Allison – out of context?

By David Duffett

Twice a year in a small village near where I live, a radio station runs for about two weeks. It runs around this time (towards the end of August) and then again just after Christmas.

The station is called Brill Oldies (as it is based in a village called Brill, and only oldies [music from the 50s to 80s] are played) and it is broadcast locally on 87.9FM in addition to being available online at – broadcasting starts at midnight (BST) tonight.

This time around I will be presenting the evening show which runs from 7-9pm BST, staring tomorrow.

Just about a week ago, I thought wouldn’t it be great to have an ad for AstriCon on the station! I may have eaten too much cheese, but it seemed like a good idea at the time…

I thought Asterisk geeks would really appreciate hearing their favourite female voice talking about thier favourite event of the year for their favourite open source communications solution!
So I commissioned the lovely Allison (she can be found at to do just that.

Of course, I’m not entirely sure that the regular listeners to Brill Oldies will understand what the ad is about, but I liked the qwerky idea of an AstriCon ad being juxtaposed with a bunch of other ads for the local plumber, taxi business, catering company, etc.

The ads rotate every two hours – so be sure to ‘tune in’ at and listen out for the Allison ad.

We also take requests, so if you want to hear your favourite oldy – get in touch – the e-mail address is on the website.

Bye for now.

PS – Do you see what I did with the title?

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David Duffett

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker.His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically.In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly).David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

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