The Non-Stop Top 20 was a Wednesday lunchtime music chart show on Keynorth Radio. Presented by Lee Glasby, the programme was purported to be an interactive experience where NDTC students' song requests and votes would influence the outcome of the weekly chart.
The Non-Stop Top 20 programme started at midday each Wednesday with around half an hour of general pop/dance music, and then Lee Glasby would launch into the top 20 countdown. The chart would mostly resemble a lot of what was in the Official UK Charts during that era, with certain notable exceptions. If Glasby or any of the other KNR team didn't have access to a popular hit of the time (which, admittedly, was rare, the amount of shitty CD singles people like Jimmy Barnes and Lee Redfern bought), it couldn't feature on The Non-Stop Top 20 or any other KNR programming.
The KNR Hot Hits SelectionEdit
As well as the long-serving method of soliciting song requests from students by asking them to come to Room 102 and slip a piece of paper under the door, in late 1997 Jimmy Barnes acquired a second-hand pager from his brother. He and Lee Glasby believed that this would be a cool, futuristic way for KNR listeners to request tracks for all the shows, and therefore add even a slight fraction of actual interactivity and accuracy to The Non-Stop Top 20 countdown. A substantial promotional campaign ensued, with an ad for the pager line produced, repeated mention of the number (0336 742385) on all KNR programming, and The Non-Stop Top 20 was now "sponsored" by pager network VodaZap Communications (now Vodafone). However, the thoughts of calling a premium rate number to request a song didn't catch on with the poor or just plain stingy college students and, despite much promotion, the Hot Hits Selection pager line lay more or less dormant for it's existence. Barnes did, however, boast greately of the fact that VodaZap would page him the Official UK Top 5 Singles Chart every Sunday around half an hour before it was ever heard on BBC Radio 1. In the days before the Internet truly took off, this was a big deal, at least in Jimmy's eyes.
Daddy Took a RaincheckEdit
Though The Non-Stop Top 20 was a relatively serious music-based programme, it still contained one or two in-jokes and humourous moments. The most notable stemmed from Jimmy Barnes' programming, in which Barnes had taken a fancy to playing the minor 1987 hit single from Scottish progressive rock band Marillion- 'Sugar Mice'. Jimmy was very fond of the song and was guaranteed to play it once in almost every one of his shows, which prompted Lee Glasby to let 'Sugar Mice' enter the lower reaches of the Top 20 chart, where it remained for many weeks. Though the track never broke Glasby's Top 10, the running joke of a soft-rock ballad from a decade earlier that didn't even make the "real" top 20 continued pretty much until The Non-Stop Top 20 show went off-air. Another song from some years previously that was a mainstay in the chart was the 1991 electro-pop track 'Tasty Fish' by Factory Records act The Other Two. Lee played the song numerous times on all his shows, and Jimmy also played it from time to time along with other tracks from the New Order spin-off duo.
The Keynorth ComputerEdit
Another running joke during The Non-Stop Top 20 was the supposed existence of a computer system within the studio that Lee Glasby used to compile the chart every week. In actual fact, there was no computer of any kind in Room 102, and Glasby used to compile the Top 20 "on the fly" with a pen and paper. Lee would often, during the show, mention the fabled Keynorth Computer and it's tendancy to "crash" regularly.