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Country Music Legend comes to Northumberland

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 10.56.01Community radio station, Radio Northumberland has brought a touch of Americana to the region with the arrival of a brand new country music show and one of the most respected presenters in radio.

Station Manager, Stewart Allen, a veteran of more than 30 years in local radio, was delighted to welcome legendary presenter Brian Clough to the Bedlington based station.

“Brian Clough has been the ‘voice’ of country music’ in the North East of England for over three decades now, starting at Metro Radio, moving on to Great North Radio, Century and Smooth Radio and others in between. We are delighted that his show will be a big part of Radio Northumberland’s ever growing schedule of entertaining programmes.”

Each week Brian will take a look at the country music scene in Nashville, and he’ll play an eclectic mix of country music old and new.

Over 30 years plus of broadcasting country music he has interviewed some of the country greats from Johnny Cash, Don Williams and Tammy Wynette through to the more modern contemporary artists of today.

Lyle Lovett invited him to sing the second verse to one of his songs at an appearance in Newcastle when he knew Brian had recorded one of his songs when he found out he was in the audience and the legendary Billie Jo Spears duetted with him on record with a song that he had written.

In 2009 the Country Music Association of America awarded him the prestigious International Country Music Broadcaster Of The Year accolade for his outstanding contribution to the music.

The American Connection Show will broadcast every Sunday lunchtime starting on 18th October.

If you would like to request a song of your choice or just have a mention on the show he can be contacted by e-mail at

The station can be heard online at

The success of Radio Northumberland isn’t just about having good presenters and programme schedules. The station is now looking for people to volunteer with specific skills such as accountancy, admin, telephone answering, office skills and facilities management.

Anyone interested can contact the station by email or via the Twitter feed @rnorthumberland.

The station broadcasts a variety of music styles and genres with shows by experienced presenters and interviewers as well as running shows produced and presented by local schools and other community organisations.

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