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Radio ARA

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Radio ARA is the independent, non-commercial Radio Station of Luxembourg.

Active since 1992, Radio ARA is the oldest Community Radio in the country

and has always been identified as an alternative in the Luxembourgish media landscape.

The program of Radio ARA is as colourful and diverse

as the opinions, culture and music of the people living in the Grand Duchy.

The Radio for ALL Voices

Nik

Nik

About this Host


Hi ☀️
Welcome to this page. I am Nik and I present The Wireless, which airs on the second Saturday in the month. Before getting in front of a mike I worked as a cloakroom attendant in a night club, kitchen porter in an Indian restaurant and later in an Indonesian restaurant. Coffee barista in a Dijon café, and as a party dj for DJ Entertainment.
As a dj, I helped people to plan and shape their significant party event. I met my clients prior to the big party, we talked about their expectations and their musical choices. Did you know you can play about 15 to about 19 or twenty songs an hour? yeah! at a party, a bit less on the radio, as playing the whole tune and introducing information about it is an option.

I guess you would have way more than six or seven hours worth of a playlist. The playlist of planned songs I make to play on air, would run into days, really!. It’s always great to respond to a request as soon as possible, and the people who book the parties always want the guests to have their choice played too. Where am I going with this ? I guess I just want to say it’s nice to see people enjoy music. It’s nice to enjoy music, dusting off the tunes to spin them long and loud.

Through working parties I have made some amazing musical discoveries; The National, Noir Désir,
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I like music so much I am rarely without it. You too ? We are never without music at Radio ARA.
In general, I think if we are never to purchase a record or stream any music in the world, we would have so much to choose from just through radio, more than ever I suppose, by streaming. It’s nice to hear a wider variety, thanks to technology.

Of course radio gives us many interesting conversational topics too, on air daily. I love radio for both music and discussion; the sciences, current affairs, drama, comedy, baking tips, the list is nearly endless, or so I thought. Apparently it is endless.

As much as there is pleasure in listening to radio shows, there is great pleasure in hosting one.
I like playing music right here on Radio ARA.

I first auditioned for a pirate radio in Dublin back in the 1980s, and within the week, I was offered a mid-week evening show. I used my small record collection, with my parents and siblings records to stretch out the chance of repeat plays. It did make my first radio show sound interesting and varied, oh and we had cassette tapes to play from also. I made Jingles for this show too, using a Crown piano key cassette recorder. Resources where limited on early pirate stations, but it was very exciting though.

My first interview was with Gena (Gena, Del Hayes & The Champions), she was playing a gig at Dublin’s Tara Club, and that evening we hopped in a car with a tape recorder to meet her at the sound check. In I went not so sure about what I was going to ask her., but thanks to Gina we got a nice Interview, and it wasn’t a bad first one for me. I moved about stations; ARD; Capitol; Night Sky 106 and I made one or two shows for Community radio, like Connemara Community Radio. Nice studios at a crossroads surrounded by beautiful mountain views. If you have visited Ireland I would love to hear your comments.

I tried for work in the eighties on Radio Star during a three month visit to Marseille. Radio Blue also, but I think my French was not up to standard. I hope you enjoy the sounds I play for you here.