Save Planet Rock

You may be aware of the situation facing Planet Rock.

In short, the station needs to find a buyer by 28 March, otherwise it will be taken off-air.

To make it a more attractive proposition to prospective buyers, Planet Rock would like to demonstrate its considerable popular support.

That’s where you lot come into it.

As well as being able to tune in – through your DAB radio or TV set (channels 0110 and 924 on Sky and Cable respectively) – in the UK, everyone can listen online.

And many of you have done just that: both Guy Pratt and Phil Manzanera have hosted shows within the last few months, which we’ve talked about here.

It’s a great station, playing great music, and it would be a shame to lose it. So, if you want to help the cause, click here to find out what you can do.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

38 thoughts on “Save Planet Rock”

  1. Planet Rock is indeed a great radio station & it would be such a shame if a buyer could not be found to keep it going.

    Some great presenters, playing my kind of music all the time, except for king crimson that is!!

  2. I enjoy listening to Planet Rock and would be sad to see it go.

    Rick Wakeman is hilarious!

    Thanks for increasing awareness, Fed. If you’ve ever listened to it, now’s the time to give something back. They play PF every day.

    [And not just the ones you’d expect them to play, either; they must play ‘The Nile Song’ every other day. – FEd]

  3. Being in America, I have not had the chance to listen to Planet Rock. (I know it’s online, but an old geezer like me has trouble remembering this stuff).

    Ben, what does Rick Wakeman have to do with it? I’m a big fan of 70’s era YES music, which Wakeman featured prominently in.

    [Rick Wakeman presents a regular show on Planet Rock. Visit the website and you shall see. – FEd]

  4. They play Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Hawkwind, etc… it must be a very interesting radio station!

    Here in France, not a single radio station is able to play that kind of music all day, shame on us !

    I tried to sign the ‘Number 10 Petition’, but, once again, I got the message ‘You must be a British citizen or resident to sign the petition’ (or an expatriate) -stupid rule-


  5. I trust in your opinions about this great station and I joined to your campain to save Planet Rock , taking action at their comments space (no other easy ways are allowed to non residents)

    …for me, for me wherever PF are played is an “holy place”!

    Have you all a nice weekend
    Ciao Elisabetta

    [Thanks very much. I just had an e-mail from Katy at Planet Rock, who is very grateful for our support. – FEd]

  6. i love this station! it’s the reason why i own a dab radio! they can’t shut it down.

    a fab weekend to all. x

    p.s. don’t forget to stay at home tomorrow night, fed. 😉

    [Don’t worry, Victor, I have everything under control. – FEd]

  7. I’ve been listening to Planet Rock most days for a couple of years now and there is no-where else quite like it. It would be a disaster if it were closed as where else could we listen to the music we love and grew up with – and also discover music which perhaps passed us by originally because it was never played on mainstream radio?

    It has a confirmed audience of 560,000 (more than BBC Six Music) so we need all those people to make their voices heard.

    I urge everyone here to sign the two petitions and do all they can to help. We still have a couple of weeks…. miracles can happen!

    Mr Gilmour – haven’t you and your mates a couple of million quid spare to save Planet Rock? 😉

    Jane in Bracknell

    [I’ll hold that thought and leave the replies to you lot. This could be a good discussion… – FEd]

  8. Oh! I didn’t see first that we could write a message of support.

    I have just done it.


    [Merci, ma belle. – FEd]

  9. I’ve signed the government petition. Brown has always said he likes prog so maybe now he’ll prove it by saving planet rock.

    I’d rather planet rock was nationalised than northern rock.

  10. Happy Friday all!

    Yeah this is a sad situation. I read about this some months back. I’ve signed and clicked every button, register, poll, forum, petition etc.

    It would be a dark day if that station were to be pulled! There’s only so much Mika I can handle and I exceeded that on day one!

  11. I’m for saving any station that plays songs that most stations don’t play. (The Nile song, it’s got to be a good station.)

    In Rochester (where I live) they overplay songs like Money, Black Dog, Come together, etc. Those are good songs, but they shove them down your throat daily, and there are so many other great songs that they just don’t play, let alone anything from the album More.

    Have a good weekend all.

  12. I really enjoy Planet Rock and I would hate to see it closed, So thanks Fed for the info. I just hope that someone will buy the station.

    I hope that everyone has a good weekend and Fed may your weekend be an enjoyable one.

    Take Care,

    PS Fed, I found out what the problem was with sending the photo, So my nephew is stopping by to help with sending it. I just have a hard time when it comes to computers:(

    [No problem, Thomas. – FEd]

  13. Hi all,

    It’s great that some great musicians are now supporting the campiagn to SAVE Planet Rock. We’ve been pleased that Fish, Marillion, Thunder, The Answer, Gary Moore and now DG have provided some additional publicity help find a new buyer….

    And remember to sign our petition (please click my name above).

    Keep on rocking….and spread the word – SAVE Planet Rock



  14. Friday Joke…

    Does anyone know why Firemen’s Balls are bigger than Policemen’s Balls?

  15. It will be such a shame to see planet rock go, it’s the only reason I brought a DAB.

    Someone save them please.

    Hey, it’s my birthday tomorrow, anyone want to buy me a radio station?

    [Have a good one, Anthony. – FEd]

  16. what a kind and generous gesture FE’d!

    thank you & have a fantastic weekend!

    humbly yours

    [I hope it helps. – FEd]

  17. [Rick Wakeman presents a regular show on Planet Rock.- FEd]

    This may be pushing the envelope a bit for relevance to topic.

    The mere mention of Rick Wakeman has gotten me all excited as he is probaly most associated with YES..and..

    I have tickets to see Jon Anderson (of course also a YES man) at the end of this month, in an intimate venue (capacity 700). Really,really looking forward to this.

    [Have a good time, John. – FEd]

  18. lets not forget our very own Guy has his own radio show on a friday night between 11pm and 1am. its a great show. in fact they all are so.

    ditch cheesy radio (1, local etc) and invest in a dab radio. its the future.

  19. Glad to see the Save Planet Rock campaign is getting plugged here and at Guy’s website.

    Hope everyone fights tooth n’ nail to keep it.

    Good work!

  20. Planet Rock is ace – there just aren’t any traditional radio stations that play classic rock in the UK anymore. I’ve never understood it because there are so many people who love it here, but unfortunately Internet radio has eclipsed DAB (especially with continuing high prices on DAB radios) and that’s where a lot of people with any kind of music taste are going to for their classic rock/decent music fix.

    Why is it you can drive through most US states and find multiple dedicated rock stations (of all kinds of rock) but in the UK there is only one, and it’s not that popular? But the music they play is loved by literally millions. It’s about entertainment and access and Planet Rock can’t compete on either terms imho.

    I’m more than ready for David Gilmour FM though – “24 hour Gilmour with lots of Floyd for when you need some variety” 🙂


  21. If it’s Planet Rock, why haven’t we heard it here if it is available? Sorry.

    Q107 does an admirable job in Toronto.

  22. I keep trying to listen to Guy Pratt on Planet Rock but it is hard because it keeps “streaming”. I do like to read their newsletter. Thanks for the link Fed. I signed all I could on it. I hope everyone else will also. It would be a shame to see it go….


  23. But Michèle, in France you don’t have a radio station like only rock or only classical or only jazz? It is true that the best music is in english so it is probably because of the language…they can’t play only english music in a french country.

    Here in Canada it’s different; Montréal is becoming very, very multi-ethnic and french dissapears slowly but surely and we have some radio stations which play only The Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. This is great but i am not so sure that i am lucky if my french is disappearing… Nos racines sont si importantes et tellement menaçées ici au Québec….. Alléluia!!!

    Sylvie de Montréal.

  24. […they can’t play only english music in a french country. – Sylvie]

    There is a law here in France for radio stations, Sylvie, 40% of the songs they play must have French lyrics… another example of a stupid rule.


  25. Let’s keep fingers crossed for Planet Rock .. it’s the main reason I bought a wi-fi radio and is definitely the radio station of choice when I’m ironing !

  26. Does anyone know why Firemen’s Balls are bigger than Policemen’s Balls?

    Because the Firemen sell more tickets…

  27. Hi FED, that joke that rudders put on here about fireman’s balls vs policeman’s balls. I wonder if it has anything to do with being in the line of duty? We need to save planet rock.

  28. Sorry to hear about Planet Rock may close. I signed the petition which was allowed for non-British residents, but in addition I’m going to put the banner on the pages I manage. Every little help might be important. I really hope we can go further to save this great radio station!

    Liz from Hungary

  29. So sorry to hear about what’s going on with Planet Rock…

    I do remember the few times I had the luxury of listening to both Guy Pratt and Phil Manzanera on Planet Rock along with some bloggers via the Chat room. Thanks to FEd for introducing the station on the Blog – I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. We have kept the site as one of our few favorite links for music since.

    We’ve got to have faith, both with Crisis and Planet Rock!!

  30. I am keeping everything crossed that the mighty planet is saved. For the first time ever the UK have a real rock radio station they they want to shut it down. Grrrr.

    If anyone has any power please save the planet now !

    I know so many that bought a DAB on the power of Planet Rock…!

  31. [Because the Firemen sell more tickets… – Rudders]

    Ha! I won’t touch that one…

    Not that I’m insecure or anything…. What?!

  32. OK, FED, now I know why David doesn’t tour Brazil. See what happened to Dylan at a recent show in Sao Paulo (click my name).



    [I heard about that. I wonder if the reporter had to guess what he said… – FEd]

  33. Life began when I discovered Pink Floyd, I grew up when David went solo, don’t let me die when Planet Rock dies.

  34. Planet Rock has had a stay of execution, for another month at least. It would seem negotiations are going on with a potential buyer.

    ash X

  35. Good to see something moving on the survival of this Great radio station. Lets hope it’s all positive.

    Another month hmmmmm good.

    Let’s make it forever, I just can’t abide the banal mush on other stations.

    All petitions signed.


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