of Soul


with Nigel Chorley




Nigel’s love of soul music started in the late 1960’s when he discovered mail order record companies and could buy mystery bundles of 45’s. In there would be anything from awful dross pop to fantastic soul rarities and his love of the latter grew from then and still continues today. 

The Heritage of soul show includes UK soul chart hits but also tracks from the early roots of jazz/blues/soul crossover, gospel, RNR/rockabilly, soul via the iconic labels – including Atlantic, Chess, Tamla, Stax etc. from the 50’s onwards and up to more recent releases.

The only soul that he avoids is rap as he leaves that to other DJ’s to play 

This is perhaps the only show on the radio to play the songs and the many artists that have been forgotten in radio but who hold great importance to the genre heritage and gives newer soul songs an airing too.

Nigel was born when radio was still in black & white and suffered the days of Listen With Mother but loved the Light Programme comedy which he still collects today - Goons, Hancock, Navy Lark, Round The Horne etc. and up to today’s modern radio sitcom’s.

Nigel knew radio was for him when he heard the pirates in the latter days of the 60’s and even set up his own radio station at home – a cable service for Mum & Dad with different shows in the kitchen and the lounge!

Nigel started DJ’ing at school near Croydon, Surrey with the lunchtime disco, becoming a mobile DJ around London and Surrey in 1972.

His first jobs were for The BBC, first in News Information and then in the biggest record library in the world – The Gramophone Library, where he learned the craft of radio as he sat in studios and offices watching the broadcasting masters at work. 

A founding member of a five hospital radio station in South London, Nigel made time to play jazz and pop on a commercial station before concentrating on running a disco agency for other jocks – mobile and in clubs & pubs in South London, providing voice over’s for commercials and creating jingles  - whilst still on the road himself and holding down a full time career in the music industry.

In 2008 Nigel joined Seahaven FM in Seaford, East Sussex playing pop and soul over four shows and soon became a programme controller with a keen interest on the professional output of the station, then only on the internet but later also with an FM licence.

In August 2017 Nigel commenced a new venture – syndicating some of his radio shows to stations around the world.

Nigel currently presents shows on FM and digital radio in the UK, Spain and worldwide through internet streaming and has ambition to develop the home market. There is interest from Australia and Germany amongst other territories too.

In 2018 Nigel joined an internet service that itself joined Radio Waves Media, a platform for providing radio shows onboard several cruise liner companies. Covid19 stopped all cruise ships but now these are slowly returning and Nigel’s shows will be heard by many during their sea travels.

Nigel’s music taste varies across the entire spectrum from light classical to rock/metal and anything “Good to his ears” in between.

Nigel has a great love of jazz, soul and the UK charts with a grail to own as many hit singles as possible – on any format from his 45rpm collection to the latest download purchases.