You may well be wondering what a “wyrdways” is, am I right? Well, it’s quite simple. The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is a weekly(-ish!) Hard Rock and Metal podcast that I’ve been doing since 2008. It began as an attempt to channel the spirit of The Friday Rock Show, a late, very much lamented radio show here in the UK. It was presented by the late, great Tommy Vance and produced by Tony Wilson, who now runs Total Rock Radio.com.
It was The Friday Rock Show that brought me into listening to Metal back when I was a 15 year old boy back in the late 80’s. As Ginger (The Wildhearts) once told me during an interview, “It was your education“. He’s right. It was. It was through Tommy Vance and those nights tucked under the covers listening to the radio that introduced me to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Bang Tango, Kiss, Alice Cooper and many others. Not long after, legendary DJ Alan “Fluff” Freeman added a Saturday Night Rock Show to Radio 1’s line-up, delving deep into the BBC archives and filling the request show niche that the listeners obviously wanted.
Unfortunately the management at Radio 1 didn’t agree. After Tommy and Fluff left the BBC, the Friday Rock Show limped on as the bands lost confidence in it. It went through another couple of presenters before it finally died.
It’s my hope that through the podcast (which can be found at http://www.wyrdwaysrs.com) and website, I can do the same thing for some of my listeners that Tommy and Fluff did for me. I spoke to Tony Wilson at Bloodstock and Hard Rock Hell. He told me that Tommy (or “TV” as he referred to him) would have been amazed at the number of people he inspired to follow in his footsteps.