhere else in London (Pic: Getty Images)

A Whitechapel street has won the dubious title of unhealthiest high street in London, according to a public health body.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Damien now earns his keep by keeping a Tesco supermarket clean (Pic: Getty Images)

An unemployed beggar who travelled from Lancashire to scrounge in Mayfair has landed a job in Tesco.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...