Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Marie Crichton’s BBC Radio Shropshire Country Show celebrates 10 YEARS

This Saturday,  23rd May 2015, BBC Radio Shropshire’s very own Country Show DJ Marie Crichton will celebrate 10 Years presenting her programme on the BBC!

Yes after some 520 programmes and over 13,500 radio spins Marie will reach a personal landmark  along the country road!
In September 2002 Marie started as a young trainee DJ with a Community Radio Station in Walsall.
When a vacancy became available, following the retirement of the previous host, in May 2005 Marie took over the Country Show on BBC Radio Shropshire (then broadcast on Mondays 19:00-21:00), which for her was a dream come true.

As a guide for her listeners she started logging her 2 hour playlists from 6th June 2005 with the tri-cast show broadcast being heard additionally on BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Hereford & Worcester. First spins were Maria McKee "I've Forgotten What It Was In You" and Blue Country's "That Summer Feeling" (Curb) rounding out the 2 hours with  Patty Loveless "On Your Way Home".
Popularity in her show quickly spread with her loyal listeners really supporting it, by voting, to bag her Favourite Radio Station & Presenter at the UK Country Radio Awards (sponsored by Southern Country Magazine and voted by listeners) on Sunday Feb 4, 2007 held at The Lakeside Club Frimley Green, Surrey (The home of World Darts). She repeated this snagging the award for the second year running celebrating on Sun Feb 3, 2008 
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After avoiding the BBC Trust specialist music show cuts in January 2013 her show then switched to Saturdays 18:00 – 20:00 with BBC Radio Shropshire (The station listeners figures currently boosts 105,000 adults per week).

Marie keeps her audience up to date with all the country news and gigs (Read out between 18:30 – 18:40) as well as playing the best new tracks and albums and some old classics too. To ensure a diverse mix of artists and styles birthday features are included each week and sometimes a songwriter spotlight.
Marie prides herself on finding the more obscure but quality artists from around the world which embrace both Country, Bluegrass, Americana and singer-songwriters.  As the lone female BBC country presenter and one of the few across the UK  Marie is a strong advocate for supporting the “Women of Country”.

Are you a recording artist who has been played or interviewed on the show over the last 10 years?

Are you a record label or promoter who sent in music for consideration?

Are you a regular listener? If so which artists or songs has Marie introduced you too?  

How to get involved in the 10 year show

To give feedback or send congratulations

EMAIL Marie on
Contact her on FACEBOOK -
Or TWEET c/o @CRoutesNews
Phone / Text / Write Contact info - BBC Website
Or if you have a GOOGLE account Reply to this BLOG post

You can Listen Live on FM or online to the 10 year May 23rd show HERE and Listen Back for 28 days using the BBC iPlayer.
Marie Crichton's Country Show - Click this BBC Link
Latest episode - Click this BBC Link

Messages received will be LOGGED here, THANK YOU for the support 

What the artists are saying?
  • Congrats wishing many more years! - Elaine Roy from (The Roys Bluegrass Duo ) CD - UK iTunes -
  • Congratulations from Crash n Recovery !! Olof Olle Söderlind UK iTunes
  • Hi Marie congrats on your 10 years - great achievement - keep up the good work ... Dave Sheriff x MP3
  • Congratulations Marie! Thank you for all the spins! - Donna Hughes MP3 - UK iTunes - CD Baby
  • Congratulations in celebrating 10 years in radio. Such a great achievement and so many more to come. - Santos Vasquez (manager to Brian Collins) UK iTunes -
  • Congrats, Marie! Job well done! - Will Banister and The Modern Day Ramblers Amazon UK
  • I am writing with Ms Pam Tillis next week, So deserving Bernie Nelson  CD - CDBaby - UK iTunes -
  • Congratulations on 10 years Marie!! And thank you so much for playing me all of these years! - Lisa O'Kane Facebook
  • Congratulations Marie!! You are the BEST!!! Thanks so much for all of your dedication and support to independent artist like myself!!! I love and appreciate all you do! Keep it up!!! - Holly Norman CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - CD BABY
  • Here's to your NEXT 10 YEARS on the air, Marie!! Thank you for all you do for indie Country artists around the globe! - Jessie Lee Cates  Amazon UK - MP3 - CD BABY
What the listeners are saying?
Happy 10th Anniversary Marie, we are looking forward to a great 2 hours of country music - Yvonne & Jim
Happy Anniversary Marie, look forward to your show every week. Have a great one tonight. - Tracy
Happy anniversary! We love the mix of songs, enthusiasm and styles you choose and for us listeners its like visiting a friend every week. Warm Regards - Richard Edward

(Poem by listener Stephen Eckles)
Country songs for you and me
It's great to listen to Marie
To the best she finds of different kinds
Her hands have clapped, are feet have tapped
To different singers, different bands
Uniting country music fans
After a decade of country shows
Just think how quickly 10 years goes

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