Crystal radio set 📡 — WãshēKōdä.blog

Dad, Brother, and I built two of these as per instructional  plans from B̲o̲y̲s̲ ̲L̲i̲f̲e̲ magazine in 1964 ❗️ We listened to WCCO 830 (Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota ) am radio using 300 Ω head sets for years with no electric power  ⚡️ and they still work almost 60 years later ❗️ ‘Cat Whisker’ […]

Crystal radio set 📡 — WãshēKōdä.blog

RTE Longwave

From the RTE site –


Friday, 11 Jun 2021 12:47

By RTÉMore from
Media Centre


RTÉ will carry out essential maintenance of the Long Wave (LW) transmitter in Clarkstown, Co. Meath from 15th June 2021 for two months during which period RTÉ Radio 1 will not be available on LW 252. These works are necessary to ensure that RTÉ can continue to broadcast RTÉ Radio 1 on LW.   

This essential maintenance of the transmitter was due to be carried out in 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. For the health and safety of those carrying out the works, the transmitter must be switched off for the works period, until Saturday 14th August (estimated). Furthermore, the works must be completed during the summer months when there is better light and weather conditions. 

The works will be carried out by RTÉ Transmission Network (2rn), a wholly owned subsidiary of RTÉ, responsible for the distribution and transmission of the programme services of RTÉ radio and television, as well as TG4 television, Virgin Media television and Today FM. 

During this period, listeners will continue to have a wide range of choice to access RTÉ radio services which are available at

In summary, you access RTÉ radio services via:

  • FM
  • Saorview
  • Saorsat
  • Internet TV
  • Online at
  • Freesat / Sky in Ireland & UK
  • RTÉ Radio Player (Apple and Android app)
  • Other radio apps, such as the Irish Radioplayer
  • Voice search on Alexa or Google smart speakers ( see

Those who do not have access to RTÉ’s radio services on FM or who do not have internet access will not be able to access RTÉ Radio 1 on LW 252 during the period of the works. However, through carrying out these essential works now RTÉ can continue to broadcast on LW 252.

Public queries can be directed to the RTÉ Information Office via or on +35312083434.


During the essential works, RTÉ will continue to offer an abundance of Christian worship content on other platforms:

  • On Sunday mornings on RTÉ One television and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, Masses alternate each week with Protestant Services at 11.00am.
  • On Sundays when RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra transmits Mass, a Protestant Service is broadcast on the RTÉ News Channel at 2.15pm.
  • Similarly, when RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra transmits Protestant worship, there is Sunday Mass at 2.15pm on the RTÉ News Channel.
  • There is also Aifrinn i nGaeilge (Mass in Irish) every Sunday at 11.00am on Raidio na Gaeltachta.
  • All of this content can be accessed live or on catch-up via the RTÉ Player, RTÉ Radio Player and RTÉ.ie.
  • The RTÉ News Channel is also continuing to air Mass every weekday at 10.30am while COVID restrictions remain in place in places of worship.

A Personal History of the British Record Business 26 – Ken East Pt.3


Ken East‘s tenure as MD of the EMI Records UK lasted from January 1967-July 1969

They (the Sixties) were great years. Start of pirate radio. Tony Windsor (pirate Radio London- Big L) was Tony Withers in Australia, king of the disc jockeys – he was the biggest listened-to DJ in Australia. He and I were friendly; poor old Tony had a drinking problem amongst other things and he had a Saturday night show called ‘Saturday Night Fish Fry.’ I’d go in on a Saturday night with our new records and he was too drunk to put them on the turntable. There were no producers, so I put them on the turntable for him.


He was a homosexual and he was about to be exposed, so he fled the country and the headlines were “Tony Withers dying from secret disease” He was going back to Greece, where…

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The Digital Radio Era (Partially) Ends In Ireland — Hackaday

A nail in the coffin for DAB radio in Ireland!

It’s commonly agreed that the future of broadcast radio lies in the eventual replacement of AM and FM analogue transmissions with digital services. A wide range of technologies exist to service this change-over, and for much of the world the most visible of them has been Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB. This VHF service has […]

The Digital Radio Era (Partially) Ends In Ireland — Hackaday

Transistor Radio — writing in north norfolk

This lady in Norfolk must have had better reception of the pirates than I did in Middx..!

No crystal clarity of stereoor speaker power(to speak of)but my battery-powered transistor radioaccompanied methroughout dayswhen I was not at schooland undercover at night,where I’d tune into pirates of the airwaves,a patchouli-scented teenagerin a council flatimagining Woodstock or Monterey. Kim M. Russell, 22nd April 2021 Image by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash My response to NaPoWriMo Day […]

Transistor Radio — writing in north norfolk

Radio In My Life — Trail Baboon

An American appreciation of radio. The BBC, then the Pirates and AFN and then the Internet Radio and DAB scene have all been the radio in my life.

Today’s post comes to us from Steve. I often think about the impact radio has had on my life. We all are shaped by different influences, but radio has been a major presence in my life. When I was a kid, we had just one radio in our home. It was a gorgeous cherrywood console […]

Radio In My Life — Trail Baboon

Military Radio – Armed Forces Network — Pacific Paratrooper

An interesting article about AFN which was a great station to listen to on medium wave (am) in the 60s – please click on link below to read whole of article.

1943 ‘G.I. Jive’ sheet music by Johnny Mercer ARMED FORCES NETWORK Although American Forces Network Radio has officially been on the air for 60 years, listeners began tuning in at the end of World War I. A Navy lieutenant in France broadcasted information and live entertainment to troops accompanying President Wilson to the 1919 Paris […]

Military Radio – Armed Forces Network — Pacific Paratrooper

Tony Prince

From the Blackpool Gazette, minus pictures.

From Elvis to Elton in 50 years and DJ Tony Prince is still making waves in music world
In a world where your friendly home installed artificial intelligence app can throw out a tune from your favourite artist in seconds – it is hard to imagine a time when the sounds of pop icons were seemingly ‘banned’ from British shores.
By Nicola Jaques
Sunday, 21st March 2021, 1:17 pm

DJ Tony Prince, founder of United DJ Radio
But in the mid-sixties- the era of the rock and roll revolution – for the youngsters to satisfy their musical appetite (over and above the six hours allowed by ‘Auntie’ a week) it was with the help of a merry band of ‘pirates.’

A group of rebellious, rock-loving disc jockeys strategically coasting on boats in international waters – and thus out of British authorities’ legal reach.

At their peak pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline – the first off the UK- hit audiences of 20 million listeners.

It was a returned favour from fellow pirate and friend Tony Blackburn that would land Lancashire lad Tony Prince his first DJ stint ‘offshore’ and the rest is history.

A history that was partially retold in the 2009 Richard Curtis film ‘The Boat That Rocked’ (later renamed Pirate Radio)

Tony, 76, who founded United DJs Radio station three years ago says: “I’d got Tony Blackburn a slot on Discs-a-Go-Go (a weekly pop music programme in the 1960s), in return he introduced me to the Radio Caroline programme boss.

“The pirate days taught us how to be radio DJs, we worked with Americans, Canadians and Australians who showed us the ropes.

“When the Labour Government brought in the law to stop us, it was either the newly launched BBC Radio One or the long standing night-time favourite Radio Luxembourg.”

Radio Caroline, founded by Irish man Ronan O’Rahilly in 1964, was broadcast from the ship Mi Amigo. It would help launch the careers of a host of future radio stars. And despite the

Tony Prince with childhood friend Barbara Churm holidaying in Blackpool
Tony Prince with childhood friend Barbara Churm holidaying in Blackpool
Marine Broadcasting Offences Act passed in 1967 to shut pirate radio down, the music had made its mark, paving the way for modern commercial radio.

After two years with Radio Caroline Oldham-born Tony jumped ship to Radio Luxembourg, the birth place of the modern chart show.

He picks up the story, “I stayed 17 years with Luxy, eight as programme director.

“I flew to the Grand Duchy on April 1,1968 as part of a new team of live broadcasters including Paul Burnett, Noel Edmonds, Dave ’Kid’ Jensen and Mark Wesley.”

Tony Prince celebrating success of his friend and Blackpool musician John Rossall

The radio station also welcomed the likes of Mike Read, Neil Fox and Peter Powell.

Tony recalls, “Luxembourg was very conservative until we arrived and of course the groups, singers and their record pluggers queued to get out there for interviews.

“The thing was they couldn’t leave until the following day’s flights so this led to some of the most outrageous nights imaginable.

“Queen brought their first album out and played it to hear our opinion. Elton John came clubbing with us and fell asleep in the club’s huge speakers.

“Two CBS record pluggers came out one time and hijacked Kid Jensen and I, as we returned to the radio station, which was situated in a dark park. We were chased around the park by two gorillas.

“Then there was the time when, out of monotony, Noel Edmonds decided to create a murder set in the apartment he shared with Kid.

“My wife Christine was the dead body covered in ketchup. Kid finished his show at midnight and it was already a bit hairy walking home passing a cemetery. He nearly had a heart attack.”

The DJs at that time were as famous as the music acts themselves and Tony says the fame of that era was surreal but moreso the opportunity for a rock and roll die-hard like himself to be in the company of some of music history’s biggest legends.

He says, “During my time at 208 I became the first DJ to interview Elvis one-to-one in his Vegas dressing room – twice! Colonel Parker even allowed me to go on stage in 1973 and introduce him.

“I toured with The Osmonds, David Essex, The Hollies and even worked for Paul McCartney every year when he staged Buddy Holly Week (Paul published Buddy’s tunes).

“But my greatest adventure was when I toured Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).

“Christine came with me, it was like Beatlemania, that’s how important Luxembourg was to the kids in the East under their Communist regimes.”

But it was on Lancashire soil, in his childhood, his love for rock and roll was first planted and which set the scene for an extraordinary music career.

“I was an only child, we came from Oldham and Blackpool was on the holiday agenda at least twice a year.

“I have carried one memory with me throughout my life from the summer of 1956 so I’d be 12. My parents loved pub life, getting to Blackpool in my dad’s Vauxhall Velox was a trial for me.

“The journey took us via Rochdale, Bury and Preston and I think they stopped at every pub until they closed at 2.30pm

“They smoked and the sulphur smell from matches mixed with the numerous packets of crisps and bottles of fizz, guaranteed I’d have two or three sick-stops.

“But the memory is of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers song ‘I’m not a Juvenile Delinquent’.

“The Seaview Hotel was across the road from an arcade with a jukebox, I heard the tune constantly during our two week Oldham Wakes.

“There is no doubt it seeded my love for rock n roll as I read my Dandy, Beano and played with my cowboys and Indians whilst my parents were doing a pub crawl down the prom.”

Tony, who would launch the remix label Disco Mix Club in the 1980s, began as a singer and musician in his teens – his DJing job soon eclipsed his singing career and earned him more money.

He says, “I went to Oldham Art School, mixing with other Elvis fans and my fate was sealed when my main Christmas gift was a guitar. 1956 – 58 were incredibly influential years for me and so was Butlins Pwllheli – one year I sang with the resident band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

“The drummer had encouraged me to enter the weekly talent contest, I came second but more importantly I met some lads from Oldham who were forming a group.

“ I sang with The Jasons for two years which led to a job fronting a Top Rank big band.

“And that led to me being offered the DJ job which was when I turned pro. I started playing DJ mixes in 1981 long before clubs in Britain and European clubs stopped DJs talking after every record.

“This led to my idea for a DJ subscription club where DJs could buy the pre-recorded mixes and remixes.”

Disco Mix Club (DMC) began in February 1983 and is still going today staging the World DJ Championships, which this year will feature 11 DJ contests across 2021.

“Our Radio Station United DJ Radio is three-years-old on April 2 – I felt traditional radio in the UK and Europe had become predictable and many of my colleagues had been side-lined by tight playlists and charts which reflected today’s kids music.

“In other words the 40+ demographic had been pushed away from radio’s music policy.

“The station has an incredible following – the artists who are ignored on the national Download Charts now have a new lease of life and actually mingle with our listeners on our Facebook pages, it’s such a thrill to see this happening.

And his thoughts of the music dominating those charts today?

“It’s simple, kids buy what they like. We bought rock n roll, they buy Ariana Grande and good luck to them.

“We were the first teenage generation to be free to enjoy ourselves by parents who had lived through the horrors of world wars.

“The kids of today have had to endure Covid so I admire how they are adapting to the new world in which they are consumers.

“DMC still attends to young hip-hop and DJ fans, there’s plenty room for everyone and anyone can make music these days if they so wish.”

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I was listening to the radio — The Retirement Life

An interesting post from a blog which looks at musical tastes and retirement! Good to read someone else’s views

Time is a funny thing. I found myself listening to the radio. This was actually what started my thinking process, ”I found myself listening to the radio”. It doesn’t sound like an odd thing to say, does it? And yet, I asked myself, knowing what the answer was all along, “Will this too be a […]

I was listening to the radio — The Retirement Life