How we make it

How I make the Euro Chart Show by Dave Graham


THE CHART arrives on Friday, never at the same time, I dislike Fridays a LOT now, not because it’s production day but because the chart never arrives until late in the day**, it needs many cups of earl grey tea to calm the nerves.I have a good idea of how things will pan out of the chart before it arrives and cross fingers for a new #1 – it’s always exciting to have a new #1 song, but because the chart is based around Europe as a whole, it can be many weeks before that happens but I do think the chart is quite accurate and represents the true picture across Europe.

And the beauty of the Euro Chart Show is that it is relevant regardless of which country hears it – take the Philippines as an example, many hundreds of thousands of European visitors each year, add to that the music is up to date and a lot of the time the songs are heard new, then you can see how attractive the show can become to a station there, or anywhere in the World. Plus even though I have a bit of a lethargic voice the show is quite fast paced.It takes about two hours to produce the show, obviously the chart is written down but that is the only part of the show that is written down everything else is ad-libbed and any mistakes unless major ones are kept in the show.

I use Jazler Radiostar for music and jingles play-out, I like it as it is easy to use and looks pretty and professional, and record it direct to Adobe Audition CS6, recording the music and voice on separate tracks, but together, a technique I have used since 2001 for pre-recorded programmes, and it allows for voice edits and even recording new voice parts for bespoke editions without having to redo the whole thing.

When I am happy that the generic version is broadcast-able I package it up as a part one and part two for those stations that want to insert promos and idents midway through, and a full 56 minute or approx version for stations that just want a full show. Then all parts are uploaded and emails are sent to subscribing stations. I also send a Wetransfer backup. And then I drink more earl grey tea.

Some people have asked why I don’t publish the chart on the website**. Well it is simple really, I want as many people to hear it on radio to find out what is #1 that week. Back in the 70’s on the BBC Radio One UK chart show you never got to know who was #1 until it was played at 5 to 7 on a Sunday evening – it was an exciting show to listen to and it is what I base the Euro Chart Show on.Nowadays it seems to be that there is a daily #1 on most mainstream charts and looking forward to finding out who is on the top spot is lost to the modern generation.

I guess I am trying to uphold a little part of tradition, and I hope you like what I do.


** Since I originally wrote this piece, I have  obtained a much more reliable chart stats supplier and so, Friday is not so bad now.

** The chart is now often published – this article is out of date lol . . . .

2 Responses to How we make it

  1. Mike Robinson says:

    Back in the 70s, the Radio One chart was announced (as new) on Tueday lunchtimes.