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by Chris Henniker (subscribe)
There are 6m postcodes in London, what's happening in yours?
Published May 11th 2014
Throw your television away, the future has arrived
They say that radio is better than television, for the simple reason that the pictures are better. By that, they mean that it's left to your imagination to visualise the action. It makes it more open to interpretation, as opposed to seeing it. With the plethora of stations on AM, FM, DAB and the internet, you are snowed under with choice, but you never get to see the show being made close up. Until Soho Radio came online, that is.

Soho Radio is an internet radio station and coffee shop that celebrates the historically bohemian area with it's connection to the arts and it's rich history of being at the heart of London's cultural scene. After all, the film industry is headquartered here, coffee shops like Bar Italia had the mods congregating here in the late 50's to mid 60's and Ronnie Scott's is just across the road from the former. Even the Admiral Duncan is just around the corner from those two. According to the website, Soho radio is:

"The true voice of the Soho Community. A community internet radio station Carrying the rallying call for Soho to unite, Soho Radio fosters independent voices, breaks underground acts and attracts big names."

With acts like The Cuban Brothers, who host a weekly show each Wednesday, it's only a matter of time before people get in on their brand of filthy, funky fun and even listen. Not only that, Soho Radio is a coffee shop in the great tradition of the area, where you can have a coffee (obviously) and actually see the show being broadcast. When I was there, the presenter made a comment on the dire state of the music industry and I called out in agreement. He said: " a bit of dissent in the studio there!" I laughed at this Ben Eltonesque remark as I imbibed their fare.

Although their fare is slightly limited to biscuits at present, it's actually quite promising. Their trademark cookie has Smarties on it, echoing the neon logo on the walls of the soundproofed and utilitarian decor. Since it only has been open for a month, it's only a matter of time before the range of fare is as diverse as the culture of the area and the presenters on board. Even their Strawberries and cream cookie, The Devonshire Dukes, is a great name for a band. Perhaps one of Pete Doherty's?

Since you can see the programmes being broadcast online as they happen, this demystifies the process of broadcasting and shows it's innate ordinariness and ubiquity, especially in our internet age where you can tune in to stations from anywhere in the world and the notion of local no longer exists. The exotic and the mundane are now indistinguishable from each other, which is London summed up accurately.

Turn on, tune in and tell everyone what's happening online at www.sohoradiolondon.com. Better still, go there and see what's happening at 22c Great Windmill Street for yourself! The pictures are even better there!
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Where: Great Windmill Street, Soho
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