03 May 2002 10:11 PM
The History of the Treehouse
The first time I heard Danny was 606 and Morning
Edition in '92 although the Treehouse itself didn't begin
life until June 1997 as a one page site hosted on Xoom
with three clips all in .wav form.
Over the years I had accumulated quite a Rupert Pupkin-esque
collection of Danny's Shows on tape, due mostly to my profession
at the time (Chef) and my shift working, which meant actually
listening to Danny live was an impossibility.
So partly to learn Web Design and partly to share my obsessive
Treehouse (Mark One) was born.
If you're at work, before clicking on this link, it might be
a good idea to turn down your speakers
One of the first emails I received was from Laurie Sore who said
she had just listened to a clip of herself from Morning Edition
on the Website. "I thought Danny gave me a lot more stick about
bed ghost story guess I was wrong....he went quiet easy on
me. I really enjoyed your website, brought back a lot of memories.
Keep up the good work."
I got my first email from a certain Mr Baker on his return last
year to London Live and among other he things he commented
"Anyway look the thing is I ought to have doffed the hat your
way long before now and let's face is a hat is one of the very
few things that can be doffed in this modern world of cyber-sites
dedicated to written off DJs and soap salesmen. .........................Of
course, the tricky bit is in living up to the website... Yours,
Allis Moss has also contributed material and been in touch over
the years, as has the infamous Joanne
Latterly sometime DB sidekick Andy Darling has also sent an email:
"The site is top notch. If I were downloading sound stuff I'd
definitely check out the Dominik
Diamond head-to-head (I use the term loosely, having worked
twice with the jock, I can confirm that he's a faux-prol fool"
Long before the Ultimate Bulletin Board we had a freebee from
Inside the Web and way back then, our hardy band of posters included
amongst it's ranks: - Simon Tyers, Karl Eldridge, Applescruff,
Hulk Hogan and his Kettle of Fish, Terence Oblong, R, Sonic...There's
always a Sonic, Spider Spiderson, Rigsby, Macca and There's always
an Andy, to name but a few.
Highlights over the years, well Danny's
flattering comments on Virgin and of course the Yell Awards
Updating the Site takes a little over three hours every week
(over twice what it used to take prior to the weekly additions
of the LDN Saturday Show clips) and every so often I also have
the marathon task of compiling a stock of material for the next
few months updates.
Since the Site's inception and with your help, the Treehouse's
archive has grown to some 500 cassettes (doubling in a week after
a recent generous bequest), 10 videos and 70 Mini Disks.
The Treehouse is far and away the largest site to any Broadcaster
in the UK standing at 750 MBs and growing at a minimum of 2MBs
each and every week.
My own favourite DB Shows? Well probably Morning Edition and
the vastly underrated Radio One years.