Friday Drive

Fridays 4PM

Presented by Gemma Purves

Gemma is relatively new to Eastside Radio and joined the drive team in late 2015, yet her association with the medium goes back to childhood, pre OH&S where she could often be found snoozing in a basinet under a desk at our national broadcaster’s old HQ in Kings Cross. Fast forward a few years she finds herself back in her hometown after over a decade working in financial media and living in London.

On Friday Drive she’ll not just fill you in on the best and perhaps underreported events happening around town but also keep you up to date on the local issues that matter and what our local councils are up to. We’ll also pay special attention to inclusive events and policy– having spent time as a carer Gemma is aware that inclusive events and venues can improve life not just for those with disabilities but their friends and families also.

The music will be slightly less experimental than her earlier graveyard time slot, but will give priority to the new, the local, and touring plus whatever earworm has infected her head over the previous week.

Follow her on twitter @gspurves, or email her at

Recent Episodes

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 24th March, 2017

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 17th March, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 17th March, 2017
04:04pm Ella Fitzgerald - I Got A Guy
RELEASE: Portrait of...
04:07pm Nina Simone - He Needs Me
RELEASE: Little Girl Blue
04:11pm Hauschka - Morgenrot
RELEASE: Ferndorf
04:16pm Esperanza Spalding - Radio Song
RELEASE: Radio Music Society
04:25pm Mick Hart - Don't Fall
RELEASE: Kill Yourself For Love
04:35pm Liquid Soul - What A Story
RELEASE: Liquid Soul
04:42pm Ngaiire - Diggin
RELEASE: Blastoma - LABEL: Sony Music/ Maximillion Brown
04:45pm The Jungle Band - Mood Indigo
RELEASE: The Very Best Of Duke Ellington - LABEL: Sony BMG Music Entertainment
04:52pm Baldwins - Goldbrick
04:57pm Ornette Coleman - The Jungle Is A Skyscraer
RELEASE: The Complete Science Fiction Recordings
05:23pm Domini Forster - Black Dog
RELEASE: Raven - LABEL: Creative Victoria
05:39pm Mick Hart - Nothingness
RELEASE: Upside Down in the Full Face of Optimism
05:39pm mick hart - under a vacant sky
RELEASE: under a vacant sky
06:00pm Curtis Mayfield - If I Were Only a Child Again
RELEASE: Back to the World

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 3rd March, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 3rd March, 2017
04:08pm Nina Simone - The Ballad of Hollis Brown
RELEASE: Let It All Out
04:16pm Oscar Peterson - Why Can't You Behave
RELEASE: plays the Cole Porter Songbook
04:28pm Matt McMahon - Stream And Sun
RELEASE: The Voyage of Mary and William - LABEL: PathsAndStreams Records
04:31pm Vince Jones - Blame It on My Youth
RELEASE: The Monash Sessions - LABEL: Head Records
04:40pm Spooky Men's Chorale - Ba'hari Ghibb
RELEASE: Spooky Man in History
04:47pm Ayanna Witter-Johnson - Give In
RELEASE: 4 Hero Presents Extensions
04:50pm Oscar Key Sung - It's Coming
04:53pm PVT - Ziggurat
RELEASE: Homosapien
05:12pm Zoe Keating - Lost
RELEASE: Into the Trees
05:49pm Liquid Soul - Black Earth

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 24th February, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 24th February, 2017
04:07pm Xylouris White - Pulling The Bricks
04:07pm Xylouris White - The Bells
04:28pm Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker - Sleeping Alone
RELEASE: Kill The Doubt
04:29pm Nina Simone - Keeper of The Flame
RELEASE: High Priestess of Soul
04:34pm Peggy Lee - Making Whoopee
RELEASE: Gold Collection
04:43pm Art Blakely & Chet Baker - Minor Yours
RELEASE: Blue Note Blend
04:50pm 20th Century Dog - Anagram
04:53pm Billie Holiday - The Way You Look Tonight
04:56pm 20th Century Dog - Vibrant
05:07pm Teresa Stratas - Foolish Heart
RELEASE: Teresa Sings Weill
05:13pm Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine
RELEASE: Cookin' With The Miles Davis Q
05:48pm Patti Smith - Soul Kitchen
05:53pm Solomon Burke - A Change Is Gonna Come
RELEASE: Proud Mary
05:56pm Bobbie Gentry - Chickasaw County Child
RELEASE: Ode To Billie Joe
05:59pm Gil Scott Heron - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
RELEASE: Winter In America

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 17th February, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 17th February, 2017
04:07pm Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - You're Gonna Get It
RELEASE: Naturally
04:10pm Vince Jones - Wonderworld
RELEASE: The Monash Sessions - LABEL: Head Records
04:20pm Sidney Bechet - Summertime
04:36pm Ute Lemper - It's All A Swindle
04:45pm King Tide - Life Boat
RELEASE: Roots Pop Reggae - LABEL: Vitamin
05:10pm King Tide - Keep On Lovin
RELEASE: Roots Pop Reggae - LABEL: Vitamin
05:30pm PVT - Another Life
RELEASE: New Spirit
05:45pm PVT - Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend
RELEASE: New Spirit
06:00pm Blurt - The Fish Needs A Bike