The Totally Chappers
Webcast was first broadcast on 14th September 2008 by Peter
Chapman from the spare bedroom of his mother's house.
Engulfed in a jungle of wires and technology, Peter stammered
his way to a sixty minute broadcast, joined by his fellow internet
radio fans via Skype who called in to support this bold new
set topics and a lack of on-air ego, Peter was happy to take
a back seat and let the callers come on and take the shows
in whichever direction they chose.
contributors included Alan Caddick from Birmingham, Gary Redrup
from Catford, Ian Watkins from Mansfield and the man who would
go on to help propel Totally Chappers into the spotlight,
was gathering pace but more listeners were needed. An aggressive
advertising movement was set in motion, Jon Wells of Redditch
led the way with calls to both Iain Lee and Tommy Boyd. Eduardo
also battled Tommy Boyd, whilst others got to work on spreading
the word on forums and social networking sites.
numbers rising, the Iain Lee community jumped on board with
talk radio heavyweights Paul Harding and Rob Burnett adding
an extra dimension of entertainment to the shows, most notably
via the Totally Chappers answerphone.
work that went into the Totally Chappers Webcast was rewarded
when the show entered the highly competitive iTunes comedy
podcast chart. In late December, the show peaked at number
37, higher than many offerings from commercial radio stations.
Bedroom Radio in the UK was firmly placed on the map!
shows progressed, Eduardo became co-host and even more callers
joined in the fun including The Merchant, Shauny Turner, Elmo,
Dude Love, Seismorg, Randy Lawford, Happy Tree, Fat Steve,
Gary in Luton and a young lady proclaiming herself to being
Top Gears biggest fan.
20 shows and nearly 10,000 downloads, the webcast took a break
to take stock of what they had achieved, to plan for the future,
and of course, enjoy the summer evenings.
have popped up with infrequent shows during their break, but
come September, Totally Chappers will be back, recharged,
and once again ready to get people talking.