New Facebook Page – Thea’s Things and Other News

Thea Newcomb on Celtic Music Radio - Nov 2, 2017

New Facebook Page - Thea's Things

New Facebook Page – Thea’s Things

So I actually decided to launch a new Facebook Page – Thea’s Things which will be a place to showcase the Younique products that I am selling, and the Darceys Candles as well. Or it could be to promote radio shows I am doing. It will also feature new designs for my father’s Red Bubble shop (and my TNTs RB shop too).

It won’t just be about me though…It will also be a place to talk about the clients I am working with here in Scotland. It’s my chance to promote them or possibly interview them. Or perhaps a place to promote my friend’s businesses. The overall aim will simply be to post content I deem “share-worthy”.

So it won’t just be my things but things I see, watch, listen to or places I visit.

Facebook is a tough nut to crack and for that reason I had never set up a business page truly for my businesses…but now it’s a chance to practice what I preach. Besides, I can use it as a testing ground. Please give it a like or follow if you’re on Facebook. Thanks.

Thea Newcomb on Celtic Music Radio - Nov 2, 2017

Celtic Music Radio Shows

Last weekend, I covered for my old friend Mike Dillon on his Singers and Songwriters show. Mike and I were colleagues in Paisley at Q96 in 1992, and have remained friends since then.

A while back he rang me up and asked me to cover for him, and so I did. Naturally, I had a blast, as I don’t get to do “live radio” very often – let alone play all my fave tracks of the moment.

Good news! I’m doing his show again the first Friday in November…so trying to find some more new tracks now. Here’s the playlist from 6 October 2017:

1. TOM PETTY – American Girl
2. STEVIE NICKS – Free Fallin’
3. TAYLOR KNOX – Running Into Love
4. JON & ROY – Runner
5. JOSEPH – Blood & Tears
7. BEACH FOSSILS – This Year
9.  JOSHUA LEE – Drift
10. THE NATIONAL – Nobody Else Will Be There
11. VANCE JOY – Lay It On Me

1. PAPER COMPASS – Slow Down
2. SLOW DANCER – It Goes On
3. JOSHUA RADIN – Falling (Acoustic)
4. CANYON CITY – Find You
7. LUCA FOGLE – Hannah
8. JOSHUA LEE  – Promise Land
9. NAOMI BEDFORD – Without Joy
10. JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD – Sorry is Gone
11. ANDREW BELLE – Black Bear


Final Business Gateway Workshops 2017

Final Workshops of 2017

There are just four workshops left for me in 2017 – Intro to Linkedin, Blogging for Business and Creating Killer Graphics (in Canva) – all for Business Gateway Ayrshire.

Then there’s a one-off for Renfrewshire – Creating Killer Graphics (in Canva).

The rest of my work is all on a one-to-one basis. If you need some bespoke training, feel free to get in touch on 0141 416 1492.

Join Me Live on Celtic Music Radio – October 6 from 10pm (UK) 2pm (PST)

Thea Newcomb on the Radio - Celtic Music Radio November 2017

Thea Newcomb on the Radio - Celtic Music Radio October 6, 2017

Join Me Live on Celtic Music Radio – October 6 from 10pm (UK) 2pm (PST)

If you love hearing new music then why don’t you join me tomorrow October 6. I’ll be live on Celtic Music Radio from 10pm (UK) 2pm (PST) filling in again for my old radio buddy Mike Dillon. His show is called Singers and Songwriters and I’ll be sharing some of the top tracks I’ve discovered this year and I’ll throw in some classics too.

Of course, I’ll have to throw in some Tom Petty given his untimely departure this week.

I don’t normally post/tweet/share things when musicians or actors pass but for Tom, I did.

Tom Petty was the number one person who I had yet to see LIVE in concert. I really assumed I would have, eventually, but now that won’t happen. I can’t believe it.

Thankfully his music lives on. I can console myself, a little, by listening to his last show in So-Cal just about a week ago…

Musical Melange

So the radio show is two hours which is nice and long. I’ve been oscillating on what tracks to play. Some of the artists I’m playing may even get spun twice as it’s been hard to choose. This week I picked up the new album from the National – Sleep Well Beast. So I’ll have to play something off of that. I have also discovered a new guy (to me) called Joshua Lee. He’s right up my street.

Joan JL Formulations

In Other News – T-shirts & More

Well, while I am here I should mention what has been taking up all my spare time – Ralph Says Things and the various social media channels attached to that. Check out the picture of my friend Joan, the founder of JL Formulations, wearing dad’s hashtag (#JSSAMO) t-shirt off of Cafe Press.

I appreciate the support so very much. If you’d like to support him, please give him a follow here:


In addition to all that, dad and I each have our own Red Bubble shops:  Ralph Says Things merch here and my shop is hereTNTs (Thea Newcomb Ts & More).

So you can support Ralph by either buying some sort of there merch via the links above, or simply by following him.

Sleep time! Radio show kicks off in 24 hours…Excited!


Thea Newcomb Show – Back on Radio Six

The Thea Newcomb Show

So pleased to be back on the radio for a new series of The Thea Newcomb Show (aka “September songs”, if you will) on Radio Six International, a Scotland-based internet radio station.

It’ll likely just be for a month or possibly two – just to get my skills back up to scratch. Hopefully you’ll find what I lack in skill, I more than make up for in passion.

Anyone who knows me knows that presenting radio shows is my absolute passion. There is literally little that I enjoy more than talking and playing new music especially (sometimes with some classics thrown in too) for my listeners.

So this weekend my first show aired for 2016 and I thought I’d share the playlist of that show here, now.

The Thea Newcomb Radio Show - Radio Six International

Thea Newcomb Show 1 – My Playlist

1. ANDREW BIRD – Capsized  (@andrewbird)
2. JOSEPH – White Flag (@thebandjoseph)
3. RICHARD ASHCROFT –  Picture of You  (@richardashcroft)
4. BECCA MANCARI – Summertime Mama (@beccamancari)
5. PETE YORN – Summer Was a Day  (@peteyorn)
6. MIDNIGHT PILOT  – Let Go  (@midnightpilot)
7. BLIND PILOT – Upqua Rushing  (@blindpilot)
8. BANNERS – I’d Start a Riot  (@bannersmusic)
9. KEVIN MORBY – I Have Been to the Mountain (@kevinmorby)
10. BRAVE BABY – The Thrill of Love  (@bravebabymusic)
11. CANYON CITY – Smoke and Ash  (@CanyonCityMusic)
12. BEN ABRAHAM – You and (@benabraham)

Next Week’s Show..

Currently working on next week’s show, today. It takes me 3-4 hours to produce a one-hour show, which is why I don’t do series longer than a month or maybe two.

I have too many other things I do (training all over Scotland, run a makeup company, sell cards, and run – but I enjoy sourcing tracks and researching a bit about them – a few times a year.

This week I’ve picked up (or should I say downloaded?) new music from Ed Harcourt and the latest EP from Susie Suh which somehow came out with my knowledge! Both of them will be on the playlist for show 2. And, I think I’ll kick off the show with this one…What do you reckon?

Yay or nay?

Any Musical Suggestions?

If you have anyone you think I should play on my radio show, please let me know. This could be your own work or someone you love – that you think I will too.

You can see from show one’s playlists the times of acts I play…Show two may have some more peppy tracks. It all depends on the mood when I am choosing!

My radio show airs Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday too. See the Radio Six International Schedule page but be aware the times marked there are an hour earlier than my show. So when it says 10am it’s 11am UK time. It’s confusing I know.

If you’re in business in Glasgow, then please join me at the next #29Social – at 29 Private Members Club September 28.

#SocialWhirl: 5 Days on Radio Scotland

Well I’m not long back from my final day on the Kaye Adams programme on Radio Scotland. While, over the years I’ve done dozens interviews on radio and TV shows (both the BBC and STV) – this week it was different. I was handling a slot they call the #SocialWhirl – which was basically discussing five social media stories each day – airing just after the 11am news.

I was brought in on Monday and Tuesday, initially, to see if I would be worth bringing the rest of the week. Trial by Fire – as it were.

Each day I woke up at 7:30, showered and immediately started looking at stories from all kinds of sources. Facebook trending. Twitter trending. The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and Buzzsumo…anywhere and everywhere.

I’d then make suggestions to the team, and they’d either accept or reject them. Each day they ended up accepting a few of mine and opting ones that were their own.

Fair enough it’s their show…

I’d arrive at the Pacific Quay at 10:30 and get my notes. (I was working with a lovely young girl called Emma this week). Emma would provide me with bullet points of the stories and I would also take my own notes on my iPad.


Monday morning’s #socialwhirl – I will admit that I was nervous. Though I’ve more than twenty three years of radio experience, I found this week to be a real challenge – especially day one. I think it showed.

When Kaye asked me follow up questions at points – I choked and ended up bumbling along trying to regain my footing…Totally nerve-wracking.

Day ones stories ranged from Taylor Swift taking on Apple, ‘Anakin Skywalker’ getting busted after a car chase, why hangovers are so bad (note: I’m teetotal!), #EndAusterity now (which frankly I am still unsure about) and the lovely Ewan McGregor intimating there may be another Trainspotting (we pondered where the story could go 20 years later!)

I survived it, just…and they said I did ok but I think we all knew there was much room for improvement. Later that day they did give me notes on how to do better on Tuesday.

Notes like “Breathe and speak a bit more slowly. Remember you have a couple of minutes on each story to fill. Own it!”

And when I am asked a question that I don’t know – “don’t panic”, explain I’m unsure and then refer them to the Kaye’s Adams Facebook page for the full stories.

Day two

By Tuesday, I was keenly aware that, if I hoped to be invited back for the rest of the week, I had to do better. I think I did. By now I was a little bit more relaxed and frankly we started to get into a good zone.

The stories were pretty good – we had the wee blind Jack Russell Glenn with his guide dog Buzz needing a home, Taylor Swift follow on backlash from an English photographer, how skinny jeans can be dangerous and couple of challenges (for me anyway) – about a bomb going off in Afghan parliament and North Korea’s alleged cure for Ebola and other deadly diseases. So I sort of choked again but clearly did good enough because at the end Kaye said “See you tomorrow Thea” and I felt as though I’d passed the test. Phew!

Here’s a link to Day two’s stories on Facebook

Day 3

Day three, Hump Day, as we say in the US of A…and I’m back at PQ again. Feeling slightly more confident, though still not 100%, as we work our way through more Social Media stories.

The first story of the day resonates with me as the founder of So You’ve Been Dumped (the website for the romantically challenged which celebrates its 15th birthday in just over a week). It’s about the guy Martin who makes a video in honor of his ex-wife Laura who he’d been with for 12 years. In the video, he saws various items in half so he can auction the items off on eBay…He saws Teddy Bears, cards, mobile phones etc…16 in total – I think. All with a story of their own. This thing goes viral…but even when I’d seen it in the Metro (while on the tube to town) I was dubious.

The video’s been viewed nearly 6.5 million times. Bonkers…

But the story this particular morning is that it was all a hoax created by a German Law firm’s portal to raise awareness about divorce: “Too few married couples take precautions for the case of a possible separation – for example with a marriage contract.” – With a close friend going through a divorce in Germany right now I’m hearing first hand how traumatic it is (especially there!)

Other stories we talked about were about Google and the Chromium browser…note that Chromium and Chrome are not the exact thing. I did state it was Chromium not Chrome but I could have better articulated this story – to be sure.

“The key here is that Chromium is not a Google product. We do not directly distribute it, or make any guarantees with respect to compliance with various open source policies,” Google developer Mgiuca said.

I tried it on my own Chrome browser on my Mac and Google asked if I wanted to allow the mic to work.

Again it’s always good to check settings in all your browsers, apps and websites.

Don’t even get me started about Facebook or WhatsApp!

We then went on to talk about Condoms that change colors (S.T.EYE) and a study about siblings – but not necessarily in that order. I gave my own experience about my sister and I (who are like “chalk and cheese”) and Kaye said her daughters are the same.

I felt pretty good when leaving Wednesday…The stories for the day are all here.

Day 4

Another day another dollar, or should I say pound? Day four’s stories were as varied as ever. We kicked off with the sweet but sad story of Alex McDougall a 77 year old Rangers Fan and Army vet who passed away in a care home in England. He never had any family or friends come to visit so the staff there put the call out to social to get people along to honor him. (His funeral is 2 hours from now.) Runner Lynsey Sharp, a Scottish track star, is going along to it. She was on the phone saying why. That story struck a cord in me too as he reminded me of my father in his picture. Another old fella who’s been married to his job. That’s the only story from yesterday they put on Kaye’s Facebook page (probably an oversight)

The other stories were” Working mums can start to feel less guilty! It turns out it can actually be good, for daughters especially, according to a Harvard study.  Obama gets heckled “No no no not in my house” type of thing. The see-through toilet at Glastonbury. (Surreal you can see out of the porta-loo but people can’t see in! Still, it could prove challenging to “go” regardless…).

The final story was also near and dear to my heart because it was about #thepowerofmakeup!

Given that I run a makeup business – I definitely had an opinion on this one! It started because of this video Nikkie who runs Nikkie’s tutorials on Youtube. She did a tutorial doing half her face which caused quite a stir. 

Kaye ended by saying it was our last day together and that John Beattie would be in doing the Friday show. I was a little bummed as I felt as though Kaye and I had built up a pretty good rapport. We have a laugh and now there I was – going to have to have start over with someone new on my last day…

Day 5

Today was Day 5 of the show and this time it’s with John. Now I’ve met John once or twice – even had conversations with him at the Scotland Tonight party (not that he’d ever remember meeting me especially with some Miss Scotland in the room at the time!) but I’d heard good things about John so I figured it would be fine. And it was. I suppose.

It’s a totally different dynamic in the studio but that’s fine. We kick off with a spooky K9 suicide story. It’s about a bridge in West Dunbartonshire that 600 dogs have simply jumped off (50 of them have died as a result).

We had a guy Paul Owens who’s written an unpublished book about the bridge – asserting it’s a ghost Lady Overtoun’s perhaps? Anyway John’s signalling to me to speak, I guess and ask what he believes the real story here is…but I don’t pick up the cue (Awkward)….So he asks himself bottom line – why do these dogs do so? Paul reckons it is something supernatural going on there. John remains skeptic. I am simply curious and now I want to go to the bridge!

In true Back to the Future style, we discussed how Lexus has created a working Hoverboard. Then how some bonkers person on Instagram decided to deep fry a Big Mac. Revolting. Americans getting slammed for frying everything but we’re not the only ones – Deep Fried Mars Bar anyone?

Two final stories: Burning money: a new Internet challenge featuring people burning money.

When John asked “why?” I didn’t have an answer for him…

Look at the story on the BBC website  – there’s not much to it…so not my fault I didn’t have answer!

I tried to find the blog of people slamming it (and suggesting they should use it to buy medicine or food) — but what I should have said “it’s the internet, there doesn’t need to be a reason”.  Frankly the internet’s filled with pointless junk isn’t it?

The last story was a Scottish Farmer’s choir singing about the future of milk to the tune or Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary. Anyway a slightly bizarre way of raising awareness to their plight but these days I guess that’s what we do – we take to the Internet…we make videos. We create hashtags and we jump on other people’s hashtags too.

#SocialWhirl Summary:

I have to say, I enjoyed my week on the Kaye Adams show. It was definitely an “out of my comfort zone” situation. That’s no bad thing.

I had some stories that I managed to cover much better than others. If was grading myself (on an American scale) I’d give myself a B-, but as one of the producers of the show said to me on the way out today, “you’re your own worst critic Thea” and she was right. I am. I always have been. (I can be fair too honest which is sometimes my downfall but then I am human and we’re all flawed eh?)

But you know what? I can also be very good to myself too…so am off to treat myself for all my hard work this week. I am off to find the perfect tea and scone – as it’s #nationalcreamteaday and it would be rude not to.

It's #nationalcreamteaday

Wish Luss was closer because I’d definitely nip in to my fave place and have one of these!

Meanwhile for me, it’s back to my normal radio work, doing what I love and feel comfortable doing,…presenting a show on Celtic Music Radio: Sunday at 10pm

My Big Week – #29Social and a Return to Radio

Well this is a big week for me. Frankly I am actually a little overwhelmed but in a good way, I guess. You see in 48 (and a bit) hours, #29Social will be kicking off at 29 Private Members Club in Glasgow. It’s a night of social networking, short talks, a few drinks and nibbles. It’s third one I’ve run but the last one was 18 or more months ago. There have already been around 50 who have RSVPd where they are supposed to. There are more than 80 who say they’re coming on 29’s Facebook Event page.


The last ones were fabulous and I am sure this one will be even bigger and better.

Forever Young @Mcphabbs

Also this week, I’ve started to promote the 80s music night that I am hosting at McPhabbs next month. Bank Holiday Sunday – 24/5. We’ll be playing all kinds of cool, 80s bands (and yes there were some…many actually)

Have been asking people on Social Media to share their favourite track from the decadent decade! If you are in Glasgow or within traveling distances please feel free to pop along and simply click the image to RSVP over on Facebook. If you have a fave 80s track feel free to comment below and I’ll see if I can play it on the night!


Return to Radio

Yippeee! It’s true! I’m back! I did a big ole blog about my radio show over on Linkedin yesterday, so I don’t want to rehash what I said over there. Suffice it to say, I am back on air from this Sunday night at 8pm. I’ll be playing all kinds of music from Scotland and in Scotland. In other words, my favourite Scottish tracks and any relevant acts who may be coming to Scotland to play live. That keeps it pretty broad. And though it’s on Celtic Music Radio there will be little, if any, “traditional music” on my show. I’ll be saving that for actual Scots!

Music of Scotland - Thea on Celtic Music Radio in Glasgow

I haven’t had time to really focus on a playlist but can tell you I am considering tracks from the new Gun record and Admiral Fallow too. The rest will remain to be seen…Any suggestions on Scottish tracks for my show? Place them in the comments below.

Still doing the #5x50Chal too…Yesterday was a 40-min run (a best for this challenge) and today a walk before the sleet arrived. Feeling pretty good over all. Hope you are too!