Today’s episode of 80sRewind marks the third anniversary of this legendary show, which is produced and hosted by James Allen and can be heard live most every Friday on CodeBass Radio. For this, CodeBass Radio is fortunate. I am fortunate.
James was a member of the original CodeBass Project’s core team when we kicked off on June 21, 2010. He has served as the station manager since CodeBass Radio went live on August 10th that same year. James has done everything from make voice-overs that spice up our airwaves to code utilities that solve some of our most technically challenging issues. My exposure to the greater broadcasting community these past couple years has more than revealed CodeBass Radio’s superior success rate when it comes to our live broadcasting capabilities and uptime. There’s no doubt that James has played a huge part in this achievement.
In the early days, James and I spent countless hours discussing our mutual love for the field of broadcasting and parsing damn near every related topic. We’ve come so far that we can’t possibly describe every detail of progress to one another these days. We use most every spare moment to tackle the tasks at hand. We’ve shared fears and a feisty debate here and there, but much more often we have shared the joy of our own major accomplishments and that of CodeBass Radio.
James always has his finger on the general pulse of the station, and I can count on him to be there at the most critical moments. I hope James knows he can count on me for the same. He’s not just an integral part of CodeBass Radio. He is truly one of the best friends I have in life. James resides in the United Kingdom. We’ve never yet met in person. The cost of airfare and international postage often prevents me from affording James some of the press passes and other benefits that come with being a part of CBR. I hope this essay does a little to make up for that in spirit. I plan to be at his wedding next year, come hell or high water.
The community knows and loves James through his work as a developer, through the voice-overs he contributes to major events.. and, of course, through The 80sRewind Show. James puts an incredible amount of work into his show. He spends at least two nights per week writing a plan, finding songs, editing footage, and often making new voice-overs and sound effects. Then, he comes on-air LIVE for three hours; making it seem so easy that I almost forget the level of work involved until I do it again myself.
During his show, James accommodates impromptu requests from listeners via a request tool on The 80sRewind Show website. With the help of his lovely sidekick, Princess Pickles, he also manages to interact with listeners on-air, in the show’s webcam channel, and on the major social networks. Even as the numbers grow, James quickly makes each new listener feel welcome, often crafting personalized voice-overs on-the-spot. Each year, he produces a “big football game” special, a summer blowout special, an anniversary special, and a Christmas special. One year, James surprised many of his regular listeners with special Christmas hats on their Twitter avatars. That was a sight to see!
During his latest Christmas special, James proposed to his girlfriend, Kirsty a.k.a Princess Pickles, live on-air. This was no promotional stunt. He somehow managed to keep everything from the engagement ring to the proposal a secret from all of us! He simply wanted to share this most special moment with all of his friends, making sure his best friends were both watching and listening intently. That’s just James.. making things special and spectacular for everyone around him.
What more can I say? James is the epitome of the CodeBass Radio spirit.
I would also like to give a special acknowledgement to Kirsty Lansdell, who sits by James’ side week after week. With facts, trivia, the infamous wine reviews and more.. Kirsty gives 80sRewind a very special touch and a lot of laughs. They make one hell of a team both on-air and off. Kirsty keeps James level-headed when she can, and she puts up with a lot of crap when she can’t! (So it goes with many of us entertainer types and our significant others, I can tell you. Bless ’em.)
James worked hard on a blog post to tell you how he plans to mark this special occasion.. the THIRD ANNIVERSARY of 80sRewind. He also posted some of the photos from their recent 80sRewind photo shoot, so be sure to hop over to it and have a look. Then tune in to celebrate with us!!