DJ turns college pastime into 30-year Pink Floyd passion project

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SHELBURNE, Vt. (WCAX) It was all the way back in 1989 that Craig Bailey started his radio show. Now, 30 years later, the Shelburne man is still going strong with his hourlong syndicated radio show dedicated to all things Pink Floyd.

Craig Bailey produces his show from what he calls the "dark side of the moon" or his home studio. Pink Floyd's heyday was in the 1970s and there are still people who are fanatical about the British band.

Bailey works full time as a web producer. He got his start in radio by taking over a friend's Pink Floyd hour at Ithaca College in 1989. He changed the name to Floydian Slip, and with hundreds of episodes in the books, he has never looked back.

"I knew very little about the band when I started. Like I said, a friend passed me the cassette of 'Dark Side of the Moon' and I am embarrassed to say that up to a few years before that I thought Pink Floyd was a person," Bailey said.

After graduation, Bailey bounced around and continued to work part time at radio stations. In 2009, the station that aired his hourlong show switched formats, leaving him questioning whether Floydian Slip would continue.

"Do I try to produce this on my own and market it to multiple stations," Bailey said.

He decided to keep the show running. He now produces it completely from home, but it hits the airwaves of 105 radio stations across the globe, from New Zealand to right here at WIZN in Winooski.

"Floydian Slip is legendary," said Devon McGarry, the morning show host at WIZN.

He says the show is a hit at the station and for it to stay on for 30 years is unique.

"When it comes to specialty shows, especially a music-oriented specialty show like Floydian Slip, that's incredibly rare. It's almost unheard of," McGarry said.

Back in his studio, Bailey knows listeners have options, but he credits the internet -- it has helped him distribute his show but also helped build a community of listeners.

"If your niche is really tight and you really pay attention, there is stuff to talk about every week," he said

Bailey's show has built up a decadeslong legacy with dedicated fans, just like the band that started it all.