The premiere of Steve Urquhart's new audio documentary exploring the life and work of BBC Radio Lancashire broadcaster and Wire contributor Steve Barker
May 2018 sees veteran Wire writer and dub/roots columnist Steve Barker celebrate 40 years at BBC Radio Lancashire, where his legendary freeform show On The Wire continues to promote underground and new music every Saturday night at midnight. This special audio portrait charts Steve’s influential (and occasionally turbulent) four decades on air. On The Wire was among the first to interview The Smiths and Depeche Mode; it played 808 State’s “Pacific State” and A Guy Called Gerald’s “Voodoo Ray” before anyone else; it even staged a free Fall gig at Clitheroe Castle. It’s been threatened by BBC cuts – twice – and both times saved with the help of its fiercely loyal listeners across Lancashire and worldwide.
Made by Steve Urquhart – producer of the recent BBC Radio 3 feature A Portrait Of Val Wilmer, chronicling another renowned Wire contributor – Greetings Music Lover features rare archive material plus new interviews from On-U Sound’s Adrian Sherwood, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, David Rodigan, Stuart Maconie, The Wire’s Tony Herrington and Derek Walmsley, plus various contributors to On The Wire over the years, and Steve Barker himself.