Listen in to the Highest Grade Radio jugglin the latest tunes and riddims pon Phonic – 106.8FM every 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursday of the month, from 10pm to midnight.

What type of music can we expect to hear on the show?

Jamaican roots and reggae dancehall.

Why do you like this music?

Reggae music has a melody, consciousness and message like no other, you can listen, dance, and be enlightened by the feeling it gives you. We had our ears opened by Rankin, Miss P and David Rodigan with their legendary UK radio shows, and from listening to live dancehall tapes from Jamaica, also from going to live reggae dancehall sessions all over the UK from the late 80s onward.

What is the format of your show?

Three presenters playing the best in Jamaican roots and reggae dancehall, constant mixing with minimal commentary, track listing and event promotion, and having fun doing it.

Why should we listen to your show?

We showcase the latest music from a very inaccessible scene for this area, most of what we play comes from Jamaica and the distribution network is pretty poor, we open a window to this scene. The reggae music scene is as fresh and exciting now as it has ever been, Highest Grade are here to bring the vibe back to the South West. With a diverse mix of race and culture within the group the Highest Grade sound have the ability, experience, music and knowledge to entertain reggae lovers – a positive, good time atmosphere is created whenever they play.

How did your show come about?

We were all influenced by the Jamaican and UK reggae dancehall scene of the late 80s. We DJed and MCed at local venues and supported all the big reggae bands when they played in the area. Highest Grade evolved from the coming together of the Notorious, Dangerous and Juice Box local reggae soundsystems.

What goes on behind the scenes in the studio?

A lot of laughing and dancing about and discussing the latest artists, riddims and gossip in the reggae scene.

What has been your best on air moment?

The best moments on air are all good feedback from our listeners and playing a good new tune that you know, no one has ever heard before.

What has been your worst/ most embarrassing on air moment?

We did the first morning show on the station this year and knew it was being monitored carefully, the first lyrics on the first tune we dropped were: “I was smoking a spliff just to cool down my temper!” It took about 20 seconds for the phone to start ringing, a voice said you can’t play that….. Oops!!

Who is your favourite artist?

Bob Marley, his music is the foundation and consciousness of reggae, his rhythms and lyrics are timeless and are still used now in a lot of the music we play.

What is your all time favourite album?

Any Bob Marley LP, his music is the foundation and consciousness of reggae, his rhythms and lyrics are timeless and still used now in a lot of the music we play.

Click here to listen to some of our previous shows.