Doug Beasley

Doug has long been a fan of radio, particularly when it involves communicating all manner of exciting things in music, particularly indie and alternative music – a genre which has been close to his heart since his teenage years. His desire to try radio presenting came about in his late teens, and with its history as the birthplace of radio, Chelmsford was always going to a great place to make that become a reality! However his first opportunity to try it out actually came during his time at Sheffield University, when alongside two good friends, Will and Jamie; Doug took to the airwaves on the University’s student radio station Forge Radio. Such was their enthusiasm for getting on the airwaves that they requested as their first choice.. the Monday 9-10am slot. An hour when all students are very much fast asleep… The show was called ‘Is Anyone Out There?’; a reflection of their true thoughts at the time! They did however manage around 50 shows, and as they started to clock up playbacks on Mixcloud (probably at a much more sociable hour…) they felt like they’d made it!

These days Doug is much settled back in the heart of our City and can regularly be found frequenting Central Park, Oaklands Park, the Orange Tree and several of Moulsham Street’s delights with his partner Claire.

His show “The Alternative Hour” seeks to share with you the very best in indie and alternative music each week. You can be sure of some classics (think Oasis, Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Arctic Monkeys and Foals to name but a few), generally all somewhere between 1995 and 2015, with a peak in the late naughties. There’s also plenty of recent hits (think Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Fender, Christine and the Queens, alt-j). Most importantly Doug is keen to use the show as a showcase of new and exciting indie and alternative music releases! Essentially he sniffs out some great new music and share it across the city in exactly the way his teenage self wanted! If it sounds like your kind of thing, give me a listen, every Monday 7-8pm on Chelmsford Community Radio, or check out his past shows by searching ‘dougbeasley’ on the CCR mixcloud –


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