Former BBC 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny announces return to live radio

Former BBC 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny announces return to live radio

Former BBC 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny has announced that he will be returning to radio through his own station, Community Garden Radio. 

The new radio station is available through a Patreon page, and money generated goes towards supporting Shaun Keaveny’s new weekly podcast, Shaun Keaveny’s Creative Cul-de-Sac. Since launching in December, the Patreon has already grown to 2,100 Patrons. 

The new weekly podcast, Shaun Keaveny’s Creative Cul-de-Sac, launched on the Acast creative network on February 14. The podcast is produced by Ben Tulloh at BBAudio. 

“In each episode of the podcast, Shaun barricades himself into his top room and makes his way through 20 years' worth of old ideas trapped in notebooks, on old hard drives, scribbled on the backs of beer mats and the like,” said the announcement. “He then asks creative people of all stripes to do the same, and share with us those ideas they themselves have clung to, that never saw the light of day. Listeners are also invited to disclose their favourite lost ideas.” 

Guests for the first season include Vic Reeves, Nina Conti, Samira Ahmed, Greg James and Tim Key.

Shaun Keaveny said: “I’ve always been a starter, not a finisher like Cristiano Ronaldo or Leonardo Da Vinci. I was getting really frustrated at the ever-growing pile of unrealised ideas in my Trunk of Lost Dreams. I began to realise I was probably never going to write that novel, or finish that Netflix manuscript or sitcom… but then it hit me like a thunderbolt on a golf course. What if I made virtue of my scribblings, and channelled them into a podcast!? Then, all my failures would see the light of day! 

“Turning the spotlight on to some of our most creative minds illuminated the fact that it's not just me who has millions of ideas going nowhere! Now everyone can reverse into my Creative Cul-de-Sac and unload their unrealised potential. It's like a car boot sale of ideas. But less remunerative.”

Shaun Keaveny was a popular BBC 6 Music presenter, hosting the breakfast show for 12 years followed by a long spell on the afternoon show. He left the station last year and later confirmed that he was offered a “lesser commitment” by the BBC.

Community Garden Radio is available through Shaun Keaveny’s Patreon and there will be a free-to-all broadcast this Friday (February 11). It will then be available once a week on subscription costing £4 per month (plus VAT).

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