Marie Crichton’s Country Show brings you the best country music each week on
BBC Radio Shropshire.
  • You can listen live every Monday from 20:00-22:00 on FM and online live or on Listen Back using the BBC iPlayer.
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Marie keeps you up to date with all the big country news and gigs (Read out between 20:30 – 20:40) as well as playing the best new tracks and albums and some old favourites too.
To ensure a diverse mix of artists and styles birthday features are included each week and sometimes a songwriter spotlight.
She prides herself on finding the more obscure but quality artists from around the world which embrace both Country, Bluegrass, Americana and singer-songwriters.
Unlike other shows which heavily feature male artists Marie is a strong supporter of “Women of Country”

To get involved during the week e-mail Marie on:

Find her on Facebook - www.facebook.com/BBCMarieC
Contact info - BBC Website     

During the show times ONLY (Monday 20:00 – 22:00) you can:
Text: 81333 and start your message with the word “country” (charged at your standard message rate)
Phone in Gigs to the Studio: 0345 3039 303

Mail: You can write:
Marie Crichton, BBC Radio Shropshire, 2-4 Boscobel Drive, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 3TT

Marie listened to lots of different music before falling in love with country music in the mid 1990s.
It was definitely not cool to be a teenager and into country, but she was happy to be different.
A huge fan of Country and Western music, Marie lists Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan and Tanya Tucker as a few of her favourite artists, alongside harmony groups like The Sweethearts of the Rodeo.

Marie’s Favourite Country artist of all time: Tanya Tucker
Favourite Male Artists: Garth Brooks & George Jones
Favourites Country Duo’s: The Judds and Joey+Rory
Catch Phrase - “I need to offer you a weepy warning”

In her spare time, as well as going to gigs, Marie is a Beaver Scout leader... and just to make sure the hat doesn't go to waste, she also enjoys line dancing and is a keen lover of Theatre productions.  

About Marie Crichton:

Birthday – 22nd Jan 1980

Marie started as a young trainee DJ for a Community Radio Station 'The Bridge', based in Walsall, which was situated in The Grace International Centre  Leamore Lane, Bloxwich  West Midlands, WS2 7PS.

The home of "The Bridge" Radio Station in Walsall

Marie Crichton
early promo photo circa 2002

Her first 6 pilot shows were broadcast in September 2002. Some of the first artists she played were Chely Wright, Matraca Berg, Gary Burr, Gretchen Peters ("On A Bus To St.Cloud"), Teresa.com ("the College Crowd"), Harley L.Allen, Deborah Allen (Birthday feature) and The Dixie Chicks "Travelling Soldier".

She then returned on March 12, 2003 opening up with Pam Tillis' "It Isn't Just Raining" and Chely Wright's ("She went Out For Cigarettes"). Her "Cross Country" radio show continued right through to March 2005 when unfortunately station funding, equipment and Internet server issues became a major problem. During those years a happy band of regular listeners joined the chat room each week even linking up with some songwriters live from Nashville!

In May 2005 Marie took over the Country Show on BBC Radio Shropshire (Mondays 7-9pm), which for her was a dream come true.
Her first show for the BBC was on 6th June 2005 which also was a tri-cast broadcast being heard additionally on BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Hereford & Worcester.
Her 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".

BBC Radio Shropshire Studio (Street View)

The weekly listener figures for the 3 radio stations are as follows:
BBC Radio Shropshire (104,000 adults per week), BBC Radio Stoke (161,000 adults per week), BBC Hereford and Worcester (102,000 adults per week)

She has conducted numerous recorded phone interviews with artists both Independent and on major labels such as:
Lisa O’Kane, Holly Williams, Danni Leigh, Gretchen Peters, Charlie Landsborough, Mary Duff, Billy Yates, Julie Roberts, Daniel O'Donnell, Rita Coolige, Hal Ketchum, Kathie Baillie, Joey Martin (Joey+Rory), Michelle Wright, Ashton Shepherd, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack, Pam Tillis, Toby Keith, Suzy Bogguss, Terri Clark and Joey + Rory.
Marie also broadcast from the Wolvestock Country Festival in Wolverhampton.

Popularity in her show quickly gained momentum leading to her winning 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 was to hit the bulls eye once more a year later snagging the award for the second year running celebrating on Sunday Feb 3, 2008.
At the huge gala event in Surrey, Marie drew the plaudits in a hall packed with UK country music's best artists, presenters and promoters. (Source BBC Article)
>> Watch Marie's presentation for winning Favourite Radio Station & Presenter. Watch back from 6min 30secs

With the BBC Trust forced to make cuts and shuffle the programme times around at the end of 2012 Marie Crichton's Country Show switched to a Saturday (18:00 - 20:00)

Please tune in each week and spread the word, THANK YOU for listening

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