Radio station launched

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Back in the 1960s, Loudon Temple was the charismatic vocalist with various beat groups on the flourishing 
Borders dance hall circuit.

Half a century on, Selkirk-born Loudon’s love of music – and his desire to share that passion with others – remains undiminished.

The former Hawick News journalist has just completed the painstaking task of selecting and uploading no fewer than 6,600 of his favourite tracks to go online with his own non-stop internet radio operation – The Listening Station.

“It’s a bit like a 24-hour Desert Island Discs – but without any chat and no distracting adverts,” said the 66-year-old self-confessed “obsessive” record collector.

For the past decade, he has run one of the UK’s most successful roots music agencies – Brookfield-Knights – seeking out and importing performers from the USA and Canada.

From his base in Renfrewshire, he now represents around 40 transatlantic acts, many of whom are well known to local audiences through appearances at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles and the Heart of Hawick.

Tracks from the Brookfield-Knights stable are, not surprisingly, included in the playlist of The Listening Station, which launched last month, along with a host of other favourites from the Temple collection, including JJ Cale, Jackson Browne, Big Bill Broonzy, Sharon Shannon, Dan Hicks and Galashiels indie legends Dawn of the Replicants.

“The idea came after an exasperating long drive from London to Glasgow in which hours were spent searching in vain for music on the radio which was fresh and attention-grabbing,” explained Loudon.

“It was my wife Brenda [née Smith from Newcastleton] who encouraged me to stop moaning and do something about it: to think about the fact technology is coming which will allow us to have in-car access to the internet while travelling.

“It’s a potentially huge market to add to the many other online platforms.

“I’ve gone for tracks which have provided goose-pimple experiences for me during a lifetime of record collecting and band watching, along with hundreds of exciting new discoveries from lesser-known acts which deserve more widespread exposure.

“We shuffle rotations each week to ensure no-one tuning in at the same time on the same day the following week will hear the same material.”

To tune in – and to find out how to submit tracks for consideration on the playlist – go to http://www.thelisteningstation.co.uk/index.php/about-us