The Music Machine with Brian Hartgen

For Your Ears Only!

Most people enjoy listening to music of all kinds. Many people want to know about the music they are listening to or to hear songs which are not part of radio playlists. If you are one of those people, look no further than the Music Machine, each Saturday at 7 PM UK time (2 PM Eastern)!

For two hours each week, I'll do my very best to present an interesting musical mix from different genres. You are likely to learn a thing or two about the music I play and every week I'll bring to you a different type of programme including:

  • Box of Delights. This is exactly what it says. You can choose a song from any genre from my large music library from the 1920's to the present day. If I have it, I'll play it! I have every UK top 40 single from 1952 to the present day and many which fall outside that range!
  • Themed Shows. The Music Machine has been heard on a small number of internet radio stations during the past five years and the themed shows are very popular. You can choose a song which fits into the week's musical theme. Previous themes have included novelty songs, music tracks containing place names, Songs about strong women, music about travelling, one word titles, story songs, songs with household items or furniture forming part of the title, to name but a few.
  • Artist Profiles and Specials. This is where I will talk about the career of an artist or group. But also I will play rare recordings which you may not have heard before. Previous artists have included Jim Reeves, John Denver, Madness, Stevie Nicks, Dean Friedman, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Lea Salonga, Michael Jackson and many many others. A programme which received a good deal of reaction was a two-part special on the work of Walt Disney.
  • Chart Countdowns. Occasionally, I will count down the top ten of either the UK or US chart from a particular week and year. This is not just a straight delivery of the ten songs but it is fast-paced and includes facts about the chart positions of the songs and much more.
  • Documentaries. The Music Machine has become well-known for its in depth documentary programmes. This is where the entire show focuses upon a musical artist or group and contains fellow artists and music professionals discussing the subject. Previous documentaries have focused upon Abba, Carpenters, the Everly Brothers, The Electric Light Orchestra, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, radio broadcasting in the 70's, Radio London, the British Invasion of the 1960's, Kenny Everett, radio station launches, Barry Manilow, the Motown corporation, The Beatles, George Jones and the Grand Ole Opry.

Contacting The Show

The Music Machine comes alive when you participate in the show, so do feel free to get in touch at any time! Your input is our output!

You can write to brian@the-bell.net or do follow me on Twitter. The username is @brianhartgen.