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Both Jim Lee and Dave Jamieson have kindly taken the trouble to contact
us here at MDS975 about the MERCIA SOUND
"Hi Mike. Have just been looking at
your comprehensive history of Mercia Sound, where I worked in the
80s. Well done. Excellent stuff.
You may be interested to
know that I now live in the south of Spain, and as I couldn't get to
Mercia's recent 25th anniversary party, three of my former colleagues
came to visit me instead - Andy Lloyd, Jim Lee and Tony Gillham.
There's a pic of us on the front page of one of our local,
English-language papers this week. Have a look to see how old and
decrepit we all are:"
hardly "old and decrepit" !!]
collection of the UK's finest broadcasters:
From left to right - Andy Lloyd, Tony Gillham, Dave Jamieson and Jim Lee
"You might like to add me
to your BRMB page as well, by the way. I was there from 1975,
joining just before the first birthday from BBC Radio Leicester.
It all seems a long time
ago - which it was! I left BRMB to return to
Scotland (I'm from Edinburgh) and joined the BBC, but didn't relish
reading the shipping forcast for Scottish inshore waters much ... so
accepted an offer from Radio Clyde, and stayed there 18 months until
Mercia came along. I had met Ian Rufus on a BBC traing course
my days at Radio Leicester) so rang him and said "Gimme a job!"
When Dave left Mercia Sound in 1984 he joined Viking Radio in
"Andy Hollins started his
career with me at Viking. When we set up the station I was
Presentation Controller, I was looking for a swing shift person, and
called the Radio Academy (as was) in London to see if they had any
young and aspiring presenter interested in doing the odd shift.
We ended up with Andy who came from the area anyway. When I moved
to Tees as Programme Controller, he worked for me there as well.
Andy now lives in California where he has a very succesful PR company
with a guy called Peter Bowes, who was one of our journalists at
Viking. I occasionally hear Peter on Radio 5, and he recently was
the BBC radio representative at the Michael Jackson trial.
And as for Les Ross!
A good friend, and a great broadcaster! I returned to Birmingham
in the mid 80s to join Central TV where I spent 8 very happy
years. During that time, I got in touch with Mike Owen (who had
joined BRMB during my time there in the 1970s as a school-teacher on a
training attachment ... and never left!) who was Programme Controller,
and said I'd like to do a weekend show. So he gave me Sundays 8
to 10.30 am as an oldies show, which suited me great! Then when
the split came, it seemed logical to move the show onto Xtra-AM.
But the best bit was that Les followed me every Sunday morning, so we
always had half an hour while the music was playing to chat and put the
world to rights. I remember one Sunday where we had been chatting
(off air) - and I paused and said, "Do you realise that for the past
ten minutes, the two of us - supposed to be "trendy, pop radio deejays"
- have been discussing the best place in Birmingham to buy soft
furnishings?" A sign of middle age setting in ...
Anyway, I hope these
ramblings fill in some gaps for you.
I just wanted to say
congratulations on your Mercia memories site and to say thank you for
the nice things you say not only about the station but also some of us
who had the immense pleasure of working there in the 80s.
I know that Dave Jamieson
has been in touch with you - I tipped off him, Andy Lloyd and Tony
Gillham about the site the other night. He may have mentioned
that we four met up a couple of weeks ago for a mini-reunion in Spain.
One of the recurring
themes of our discussions in Spain last week was that despite the
wealth of experiences we've all had in and out of radio over the years,
Mercia has made the greatest and most enduring impression on all of
us. From your site it seems it had a similar effect on you too.
Keep up the good work,
Radio 4 Presentation/BBC7 Presentation
BBC Radio 4, 92-95FM & 198 LW & www.bbc.co.uk/radio4
BBC7, DAB digital radio; Freeview channel 78, satellite channel 881;
Telewest channel 910; NTL channel 866 & at www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7
THANKS FOR THE MERCIA MEMORIES
Thanks to Dave and Jim for
You are quite right Jim, of all the stations up and down the UK that I
listened to in the 1980's most were excellent, but none could quite
match the receipe of professional presentation and inspired programming
provided by Mercia Sound. It may be an overused word today, but I
think that Mercia Sound really
was unique. The people of Coventry, Warwickshire and South
West Leicestershire were very lucky indeed.
Don't forget to listen out
for Jim Lee on BBC Radio Four and BBC 7 and for Tony Gillham on
BBC Radio Jersey on weekdays and to the excellent "Gillham Gold"
programme at the weekends on BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC
Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford.
You may hear some snippets of Dave, Tony and, Jim in the audio files
MERCIA SOUND - THE AUDIO
HERE to go to the MERCIA SOUND AUDIO PAGE > > >
YOU NEEDED TO KNOW
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