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Believe it or not, our celebration of the music and sound of offshore radio, the Revival Show reaches its 500th edition on May 4th! Normally host Kenny Tosh presents the show from our studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but to celebrate this special edition will come live from our studio centre in Glasgow, Scotland and Kenny will fly in specially for the programme. Tune in on Thursday 4th May at 19:00 GMT for the live broadcast.

One of the most instantly recognisable voices on British radio is now silent. Brian Matthew died on 7th April at the age of 88, only a few weeks after his final BBC Radio 2 programme. Having started his radio career on the British Forces Network in Germany in 1948, he became host of "Saturday Skiffle Club" on the BBC Light Programme in 1957. A year later, the name was changed to "Saturday Club" and it and its Sunday morning companion "East Beat" (also hosted by Matthew) paid host to every big name in the pop music business of the time from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones. In 1961 he was given the job of hosting ITV's only regular pop music show "Thank Your Lucky Stars" thus ensuring that five hours of national airtime belonged to Brian every weekend. When The Light Programme gave way to radios 1 & 2, "Saturday Club" came to an end and Matthew hosted a variety of shows on both music networks before taking on the influential daily late night arts slot on Radio 2 "Round Midnight". From 1990 he returned to Saturday mornings on Radio 2 for "Sounds of the Sixties" which he presented until his death apart from a six-month break when he was ill in 2006. A fall at home in November 2016 took him off the show and the BBC announced that he wouldn't return, but listener pressure brought him back for a final edition on 25th February 2017. He was given a Sony Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008. Most people remember him for his BBC and ITV work, but he also hosted sponsored programmes on the commercial station Radio Luxembourg in the early 60s, and as a tribute to this great broadcaster, we're transmitting one of his 208 programmes from autumn 1961 - The Pye Records Programme. You can hear how his style adapted to the commercial channel on Saturday May 6th at 10:30 GMT with a repeat on Friday May 12th at 21:10 GMT. it's also a very rare opportunity to hear how Radio Luxembourg sounded without the fading and poor reception!

Eurovision isn't far off. This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine on May 13th and until the Final on that date, Radio Six International is bringing you a plethora of Eurovision-related shows. Every weekend until the Contest, Ewan Spence previews the songs that have made it to the finals - and a few that haven't - in Europe's Heartbeat on Saturdays at 10:00 GMT, Sundays at 08:00 GMT (20:00 NZ time) and 23:00 GMT and Tuesdays at 07:00 GMT (19:00 NZ time). Our dedicated team of Eurovision experts will travel to Ukraine on your behalf and from Monday May 1st we'll have the daily Today at Eurovision at 18:30 GMT plus a new feature, our Eurovision Newscast with Lisa-Jane Lewis every evening at 20:00 GMT with a repeat the following morning at 08:00 GMT. And on the day of the Contest, although for contractual reasons we can't carry a live broadcast of the Final, we will be live in Kyiv with our team for the hour before the performances start from 18:00 to 19:00 GMT for news and gossip from the stars.

Website last updated at 08:26 GMT on Friday, 28thth April 2017. Programme details updated.

You've heard the programmes - now buy the music!

There are still many fans of the music that was featured as background to the BBC test card transmissions in the 60s. Programmes often didn't begin until 5pm and the entire daytime was given over to the pattern and music. Our record label, Lounge Music has put together an album of some of the original music from these days and it's available now on Amazon and other download sites. The Test Card in Black and White (NSDL 60017) can be bought as a download here.

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Radio News our advance programme guide .... and QSL cards

We publish a regular full colour programme guide in printable form as a PDF file. In fact it first appeared over 50 years ago on March 5th 1967. You can email us at to request that we email a copy to you upon publication. The May edition of Radio News is now available to download: click here. It will be available to download until 27th May and details programmes on Radio Six International for May 2017.

We encourage listeners to our AM & FM broadcast services - especially on those on shortwave - to send us Reception Reports, and we're always happy to acknowledge your broadcast Reception Reports with a QSL card; all reception reports have been acknowledged, and all outstanding QSL cards have been mailed. In return for your report, please send either a Euro, two US Dollars or an International Reply Coupon to cover return postage together with the report and your name and return address to : 21 Sherbrooke Avenue, Glasgow G41 4HF, Scotland.

Around the clock and around the world from Scotland - on AM, FM and the Internet!

Welcome to radio six international, a private (not for profit) radio station operating from Scotland and playing an interesting mixture of songs from the world's unsigned and indie artists in their native languages with a leaning towards instrumentals and some jazz plus specialist shows featuring oldies, bagpipes, easy listening, lounge, Americana, jazz, instrumentals, light music, classical plus some talk shows to spice up the mixture from time to time! If you have any comments, please drop us a line. We rely on a team of outstanding broadcasters and producers who create their programmes for love, not money. Our team of great professionals bringing you programmes currently includes: Trish Bertram, John Cavanagh, Maura Currie, Tony Currie, Todd Gordon, Tony Hawkins, Paul Higginbotham, Tamara Kennedy, Andre Leon, Diana Luke, Peggy Mack, Thea Newcomb, Spike Nesmith, Kenny Tosh and Ewan Spence. Our email address is All our programme material is cleared for internet broadcast with all the copyright owners concerned and licenced by PRS For Music and Phonographic Performance Ltd. No material in any of our broadcasts may be copied or rebroadcast without the written consent of Radio Six International. All rights are reserved by Radio Six International and the individual copyright owners. This website does not use cookies to track your use. Radio Six International is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to The time on the clock shown on our pages derives its data from your computer's clock, and we accept no responsibility for its accuracy or reliability.

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On Air Now: Random Play: The New Playlist

Diana Luke introduces the five new tracks in this week's 50 track list.

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Not Quite Altogether Now

Tony Currie's most recent book Not Quite Altogether Now is a romp through his pioneering days at Radio Clyde, Scotland's first landbased commercial radio station. Covering the first year or so from Hogmanay 1973, the book is essential reading for all true radio anoraks!
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