FM247 – Radios In Motion: Psycho intrigue mixed with pop on the airwaves culture. It’s therapy by DJ that’s bound to be top of the charts for music fans.
Rob Spooner’s ‘FM247 – Radios in Motion’ is going live. You’re invited to tune into this FM247 radio show in words. The story of a man’s experiences with his own mental health, interpreting his inner dialogue through his DJ alter-ego, the colourful characters of the community of his youth and the psychiatric hospital in which he began his recovery. It’s an interesting concept – the novel references popular music in its chapters in a descending order of numbers from 100 to 1, just like a pop chart. It is narrated in the style of a personal radio broadcast. There’s an absorbing sub-text to the novel, one of political intrigue and State machinations and how the DJ narrator, who is in recovery from an acute mental illness, tries to reconcile the conflict between government power and individual freedoms.
This ‘pop’ novel is a worthy sequel to ‘FM247: This Is Radio Binfield!’ by Rob Spooner and Andrew Worsdale. Following an acute psychotic episode, Lugwin Loggins, the DJ narrator of FM247: Radios In Motion, is admitted to Speedwell Hospital. Locked away in the hinterlands of Binfield State, he is haunted by a childhood dream about the killing of the Albanian Civil Rights leader, Ramiz F. Kreshnik.
His hospital physician, Dr. Beradi, prescribes radio therapy to help unlock the meaning of this dream and as part treatment of his schizo-affective disorder which causes him to hear voices, including that of his inspirational DJ persona, ‘The Emperor.’
Lugwin resolves to compile a playlist of 100 songs for his radio therapy. Each song informs his understanding of how his fractured family background has impacted on his brittle mental health as he seeks to transition to ‘community care’ at Pier View Court, a supported housing unit in the fictitious Binfield-on-Sea.
Will this be sufficient to protect his struggling mental health? Can Lugwin make his dream of public service broadcasting a reality? Tune into ‘FM247: Radios In Motion’ by Rob Spooner to find out.