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The critically acclaimed DJ Karl Tsigdinos joins Dublin City FM on Saturday nights with Shakin' Street - a programme that will rock its way through all aspects of rock 'n' roll.
Listeners with long memories will remember Shakin' Street from the early days of Today FM, where it was hailed by critics and fans alike.
Karl also presented the legendary River of Soul on Today FM, plus Rock 'n' Roll Friday on 4FM, and many other programmes on RTE Radio 1, 2FM and more.
This is a homecoming of sorts for him, as the River of Soul actually started on Dublin City FM (when it was still known as Anna Livia).
Karl Tsigdinos is one of Ireland's best-known disc-jockeys, broadcasters, television presenters and journalists.
He plays a combination of the music he loves and has featured on his various radio programmes (see below), including soul, gospel, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, rhythm 'n' blues, ska, 1960s garage punk, 1970s punk, new wave, Motown, cocktail/lounge and much more.
He has played on stage at the O2, the Olympia, the Sugar Club, Whelan's, the Workman's Club, Pacino's, and the Stag's Head, plus the launch of the new jewellery hall in Clerys department store, fashion shows, after parties, and other corporate events. Each set is tailored to the event and to the audience.
DRIVE TIME, CHRISTMAS FM
He has presented the Drive Time programme on Christmas FM, Ireland's nationwide, seasonal holiday radio station, for 2014/15.
THE RIVER OF SOUL, TODAY FM
He has presented and produced a weekly Soul and Gospel music radio show on Today FM for eight years, from the station's launch. The River of Soul became the top rated programme in its time slot and received abundant critical acclaim across Ireland and Britain.
It was the only Irish radio show to be featured in both Mojo Magazine (UK) and Juke Blues Magazine (UK) and it was a four-time nominee for a National Radio Award.
The programme featured Deep Soul to Motown, hard Gospel to Doo Wop, soulful Reggae to 1950s R&B—all drawn from my personal record collection.
THE CRITICS SAID:
“If you are unmoved by The River of Soul, then it’s time for the undertaker.” Sunday Times
“Majestic” “Sublime” “Sultry” Irish Times
“The River of Soul slays listeners with thunderbolts of incendiary Gospel and stirring Soul.” Hot Press
“This week the soul and gospel music programme was, if possible, even better than usual.” Irish Times
“Consummate taste, dry wit and a pure love of great music are Karl’s stock-in-trade.” Irish Independent
SHAKIN’ STREET, TODAY FM
A unique blend of 1970s punk, 1960s garage rock, power pop, soul, cajun, 1950s R&B, comedy and much more.
THE CRITICS SAID:
“The best music programme transmitted during the hours of daylight, anywhere, ever.” Sunday Independent
“Let’s get hyperbolic: this is, arguably, the best pop music show ever to occupy a regular daytime slot on a national radio station.” Irish Times
"Brilliant music on national daytime radio shock!" Irish Independent
ROCK 'N' ROLL FRIDAY, 4FM
A wild blend of rock 'n' Roll from the fifties and sixties, including rockabilly, classic rhythm and blues, uptempo doo wop and more.
THE SOUL OF FRIDAY NIGHT, RTE RADIO 1
Deep soul, gospel and rhythm 'n' blues in a beautiful mix. Nominated for a National Radio Award.
VARIOUS, RTE RADIO 1, 2FM, TODAY FM AND NEWSTALK Have presented several one-off specials on RTE radio and Today FM, as well filling in for presenters such as Dave Fanning, John Kelly and Donal Dineen. He has also contributed to many programmes on RTE, Newstalk, and other stations.
DRIVE, RTE TELEVISION
He created, launched, produced and was the main presenter on the acclaimed car programme Drive, on RTE, for five seasons. It attracted up to 450,000 viewers and achieved a 25.8% share. It was also shown across Europe on satellite and cable on Discovery Home & Leisure, Sky Digital and Tara, and in the USA on Celtic Vision. In addition to my primary duties as producer and main presenter, he also supervised the music in the series and designed its graphic look.
“You guys are doing something really right. To reflect that achievement, the figures were up again...
Viewership has continued to increase in the 15-24 and 15-34 age sectors.” Stephen Plunkett, RTE Independent production unit
THE CRITICS SAID:
“If there is one thing that makes this show worth watching, it’s Karl Tsigdinos’ accent. How it purrs, how smoothly it takes those corners, how it never fails to surprise and entertain.” Sarah Caden, Sunday Independent
“RTE 1’s Drive is fine escapist television.” Sunday Times
“A new Friday prime time slot and a viewership that has increased 30%...the show has become a must-see.” RTE Guide