The channel BBC Radio 6 debuted in 2002 and Maconie was on it's original staff. It was there that he started The Freak Zone radio show. His playlist often has a theme, but sometimes not. He might play or interview contemporary living recording artists like Julian Cope, or deceased classic rockers like Frank Zappa, or obscure lo-fi pop artists such as Keel, indie electronica like Matmos . Rock music, Caribbean, psychedelic, instrumental rockers like Hedvig Mollestad.. and in a word.. the Swans. Diverse is an understatement.. random would be more accurate. Arthur Brown taking the mic for 4 episodes in 2003 seems to fit right in. [source] The program airs on Sundays from 8:00 PM to 10:00PM.
Starting in 2010 he added a supplement of sorts called The Freakier Zone, which airs from 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM on Saturday nights. I guess that's for those music geeks working 3rd shift. That program I've never had the pleasure of hearing but the two episodes I heard about were as follows:
- A Moog-centric program that riffed on Sun Ra, Wendy Carlos and Tangerine Dream.
- A special on the U.S. record label Siltbreeze, which specializes in experimental noise.