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The Bruno Hantson story is a long one, comprising of random encounters, serendipitous moments and various aventures which all left him today with happy memories…
It all began in his bedroom, like for most teenagers! That’s where most youngsters listen to their own music rather than that of their parents. He was fortunate enough to have an older brother who influenced his musical tastes and made him discover music which he otherwise might never have experienced in the same way! Jean-Paul was his name and Bruno always thought he had excellent and varied tastes early on.
It all started with the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Supremes, Rare Earth, Stevie Wonder, Deep Purple and even Joe Cocker, the Four Tops and the Moody Blues! Later he discovered even more music by listening to the radio with his parents. They often tuned in to Radio Luxembourg on which played many French-speaking pop artists such as Claude François, Dalida and Julien Clerc…
All this gave Bruno Hantson a rather eclectic musical culture which he only expanded after discovering dance music. With this knowledge he managed to get hired by small night-clubs despite his lack of experience, which was initially done unbeknownst to his parents! A moment would eventually come when he had to tell them however… Then came the era of the first independent radios. The small town of Tournai where he lived was the home to 5 or 6 of these “free” stations!
Here is a quick summary of Bruno Hantson’s activities:
- Disc-Jockey since 1978.
- Jacky’s Club, Brasco, Show-Boat, Micmuche, Pergola, Garden, Club 13, Relais de France, Queen Bee…
- Radio Presenter since 1980.
- Radio Interim, WLS, WLS International (FR), Radio Contact, Mona FM (FR), Rosko Radio (GB)…
- Radio Show Producer (2 weekly shows).
- Webradio Manager.
- Commercial Voix-over Artist.
- Event Speaker and Presenter.
A the age of 17, Bruno Hantson was already dreaming of becoming a DJ… He was inspired by The Emperor Rosko after listening to his albums (published by Atlantic) and was aspiring to do the same!
The father of one of his school friends owned an audio equipment rental company and offered him the opportunity to create a mobile sound system (a “sono mobile” as it used to be known in French). Despite still being in high-school, he gave it a try and since he was in classical studies (including ancient Greek) he named his first venture Studio Epsilon. The contact card for this project was his very first investment and yet it wasn’t successful, mainly due to a lack of contracts. Bruno’s next DJ experience would be in a night-club…
Before that, having left high-school without a stable job, he opened a record store with the little savings he had and called it Soul Box… In a small provincial town with high competition it wasn’t easy to get known especially since Soul Box was specialized in selling vinyl records to DJs in the area. In addition to managing his shop, he continued to play for some events and on the radio and even worked as a delivery boy to make a living.
It’s with his growing reputation as a radio DJ that Bruno Hantson’s night-club career really took off. Presenting radio shows on WLS -which was one of the largest local networks- gave him local fame and night-club offers began coming in. Bruno Hantson played for several venues including the Jacky’s Club, the Garden Club and the Pergola…
In 1995, after more than 10 years of working in night-clubs, he put an end to that chapter to focus on his family, his newly created home-based production studio called BHS and his radio presenter career.
Since then, depending on availability, Bruno still occasionally plays for local bars and clubs.
When “free” radios first appeared in Belgium, Bruno Hantson immediately tried his luck and applied to a station in his home town of Tournai. Radio Intérim became his first employer. The beginnings were difficult but he was passionate and determined to make a name for himself on the FM by presenting musical and game shows.
Thanks to random encounters and special opportunities, Bruno Hantson was eventually able to apply to the largest radio in his area: WLS which was based at Mont de l’Enclus. Uneasy but resolute, he handed in his demo cassette to the Program Director and was hired a week later for a night show. Soul music was naturally the perfect fit for that time slot…
During the early 80s, Bruno Hantson moved up from presenter to Program Director and was met with several challenges -like many other stations- such as managing presenters but also dealing with equipment seizures. Back then, it was against Belgian law to establish independent radio stations and was prosecuted for illegal braodcasting.
At one point, Dominique Vautrin -a French producer- approached Bruno with the idea to import WLS to France and so WLS International came to be. Broadcasting from Mont Cassel, the station mixed French presenters with retransmissions from Belgium. The emitter range was extended from Belgium to the whole of northern France (Nord, Somme, Pas de Calais departments…) which in turn drastically increased the number of listeners.
At the same time, Bruno also opened Soul Box, a record store in his hometown aiming to sell vinyls to the many DJs and night-clubs in the area.
Towards the end of the eighties, the heads of WLS decided to merge with the larger Belgian national radio station Radio Contact. Bruno was kept by Radio Contact and continued to DJ there for a few years but as the network imposed their format more and more, he chose to leave the job and put his radio DJ career on hiatus.
Much later, his radio DJ career resumed by working for French radio station; Mona FM, based in Lille. He worked there for several years until financial troubles hit the station.
Afterwards came the Rosko Radio venture. Solicited by Rob Jones and The Emperor Rosko themselves, he joined the smallish team of Rosko Radio. Unfortunately, due to lack of revenue, this venture was short-lived. Bruno therefore decided to produce his own syndicated show and named it Soul Box in reference to his former store. It was designed to be broadcast by any and all radio stations interested in a show dedicated to Soul Music.
Recently, in association with Daniel Lesueur (a French journalist, author and presenter) Bruno produced the The Rarities Show, a 10-episode series about little-known Pop songs. The series was successful and was played by many stations worldwide, reaching almost all continents.
Nowadays, Bruno Hantson has joined Radio Mi Amigo International and has been working there for 3 years. He was called on by the station’s manager: Kord Lemkau as well as Paul Newman, the Program Director. Soul Box is broadcast there as well as Retro Hit Box as an exclusive. Retro Hit Box is a new project started in January 2019 which plays the older hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Every week, Bruno Hantson shares his deep love for Soul music (originating from his early teenage years influenced by his older brother) by producing and releasing 2 hour-long shows. The bilingual Soul Box © and the French Retro Hit Box are both broadcast in stations across Europe and Canada.
Soul Box (SB) invites you to either discover or re-listen to the best Soul songs or listen to the thousands of rare titles from popular artists or the lesser-known ones who you might never have heard before! The latter never made their way to fame (outside of their town or area) and yet there are definitely great songs to be enjoyed!
Bruno has collected an impressive collection of songs and is in regular contact with other collectors to acquire tracks which he doesn’t yet have…
Soul music comprises many sub-genres like Jazz-Soul, Latino-Soul, Rhythm’n’Blues, Popcorn, Northern Soul… and you’ll hear them all in Soul Box !
Retro Hit Box
Retro Hit Box (RHB) is a new show first broadcast in early 2019. It was requested by Radio Mi Amigo International to cater to the needs of their growing French-speaking audience.
In this show, Bruno presents -entirely in French- one hour of popular hits only from the 60s, 70s 80s and even sometimes an “oldie” from the 50s. Due to the target audience, the playlists comprises mostly of titles by French, Belgian and French Canadian singers. Chart toppers from the Top of the Pops and British Pop as well as songs from the Hippie era also make their way into the weekly playlist.
With this show, Bruno always says that he loves to “activate your memories…”
Listen to Bruno Hantson’s weekly shows live on these stations!
Soul Box © :
Retro Hit Box © :
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If you missed the broadcast of any of these shows, you can listen to a demo version on MixCloud.
It is possible to acquire the rights to broadcast Retro Hit Box or Soul Box on your own radio station.
In France, Program Directors may contact the distributing company MRG.
For all other countries, please contact Bruno Hantson directly through the Contact form.
SPIRIT OF SOUL
Thanks to the director of BBR.FM, Jean-Gabriel, a webradio dedicated to soul music called Spirit Of Soul was created.
This uninterrupted stream is part of the BBR Group and is ad-free and purely musical. It plays the best of Soul music from its early beginnings till today and includes thousands of titles and artists, from the mainstream to the rarer ones.
The Spirit of Soul team are continuously looking for more tracks to add to the station. Listener feedback is welcome and can be given via the Contact form. Feel free to chime in!
Click here to listen to Spirit Of Soul now on BBR.FM !
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