9 unforgettable moments in TWO YEARS of Hitz FM blogging

It’s my blog’s anniversary today. Normally, after 2 years of Hitz FM blogging, you’d expect a list of favourite stories. But that seems crass and boring.

So instead, I’d like to tell you about 9 moments in the past 24 months that I won’t forget.

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Read all about it: The Hitlist

Over 9 years, the Hitz FM newsletter The Hitlist evolved from a single black & white page to a 24 page full colour magazine. From a single writer/editor (Anton Vanderlely) to 10 volunteers, headed by editor Tracey Wooding.

But how did The Hitlist begin? How did it develop? What sort of cool content did it feature over the years?

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Our 1st Birthday

It’s time to to celebrate the first birthday of GabeMcGrath.com.

Back in June 2020 I had an idea. I’d been working on my Hitz FM book – but I had tonnes of other cool stuff that wouldn’t fit. How about I share it with the world?

After two months of boring technical stuff – GabeMcGrath.com was born on August 6th, 2020. And it’s been a very busy 12 months, full of lost tapes, photos, videos, mashups and more.

Time for a monster recap – with links galore!
Now let’s go back exactly one year…

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November update

Hey guys, wanted to give you a quick update re everything happening with the Hitz FM book and my GabeMcGrath.com blog. And that means, a November update.


This blog can now send you the latest posts automatically.

It’s easy. Just look for the big black subscribe box. (If you’re on a mobile, it’s probably below this post.) Pop your name/email in, and you’re sorted.

Now, what else has been going on…?

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The first four weeks frenzy

So, we’re 4 weeks into this crazy adventure, and little did I know what ripples would occur, once I threw my little stone in the pond. So, what’s happenned in the first four weeks?

I’ve received audio (from old tapes). I’ve obtained photos. And scans.
I’ve done interviews. I’ve regularly published features. And my newsletter subscriber list is growing.

Let’s break each one down, shall we?

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Mashup Monday 1

Ahh, mashups… You know, like “I Wanna Bulletproof Dancer”.

Mashups… when somebody (more talented than me) combines one or more song instrumentals with one or more song acapellas. The result can be funny, inspiring, impressive or just amazing to dance to.

The first mashups I ever heard were back in ‘filesharing’ days of the late 90s. Networks like Napster and Limewire had a few of them, although 90% seemed to be Eminem vs X or Britney vs Y. They were simple, but entertaining for a bit.

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What’s this all about…?

What’s this “GabeMcGrath.com” website for?

Well, for many years I’ve written ads for radio. I’ve also written for magazines, newspapers and websites. But one story kept whispering to me. Wanting to be told. About the time in the early 90s, when I ran away with the circus.

OK, I didn’t actually leave my parents home.
And… the circus didn’t have a tent.

But there were a LOT of clowns.

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