Night Out - Radio Show
evenings 6pm to 8pm [UK]
Saturday Night Out was originally
a dance genre programme on Saturday evenings and broadcast
between 18:00 to 21:00 hrs when 'Mercia Sound' first
began broadcasting in the May of 1980.
hobby (Kevin Sykes) at the time was, using a
tape recorder, editing instrumental versions of records
vocal counterparts thus making a 'longer' version of
the original record.
I sent a copy of my edited version of Earth, Wind and Fire's - Let's Groove in
Tony Harrison at Mercia Sound, he was the presenter of Saturday
Night Out and this is when my editing work was given its initial break
circa 1982, Tony Harrison being the first to play them then when Jeff
Harris took over the programme, my edited version of Ghostbusters by Ray
Jeff's first play of my work.
regular weekly feature and invited me to use Mercia Sound's studio's, when Gary
Jeff he too kept the mixes as a feature on the programme,
By 1989 I was working full time at the then 'Mercia FM' when I was asked to produce
my very own show taking over the Saturday Night Out slot, and so - 'The Mercia
importantly to me,
show which I
delighted to do!
At the time of writing, there's some 1,692 song titles in my library of mixes
Night Out produced
by Kevin Sykes...
Get ready for your Saturday
Night Out and listen to an extensive and eclectic mix
of extended mixes and megamixes of Club, Disco, Dance,
and many more genres.
music from the decades covering the early 70's
History of the original programme to Saturday Night Out - The Mercia Mix
The Mercia Mix (Mercia
FM) Coventry, Warwickshire and the surrounding area, The
Power Mix (Leicester Sound FM) Leicestershire was a non-presenter
led programme of exclusively produced dance and chart music produced by
me, Kevin Sykes.
the programme began broadcasting on Mercia FM (only)
on September 8th 1990 as an hour long pilot show, the
following week (September 15th) the show began in earnest
starting at 8:00 pm on Saturday night thro' 'til 10:00pm.
January 25th 1992 Leicester Sound began broadcasting
the show (The Power Mix) as a simulcast from Mercia's
studios, and later on July 6th 1992 a weekday evening
slot started Monday - Thursday on Mercia FM between 6:20pm
on March the 6th 1993 the show came to an end albeit
the ratings being better than those program's either
side of its scheduled times (political reasons!).