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Presenter Profile: Geoff Barker

Geoff Barker

The Saturday Night Rock'n'Roll Party is one of the most popular programs on the station and similarly across the BBC West and Southwest Network which also broadcasts the show.

It's also a permanent fixture in the list of most 'on-demand' BBC programmes in the country, via the online Listen Again facility.

Uniquely mixing vintage Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly, R'n'B, Doo-Wop and Instrumentals, the show has attracted a big-following across the UK and on-line around the world.

Geoff is recognized as one of the foremost Rock'n'Roll authorities in the UK and he uses this to the full on the show, with facts and information about the music, but always maintaining the pace that befits a 'Rock'n'Roll Party'!

He also does something other more mainstream shows of the genre do not - champions new bands and artistes on the current Rock'n'Roll scene, giving them air-time rarely available elsewhere. He also does a comprehensive local gig-guide to live music.

The program also benefits from Geoff's extensive contacts, with a list of stellar guests over the years, including:- The Crickets, The Comets, Scotty Moore & DJ Fontana, Wanda Jackson, Charlie Gracie, Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Paul McCartney, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Albert Lee, Tom Jones and Jools Holland, John Leyton and many more.

Over more than 30 years, Geoff has met and interviewed hundreds of key figures in music and has a huge personal interview archive. He plunders this to full effect and often produces mini-documentaries for the show.

These have included profiles of; Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Sam Phillips, Cliff & The Shadows, Joe Meek, Billy Fury and the anniversaries of significant events in rock'n'roll history.

A Rock n Roll program unlike any other and not to be missed!

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