“Around the World” will join the line-up on three more Northern Ireland community radio stations on 6 October 2020. The citywide Lisburn’s 98 FM , Bangor FM broadcasting to North Down and FM105 from Downpatrick broadcasting to South Down will schedule the two-hour international music programme from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm every Tuesday.
For almost two years the show has been in search of music from every continent. It began on the Belfast internet radio station Slice Audio in February 2019. In September 2019 it was added to the Friday evening output of Ferry FM - Portaferry’s Summer RSL. It continues to be carried on the Ferry FM internet stream. June McVeigh Ferry’s Station Director said, “Around the World was a perfect escape for Ferry FM listeners during our 3 month lockdown broadcasts on 107.3. While they couldn’t get away on holiday, they could travel Around the World, musically, with Davy every Friday evening.”
Davy Sims is a radio veteran who began his career in 1979 on Downtown Radio, going on to BBC Radio Ulster, Radio 1, Radio 4, and U105. “It’s not so much a ‘World Music’ programme as a show with music drawn from all over the world.” He says.
“There’s Spanish all girl punk next to Bosnian sevdah, Colombian cumbia with modern Korean pansori, Australian R&B and Quebecois Celtic rhythms. I play music from every African and European country but there is always room for local Northern Ireland rock, and folk from all over these islands. No boundaries, no genres.”
While the programmes are aimed at local audiences, it has picked up listeners from well beyond Northern Ireland. “Many old friends in the U.S. and France and other parts of Ireland have been listening to, and participating in the show. People I know in Slovenia, Bosnia and Italy often listen in. And I’ve made a lot of new friends in places like Dominican Republic, Spain, and Turkey."
Around the World will continue to be produced by Slice Audio from their Belfast studios. Tony Wise from Slice said, “Since 2017 we have been working with many broadcasters – some new, some well-established – to find a route to their audience. It’s exciting for us all to be working with these three stations to bring a unique and distinctive show to their listeners. We hope it’s the beginning of a long relationship with them and other stations in the future.”