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.
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.
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!
Hello Bern I miss chill I listened from the start it’s not the same hope your doing good best wishes Mike from Manchester
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.
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!
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 ?
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).
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)
Thanks Eric. Your name is inspiration enough for me!
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.
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!
Are you involved in Smooth Chill, its like the old days on it
I love all the work you have done for Chill!!
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.
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.
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!
Such a great great shame. A real loss to discovering eclectic, ambient, independent / non-commercial downtempo / chill music, curated be really passionate individuals.
I have tried listening to the new Smooth Chill, but after an initial period of “it’s ok”, now found it unlistenable. The playlists are not unique and are very repetitive with a heavy commercial bias, ie basically sounds like one of my old Ibiza Chillout CD’s on permanent repeat. It’s also sad that the individuals who put so much time and effort over the years into making Chill something unique were “terminated” over night with all the great online content, playlists and information vanishing for good.
In an attempt to get close to the old Chill listening experience I’ve ended up trying to follow ex-Chill DJ’s and show producers on Mixcloud, namely:
– yourself, Bern Leckie
– Ben Mynotts: Fluidnation
– Ben Eshmade: previously Chiller Cabinet / now producing Arctic Circle Radio
– Raphael Marionneau: Abstriat
– Brice Bickerton: Alucidnation
(I am sure I am missing numerous other folks who made the station great).
As an alternative ZenFM (Belgian) has proved a good listen, not quite as “chill” but at least it’s original content!
Best of luck for the future.
Too many adverts on smooth chill. Which is sad when all you want to do is listen to chillout music. I was telling a friend about chill the other day and was about to send him a link. only to find smooth had took over and ruined it. There also no way to contact them to complain. I miss the chiller cabinet.
Perhaps a bit of a late reply to your comment but I have only just stumbled across it. I agree there are far too many adverts on here now. During the peak of Covid it seemed like every 5 mins they were ramming Covid commercials down our throats constantly on here – like you rightly stated we are here to relax, chill and escape from everyday life. I found an email address and did actually make a complaint to them. The address I used assuming it doesn’t get removed when I post this was – email@example.com or customer * dot * support * at * global * dot * com – All the best Rich!
I miss chill I listened from the start all the shows have now gone it should of been protected I would of paid every month to keep it goin as chill radio stay safe bern best wishes
Are you still active Bern?
Hello. Yes! Very much so! Looking after music across 10 channels of Fun Kids, with a mixture of pop, silly, classical and chilled. Also producing online content for Severn Vineyard, a church based in Bristol, now that COVID has made what we do over distance more important for lots of reasons. Hoping to cross some of the streams and make some new meditation podcasts soon.
Thanks so much for your interest – let me know if there’s anything you’d like in particular!
I have been listening to your cool bags on mixcloud. Man I miss Chill, so many hours well spent soaking that stuff up.
Will you be doing any more content on mixcloud?
That’s very kind – thank you Matt! I’ve squirrelled away lots of tunes with the intention of making more Coolbag mixes, and I’m just realising how long it has been since I made one. I’ll try and get on this soon – thanks for the reminder!!!
That would be great if you could Bern, those chilled vibes go a long way in my life as I am sure they do for many others! Stay safe.
Mr Ma Conlon
Great your there bern could do with some of your chill mixes best wishes mate
Just listening to old chillercabinet mixes on Mixcloud. Brought back memories! Not sure if the new Smooth Chill is still doing the chillercabinet is it, Bern?
I don’t believe so, but you can find its producer, Ben Eshmade, and all of his latest projects at http://daylightmusic.co.uk
Love you Bern
Been with chill from the start