We’d like to introduce you to our newest presenter, BionicBattery! He’ll be broadcasting on Saturdays from 7pm (1900h) starting on the 30th June, so tune in and give him lots of support!

The next in a series of interviews where we delve into the minds of our staff and bring back the answers to give you, our listeners, a better idea of what makes the station tick.

Who are you and what is your title?
I am Mr Potz, Radio Manager

What do you do at the station?
I manage the radio 🙂 Nah, I poke people nicely to do what they’re meant to, as well as chasing people with the pointy stick when they don’t turn up to do their show! Grrr….  I also present my own show on a monday night, 7-10 🙂

Where did your nick come from?
It came from an old family nickname: Plank. This then became my online name for a bit, until youtube needed numbers due to people stealing my name. Cos my memory sucked, I used plank1234567890 as something easy to remember. This then evolved into Plank One to Zero, Then Plank OTZ and then this got shortened to Potz. I thought that sounded awkwardly short, so added Mr on the front and the Master of the Geekfest was born

Why does Danielisacrab always happen to fix everything?
Potato

What do you hope for the future of the station?
ALL the listeners, resulting in ALL the funding and ALL the win

Name one thing you would like to add or change about the station, if you had all the money and time?
Simple. We Kill the Batman

If you could pie anyone in the world without consequence who would it be and why?
Wizzo’s mum! Purely cos I want the achievement 🙂

How do you have your potatoes?
Boiled, Mashed, Stuck in a stew

What’s in your fridge right now?
ALL the beer. And some Muller light yoghurts…

Sum up what G3 Radio means to you in 5 words or less.
…Home

The next in a series of interviews where we delve into the minds of our staff and bring back the answers to give you, our listeners, a better idea of what makes the station tick.

Who are you and what is your title?
Mark “the7th”son Polley, Presenter

What do you do at the station?
I present a weekly heavy metal radio show on Monday nights called Headbanging in the Bedroom. I share the hosting duties of the show with my good friend Helvett (Torstein Vage) and together we try and keep a steady flow of varied music and some banter in between the songs.

Where did your nick come from?
My nick is derived from the excellent Iron Maiden album – the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
Not totally original I know, but Iron Maiden are the band that got me into heavy metal, and the nickname the7thson, has been my internet handle for years now – so it only felt right to take it with me into the world of G3!

Why does Danielisacrab always happen to fix everything?
He is good at it……aaaand No one else will

What do you hope for the future of the station?
Obviously I’d love to see the station reach a larger audience – I think with the amount of great original content and amazing shows, its criminal that we don’t already.
That being said, I think the station is in a great place currently, the freedom that is offered to the staff with regards to content is unparalleled – And I love being a part of it.”

Name one thing you would like to add or change about the station, if you had all the money and time?
If I had all the money and time and the know who, I think some more social media implementation might be handy… Although I’m not sure if what I am envisioning could actually exist…
Oh wait! ignore all that – the station should beat the record for the worlds longest live show! That would be sweet.

What was the last book you read?
The Wind through The Keyhole – a dark tower novel by Stephen King

How do you have your potatoes?
Mashed, Roast, Chips, Crisps, I think its unfair to have such a small selection of the best food item in the world.

What’s in your fridge right now?
A few cans of cheap Lidl beer, a small amount of milk, and left over chinese…and lemon juice for pancakes!
Wow I need to go shopping ¬_¬

Sum up what G3 Radio means to you in 5 words or less.
Freedom to Share our Awesomeness!

I promised Silver Fuge some time ago that I would write about re-enactment, but life as is its wont intervened. I find myself now at a loose end, full of insomnia and nothing to do, so I figure now is as good a time as any.
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Re-enactment a brief overview
I am a re-enactor, at the moment I only have one time period that I portray but within the re-enactor community you will find there are many people who choose do several different periods, Some make it their profession, others are in it for the scrap, others for the craft, many although some may be loathe to admit it come for the social round the fire after the public have left.
I always wanted to do some kind of re-enactment, I wanted a chance to use the weapons I studied and experience the lives I excavated, the Clarence Household found me first. The Clarence Household recreate the life and times of the 15th Century retinue to the Duke of Clarence, we travel around the country attending events and providing living history displays, the events are eclectic spanning from National Heritage events to local festivals. My group within our specific time period has a reputation, well actually it has several; the one that we present to the public is that our particular group’s authenticity rules are very strict (Kit Nazis over here), we have a wide range of crafts collectively and usually provide a large number of fighters; Clarences’ train more regularly than other societies and as a consequence even our new recruits are viewed as a ‘threat’ on the field.
Our reputation within the re-enactment community is less salubrious; we are also known as the rowdy ones who can keep a round of “I used to work in Chicago”, “Jesus saves” or other such pun and innuendo filled songs going for a good hour, while other groups will perform harmonised folk songs, our boy’s acquaintance with tune is… well to quote a reference to one of our members “[name]will now sing in the key of out”. Clarence women are renowned; both revered and feared, often considered tougher than our blokes (even those who are non-combatant) new members warned not to anger them, but also shown as ‘the kind of woman you should go for’, there is a lovely Lady from a society we often work with who attempts to ‘inter-marry the dynasties’ almost every event we see her.
The woman of whom I speak is Sally colloquially known as the Mad Gloucester lady, one of the many characters you find within the re-enactment community. She has an impish sense of humour and much to the chagrin of her daughter still acts like she is in her early twenties, she has made it her duty to inspect each year’s new male recruits and then try and steal them away for the girls in hers. There is Willow one of the longest standing members of the Clarence’s, renowned for his fighting prowess and toughness and for his drunken antics (in the bad old days), the amount of stories are too many to recount here but one that happened in my first season were; in the beginning of the first battle of a four day event he broke his ribs and continued fighting, all four days only going to the hospital after the event. There Is Jim the pot, the only man we know who can skank in pattens (like wooden flip-flops) even on cobbles, if you ever watched time team when they had a working kiln and a chap who appeared to be 50% clay himself that was Jim, he is one of the pros producing pottery for many different re-enactment periods.
Being a re-enactor has its ups and downs, you are dressed for a mini ice age but are at the mercy of the capricious British weather, some days you are dying of heat stroke others you suddenly find new impetus to finish that sewing project so you can wear another layer; the year it snowed over a four day event or the gale force winds over Whitby stand out in particular.
I love being able to impart the fascinating and sometimes gory facts about medieval life, kids are the best for gory; “can I poke it” is the most common question to anyone butchering and preparing meat and fish. You do get some odd questions though you have to wonder whether people just switch their brains off when they pay entrance fee, there is a rich anecdotal history between re-enactors for the times when prize winningly stupid questions have been asked, and asked with concerning regularity. Here for instance are some of the regulars; is that a real fire, are you a real medieval person, is that child real, are you really going to eat that, did medieval people really have eggs, do you live here, but the prize has to go to this conversation;
Member of public – “Don’t be stupid medieval people didn’t have nails”
Re-enactor – “So they gaffer taped our Lord to the cross then did they?”
The unique benefit of being a re-enactor is that you get to camp out in castles and areas of historic importance for free, that are usually off-limits to the public at night, and accessible for a fee during the day. I will never forget running around Whitby Abby in the dark (or assaulting it during the afterhours Pirates Ver. Ninjas party), or the night a disco was held in the under croft of an old church.
In the end it is the community that you stay for, the nights we go visiting navigating from campfire to campfire, the in jokes and rivalries. However as the majority of interaction between groups is done in kit and in the dark, it is entirely possible for people who know each other well on site to be unable to recognise each other in the ‘real world’ out of kit. This can also lead to confusion when people acquire new kit and mischief when someone else wears another’s kit (like the night Kristal was born; one of the guys dressed in girls kit). There is however one time when re-enactors can identify each other out of kit, everyone tends to ends up stopping at the same services, there is a distinct bedraggled and sun baked look to us, and the pervasive scent of wood smoke and lanolin.

FreakyLlama asks:

HYPOTHETICALLY speaking: If you had to marry your [hypothetical or real] sibling to save them from an old witch who lived in a gingerbread house and wanted to turn them into a gerbil so they could perform hideous tricks in her dastardly Circus du Gerbilles, would you do it?

Luckily I have only one sister, so I dont need to make the difficult decision of Gerbil, or not Gerbil; that is the question. Generally I think gerbils are not as interesting as humans, so yes. Yes I would marry her, and as a wedding lunch I would go and eat the gingerbread house…


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Eaglet Storm asks:

What is your oddest/most outrageous interest?

The most? …That is not child friendly. Would someone please think of the children? Well, I am, by not telling 😉 But so many people know this already 😛


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PurpleDolly asks:

Pirates, Ninjas or Cowboys?

All three! Pirates are good at looting and intimidation. Ninjas are sneaky and fast. Cowboys are good at shooting and force. But if I must choose, it’s the Ninja as they best chance of surviving.


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The third in a series of interviews where we delve into the minds of our staff and bring back the answers to give you, our listeners, a better idea of what makes the station tick.

Who are you and what is your title?
Station Muppet/ Presenter

What do you do at the station?
I do presenting and try to cover all things tabletop. I want to create an area where geeks can come and discuss all things and hear about it on the radio too.

Where did your nick come from?
When I was younger (13yrs old to be precise) I had to pick a name for site called faceparty which all my friends were on. I took silver as the name of the game I was playing and Fuge was like the cooliest baddie at the time.  I think it was before FF7 so took the two and merged them.

If you could pie anyone in the world without consequence who would it be and why?
Bob Geldoff – he bangs on about people in the 3rd world dying and yet goes out of his way to make sure he gets tax breaks and such from his work.

Who are your heroes?
I don’t really have many heroes but I supose my main one is my daughter Asmodeus who has been ill since birth but does not let this stop her from living and seeing her have fun gives me the strength to carry on and fight for her medical needs.

What do you hope for the future of the station?
I would like to see the station being self sufficient with one or too major partners helping us with content and possible sponsor ship and our numbers being higher than they are now.

Name one thing you would like to add or change about the station, if you had all the money and time?
Hal to always work

How do you have your potatoes?
Roast

What’s in your fridge right now?
Lots. Yuki just been out and bought the whole of ASDA.

Sum up what G3 Radio means to you in 5 words or less.
A place for geeks.

TheStandardToaster asks:

What is your favourite recipe?

The choice is hard. Too hard to choose between Mango Cheesecake, Yum Yum Apple Pie or Cheesecake Brownies.

 


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The second in a series of interviews where we delve into the minds of our staff and bring back the answers to give you, our listeners, a better idea of what makes the station tick.

Who are you and what is your title?
Dru, Station Manager

What do you do at the station?
Basically I keep it running. I promote the station via directory sites, posters and various other means. I pay all the bills and make sure we stay within the terms of our license agreements. I poke the staff into doing the things they should be doing. I post most of the announcements you see on the site, Facebook, Twitter etc. I liaise with event co-ordinators to get our staff press passes. I make wallpapers, banners buttons and other web graphics to help promote the station, as well as merchandise designs. I run the merchandise stores as well. I help organise competitions, and assist with administrating the minecraft server. I also helped to set up Skynet (the virtual machine) and HAL9000 (the jukebox), and I do various other low-level technical things to Skynet and the site, and I assist with managing the forums. I herd cats, and make the pigs fly. Oh and I occasionally co-host the Friday Night Show. I think that’s everything…

Where did your nick come from?
The name DruidX is a shortened version of ‘Druid to the Children of the X’. I got the title while at guide camp one year. We were all very obsessed with ‘The X Files’ and while sat around the fire one night, we decided we would become the ‘Children of the X’ [as y’do…] I own a very large poncho style camp blanket that, in the flickering firelight, looks like a robe. At the time, I also had a very long stick I’d picked up some place which we had decorated. So I looked very Druidic, and for the rest of the camp was known as the Druid of the X. When we got home, I inscribed it on the back of said camp blanket so I would never forget. Years later when I finally got on to the internet and had no idea what to call myself, the name came out again, and so I have been DruidX ever since. It often gets shortened even more to DruX or just Dru.

Why does Danielisacrab always happen to fix everything?
He has the right tape

Who are your heroes?
I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon. He’s a fantastic writer, as well as a feminism activist. I’ve loved pretty much everything he ever made/wrote/produced/directed.

What do you hope for the future of the station?
Ideally I’d like to see the station get to the point where it’s self sustaining, be that through advertising or whatever, and I can earn a wage from it. But I’m sure that won’t happen for a very long while.

Name one thing you would like to add or change about the station, if you had all the money and time?
I would like to buy a studio. I would give all the staff a real wage, and pay for them to move to where the studio was, or to get them business broadband if they needed to stay put (for uni). I would also hire a full-time systems administrator and web developer. That’s technically all one thing 😛

What’s in your fridge right now?
Butter; 2 slices of bread; some eggs; milk; lime juice; 1 2l bottle of Dr Pepper; some cake; a jug of cold water. We need to go shopping >.<

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate

Sum up what G3 Radio means to you in 5 words or less.
Joy, safe, family, headache, buzz.