to AIRWAVES. Here we have all sorts
of audio and articles some written by Mike Smith of MDS975, plus other
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
of inclusion, but we hope to be able sort through and edit it and be
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
FEATURE BELOW THAT IS OF INTEREST:
The BBC Radio One ABBA Special
an interview by Richard Skinner conducted in Stockholm in May 1979
PLAY : The ABBA SPECIAL - Richard Skinner interviews ABBA on BBC Radio One in May 1979
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 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 /
I hope you enjoy this rather special ABBA Special programme!
60 YEARS OF RADIO
SIXTY YEARS OF RADIO
- 'Sixty Years Of Radio' is a documentary made by Essex Radio for the
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
programme is was transmitted by BRMB Radio in Birmingham, back
announced by BRMB's Phil Riley.
Years Of Radio" is presented
by Steve Wood and produced by David Gilby and Dennis Rookard.
25 YEARS OF
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
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.
Radio Caroline Feature on RadioFax
A feature transmitted by RadioFax in 1992, recorded from from the
RadioFax short wave service (3910 & 6205 kHz):
- EVERYONE'S MUSIC SCENE -
Radio Acocks Green
PLAY : RADIO
- 40 minute version
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
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
Green listeners could sell their unwanted goods, as long as they cost
no more than 5 pence!
More about Radio
Acocks Green here >
New upload -
40m extended version - added
March 4th 2010
Keith Burson very kindly sent us this more extended version.
Carrott's website at http://www.jaspercarrott.com
BBC Radio Two's RAY MOORE Remembered
- 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".
ME....ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT NECESSARILY GOODNIGHT FROM HIM
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
can hear some audio from a few radio stations of the era 1980
1985; You can hear one or two jingles that may typically be
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
collection, of course, but it gives a taster of what you might have
heard in the evenings on your radio back in olden times....
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
(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
The War Of The Worlds
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
PLAY : THE
WAR OF THE WORLDS
The event subsequently caused considerable controversy. It is still
disturbingly realistic - Listen if you dare!
New York Times headlines -
Radio Listeners Panic - Taking War Drama As Fact
Radio - New York - http://www.cbsradio.com WCBS 880 -
Here's an odd road sign which will certainly cause great amusement
among radio enthusiasts.....
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
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)
261 LBC News
A Novel MW and VHF Radio (AM & FM) in the shape of an old fashioned
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
.... Oh here's something interesting: Did you know that in
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:
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".
here is something to think about!
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.
is the London 'easy listening' station. At first it seemed
after several weeks /months of listening it became quite apparent that
record library was extremely limited indeed. We began to
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!
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
considering that a station will be on the air 24 hours a day 365 days a
The same records being played over and over and over again will
certainly become most boring! Indeed after a number of weeks
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.
is amazing to
that a major commercial station has a playlist of such meager
proportions, where our own recorded music library must be well in
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
from a computerized Media Player and into the Hi-Fi system.
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
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!
about how commercial stations program their playlist read the article
'HITTING THE TARGET' [here]
|Julian Watson's Currys C60 cassette tape from 1977 containing a recording of John Peel on Radio One
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
$ These audio clips
very kindly submitted by Julian Watson - thank you! Individual clips
edited into an audio compilation by Mike Smith.