A former bar owner in Carvoeiro has set up an online radio station for the town called “Carvoeiro Radio”, promising to keep people entertained and listening to good music during the lockdown.
Craig Lee Timmis is the man behind the initiative, broadcasting a wide range of music and shows directly from his home.
His plan is to open up the radio station to everyone and encourage people with ideas for shows to pitch them to him whilst also allowing local companies to advertise their business.
“The idea came originally to me in January before the lockdown,” the 51-year-old told the Resident.
“Originally I was going to rent a unit in the town and have the station up and running the week before the Black & White party,” said Craig, a British expat who has lived in the Algarve for nearly 20 years, having owned the Havana and Kula bars in Carvoeiro.
But the coronavirus pandemic forced him to change his plans. He started broadcasting from a small studio he has created in his home last week but will move “as soon as possible” as he wants to have a “walk-in studio where tourists can walk in and tell us why they love Carvoeiro”.
The station is “evolving on an hourly basis”, with Craig currently looking through a variety of material that people are sending him.
For now, the schedule includes a Breakfast Show from 9am to 12 noon followed by an Afternoon Show from 12 noon to 8pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, music from the 80s is featured from 8pm to 10pm, while on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the focus is on Britpop and independent music. Finally, from 10pm to midnight, the radio station plays House club classics.
Craig is asking local bands to send in demos so that he can play original music on the air and is also looking for a Portuguese presenter so that he can host shows in Portuguese as well as English.
www.carvoeiroradio.com | Facebook: Carvoeiro Radio
By MICHAEL BRUXO