BBC 6music celebrates its 10th anniversary on air

By on Tuesday, 13th March 2012 at 1:00 pm

Has it really been 10 years since the beginning of BBC 6music taking to the digital airwaves? The internet and DAB accessible radio station providing a globally free, alternative listening option to music fans around the world is celebrating a very important birthday, and who better to narrate the station’s history than Steve Lamacq himself (pictured above), accompanied by a humorous animated cartoon. Watch it below.

UK residents can download for free Lammo’s hour-long look back at the radio station’s first 10 years in broadcasting, Steve Lamacq’s Family Tree, by right clicking from this link. Everyone has 5 days to listen to the programme here.

I myself am very much in debt to 6music: while I’m at SXSW, I’ll be seeing and speaking with bands that I could have only have heard about on the station. It offers an unmatched – and free – service so that anyone with an open mind about music can trust them to bring exclusive live sessions not available anywhere else and to bring new and old favourites without the commercial pressure from labels that is all too present in most American radio stations (and I presume around the world as well). Two years ago us 6music fans mobilised to prevent its closure, and the reaction was so strong that it was obvious then and is still obvious now just how very important 6music is to the worldwide music community.

Happy birthday, 6music! And here’s to many more.

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