Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:26 GMT on Tuesday, 6th November 2012.
Backroom Village radio station becomes international sensation and holds acclaim as world’s third top most listened to wrestling themed radio station

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CUMBERNAULD Media have caught up with the team behind Cumbernauld based and produced online wrestling focused radio podcast Ministry of Slam.

Talking to Chris Duke, head producer at the Ministry of Slam radio station, we asked five questions in attempt to learn more about this house-based radio success.

Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media’s Editor conducted the interview.

Q1. What’s the backstory behind the radio station; how did it start, was it easy or hard? How did the idea come about? How long has the station been going and where it is based?

“I suppose the first thing to say is that the show has only been with us for ten weeks; we inherited it from a production team in Bournemouth.

“Their show was flaking – in their words- and losing listeners. The guys had lost their passion and we have turned it round since they turned the show over to us.

“The show itself has been going since 2007 I think and has had some huge stars on in the past with big stars coming on in the future.”

Q2. How can people listen to the radio station? Why should they tune in and what sorts of shows are featured on the playlist? How popular has the radio become, how many people listen in at any one time?

“They can tune in at ministryofslam.com, via the Tunein radio app and of course we do go out live to various all talk radio shows across the US.

“People can also download the podcasts from iTunes too, if people cannot tune in live. This option seems to be a very popular option at the moment, I must add, as our iTunes is getting record numbers just now. We are the number three wrestling podcast on iTunes, which is just incredible.” 

“Turning to listener figures, there is never any way to measure exactly how many people listen in at any one time. I have seen our show reach thousands of listeners during numerous live broadcasts. However, we make our numbers through the podcasts.

“We normally sit at between ten and fifteen thousand podcast downloads a week, something which is incredible for a wrestling themed show. I have even seen the Hulk Hogan podcast take over 100 thousand downloads.”

Q3. Is it just yourself that hosts and produces the radio station or are you aided in the day-to-day running of the station?

“I suppose the day-to-day running of the show is pretty much all my job.

“I built this studio with the help of my father-in-law in the backroom of my house in Cumbernauld Village. The facility is a proper working radio station – which I love.”

Q4. What are your future plans for the radio station? Is it expansion of the franchise or are you happy where the station is currently at?

“I could answer yes to both, although I am very happy with where the radio station is at the moment.

“I used to host another wrestling show on FM radio, which is no longer unfortunately, and I loved the idea of being on FM, but now that we are online exclusive we have so much more freedom.

“We are just a huge family here at MoS.

“Finally, In terms of expansion, I don’t really want to go anywhere. I originally promised to go FM although that’s an idea I no longer want to pursue.”

Q5. I imagine that you have already met or talked with some amazing people from the sport of wrestling. However, who would you be your dream interview or discussion panelist?

“I have always said that I would love to interview Sean Michaels.

“He may not be like a well-known mainstream wrestler but he’s my favourite wrestler and I would probably cry if I ever got to interview him – something I nearly done when I had the privilege to interview Hulk Hogan.”

If you would like to listen to the full responses, MoS recorded their answers to our preset questions and the MP3 is available for download at the bottom of this page. Please note that the views expressed within the recording are not necessarily the views of Cumbernauld Media, its employees, subsidiaries or likewise others.





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