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Welcome to AIRWAVES.  Here we have all sorts of audio and articles some written by Mike Smith of MDS975, plus other features, news clippings and general memorabilia collected over time about various radio stations and the development of local stations in particular.  We have a lot of material, not all of which is worthy of inclusion, but we hope to be able sort through and edit it and be able to present a little more here in the AIRWAVES section in due course and as time allows. Of particular interest will be the many audio recordings that are featured below!

PLEASE CLICK ON A STATION OR RADIO FEATURE BELOW THAT IS OF INTEREST:


RADIO STATION FEATURES

ILR - A PLACE IN HISTORY
HITTING THE TARGET :
Audience Research and Playlist Planning at XTRA-AM

BEACON RADIO : Wolverhampton & Black Country


BUZZ FM : Remembering BUZZ FM - The Rhythm Of Birmingham 1990 to 1994 

OCEAN SOUND - The start of Ocean Sound in 1986 - 99  
CWR :  Remebering BBC CWR in Coventry and Warwickshire - 1990 to 1995  

COUNTY SOUND RADIO - Guildford

MERCIA SOUND - Memories - (Midland Community Radio)

Tape Recording  MERCIA SOUND - The AUDIO FILES PAGE   

BRMB - History & Programmes 

MERCIA SOUND - MESSAGES   

BRMB - Programme Schedules 

Tape Recording   BRMB RADIO - The AUDIO FILES PAGE    
RADIO FORTH - Edinburgh

XTRA-AM - The Launch & Life of Classic Hit Radio in the Midlands 

KLFM - The Start Of Radio In West Norfolk

XTRA-AM - "Hitting The Target"
The ILR NETWORK CHART in 1985

FOX FM - The Launch Of ILR in Oxfordshire
BREAKFAST ILR

MORAY FIRTH RADIO - On Air - 1982
ILR Failures & Mergers and THE  HOT FM


THE A TO Z OF CAPITAL RADIO
DOUBLING UP - How ILR Stations Divided up their
Medium Wave and VHF Transmitters      

LATE NIGHT RADIO

EXPANDING COMMERCIAL RADIO
The IBA's ideas and a response from Radio Clyde's MD

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HEREWARD RADIO  -  Moving On Air


COMMUNITY RADIO - The Early Years

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The IBA's COMMUNITY RADIO STUDIO
PUTTING RADIO AT RISK
ILR - Where Did It All Go Wrong?

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FM - A New Wave Of Listening

ILR - COMING TO LIFE

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THE MEN BEHIND THE MASTS

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WILTSHIRE RADIO / WR / GWR / BRUNEL RADIO   NEW !!!!!

RADIO 210 - Thames Valley Broadcasting   NEW !!!!!


RADIO WYVERN - Launch preparation documentary film

Radio Wyvern Documentary 1982

PERSONALITY FEATURES

The Unforgettable RAY MOORE  -  From MB21  -  NEW !!!!! June 2012


ALEXANDER STEPANOVITCH POPOV 
The Russian father of radio
LES ROSS - (BBC WM, BRMB, XTRA AM, SAGA)

SIMON CUMMINGS - (Part of the County Sound Feature)

PHIL HOLDEN - BRMB Radio's King Of Comedy


Tape recording AUDIO:  Richard Cartridge on 2CR-FM with his superb TWENTY ONE'S Competition   

MARK KEEN - of Mercia FM, Radio 106 & Red Rose 999

 
MIKE DICKIN "My health is not in question"
THE legendary founding King of UK talk radio.
 Tape Recording  AUDIO:  A short feature called THE SET MAKERS : Produced by Radio Netherlands and narrated by Jonathan Marks and Nick Meanwell    



TECHNICAL FEATURES


IBA & BBC RADIO RECEPTION ADVICE

SPLIT FREQUENCY BROADCASTING





Tape recording                   RADIO STATION AUDIO                     Tape recording
MP3 RECORDINGS  -  Click on Links To Listen:
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     BRMB RADIO  -  Audio Page - lots of BRMB stuff  *New recordings 04/11/2013*
BEACON RADIO - Ian Perry's Ghost Stories - SCARY!  $
BEACON RADIO - Some jingles from 1990
BEACON 303 - July 1982 adverts and a jingle   $
Beacon Radio with Dick Fisher -   $
Beacon Radio with Dave Myatt & Ian Perry  $
Beacon Radio with Dave Myatt & Ian Perry  $
Beacon Radio with Myatt & Perry the Jongleurs Quiz $
BUZZ FM - Launch Day 1990 
BUZZ FM - December 1994 
BUZZ FM - various presenters 
BUZZ FM - Last day 31 December 1994 
BBC Radio Birmingham - Opening in 1970   $
BBC CWR - Station Launch January 1990 
BBC CWR - Station closure 1 
BBC CWR - Station closure 2 
BBC CWR -  a few jingles      
BBC Local Radio - Mark Forrest demo 2013  NEW !!!!! - #
BBC Radio One - John Peel - 1982 & 247m MW 1977  -  $  
BBC Radio One - Jimmy Savile Old Record Club $
BBC Radio One - FM stereo tests transmissions from 1988  $
BBC Radio Two - Ed Stewart at Christmas 1977   $
BBC Radio Four - Automated shipping forecast interrupts commentary of
     England's victory in the 2010 - 2011 Ashes series
BBC Radio Four - David Dimbleby on the Today programme has an opinion on what's wrong with BBC management.  0810hrs, November 12th 2012 
BBC Radio 5 Live - CB Radio story - Ofcom announce proposal to allow additional modes of transmission on some CB channels, but Tony Livesey confuses radio 'frequencies' with 'modes' NEW !!!!! 9/11/13
BBC Radio Five Live 28.3.94 to 28.3.14  -  5 Live At 20  NEW !!!!!
BBC Radio Merseyside with Billy Butler - March 2014  NEW !!!!!
BBC World Service 'V For Victory' Interval Signal / Tuning Signal  +
BBC World Service Lillibullero theme music mp3 ++
CAPITAL RADIO - Some excerpts from 1990 
Kenny Everett on R2 in 1983 & on CAPITAL RADIO
     in 1987 plus Alan Freeman - very short clips  $
CAPITAL 102.2 Birmingham - Launches 10am 3 Jan 2011 
CENTRE RADIO ceases trading & closes down - 1983
CHILTERN RADIO - Some jingles from 1990 
CBS Radio Network - USA - Emergency Radio Broadcast ! 
CLASSIC FM - Test Transmissions w. Quentin Howard 1992  $
COUNTY SOUND RADIO
DEVON AIR RADIO - 1990
ESSEX RADIO - Phone In feature & Essex Action  $
FOX FM  -  Pre launch test transmission
FOX FM  -  Station Launch 15th September 1989
FOX FM  -  Coverage of the autumn storms of 1989
FOX FM  -  Launch of the new Banbury transmitter
FIRST GOLD RADIO
GWR Radio - Some jingles from 1989-1990
GWR - Dave Barrett talks to caller about reception trouble $
Ian Collins reminisces on Talk Sport in August 2010
Independent Radio News - IRN News Review of 1990
Independent Radio News - IRN News Review of 1991
ISLE WIGHT RADIO - 1993
     MERCIA SOUND  -  Audio Page - lots of Mercia Sound stuff !
RADIO NETHERLANDS : "The Set Makers" narrated by Jonathan Marks
     and Nick Meanwell
NORTHANTS 96 - Launch Day 1986
OCEAN SOUND  -  1986
OCEAN SOUND  -  1988
OCEAN SOUND  -  1990  (1)
OCEAN SOUND  -  1990  (2)
ORCHARD FM - 1990 selection of clips (long version) 
ORCHARD FM -1990 selection of clips (short version)
    PIRATE BBC ESSEX - 'All At Sea' - parts 1 and 2 
RADIO 210 - compilation of clips & jingles from the 1980's   $
RADIO 210 - complilation of clips & jingles from the mid 1980's  $
RADIO 210 - Hannington IBA test stransmission $
RADIO 210 - Hannington transmitter tests - clip of Mick Meadows  $
RADIO 210 -1987 Hannington 102.9 test transmissions & launch  $
RADIO BROADLAND  -  (1)
RADIO BROADLAND  -  (2)
RADIO CLYDE 261 - adverts & jingle  $
RADIO CLYDE - 1981-82 with Richard Park & Mark Goodier  $
RADIO-FAX with Trevor Brook
RADIO-FAX - Radio Caroline feature
RADIO FORTH 194 - clips from 1981 & 1982  $
RADIO FORTH 194 - clips from 1981 - 1982 $ 
RADIO FORTH - Breaker Breaker Music Maker - 1982/3 $
RADIO FORTH - selection of short clips 1980 to 1982  $
Radio Luxembourg - short clip of Stuart Henry  $
RADIO NETHERLANDS - The Set Makers
RADIO TAY - jingle from 1981  $
RADIO WEST - tests & early 1981  $
RADIO WM & Radio Birmingham's 40th Anniversary celebratory show
    with Ed Doolan & Guests at Christmas from Symphony Hall Brimingham
    Broadcast 15th December 2010
RADIO WM - The Other Side Of Les Ross (broadcast Feb 2005)
   Interviewed by Ed Doolan on BBC Radio WM   
RADIO WM - Les Ross's last ever show (April 2009) 
RADIO WM - The Other Side Of Tony Butler (broadcast 23/05/03)
    Interviewed by Ed Doolan on BBC Radio WM
RADIO WM - Tony Butler's general Saturday -
                                        - morning phone-in 3/9/05
RADIO WM - Football Phone-in Tony Butler 22/03/06
RADIO WM - Football Phone-in Tony Butler 8/5/06
RADIO WM - Favourite jingles from 1990 - Radio WM's best jingles
RADIO WYVERN - First Jingles from 1982
RED ROSE RADIO 1987 - Alan Beswick - Part 1
RED ROSE RADIO 1987 - Alan Beswick - Part 2
RED ROSE RADIO 1987 - Alan Beswick - Part 3
RED ROSE RADIO 1987 - Alan Beswick - Part 4
SEVERN SOUND - Some jingles from 1990
SEVERN SOUND NEWS in 1986 - 2+2 = 5
SEVERN SOUND 1982 & Andy Westgate   $
SIGNAL 107 - Wolverhampton Launch day 26th March 2012 
SWANSEA BAY RADIO - Launch 5th November 2006
WILTSHIRE RADIO - WR - Launch Day 12/10/198NEW !!!!! June 2013 $
WILTSHIRE RADIO - WR - Compilation of various clips   $
WILTSHIRE RADIO - WR - 1982  $
WILTSHIRE RADIO - WR - Alan West  $
WILTSHIRE RADIO - WR - Quen & Glen Show 1982  $
WR - Jane Jones / blooper / out-take - 1984 $
WR - short clip - Jingle and Quentin Howard  $
XTRA AM  -  Pre Launch
XTRA AM  -  Station Launch
XTRA AM  -  1st Anniversary with Les Ross   
XTRA AM  -  Les Ross in 1990
XTRA AM - Les Ross's last breakfast show in 1993 
MORE XTRA AM Audio and Les Ross here >  
2CR  -  Richard Cartridge
2CR  -  A selection of 2CR jingles
2MT  -  from The Making Of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr - BBC TV
Jasper Carrott on Local Radio - Piccadilly Radio, BRMB & Radio Solent
     Mike Dickin audio clips here >




The BBC Radio One ABBA Special
an interview by Richard Skinner conducted in Stockholm in May 1979

Tape recording       PLAY : The ABBA SPECIAL - Richard Skinner interviews ABBA on BBC Radio One in May 1979        Tape recording

ABBA released their new album Voulez-Vous in 1979. In May 1979, to celebrate this new LP release, BBC Radio One featured an ABBA Special where Richard Skinner interviewed the Bjorn, Benny, Anni-Fried and Agnetha in Stockholm. Originally the programme rand for just under one hour, but being as it was recorded in mono from from medium wave I have shortened much of the music originally played due to the lower sound quality. None of the interview sections have been shortened and extracts of all the music are retained to get a flavour of the Album Voulez-Vous. The running time therefore is now just under 30 minutes.

ABBA at BBC Radio 1 in the 1970's - pre 1978
ABBA at BBC Radio One - Bjorn, Agnetha Anni-Fried and Benny - ABBA on Radio One [BBC]

Buy Voulez-Vous and other ABBA albums from Play.com
(Other CD and music retailers are available)


The recording of the ABBA Special was made on an AGFA LNS (Low Noise Special) C60 cassette tape. The equipment was an Hitachi top loading hi-fi stereo cassette deck fed from a Sony STR-3800L stereo receiver tuned to 1053 kHz AM / medium wave from the BBC's Droitwich transmitter in May 1979. BBC Radio 1 only transmitted on medium wave in 1979,  but I think audio was reasonably good for a medium wave / AM broadcast.

I hope you enjoy this rather special ABBA Special programme!



60 YEARS OF RADIO 
Sony STR-3800L stereo hi-fi receiver - 1979

SIXTY YEARS OF RADIO - 'Sixty Years Of Radio' is a documentary made by Essex Radio for the ILR network in 1982.

The programme celebrates the first sixty years of radio from the inception of the British Broadcasting Company in 1922, touching on continental radio stations of the IBC such as Radio Luxembourg, the offshore 'pirate' radio ships and forts of 1964 to 1967, the start of BBC local radio in the late 1960s and the birth of the IBA's ILR network, starting with LBC and Capital Radio in 1973. The programme also explains the work done by Marconi from 1896 through to the 1920's to develop the new radio technology into a commercially practical system.

The programme is was transmitted by BRMB Radio in Birmingham, back announced by BRMB's Phil Riley.

"Sixty Years Of Radio" is presented by Steve Wood and produced by David Gilby and Dennis Rookard.


Tape recording       PLAY : 60 YEARS OF RADIO        Tape recording

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25 YEARS OF COMMERCIAL RADIO

The First Twentyfive Years Of Commercial Radio - A documentary made by Talk Radio in 1998 for the Independent Local Radio network. The programme charts 25 years of commercial radio ("Independent Radio") from the start of ILR in1973 with the opening of LBC and Capital Radio in London and other ILR stations that followed, small and large, around the UK. There are ILR highlights, trials and tribulations and interviews with Roger Day, Michael Bukht, Tony Stoller, Richard Allinson, Peter Deeley, Chris Evans, Anna Raeburn. The programme is presented by Nicky Horne and Bob Holness.

Tape recording       PLAY : 25 YEARS OF COMMERCIAL RADIO        Tape recording
 
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Radio Caroline Feature on RadioFax


A feature transmitted by RadioFax in 1992, recorded from from the RadioFax short wave service (3910 & 6205 kHz):

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RADIO ACOCKS GREEN
 - EVERYONE'S MUSIC SCENE -


Radio Acocks Green was a very amusing spoof on local radio at the time. Broadcast in April and on Boxing Day in 1979. Radio Acocks Green performers include Birmingham's funnienst funny-man Jasper Carrott with BRMB's Ed Doolan, Adrian Juste and Brian Savin with production by Phil Dawson. Almost incredibly Radio Acocks Green lampooned local radio and even some of BRMB's own programmes and presenters - the spoofs included Tony Waiter, a take off of BRMB's legendary sports presenter Tony Butler, spoof commercials, "Open Line" with Brian Nunn (rather than BRMB's Alan Nin) and "Tradio" where Radio Acocks Green listeners could sell their unwanted goods, as long as they cost no more than 5 pence!     

More about Radio Acocks Green here >


  Tape recording  PLAY : RADIO ACOCKS GREEN - 40 minute version [32k]  Tape recording 
New upload - 40m extended version - added March 4th 2010
Keith Burson very kindly sent us this more extended version.



Tape recording   PLAY : RADIO ACOCKS GREEN - Listen to the BRMB Radio Spoof with Jasper Carrott   Tape recording
Updated and extended a little - 25 minutes - January 2010



If YOU have any more classic BRMB material recorded - please let us know!
  ... or if you have any more material BRMB's satire "Radio Acocks Green" - Please let us know here!!




- - Jasper Carrott on Local Radio - -

Tape recording    Here is Jasper Carrott on 1970's local radio radio stations - hilarious!     Tape recording
Including stories about Piccadilly Radio, Radio Solent and BRMB Radio's Tony Butler!



Radio Acocks Green : my shorter, incomplete, cassette recordings made in April 1979 [32 kbps]


Visit Jasper Carrott's website at   http://www.jaspercarrott.com




BBC Radio Two's RAY MOORE Remembered

RAY MOORE - As remembered by Mike Brown of MB21:

"I recently tripped over an old mono file on the Internet of a programme produced by Dennis O'Keeffe and presented by Ken Bruce, remembering one of this country's very best, and still missed broadcasters.

The programme was first broadcast on 12-Jan-1989 on BBC Radio 2. I've spent some of the day tidying up this file, augmenting and extending it. If you'd care to listen you will probably wonder, as I do, where this kind of warmth and quality can be found on the radio today, and I'm not talking about bit rates!

Ray was one of those who came from a pool of continuity announcers who were, for the most part, back-room boys without the obsession for 'celebrity' status". Warmth, personality, that special kind of intimacy that ONLY radio can bring are all things which he made to appear effortless.

"The programme contains all that really needs to be said about Ray, but it bears repeating that his really was the most wonderful show to wake up to in the mornings. He made you feel like the effort to get up and join with the day was worthwhile. Long may he be remembered".


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IT'S GOODNIGHT FROM ME....ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT NECESSARILY GOODNIGHT FROM HIM

Long long ago, well back in the eighties actually, some Independent Local Radio closed down in the evening or at midnight or 1am.  Other larger or more established stations continued broadcasting through the night, twenty four hours a day.  By clicking the link below you can hear some audio from a few radio stations of the era 1980 to 1985;  You can hear one or two jingles that may typically be used in the evenings, one or two proclaiming 24 hour programmes and others saying 'goodnight' as the station closed down and signed of until the following morning.  This is not an exhaustive collection, of course, but it gives a taster of what you might have heard in the evenings on your radio back in olden times....


The first jingle is Signal Radio in Stoke on Trent (c. 1984), followed by Essex Radio (c. 1984), LBC  in London (c. 1984), BRMB in Birmingham (c. 1984), Saxon Radio in Bury St Edmunds (c. 1984), GWR Radio in Wiltshire (c. 1984), Radio Trent in Nottingham (c. 1981 and 1984), Centre Radio in Leicester (c. 1981), Viking Radio in Humberside (c. 1984),  Wiltshire Radio (WR) Dave Barrett closes the station (c. 1983), Mercia Sound in Coventry where Jim Lee closes down the station at 1am until programmes start again at 5am (1981).
 



ALL AT SEA
The Story of Offshore 'Pirate' Radio in the 1960's


Tape recording   PLAY : All At Sea - part 1    Tape recording
The story of offshore pirate radio in the 1960's - the award winning documentary.
Presented bt Ray Clark and broadcast on Pirate BBC Essex during Easter 2004


Tape recording     PLAY : All At Sea - part 2 - What Happened Next {enhanced}  Tape recording
The continuing story of offshore pirate radio and the closure of most of the
popular radio stations by the government on 14th August 1967.
Presented bt Ray Clark and broadcast on Pirate BBC Essex in August 2007


BBC Essex - local radio for Essex                                                                             www.bbc.co.uk





WHEN PIRATES RULED THE WAVES
A story of Offshore Radio
Written and Presented by Paul Rowley

for BBC Local Radio
As broadcast on BBC Radio Shropshire
Tape recording   PLAY : When Pirates Ruled The Waves - by Paul Rowley   Tape recording


BBC Radio Shropshire                                                                                               www.bbc.co.uk





WHEN PIRATES RULED THE AIRWAVES
A story of Offshore Radio presented by Nill Nighy on Real Radio


Tape recording  PLAY : When Pirates Ruled The Airwaves - with Bill Nighy  Tape recording


visit - Real Radio  -  visit Smooth Radio






THE RADIO REVOLUTIONARIES
The story of the 1960's offshore radio pop pirates

Tape recording   PLAY : The Radio Revolutionaries - BBC Radio Two    Tape recording


www.bbc.co.uk






WHEN PIRATE RULED THE WAVES
Another story of the 1960's offshore radio pop pirates
presented by Johnnie Walker on Classic Gold Radio on 14th August 1997



Tape recording   PLAY : When Pirates Ruled The Waves [Part 1] with Johnnie Walker    Tape recording

Tape recording   PLAY : When Pirates Ruled The Waves [Part 2] with Johnnie Walker    Tape recording






Tape recording    TheWorst Of LBC       Tape recording

(Warning - contains language - but it is very funny!)
From the excellent website Vintage Broadcasting







The Launch of RADIO WYVERN in October 1982









The War Of The Worlds
The War Of The Worlds is the famous radio drama broadcast on the CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) radio network in America on Halloween, October 1938. The play was performed by The Mercury Theatre On The Air, directed by Orson Welles who played the part of Professor Richard Pierson. Listened to by 6 million people, the radio production and performance was so realistic that many radio listeners thought that the events were either really happening or were very scared.

The event subsequently caused considerable controversy. It is still disturbingly realistic  -  Listen if you dare!

Tape recording          PLAY  :  THE WAR OF THE WORLDS          Tape recording

Radio Listeners Panic - Taking War Drama As Fact
New York Times headlines -
Radio Listeners Panic - Taking War Drama As Fact

CBS Radio - New York - http://www.cbsradio.com    WCBS 880 - http://www.wcbs880.com






The Story of the mysterious Short Wave NUMBERS STATIONS

The Story of the mysterious and spooky sounding "Numbers Stations" such as 'The Lincolnshire Poacher' that are heard on the H.F. Short Wave bands.


Tape recording    PLAY  :  The 'Numbers Stations' heard on Short Wave - from BBC Radio Four [2005]    Tape recording


 NEW !!!!! Tape recording    PLAY  :  The 'Numbers Stations' heard on Short Wave - from BBC Radio Shropshire [April 2014]    Tape recording NEW !!!!!




SOME INTERESTING RADIO DOCUMENTARIES & FEATURES
{{ List updated 25-03-2012  05-01-2014 }}

* Internal Files - can play on this website         ** In my collection but not uploaded - available upon request  
*
External Links (these may link to the containing page but not always the individual file):


SIXTY YEARS OF RADIO - with Steve Wood - Essex radio (from BRMB) (1982) *

TWENTY FIVE YEARS of ILR (Independent Radio) - with Nicky Horne - Talk Radio (1998) *

ALL AT SEA Part 1 - with Ray Clark - BBC Essex *
ALL AT SEA Part 2 : What Happened Next - with Ray Clark [[Enhanced]] - BBC Essex *

25 Years Of LBC - LBC - 1998 * (to be found at Vintage Broadcasting)

THE WORST OF LBC - LBC - 1991 - from Vintage Broadcasting *

The mystery of the 'NUMBERS STATIONS' heard on Short Wave - BBC Radio Four *

RADIO CAROLINE Feature - as broadcast on RadioFax *

WHEN PIRATES RULED THE AIRWAVES with Bill Nighy - from  Real Radio *

WHEN PIRATES RULED THE WAVES - with Paul Rowley - from BBC Local Radio *

THE RADIO REVOLUTIONARIES - BBC Rado Two *

A Tribute to Offshore Radio (Radio 390) - with Les Ross - SAGA 105.7 FM **

When Pirates Ruled The Waves [Part 1] with Johnnie Walker  *
 
When Pirates Ruled The Waves [Part 2] with Johnnie Walker  *


Ed Doolan's Live Show celebrating the 40th Anniversary of BBC Radio Birmingham
broadcast from Symphony Hall, 15th December 2010 on BBC Radio WM
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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DIAL - Paul Rowley celebrates 40 years of ILR on BBC Local Radio - December 2013 **

ESTABLISHED 1973, 40 YEARS OF COMMERCIAL RADIO - Tim Blackmore on BBC Radio Two - December 2013 **

RADIO LUXEMBOURG - BBC Radio Two - 2013 **

WIRELESS KENNY EVERETT - with Paul Gambaccini - 24th December 2010 - BBC Radio 2 **

KENNEY EVERETT'S CHRISTMAS SELECTION BOX - with Paul Gambaccini - 25th December 2010 - BBC Radio 2 **

ADRIAN JUSTE'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL- Music and Comedy - broadcast 25th December 2010
on BBC Radio Devon / Cornwall / Bristol / Somerset / Gloucestershire / Wiltshire / Guernsey / Jersey **

THE MAN WHO INVENTED STEREO - from BBC Radio 4 **

ARCHIVE HOUR - GEOFFRY PERKINS - KING OF COMEDY - from BBC Radio 4 **

THE ART OF REMASTERING - from BBC Radio 4 **

THE DISAPPEARING ART OF THE MIX TAPE - from BBC Radio 4 **

MAKING THE BEATLES LOVE - from BBC Radio 6 Music **

The Story Of Pop Radio Part 1 - Across the Ether with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO ONE (03/10/1982) *  **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 2 - We'll Meet Again - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO ONE (10/101982)
*  **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 3 - Roll Over Beethoven - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO ONE (17/10/1982)
*  **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 4 - A Life on the Medium Wave - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO ONE (24/10/1982)
*  **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 5 - One-Derful Radio 1 - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO ONE (31/10/1982)
*  **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 6 - Radio Radio - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO ONE (07/11/1982)
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The Story Of Pop Radio Part 1 - 'Across The Ether' - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO TWO (18/10/1997) * (azanorak) **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 2 - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO TWO (25/10/1997)
* (azanorak) **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 3 - 'Life On The Medium Wave' - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO TWO (01/11/1997)
* (azanorak) **
The Story Of Pop Radio Part 4 - 'Radio GaGa' - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO TWO (08/11/1997)
* (azanorak) **


Happy Birthday Maurice Cole - Kenny Everett - with Paul Rowley - BBC ESSEX * (azanorak) **

Kenny Everett The BBC Local Radio Years - with Paul Rowley - BBC ESSEX * (azanorak) **

ILR Promotion Tape 1974 - Capital Radio * (Vintage Broadcasting) **

25 Years Of LBC - LBC - 1998 * (Vintage Broadcasting) **

THE WORST OF LBC - LBC - 1991 - from Vintage Broadcasting *

The Story of Radio Luxembourg - with Noel Edmunds - BBC RADIO TWO * (azanorak) **

Last Hour of Big L Radio London 266 14th August 1967 - RADIO LONDON * (azanorak) **

History Of BIG L - Broadcast by RADIO LONDON * (azanorak) **

History & Clips of Radio 390 - Radio 390 * (azanorak) **
David Allen talks about Radio 390 - Radio 390 * (azanorak) **

On The Run - the story of the land based London pirates * (azanorak) **
More: http://www.transdiffusion.org/rmc/features/on_the_run_the.php *


As indicated above, the external links to archived radio
features and programmes are to these websites
:

http://www.azanorak.com/

http://www.zen77094.zen.co.uk/vintagebroadcasting/index.htm

See Also:

http://www.transdiffusion.org







FREQUENCY SHIFT!
Here's an odd road sign which will certainly cause great amusement among radio enthusiasts.....
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Wrong Frequency!
I'm sure it's very nice of the Edge Lane Project to erect this helpful sign at the side of the road , but I'll have to consult Einstein on the matter of frequency shift. I didn't think that travelling at 30mph could cause such an effect - and I'm not sure that many motorists will have radios capable of tuning down to the VLF fixed marine navigation frequency band!  (Thanks to Mark Timlin for sending this in)


LBC Radio - 261m 1151kHz 97.3 VHF - Novelty Microphone Radio
261 LBC News
A Novel MW and VHF Radio (AM & FM) in the shape of an old fashioned microphone!
The tuning information on the LBC plaque shows 261m / 1151kHz (medium wave) and 97.3 VHF (FM)
The reference to 1151 kHz indicates that the plaque, at least, was produced before the frequency changes of 1978, after
 which the frequency changed very slightly to 1152 kHz (Thanks to Peter Vrakking)

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Pioneer TX 608 Stereo FM Tuner



.... Oh here's something interesting:  Did you know that in 1982 at their studios in Barbourne Terrace in Worcester, Radio Wyvern installed a large cabinet as the news reading booth and during a visit to Radio Wyvern one of the staff told me that it was an old refrigerated meat locker! In fact music and radio guru Muff Murfin kindly contacted me to say:

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With regards to the news booth at Wyvern it was a proper voice over booth made by some acoustics company in the midlands somewhere and installed in studio two in my studios in Wardour street, London which I bought from BMS/ Standard Broadcast. I am told it cost a fortune because it had to keep out the rumble and traffic noise in a busy street outside. I had it dismantled and gave it to Wyvern when we were building the station (should have swapped it for shares in hindsight) It worked great and was used right up until Wyvern moved recently. It was never a meat fridge unless you count meat as some of the lovely and now famous radio stars that worked in it!!!!!!! Just thought you would like to know. Best wishes, Muff Murfin".

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....Oh,  here is something to think about!

In late 2005 we spent a couple of months or so listening to MAGIC 105.4 in the late evenings as something tuneful to go to sleep to.  Magic 105.4 is the London 'easy listening' station.  At first it seemed quite pleasant, but after several weeks /months of listening it became quite apparent that their record library was extremely limited indeed.  We began to notice that every single night the very SAME records kept appearing again and again and again.  Magic's record library / playlist seemed more limited than even our own private record / CD collection!


Having studied the article 'HITTING THE TARGET' [here], we now know the reason - it seems that a typical commercial radio station is just too scared to offer variety and may only playlist from as few as several hundred to around 1000 narrowly researched and targeted records.  1000 or so records seems incredibly limiting considering that a station will be on the air 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  The same records being played over and over and over again will certainly become most boring!  Indeed after a number of weeks of listening, MAGIG 105.4 became extremely tiresome indeed and we were forced to find musical entertainment elsewhere. 

It is interesting to note that research shows that audiences certainly are bored with the amount of repetition on many commercial radio stations and some prospective companies biding for new radio licences have recognised this fact.

It is amazing to think that a major commercial station has a playlist of such meager proportions, where our own recorded music library must be well in excess of 10,000 tracks.  We have therefore now converted around 12,000 tracks to mp3 files to enable them to be played out via our own 'radio station'  from a computerized Media Player and into the Hi-Fi system.  This is a much more satisfying musical experience than many commercial radio stations that we have recently heard.

Although it may not have been to everyones taste SAGA RADIO played an enormous range and variety of music from the 1940's right up to today. SAGA was a very professional and intelligent sounding commercial radio station on 105.7 FM in the Midlands, 106.6 FM in the East Midlands and 105.2 FM in Central Scotland. Unfortunately SAGA has now gone, having been bought out by GMG radio, it has been replaced with Smooth Radio - still quite good though.

BBC Radio Two is probably plays the widest variety popular music - not perfect by any means since one may have to encounter Chris Evans between the tracks!


To read more about how commercial stations program their playlist read the article 'HITTING THE TARGET' [here]




Currys C60 cassette tape from 1977 containing a recording of John Peel on Radio One

Currys C60 cassette tape from 1977 containing a recording of John Peel on Radio One
Julian Watson's Currys C60 cassette tape from 1977 containing a recording of John Peel on Radio One



Click to watch Paul Kerley's excellent presentation on BBC News
Why was 1973 the year UK radio changed forever?
With hundreds of radio stations now broadcasting across the country, it is difficult to imagine how uncrowded the airwaves were 40 years ago.
BBC Radio had a domestic monopoly - with no legal commercial competition on UK soil.
Click to view Paul Kerley's excellent presentation covering the inception and development of Independent Radio in the UK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24427961



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$ These audio clips very kindly submitted by Julian Watson - thank you! Individual clips edited into an audio compilation by Mike Smith.
$ These audio clips very kindly submitted by Keith Burson.
$ This audio clip very kindly sent in by Gavin Doidge.
# This audio clip very kindly sent in by Majid Hussain.
+  Clip from  http://www.intervalsignals.org
++ Clip from  http://www.ominous-valve.com



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