Smooth Velvet Radio is an internet radio station playing smooth music. Almost one hundred percent of the songs we play, are sung in English. Our music consists mainly of pop classics, soft rock, R&B and soul; we have some jazz, some reggae and other genres but in limited quantities.
There is no scheduling as it’s a global internet station; it’s always time for the breakfast show somewhere in the world! Just smooth music 24/7, soothing for the soul.
Smooth Velvet Radio is a home radio station run purely as a hobby, we are based in Buncrana, Ireland. Just to be clear, that isn’t me in the photograph, although it is a fair representation of how ‘we’ operate. One person, one desk, one chair, one desk lamp, a pair of headphones, two computer screens, a decent music system and a pair of speakers. I don’t have a microphone and that isn’t likely to change. I know my limitations and a good ‘radio voice’ is something I don’t have.
You may have noticed the use of the word ‘we’ in the last paragraph; by which I mean me Hugh, although I should mention that I am ably assisted by my good lady, Rita and our two dogs (labradoodles), Cara and Rosheen. Basically I do the work then they approve everything and I do mean everything; choice of music, web site design, choice of photographs, fonts, colours, layout, everything. Disputes are easily resolved. The two dogs have half a vote each, they always vote the same way (as each other) so essentially they have the casting vote. Since my wife is the only one who fully understands the ‘doggie’ language, she translates their wishes and that’s it – decision made. Any errors or omissions are of course entirely my responsibility. It’s a system which I am sure most couples with dogs or indeed other pets will be quite familiar with.
Cara and Rosheen acquired their reputation as music aficionados by singing along every time they hear Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross; as a result I am forbidden from ever removing the track from our playlist.
We hope you enjoy our music as much as they do.
Hugh, Rita (Cara & Rosheen)