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Radio Moments - Clips
Vintage clips from UK radio - and more recent broadcasts of note. (Check out too the 'RadioMoments - This Week in History' podcast and also 'RadioMoments - Conversations')
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1695: Dotty's last breakfast on BBC 1Xtra - 2020
Dotty's last breakfast show on 1Xtra on 30th July 2020
1 day ago
1694: First Kiss breakfast with Jordan and Perri - 2020
The new breakfast show on Kiss launched on 3rd August 2020 with Jordan and Perri.
2 days ago
1693: Ken Bruce on Katy Perry - 2020
Jul 30, 2020
1692: Norman Smith leaves the BBC - 2020
On 30th July 2020, Norman Smith announced his farewell from the BBC. He joined the BBC as a local radio reporter in 1986, becoming a parliamentary correspondent in 1993, appearing on BBC Radio 4 on Today and Yesterday In Parliament. Assistant political editor since 2014, his 6.33 morning appearances were a familiar part of the Today routine.
Jun 30, 2020
1691: The Bruno Radio 1 chart where Number Two came after Number One - 1986
If you’ve ever hosted a chart, you’ll know that precision counts. Every word. Every second. You have little space to adlib around errors inconspicuously. Remember that too in vinyl days without digits counting down in front of you, just a pile of black singles and a list of songs with your scribbled timings all over it. Bruno Brookes was a chart great on Radio 1 – without doubt. On this occasion though on 6th July 86, listen to the moment when he played number three – then launched into the rundown and the number one – leaving out number two. Every chart presenter on any station ever will feel for him. As you can hear, he then had to play the number two after the number one just to hit the end of the hour… (It was also the 400th show since the 2 hour Top 40 started on 12 November 1978) Chart audio and diligence as ever - from Richard White.
Jun 29, 2020
1690: Times Radio launch mention on Radio 4 - 2020
Jun 29, 2020
1689: Times Radio launch - 2020
Times Radio launched on 29th June 2020. (Blog post to follow)
Jun 25, 2020
1688: Times Radio, test broadcast - 2020
Jun 22, 2020
1687: First American Top 40 with Casey Kasem - 1970
Making its debut on Independence Day weekend in 1970 on just 7 stations, the American Top 40 would grow to be heard around the World on more than a thousand stations in more than 50 countries. It was hosted at launch and through to 1988 by Casey Kasem. He was to be succeeded by Shadoe Stevens, with Casey moving to Westwood One to host a rival show. American Top 40 ended in 1995, but returned in 1998.
Jun 17, 2020
1686: De Gaulle broadcasts from BH in 1945 - Stourton report on Radio 4
As the French government prepared to sign an armistice with the Nazis, President Charles De Gaulle turned up at BH on 18th June 1940 to broadcast to France on the BBC. This report, on the 80th anniversary of that momentous broadcast was compiled by Edward Stourton for Radio 4's World at One.
May 29, 2020
1685: Final Pete Price appearance on Citytalk -2020
May 24, 2020
1684: Tony Blackburn Top 40 issue - 1980
Things go wrong in radio. It happens to all of us. It's worse when they go wrong at the beginning of your show, as it then puts you in the wrong mood and things go downhill from there. Here, Tony Blackburn kicks off his Top 40 on the 25th May 1980. He's taken the trouble to pre-record the opener, just to make sure it's perfect - but then airs the wrong version.... (Thanks to Richard White)
May 18, 2020
1683: Mental Health Minute, Commercial and BBC radio - 2020
I cannot think of any other time when so many commercial and BBC stations have united to broadcast a single co-ordinated message. The Mental Health Minute 2020 featured the voices of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, actor David Tennant and heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The initiative had begun in 2018. Overseen excellently by Radiocentre and Heads Together, the mental health campaign, it was aired on hundreds of stations to audiences of around 20m. Hear here how 17 of the stations put their arm around 2020's timely campain.
May 18, 2020
1682: Christian O'Connell, final link on Absolute Radio - 2018
Five months after announcing he was to leave, Christian O'Connell left Absolute Radio on May 18th 2018. He had hosted the breakfast show for 12 years, firstly on Virgin Radio then Absolute Radio as it re-branded. Christian moved to a new life in Australia - and a new career on-air at on Gold FM in Melbourne.
May 8, 2020
1681: VE Day 75th anniversary, Greatest Hits Radio - 2020
Apr 13, 2020
1680: Pete Mitchell tribute, Virgin Radio - 2020
Pete Mitchell died on March the 12th 2020, aged 61. He'd been on-air for 34 years, and was well-known as one half of Pete and Geoff and for his time at Virgin Radio in the 2000s. Chris Evans pays this generous, fond and fitting tribute - as aired on Virgin Radio in April 2020.
Apr 7, 2020
1679: 'Let my people go' COVID as heard on 77 WABC New York - 2020
Talk radio American style on COVID 19. Government is shutting down - and Mark Levin is not happy. 'Let my people go'. Truly shocking radio. 'You're telling everyone to stay home. And save toilet paper. And go on the internet and sing to each other...'
Apr 6, 2020
1678: 50th Anniversary of PM and The World Tonight - 2020
Apr 6, 2020
1677: Reflections on The World Tonight - Douglas Stuart
On 10th July 1969, the BBC published a short report ‘Broadcasting in the 70s’, “to enable BBC radio to play a full part in the broadcasting pattern of the seventies”. The report, carried out by an internal study group, assisted by McKinsey & Co, acknowledged that ‘radio is very far from dead’, with the inference some thought it might be, once TV took hold. The thinking was utterly sound. Just as, in other countries, radio had long become more targeted rather than trying to be all things to all people, here the BBC was seeking to make some sense of its networks and place the right programmes on the right channel - so that each could have a more definite identity. Whilst the rationale appears obvious, it contrasted with the previous reality where programmes were almost scattered across the BBC’s outlets. The report accepts that whilst the BBC had responded to change over the years, with the creation of local radio and Radio 1 etc, such changes had ‘been grafted piecemeal…
Apr 2, 2020
1676: Announcement of the death of Lord Gordon - 2020
Mar 26, 2020
1675: #ClapforNHS on UK radio
Feb 29, 2020
1674: Mickey Clarke ends on Wake Up to Money- 2020
As BBC news implemented its latest round of cuts, the axe fell on 5 Live's Wake Up to Money and Mickey Clarke said his goodbyes with a lengthy tribute on the programme on February 28th 2020. It coincided with the biggest fall in the markets since the financial crisis, but there was little doubt which topic the programme chose as the dominant one. Mickey had been a part of 5 Live since it launched in 1994.
Feb 28, 2020
1673: Jim Naughtie's first Today on Radio 4 - 1994
Feb 25, 2020
1672: Final Sean Dunderdale Lincs FM bulletin - 2020
After almost 30 years at Lincs FM - graduating from rookie journo to head honcho - Sean Dunderdale left commercial radio in February 2020. Having hosted all his ‘last programmes’ (sport and the legendary Farming Programme), he dropped in for a farewell newscast. The bulletin was accommodated in a programme hosted by Eddie Shaw and just before another VO by Ed Bretten, both names who were also on air in the station’s very earliest days. It was thus a nod to the wise and a fond echo of 1992 just as the station prepares for its new owners to take the reins. Sean leaves the commercial industry having made a broad contribution which stretches far beyond his home station – and has remembered his roots through an ongoing ready support of hospital radio. Sean was one of the voices who created the reputation which Lincs FM enjoyed – as one of the last stations of its kind.
Jan 31, 2020
1671: The UK exits Europe - 2020
A flick across BBC Radio 4, Radio Ulster, Radio Wales, BBC Scotland, BBC local radio, Hits Radio, Heart, LBC and Talk Radio at 2300 on 31st Jan 2019 as the UK left the EU.
Jan 28, 2020
1670: BBC news coverage of the death of Nicholas Parsons - 2020
The death of Nicholas Parsons was announced on 28th January 2020. Hear, here his 'home service' Radio 4 announce the news - and enjoy the PM programme's fond coverage as panellists Gyles Brandreth and Janey Godley are offered 'just a minute' to tell why they regarded him so fondly.
Jan 28, 2020
1669: Final 'Just a Minute' with Nicholas Parsons - 2019
Nicholas Parsons died in January 2020, aged 96. He'd been on air with his 'Just a Minute' programme on BBC Radio 4 since it began in 1967. Here, enjoy clips from his final edition - with Stephen Fry, Jan Ravens, Pam Ayres and Paul Merton - aired in September 2019. My tribute here. (https://www.davidlloydradio.com/post/without-hesitation-repetition-or-deviation-a-tribute-to-nicholas-parsons)
Jan 10, 2020
1668: Tony Blackburn chart show confusion - 1981
Most of us have done it at some stage in our career. Aired something that was not destined for so being. In the fortunate examples - such as this - there are no expletives. Tony likely kicked himself, though, as a perfect chart opener was not aired on 11th Jan 1981 as he no doubt produced - but an earlier version. In pursuit of excellence - he'd evidently tried it twice. Those sort of things usually make a presenter so annoyed, they mess up everything after. Tony didn't though.
Jan 1, 2020
1667: Australia fires - January 2020
Dec 29, 2019
1666: Gillian Reynolds CBE reviews 2019
Dec 28, 2019
1665: End of Radio Luxembourg 208
Dec 26, 2019
1664: Radio 1's new Christmas presenters - 2019
From Boxing Day 2019 to New Year, Radio 1 debuted 35 voices from community, local or student radio - or digital outlets. Tatum McGreal Laura Crockett Dave Holt Gregor Davidson Fee Mak Cal Carthy Mayce Al-Hroub Summaya Mughal DJ Davda Hannah Sackville-Bryant and Joel Mitchell Connor Coates Stuart Millar Nakia Oliver & Fabienne Oliver Lucy Edwards Jade Worsley Carmen London DJ Astonish Priya Matharu Holly Palmer & Rhys Gunter Jessica Maciel Fat Brestovca and Kathryn Wilson Sian Eleri Ailbhe Máiréad Aine Cronin-McCartney Kaylee Goldin Henrie Kwushue Jacob Edward Katie Owen Laurie Charlesworth Gabriel Green and Joe Pilbrow BLOG: (https://www.davidlloydradio.com/post/radio-1-s-inspired-christmas-move) https://www.davidlloydradio.com/post/radio-1-s-inspired-christmas-move
Dec 19, 2019
1663: Talk Radio UK takes over BBC Radio 1 transmitters - 1995
Dec 18, 2019
1662: Mayo leaves BBC Radio 5 live - 2009
Dec 12, 2019
1661: Steve Allen celebrates 40 years on-air - 2019
As Steve Allen celebrated 40 years at LBC - the longest serving UK commercial radio presenter - he was touched by his mention in Simon Conway's news bulletin: "He's now the longest-serving commercial radio presenter...".
Nov 30, 2019
1660: Banbury Sound, Rugby FM, Touch closes - 2019
29th November 2019 saw another tranche of brand changes as the Touch stations, Rugby FM and Banbury Sound closed - ready to become Capital under a brand agreement between Global and the station owners Quidem. For the industry, it was a move which might have been predicted some years ago. The rationale is well-rehearsed and the evidence for change reasonably solid in a fast-changing world. Powerful radio brands are one of the reasons why UK commercial radio is in good health with both audiences and revenues. "I suppose it is a 'Black Friday' for me..." Nevertheless, for those who grew up with the stations - and for those who have appeared on them, it is of course a hugely sad moment. Here, enjoy some of the goodbyes from the presenters. Hats off particularly to Kirsty with her heartfelt farewells - played in split and tailored for each area. Doing it once is painful enough. Well done Kirsty. "I've enjoyed nearly every second of it" "It's been an honour to be in your life" "Thank…
Nov 30, 2019
1659: Anchorage Earthquake on KFQD - 2018
From Alaska: A 7.0 earthquake struck about 8 miles north of the Anchorage area on 30th November 2018. KFQD witnessed it for themselves on-air. (Stay listening after the noise)
Nov 24, 2019
1658: Absolute 80s launch - 2009
December 4th 2009 saw the launch of Absolute80s for ‘reluctant adults’, initially available online and in London on DAB replacing the Xtreme service. Sharing the main brand's breakfast show, it was to be the first of many offshoots in a winning strategy. Read my blog here: Ten Years of Absolute 80s Success (https://www.davidlloydradio.com/post/ten-years-of-absolute-80s-success)
Nov 15, 2019
1657: Planet Rock, test tx imaging - 1999
Nov 10, 2019
1656: John Humphrys interview with BBC DG George Entwistle - 2012
Nov 1, 2019
1655: Radio 2: Round Midnight; Sounds of the 60s; Peter Clayton - 1983
A slice of Radio 2 in 1983, when continuity and JAM jingles were in full swing. Enjoy here the end of Brian Matthew's Round Midnight, the in and out of Sounds of the 60s with Keith Fordyce; before Peter Clayton. Aired on 5th March 1983.
Nov 1, 2019
1654: Pete Price - 40th anniversary and City clips montage - 2019
Pete began in radio at Radio Merseyside, moving to Radio City in the '80s, on whose transmitters he has broadcast under several brand names over the years. He has become one of Liverpool's most famous voices, with universal recognition. Here, on Radio City Talk on 27th October 2019, he reflects on his 40 years on air - with some choice vintage clips.
Oct 30, 2019
1653: BBC Radio Wales launch - 1978
Oct 28, 2019
1652: LBC News (UK) launch - 2019
The launch of LBC News (UK) on 28th October 2019. More comment at: https://www.davidlloydradio.com/post/where-the-news-never-stops
Oct 28, 2019
1651: John Humphrys, Classic FM debut - 2019
“You silver-tongued Lothario” said Moira Stuart at the end of a bulletin as she bantered with the man she’d last worked with 35 years prior. 28th October 2019 saw John Humphrys make his debut on Classic FM, filling in for a week on the ‘More Music Breakfast', normally hosted by Tim Lihoreau. John observed he was the ‘new kid on the block’ – ‘new to presenting a programme like this on a station like this’. ‘Beethoven and Brahms instead of Brexit’. Maybe the most similar environment was his delightful interview on Essential Classics on Radio 3. To say he is a pro would be an understatement. John was born to do radio like this, just as he was destined for his news work. He fitted the gig like a hand into a glove, and it was truly inspired casting by Global. John slipped naturally into the typical presenter gig of announcing music and chatting about nothing in particular – but every presenter knows, actually, how difficult that effortless chat to no-one really i…
Oct 18, 2019
1650: Chris Mason's first Any Questions on Radio 4 (clips) - 2019
“Well – hello”, said Chris Mason. The two words meant more on-air than they can ever do on paper, as he became the fifth presenter to host the famous Any Questions programme in its 71 years on the BBC. Following a touch of nostalgia, as befits the radio man he is, Chris jumped straight in to cue a question on May’s deal vs Johnson’s deal – on this, the eve of a critical Commons vote. Chris brought a slightly more conversational approach than his truly superb predecessor – and an accent which is further evidence that RP is no longer the same as BBC English. He sounded at home from the first moments – and no-one could be more across the likely topics of the day than Chris, thanks to his day job. The programme exhibited a more authentic air, moving through a presenter generation – or two. There was an honesty from him which just maybe was reciprocated by his guests. Although the familiar Radio 4 echoey applause sounded as it always has, the discussion seemed more intim…
Oct 18, 2019
1649: Brexit coverage in Ireland and Gibraltar - 2019
A slice of Brexit coverage from 18th October 2019, from RTE, Newstalk and Radio Gibraltar.
Oct 16, 2019
1648: You and Yours - Radio 4 mic error - 2019
A mic inadvertently live from another studio - intruding into a live broadcast. It's happened to us all - but this incident did seem to take a worryingly long time to sort out, bearing in mind BBC Radio 4 production resource. As heard on You and Yours on 16th Oct 2019. Warning - expletive. Read my view here on the broader issue. https://www.davidlloydradio.com/post/it-s-xxxxxxx-cold-in-this-studio
Oct 9, 2019
1647: Future of Long Wave - 2011
Following press reports suggesting that Radio 4's Long Wave transmissions were vulnerable because they used valves which could not be replaced, Dennis Nolan - Network Manager at Radio 4 - appeared on the station's Feedback programme to explain there was little to worry about immediately. He suggested they might even last ten years... It is suggested that the bill for electricity alone is £1/3m pa - and that there are 90,000 Long Wave listeners.
Oct 3, 2019
1646: Ridings FM Launch - 1999
Ridings FM, the latest offering from the then Lincs FM Group launched in Wakfield on 3rd October 1999. A great initial JAM ident - and a pithy message by a Chairman - hitting the vocal - began the station.
Sep 30, 2019
1645: The Swansea Sound Story - 2019
On its 45th anniversary, Swansea Sound broadcast this hour-long reflection of its launch - and fond memories since. Produced by Andrew Jones, originally for the 30th anniversary originally and now updated.
Sep 25, 2019
1644: Johnnie Walker - lunchtime Radio 1 chart - 1974
Sep 25, 2019
1643: Piccadilly Radio - Test transmissions - 1974
Sep 25, 2019
1642: Final Roger Day show on Piccadilly - 1979
On 28th of September 1979, Roger Day hosted his last show on Piccadilly after launching the station over five years before. Enjoy some classic ads of the time, references to other shows and presenters - and Roger's emotional farewells. Thanks to Kenny Philips for the cassettes.
Sep 22, 2019
1641: Marion Marshall - Final World Service bulletin - 2019
After 32 years, Marion Marshall hosted her final bulletin for the BBC World Service on 22nd September 2019. Colleage Neil Nunes credited her "outsanding track record of excellence and brilliance".
Sep 19, 2019
1640: John Humphrys - final Today programme on BBC Radio 4 - 2019
John Humphrys left the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 19th September 23019 . This was the final edition after 32 years.
Sep 14, 2019
1639: Evan Davis on Trump 'Sharpiegate' - 2019
As Evan Davis, settling in wonderfully on PM, wrestled with the latest story from the US on President Trump's 'sharpiegate', he could not help but give way to laughter. Seeing the social media storm and press coverage about to unfold in front of him, he tried valiantly to position his mirth appropriately. Beautiful radio.
Sep 5, 2019
1638: Trauma Reporting - a new book from Jo Healey
For a journalist, speaking to people who’ve been affected by personal tragedy is part of life. It’s your job to get insight from someone who’s been bereaved, shocked, injured or is hurting. A new book called Trauma Reporting - A journalist's guide to covering sensitive stories - offers an invaluable perspective – from several of those who’ve been at the other end of the microphone and camera in the midst of those awful times. How do they feel about how they were treated by reporters. The book’s been written by senior BBC broadcast news journalist – and BBC Academy trainer in trauma journalism - Jo Healey, who also spoke to journalists about their own experiences. In this RadioMoments techniques special, Jo told me more about what she’d found out. Trauma Reporting by Jo Healey is published by Routledge.
Sep 3, 2019
1637: The first morning of Smooth Country - 2019
Smooth had a new offshoot on 3rd September 2019 - Smooth Country. Hear here the opening links - with Eamonn Kelly.
Sep 3, 2019
1636: The first morning of Smooth Chill - 2019
Chill was launched by the then GCap in 2005. It adopted the Smooth parent brand on 3rd September 2019. Hear here some of the segues and imaging from the opening morning.
Aug 31, 2019
1635: Radio 1 FM switch on Day - 1988
A look-back from Simon Mayo at the week in 1988 when Radio 1 built out its FM network further- some 21 years after its launch.
Aug 30, 2019
1634: First breakfast show on Heart 70s - 2019
Carlos returns to the Heart brand as he hosts the first breakfast show on the new Heart 70s on 30th August 2019
Jul 31, 2019
1633: First Tony Blackburn BBC appearance - BBC Light Programme - 1967
After some educative years on board the pirates, Tony Blackburn returned home just before the pirates faded to join the BBC on the Light Programme, just weeks before it split into Radio 1 and 2. Enjoy here his debut for Auntie in August 1967, with his familiar sig tune, gags and trademark smile - and just a hint of 'new boy'. It's deliciously of a time and place in radio: 'and a number called...'. Witness how old and new come together beautifully when Tony enters a very plummy BBC news bulletin, although the reader tries the very best he can to return to Tony's programme with suitable energy.
Jul 16, 2019
1632: Douglas McArthur - Trevor Dann interview 2013
Douglas McArthur OBE began his radio career at Radio Clyde before becoming the founding CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB). Across 14 years under his leadership, the RAB team led a highly-regarded marketing campaign for commercial radio that saw revenue rise from 2% of total advertising revenues to a peak of 7%. It is difficult to exaggerate the contribution Douglas made to commercial radio's fortunes - and he explained his approach in this 2013 Radiocentre interview to Trevor Dann as the industry marked its 40th anniversary and he was recognised by inclusion in its roll of honour. In his 35 years in the ad business, Douglas created the model to inspire trade and marketing bodies for other media, including Thinkbox, Newsworks and Magnetic. Douglas died in July 2019
Jul 14, 2019
1631: The moon landing on The World at One on Radio 4 - 1969
One giant leap for mankind. Clips from the World at One on BBC Radio 4 on the afternoon of 21st July 1969 after the astronauts from Apollo 11 made their historic moon walk. Ray Moore is on news duty, and there are reports from the BBC’s Apollo studio.
Jul 14, 2019
1630: First Fleur East, Greg and James Hits Radio breakfast - 2019
It's not often a breakfast show launches on a Friday. This one did. From Manchester and broadcast nationally, these clips are from the first Hits Radio breakfast show with Fleur East, Greg and James - on 12th July 2019.
Jul 5, 2019
1629: First Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Radio 2 - 1999
Steve Wright moved to Radio 2 on 6th July 1999, taking the flavour of his successful Radio 1 show, which had aired for 13 years, ending five and a half years prior. Audio thanks to Des and Mick Online - TV & Radio (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxelAYNZi5zdh5wvjbHjyPQ)
Jun 29, 2019
1628: Last Jane Garvey/Peter Allen 5 Live Drive - 2007
One of the greatest partnerships in radio - Jane Garvey with Peter Allen on BBC 5 Live. Hear here the last Drive programme with Jane - and the duo were on sparkling form.
Jun 28, 2019
1627: Final Jonathan Dimbleby Any Questions - 2019
The final edition of the BBC's political debate programme, Any Questions, under Jonathan Dimbleby's chairmanship.
Jun 28, 2019
1626: Jonathan Dimbleby's first Any Questions - 1987
Jonathan Dimbleby first took the chair of BBC Radio 4's topical panel show Any Questions? in September 1987. His last edition was aired in June 2019.
Jun 28, 2019
1625: Angie Greaves leaving Magic - 2019
After fourteen years at Magic, a heart-felt farewell from Angie Greaves.
Jun 13, 2019
1624: Alan Robson announces Metro/TFM farewell - 2019
Jun 5, 2019
1623: Leicester Sound/Sound FM fifth birthday - 1989
A montage from a thoroughly indulgent fifth anniversary day of Leicester Sound (then using the on-air name of Sound FM) in September 1989. Enjoy a convoy of station cars encounter a milk float - and a reluctant crossing warden. The clips feature the voices, recollections and general merrymaking from Kenny Hague, Mark Hayman, Heather Purdey, David Lloyd, Steve Merike, Andy Marriott, Danny Cox, Julie Langtry-Langton, Tony Lyman, Guy Morris and Franklin Hughes.
Jun 3, 2019
1622: John Myers tributes - 2019
More tributes following the death of John Myers - on the medium he loved. Radio 4. BBC Radio Newcastle. Smooth. Radio 2 (Jeremy Vine). Radio 2 (Steve Wright)
Jun 3, 2019
1622: First Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden show on Heart Network - 2019
The first Heart network show hosted by Jamie Theakston with Amanda Holden on 3rd June 2019 (as heard on the North West feed).
Jun 2, 2019
1621: Goffy pays tribute to John Myers - BBC Tees - 2019
On the day of the announcement of John Myers’s death, Goffy presented this heartfelt tribute on BBC Tees to his mentor. Beautifully measured and a celebration of John’s contribution to his area, his radio – and to the lives of others. Goffy calls upon just the right words for an awful occasion. Including the tale of the woman at one of John’s book signings which says it all. Just clips here from the programme which was otherwise a typical Goffy upbeat positive celebration of today in the area he knows and loves – with all it has to be proud of.
May 31, 2019
1620: WPLJ: final hour - 2019
After almost 50 years of broadcasting from New York, 95.5 WPLJ closed at 7pm NY time (midnight here) on 31st May 2019. The Cumulus Media station was sold to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation in February, and the new Christian contemporary station K-Love (WKLV) took over on 95.5. Enjoy here its final hour - telescoped.
May 31, 2019
1619: WPLJ end of final Todd & Jayde in the Morning - 2019
After almost 50 years of broadcasting from New York, it's the end of an era for 95.5 WPLJ. The Cumulus Media station closed on May 31 2019 after being sold to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation. The new Christian contemporary station K-Love (WKLV) takes over on 95.5. Enjoy here a clip which shows the raw emotion of the final hours as the Todd and Jayde Show checked out for the final time. Hear from the whole team - and the engineer who's been there for more than 40 years. Just when you think it can’t get any more heartfelt – it does. It will chime with anyone who’s ever had to say goodbye. “Radio will be here – or it won’t. It’s about the people you meet along the way.” "It's been a very long goodbye, sometimes it's like someone in hospice - you don't want them to die but you kind of just want to get it over with."
May 31, 2019
1618: Final Heart local farewells - 2019
As Global Radio continued to focus each of its national brands on a single programming stream where possible, Friday 31st May 2019 saw the final batch of local Heart breakfast shows across the UK say their farewells. Some had waved goodbye the week before, with cover presenters for the final week of the localised frequencies. Some of the hosts shifted to drive-time (and several drive presenters had their farewell shows that day too) – but for some breakfast presenters, this was the last day doing what they loved - and the station owners allowed them an on-air farewell. This time, the list included some of the most established presenters – with Ed James having been on air in the West Midlands for well over a decade; the legendary Martin Day in Essex after 25 years on-air on the frequencies; and Jagger and Woody (Heart Wales). Enjoy here a few snippets. The London breakfast show goes nationwide with Jamie Theakston and newly appointed Amanda Holden on June 3rd 2019. The Heart…
May 28, 2019
1617: WPLJ New York: Final Week excerpts - 2019
After almost 50 years of broadcasting from New York, this was the end of an era for 95.5 WPLJ. The station which had served pop and rock hits across the Hudson River and broadcast throughout North and Central New Jersey closed on May 31 2019. The Cumulus Media station was sold to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation in February, and the new Christian contemporary station K-Love (WKLV) took over on 95.5. Enjoy here a telescoped hour from its final week on-air. Some fond IDs and imaging (mind you, the words 'New York' can never sound anything other than wonderful); some cross trailing for WABC breakfast; a rainy weather forecast; the promise of some farewell merchandising; and a puzzling mic sound.
May 25, 2019
1616: Final local Heart breakfast shows - 2019
As Global Radio continued to focus each of its national brands on a single programming stream where possible, Friday 24th May 2019 saw the regular presenters of many local Heart breakfast shows across the UK say their farewells. Some of the presenters shifted to drive-time (and several drive presenters had their farewell shows that day too) – but for some breakfast presenters, this was the last day doing what they loved. Enjoy here a few snippets from across the UK – and prepare yourself for the one at the end. "I am an accidental presenter. I used to be a carer. I was never supposed to be a radio presenter...I don't want it to be over but it is". The London breakfast show goes nationwide with Jamie Theakston and newly appointed Amanda Holden on June 3rd 2019.
May 19, 2019
1615: Roger Blyth on Radio City - 1978
Roger Blyth entertains in the afternoon with ‘City Extra’ on Liverpool’s Radio City in Summer 1978\. As with so many of the early stations, it spread its geographic wings as much as it dare – serving ‘the North West and North Wales’. The City Show-mobile was on the road too. More station IDs than earlier generations, at a time when the industry was just getting accustomed to audience research. The ad breaks illustrate how varied and competitive the local retail world was – and listen out for a Kenny voice-over. Comprehensive news too, featuring a posh Roy Hattersley - and talk of inflation lying at 7 or 8% - with the prospect of it even remaining in single figures. A bit of speech for no apparent reason in the form of an interview down a bad phone line – as was often the case back then - and a more useful public service campaign to persuade parents to immunise their children. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. No segues – but alongside the hits of the day,…
May 19, 2019
1614: Beacon Top 40 with Mike Baker - 1979
The unmistakeable Beacon sound powers through, from the chap who’d started it off from Wolverhampton three years before. In this excerpt from a Beacon Top 40 in November 1979, Mike Baker does the business, with that slick sound he’d honed – as had many others - at UBN, the United Biscuits Network. Witness how Beacon claimed ‘The West Midlands’ rather than its licensed area (then Wolverhampton and the Black Country) - then in separate ownerships the station battled over the significant BRMB overlap. Hear the ads and lengthy news (5 minutes) typical of the time too, a Terry Wogan voiceover – a fireworks PSA – nodding to the meaningful speech required - and the Toby jugs thing… Mike Baker died in 2013.
May 19, 2019
1613: Les Ross on BRMB - 1979
Feelgood radio from Birmingham's king of breakfast radio, Les Ross on BRMB in October 1979\. Tighter than earlier ILR years, but replete with smiles from the off-the-cuff humour and the general energy, sound and feel. Enjoy here too the ad breaks, with so many famous singalong ads. and an interesting music policy.
May 13, 2019
1612: Mental Health Minute - 2019
UK radio stations came together on 13th May 2019 for the second time for the Mental Health Minute. (montage from David Salt)
May 11, 2019
1611: Sarah Kennedy - last Radio 2 show - 2010
"Re-group tomorrow, if spared.", suggested Sarah Kennedy as she ended what would be her last Radio 2 show on 13th August 2010.
May 10, 2019
1610: Phil Williams - final BBC 5 Live programme - 2019
Apr 27, 2019
1609: Simon Mayo - end of last Radio 1 show - 2001
Simon Mayo's last words on Radio 1 after fifteen years, as he prepared for a future on BBC 5 Live.
Apr 23, 2019
1608: Adam Brown - first XS Manchester breakfast - 2019
Adam Brown presented his first breakfast show on XS Manchester on Tuesday 23rd April. He had been on Capital Manchester drive, also Key 103 and BBC Radio Manchester.
Apr 23, 2019
1607: Johnnie Walker joins the BBC - 1969
The pirate who took Caroline proudly into illegality joined the BBC at last - 50 years ago this week. "The Saturday afternoon listening revolution with music and happiness for all to share.
Apr 15, 2019
1606: First Jonathan Dimbleby Any Questions - 1987
As Jonathan Dimbleby took over from John Timpson and hosted his first Any Questions, heard here on 4th September 1987, little did he know he'd be there for 32 years until his departure in 2019. The panel included Conservative MP Norman Tebbit and Labour's Roy Hattersley and questions included: the trial of Mathias Rust, the young German amateur aviator who landed his light aircraft in then-communist Moscow's Red Square; gun control and the future of the SDP-Liberal Alliance. Any Questions? was first broadcast in October 1948 in the West of England and began national broadcasts in 1950\. It has aired on BBC Radio 4 since 10 April 1970.
Apr 15, 2019
1605: Capital - First UK breakfast show - 2019
As the Capitals come together for breakfast on April 8th 2019, hear Roman Kemp - and some localised clips from Liverpool, Scotland, East Mids and Manchester.
Apr 15, 2019
1604: Hillsborough anniversary on Radio City & BBC Merseyside - 2019
Apr 14, 2019
1603: Mix 96 idents 1994
Apr 12, 2019
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Apr 6, 2019
1600: BBC Radio 4 Today fills when the line goes down - 2019
Light relief on the Radio 4 Today programme from 6th April 2019 with John Humphrys and Justin Webb when the line went down and filling ensued...
Apr 5, 2019
1599: Country Hits Radio - Launch 2019
Apr 5, 2019
1598: Toby Anstis Final Morning Show on Heart - 2019
After sixteen feel-good years, Toby Anstis, who epitomised the Heart brand for a generation, vacates the chair.
Apr 5, 2019
1597: Capital local breakfast show ends - 2019
True professionalism as Capital breakfast show presenters move on from the gigs they love. Some prepare for a new drive show, some prepare for other shows, some prepare for a new future. All listener-focused ends and generous in spirit. And I have to smile at Capital East Mids where they said so little about the end during the show, it was business as excellently usual - but there was a nod to the wise with a mention of the very first breakfast incumbent on their Nottingham 96.2 transmitter 44 years prior.
Apr 1, 2019
1595: Rickie, Melvin and Charlie first show on Radio 1 - 2019
Apr 1, 2019
1594: Interview on Radio 4 WATO re BBC Sounds - March 2019
Sarah Montague interviews Dan Taylor-Watt about the new BBC Sounds app and listens to listener concerns. As heard on the World at One on Radio 4 on 6th March 2019.
Mar 28, 2019
1593: Bob Stewart - Montage
Mar 28, 2019
1592: Radio Caroline launch - 1964
Mar 17, 2019
1589: Final Top 40 on Radio 2's FM frequencies - March 1990
Mar 5, 2019
1585: Scala Radio - Launch - 2019
Feb 27, 2019
1582: Media Show - Global Radio coverage - 2019
As Capital prepared to take advantage of latest deregulation, Radio executives and commentators gave their two penn'orth on the Media Show from Radio 4
Feb 18, 2019
1580: Scala Radio Tests - 2019
Feb 18, 2019
1579: Margaret Thatcher on JY Prog on Radio 2 - 1975
On 19th February 1975, Margaret Thatcher gave her first interview as party leader – and she gave it to Jimmy Young on Radio 2\. In this fascinating telescoped 50’ – she assures Jimmy that he is fine to call her Margaret – despite what listeners say. She also suggests that when her time comes to leave office – she will go with good grace. And – most tellingly - on the issue of Europe – given the decision to confirm entry to the common market loomed – she suggested (33’ in) that a referendum was simply inappropriate as the issue is not ‘clear-cut’ enough. She sees why referenda work on clear cut issues but “….about a common market treaty and its negotiations that’s a very very different thing“.
Feb 10, 2019
1577: Tony Blackburn - first Sounds of the Sixties - 2017
In March 2017, Tony Blackburn succeeded Brian Matthew as presenter of Radio 2's 'Sounds of the 60s'. The two-hour show also moved to the earlier time of 6 am.
Feb 10, 2019
1576: Tony Blair first weekly broadcast 'on the internet' - 2000
In Feb 2000, PM Tony Blair began a weekly audio broadcast - a little like the familiar Presidential radio broadcasts in the UK. The eight minute piece was available 'only on the Internet' (accessed either as a streamed file, a downloadable MP3 version or as a transcript). After the tentative introduction - and a what his producer likely suggested was a clever bit of linking - the first edition focused on education. By the end of the first five months (and 14 editions), the streamed versions of the broadcasts has been requested nearly 37,000 times, an average of 254 requests per day (plus MP3 downloads and hits on the transcript page).
Feb 6, 2019
1574: John Humphrys announces he'll leave the Today Programme - 2019
A sniff that just possibly John Humphrys may leave the Today programme some time in 2019 merited a sizeable chunk of the World at One on Radio 4 on 6th Feb – and prefaced the item on the North Korea nuclear summit. And so it should have. Here, he talks to former dawn colleague, Sarah Montague on the World at One on the day the story appeared on the front page of the Daily Mail.
Jan 21, 2019
1570: Chris Evans - first Virgin breakfast show 2019
Chris carries off his first show with aplomb. The sense of presence which he effortlessly routinely delivers – and the sense of occasion of a special first show but where the listeners feel part of it – rather than distant. A feat not carried off by all. “BBC Radio 2”…he finds himself saying - before the hesitant “….is where we used to be’. And he warns Auntie Ethel who’s flicked over that the ‘golden oldies’ are ‘a little more contemporary than they were before’. He’s at Virgin ‘for as long as they’ll let us’ -and talks of his boss Scott. Not ‘one of the really big cheeses…but certainly on the cheese counter’. The marketing is there, he is the biggest name in radio. The only impediment to success is platform and audience intransigence – and they have wisely recognised that. Good luck to radio’s second Ev.
1 hr 16 min
Jan 19, 2019
1569: Front Row on Radio 4 talks breakfast shows
Jan 15, 2019
1567: Fix Radio (Manchester) - Launch - 2019
Jan 14, 2019
1566: Zoe Ball - First Radio 2 breakfast show - 2019
Jan 11, 2019
1564: Dianne Oxberry Tributes on BBC Radio Manchester - 2018
Jan 7, 2019
1563: Greatest Hits Radio launch (Lancs) - 2019
Jan 6, 2019
1562: Free Radio 80s becomes Greatest Hits Radio
Jan 6, 2019
1561: Free Radio 80s becomes Absolute Classic Rock
On 6th Jan 2019 at 18:00, Free Radio 80s closed. On 1152am, 990am and 1017am it became Absolute Classic Rock.
Jan 6, 2019
1560: Absolute leaves 105.2 in West Mids
On 17th December 2018, Absolute Radio was replaced by Greatest Hits Christmas on 105.2 FM in the West Midlands - ahead of the launch of Greatest Hits Radio on Jan 7th 2019.
Jan 5, 2019
1559: Gold West Midlands closes to become Free Radio 80s - 2012
Dec 31, 2018
1558: Rickie, Melvin and Charlie - final Kiss breakfast 2018
Dec 28, 2018
1557: Final Billy Butler programme on BBC Radio Merseyside - 2018
Billy Butler served Merseyside for 47 years on Radio City, its AM offshoots and then back to BBC Radio Merseyside. At the age of 76, the BBC chose not to renew his contract. Having hosted Thursdays and Fridays, his final programme was broadcast on 28th December 2018. As is to be expected, in the case of a man who’s served such a characterful city for so many decades, played at the Cavern and rubbed shoulders with the Beatles, his regular listeners were not best pleased, as reflected on social media and on local press. His ‘Hold your Plums’ has a place in broadcasting history. Aziz Rashid, head of the BBC in the North West, said: "Billy Butler has been in radio for almost half a century and most of that on BBC Radio Merseyside. "Few people attain the status of legend in their own lifetime. Billy Butler MBE (Mrs Butler’s Eldest) can certainly claim that honour. As well as an outstanding contribution award from the BBC in 2010, just this year he was enrolled as a Citize…
Dec 24, 2018
1556: Chris Evans - Final Radio BBC 2 breakfast 2018
Chris Evans is a master. A rule breaker who annoys every radio programme director listening – but the sense of occasion every show brings is simply perfect. On Radio 2, with the maturity that decades on air brings, he has been at his best. The creativity and rebellion lives on, polished with the pain of experience. In this final show on 24th December 2018, he uses every trick in the radio box. Wives , children and tears. And he does it authentically. As he prepares for the biggest gamble of his career, these are his final BBC moments
Dec 21, 2018
1555: Simon Mayo - Final drive show BBC Radio 2 - 2018
"I have loved every single moment. Never intended to go. But you know circumstances change and everything will be fabulous and Radio 2 will still be sparkling and magic", said Simon Mayo as he waves farewell to Radio 2 on 21st December 2018.
Dec 21, 2018
1554: Final Mayo & Whiley on Radio 2 - 2018
Some shows are remarkable for their longevity. The drive show in 2018 on Radio 2 was noteworthy for its brevity. After many years solo, Simon was joined by Jo Whiley. Whilst both are accomplished professionals - behaving professionally - and with genuine mutual respect, it was probably not the approach either of them would chosen. The partnership ended on Thursday 20th December 2018, with Simon flying solo the following day. Enjoy Simon here being teased on his post-Radio 2 future. Aside from the Film Show for 5 Live, 'there'll be other entertainments of a radio variety...on the way. Very shortly.... We should probably await for the formal unveiling'.
Dec 14, 2018
1551: Final Emma Bunton/Jamie breakfast show on Heart London - 2018
Emma Bunton began working with Heart in 2009 - as a guest co-host for Jamie and then as maternity cover for Harriet Scott. She assumed the role 'full-time' in 2013. Enjoy here some clips from her final show with Jamie Theakston on Friday 14th December 2018. Heart proves yet again you can be polished, showbiz - and yet still authentic. This coupling was great casting - and the final show a touching end.
Dec 14, 2018
1550: Shaun Keaveny's last 6 Music breakfast show - 2018
"For those that have listened for the last 11 years 8 months 13 days, thanks for putting up with the many shite days and for giving us your time and your fucking funny jokes. We love you from the bottom of our hearts", tweeted Shaun Keaveny as he said farewell to the breakfast stint on BBC 6 Music on 14th December 2018.
Dec 10, 2018
1549: Emma Bunton announces her Heart farewell 2018
Emma Bunton began working with Heart in 2009 - as a guest co-host for Jamie and then as maternity cover for Harriet Scott. She assumed the role 'full-time' in 2013. On 10th December 2018, she announced tearfully that she would be stepping down from the daily show whilst on tour with the Spice Girls the following year. Her Sunday evening network show remained.
Nov 30, 2018
1545: Magic Christmas launch - 2018
On 30th November 2018, the principal Magic service flipped format to all-Christmas songs. Whilst several AM stations had dipped a toe in the water, or new or existing digital offshoots had gone totally Christmas in recent years, this was the first time a major existing FM (in London) music brand had switched formats. Thoughts on [my blog](https://davidlloyd-radio.blogspot.com/2013/10/i-wish-it-could-be-christmas-everyday.html).
Nov 24, 2018
1544: BBC Radio Scotland - 40th Anniversary
Nov 14, 2018
1541: Anita Morgan on 40th anniversary of BBC Radio Wales
Nov 9, 2018
1540: Original 106 launch - Aberdeen. 2007
Nov 2, 2018
1538: Leicester City Football Club helicopter crash coverage
Whatever format radio presenters and journalists work on, there is always the risk that today, their content will not be as they anticipated - for the most tragic of reasons. They imagine how they will cope, whether they will be able to strike the mood, find the words – and stay on the factual road. Radio lives the story as human beings do - from the tentative early moments - through the fact-gathering stage - and then the emotion. Here, Radio Leicester, with also a news bulletin from Capital East Midlands, respond promptly when the helicopter carrying Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz – and Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha - crashed on 27th October 2018, having taken off from the pitch at the end of a game at the King Power Stadium.
Oct 19, 2018
1535: Ipswich 102 - FM launch - 2018
It was not because the station launched in 2018 with T Rex which made Ipswich 102's first moments on FM memorable. It was because for the first time in its regulatory history, Ofcom had chosen not the award a new licence to the incumbent. Town 102's licence was not renewed in favour of this new service called Ipswich 102. History is further complicated by the fact that Ipswich 102 had already been broadcasting its service on DAB for some weeks by the time it embraced its new FM frequency; and Town 102 continued on its relatively new DAB slot after its FM was seized. As a result, Town had to cope with an unprecedented DAB migration challenge - and Ipswich 102 with getting a station on-air in record time. Hear here the first moments of Ipswich 102 on FM.
Oct 15, 2018
1532: In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 - 20th anniversary - 2018
Good humoured chat between Melvyn Bragg and John Humphrys on Radio 4's Today programme on 15th October 2018, as the programme celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Oct 4, 2018
1529: Announcement of Zoe Ball appointment to Radio 2 breakfast - 2018
We’ve grown accustomed of late to radio changes making the news. Following Chris Evans’s surprise announcement that he was quitting the Radio 2 breakfast show in favour of Virgin, speculation quickly mounted as to the identify of the successor. Here, Chris breaks the news and Zoe reacts. You hear too how the ensuing Radio 2 news bulletin leads with the news – as opposed to the Conservative Party Conference which emerges as the second story. Radio 4 joins in too, with a sizeable piece on PM with Zoe’s showbiz dad, Johnny Ball.
Sep 30, 2018
1528: Dale Winton on Radio Trent - 1980
A slice of Dale Winton's energy and style on Nottingham's Radio Trent in 1980\. Witness too, VOs in the ads from Bill Mitchell- and Terry Wogan! The promo from Steve Merike.
Sep 30, 2018
1527: Heart 106.2 DAB test transmissions - 2000
Sep 10, 2018
1520: First BBC Radio 4 Extra live programme - Jake Yapp
As the audiences to digital stations grow, so does the content. After some live moments on special occasions, BBC Radio 4 Extra went live properly for the first time on Saturday 8th September 2018\. Jake Yapp hosted the programme, with superb intervention from Kathy Clugston, more usually heard on continuity announcer or newsreader duties. As can be heard, she rather enjoys herself.
Sep 9, 2018
1519: Final Henry Blofeld commentary
Sep 3, 2018
1517: Capital Brighton Launch - 2018
Sep 3, 2018
1516: First Eddie Mair LBC show - 2018
A few chosen moments from Eddie Mair on his first show in his new home at LBC as he returned to commercial radio - after many diligent BBC years - on 3rd September 2018\. The worst thing about a new show is hitting the junctions - Eddie clearly was not over worried about that here though. More importantly, this was a fresh, re-invigorated Eddie, sounding thoroughly relaxed and, rightly, warmer, than the Eddie the BBC paid for. As ever the beauty of Eddie is what he doesn't say - but you know he's thinking. This is a great LBC move - and good to hear Iain Dale's professionalism about his move from the show, justifiably repaid in spades.
Sep 3, 2018
1515: Chris Evans announces leaving Radio 2 breakfast - anno and coverage
After 8 years on the Radio 2 breakfast show, having assumed the throne after Wogan's departure, Chris Evans announced he would move on in his show on 3rd September 2018. Hear here his announcement - followed by coverage on Radio 2 news, Radio 4 news, the Today Programme, World at One and the 6 O Clock News - and the announcement in Virgin Radio news of his impending arrival. In the US, talent often crosses town and takes the audience - in the UK traditionally, it's been more challenging. Chris, however, delivered huge personal growth for Virgin in his first audience research sweep, consolidated by his second.
Sep 1, 2018
1514: Sept 1st radio anniversaries on Radio 4 PM
On Sept 1st 2018, PM presenter Luke Jones was moved to recognise the number of radio station launches on Sept 1st.
Sep 1, 2018
1513: Steve Allen in Conversation with Eddie Mair
In advance of Eddie Mair's arrival at LBC, following his departure from BBC Radio 4, he spoke to the inimitable Steve Allen. The programme was aired first on 1st Sept 2018. A longer version of this is available from LBC podcasting.
Aug 31, 2018
1512: Iain departs LBC early evenings - 2018
After over five years on the LBC early evening show, Iain Dale graciously shifted sideways to mid evening as Eddie Mair loomed, hotfoot from the BBC. Enjoy here Iain's final moments on 30th August 2018. There were things he wanted to say - and emotions he sought to contain. He wasn't completely successful.
Aug 25, 2018
1510: BBC Radio Durham closes - 1972
Aug 24, 2018
1509: Juice 107.2 closes in Brighton - 2018
On 27th March 1998, the Brighton station launched as Surf 107\. Like many of its generation, it enjoyed enthusiastic local support. After its acquisition by Forever broadcasting, the station re-branded as Juice 107.2, later returning to local ownership. Following Global's acquistion of the station, Juice closed at midnight following 13th August 2018\. Enjoy here the opening and closing of its final breakfast show, then its final moments just before midnight, at which point the transmitter fell silent. The 'Capital is Coming' idents follow amidst segues some time later.
Aug 24, 2018
1508: Radio 4 coverage of the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979
In moments of history, the broadcasting style of the day is captured. Listen here as Radio 4's Today programme on 1st October 1979 as Pope John Paul the Second was ferried through the streets of Ireland in the little yellow vehicle which became known as the Popemobile, drawing crowds of over two and a half million. The reporter is Phillip Whitfield, with presenters John Timpson and Brian Redhead.
Aug 20, 2018
1506: First Greg James Radio 1 breakfast show - 2018
Aug 10, 2018
1504: Final Eddie Mair PM on Radio 4
On Wednesday 8th August 2019, Eddie Mair hosted his last PM programme on Radio 4\. Although the programme had existed since April 1970, Eddie was to make it his own. His immaculate teasing, his deadpan humour and a cleverness - sometimes even too clever for many of his listeners - made the programme shine. Plus, of course, an interviewing style unmatched by anyone. Calm, targeted, persuasive and – if you’re on the wrong end – devastating. His last programme made no mention of his departure, although his imminent end had been well publicised. Unlike most programmes, he did not talk up to Big Ben – he let ‘Bring me Sunshine’ so the job for him. Regular listeners would have mused of the significance of the change. It was such subtle nods that lent the programme an unspoken intimacy which similar programmes so often lack. LBC beckoned – and only the most alert would have spotted his early preparations for his transfer to commercial radio as he uttered “…after these…
Aug 10, 2018
1503: Final Nick Grimshaw breakfast show on Radio 1
At almost six years, Nick Grimshaw enjoyed the second longest spell on BBC Radio1 breakfast. Like just a few others, his breakfast tenure was to be followed by another daytime stint. These are excerpts from his last show on 9th August 2018.,
Aug 8, 2018
1501: Vicki Archer - BBC Radio Shropshire
BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Vicki Archer died suddenly at the age of 41 in August 2018. Here, you can hear a segment of her bubbly on-air performance in her final show, before the news was announced the following day by Eric Smith. Her co-host Adam Green also pays his tribute. Social media tributes afterwards from colleagues through her on-air years illustrated her popularity. Vicki worked at The Pulse, Century FM and on the Magic network. She had hosted the afternoon show on BBC Radio Shropshire since 2010.
Jul 30, 2018
1499: First Tony Blackburn show on the BBC - BBC Light Programme - 1967
The 2nd August 1967 saw Tony Blackburn's first BBC programme - Midday Spin on the BBC Light Programme.
Jul 28, 2018
1498: BBC 90th anniversary. Stations link up -2012
Jul 27, 2018
1497: Jo forgets she's on Gem
It's happened to us all. We move from station to station. And we usually remember where we are. But just maybe on the odd occasion, we mess up. A station name, frequency or phone number from a former life spurts out your mouth. Or even your own phone number. Jo Russell was on Trent for a lifetime - but a full ten years after leaving - and having been through Absolute, BRMB and Free en route to her current home at Gem in the East Mids - for some reason the word 'Trent' came out. Maybe it was just because she was back in her home city. The brain is a funny old thing.
Jul 23, 2018
1495: Final Greg James Radio 1 drivetime show - July 2018
19th July 2018 saw the final drivetime show on Radio 1 with Greg James, prior to his move to breakfast
Jul 23, 2018
1494: Richard Bacon talks about his illness on Broadcasting House
When Richard Bacon recovered, after falling seriously ill, Luke Jones spoke to him on Radio 4's Broadcasting House..
Jul 16, 2018
1491: Any Answers with faulty calls
I really rate Anita Anand. Understated, authentic, quick, likeable, intelligent and a voice to die for. She suggests her immaculate pronunciation owes something to a teacher at her primary school, Sister Francesca, who ordered her to stop dropping her vowels. In 2012, Anita took over the Radio 4 Saturday lunchtime 'Any Answers' from Jonathan Dimbleby, who hosts Any Questions which precedes it. Her appointment was well-made. This edition of Any Answers is atypical. It's the sort of programme or news bulletin most broadcasters have faced from time to time - one where anything technical which can go wrong - does. The only thing one can do is plough on and keep calm. And Anita did - on this edition of a programme normally known for the military precision of each caller - and remained cool as cucumber.
Jun 4, 2018
1482: Georgey Spanswick returns to BBC York breakfast
Jun 4, 2018
1481: Nicholas Parsons misses Just a Minute
After 51 years, Nicholas Parsons missed an edition of Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4 on 4th June 2018\. The BBC's Head of Radio Comedy assured listeners "the apocalypse is not upon us - Gyles Brandreth kindly stepped in to give Nicholas Parsons a couple of days off. NP is totally fine and is still the guvnor as per the last 50 years"
Jun 4, 2018
1480: First Dave Berry Breakfast Show - Absolute Radio June 2018
Jun 4, 2018
1479: Hits Radio launch - June 2018
Jun 3, 2018
1478: Christian O'Connell's debut breakfast show on Gold 104.3 in Melbourne
Few UK jocks at the top of their game would choose a trip across the World as their next gig. Christian O’Connell did – as he moved from over a decade on Absolute Radio breakfast to Gold 1043 in Melbourne, Australia – ‘Better Music and More of It’. He introduced himself well to his new audience and really sounded himself on his official debut show on 4th June 2018\. Typically good story-telling – and the usual polished delivery of class lines from his enviably quick brain. Plus, he promised to call back every texter after the show. There were a few technical hiccoughs at the outset - which are always much more infuriating for the on-air talent than for the listeners. But they did give good cause for a flood of typical OC lines: “Half an hour on air and very little has gone right”. “Who can I complain to about my own show?”. Thankfully much that went awry was just after 6 am whilst Oz was just awakening; so let’s not worry unduly about the UK anoraks who were…
Jun 3, 2018
1477: Words from Windsor Castle
Reflecting on the relationship between the Monarchy and Windsor Castle - as registered by the key broadcast moments. Produced by me for BBC Radio Berkshire.
May 31, 2018
1476: Grimmers announces R1 breakfast departure - 2018
After over five years, the second longest spell to Moyles, Grimmers announced on 31st May 2018 that he was about to vacate the Radio 1 breakfast seat. As has now become tradition for departing major names, the handover was handled like old friends preparing to move town. In this clip from the show that morning, Grimmers reveals his news and introduces his successor Greg James who was evidently moved: “I get to have a go at the most famous radio show in the world and I could not be happier”
May 30, 2018
1475: Manchester Arena bombing - 1 year on - Key 103
One year on from the Manchester Arena bombing, Key 103 reflects, in the 0800 news bulletin - and then in an evening OB from Albert Square in the centre of Manchester with Darryl Morris
May 29, 2018
1474: Final Mike Toolan breakfast show on Key 103 - 2018
As Key 103 prepared to cease, making way for Hits Radio – Manchester, Mike Toolan hosted his last breakfast show after a lengthy spell waking up Manchester.
May 15, 2018
1471: Mental Health Minute
BBC and commercial radio stations around the UK united for the first time on 15th May 2018 to broadcast a one-minute message about mental health. The historic broadcasting aired on simultaneously at 10.59am, featuring globally famous voices talking about the stigma of mental health. With over 300 stations taking part, broadcasting to one of radio’s biggest collective audiences with an average listenership of 20 million, the Mental Health Minute was led by Radiocentre and The Radio Academy. The content was created and produced by content agency Somethin’ Else. The message sought to recognise Mental Health Awareness Week during the industry’s Radio Audio Week. It was supported by the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign which launched in 2016 to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation and eight mental health charities including the…
Apr 24, 2018
1465: GB Radio closedown 1985
Apr 18, 2018
1463: Key 103 to become The Hits
The announcement on 18th April 2018
Apr 15, 2018
1461: Launch of Splash FM - 2003
David Hamilton hosts the launch programme on Splash FM from Worthing.
Apr 10, 2018
1459: Alex Dickson Tribute
A tribute to much-respected commercial radio stalwart, Alex Dickson., as aired on Clyde 2.
Mar 30, 2018
1457: Sarah Montague - final words on Radio 4 Today - 2018
Mar 29, 2018
1456: Imus in the Morning - says goodbye - 2018
Mar 29, 2018
1455: Lynn Bowles departs from Radio 2
Mar 17, 2018
1451: Magic 1548 launch in Liverpool in 1997
Mar 7, 2018
1449: Radio 4 Today programme adds teasing
Whilst other radio stations are addicted to 'teasing' other programmes - some less skilfully than others - the strategy is rare on Radio 4. The live pieces into You and Yours previewing the World at One work well - and the live Dimbleby inserts into PM previewing Any Questions are inspired. The promos/trailers in the Today programme have, however, always appeared barely tolerated. But now, lo! As the Today programme concludes each day up to the 9.00 pips, the programme to follow is now no longer ignored. The Today presenters simply utter a quick trail of what's ahead. After 60 years of merrily ignoring what's on the way, it seems a remarkably good idea.
Mar 2, 2018
1447: Greg James - Pedal to the Peaks - in the snow of 2018
Mar 1, 2018
1446: Snowy radio from Darren Rice, Beat 102-103 Waterford - 2018
Mar 1, 2018
1445: Snowy radio from Radio Pembrokeshire in 2004
Feb 13, 2018
1441: Andy & Louise announce Signal 1 departure - 2017
Feb 12, 2018
1440: Final Hamish & Andy show - 2017
Hamish and Andy became a comedy duo in 2003 after they met at University. After student radio, their reputation was built on the drivetime Hamish and Andy show on the Hit Network, which became the highest-rating radio series in Australian history. As they moved to further their TV career, their last show (for now at least) was aired on 1st December 2017\. More info and audio at www.hamishandandy.com
1 hr 8 min
Feb 10, 2018
1438: Noel Edmonds on Stephen Nolan 5 Live - 2018
Feb 10, 2018
1437: Radio Scilly closedown sequence
Jan 28, 2018
1433: Century 106 - promos from 1999
A few funky and powerful promos for the East Midlands regional station Century 106 which lived from 1998 to 2005 on 106 FM, sandwiched between the lives of Radio 106 and Heart/Gem 106. They tell of a full-blown personality station and a time and place in British radio history. Great production too from Ian Chilvers. He had some great ideas of his own - and also, when I gave him a raw idea, he was truly brilliant at reading my mind and delivering it in audio.
Jan 23, 2018
1430: Christian O'Connell announces Absolute departure
Jan 16, 2018
1428: Ed Doolan tributes
Ed Doolan, hugely-respected broadcaster in the West Midlands, passed away on 16th January 2018\. Here the tributes flow, initially from Caroline Martin on BBC WM, then from Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4 - and then fellow broadcaster Les Ross from BBC 1 TV in the Midlands.
Jan 16, 2018
1427: Jon Culshaw call to Blair on Steve Penk Capital show 1998
Jan 8, 2018
1424: Carrie Grace coverage on Radio 4's Today and Woman's Hour
Following the resignation of Carrie Gracie from her post as the BBC's China Editor on grounds of pay inequality, she hosted the Radio 4 Today programme on 8th Jan 2018\. Hear clips of that programme here in which her resignation was covered, including her reading the headlines in which that story was not mentioned; the bulletins in which it was; the press reviews where it was, albeit John Humphrys read them; the interview with John which wasn't an interview; the one between John and Mariella Frostrup which was; and John explaining why everything was or wasnt being discussed. Then - hear an interview with Carrie on Woman's Hour that same morning, concluding with the great back anno from Jane Garvey 'Impartiality does not stop me discussing the menopause on Woman's Hour next week'.
Jan 5, 2018
1423: Prince Harry produces Radio 4 Today - 2017
Dec 23, 2017
1421: Radio Caroline in 2017 - AM launch
Ray Clark issues the formal launch announcement as Radio Caroline launches afresh on a licensed AM frequency at last in December 2017.
Dec 10, 2017
1418: Snow in 2017 - UK radio responds
Dec 5, 2017
1416: 1930s Radio Times coverage on Radio 4 PM in 2017
Dec 4, 2017
1415: 2Day FM 2012 Prank Call
Nov 21, 2017
1412: Zimbabwe radio on day of Mugabe resignation
A flavour of radio in Zimbabwe after Mugabe relinquished power after 37 years. Hear the mood of the country that day as they ‘unlocked the key’ to future success. Good questioning too: what went wrong? What went right? Was he popular with some people? What happens next?
Nov 18, 2017
1410: BBC Local Radio strategy changes discussions
Two on-air takes of the proposed new strategy for BBC local radio, as announced by the DG in November 2017, including rowing back on the cuts, ending the networked evening show, and stopping targeting 50+. Hear here Julia George on BBC Radio Kent holding her Managing Editor to account; and Ben Jackson taking to the DG himself on Ben’s programme on BBC Radio Leicester.
Nov 5, 2017
1408: BBC Essex, launch - 1986
BBC Essex launched on November 5th 1986 - with Alex Lester.
Nov 5, 2017
1407: BBC Nottingham - jingle contest in early 70s
Nov 2, 2017
1406: BBC Local Radio - 50 years. Radiomoments review special 10th Nov 2017
Oct 28, 2017
1404: Today Programme 60th anniversary edition in 2017
Oct 26, 2017
1403: Desmond Lynam on 60 years of the Today programme
Oct 21, 2017
1402: Radiomoments weekly review 3rd Nov - Today 60th special
Oct 16, 2017
1399: Ophelia arrives in Ireland - Irish radio responds
When people are worried - radio responds best. The information you need - delivered by the well-connected friend who puts their arm around you. As Ophelia arrived across Ireland on Oct 16th 2017, hear how the likes of stations such as RTE, Newstalk, Today FM, Midlands 103, Spin, 98 FM, WLR FM coped.
Sep 30, 2017
1396: Tony Blackburn 50th anniversary show 2017
Sep 29, 2017
1395: Sam & Amy - last show on Gem
Sep 28, 2017
1394: Radio 1 on BBC1 - The One Show 28th Sept 2017
Sep 26, 2017
1392: Radiomoments weekly review - BBC 50th Special
Sep 26, 2017
1391: Fractious Scargill IRN interview -Chris Mann
A delicious lengthy live exchange in the heat of the miners' strike between miners' leader Arthur Scargill and Chris Mann from IRN. They don't get on.
Sep 21, 2017
1390: Tony Blackburn on Front Row 2017
He's now art! Tony Blackburn appeared on BBC Radio 4's earnest Front Row with Samira Ahmed on 21st September 2017 as he prepared to mark 50 years since his first Radio One breakfast show. The contrast between Tony and the programme's puzzled style was arguably not too different maybe from the culture clash of a 1960s BBC.
Sep 17, 2017
1388: Edith Bowman announces Virgin farewell
After eighteen months on the new Virgin Radio breakfast show, Edith Bowman announced her departure.
Sep 17, 2017
1387: Sam and Amy announce Gem farewell
On Sept 15th 2017, Sam and Amy announced their imminent farewell from East Midlands radio. They'd served on the breakfast show on 106 in its Heart and Gem guises for well over eleven years, with ratings and awards success.
Sep 14, 2017
1384: Plurality on Radio 4
For everyone - there's a word or two we can't manage. For me it's 'visitor', and I'm not too keen on 'Saturday'. Whenever possible, I find a substitute. For the fine Jim Lee, it seems to be plurality
Aug 25, 2017
1381: David Hamilton with Iain Lee on TalkRADIO
The wonderful David Hamilton, given the Iain Lee treatment. As heard on the ‘Late Night Alternative’ on TalkRADIO in August 2017. Including the great anecdote about the listener who tried to deposit yellow paint over David. David’s book is out now: ‘The Golden Days of Radio 1’.
Aug 25, 2017
1380: Shipping Forecast 150th anniversary
Radio 4 celebrates here 150 years of the shipping forecast. Not, of course, 150 years of it on appearing on radio - as the first broadcast was not until January 1924 - but a bit of shippery is always welcome
Aug 17, 2017
1377: The Changing Voice
How have voices changed over the years? Listening to the clipped tones of the young Princess Elizabeth is a stark contrast from Her Majesty’s voice today. In this comprehensive piece from the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, the topic is examined, including an example of how the sound of John Humphrys himself has changed over the close to sixty years he’s been on-air.
Aug 14, 2017
1376: Tony Blackburn on R4 Today - on 50th anniversary of Marine Offences Act
Aug 14, 2017
1375: Big Ben silent in 2017
A Radio 4 Today programme report from 14th August 2017
Aug 14, 2017
1374: Johnnie Walker 50 years on - 3.00 pm Aug 14th 2017
Aug 14, 2017
1373: Dave Cash's ashes scattered at sea
On the 50th anniversary of the closure of most of the remaining pirate stations, as the Marine Offences Act came into force, Dave Cash's former colleagues joined his family as his ashes were scattered at sea off Harwich. The coverage was live on the special commemorative pirate BBC Essex station, hosted for this part of the day by Norman St John and Tom Edwards.
Aug 11, 2017
1371: Nick Bailey - Final Classic FM programme 2017
Jul 11, 2017
1362: Ivor Biggun on Mansfield 103.2 - Radio 4 coverage
Pirate broadcasters can interrupt listening to legitimate stations. They can be a pain in the neck – and I recall stories from my days in London of how the operations can involve some very shady characters. And, with such availability now to spectrum via RSLs to community stations to renting DAB space, there is really no excuse. Mansfield 103.2, is suffering from a Nottinghamshire pirate which is momentarily interrupting programmes with bursts of Ivor Biggun’s Winker's song. MD Tony Delahunty, never one to fail to exploit a bit of PR (and good luck to him), appeared on the Today programme to explain the problem.
Jul 2, 2017
1360: Colin Bower chatting on BBC Radio Nottingham
The life and times of thespian and broadcaster Colin Bower. After some earlier considerable exploits, as he explains here, Colin was memorably the launch presenter on Plymouth Sound, going on to host many programmes on Radio Trent in the 70s and 80s, at a time when the schedule included all manner of styles. Here he is, in conversation with Dean Jackson in 2017 on BBC Radio Nottingham.
Jul 2, 2017
1359: Classic FM birdsong story on Radio 4 BH
Slow radio may be said to be a new phenomenon, yet in a sense, it has been done before. In this piece on Radio 4's Broadcasting House, Quentin Howard tells of how birdsong from his garden formed the test transmissions for the new Classic FM,.
Jul 1, 2017
1358: Radio 1 Vintage launch - Radio 4 Today and PM coverage
As Radio 1 prepared its 50th anniversary celebrations, it announced a plan to launch a DAB offshoot. Here's how it was announced, by an earnest Radio 4 piece and a typical Eddie Mair sideways angle on PM, with a mad tech op pressing some old cart machines. Some of those cuts sound decidedly MP3 quality though! Who stole the masters?
Jun 23, 2017
1355: Henry Blofeld announces retirement
Henry Blofeld, 77, has announced he’s to retire from BBC Radio's Test Match Special commentary after 45 years. Here Radio 4’s Today programme salutes his work and talks to the great man, who’s on fine form.
May 23, 2017
1351: Manchester Arena bomb coverage
May 7, 2017
1345: Dawn Chorus - live on Radio 4
Apr 21, 2017
1342: Spirit FM launch
Apr 21, 2017
1340: Prince William & Kate on Radio 1 chart
Apr 17, 2017
1339: Neptune Radio Song
A short-lived Steve England special from 1997.
Apr 17, 2017
1338: Trent - 1985 Theme
Apr 16, 2017
1337: Brian Matthew - Jim Moir tribute
Apr 12, 2017
1335: Final Geoff Lloyd/Annabel Show on Absolute
Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port left the Absolute stable in April 2017. Geoff's first show from One Golden Square, back when the station carried its former brand, was aired in 1999.
Apr 7, 2017
1333: Dave Berry - Final Capital London show
"...and then there's something very important that I want to tell you. Don't touch that dial." Thus ended Dave Berry's breakfast tenure at Capital London after five years. This was an understated, professional farewell show, as he departed for Absolute - and he even paid tribute to the 'trinity of bosses: Ashley, Stephen and Richard'.
Apr 5, 2017
1331: Erroneous Radio 4 anno on Brian Matthew - and correction
Both BBC Radio 2 and 4 carried announcements on the morning of 5th April 2017 suggesting that Brian Matthew had died. The statement was retracted later that day.
Apr 5, 2017
1330: Media Show on BBC regulation - Matt & Bruno
Apr 1, 2017
1328: Podcasting - on Radio 4 Today - March 2017
Mar 31, 2017
1327: Radio 4 Brut mention - March 2017
Radio 4 despatched a speedy apology for this credit for Brut aftershave on Radio 4 on March 30th (730 am) by the brilliant Garry Richardson on the Today programme. “This was a mistake. It should not have happened. We apologise and the programme’s sports production team is being reminded of the editorial guidelines on product prominence”. Given the speed of the apology, the Guardian article covering this, and the general hullabaloo - we can rest assured it’s an uncommon occurrence.
Mar 30, 2017
1326: Russell Brand on Radio X with Moyles - March 2017
Russell Brand announced here his return to live radio after eight years. It will be the first time since the 'Sachsgate' episode - where he and Jonathan Ross prank-called the late Andrew Sachs on Radio 2, albeit that element of the programme was recorded. Russell's new show will air on Radio X on Sunday mornings.
Mar 30, 2017
1324: IRN announcement - death of Queen Mother
Mar 29, 2017
1323: Final Libby Purves Midweek on Radio 4
Mar 23, 2017
1322: Jean Challis - Family Favourites
Mar 22, 2017
1321: Gary Davies with Simon Mayo on Comic Relief 2017
Feb 27, 2017
1312: Brian Matthew - Sounds of the 60s farewell
After 27 years of presenting Sounds of the 60s, this was Brian's farewell show. on 25th February 2017.
Feb 20, 2017
1309: Steve Hewlett - Announcement, tributes and diaries
Eddie Mair breaks the news of the death of Steve Hewlett, Radio 4’s Media Show presenter and respected journalist. Steve had shared his thoughts about his cancer with PM listeners in the preceding weeks.
Feb 20, 2017
1308: Broadcasts for farmers
1925 saw the announcement of programming for rural workers but came to be enjoyed by listeners generally. A new morning weather forecast was introduced - and a weekly summary of farm produce prices in the home markets. The market prices for farmers were an addition to the regular Farmers' Talks. These appeared amongst the specialised talks that comprised a fair proportion of early radio broadcasts, and made no allowance for the general listener. Typical talks for farmers at the time included Ducks for Egg Production, Experiments on the Manuring of Roots in Dorset, Phosphatic Manures for Spring Use, and one on the Agricultural Holdings Act 1923. Farming programmes on radio developed over the years, including On Your Farm and Farming Today. These programmes served and reflected the agricultural community, whilst developing a following amongst politicians and general listeners, providing a glimpse of rural life for wistful urban dwellers.
Feb 12, 2017
1306: 2MT Writtle - 95th anniversary coverage on 5 Live
Feb 12, 2017
1305: Huw Kennair-Jones - new Archers Editor in 2017
Huw Kennair-Jones arrived at the Archers after recently producing Medici: Masters Of Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden; and New Tricks for Headstrong Pictures, where he also series produced Waterloo Road. Between 2008 and 2014, he worked for Sky Entertainment as a commissioning editor at Sky Drama, and was also executive producer on programmes including Hit And Miss, Strike Back, Mad Dogs, Thorne, Terry Pratchett's Going Postal and Moonfleet. He previously worked as a commissioning executive for Sky 1, a story producer for EastEnders, a series producer for Dream Team and a producer for Holby City. In this interview with Paddy O'Connell on Broadcasting Hosue on Radio 4, he tells of listening to The Archers on Sunday mornings as a child while his mother did the ironing - and his thoughts on ther task ahead.
Feb 11, 2017
1304: Tony Blackburn's debut Radio 1 show
What a show. With the Nation’s eyes upon him, Tony Blackburn sounded thoroughly relaxed as he made his Radio 1 debut – on the first day of the new station, as the Light Programme split into radios one and two. Mind you, this show launched quietly on a Saturday, as did the BBC’s week. Enjoy a sprinkling of those words and phrases which would not be heard on today’s radio – or anywhere. The ‘in sounds’, ’where it’s at’, ‘fabulous’ and the ‘fun thirty’. Hear his chats with fellow presenters Simon Dee (the Chris Evans of his generation) and David Ryder; and an honourable mention for Scotland. One can imagine a well-meaning BBC staffer saying ‘don’t forget Scotland, Tony’. They likely also asked him to flag up the existence of Radio 2 to the old dears a little perplexed by Tony on a frequency hitherto occupied by music to knit to. So he did. Sort of. There’s a lovely version of Let’s Go to San Francisco with an end I hadn’t heard before…
Feb 10, 2017
1303: PM - Record audiences
Eddie Mair celebrates record audiences for the PM Programme on Radio 4 - for W4 2016, with typical style - and elegant tease. Also, some touching response to Steve Hewlett's cancer diaries - and a reminder of radio's powerful, quiet influence.
Feb 7, 2017
1301: Iain Lee - on radio style guides
Feb 6, 2017
1300: Georgey Spanswick - First permanent late night BBC local radio network show - 2017
Feb 6, 2017
1299: Final Mark Forrest network evening show on BBC Local Radio
After four years, the The Mark Forrest Show, made for the BBC local radio network by Wire Free Productions, chaired by former Radio 1 controller Matthew Bannister, ended on Thursday 2nd Feb 2017. The programme’s arrival on the network’s 39 stations had been greeted by some hostility, not least from those whose local programmes had been displaced - and their friends around the network, some of whom allegedly had to be reminded about their professional responsibilities. I rate Matthew - and I rate Mark. Matthew’s company won a decent tender; and Mark’s a great presenter. The sort of remarks received by the programme were unjustified and typical examples of the excesses of social media. My view is that Mark - and Matthew’s team are doing a pretty fine job of a bad idea. I just take issue to this day with the strategy, which continues. This sort of networking seems a puzzling tactic for the network - and the cost of the overall production amazes me. If it was a…
Feb 5, 2017
1297: Alex Lester - Final Radio 2 links - 2017
Feb 5, 2017
1296: Final Janice Long links on Radio 2 - 2017
Jan 29, 2017
1293: Geoff Lloyd announces he will leave Absolute Radio
On 18th January 2017, Geoff Lloyd broke the news that he, and his co-host Annabel Port, plan to leave the Absolute stable in April. Geoff's first show from One Golden Square, back when the station carried its former brand, was aired on the same day in 1999.
Jan 29, 2017
1292: Desert Island Discs at 75
Jan 27, 2017
1290: 'Final' Brian Matthew 'Sounds of the Sixties'
This programme, broadcast on 19th Nov 2016, was the last before Brian became ill. He was to return for a valedictory programme in February
Jan 11, 2017
1285: Red Rose 999 launch - Part 2
Launch of Red Rose 999 in Preston, Lancashire - Part 2. From 20/01/1997 - First link post the news bulletin from Laura Penn and Carl Greenwood. Replaced Red Rose Gold.
Jan 11, 2017
1284: Launch of Red Rose 999 - Part 1
Launch of Red Rose 999 in Preston, Lancashire - Part 1. From 20/01/1997 Replaced Red Rose Gold.
Jan 11, 2017
1283: Magic 999, launch - 1999
Launch of Magic 999 in Preston Lancashire, replacing Red Rose 999/Red Rose Gold from 15/02/1999
Jan 11, 2017
1282: FM switched off in Norway - Radio 4 coverage
As Norway prepares (Jan 2017) to turn off its FM and be the first country to go digital in quite that way, Ford Ennals, Chief Executive Officer Digital Radio UK, spoke to John Humphrys on the Radio 4 Today Programme
Jan 11, 2017
1281: John Humphrys on 30 years of political interviewing
Dec 31, 2016
1279: Tony Blackburn returns
Great broadcasters can speak volumes without saying a word. After a truly awful 2016 for Tony Blackburn, he returned to the BBC on 31st December 2016 in this special new year’s eve programme. One can imagine him smiling quietly in Wogan House as he returned to the BBC that evening and spun his beloved Motown. Nicely in the seat ready for the 50th anniversary celebrations for Radio 1. Welcome back, Tony, we missed you.
Dec 28, 2016
1278: 2016 Radio Farewells
Radio lost some of its favourites this year. In this piece, we pay tribute to just some of them. Dave Cash - The pirates, ‘Kenny & Cash’, Capital, BBC Local Cliff Michelmore - Hamburg end of ‘Two Way Family Favourites’, later much TV Ted Gundry - BBC Cornwall Ed Stewart - The pirates, BBC Radio 2, commercial radio and TV Tony Cozier - Cricket journalist and commentator Jimmy Young - BBC Light, Radio 1 and 2 Ian Rufus - Commercial radio founder, LBC, Hallam, Viking, Mercia Keith Belcher - LBC founding programmer Joyce Frost - ‘Old Woman’ on Steve Wright show Paddy O Flaherty - BBC Radio Ulster Dave Gregory - BBC Radio 1 and commercial radio inc Metro Tony Beard - BBC Devon Alan Devereux - The Archers (Sid Perks) and accomplished VO Ali Brownlee - BBC Tees commentator Joe Fish - BBC Lancashire Steve Becker - BBC Lancashire Terry Wogan - RTE, BBC Light, Radio 1 and 2 Dave Barrett - BBC Radio Bristol, GWR, Bru…
Dec 13, 2016
1271: Rutland Radio launch - 1998
Dec 8, 2016
1270: Madonna with Simon Bates - Radio 1 22 Dec 1986
Simon Bates in the eighties on Radio 1- chatting casually to a 28 year old Madonna. Some pretty good insight too! Thanks to Richard White offering me the audio.
Dec 6, 2016
1269: Radiomoments review 9th December 2016
Dec 3, 2016
1268: Radiomoments review 2nd Dec 2016
Nov 29, 2016
1267: Radio Caroline - Christmas 1967
Presenters rarely gather on-air and just have fun. Christmas is a decent time to do it, not least if you're on a pirate ship facing long days and nights with your loved ones across the dark North Sea. Enjoy here a few festive moments on a 'loonabaout' with Carl Mitchell, Glen Adams and Stevie Merike on board Radio Caroline as it enjoyed its first Christmas as a lone - and thoroughly illegal -pirate. Studio quality recording too.
Nov 19, 2016
1265: Andy Marriott & Steve Merike - 1987 snow Trent/L Sound
When the snow comes, radio comes into its own. Relish here a bit of crisis programming on Leicester Sound and Radio Trent from 1987. The two stations came together, for reasons of other presenters stuck in the drifts, and a presenter from each service chipped in. Andy Marriott and Steve Merike made for an unlikely pairing, but it’s great to hear this. Not least because of the manifold mentions of long forgotten bus companies and electricity boards.
Nov 16, 2016
1263: Jim Naughtie and the Pips expletive
Nov 16, 2016
1261: BBC World Service expansion
The BBC announced on 16th Nov 2016 that its World Service would launch 11 new language services. The expansion was a result of the funding boost announced by the UK government last year. The new languages would be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba, with the first new services expected to launch in 2017. The expansion was the largest growth spurt since the 1940s, with languages having been cut from the service in recent years. "This is a historic day for the BBC" said BBC director general Tony Hall. "The BBC World Service is a jewel in the crown - for the BBC and for Britain. "As we move towards our centenary, my vision is of a confident, outward-looking BBC which brings the best of our independent, impartial journalism and world-class entertainment to half a billion people around the world.
Nov 14, 2016
1260: BBC Surrey - 25th anniversary programme
Nov 9, 2016
1259: Radiomoments weekly review 11th Nov 2016
Nov 8, 2016
1258: Jeremy Vine JY tribute hour and sign off
Nov 2, 2016
1257: Conversations. Episode 34: Colin Berry
His clear tones epitomised a calm era of Radio 2. Armed with some TV experience and a spell with the pirate Radio Caroline, Colin Berry joined the BBC’s new 'Light Programme' in the seventies. He was to host all of its major dayparts, from time to time, and was said to be the station’s longest continuous-serving news reader until his final bulletin in 2012. Famously too, for 25 years, we heard him deliver the UK’s voting in the Eurovision song contest. In his own words, this is the Colin Berry story. (Music by Larry Bryant www.larrybryant.com)
Oct 30, 2016
1256: Radiomoment Review 4th November 2016
Oct 28, 2016
1255: Desmond Carrington final programme on Radio 2
Oct 26, 2016
1254: Radiomoments review 28th Oct 2016
Oct 26, 2016
1253: Dave Cash Tribute
Adam Dowling introduces a tribute to Dave Cash, as produced originally for Dave's 50th anniversary in radio in 2014. As aired (telescoped) on the BBC in the South in October 2016.
Oct 22, 2016
1252: Dave Cash - final programme - Oct 16th 2016
After more then fifty years in radio, from the pirates to the present day, Dave Cash died on 21st October 2016. His final programme was just days before, on October 16th, across the BBC in the South on this Country programme. Catch him here enjoying himself, joining in with familiar Country favourites, and even having a quick word with a fellow pirate Roger Day.
Oct 20, 2016
1251: RadioMoments Review 21st October 2016
Oct 12, 2016
1249: Radiomoments Weekly Review 14th Oct 2016
Oct 8, 2016
1247: Radiomoments Weekly Review 7th Oct 2016
Oct 7, 2016
1246: Woman's Hour - 70th anniversary edition
Oct 2, 2016
1244: Trevor Dann with John Holmes on BBC Radio Nottingham
Aired on 2nd Oct 2016
Sep 30, 2016
1243: Desmond Carrington announces his farewell
After seventy years on radio, Desmond Carrington, 90, announces his imminent farewell.
Sep 28, 2016
1241: Radiomoments Review 30th Sept 2016
Sep 27, 2016
1240: Terry Wogan talks to Steve Wright
Sep 27, 2016
1239: Johnny Beerling talks about Terry Wogan
Sep 21, 2016
1237: Final Peter Allen Daytime show on 5 Live
15th Sept 2016
Sep 20, 2016
1236: Radiomoments Review 23rd September 2016
Sep 20, 2016
1235: Conversations. Episode 28: Nicky Horne
For a generation, his was the daring voice of an initially cautious Capital Radio, as the host of ‘Your Mother Wouldn’t Like it’. In this edition of Conversations, enjoy an hour with Nicky Horne. Nicky speaks of his early days in the discos and on biscuit factory radio at UBN, before opening up about his break at Capital where he was to work alongside those he’d admired in their pirate beginnings. Hear too of his encounters with some of the World’s most famous musicians’; and his days at Virgin and the BBC. In his own words, this is the Nicky Horne story.
Sep 16, 2016
1234: Radiomoments review 16th Sept 2016
Sep 11, 2016
1232: Last Jon Holmes Xfm breakfast
Trusting Jon Holmes to end his Xfm breakfast days and host a farewell programme to prepare the ground for a new radio station probably took a bit of a management gulp. But it made compelling listening. You never quite knew how far he was going to go - and even when he was uttering sincere valedictory words, you had that niggling feeling something else was about to happen. Great radio. Great performer. Few presenters have ever managed to span the formats with the agility and intelligence of Jon. Aired 11t September 2015.
Sep 8, 2016
1231: PAMS - Radio 2
Sep 4, 2016
1230: Chelsea Norris farewell - Key 103
Presenters form a close bond with their listeners, particularly on talk and breakfast formats. When they wave farewell, whether at their choice or the station’s, it’s good to be able to say goodbye. Listen here to the announcement of the departure of Chelsea Norris from the Key 103 breakfast programme in Manchester after 11 years, followed by the last two hours of the final show two days later. The listeners say it best: ‘It’s like losing my little girl’.
Sep 4, 2016
1229: Radiomoments 9th Sept 2016
Sep 1, 2016
1228: 1965 - RAB promo
Performed by Sarah Vaughan, this great jingle was part of a star-studded campaign by the RAB in the United States in 1965. They were trumpeting commercial radio powerfully whilst we were still almost a decade away from it even beginning.
Sep 1, 2016
1227: Launch of 96.4 The Wave
Another AM/FM split, a little later than the rest, Swansea Sound divided on 30th September 1995, exactly 21 years after it had originally gone on air. Unlike most, the legacy brand remained on AM and the new 'brand' 'Sound Wave' (Now The Wave) debuted on FM. It was proud moment for Shaun Tilley.
Aug 28, 2016
1226: Radiomoments Review 2nd Sept 206
Aug 27, 2016
1225: Radiomoments review 26th August 2016
Aug 20, 2016
1224: Radiomoments review 19th August 2016
Aug 9, 2016
1222: RadioMoments Review 12th August 2016
Aug 3, 2016
1221: Oak FM Closedown
Aug 1, 2016
1220: Radiomoment Review 5th August 2016
Jul 31, 2016
1219: Radiomoments Review 29th July 2016
Jul 24, 2016
1216: RadioMoments Review 22nd July 2016
Jul 17, 2016
1212: Peter Allen with Thatcher on LBC
A truly delightful piece of rarely heard Thatcher, in conversation here with a tolerant and surprised Peter Allen, then LBC's Political Editor. He seeks to gain a definition of Thatcherism. It's introduced by Douglas Cameron.
Jul 15, 2016
1211: David Lloyd namechecks
Like so many of the 70s and 80s, I had numerous namecheck jingles, singing my name in lush harmonies. Jingle singers must have cursed when presented in their sessions with a list of dull English names to sing over the end of the same track. Mind you, there was nothing quite like listening through to a new package for the first time to see how they’d pronounced your name. Some people in Nottingham sing mine to me even now. Ah well. Here are a few - as an illustration of a time and place in radio history. A time possibly kicked off in England with the pirates and Tony Blackburn’s ‘The Tony Blackburn Show’ which he has carried with him almost to this day. Enjoy the work of Alfasound, JAM, CPMG and the list goes on. I’ve mislaid my original £7.50 Sonovox from East Anglian Productions. Mind you. I’ve changed my name since then. At the end, hear the first ever official jingle I had at Trent (admittedly sung by different singers from the main package, as I had joined Tren…
Jul 13, 2016
1210: Radiomoments 15th July 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, with clips and memories, for the week ending July 15th 2016,. This weekly series is also featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Jul 10, 2016
1209: Chris Moyles resigns - 2012
It was expected by some that Chris Moyles may not last too long on breakfast. Not because he wasn’t up to the job. He was. But he was seen to push the limits, just as so many greats do; and the BBC was in cautious mood. As it turned out’ he ended up being the longest serving Radio 1 breakfast show host, and such is the pace of media now, not least with younger formats, his record is unlikely to be challenged. Ever. Enjoy here the announcement of his farewell in July 2012. His delivery offers a chink of evidence of how he connected so well, for so long. Afterwards, hear how his succession plans were explained by his Controller to Richard Bacon.
Jul 10, 2016
1208: Chart move to new time - Greg James
After many years of being revealed on Wednesdays or Sundays, the chart release day moved to Fridays from 10th July 2015.
Jul 9, 2016
1207: Dewi Griffiths retires - 2014
'A String of Pearls' was heard for 25 years on BBC Radio Wales, hosted by Dewi Griffiths. He announced his retirement in 2014, after sixty years with the BBC. Dewi joined in 1954 as a Probationary Technical Assistant with The Welsh Home Service, working in Cardiff, before being transferred to television in 1956 . Dewi returned at the end of 1962 as BBC Wales formed its very own Sports Department. Over the next 30 years, Dewi directed the cameras at every rugby match played at Cardiff Arms Park. Dewi's happy memories were key to his twilight career at BBC Radio Wales, playing the songs and stars of yesteryear as presenter of 'A String of Pearls' on Sunday mornings.
Jul 7, 2016
1206: Radiomoment Review 8th July 2016
Jul 7, 2016
1205: Coverage of the Royal Wedding - 1947
1947 - and when the country sought coverage of the marriage of HRH Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, they turned to radio. Although the art of commentary was still a young one, it had already been well practised, given it was radio which had to learn so quickly how to describe the horror of War. Wynford Vaughan-Thomas describes the scene inside the Westminster Abbey for the BBC Home Service and then crosses to Richard Dimbleby witnessing the processional route back to Buckingham Palace. Finally, as the crowds await the balcony appearance, the legendary Frank Gillard, who was to be BBC Local Radio's founding father, takes over. This is beautiful radio.
Jul 3, 2016
1204: Conversations. Episode 20. Chris Carnegy
Chris Carnegy persuaded his way into Portsmouth’s Radio Victory as a student, little knowing he’d witness the sudden end of its life, as its franchise became the first to be whisked away by the regulator. He later emerged as a leading light in its replacement, Ocean Sound. Having established the successful Spire FM in Salisbury and playing a key role in the Local Radio Company, Chris acquired the reputation as a much-admired individual who knew the secrets of running great local radio businesses with high quality programming at the right cost. In this hour of ‘Conversations’, Chris tells proudly of his successes; honestly of his frustrations; and shares insight into his more recent projects at the BBC and beyond. In his own words, this is the Chris Carnegy story.
Jun 30, 2016
1202: Radiomoment Review 1st July 2016
Jun 26, 2016
1200: Final Sandi Toksvig News Quiz on Radio 4 - 2015
After nine years, Sandi Toksvig hosted her final edition of 'The News Quiz' on BBC Radio 4 in June 2015. She'd first appeared as a panellist in 1992 under the stewardship of Barry Took. The News Quiz has been a trademark element of the Radio 4 schedule since 1977.
Jun 24, 2016
1199: Referendum 2016 Coverage
A flavour of how radio around the British Isles reflected the historic vote on the future of its position within the EU.
Jun 23, 2016
1198: Radio Victory - Final Show compilation 1986
Radio Victory in Portsmouth was one of very few UK radio stations ever to have its right to broadcast, effectively, withdrawn by the regulator. In the days of commercial radio’s first regulator, the IBA, franchises to broadcast were awarded; and these were rolled upon satisfactory performance. In later days, fixed terms were awarded, at the end of which a new competitive beauty contest would decide whether the incumbent should live to fight another day. DAB has, in more recent years, interrupted that process. Whilst the law offers no specific advantage to the incumbent when a licence is advertised, regulators have, quite rightly, felt they needed a decent reason to replace a licensee. A very poor regulatory record or on the edge of bankruptcy; or just a case of not quite taking the hint about what they should be doing in the ensuing term. Famously, the original LBC lost its licence in 1993; albeit the brand name was to return, in due course, under its successor. Witness here…
Jun 22, 2016
1197: Radiomoments Review 24th June 2016
Jun 16, 2016
1195: Radiomoments 17th June 2016
Jun 11, 2016
1194: First Tony Blackburn Top 40 - 2nd Sept 1979
A time and a place. Tony Blackburn makes his debut on the Top 40. The pro shines through, with all the rigidity and preciseness the format demand, with just a sprinkling of his personality. Jam jingles punctuate, alongside the voice of the legendary Bill Mitchell, plus some naked-sounding American girls. The music is typically late seventies, with residual punk, the jazz of Spirogyra and the Crusaders and a seasoning of Boney M, before the chart rundown is immaculately delivered. Audio kindly supplied by the chart archivist, Richard White.
Jun 10, 2016
1193: Last Ian Rufus appearance on Hallam 'News-Scene'
This audio, courtesy Lindsay Reid, show Ian in full flow, hosting News-Scene as he waved farewell to Hallam. This half-hour programme illustrates the depth of news aired on late seventies ILR (commercial radio).
Jun 8, 2016
1192: Radiomoment Review 10th June 2016
Jun 7, 2016
1191: Conversations. Episode 16 : Johnny Beerling
No station will ever rule as BBC Radio 1 did through the 70s, 80s and into the 90s. Despite being, for decades, on AM only, the Corporation’s reluctant pop channel soared to victory in those halcyon red, white and blue days under its Controller Johnny Beerling. Few presenters of that era failed to send a tape in to Johnny in the hope of a plum gig. In this episode of ‘Conversations’ from #RadioMoments, Johnny tells of Radio 1's first day; his early days in overseas radio; and his tentative steps as a Technical Operator, rising to control the Nation’s biggest radio station. He tells of his appointments and his firings, his hopes and his low moments. In his own words, recorded in his sunny, windy North Yorkshire garden, this is Johnny’s story. Read more in Johnny's book, 'Inside Radio 1', available at http://www.johnnybeerling.co.uk/
May 29, 2016
1190: Radiomoment Review 3rd June 2016
May 28, 2016
1189: Desert Island Discs story
The story of one of the World's longest running factual programmes, which began on the BBC Forces Programme in 1942. In this programme, hosted by James Naughtie, hear the programme's founder, Roy Plomley, and its subsequent hosts. Hear its changing style and some truly great stories of the notables who've been featured over the years.
May 27, 2016
1188: Radiomoments Review 27th May 2016
May 27, 2016
1187: Conversations: Steve Allen
There is only one Steve Allen. This irreplaceable talent has entertained on LBC since the late seventies, and his distinctive act has become part of the UK’s rich radio tapestry. In this hour, hear Steve speak openly about his early days and emotionally about his time at the United Biscuits Network. He tells too of LBC’s early life and about listener response through the changing years. Fresh from being honoured with the Arqiva Gold Award for his services to commercial radio, this is Steve’s story – in his own words. This is another episode of the Conversations series. Hear more from 'those who made a difference' at https://audioboom.com/playlists/1307245-conversations
May 21, 2016
1186: David Jacobs Tribute - Friday Night is Music Night
In May 2016, Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night presented a special edition to remember David Jacobs, who would have been 90 that week. West End star singers Hannah Waddingham, Rodney Earl Clarke, Gary Williams and Michael Ball featured, with Radio 2 fellow presenters offering hugely fond tributes in the ‘interval’. The programme was hosted by Emma Jacobs, David’s daughter.
May 20, 2016
1184: RadioMoments Review 20th May 2016
May 15, 2016
1183: Last Rock n Roll Football on Absolute - Russ Williams
Russ Williams waves farewell here from his 'rock 'n roll football' show on Absolute Radio after six years. The day, however, also marks the end of Russ's career at One Golden Square in both its brand incarnations, after 23 years.
May 12, 2016
1182: RadioMoments Review 13th May 2016
May 7, 2016
1181: RadioMoments Review 6th May 2016
May 2, 2016
1180: Roger Day - 50th anniversary (BBC Radio Kent)
Few presenters are on-air for 50 years. Roger Day has been. Here, on a Bank Holiday special, aired on BBC Radio Kent, he tells his own story and chats to those who've featured in it, from Johnnie Walker to Tom Edwards. Hear too the voice of Ron O'Quinn, the chap who saw Roger's talents when he was hiring for 'Swinging Radio England', and who was, therefore, responsible for Roger's entry to the business. (This is a 'scoped version. Catch the full version currently on BBC iPlayer)
1 hr 6 min
Apr 28, 2016
1179: RadioMoments Review 29th April 2016
Apr 26, 2016
1178: Hillsborough verdicts on City, Capital, BBC Merseyside
Some of Liverpool's radio stations breaking the news of the Hillsborough verdict in April 2016.
Apr 26, 2016
1177: Pete Price on City Talk - Hillsborough verdict
Pete Price, who's seized the mood of his City so many times in his years, opens his programme on the night of the Hillsborough verdict in April 2016.
Apr 24, 2016
1176: Close of Gwent Broadcasting - 1985
A station's closure is always sad. High hopes dashed, usually when the money fails to flow through the door in sufficient quantity to pay the milk bill. Gwent Broadcasting (GB Radio) launched from Newport, South Wales in 1983, promoted by one of those thin flex-discs through letterboxes. After a period of financial difficulty, it closed in April 1985 and the transmitters relayed neighbouring Red Dragon from Cardiff. The two stations then formally merged. Alongside Centre in Leicester, these two stations were the key casualties in ILR's early expansion.
Apr 21, 2016
1175: RadioMoments Review 22nd April 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, with clips and memories, for the week ending April 22nd 2016,. This weekly series is also featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Apr 21, 2016
1174: Conversations. Episode 13: Roger Mosey
Fascinated by the new local commercial station in his home town of Bradford in the ‘70s, Roger was eager to play his part in that young Pennine Radio. The BBC then swiftly called, taking him first to Lincolnshire and then to BBC Radio Northampton, where his voice delivered the station’s first news bulletin. In this edition of ‘Conversations’, Roger Mosey tells of his rise through the BBC ranks, from Editorship of PM and Today through to heading BBC 5 Live, running the highly-regarded Olympics coverage and taking his place around the BBC top table in what turned out to be its most challenging spell. Speaking from his new home, as the Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge, this is the Roger Mosey story - in his own words. Roger’s book ‘Getting Out Alive’ is an insightful read - and available now, published by Biteback.
Apr 16, 2016
1173: Piccadilly Radio - 1st birthday disc - 1975
As Piccadilly hit its first birthday in 1975, a commemorative 7" vinyl disc was duly released. On it, you can hear the voices of Roger Day, Steve England, Andy Peebles, Tony Emmerson and Steve Merike. There's an invitation to buy a special pendant radio, provided you despatch a cheque or postal order; and we hear the words of the founding MD, Philip T Birch, who describes Picc as: friendly 1st; happy 2nd; informative 3rd; and entertaining 4th.
Apr 14, 2016
1172: Ted Gundry - Tribute
Today, another BBC local radio character died. Ted Gundry, who was 81, was one of the founding members of BBC Radio Cornwall and, one of its distinctive Cornish voices. BBC local radio seems to wave farewell to its own with great fondness and style; and, here as ever, it is the listeners’ contributions which emerge as the most touching.
Apr 13, 2016
1171: Louiza Patikas & Archers Editor Sean O Connor on 2016 'Gaslighting' plot
Who would imagine that radio drama would make the headlines in 2016? It has, with the current Archers storyline featuring the manipulative and coercive Rob Titchener whose control of his pregnant wife turns to abuse, with dramatic consequences. The press have picked up on the storyline, and funds have been raised for domestic abuse charities. Maybe most importantly, this issue of quiet ‘gaslighting’ has been brought to the fore, with individuals now feeling able to step forward to a more understanding response. Here, the plot makes Newsnight coverage. I doubt whether Evan's interview with Louiza Patikas (who plays Helen) and the Editor Sean O Connor will win any TV awards, but it’s great to see, once again, radio claiming its rightful headlines. One doubts that TV was quite so generous with coverage of major radio drama plots in 1955 when Grace Archer died in the fire timed to co-incide with the day of ITV’s launch.
Apr 13, 2016
1170: RadioMoments Review 15th April 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, with clips and memories, for the week ending April 15th 2016,. This weekly series is also featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Apr 9, 2016
1169: Radiomoment Review 8th April 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, with clips and memories, for the week ending April 8th 2016,. This weekly series is also featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Apr 2, 2016
1165: RadioMoments 1st April 2016
Mar 30, 2016
1163: Virgin Radio 2016 - Launch
Mar 28, 2016
1162: Virgin Radio 2016 - Test Transmission
Mar 27, 2016
1161: What the Papers Say - Final edition on Radio 4
I’ve often wondered how long it would be until the media at large stopped looking to ‘the papers’ to lead content. Whilst there have been some huge stories unearthed by the best press journos in recent years, stories are often as likely to spring from a James O’Brien challenge or frosty Nick Ferrari exchange on LBC; a healthy duel on the Today programme or from a single Tweet. It’s perhaps, therefore, no surprise to hear that ‘What the Paper Say’ has ended its run on Radio 4. This scripted programme, with press clips read by actors, had begun on TV in 1956. Having channel-hopped a few times, it disappeared in 2008, before being revived on radio in 2010. Since the show began, the Mail’s circulation has fallen from 2m to a respectable 1.59m; the Times has grown from 220 to 404k; the Telegraph down from 1,1m to 472k; and the Mirror has declined from 4.6m to 809k. Circulations of the nationals, at least, have, it seems, held up better than press display advertising.
Mar 27, 2016
1160: Gold Radio - Shaftesbury. Launch 1995
Launched for Shaftesbury on 25 June 1995, Gold Radio later became Vale FM and Midwest Radio. It’s now part of the Breeze. Enjoy here its proud early moments
Mar 24, 2016
1159: RadioMoments Review 25th March 2016
Mar 21, 2016
1158: TalkRADIO 2016 - Day 1
What goes around comes around. TalkRADIO returned, via the new national digital multiplex, on 21st March 2016. After a complex four years on-air, the original incarnation had evolved into TalkSPORT - just a month after the original national multiplex had launched in 1999. The parent companies for both were The Wireless Group, albeit a lot of corporate water had flown under a lot of bridges in the interim. Enjoy here, a telescoped day 1, featuring Paul Ross, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Jon Holmes and Sam Delaney. One can hear the DNA of the original Talk Radio seeping through in both the online-up and the approach.
Mar 17, 2016
1156: RadioMoments Review 18th March 2016
Mar 15, 2016
1155: Big Top 40 launch - Rich and Kat - 2009
Always nice when you can get Steve Jobs’s name in some imaging. Enjoy here the understated launch of the Big Top 40 in June 2009, the ‘real time’ chart, with Rich and Kat taking the seat
Mar 12, 2016
1153: Radiomoments Review 11th March 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending March 11th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Mar 8, 2016
1152: Conversations Extra. Dennis McCarthy
He was the dog breeder who became Nottingham’s most famous radio presenter. Speak to anyone over 50 in the City and they’ll remember Dennis. When he died in 1996, the streets of Nottingham were lined for the procession to his funeral. Dennis McCarthy hosted ‘the Sunday Show’ and ‘Afternoon Special’ for a large proportion of his 28 years with Radio Nottingham – programmes still recalled fondly to this day, in surprising detail, by his audience. In this long-overdue tribute, 20 years on, colleagues and his family recall what made Dennis so special. What was it about his personality - and his approach - which resulted in this most memorable of broadcasters? This is not just the story of one broadcaster. It is the story of a time and place in BBC local radio, and the prime example of the sort of characters who dominated their markets in BBC local radio’s early days. It is also the story of the power of radio – the listener relationship - and of pure natural broad…
Mar 2, 2016
1150: RadioMoments Review 4th March 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending March 4th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Feb 29, 2016
1149: Val Singleton returns to the PM Programme on Radio 4
For a generation, she was the sound of Radio 4 evenings on the PM programme, booming with authority over the trademark sig tune. That same generation would quiver as they recalled her addressing them in their childhood from the Blue Peter settee. Valerie Singleton hosted the PM programme on Radio 4 through the 80s. On February 29th 2016, in a typical flight of Mair fancy, she returned to commemorate Leap Year Day. Whilst it was a fun theme, Val sounded as trusted as ever as she sat in the chair she’d vacated almost a quarter of a century ago.
Feb 28, 2016
1147: Sound Digital - Test Tx
Feb 28, 2016
1146: Tony Blackburn on KMFM
Feb 28, 2016
1145: Tony Blackburn on Broadcasting House - Radio 4
Feb 24, 2016
1144: RadioMoments Review 26th Feb 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending February 26th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Feb 21, 2016
1142: RadioMoments 19th Feb 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending February 19th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Feb 15, 2016
1141: Conversations. Episode 3 : Phil Riley
He made his way from a commercial radio traineeship in the early 80s through to managing the purchase of that very station and its neighbours three decades later. En route, he created the firm foundations for the brand-led radio which now plays a key part in commercial radio’s fortunes. From his Manchester roots, observing the birth of commercial radio, through to his inspiration in New York, this is the Phil Riley story in his own words.
Feb 12, 2016
1140: RadioMoments Review 12th February 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending February 12th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Feb 10, 2016
1139: Radio Mercury launch - 1984
Radio Mercury launched for Reigate and Crawley on 20th October 1984, in tough economic times for commercial radio - with a launch budget, it was said of £1m, under launch MD John Aumonier. It became Heart 26 years later.
Feb 10, 2016
1138: Ed Stewart - Radio 2 Tribute
Feb 10, 2016
1137: Final Terry Wogan programme on Radio 2
It was to be the final show he’d ever host. In November 2015, Terry Wogan kicked off ‘Weekend Wogan’ with his favourite Clifford T Ward track and ended with the Platters. In-between, the usual good-natured quips flowed, alomgside much talk-up for the Children in Need appearance for which he was to send apologies for his absence. “Spend until your pocket thinks your hand’s gone mad”, were his final words of conversation. But was there just something in the Wogan pause just between “I’ll see you” - and “On Friday”? Now laughing friends deride Tears I cannot hide So I smile and say When a lovely flame dies Smoke gets in your eyes
Feb 9, 2016
1136: Conversations. Episode 2: John Evington
In this second edition of Conversations, we talk to the man who steered Signal in Stoke through its first couple of decades, rising quickly from breakfast show host to Programme Director. As industry consolidation advanced, John Evington also tells of his spell under Kelvin MacKenzie as Group PD of the Wireless Group. His early days are recalled too, from the magical moments in Manchester at the Piccadilly Radio of the 70s to the ill-fated Centre Radio in Leicester. This fifty minute programme is the story of a programmer who was in for the early days of UK commercial radio and who was at the helm through its most fascinating and sometimes turbulent times. In his own words, illustrated along the way, this is the story of John Evington’s love for the closeness of radio.
Feb 5, 2016
1135: RadioMoments Review 5th feb 2016
Feb 1, 2016
1134: Chris Evans show - Tribute to Terry Wogan
Hosting the Wogan dawn daypart the Monday after his death was always going to be a challenge. A challenge that Chris Evans, Lynn Bowles and Moira Stuart rose to perfectly. 'The announcement' was followed by three hours of an utterly fitting, irreverent celebration of a legend. The programme became, in the words of Chris, 'Terry's final show', with his deep Irish voice popping up when you least expected it, not least in the news intro. Amidst the laughter, and the torrent of amusing listener tributes, there were moments of sadness and, very nearly, tears. It take a broadcaster of Chris's stature and intuition, and sensitive production, to pull off a show like today's and reflect the Nation's mood perfectly. I suspect Terry looked on from afar today with a knowing smile: 'That's my boy'
Jan 31, 2016
1133: Terry Wogan - Radio 2 announcement
Today, 31st January 2016, Radio 2 said goodbye to one of its own. Fittingly, the tributes were the voices and thoughts of listeners. http://davidlloyd-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/farewell-terry.html?m=1
Jan 28, 2016
1132: Accurate Timecheck Tony
I worship Tony Blackburn. Now, there's really no need for split minute timecheck. But, as ever, he gets away with it. It's just. Well, it's just him. And the nation rightly adores him.
Jan 28, 2016
1131: Radio Moments Review 29th January 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending Jan 29th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Jan 28, 2016
1130: Week Ending - Radio 4 December 1990
I loved Week Ending (1970-1998) on beloved Radio 4. The weekly satirical sketch show in which often promising young writers, like Harry Hill and David Baddiel, and great impressionists and actors like David Jason, Jon Glover, Sally Grace, Alison Steadman and Tracey Ullman came together with their humorous take on the week’s news. Maybe it’s rose coloured spectacles, but the early days were lucky to coincide with a colourful political backdrop, with rich pickings for a show like this. For me, the Healey and Thatcher days were summed up brilliantly by this unique show. Having launched as part of a tranche of Radio 4 changes as the 70s dawned, many would agree that this father of Spitting Image was right to end in 1998. Enjoy here an episode from 1990, despatched kindly to me, amongst many other editions by Griff Griffith, just after the shock resignation of Margaret Thatcher
Jan 28, 2016
1129: Week Ending - Radio 4 January 1979
I loved Week Ending on beloved Radio 4 (1970-1998). The weekly satirical sketch show in which often promising young writers, like Harry Hill and David Baddiel, and great impressionists and actors like David Jason, Jon Glover, Sally Grace, Alison Steadman and Tracey Ullman came together with their humorous take on the week’s news. Maybe it’s rose coloured spectacles, but the early days were lucky to coincide with a colourful political backdrop, with rich pickings for a show like this. For me, the Healey and Thatcher days were summed up brilliantly by this unique show. Having launched as part of a tranche of Radio 4 changes as the 70s dawned, many would agree that this father of Spitting Image was right to end in 1998.
Jan 27, 2016
1128: Launch of 1010 Wins - 1965
Jan 27, 2016
1127: Classic Eddie Mair Radio 4 teasing - 2016
Jan 25, 2016
1126: Joe Fish tribute - BBC Radio Lancashire
Radio is now pretty good in saying goodbye to its family. It knows that, for many listeners, presenters have become part of their family – and a fitting tribute is warranted. BBC Radio Lancashire’s Joe Fish, CMA International Broadcaster Of The Year 2008, died in January 2016. This is the programme devoted to his memory, in which listeners, colleagues and family showed their fondness and recognition. Joe had joined the Fire Service, aged 18, motivated by stories of being rescued by fireman as a baby from a house fire. 31 years of service followed, alongside a keen involvement in Country music and around forty years serving the genre’s radio.
Jan 24, 2016
1125: A 1990 Day in the LIfe of Radio 1
A whole day snapshot of a confident Radio 1 in August 1990, kicking off with that five minute secret dawn montage of jingles. Turned a generation of paperboys into anoraks. Tough to believe that it wasn’t altogether that long ago when you could hear Lindisfarne kick off a day on the Nation’s Favourite. And a touch of Doris Day later. This line up saw Brambles, Mayo, Bates, Schofield, Davies, Wright, Goodier, Peel, Campbell and Harris. Huge energy; Jam jingles; production-intensive; ‘1FM news in touch with the Gulf Crisis’; ‘every oldie’s a baldie’; and Philip Schofield worrying about the DAT machine. Saved for posterity by an intrepid Neil Rudd.
Jan 22, 2016
1123: Radio Moments Review 22nd Jan 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending Jan 22nd 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Jan 22, 2016
1122: Christian O'Connell - 10th anniversary show
Few breakfast shows hit the ten year mark. Christian O’Connell’s did, on 23rd January 2016. The previous day, which was a Friday, he and his team were in celebratory and nostalgic mood. Blog http://davidlloyd-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/congratulations-oc.html
Jan 18, 2016
1121: Launch - Capital (Liverpool)
Another station joins the Capital stable, as the brand arrives on the ex-Juice station on 18th Jan 2016, purchased from UTV. The Network is now twelve stations.
Jan 16, 2016
1120: Final Kid Jensen Show on Capital Gold before Gold 2007
The convergence of the AM networks across the UK is a complex tale. Each of the original commercial stations, compelled by the regulator to do something more useful on their AM frequencies, generally chose to launch oldies stations of various flavours. Individual names like Supergold, WGMS, Brunel and GEM.AM gradually evolved into a mighty GWR network of Classic Gold stations, which was nothing to do with the original Yorkshire Radio Network ‘Classic Gold’ station. Meanwhile, At that time, Bauer were merrily amalgamating their AM stations into a Magic AM network, which was nothing to do with the London soft AC of the same name. Capital was assembling its own Capital Gold network too, comprising all its AM offerings such as Xtra-AM, WABC and South Coast Radio. Come August 2007, with GWR and Capital merged into GCap, their two AM networks Gold and Classic Gold became simply Gold. With the new name came programme changes, and here David ‘Kid’ Jensen hosts his last morning show…
Jan 13, 2016
1119: RadioMoments Review 15th Jan 2016
Another fond look back to this week in radio history, for the week ending Jan 15th 2016, as featured at the end of the week's Radio Today podcast.
Jan 11, 2016
1118: David Bowie in conversation with Andy Peebles in 1980
“I’m happy and pleased with life” A relaxed David Bowie – in an insightful interview with Andy Peebles for Radio 1, recorded in New York on 5 Dec 1980 and broadcast the following January – 35 years ago. “I would never want to be a banner waver for any particular cause” (Archive audio collected by Richard White)
Jan 10, 2016
1117: Early Rugby Commentary
Teddy Wakelam was behind the mic for the first ever rugby commentary on BBC radio -and indeed the first example of any commentary - in January 1927. He’d played rugby for Harlequin F.C. and become its captain. Teddy was well-rehearsed, thanks to having conducted a schools match commentary as a trial. He was described as "a natural talker with a reasonable vocabulary, a good rugby mind and a conscious determination to avoid journalese". Lessons learnt from the first successful rugby commentary, the first football commentary followed just a week later. This example is a mock up, but staged by the original crew,
Jan 9, 2016
1116: Steve Wright Radio 2 show - on Radio Luxembourg
Steve Wright, I suspect, is not the only disc jockey who fancies playing favourite old jingles of another radio station on his show and singing along with them. Here is, with Radio Luxembourg jingles in all their glory on BBC Radio 2 as he, together with Tony Prince, Kid Jensen and Pete Murray, reminisce about Fabulous 208, a station which played a huge part in all their lives. Broadcast 30th July 2008
Jan 9, 2016
1115: Ed Stewart's final show - December 2015
The voice of this Devon boy was to become the voice of childhood for a generation. Ed Stewart began his radio career in Hong Kong, before moving to the most ‘professional’ of the pirate stations, Radio London, in 1965. His voice was heard as the station closed famously and tearfully in 67. Like many of the best pirates, he was signed up to Radio 1, hosting such modern shows as ‘Happening Sunday’ & ‘What’s New’. Then, in 1968, he grabbed ‘Junior Choice’ from Leslie Crowther and began a twelve year stint. It became famous for its theme tune Morningtown Ride, dedications sent it on wobbly bits of tape, and little Michael cheekily shouting ‘ello darling. As the eighties began, Ed moved to Radio 2, for Family Favourites and weekday afternoons until 1983. He was heard on Radio Mercury for a couple of years, before returning to Radio 2 and indeed to afternoons. After a spell on Sunday evenings, he waved farewell in 2006. He was a well-known TV face on Crackerjack - a…
Jan 7, 2016
1114: RadioMoments Review 8th Jan 2016
Jan 7, 2016
1113: Dennis McCarthy - BBC Radio Nottingham
Jan 2, 2016
1112: Steve Wright - first Radio 1 show
Jan 1, 2016
1111: Radio 4 Woman's Hour - 70th anniversary
As this conversation confirms, the thought of ‘Woman’s Hour’ as a programme title would likely be unthinkable nowadays, but the BBC has wisely stuck with it since it launched on 7th October 1946. Why was the first presenter a man – Alan Ivimey? Why did WH move to mornings? How have the changes in women’s lives been reflected over the years? In this special New Year edition of the programme, Jenni Murray chews over the last seventy years of a programme which began on the Light Programme, then on Radio 2 before moving to Radio 4 in 1973. Jenni speaks to two former editors, Sally Feldman (1990-1997) & Jill Burridge (2002- Nov 2011); and two historians, Juliet Gardiner and Kate Murphy who also produced the show for over a decade until 2011.
Dec 30, 2015
1110: Bob Hopton - in conversation with John Foster on BBC Tees
Bob Hopton was famously the programmer who brought Les Ross back to Birmingham to front what became its defining breakfast show. Bob was a pioneer in the early days of UK commercial radio, when the industry was full of real characters. He launched Radio Tees in 1975 after a spell at the BBC. Here, he’s in conversation with John Foster on BBC Tees. (Audio courtesy of of John)