As of Monday, 23 June 2014, the Blues Shack program will broadcast live between 9pm -11pm, a change from its old time slot of Thursdays 9pm – 11pm.
Blues Shack has a successful track record for producer and presenter of the Blues program Ray Reid. Known as Reidy around the corridors of the RPP FM studios, Ray, bass guitar and band member himself provides the very best of Blues music from Australia. Each week he plays the latest release of Australia Blues albums, a monthly run through of the top 10 albums from the Blues Roots Album airplay Chart and invites local Blues artists to his program who perform live and tell their inspiring stories. The Blues Shack, 100% Aussie Blues, 100% of the time, putting Aussies ahead of the rest, back where it belongs, and proud of it!
Reidy was a young upstart at age 15. He is a self taught bass guitarist who played in a local cover band in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne proclaims he always loved playing Blues songs more than other genres. Moving to the Eastern Suburbs in 1971 after meeting his then wife, Ray continued playing in covers and local folk bands.
There isn’t much this ‘man of the moment’ hasn’t done in the music world. He has been a disco jock about the Mornington Peninsula, actor, stage manager, sound technician and lighting in Melbourne and local stage productions. During this time he won various awards for sound, lighting and direction.
Ray has been a member of 3RPP (which is was then called) over 18 years and was one of the earlier presenters hosting various radio programs.
Ray still has ‘sticky fingers’ playing bass guitar with Andy Phillips and The Cadillac Walk around Melbourne and NZ, has performed with Blues artists such aw Stevie Paige, Mike Ellrington and Wayne Dury on radio.
In 2011 the Blues Shack program on RPP FM was born and Ray, as the host-with-the-most continuing delights a large listening audience. In the same year, he joined the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.
So every Monday tune into Reidy, the maestro on Blues Shack 9pm – 11pm for the best Blues radio program this side of the black stump!
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Words Debra Mar