A YOUNG lad who hit the headlines as a George Formby impersonator 20 years ago now has his own internet radio station broadcasting vintage music.

Entertainer Andy Eastwood, 28, from Walkford has set up Retro Jukebox which was launched earlier this month.

The first programme to go out is Andy's Attic, featuring music and comedy from the 1920s to the 1970s, with interviews, requests and tracks from retro artists.

Andy said the initial idea came when he was searching for a radio station to listen to.

"Flicking through the 200 digital radio channels I realised that you could have classical, modern jazz or any number of stations playing the chart music of the past 30 years," he said.

"But if you like swing, musical comedy, easy listening or anything pre-1970s, you are limited to a few specialist programmes a week.

"The American trend of broadcasting your own internet show is catching on here, but most webcasters are technophiles who do it just because they can, and they only play music that you can hear on ordinary stations."

With a long history in the entertainment industry - he had his own record label at age 11, was the first musician to give his degree recital playing George Formby music on ukelele, and now makes a living giving nostalgia shows around the country - he found it easy to get to grips with the webcast licensing laws.

Joining Andy on the station is Pete Lindup, a musical comedian from Blackpool.

The programme consists of a three-hour recording on a loop which will be changed on a regular basis. The second show is due on Saturday.

Andy said it was not a commercial venture, more an experiment.

"The playlist will change regularly, and we encourge requests - so please get in touch."

Check his experiment out at retrojukebox.biz.