A personal note about Chill

It’s been an incredible pleasure and privilege to help people chill with a mix of music first broadcast without any branding in Bristol at the end of 2004, and launched as a radio station called Chill in February 2005.

I was told at the time that this would be a temporary filler station, probably on for about a year, but listeners and their incredible reactions kept it going for longer than that. Much longer! I’m incredibly grateful to GWR, GCap and Global for continually putting money into the slot that powered the transmitters.

Over nearly 15 years, I’ve been amazed at hearing stories of how Chill helped people through births, deaths and everything in between – studying, moving house, getting married, having kids, needing a break from the kids. Listeners told us how Chill helped them cope with life’s little hassles and big changes, the most serious challenges and the most fun get togethers.

It’s been emotional. I’ve never known a station and audience quite like it. Thank you for chilling with us!

Tomorrow, it will become a new station, Smooth Chill. I’m hoping it will be amazing and help many more people to chill, over many more years. I’ll be a listener.

It will live at smoothradio.com/chill

Meanwhile, I’m here! Please keep in touch if you want to, and maybe we can build more new, amazing things together.

Love,

Bern

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    Scott

    I’m so sad chill is going. I’ve been a listener for so many years and it’s always been there as a friend to get me though tough times. Bye chill.

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      bernleckie

      Thanks Scott! Really appreciate you getting in touch. Hope Smooth Chill sounds nice to you too – it does to me. The other Chill people and I will have lots more to share online too, so hopefully lots for you to choose from – keep in touch!

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    JasonW

    Just wanted to thank you for Chill. I already miss it – had come to depend on it. Will have to start looking to replace the Chill Therapy.

    Many thanks
    JasonW

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      bernleckie

      Hi JasonW – thank you for chilling with us and getting in touch. I think you might enjoy Smooth Chill! When you’re looking for other chilled choices, you can find us on Mixcloud as well as loads of other nice things. Please let me know what you find and enjoy, I’d really appreciate it!

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    Terry Lee

    Neither of my 2 DAB will even recieve Smooth Chill ……….it’s not like they are even broadcasting to the same audience………..For years I have driven to & from work with Chill & had it on all day while working in customers houses……without Chill life will never be the same, we will now be fed the mundane drivel that the other 5hite stations put out ?

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      bernleckie

      Sorry to hear that, Terry Lee. I don’t know if a rescan of stations might help, but worth a try. Some of Global’s newer stations need DAB+ radios (they have a green tick mark, and that’s most digital radios from the last few years).

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    Eric Funk

    Many thanks. You and the chill channel you’ve programmed have been an inspiration! The best to you in whatever other projects you pursue.

    Eric Funk (KRKQ 95.5FM – Colorado, US)

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      bernleckie

      Thanks Eric. Your name is inspiration enough for me!

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    Simon L

    Chill was so great. Been listening for the last 8 or so years, was always good to hear such uncommercial ambient and breakbeat based music practically anytime I turned on the radio. Thanks so much Bern for all the years of great music.
    Have to resort to Mixcloud from now on.

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      bernleckie

      Hi Simon, thanks for your appreciation. We’ll keep posting to Mixcloud, but I know there are other great sources of that kind of music too. Let us know what else you discover!

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    Martin

    Hi Bern,

    Are you involved in Smooth Chill, its like the old days on it

    I love all the work you have done for Chill!!

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      bernleckie

      Hi Martin! Sadly I’m not on the team for Smooth Chill, but you should notice lots of tunes we played on it. The guys there made some very good selections inspired by the music collection we left for them, and it is lovely to listen to, isn’t it? Many thanks for your appreciation and love.

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    Andrew Black

    At last, I finally find out a bit of background / history to a station I’ve been listening to for years as it ceases to be. Thank you for the good times Bern & Chill, Just not the same with adverts running through the platform.

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      bernleckie

      Hi Andrew, thanks for your thoughts! So glad you’ve enjoyed chilling with us. I’ll post more to mixcloud.com/bernleckie, and I’d love to know what else you find that helps you chill!

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