Kenton Theatre – David Hamilton’s Rock and Roll Back The Years

Kenton Theatre – David Hamilton’s Rock and Roll Back The Years

A great evening last night, didn’t know what to expect when we booked the show. But the music from the 50s and 60s sung well turned out to be a real tonic.


The group playing were called The Fugitives, they were excellent and played superbly. At one stage the keyboard player was gesticulating to the sound engineer, because his keyboard was not audible.  That was soon fixed.  I used to work as a sound recordist, and must say the sound quality on stage was exceptional, on the voice and musical side. The only time there was distortion was on the feed back speakers, during Ike and Tina Turner’s River Deep and Mountain High!


The Tiffany Girls were accomplished singers. Singing songs by many female artists, including Lulu, Cilla Black, the Seekers, Supremes, and so many more!


David Hamilton and the performers all seemed to enjoy the show. The audience lapped it up, clapped along and even danced in the aisles in the second half!


Ash, the male singer was equally talented, and sang songs by Elvis, the Beatles, and many more!  I like the seven little girls song, when the band donned ladies wigs and camped things up!


Ash chatting to David on the stage. There were a lot of costume changes for the group and singers.


Above, rather blurred is a shot of one of the Tiffany Girls singing Shout!   The girls also did Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ dancing in the street and Morning Town Ride. They had learn Morning Town ride when Ed Stewart died. Ed’s wife was in the audience so they sang it tonight, very beautifully.


Ash with the Tiffany Girls above


David Hamilton joins in the singing towards the second half of the performance, and sang very well indeed!

Below are pictures off the show’s Facebook site, taken after the performance last night


Stephanie De Sykes with David and Mike

Here below is a resume of the show made to publicise the performance, which is part of a country wide tour.


Dates and venues for the rest of the tour as below:
Saturday 24th September 2016
Kenton Theatre
Henley on Thames
Box Office: 01491 575698


Saturday 15th October 2016
Trowbridge Civic Centre
Box Office: 01225 765072


Saturday 29th October 2016
The Prince of Wales Theatre
Box Office: 01543 578762


Friday 18th November 2016
Epsom Playhouse
Box Office: 01372 742555


Thursday 9th February 2017
Brierley Hill Civic Hall
Brierley Hill
Box Office: 01384 573381


Saturday 4th March 2017
Regal Theatre
Tenbury Wells
Box Office: 01584 819 998


Friday 21st April 2017
Swan Theatre
Box Office: 01905 611427


Saturday 20th May 2017
The Plaza
Box Office: 01614 777779


Saturday 10th June 2017
White Horse Holiday Park
Private Event


Saturday 8th July
Pavilion Theatre
Box Office 01745 330000


Sunday 9th July 2017
Theatre Severn
Box Office: 01743 281281

Friday 4th August 2017
Tivoli Theatre
Box Office: 01202 885566


Saturday 12th August 2017
Trinity Arts Centre
Box Office: 01427 676655


Saturday 19th August 2017
Artrix Theatre
Box Office: 01527 577330


Friday 8th September 2017
Exmouth Pavilion
Box Office: 01395 222477


Saturday 9th September 2017
Babbacombe Theatre
Box Office: 01803 328385

Radio Newsbeat


I had no idea that Paul Rusling, ex Caroline and the person who masterminded the Laser radio project, had a blog.  This has been in existence since 2013 following his Mother’s death.  It is very interesting and as varied as I try to make my blog.  I have added a link to this blog, but for the record it is

Garry Steven’s Wonderful Radio London Internet station is an excellent listen.  Plenty of jingles, and clips from the station, woven into a play out system.

I have been listening in to the shortwaves for the past two evenings you may be interested to see my logs for this. In the past I gave up reporting to my radio club magazine Communication, because the most prominent station was China Radio International.  It still is, but some interesting stations came in as well. This only happened because I remembered to employ the random long wire aerial to my Sony 7600G receiver, instead of relying on the telescopic aerial


kHz UTC Station, programme details, language, etc SIO Date Init.

5910 1947 R Romania Int> yl speaking and mx and ID  Serbian 444 22/9


5920 1950 HCJB Deustch> om talking, preaching?  German 323 22/9


5960 1954 Voice of Turkey> om singing with strings  Turkish 222 22/9


5970 1955 China R Int> om intro in FF chinese mx talk etc 534 22/9


6000 1958 Overcomer Ministry> Bro Stair with end px and promo EE 544 22/9


6070 2000 Radio 292> id then a religious px difficult to listen to EE 322 22/9


6100 2002    China R Int> Om in ARABIC frequencies read out etc 322 22/9


7205 2005 R France Int> yl speaking FF whistle under signal 423 22/9


7265 2008 China R Int> yl in ESPERANTO talking and Chinese mx 544 22/9


7285 2010 China R Int> om and yl in EE sounds like drama about 533 22/9

Husband and Wife  some choppy fading over signal


7305 2014 China R Int> instrumental mx and occ fades clps of songs

POLISH 544 22/9


7325 2016 China R Int>Mama should have told me mx SERBIAN  434 22/9


7335 2017 China R Int> om CHINESE 333 22/9  KSK


7390 2018 China R Int> Mx om singing SERBIAN 544 22/9


7415 2020 China R Int> drama about chinese marriage etc EE 444 22/9


7440 2121 China R Int> Chinese tx site Beijing!     433 22/9


9440 2125 China R Int> drama about marriage etc EE 433 22/9


9460 2126 Voice of Turkey> om speaking occasional buzz TURKISH 534 22/9


9555 2127 R Saudi, exotic mx and om  and yl with id in Arabic 422 22/9

Whistle and atmos crackles at times


9565 2128 Adventist World R> closing tx in FF 21:30 carrier cut FF 444 22/9


9575 2130    R Mediterranee Int> om in FF whistles and crackles at times323 22/9

9575 1843  R Meditteranee> Om and YL in FF bad whistle on sig 422


9600 1849  China R Int> N Zealand and Chines trading yl and om EE 433


9675 1851  Unid > yl speaking fades and whistle 523


9695 1855 China R Int> om in Bulgarian  fades and whistle 433


9710 1856 Voice of Indep repub Iran,  om and yl FF 322


9785 1858 Voice of Turkey> exotic mx om “voice of turkey always 544

by your side” EE


9800 1904 Overcomer Ministry> Bro Stair “we will be protected”  EE 433


9870 1906 R Saudi> yl and om, ARABIC   322


11600 1908 Radyoya Denge Kurdistane> OM YL  KURDISH   221


11650 1911 China R Int> om and yl mx  GERMAN 545 23/9


11695 1914 China R Int> om in FF adjacent stn breakthrough at times 334 23/9


11700 1916 R Biafra> om on God etc EE 333 23/9


11755 1919 China R Int> much mention of Bejing GERMAN 222 23/9

Audible signal but some crackling at times


11790 1922 Adventist World Radio> om in WOLOF  334 23/9


11800 1923 Adventist World Radio>  Yl in ARABIC 222 23/9


11820 1924 R Saudi> yl singing ARABIC 545 23/9


11875 1926 Overcomer Ministry> mx Bro Stair  EE 122 23/9


11895 1930    China R int. Yl   CANTONESE 533 23/9


11915 1932 R Saudi> om singing and chanting ARABIC 322 23/9


11975 1934 R Romania Int> yl and om ROMANIAN  544 23/9


12075 1935 Overcomer Ministry> Bro Stair into yl with praise God EE 555 23/9

News Selected from the Radio Today Site

BBC Radio 4 drops C-bomb at 11:15am

BBC Radio 4 presenter Gary Younge read out the C word during a pre-recorded programme on Wednesday morning.

Gary announced seconds beforehand that he was about to use some strong language, then went on to read out some graffiti aimed at Polish people in the UK: “Vote out EU. Come on England, get the c***s out.”He was discussing Brexit in a pre-recorded documentary, which focussed on the effect that leaving the European Union could have on European people already living in Britain. A BBC representative told us: “Radio 4 has an adult audience and warnings of strong language were broadcast before and during the programme.”

Dean Martin and Jive Bunny join Thames Radio

Former long-serving Gold radio presenter Dean Martin is joining the team at Thames Radio.

He’ll host a new Sunday evening show from 7pm till 10pm every week called Through The Decades.

Also this week, Jive Bunny is joining for a Friday night show with his Mastermixers for the Friday Night Party Mix.

The station has put Neil Fox back on Breakfast in the capital from Monday, meaning Neil Francis moves to the drive slot from 4pm till 8pm.

The Best Disco in Town moves to Saturdays 10-midnight following Tony Blackburn’s Soul and Motown Party (Saturday 6pm).

Thames Radio’s Content Manager, Steve Simms told RadioToday: “I’m delighted to be able to complement the existing schedule with even more of London’s most experienced broadcasters. Thames Radio has the best line up of talent and radio personalities in town and I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Jive Bunny getting our listeners “In the Mood” for the weekend!”

Posted by Radio Today Staff

BBC Radio 3 wins special achievement award

BBC Radio 3 has been honoured for its ‘extraordinary work’ at one a classical music industry awards.

In a special honour, which is awarded every few years, the Gramophone Awards celebrated the extraordinary work of BBC Radio 3, as the 70th anniversary of the station and its predecessor, the Third Programme, approaches on the 29th September.

Author and actor Simon Callow presented the award to Helen Boaden, Director BBC Radio. BBC Radio 3 was recognised for being ‘pioneering and consistently successful’ as well as ‘helping to kick-start the careers of many artists’, including Igor Levit and Benjamin Appl, former BBC New Generation Artists who also won awards at the ceremony.

Helen Boaden commented: “We are hugely honoured and grateful to receive this prestigious award which recognises our strong spirit of adventure and ambition. From its earliest days, BBC Radio 3 has been devoted to offering audiences pleasure, challenge and exploration. It remains fearless in its commitment to musical quality, and creative invention. Radio 3 goes from strength to strength and continues to carry the torch of the Third Programme as a true pioneer, connecting audiences with remarkable music and culture and supporting new talent and the wider industry.”

In September to mark 70 years since the launch of the Third Programme which subsequently became BBC Radio 3, the station will broadcast from Southbank Centre 23rd September – 7th October with special immersive events, new commissions and live music. It will also broadcast 70 days of new commissions across music and the arts and has an embedded composer who will create premieres for the station, week by week.

Heart hosts exclusive gig with Emeli Sandé

Heart is organising a gig with Emeli Sandé for 400 listeners, with the event also being broadcast on Heart TV.

Emeli will take to the stage to perform a selection of her songs as well as some brand new material at Under The Bridge in London on September 27th.


Gary Stein, Managing Editor of Heart, said: “Emeli is an unbelievable talent and Heart listeners love her music. This gig will be particularly special, with such a unique vocalist performing live in one of London’s more intimate venues. It’s going to be a fantastic evening.”

Emeli Sandé said: “It’s a real thrill to be performing a gig for Heart listeners in such an intimate venue. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the release of my new material, and I can’t wait.”

Heart listeners will be able to watch the gig on from Friday September 30th and on Heart TV on Friday October 7th.

James Whale to leave BBC Essex Breakfast

BBC Essex breakfast show presenter James Whale is leaving the station, he announced on-air this morning.

He’ll continue to present his Saturday show, Something for the Weekend, on BBC Radio Kent, but will be off to look at other media work. He’ll be covering drivetime on talkRADIO next week, then take a week off and see what happens.

Speaking on i nRadioafter his BBC Essex show this morning, he said: “It was my choice to leave the breakfast show. After Celebrity Big Brother there’s been no shortage of offers and getting up at 4 o’clock every morning is OK if you’re being paid lots of money and I’m not needing the stress at the moment.”

“They asked me if I stayed on till the end of the year but I thought if I did, I probably wouldn’t go at all!”

James joined BBC Essex in 2014 and has worked on LBC, talkRADIO and talkSPORT in recent ars.

Posted by Radio Today Staff

West Yorkshire RSL to broadcast on FM for 4 days

The Hebden Bridge area of West Yorkshire is to gain its own FM radio station for a few days next week.

Recycle Radio will be on-air from 29th September to 2nd October promising local news, interviews and music. It has been funded by grants and support from Hebden Royd Town Council, The Archway Project (Youth project in Halifax), plus lottery funding, so there won’t be any adverts on the station.

The broadcast will start at 7am on Thursday September 29th. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Tony Hodgins will be officially opening the station live on air at 11am, along with Deputy Mayor Cllr Pat Fraser.

The team are hoping for the station to become a more permanent part of the area in the future.


Last week we had a trip out to Cliveden, a National Trust house which has been turned into a hotel, but has some stunning features for anyone to enjoy in the gardens.

From the Windsor Govt., site

Relax in the informal spendour of Cliveden’s stunning gardens and enjoy exploring the peaceful woodlands and Thames riverbank. Discover a garden that delights through the seasons with colourful planting schemes, miles of walks and breathtaking views as well as a giant maze that will entertain all ages. Complete your day out with delicious home-cooked lunches and teas and a visit to the gift shop.

Little known facts:
1. The Cliveden Maze has almost 500 metres of paths and 1,100 yew trees were planted to make the hedges.
2. Cliveden’s famous parterre is planted up with up to 25,000 bedding plants and bulbs every spring and summer.

As we mark our 350th anniversary, an historic chamber located below the South Terrace is opening for the first time in 30 years, inviting you to help us solve the mystery of its past.


Here is a brief timeline which outlines the history , from the Cliveden House Site,

350 years of history


  1. 1605

    Estate acquired by Manfield Family.

  2. 1666

    Estate acquired by George Villiers 2nd Duke of Buckingham. He built the original House on the terrace. Built as a hunting lodge to entertain mistress and friends.

  3. 1668

    Dual fought between Duke of Buckingham and Earl of Shrewsbury on account of Countess of Shrewsbury, at Barn Elms near Putney Bridge. Earl of Shrewsbury was wounded and later died.

  4. 1696

    1st Earl of Orkney acquired Cliveden estate and lived here with his wife Elizabeth Villiers who was a first cousin of Duke of Buckingham. Earl of Orkney was a fine soldier and fought often for his country

  5. 1737

    Frederick Prince of Wales leased the house from Anne Countess of Orkney and her husband the 4th Earl of Inchiquin who moved to live at Taplow Court which was part of the estate.

  6. 1751

    Three Countesses of Orkney. Following the death of Frederick Prince of Wales his wife Augusta gave up the lease on Cliveden and Anne her husband 4th Earl of Inchiquin moved back.

  7. 1795

    Devastating fire which destroyed all of the main mansion and only the wings remained.

  8. 1849

    Duke and Duchess of Sutherland moved in to Cliveden. During this year the House suffered another devastating fire which again destroyed the main house. The queen saw the smoke from Windsor Castle and despatched fire engines from Windsor to help to fight the fire.

  9. 1861

    Water tower completed by Henry Clutton. The sculpture on the top of the tower is a version of the Spirit of Liberty as in the Place de la Bastille in Paris. In 1868 the Duchess died and the house was sold.

  10. 1868

    Duke of Westminster arrived at Cliveden. During this time many alterations were made to the interior of the House.

  11. 1893

    The Astors, William Waldorf Astor was immensely rich and purchased Cliveden for $1.25 million. In 1894 Mamie, Lady Astor died at the age of 36. William was devastated and became almost a recluse at Cliveden spending all of his time and effort on changes to the House and his home in London.

  12. 1897

    Lord Astor purchased the wall panels seen today in the French Dining Room from Chateaux d’Asnieres near Paris. The panels date from the mid 18th century.

  13. 1897

    Fountain of Love carved by Thomas Waldo Story in marble and volcanic rock in Rome.

  14. 1905

    Waldorf Astor met and fell in love with Nancy Langhorne.

  15. 1906

    Waldorf was given Cliveden by his father William Astor, at the same time he gave Nancy a magnificent tiara containing the famous Sancy diamond which, is 55 carats and is now kept in the Louvre in Paris.

  16. 1914

    Waldorf volunteered for the army but failed the medical. The house was offered as a hospital but it was decided that it would be too difficult to adapt. Undaunted, he offered it to the Canadians who created a hospital in the covered tennis court and the bowling alley. Several other buildings on the estate were used as accommodation for staff.

  17. 1915

    The Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital could take 110 patients and ended up being able to house 600. In this year Winston Churchill visited and later the same year the King and Queen paid an official visit.

  18. 1932

    President Roosevelt visited Cliveden. Many famous people visited Cliveden in the post war years including Charlie Chaplin and George-Bernard Shaw.

  19. 1961

    Bill Astor installed the outdoor swimming pool where Christine Keeler and John Profumo met thus igniting the biggest political scandal in British political history.

  20. 1965

    Cliveden has often been used for entertaining and for film making. In 1965 the Beatles filmed part of ‘Help’ the movie at the house and famously held races on the Parterre between themselves and the film crew in-between scenes.

  21. 1969

    Stanford University leased the House for use as a place of learning until 1983.

  22. 1985

    Cliveden House becomes a luxury hotel and the story continues.

  23. 2012

    A new chapter begins… Cliveden House becomes the sister hotel of Chewton Glen in Hampshire. Another famously iconic English Country House Hotel.


This is the Rose Garden at Cliveden – from the National Trust Site

The Rose Garden’s planting design is based on Lord Astor’s original aspirations to create a garden that absorbs its visitors, through the introduction of tall roses in the outer beds and shorter roses on the inside. The repeat flowering roses gently phase from pale yellows in the east through vibrant oranges to deep velvety reds in the west.

A many-layered garden

The Rose Garden was once a formal grassed area known as a ‘cabinet’. It was created for Lord Orkney in the 1720s as part of a ‘wilderness’ garden design, which was popular in the eighteenth century. It was often used for lawn games such as bowling and tennis until a symmetrical rose garden was planted sometime around the post-war period.

Design changes

In 1959 the third Viscount Lord Astor wanted to change the design of the garden and commissioned Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe to do just that. He created a dynamic yet secretive rose garden that provided the Astor family with a place to retreat away from their busy public lives. Unfortunately, the garden suffered from ‘rose disease’ and the flower beds were replaced with herbaceous planting in 2002. This was known as the Secret Garden until 2013.

Re-instating the Rose Garden

Our project focused on reinstating the abstract design and atmosphere of the 1950s rose garden whilst also including features of the original 18th-century wilderness landscape. We lovingly restored the Jellicoe arches and introduced a steel edge to the flower beds to help them hold their abstract shapes. We also reduced the width of the outer shrub border, to let more light into the space, and planted a circular yew hedge which runs around the perimeter of the garden.

Planning your visit

The Rose Garden will be in bloom from mid-June until late September. If you’re inspired to add some rose to your own garden, we have a selection of the David Austin varieties planted here for sale in our shop during the summer months.









A gargoyle which faces out on to the Parterre


The large garden know as the Parterre, from the National Trust Site

Innovative design

When the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland purchased Cliveden in 1849 they worked with Head Gardener John Fleming to transform what was then a simple, large lawn into the innovative design you see today. Fleming was a pioneer of ribbon and carpet bedding and under his guidance Cliveden’s garden displays became horticulturally famous and set a precedent for gardens the world over.

Planting plan for the Parterre, Cliveden
John Fleming's planting plan for the Parterre at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

An inspiring view

Comprising over six acres and including 16 triangular beds with box hedging, a sweeping semi-circle bed and yew topiary, the Parterre is one of the garden’s most dramatic features. It is such an impressive and enjoyable spot that the Astors would pitch a tent with open sides on the terrace during the summer, so that regular guests could enjoy the view, sketch, or – in the case of George Bernard Shaw – type.


The outdoor Theatre


One side of Cliveden House, now a hotel, note the inscriptions near the soffit boards


Another view of the theatre


Mausoleum at Cliveden


Views of Cliveden House and the clock tower















Admission at the time we went there was £10 per adult, well worth every penny!  We were lucky to be there on a sunny day with a cooling wind blowing

Radio Newsbeat


I have been enjoying the music quiz that Paul Gambaccini hosts on BBC Radio 4. There are a good mix of pop and classical music questions.  If you would like to listen in retrospect follow this link

Gardeners Question time is also a very interesting programme on BBC Radio 4.  I remember as a young lad listening to my Grandfather asking a question on Gardeners Question Time.  Well I can remember him being on the programme, but not the question he asked!

The Wonderful Radio London internet station run by Garry Stevens is well worth a listen, good music, archive jingles and adverts as well.

A good time to remind you of this website   The Radio Hall of Fame is a well established web site, an encyclopedia of offshore radio presenters.  They used only to have real audio clips, but now they have added mp3 versions as well!

I haven’t listened to the shortwaves for a while, and really must get back into doing just that!   There are less broadcasters now, as stations desert the airwaves for satellites and the internet. One broadcaster, who must be very old now, Brother Stair, continues to pop up all over the dial with his evangelistic/cult show the Overcomer Ministry  For years Brother Stair has been telling the world that the end of the world is coming!  He uses money paid by tithes, recruited through his broadcasts and books.  You may also recall that Roy Masters ran the Foundation of Human Understanding, over Radio Caroline’s transmitters in the 80s.  I think he is also on Radio Sovereign on the web, each evening now.  I am not recommending these shows or their teachings, just passing comments for the record!

You may be interested in joining the Retro Radio Group on Facebook.  People are regularly posting recordings of old radio 1 and offshore radio shows.  It is free to join!  you will need to join Facebook to view the posts there though!

A new set of videos documenting the history of Offshore Pirate Radio arrived on You Tube in August.



News selected from the Radio Today Site

Stephanie Hirst rumoured for BBC Radio 2 show

BBC Radio 2 is looking at hiring Stephanie Hirst for a regular show, according to a report.

The Sunday Mirror says Stephanie has had four meetings with senior bosses, including three full auditions, which saw her record her radio show as though it is live and going out on air.

A source told the paper she is “very much in line for a job on the station”, and says she will take over from Gambo who “is moving to Pick of the Pops”. However, Paul moved to Pick of the Pops on Saturday 9th July and Trevor Nelson is now in Paul’s Saturday night slot.

UPDATE: The BBC has told RadioToday that the report is not accurate, saying: “This story is untrue and Paul Gambaccini remains the presenter of Pick of the Pops”.

UPDATE 2: The Mirror has removed the story.

Stephanie currently hosts a Saturday night show on BBC Radio Manchester, which until recently was an all 90s show. It has just changed to a show playing vinyl.

If Stephanie ends up on the network, it will create more media headlines – as it has done in the Sunday Mirror – as they will highlight that it will be the first time the station has hired a transgender radio presenter for a permanent show.

Waffler: Stephanie Hirst is looks incredibly feminine to me the telegraph said

Stephanie had huge success as the DJ Simon Hirst, with a breakfast show on Capital FM Yorkshire and a slot called Vinyl Heaven on Gold. What if she couldn’t find work as a female DJ?

According to press stories her worst fears appeared to have been realised after her bosses reportedly told her last June that – despite the overwhelming public support she received after announcing she was going to transition – it was in her best interests to come off air while she went through it.

After 11 years with the station her career there ended without any prior notice.

Global Radio, which owns the commercial stations, announced that the DJ had decided to leave “to focus on the process”.

Stephanie has always refused to be drawn into discussing what actually went on, insisting only that she was shown a great deal of support.

“I was just tired,” she insists. “I needed some time out to go through this enormous change in my life. They were very supportive.”

As are her new bosses at BBC Radio Manchester and fellow DJs.

It is amazing how many female presenters are on the air now, encouraging overall!

Justin Bieber says sorry for Radio 1 performance


Justin Bieber says sorry for Radio 1 performance

Singer Justin Bieber has apologised to his fans after nerves got the better of him during a live performance on BBC Radio 1.

Justin was the special guest in the Live Lounge from Los Angeles on Thursday but tweeted afterwards saying he was sorry: “I don’t usually get nervous but tonight I was thrown off and I was. Sorry about that. Really wanted to be my best. Hope u all had fun” he said.

Justin performed the UK’s current number 1, as well as covers of Tracy Chapman and 2Pac. He also gave Clara Amfo a guided tour of his house and back garden complete with inflatable bouncy slide and basketball court.

The live music was performed during the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.



Pictorial Musings

I have often been accused of having my head in the clouds.  It is not surprising actually, a couple of days ago the clouds were magnificent, as I hope you will agree.

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Living out of London, it is amazing to see how many buses you get in outer London.  This was the scene in Uxbridge on the weekend






It is amazing how much money Poundland is making, just look at this large lorry outside their Uxbridge Store.




radio funny skeleton
The good days of radio have gone?  Or has it just multiplied to such an extent that no one could listen into the terrestrial, digital and web radio that is available now.


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Viking stations to cover Hull City matches
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Viking stations to cover Hull City matches

Bauer Media’s Viking FM and Viking 2 are to provide coverage of all Hull City’s games in the 2016/17, both home and away.

Commentaries of the Premier League team will be on Viking 2 whilst Viking FM plays a part of the match day experience at the KCOM stadium.

Owen Ryan, Group Content Director, Bauer City Network “This is an incredibly exciting partnership with the potential to significantly increase the reach of our brands and open up new commercial partner opportunities. The wide-ranging deal brings the power of the Bauer City Network and Hull City FC together with a shared vision of delivering outstanding family entertainment to the region.”

The station continues: “Few football clubs have the ability to win promotion back the Premier League at the first time of asking, but that’s exactly what Hull City achieved last season and this year Viking will be there every step of the way.”

Kenny Everett returns to BBC Radio Solent
Posted by Roy Martin

Kenny Everett returns to BBC Radio Solent

Two of Kenny Everett’s BBC Radio Solent radio shows from 45 years ago are being rebroadcast to mark 21 years since his passed away.

Also, Kenny On The Solent, hosted by Richard Skinner, will be a celebration of Kenny Everett’s time on the station. The special programme will hear from his friends and colleagues about why a broadcasting legend ended up on a radio station on the South Coast.

It will also feature exclusive rediscovered material from his time on local commercial radio in Portsmouth by Andy Ferris from Radio Victory, who discovered the master tapes in a collection of reels he bought.

Senior Producer Richard Latto said: “We’ve managed to track down two of Kenny Everett’s BBC Radio Solent shows. They haven’t been heard in over 45 years so I’m digitising them so we can rebroadcast them.”

The tribute to Everett will air on Bank Holiday, August 29 at 12pm, hosted by Richard Skinner (his first show back at Solent since 1973!). It will include the two full shows from the Radio Solent archive.

Jim White to replace Colin Murray at talkSPORT
Posted by Roy Martin

Jim White to replace Colin Murray at talkSPORT

Sky presenter Jim White is taking over Colin Murray’s mid-morning on talkSPORT from September 5th.

Colin left the station because he says he is unable to work with the company once it comes under the control of News Corp.

In other changes at the Wireless Group station, Former England Manager Stuart Pearce and Danny Murphy have signed up for weekly slots.

Jim White: “I’ve always been a huge fan of talkSPORT and look forward to working alongside established broadcasters like Alan Brazil and Darren Gough. Of course I’m combining this new opportunity with my role at Sky Sports – can’t wait to get started!”

Stuart Pearce has taken on a new weekly Saturday role which kicked off earlier this month, presenting the station’s Premier League football coverage alongside current talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface. Pearce, who has joined the talkSPORT presenting team on numerous occasions previously, most recently for UEFA EURO 2016™, will then be joined by Danny Kelly to co-host talkSPORT’s phone-in show, now named Full-Time Phone In (Saturdays, 7.30pm-10pm), previously hosted by Stan Collymore.

Danny Murphy will join Saggers to dissect the weekend’s football stories every Monday evening, co-hosting talkSPORT’s Kick Off (7pm to 10pm) each week.

Liam Fisher, National Radio Controller for Wireless Group, talkSPORT’s owner, said: “talkSPORT has always invested in great presenters who really understand sport and can bring our listeners content that is informative, opinionated and good-humoured. Jim is going to be a brilliant addition to the team and his transfer expertise is something that we think will really get people tuning in to hear.

“To also have the likes of Stuart Pearce and Danny Murphy signing up for a regular talkSPORT slot brings a fresh new look to live matchday coverage and post-match phone-ins that we think our listeners are going to enjoy.”

Jim will be continuing his work with Sky Sports.


Pulse 1 presenters get locked up in a shop window
Posted by Roy Martin

Pulse 1 presenters get locked up in a shop window

Danny Mylo and Rosie Madison are currently locked up in a shop window in the Piazza Shopping Centre in Huddersfield where they have to stay until further notice.

They’re doing it to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice and will not be released until the station allows them to.

Pulse 1 has set up a complete studio in the shop window, and the daily breakfast show is being broadcast from the venue each weekday.

The duo are keeping listeners updated via Facebook Live videos on the Pulse 1 Facebook page and on-air.

And it’s Danny’s birthday today – so help them get home by texting SHOP55 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. £5) to 70070!

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Pictorial Musings

In our local Waitrose Car Park, a delivery van.  It will not please any vegetarians or vegans?  The chap is grinning all over his face as well!


A Jason Kit radio, possibly from the late 50s (i think!)  The sound from it was terrific, and a man snapped it up, after hearing it work!  I would not have got away with bringing this item home with me!



This is the best information I could find about Jason Kits, it was found on this site. I cannot find anything about his valve radio online.

Jason Kit. JSA2 Stereo Amplifier Unit
Jason Stereo AdvertJason Stereo Advert


From 1959 a kit from the well known kit supplier Jason (These kits were availiable through Home Radio).
The Valve lineup is: ECF80 EL84 each channel.
It has a power output of 3 watts per channel and is complete with Volume-Tone controls and input equalisation.
An original advertisment from Feb 1959 which appeared in Radio Constructor gives the total cost of the amplifier as £13-19 shillings. In old money £sd this was over a weeks pay for a lot of people.
The advert also gives a price for individual components.


Julian Clary is on tour this month, saw a poster in a bus shelter in Nettlebed
Here is part of what may be the current tour – or is the Joy of Mincing different

On the same theme, here are some other risque performers – an hours worth of documentary, watch the first five minutes if you don’t have time to watch all of the show.  It is hosted by Bob Monkhouse ( a great performer)



A video put on You Tube in 2009 which is a tribute to Terry Wogan, missed this gem!