“Nostos 100,6 with Alexis»: old classic songs with alternative rock and more cool songs of today
On the occasion of his return to the microphone of the radio after 15 years we talked to Alexis Alexiou. In a very interesting discussion about his childhood and student years, his subsequent career, his experiences, his personal concerns and predictions about radio in general, we will have the opportunity to get to know him better.
– When did you start to show your artistic interest since you remember yourself?
-When I was little I wrote tapes with everyday sounds or strange sounds from nature but also live music and created with my own voice radio shows, which I distributed as subscriptions to relatives in order to buy toys. I also gathered the neighborhood children, my brother and sister and other friends, and we were acting, where we mainly made fun of TV shows and commercials (a kind of satire that later became fashionable). At the same time, I created the “Alexis” magazine with a variety of themes, which I even remember that I was writing it all by hand, tied it up with a thread and a needle and every copy was unique. You see there was no stapler or photocopier at that time.
-So how did you cultivate your artistic inclination and what brought you to the radio?
-In my student years, I started a live radio show on FM along with a friend, David Nachmias. The show was called “Fishbones”, which, apart from the extravagant jingle production (with the voice of Bessy Argyraki – Eurovision song contest etc.), always had 1 foreign and 1 Greek song in turn (vinyls back then), various innovations and games such as “Truth or lies”, Voice Pageant “and many more. Typical then was Ridge’s supposed interview from “The Bold and the Beautiful” which I had impersonated, and I remember having caused so much enthusiasm to the audience that they were coming to the studio and were looking for the American charmer of the time.
-So, what were your next professional steps? Did you have a specific kind of music that expressed you?
-I started a morning radio show from Seven X and since then I only stayed in the foreign repertoire. The show was called “Wake Up” and because it played all the hits of the time and had creative contests, it gathered hundreds of phone calls from young audience and even many school kids. Later came other stations like KISS FM at its beginning, POP FM, voice overs to the TV show “Family Feud” (“Kontres”) at Mega Channel with Vlassis Bonatsos. I also lent my voice to commercials and also participated as a model.
In 1993, I set up my own studio for radio and advertising productions. I sent broadcasts (originally in a cassette) all over Greece, Cyprus and wherever there were Greek expatriates (USA, Australia etc.), as well as thousands of commercials which me and my team created in the studio. Most of my colleagues later on made careers on radio, television, theater etc.
-From what we know, however, the station that you worked most at was Galaxy92.
What happened from then on?
-In Galaxy, I was for about 10 years where I had the morning show 10-2. It was a beautiful trip. In 2002, I decided to stop the live radio, while in 2010 I closed the advertising business and I worked professionally on the stock market.
-What made you come back to the radio and what will we hear in your new show?
-I always missed the radio while it remains my favourite medium, it has a mystery. TV can give you a ready picture, while the radio makes you create it. Of course, I could not imagine our lives without melodies.
What made me take the decision to come back is Nostos 100,6 and my need to provide entertainment. The fact that I am collaborating with a quality, rising station with an audience of higher education and excellent musical choices is a driving force of my inspiration. The show “Nostos 100,6 with Alexis” plays music that consists mainly of old classic songs with alternative rock and more cool songs of today. The interest lies in this “marriage”.
You’ll hear from Elvis Presley, Doors, Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson to Arctic Monkeys, Rag’n’Bone Man and more. The show is aimed at those who want to be entertained and not to hear the usual news about the ominous economic environment but to learn about music, cultural and artistic proposals in Athens, special news from all over the world, games, innovative modules such as horoscopes with one word and the program is constantly enriched.
-What has changed since then?
-First of all, I was preparing the show from home, I put the vinyls in order, my jingles, the news, basically I was making the entire production myself. There was no internet, there were no mobiles, let alone smart phones and the only contact with the listener was by mail (letter at the station) or by phone. When I was playing a CD, I said, “Now you’ll hear a song from CD.” Now there are Playlists with the computer doing a great deal of work. Of course, in my show again I choose the songs, but from a general database, so that there is uniformity in the station. There are no CDs, there are no reel-to-reel tape recorders (we cut and glued with a razor for editing !!!) and cartridges for the jingles for the advertising spots and station ids, which were also played by cassettes at that time. Everything is now played by digital audio files and the flow is easier. Technology has its good aspects as well although it may not produce the “warm” sound of vinyl. Now you can hear the live show, except from the airwaves, via internet from anywhere in the world, from the site www.nostosradio.gr, but also from other platforms like live24, e-radio, tunein. I am particularly glad to hear listeners from the US, Europe and the expatriate Greeks in general. Also, what has changed is the ability to listen to any show you want at the time you want it, i.e. on demand, as they are recorded and uploaded daily at mixcloud.com/nostosradio or from my personal Facebook page @alexisalexiouradio.
-How do you expect things to happen in the future?
Over the years, we have seen that the world is nostalgic for the traditional means of relaying music, and this is shown by the comeback of vinyls and the trend of stores to re-market turntables. So, no matter where technology evolves, I believe that radio programs will continue to be broadcasted via an analog FM signal. What I expect to change in the near future is related to digital radio and the advent of Wi-Fi internet in the car massively, which will enhance the radio but will always work supplementary.
-Finally, what else do you do besides the radio and what are your plans?
-The second area I am involved with is private insurance, which has a common denominator humans. My plans are no more than to continue to offer myself as much as I can to the community. People, due to the difficult days of our country, need a psychological “stimulation”, whether it is achieved through private insurance or through music entertainment which I am trying to provide through the radio. So, I expect you daily from 11:00 to 13:00 to escape together to the music world of Nostos 100,6 and nostosradio.gr.
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