A new 7-9pm Friday night show has been created for Iggy Pop, pushing Tom Ravenscroft’s show to 9pm till midnight.
Iggy’s weekly show starts on April 10th, which also means the station will no longer be broadcasting 6 Mix.
He covered Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service slot while Jarvis took a year’s sabbatical in 2014, after his first appearance on the network in December 2013.
Iggy Pop says: “Having sat in for Jarvis Cocker last year on BBC Radio 6 Music, I found myself realising how good it was for me. I hope it was good for somebody else too. So I’m gonna do it again this year, on early Friday evenings; what we call in the USA the ‘happy hour’. It’s kind of an edgy point right at the end of the designated work week, and I’ll try to play quite a bit of music that’s new and stimulating mixed with very old classics from the blues and jazz masters of the 1920s through Fifties that are a little more moody. I’m gonna think of myself as a kind of atmospheric bartender. I’ll try to do my very best.”
Tom Ravenscroft says: “It’s great to have the creative freedom to explore music even more deeply in my new regular slot on 6 Music.”
Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for 6 Music, says: “In the recent RAJAR figures, Iggy had driven his Sunday afternoon show to a slot record of over 300k listeners. To welcome him back in a permanent slot on the network is a dream come true for me and our listeners, and we all look forward to hearing his eclectic musical selections each Friday evening. I’d also like to thank the 6 Mix team. We feel the time is right to make these changes to the Friday night schedule, but we still hope to work with the range of DJs that featured on that show elsewhere on 6 Music.”
Last year, Iggy Pop also delivered the fourth John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival with a speech on the subject of ‘Free Music in a Capitalist Society’. John Peel was in fact the first DJ to play Iggy Pop as part of The Stooges on UK Radio – introducing listeners to their track Little Doll, from their eponymous debut album, on his show in August 1969.