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Independent Shows
The Country Mile
The Nightshift with Madeline Christy (phoenix98fm) 
Zetland FM Country
Marie Crichton Country
My Kind of Country with Nicola Harris

Streaming Stations:
Absolute Radio Country
CountryLine Radio
Smooth Country

Click here for Madeline Christy’s The Nightshift
Click here for Zetland FM Country
Click here for Marie Crichton Country
Click here for My Kind of Country with Nicola Harris

Click here for Absolute Radio Country
Click here for CountryLine Radio
Click here for Smooth Country
Click here for The Country Show With Bob Harris


The most listened back country show for a country mile unless you know otherwise?

A WEEKLY radio show, playing mainly the proper stuff best of new and current traditional Country music. Think of it as…..REAL Country! Classic, authentic sounding artists. Honky Tonk. Outlaw. Bluegrass.

Show Formats: The show generally opens with 3 new tracks, it can include: a Bluegrass Double Play, Classic Tracks Back To Back, a featured Double Play and a recent feature is a new weekly fun Tennessee QUIZKey! 

The show, one hour duration is heard on many stations across the UK and several stations around the world: (Examples: CountryKanalen – Sweden, RAG-FM – New Zealand, More Music Digital Radio – Spain, Cruisin' Country Radio - Florida USA, Billabong Radio Network & Oz Country Music Radio – Australia, Oldiewelle Roding. – Germany, Country Strong - Jacksonville, USA, Radio Peerke – Belgium, Country Radio Gilsdorf – Luxembourg, orsk Country Radio – NorwayUltra Radio - The Netherlands, The Bull – Italy, Smooth Hits Country – Ireland)   

[ UK shows start from Monday: 4pm | 6pm | 7pm | Thursday 6pm ]

Mr. Dave Watkins produces The Country Mile from a small modest home studio based in Okehampton, South Devon UK (a traditional market town nestling in the northern foothills of Dartmoor, is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast) surrounded by spectacular countryside, the area makes a great base for outdoor adventure holidays in West Devon.  

Another milestone for The Country Mile hitting another milestone on platform with show plays numbers passing 120,000 [ one hundred and twenty thousand] during March 2024. This number doesn't include the podcast sites such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music etc as well as being syndicated on over 50 radio stations such as CMR Nashville (UK), LCR UK (Scotland ), Bayern Radio (Germany) and many internet, local and hospital radio.

On Demand: Shows uploaded to about a week after the radio transmission.

For latest show go here:

The all-important links for the premium quality radio hour with Dave Watkins, go get em' man!  (Join the music community) (Get in contact with the show🧁

Download the hearthis-at APP: GOOGLE (Android) APPLE (iPad | iPhone)
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Alex Miller - She Makes Dirt Look Good ("superb new artist" | from the EP MY DADDY’S DAD released 12 April 2024 (EP; Billy Jam Records) ❤️

Jamie Talbert - I’ll Stick Around

Kayla Ray - No. 9 Diesel (Track 7 from the album The World's Weight out June 7, 2024) 

Matt Mason - Roll No More (91 Outpost Records) 3:04 ** "love the album"  (Track 2 from the album Time's All I Got out August 9, 2024)

Thomas Csorba - Give It Time "It's really good" (from the album Windchimes (Standard Issue Records / Soundly Music), tagged Singer/Songwriter; released 19 April 2024 

Pat Reedy - Do It Again  (April's Album of the Month) 

Bluegrass Double Play:

Tony Trischka - Dooley [ w/ Molly Tuttle & Sam Bush ] Track 8 from the album Earl Jam out June 7, 2024) 👍

Cris Jacobs - Lifetime To Go [ w/ Lee Ann Womack ]

Connie Smith - The Wayward Wind (from the album Love, Prison, Wisdom and Heartaches released 11 April 2024)

Presley Haile - Lone Star State Of Mind 

Wade Bowen - Mary Jane "fantastic artist, beautifully done" (Track 2 from the album Flyin out May 10, 2024

Hayden Haddock - Texas Taillights (Hayden Haddock Music) 3:40 **-- (new single released 19 April 2024) 👍

Charley Crockett - Solitary Man (From the album $10 Cowboy released 26 April 2024) 

THE HOME OF TENNESSEE QUIZKEY - three questions every week! (This week 3 questions about Connie Smith)

49 Winchester - Yearnin’ For You ("They are fantastic")
The Wilder Blue - I’m Your Man ("One of my favourites...A fantastic band")
Morgan Wade - Time To Love, Time To Kill (Track 3 from the album Obsessed out August 16, 2024) ❤️
Pat Reedy - Make It Back Home (Album of the Month; "A fantastic album highly recommended")
Joe Stamm - Flower Of The Everglades [ w/ Charles Wesley Godwin ]
Darrin Morris - Tangled  (Darrin Morris Band) ✔️
Bluegrass Double Play:
Daniel Grindstaff - Looking At The World Through A Windshield [ w/ Trey Hensley ]
Becky Buller - Jubilee (Dark Shadow Recording) (Track 5 from the album Jubilee out May 17, 2024) ❤️ 

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - Desert Island Dreams
The Secret Sisters - Paperweight (from the album Mind, Man, Medicine released 29 March 2024 Singer/Songwriter "What a gorgeous album this is")
Jarrod Morris - My Rifle, My Pony and Me "Bringing his inner Colter Wall out" ✔️🤠
Silverada - Anywhere But Here (Prairie Rose Records) (formerly known as Mike & The Moonshine, Track 2 from the album Silverada out June 28, 2024)
Drew Moreland - Heartbreak Is Slow (From the album One More Drink released 13 April 2024)
Cameron James Smith - Knew Me When 
Chris Buck - Cowboy Boots [ w/ Gord Bamford ]

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The Nightshift (phoenix98fm): Country and Americana presented by Madeline Christy (first show published 9 Jun 2023).
ABOUT THE SHOW: A weekly dose of country music live each and every Thursday, 10pm until midnight (UK Time | Listen Live! and available on demand for listen back or download.
Spinning the latest releases, Madeline’s on repeat track, interviews with both US & UK acts.
A well-presented, well researched and informative country show highlighting left field quality tracks and in the case of flagging up new artists was ahead of the buzz curve concerning Dasha! (See Show Saturday 3 February 2024 Interview with Dasha). 

For The Latest published show GO HERE  (Props: Very healthy page views!)
Friday 26 April 2024: Includes an interview with Jake O’Neill an authentic UK based country artist with that modern twist who hails from small town Ormskirk, UK. Show Page | Audio

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ABOUT Phoenix FM:
Get involved with Phoenix FM]
One of the longest-established community radio stations in the UK.
Formed in 1996, they undertook a dozen 28-day trial broadcasts in Brentwood, Billericay and Basildon until going on air full time on 98.0FM in March 2007.]

Their selection of people involved in presenting regular programming, including local stars such as Steve Davis, Vicki Michelle and Ronnie O’Sullivan, and music heroes including Les Carter, Jake Shillingford, Chris T-T, Dominic Masters and Kavus Torabi.

Like most community radio stations they are staffed wholly by volunteers.

Brentwood and Billericay's community radio station, based in the BRENTWOOD CENTRE and broadcasting on 98FM and (Tele: 01277 849929)
They are located at the Brentwood Centre in a self-contained unit.
Address is: Phoenix FM, The Brentwood Centre, BRENTWOOD CM15 9NN, United Kingdom.



The best LIVE! country show get together on a Sunday unless you know otherwise?

Zetland FM Country with Richard Coupland Sunday 19:00-22:00

You can take part in the show by choosing tracks from presenter Richard Coupland’s updated Popular Playlist.
Email your choice to

Local country fans can chose an artist favourite as their Artist Of The Week.

Each week Zetland youngsters Poppy and Millie excel themselves in their choices and presentation of their Artist of the Week.

During the 3 hour show you’ll hear over 30 tracks chosen by 'the posse' with Richard getting to choose the odd couple!

You can listen to 'Zetland FM Country' 105 FM local or on your phone! - TuneIn Radio APP
Listen ONLINE at:  
Windows Media Player: (128kbps stream) 


Example Sunday 29 January 2023 Show:

ABOUT: Zetland FM

Zetland FM (East Cleveland Community Radio Limited, Redcar Beacon, Esplanade, REDCAR TS10 3AA) is a community radio station which was awarded a five-year broadcasting licence by Ofcom in October 2013.

It broadcasts 24 hours a day to a large part of the Redcar and Cleveland District.

With many local commercial radio stations that previously offered coverage of the area now more regionalised and (in some cases) relocating out of the area, Zetland FM offers those living and working in the area, a truly local service of music, information, news and sport coverage – something that will is unique and very much, based within the community ‘heart’ of the area.

ABOUT Richard Coupland

Richard Dales-Coupland is originally from Middlesbrough however he's lived in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland for almost all of his life.

He has always been passionate about music and loves engaging with the public and says that whilst he had no previous broadcasting experience, he felt just had to get involved with Zetland FM.

Richard says he feels privileged to be a member of the Zetland FM family as the station encourage artists within their community to connect with them.
He says he feels that Zetland FM are a truly local station able to relate to its listeners in person and of course on the air.
Richard also presents music show Decades on Wednesday evenings playing great music from the fifties to the noughties taking listeners on a journey through time mixing nostalgia with the pop songs of our generation.

As sought after presenter elsewhere Richard has presented The Breeze featuring a great selection of country music or one-off specials celebrating a mix of topics - including artists, locations and country music subgenres.
Hot Bluegrass is another syndicated Richard hosted released for broadcast on The Bluegrass Jamboree. As part of the Phoenix Country Radio team you can catch Richard at 18:00 on Mondays and Thursdays 20:00-22:00 listen here.

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The best country show for quality obscure artistes unless you know otherwise?

Listen on CMR Nashville
First broadcast Sundays 20-00 - 22:00 (UK Time) | Repeat Monday 08:00 - 10:00

Listen On Demand on MIXCLOUD HERE

APPS DOWNLOAD and install the CMR Nashville APP
GOOGLE PLAY (Requires Android 4.1 and up) download it from HERE

APPLE (This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad) download it from HERE

TUNEIN Listen online  | APP


Listen online: HERE

Install the APPLE APP (iPhone and iPad) 

Install the GOOGLE PLAY APP (Requires Android 4.1 and up)

Mixcloud APPLE APP (can skip forward 30secs at a time)


Marie (former BBC Shropshire presenter 2005-2020) now brings you the best country music each week on CMR Nashille keeping you up to date with all the big country news as well as playing the best new tracks and some old favourites too.

Read Marie’s CMR presenter profile HERE
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My Kind of Country with Nicola Harris

Join Nicola Harris every Wednesday night from 19.00 – 21:00hrs for the very best in modern country music and chat.

This show was 8th in the global country rock chart and 41st in the global country chart. Join Nicola live for your weekly dose of modern Country music from the 90's till now.

Listen ONLINE at:

You can now download the Apple Radio music APP from Google Play (Android) | APPLE (iPad | iPhone)

ALEXA 1) Ask Alexa to ENABLE  the Apple Radio skill. 2) Ask Alexa to play Apple Radio.

ON DEMAND via MIXCLOUD + Look for My Kind of Country (MKOC) in the list of available shows.

You can search on Mixcloud using “My Kind of Country”

Example Wednesday 1 May 2024 Show My Kind of Country presented by Nicola Harris

ABOUT Nicola Marie Harris:

Studied LAINE THEATRE ARTS•based Nottingham UK
Presenter MKOC (My Kind of Country)

Born & Raised in Newark Nottingham England,
Nicola Harris is a modern country singer-songwriter and has been a highly successful professional singer since she was 16 years of age. Career highs have included performing alongside a host of industry stars from UB40 to Elkie Brooks and Jason Donovan to James Arthur.

In 2019 Nicola started to pen and perform her own songs after attending The Long Road festival and being inspired after watching the very talented Twinnie. Her first release was ‘Notice Me’ which got her noticed and nominated for a 2021 UK Country Music Award, Nicola found herself as the only female artist in the finals for the singer/songwriter category.

During lockdown Nicola was delighted to be interviewed by Una Healy on her Absolute Country Hits radio show, where Una made Nicola her ‘champion homemade artist’ with her single ‘I Wanna, I Gotta Dance’.  On the Hotdisc Chart (dated 12 March 2023) the single is currently No.5 on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart and No.15 on the Hotdisc Top 40 (dated 2 April 2023). The single is taken from NOTICE ME (2019 Harris) a 4 tracker EP (first released May 8, 2020).

She shared she has four new singles to release and performed her original music for the first time later in 2023 with her new band.

Nicola's single “Perfect Kiss” (Single; Homeland Records) dropped on April 5, 2023! (Listen Link)

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ABOUT APPLE RADIO: was born from a group of friends with a collective experience of over 100 years in the entertainment industry from radio to stand-up, DJ'n, and streaming.

The station launched on April 13th 2021, live from our Studio Bar based in Burnham-on-Sea. They have two main studios, based in Burnham-On-Sea & Weston-Super-Mare as well as numerous remote DJs from around the world.


Their MISSION is to create a multi-media platform/channel showcasing the very best in internet radio, online TV, and gaming.

Phase One: Apple Radio, phase two: Apple RadioTV, and phase three: Apple Radio Gaming.

WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT: Since the first internet radio broadcast back in 1993, internet radio has taken huge leaps forward in content and the way people access it. As traditional Radio listenership drops, internet Radio & Podcasts are outgrowing every other form of the medium by over 700%. Apple Radio understands this new medium and is continually evolving to push boundaries and create new unique shows. WHY


Would People Listen To The Radio When They Have An Infinite Database Of Music In Their Pockets?

Apple Radio presenters are experienced in both Radio and Live Streaming, allowing them to create a new interactive listening experience. Their shows have been created from the ground up and are unique to them.

PRESENTERS personally choose every song they play in their shows. 



The new home for Country Music in the UK - where real music matters. 🎸🎶🎧

Absolute Radio Country is a British digital radio station. It is owned and operated by Bauer Radio.

How do I get Absolute Radio Country?

DAB: It is available in selected areas via DAB, and across the U.K. online, on Smart Speaker and also via the Absolute Radio App as part of the Absolute Radio Network.

You can listen live and on-demand to all your favourite shows, podcasts and playlists in one place including Absolute Radio Country using the Absolute Radio App

"Alexa, play Absolute Radio Country"
Apple HomePod. "Hey Siri, play Absolute Radio Country"

Absolute Radio Country: PLAYLIST   

ABOUT Absolute Radio Country:

The station originally launched as Country Hits Radio on 5 April 2019 and was positioned as the UK's first national country music radio station.

The station is focused on modern country music and is aimed at listeners of 25–44.

RAJAR for Early 2020 put the station on an average of 257K listeners per week. Survey period July 2021 to December 2021 is was revised down to 205,000 listeners per week.

Absolute Radio Country is available on DAB in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, East Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tayside, Inverness and Ayr.

In 2021, it was also made available on digital radio in Bristol and Bournemouth. It did broadcast nationally across the on 1215 kHz MW until the closure of medium wave transmissions on 20 January 2023. Absolute Radio also lost its FM frequency in London in 2021 in favour of the ever-expanding Greatest Hits Radio network. The move made Absolute Radio a digital-only service, broadcasting nationally on DAB and online.

In February 2021 Bauer revealed that the station would be renamed as Absolute Radio Country and made part of the Absolute Radio Network - the transition took place on 17 May 2021, in tandem with other changes to the availability of Absolute's digital stations.

In June 2022, a sister station called Absolute Radio Classic Country was added to Bauer's Absolute Radio Premium subscription streaming package. 

A sister TV station Total Country TV (The UK’s newest music TV channel) launched on 1st November 2018 (Sky 373/ Virgin 348) as country programming expanded across TV, radio and digital platforms. Total Country TV’s goal was to take the country music video experience out of the niches and into the mainstream. In a press release it was said that streaming had revolutionised access to music from across the world and revealed the truly global appeal of country with 5 million U.K. adults listen to the genre on a regular basis and with streaming listening growing at nearly 100% year on year. However in mid-November 2019 it was announced that was coming off air and Nov 19th marked was the last day of broadcast on Sky & Virgin.

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CountryLine Radio - The UK's Country Station

 Radio: The new name for Chris Country. The UK's Country Music Radio Station.

Listen at TuneIn:

CountryLine Homegrown broadcasts each Wednesday and is an hour of UK country music presented by Tim Prottey-Jones

4 shows are available ON DEMAND: HERE

ABOUT CountryLine Radio

It became the new name for Chris Country

In their words: “The UK radio station that’s pretty obsessed about American country music. We love the stories, the passion, the performance and the emotion of country music. After all, its real musicians playing real instruments, singing about the real world. What’s not to love?

WAYS TO LISTEN: On DAB in many areas including London, Manchester and Liverpool, plus there are phone apps and they are available on Sonos, Alexa and most other devices. Just click on the listen live page to find the easiest way to listen.

The new iPhone app makes it easier than ever to take CountryLine Radio with you.What happened to Chris Country?

CountryLine Radio’s founder and breakfast show host Chris Stevens originally launched Chris Country in 2013 and continued to manage it since the station was acquired by CountryLine Media in March 2020

Chris Stevens left the radio station at the end of July 2022. Chris said “Running a radio station is a full-time job, and while I’ve loved every minute of it, it’s taken over my life in the last few years. Now that I’m the dad of a toddler, I want to be able to spare more time with my family while still being a massive country music fan. The radio station team are wonderful, and I’ve no doubt that the station will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Over the years, Chris took the station from being an online passion project to being on all platforms including DAB Radio in London, where CountryLine is the capital’s biggest country station by some distance.

He was also awarded a CMA award in 2018 for broadcasting (CMA International Broadcaster).

Chris Stevens
Photo credit: David Parcell

CountryLine Media’s founder Simon Walker added: “We’ll miss having Chris on the team, but we understand that family must come first. We’re excited to continue his vision and to build on the strength of CountryLine Radio as it works with our CountryLine TV team in the UK and Nashville.”

Chris continued to run Ignite Jingles and Devaweb and is a part-owner of TM Studios in Dallas.

On March 9, 2023  Chris won his second CMA International Broadcaster Award presented to him at the O2 during the Country To Country (C2C2023) Songwriters evening.

2022 Nominees

  • Chris Stevens, formerly with CountryLine (ChrisCountry), UK - WINNER
  • Joakim Richardson, Go Country, Sweden
  • Justin Thomson, KIX Country, Australia

Previous Winners:

2021 – Baylen Leonard, Absolute Radio Country/Bauer Radio Limited, UK
2020 – Ben Earle, UK
2019 – Baylen Leonard, UK
2018 – Chris Stevens, UK
2017 – Bob Harris, UK
2014 – Ricky Ross, UK
2013 – Bob Harris (OBE), UK

Postal address: CountryLine Radio, c/o Fora, 33 Broadwick Street, Soho. London. 
CountryLine Radio is a trading name of Country Broadcasting Ltd, company number 10021673 
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Just Great Country – join them for the greatest music from your favourite country artists with Eamonn Kelly, weekdays from 9am

🤠 The biggest Country music station in the UK! On 3 February 2023, The Media & Entertainment Group On-Air GlobalPlayer announced Smooth Country celebrated 304,000 weekly listeners according to RAJAR 


ONLINE via TuneIn:

You can listen to Smooth Radio online via Global Player, the official Smooth Radio app. You can also click on the purple ‘Listen’ button on the Smooth homepage, and at the top of every article on the Smooth website.

1. Online via Global Player's Website
2. Via the Global Player mobile app
3. On Smart Speakers
4. On DAB Digital and Radio (Scroll through the stations on your DAB or digital radio until you find Smooth Country. Smooth Country is available on DAB in London, Manchester and across the south of England).

Click HERE for the SCHEDULE

Contact: 30 Leicester Square London WC2H 7LA

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 Just got an hour? All the country you need to know, right here! Brand new exclusive music from the stars of today 

Bob Harris
(OBE) brings you all the country you need to know, with music news, reviews and interviews. Brand new exclusive music from the stars of today, rubbing shoulders with all-time classics and much more.

LISTEN LIVE: Thursday 21:00 BBC RADIO 2 | Text on 88291 for a shout out!


Robert Brinley Joseph Harris OBE (born 11 April 1946), popularly known as "Whispering Bob" Harris, is an English music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out.

Harris has been broadcasting on the BBC for 50 years and has been recognised with the Americana Music Association of America Trailblazer Award, a UK Heritage Award, and a MOJO Medal, as well as his OBE for services to broadcasting.

In spring 1997, Harris returned to the national airwaves, this time on BBC Radio 2, where he took up an 11 pm – 1 am Saturday night slot. Harris eventually quit GLR in late 1998 as he took over another show for Radio 2, Bob Harris Country, (previously David Allan's Country Club) on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 pm, from 8 April 1999.

Bob Harris Country continues on Thursdays currently 9 pm.

Harris has presented the C2C: Country to Country festival live from The O2 Arena in London every year since its inception in 2013 and simultaneously broadcasts over BBC Radio 2 Country which was first established in 2015, the same year when Harris was given his own stage to present at the festival.


CMA International Broadcaster of the Year 2004

Awarded the Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association in 2011.

Harris was appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to music broadcasting.

On the red carpet of the 2012 CMA awards, Harris was awarded the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award by Little Big Town.

In 2013, Harris won his second CMA International Broadcaster of the Year Award.

On the last day of the 2016 Country to Country festival, Harris was awarded his second CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award by Kacey Musgraves.

On Day 2 of C2C 2017, Kristian Bush surprised Harris with his third CMA International Broadcaster of the Year Award (See All Winners ) 

Independent survey (Jan 2022) on C2C Attendees Facebook Group (click to enlarge):

Contact The Show: BBC Page

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