National Fresh

National Fresh was the first hip-hop show to be broadcast right across the UK, although it was not on a national station, it was broadcast on a number of local radio stations across the country on a weekly basis. In 1986, TDK approached Mike to host the show. TDK sponsored it, possibly a reaction to the fact they were aware that thousands of their cassettes were being used to record the Capital shows. The show was recorded on a Monday at Radio Luxemburg studios in Hertford Street, London.

The format of the show was very similar to the Saturday night show on Capital, in that it included a Frontline Chart that the listeners voted for and also Chuck Chill's Juice Report. The main difference was that this was all squeezed into a one hour weekly slot. An excerpt is taken from the Wotupski rap page from Blues & Soul magazine dated November 1987 claims National Fresh had an audience of 4 to 5 million (which seems high).

The show started in October or November 1986. It ran in tandem with the Capital show up until the summer of 1987 when the Capital show ended, after this National Fresh continued until early 1988 when the financial crash meant that TDK no longer had the funds to sponsor the show, so that too came to an end.

- Jon Simmonds,

5 Episodes in the Archive

June 22, 1990BBC Radio 1 (97-99 FM)London, England, UK
June 27, 1987 (Assorted)London, England, UK
November 30, 1990BBC Radio 1 (97-99 FM)London, England, UK
October 1990BBC Radio 1 (97-99 FM)London, England, UK
December 14, 1987 (Assorted)London, England, UKChuck Chill