Review: Vanity & Vision

On Saturday 16th March, guests at “Vanity & Vision” witnessed a glamorous tale of rivalry, Peter Schaffer’s masterful film of 1984, Amadeus, based on his play of the same name. Not only did the masterpiece itself delight viewers, but all in attendance were also treated to an evening that oozed the eighteenth century.

Hosted at the magnificent York Mansion House – home to the Lord Mayors of York – the event was a collaboration between CinemArts Ltd., whose Creative Director is John Beecroft, and the York Literature Festival. Guests arrived for 19:00 to be greeted with a drink and the opportunity to explore the splendid eighteenth-century abode before taking their seats at tables in the State Room to enjoy light music by composers of the Georgian era.

John Beecroft of CinemArts Ltd. gave a short introduction before Amadeus began on the large screen, a fictionalised biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a film widely considered to be one of the best of all time. The screening was also punctuated with intermissions, the first of which consisted in a fabulous performance from guest Soprano, Janette Davies, of a repertoire of typical eighteenth-century drawing room music. Delectable platters of Baroque-inspired food were served to guests by York-based food, drink, and event specialists, Blakefields, who also provided the fine array of drinks all evening with a bar at the back of the hall. All in all, “Vanity & Vision” was an doubly alliterative eighteenth-century extravaganza!

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Words by Claudia L. Wardle  (presenter of The Art of the Matter)

Header image courtesy of CinemArts Ltd

Photo image: Claudia L. Wardle

Review: No Frills – Sleaford Mods

I took a trip to Fibbers last week to see The Fall sound-a-likes The Sleaford Mods.

Prior to their arrival on stage we were treated to support act Liines (I can only assume the extra I is to make their name easier to Google). The band themselves are a 3 piece alternative, post-punk band from Manchester.

The easiest comparison to make in terms of their sound would be Gang of Four (repeated statements as lyrics and a bass which seems to be turned up to 11). The band consists of lead singer Zoe McVeigh (who looks like Justine Frischman from Elastica and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance had a love child), Tamsin Middleton on the aforementioned dirty bass and Leila O’Sullivan on drums.

I have to say, having never even heard of the band before, I was mightily impressed with their stage presence and their songs even if some of them are a little too derivative of 1980’s post punk for my liking. I would definitely recommend checking them out on whatever device you use to listen to your music.

Following the satisfying starter course of the support band, The Sleaford Mods came on for our main event of the evening. If you have never seen the band before, my only warning would be to not go in expecting all the sensory stimuli which normally comes when you see a successful band. There are no frills here; no light shows, no smoke machines, a very basic, unmoving background image on the screen behind. It is literally two men and a drum machine. The first thing to say about the band would be that Andrew Fearn has the easiest job in music from a live performance perspective. He stands there with his bottle of lager and presses play at the start of the song – that’s it! This is not a criticism by the way as I think it actually adds to the bands don’t give a shit attitude that they seem to have towards anything that could be considered as extraneous. Vocalist James Williamson has good stage presence, particularly his extensive use of what can only be described as the T-Rex arm whilst gesticulating. Suprisingly, some of his mannerisms also cross into Morrissey territory.  His ‘singing’ style can best be described as a hybrid of spoken word/ shouting/ rapping. All in all, he keeps the crowds attention well throughout their set.

The bands set consisted of many songs of their new album ‘Eton Alive’ which is a good thing as I feel this is their strongest album to date due to the increased complexity of the backing music composed by Andrew Fearn, and the introduction of some much needed melody during choruses (something which I think really helps to differentiate between songs). The new songs were punctuated by old favourites such as ‘TCR’ which seemed to have the most resonance with the live crowd.

Overall, I would definitely recommend seeing them live but I perhaps would have liked to see a bit more stage banter in between the songs to introduce the context due to the live setting the lyrics can sometimes get a bit lost in amongst all the other noise going on in the venue. This is important as the lyrics, telling the stories of everyday UK life, are the main selling point of the band.

Words by Christian Greenwood  (Presenter of Music History 101: the Story of…)

Image Credit: YelloMustang / www.fibbers.co.uk

York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition (10/03/2019)

If you listen regularly to either Information Takeaway or Yor Living Well, you will know that Juliet Powell organised York’s very first Wellbeing Day last year.

Tomorrow, you can join Juliet and a host of fantastic health & wellbeing practitioners for the inaugural York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition.

Be at Hotel du Vin York from 1:30pm tomorrow to meet, talk to and learn from:
A Global Community Of Wellness
Environment Healing
Relax Kids York and Selby with Kirsty
SHH safe healthy happy
The Happy Healing Hut
Chiropractic 1st
Finding Perspectives
Pretty Plaits

Two Rivers Radio will be live from York Wellbeing Day – Family Edition from 1:30 – 5pm, talking to the practitioners and playing the much of the great music you will have heard on Juliet’s shows over the last 18 months.

Tune in here: www.tworiversradio.stream

LGBT Mastermind 2019

Spoiler Alert!  If you are planning on listening to the LGBT Mastermind quiz at 5pm this afternoon and don’t want to know who won – stop reading now.

 

Listen live at 5pm by clicking here! HERE

There has been a wide programme of events this February in York to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history organised by York LGBT History Month, and on Thursday night last week it was marked by LGBT Mastermind. Hosted at the Corner Pin on Tanner Row, the event was based on the television programme ‘Mastermind’ and saw six contenders competing to answer the most LGBT-related general knowledge questions within two minutes. With Lisa Kelly asking the questions and Jake keeping time and score, the contenders responded to a wide range of cultural and socio-political questions, the answers to which were often rather surprising and indeed fascinating.

The event began with an exceedingly keen group of contenders and supporters singing, until everyone curbed their enthusiasm to make way for the event. The first contender, last year’s champion Annis, was up! The whole thing had to be restarted as the mood lighting – albeit magical and romantic – was slightly too dim. With this issue rectified, it was all go. Questions were asked and answered relating to all manner of things (I personally learned a lot!), such as the Stonewall Campaign, Sir Ian McKellen’s knighthood, statues of Alan Turing, York Pride, Sappho… The list goes on. There were two rounds with an interval of notable camaraderie and conviviality! Annis, CJ (who guessed LGSM to stand for Lesbian and Gay SadoMasochists), Dale, Ian, Martin, and Rebecca all had the chance of a further two minutes in the second round to cash in some more points. At the reckoning, it turned out that Annis had been knocked from the champion spot and been usurped by Ian, who emerged as victor with 15 points.

Overall, the event proved to be an immense success, with much laughter and celebration as well as discussion of serious matters concerning LGBT history which the event aimed to address. I had some very illuminating conversation with participants and supporters alike both in the interval and after the event when the group remained for a while for a jovial chat. Congratulations to Ian, the LGBT Mastermind 2019 champion!

 

Picture & words credit: Claudia L. Wardle

Two Rivers Radio Schedule 14/1/19

Good Morning!
Ready for you From 12pm till 11pm. Tune in!

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12pm – 1pm – On the Lunchtime Rush  Declan will be joined by special guest and comedian,  Jake Donaldson as he tours his first solo show, “Jake Donaldson: Help! I’m Trapped In The Body Of An Adequate Comedian!”. Also a sneaky peek into York’s poetry events!

Tune in for laughs, poetry and info on how to acquire tickets for Jake’s show at The Basement – Live Music & Comedy Venue.

1pm – 2pm – This month on An Alright Show, with the upcoming release of Steel City rockers Bring Me The Horizon’s new album “Amo”, Kieran will be looking at some of the great bands that have come out of Yorkshire!

2pm – 3pm –  We have our usual mix of great music all with an LGBT link to them and the topic of the day is LGBT History Month with Lisa’s special guest Jake Furby (Jake is BACK, Jake is Back…). This is the LGBT Hour!

3pm-4pm –  This week on What Rock? Tune in at 3 for Alex Fisher and Sam Booth, looking back on their personal music highlights from 2018. Tune into find out “What Rocked?”

4pm-5pm –  The 1980’s are back with Lisa Kelly behind the wheel! Lots of hits all from the 1980’s but what month were all these top 10’s in the charts?

5pm – 6pm – Ask York 4: City Centre Regeneration & Urban Renewal

With Panel:

  • Pete Kilbane – Chair
  • Imelda Havers – Independent Regeneration Consultant
  • David Dunning – News Editor at Minster FM
  • Cllr. Ashley Mason – Lib Dem
  • Phil Pinder – York Retail Forum

Ask York 4 focused on City Centre Regeneration and there were some fantastic questions and great debate form both the live studio audience and the panel.

Should there be a cross party city summit to tackle #York’s issues on #regeneration and behaviour?  Is there a lack of leadership in @CityofYork on this?

Discussion moves on pedestrianisation of #York – do you think having more #footstreets would be a good thing for the future of the city?

Would a tourist tax help the regeneration of #York asks @GSwinburn? @imeldahavers says as a resident she has no problem with #tourists but stag & hen parties are a strain on resources and we should focus on that.

Would a tourist tax make #York a pariah city or a leader? Views from the floor at #AskYork are largely in favour; lively debate now happening about stag and hen parties!

Phil Pinder of @YorkRetailForum and the other panelists agree that business rates are archaic and should be abolished. @imeldahavers says they are the bane of retailers’ lives.

What can we do with the large empty shops and could they house indoor markets? Phil Pinder of @YorkRetailForum is in favour; @daviddunninguk says demographics have changed; maybe city-centre shops have had their day & focus should be on food/drink/entertainment?

Future of the old BHS centre revealed!

Final question for #AskYork is about #recycling: questioner asks why #York doesn’t have segregated bins in the city centre – the state of #York is an embarrassment!

Great questions and informative answers. This is a not to be missed show for anybody that cares about the future of our city!

6pm – 7pm –   Information Takeaway: Juliet’s  first show of 2019 was so good that we want to play it again – in case anyone missed it! This episode tackles the issues around home and school education – are there valid reasons for taking your child out of school? Can schools support home schooling more proactively to blend home and school education? Do we need a shake up in our education system and different ways of thinking in the modern age? We are joined by Izzy Renkin-Holliway who is training to be a teacher and was home-schooled herself and get the point of view of parents plus our usual great music!

7pm-8pm  – This week Breaking York takes on a new time and a new shape. We’ll have our usual mix of original music from local bands/artists around Yorkshire with information about where these great recordings happened, plus a couple of new twists. In the first show  of 2019 we’ll be playing a song from Colin Cutler – and we’ll be featuring Colin’s work for two shows before having a live special in the studio and chatting about his songs and where people can hear him play etc. For other twists and turns you’ll have to tune in.

8pm-9pm –   Soul Funktion returns in a new slot for the first show of the New Year. With Dave Johnson having just returned from his annual pilgrimage at the ‘Luxury Soul Weekend’ in Blackpool he will be paying homage to the event playing a collection of modern soul music from 2000 up to the present day. Therefore sit back and enjoy some classic modern soul gems

9pm-10pm – Beats’n’Pieces with Jonah Hebron. This week it’s the best of British, north to south, grime to boombap – think Dirty Dike, think slowthai, think Little Simz

10pm – 11pm –  “Always Something There To Remind Me… The Look of Burt Bacharach!!”… One (way, way too short) hour dedicated to The MORpoptastic King of MORpop on The Late Mr Judge To You!

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 

We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit organisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream or click HERE.
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
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Two Rivers Radio Schedule 7/1/2019

Happy new year York!

Our very first 2019 broadcast! Hope you had fantastic Christmas and fabulous new year!
Tune in to Two Rivers Radio from 12pm till 10pm.

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12pm – 1pm  –  The Lunchtime Rush is back! Declan is back and we couldn’t be more delighted!  Declan will be talking all about new years resolutions, and some very exciting poetry and cultural events that are happening in the month. We have Mystic Tibet on the 8th Jan, 10th Jan
Sad Poets’ Doorstep Club: Mental Health Poetry Circle, and at the end of the month Dream Big Themed Open Mic. Happy listening!

1pm – 2pm –  Pirates. Murder. Virginity. Vengeance. Feminism. Folklore. An interview with folk trio Lady Maisery (separately known as Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans & Hazel Askew—three of Genevieve’s personal folk heroes). What more could you want in an episode?!

Tune in to hear songs about strong women in folklore, discuss what feminism looks like in traditional (and contemporary) folk music & hear thoughts on these subjects & more from three of the leading folk musicians in England. This episode is not to be missed!

Tune in to Crossing Borders!

2pm – 3pm –  Black York with Fasil Demsash!

3pm-4pm –  Breaking York with Graham Blueskies this week presents a whole bunch of exciting racks – Tune in to listen to the best local musicians!

4pm-5pm – This week on the Information Takeaway: Juliet’s first show of 2019 tackles the issues around home and school education – are there valid reasons for taking your child out of school? Can schools support home schooling more proactively to blend home and school education? Do we need a shake up in our education system and different ways of thinking in the modern age? We are joined by Izzy Renkin-Holliway who is training to be a teacher and was home-schooled herself and get the point of view of parents plus our usual great music!

5pm – 7pm –  Two hours of best Reggae selection with the mighty and finest Catch a Fire duo: York Man and Daddy Harper!

7pm – 9pm –  The HMGW Show power slams it’s way into 2019 with a mix of indie and mainstream music and live interviews with professional indie wrestlers.

Professional Wrestler Wing Commander Nash will be flying into the studio to discuss his upcoming True Grit Wrestling show appearance in York at Fibbers on the 19th January. We hope to have some more wrestling guests to, so keep your eyes on the HMGW page for any announcements. Also featuring, local spoken words Anxious Anarchist Poetry poet Tom Rudd

9pm-10pm – Soothing sounds for the Soul with Paul Coull’s Soul Hour to finish off the day!

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 

We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit oganisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream or click HERE.
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
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Help! I’m Trapped In The Body Of An Adequate Comedian!

This is the cry for help from York stand-up comedian, Jake Donaldson.

Comedian Jake Donaldson presents his debut solo hour!

Jake mixes stand-up and storytelling in this show, which explores what really goes on inside his head.

A hilarious hour of comedy about what its like to live with a mental health condition from this up-and-coming comic who is fresh from his debut year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was one of the Huffington Post’s “Ten Must See New Acts at The Edinburgh Fringe.

With support from a selection of the best local, up-and-coming comics on the circuit!

Also named one of “The best comedy show titles at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe” by British Comedy Guide.

Jake will be joining Declan Minskip for the Lunchtime Rush on Monday 14th January.  Make sure to tune in between midday and 1pm!  www.tworiversradio.stream

As heard on BBC Radio Leeds and Radio Yorkshire.

 “… a comedian not to be missed. Incredibly funny and down to earth.”

 

Saturday 19th January @ The Basement, York

Doors open 7:30pm, Show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £7 (£5 Students) and are available from the Basement website http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/jake-donaldson

Breaking York Special!

Tadcaster based singer/songwriter Bryony Drake is coming to the Two Rivers Radio broadcast lounge to play tracks from her new as yet unreleased EP plus a few extras. Live and exclusive to Breaking York and Two Rivers Radio

Bryony’s vocal style is unique – which is difficult to achieve when there are so many great vocalists out there. Her penchant for wrapping the emotional conundrum inside a dystopian enigma leaves your ears burning with a mixture of why me and a desire to stop the world and fix it.
You’ll fall in love with the characters in her songs as they wrench at your heart strings and stir your compassion for an artist whose talent is under appreciated – still unsigned Bryony is a vocal ruby surrounded by lyrical diamonds set in 18 carat gold.

Tune into Breaking York between midday – 1pm today!

Programme Schedule: 17/12/2018

Good morning York!!
 
This is our final full day schedule in 2018 and its a corker. We will be live & loud from our pop-up studio at The corner pin from midday!

 
Take a look and tune in. 🙂
 
 
Midday – 1pm
A special edition of Breaking York will kick off the day. This is a taster of what is to come in the new year as Graham Blueskies welcomes a very special guest into the Two Rivers Radio studio. Tadcaster based singer/songwriter Bryony Drake is coming to the Two Rivers Radio broadcast lounge to play tracks from her new and as yet unreleased EP plus a few extras. Live and exclusive to Breaking York and Two Rivers Radio.
If you have comments or questions for Bryony do get in touch using #BreakingYork on Twitter or by messaging TRR on Facebook.
 
1pm – 2pm
This month on An Alright Show, to round up 2018, Kieran will be looking at possible contenders for “Album Of The Year 2018” Get in touch with your suggestions for Album of the year!!
 
2pm – 3pm
LGBTQ Hour returns with a festive cracker, a Christmas special that is music orientated and each song having an LGBT link. Mixed in with some all time top festive favourites are some rather less well known but great Christmas songs to get you right into the festive spirit and ready for Santa. Join Lisa Kelly live from 2pm.
Can you guess the LGBT link to all the songs? Get in touch on Facebook or Twitter using #TRRLGBT
 
3pm – 4pm
In the final What Rock? of 2018 Alex & Sam are keeping it local with a focus on rock bands of all types from Yorkshire, hopefully in an effort to tune you into your new local favourite band!
 
 
4pm – 5pm
Beats ‘n Pieces with Jonah Hebron – ‘Beats and Pieces’ plays anything with a beat. Shifting between Hiphop, Funk, Dub and Jazz; we’re all about rhythm here. No drab, 4/4 repetitions here – it’s all syncopation, groove and feeling.
 
5pm – 6pm
Two Rivers Radio presents the latest edition of Crossing Borders from Andræssen Genevieve We Who Move.
‘Songs & Stories for a Winter’s Night’ will transport you to a world of wonderful stories, folklore and exquisite music.
 
6pm – 7pm
Bob Horton Brings the Weirdness. As you will know dear listener, anything can happen! You will need to get locked in to find out.

 
 
7pm – 8pm
The Totally Serious(!) Heavy Metal ShowOzz will not be in the studio on Christmas Eve so the TSHMS is coming to you a week early. He will be co-piloted today by Steve Judge, of Mr. Judge to You – stay tuned for a special from Steve later this evening.

 
8pm – 9pm
Baguette et CroissantMaxime is back in the studio to explore the varies and exciting world of the Chinese Man record label. Baguette et Croissant focuses on music from France and the French diaspora, and this delve into Chinese Man promises some awesome tunes to take you into the late evening.
 
9pm – 10pm
Late Mr. Judge to You! “TFI Not Christmas… Yet!!”…. An hour of under celebrated Christmas Records on The Late Mr Judge To You… In his last radio hour of 2018!!
 
 
We are always on the look out for volunteers!! If you would like to present or produce a show, or get involved behind the scenes please get in touch: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
Two Rivers Radio is a not-for-profit community radio station, however we do still have costs to cover. Further more, we currently only broadcast for 1 day a week, but have big plans for 2019. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business please take a look at HERE.

Two Rivers Radio Schedule 17/12/18

Good Morning!
Ready for you From Midday till 10pm. Tune in!

tworiversradio.stream

12pm – 1pm – Starting the day with Breaking York Special with Graham Blueskies . Tadcaster based singer/songwriter Bryony Drake is coming to the Two Rivers Radio broadcast lounge to play tracks from her new as yet unreleased EP plus a few extras.

Bryony’s vocal style is unique – which is difficult to achieve when there are so many great vocalists out there. Her penchant for wrapping the emotional conundrum inside a dystopian enigma leaves your ears burning with a mixture of why me and a desire to stop the world and fix it.
You’ll fall in love with the characters in her songs as they wrench at your heart strings and stir your compassion for an artist whose talent is under appreciated – still unsigned Bryony is a vocal ruby surrounded by lyrical diamonds set in 18 carat gold.

1pm – 2pm – On An Alright Show this month to round up 2018, Kieran will be looking at possible contenders for “Album Of The Year 2018”

2pm – 3pm –  LGBT Hour with Lisa Kelly returns with a festive cracker, a Christmas special that is music orientated and each song having an LGBT link. Mixed in with some all time top festive favorites are some rather less well known but great Christmas songs to get you right into the festive spirit and ready for Santa. Can you guess the #LGBT link to all the songs?

3pm-4pm –  Yorkshire! This week (and hopefully without city-wide power cuts!) Sam and Alex are keeping it local with a focus on rock bands of all types from Yorkshire, hopefully in an effort to tune you into your new local favorite band! Tune in to What Rock?

4pm-5pm – Beats’n’Pieces with Jonah Hebron. Plenty of the 90s, plenty of New York, plenty of beats. Tune in and drop out.

5pm – 6pm – Songs & Stories for a Winter’s Night: Do you ‘welcome the nights that double delights?’ Or doth ‘Winter waken all thy cares?’ Why does Santa ride in a sled driven by reindeer? Do you prefer Medieval carols or caroles? And what on earth is a Christmas goat?!! Winter is one of Genevieve’s favorite times of year, and the best time to gather together with those we hold dear, to listen to stories & share in music! So gather together & let us make merry as we take a look at a few ways & whys of traditional winter celebrations around the world & Genevieve will share a few of her favorite stories with you to help ‘Drive The Cold Winter Away.’

Tune in to Crossing Borders!

6pm – 8pm –  Bob Horton has thus far spent the Weirdness attempting to answer some of life’s biggest questions. This time, he’s going to ask them. To his guests. They won’t enjoy this, but they might win prizes.

7pm-8pm –   In an edition out of time, our hero is joined on his endless quest by a worthy ally as they attempt to revive an ancient art. There will be blood, there will be thunder, there will be idolatry…This is The totally Serious (!) Metal Show

8pm – 9pm – Baguette et Crroisant with Maxime! Second session about Chinese Man Record. We’re going to discover some other artists of this label!

9pm – 10pm –  “TFI Not Christmas… Yet!!”…. An hour of under celebrated Christmas Records on The Late Mr Judge To You… In his last radio hour of 2018!!

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
Two Rivers Radio is a community radio station dedicated to providing unique, original and independent media for the people of York. Run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, Two Rivers Radio is “By the people of York, for the people of York, in the heart of York”
 

We broadcast every Monday from midday ’til 11pm from our pop-up studio at the The Corner Pin, Tanner Row, York.

www.tworiversradio.stream
 
We are a not-for-profit organisation and all of what we do costs money. If you would like to support us as an individual or a business, please contact us: tworiversradio@gmail.stream or click HERE.
 
If you like what you see, read and/or hear – please ‘like’ our page, comment, share us with your friends, follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Get in touch!! 🙂
 
We are always looking for new presenters, producers, writers, journalists and other team-members – if you’d like to get on board, please drop us a line: tworiversradio@gmail.com
 
www.tworiversradio.stream