Britain’s longest-serving lighthouse keeper marries transistor radio —

A 54-year-old man who has been on duty in a lighthouse in the Thames estuary for a record 27 years without a break, yesterday tied the knot with the small Japanese transistor radio that has been his only contact with the rest of the world throughout his marathon tenure. Toby Dell, originally from Whitechapel in […]

Britain’s longest-serving lighthouse keeper marries transistor radio —

“Donna Summer – On the radio (HQ)” — AMERICA ON COFFEE

“On the Radio” is a song by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer, released in late-1979 on the Casablanca record label. It was written for the soundtrack to the film Foxes and included on Summer’s first international compilation album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II. It was released as a single and […]

“Donna Summer – On the radio (HQ)” — AMERICA ON COFFEE

Pictorial Musings

I was walking into town today and noticed some berries on Ivy which was growing on trees
The skull and crossbones – still a symbol of piracy and a label that has been given to any radio station that operates without a licence.
This radio station should have been first on the air, but was pipped to the post by Radio Caroline on the MV Frederica. Tony Windsor, soon to be senior DJ on Radio London on 266 was there under his name of Tony Withers.
I can recommend this publication, it come out in December each year and has an excellent guide to radio in the UK and the world – here is a link to their site if you want to order a copy

A reminder that the excellent Radio Caroline Bible written by Paul Rusling is available now on Amazon and direct from Paul . If you order from Paul then ask him for a personal signature and he will gladly oblige.

Radio Caroline Bible 3d front cover

Ray Clark has a new version of his Radio Caroline Book out as well

Radio Caroline: The True Story of the Boat that Rocked by [Clark, Ray]
It is available from Amazon and the Kindle Version is very inexpensive! I have the book version.

Dr Who has returned at last and I am enjoying the story-line. The third episode was the best so far in my estimation.

Who finds the 80s Top of the Pops irritating. I remember being irritated then that the crowd spoil the tunes by making a terrible noise in the background, screaming and clapping. The producer made a great mistake putting a microphone above the crowd. Maybe you think otherwise?

Happy New Year

It has been some time since I posted, but rest assured I am still very much interested in radio and the media in general.

It does seem that Internet Radio is beginning to become even more popular. I bought a Google Home Mini recently in a sale and am amazed at how easy it is to tune into stations by giving Google verbal instructions. Here is an American telling us how to do the obvious, but maybe if you haven’t got one, it may encourage you to get one.

I will be back tomorrow with a more detailed post.

Old radio revisited

From the 1927 edition of Pittmans Radio Year Book

As foreshadowed in the Preface to the 1926 Edition of the YEAR
Boox, the British Broadcasting Company has now been taken
over by the Government and will in future be administered by,
a body known as the British Broadcasting Corporation. We
are glad to learn that the Executive will remain substantially
as before-because we believe that the staff which has built up
the broadcasting service to its present high standard is the one
best fitted to maintain and improve the service.
Two events stand out in what might be called the Radio
History of 1926-
(1) The fine work done by the Wireless for Hospitals’ Fund
which was started by the Daily News in 1925, and through
the medium of which nearly 40,000 beds in London hospitals
have been provided with headphones to enable patients to listen
to the broadcasting during their tedious hours of suffering or
(2) The successful demonstration by Mr. J. L. Baird of television, or seeing by wireless, as distinct from the wireless transmission of photographs or of shadowgraphs. Whether apparatus
which will enable listeners to see the artists whilst they are broadcasting will be obtainable within twelve months remains to be
seen, but we have the inventor’s word that this is highly probable.
(3) As regards commercial wireless, the completion of Rugby
and the beam stations for direct communication between this
country, Canada, Australia, South Africa and India make the
year 1926 one of notable progress.
Mr. James Swinburne, F.R.S., in an article entitled ” A Pessimistic View of Broadcasting,” gives some really original views
on the subject. We leave our readers to judge how far Mr.
Swinburne intends these views to be taken seriously.
Our thanks are due to many correspondents and certain reviewers for helpful criticisms and suggestions.


One of my favourite Goon Show clips!

(errrors reproduced are in the original text is seems)

THE issue of this edition of THE RADIO YEAR BOOK synchronizes
with the change over in the control of the British Broadcasting
Company, which will henceforth be known as the British Broadcasting Corporation, thus preserving the magic initials
” B.B.C.” with, it is hoped,
some of the traditions of the
old Company.
In its Report, which was
issued in March, 1926, the
Broadcasting Commit t e e
(1925) recommended, among
other things-
1. That the broadcasting service
should be conducted by a public
corporation acting as trustee for
the national interest, and that its
status and duties should correspond
with those of a public service.
2. That the Corporation should
consist of not more than seven nor
less than five Governors, all nominated by the Crown. the first Governors to hold office for five years.
3. That the Governors should
be persons of judgment and independence, free of commitments,
with business acumen and experienced in affairs.
4. That the entire property and ChairmaCorporation f the Broadcasting
undertaking of the British Broadcasting Company as a gong concern
should be vested in the new body, and that all existing contracts and staff o’
the British Broadcasting Company should be taken over.
5. That the Postmaster -General should remain the licensing authority and
be respdnsible for collecting the licence fees.
6. That the fee of ton shillings for a receiving licence should be maintained.
7. That the first charge on the revenue from licence fees should be the
; that
by the
paying e eGovernors
thGovernoan income thoroughly
adequate to enable then to ensure the full and efficient maintenance and
development of the service, any surplus should be retained by the State.
S. That the claims of those listeners who desire a larger proportion of
educational matter, though relatively few innumber, should, if possible, be met.
9. That every effort should be made to raise the standard of style and performance in every phase of broadcasting, and particularly in music.
10. That although Parliament must retain the right of ultimate control,
and the Postmaster -General must be the Parliamentary spokesman on broad
questions of policy, the Corporation should be vested with the maximum of
freedom which Parliament is prepared to concede
11. That the Corporation should present an annual report to Parliament.
The British Broadcasting Company regarded the essential
recommendations of the Report as the natural result of the
policy it had endeavoured to follow during the period in which
it had exercised the stewardship of the broadcasting service.
Although the B.B.C. was technically a trade organization.
composed of a large number of wireless manufacturers, and its
Board, with the exception of the Chairman and Managing Director, was composed of manufacturers, it aimed constantly to
interpret its functions as those of a public service. Although the
preliminary capital required for the establishment of organized
broadcasting in this country was provided by wireless manufacturing firms, the directors who represented those firms on the
Board of the B.B.C. not only refrained from exploiting the broadcasting service to their own commercial advantage, but also
declined to offer evidence to the Broadcasting Committee (1925)
in respect of a continuation of the licence of the B.B.C. as then
In his evidence before the Broadcasting Committee (1925), the
Managing Director of the British Broadcasting Company emphasized the importance of greater latitude in every respect. He
suggested that while some existing restrictions might be removed,
it should be left to the new authority to continue to expand its
scope in consultation and agreement with other interests.
With Lord Gainford, the former Chairman of the British
Broadcasting Company, as Vice-Chairman of the Corporation and
Mr. J. C. W. Reith, Managing Director of the British Broadcasting Company, still in office as director- general of broadcasting,
many of the former traditions will presumably be maintained.
The full list of Governors of the British BroadcastingCorporation was announced by the Postmaster-General in the House of
Commons on October 25th, 1926, as follows : The Earl of
Clarendon (chairman), Lord Gainford (vice-chairman), Sir John
Gordon Nairne, Dr. Montague John Rendall, and Mrs. Philip

Radio Newsbeat


Paul Rusling’s Caroline Bible has been published and distributed. Many congratulations to Paul on this splendid book. It will have to wait to be read, because I am currently reading Ray Clark’s new book about Radio Caroline, which is in paperback and an interesting read.

Radio Caroline Bible front cover

News selected from the Radio Today site


Jim Rosenthal becomes the new voice of Union JACK

Written By RadioToday UKNovember 20, 2019 – 11:19 am 0

Union JACK has signed broadcaster Jim Rosenthal as the new voice of the station following the death of the station’s former voice, actor Paul Darrow.

Rosenthal is best-known for his work in sport, becoming a household name through his coverage of many sports including football, rugby, boxing and athletics. His presenting plaudits include eight FIFA World Cups, three Rugby World Cups, two Olympic Games and more than 150 Formula One races.

Jim says: “This is one of my biggest challenges yet – Paul Darrow was a legend. I’m delighted to have been asked to take over his microphone and look forward to the fun and games of working with the ever so slightly anarchic Union JACK Radio!”

Ian Walker, CEO of Union JACK Radio, added: “Finding a new voice for Union JACK Radio was always going to be hard following the death of our good friend Paul Darrow – whose voice will also remain on the station for the foreseeable – but we couldn’t be happier with our recruitment of the British broadcasting icon that is Jim Rosenthal.

“As well as sharing our provenance, Jim crucially shares our sense of humour and will be bringing it to life with his intelligent and quick-witted style of presenting.”

A new online service could launch next year using Capital Scotland’s original on-air name, Beat 106.

Richard Wilkinson, who is planning to bring back the name 20 years after it originally launched, tells RadioToday about the project: “A lot of the great Beat 106 DJs have agreed to come on board and I’m looking forward to being able to announce some huge Club 106 live events very soon.”

“It’s so exciting to announce the return of Beat 106 Scotland next year. For a while it was THE radio station that everyone that loved dance music listened to. Everyone involved as part of the original station launch in 1999 was always being asked, ‘When’s it coming back?’.

“It’s early days yet but the plan is to launch the station in summer 2020.”

Global kept the registered trademark for the name when it rebranded it to XFM Scotland in 2006, and has renewed it ever since, until recently. The Scottish regional service is currently owned by Communicorp and branded as Capital.

Now, project founder Richard Wilkinson has applied to trademark the name and a logo for Beat 106, which is currently in Pre-Publication to enable the launch of the service.

Ofcom has agreed to change its policy on granting short-term restricted service licences, following a consultation.

The changes, which apply immediately, allow the same applicant to be granted more than two SRSLs in a single year, subject to certain conditions.

SRSL applications can now also be considered for services that offer similar content to existing commercial and community radio stations in the same area.

Ofcom will still have the power to refuse awarding more than two SRSLs per year, giving priority to any new applicant.

Also, on Monday 25 November 2019, Ofcom will open an application window for any potential applicant for an SRSL hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive – an anticipated period of high-demand. The application window will remain open until 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Ofcom says: “Applicants should ensure they are familiar with the application criteria and must use the current version of the application form. SRSL applications submitted using previous versions of the application form will be rejected.”

Short-term radio licences are granted for analogue services broadcasting to defined locations, or for coverage of particular events such as music or religious festivals, or sporting events.


Footballer turned radio host Stan Collymore joins Fix Radio

Written By Stuart ClarksonOctober 24, 2019 – 2:49 pm 4

Former talkSPORT and 5 Live presenter Stan Collymore is to take over a Friday afternoon slot on digital station Fix Radio.

“The Last Word With Stan Collymore” will be broadcast on Friday afternoons 2-4pm from next week (1st November).

The station – which is aimed at tradespeople and broadcasts on DAB in London and Manchester – says Stan will be joined by ‘some of the biggest names’ in football – including current managers, players and legends of the game.

Until his departure in 2016, Stan was at talkSPORT with his Call Collymore phone-in for 8 years and before that was on 5 Live. As a professional footballer, he played for clubs including Nottingham Forest and Liverpool as well as earning 3 caps for England in the mid-90s.

He currently hosts a podcast, The Last Word With Stan Collymore, which is released weekly. The Fix Radio show will include material from the podcast along with a few extra bits recorded for the radio show.

Fix Radio Programme Director, Graham Mack, told RadioToday: “Stan’s a straight talker and doesn’t shy away from sharing his opinions. I can’t wait to hear him tear into the latest football stories on Fix Radio.”

Meanwhile, the station has announced plans to play only British music for 24-hours next week in the lead up to the current (at the time of writing) Brexit deadline. Foreign artists will be dropped from midnight on 30th October until midnight on 31st October.

Graham tells us: “Brexit is an issue that’s divided Britain, we’re in danger of becoming the Former United Kingdom. We don’t want to become the F.U.K.! Some of the best music of all time was made in this country so we’re taking back control and playing nothing foreign.”

BBC Radio 2 has so far raised over two million pounds in aid of this year’s BBC Children in Need.

The station has held a number of fundraising events, competitions and – new for this year – a 24 hour karaoke challenge, completed by Radio 2 presenter Rylan Clark-Neal.

The Great Ka-RY-oke Challenge saw Rylan sing karaoke for 24 hours non-stop, from 9.15am on Tuesday 12th November to 9.15am on Wednesday 13th November and raise £1,086,261 for BBC Children in Need.

Rylan sang 236 karaoke songs over the course of the day and was joined by many surprise guests including Craig David, who sang his hit song – and Rylan’s favourite ever karaoke tune – “Fill Me In” live on air, Nicole Scherzinger, who sang “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes, Rick Astley who joined Rylan for a rendition of “Never Gonna Give You Up” and Michelle Visage, who sang “Vogue” by Madonna. Other guests included Bjorn Again, Strictly’s AJ Pritchard and Saffron Barker, Beverley Knight, Dani Dyer, S Club and Emma Willis.

Rylan also duetted with his fellow Radio 2 presenters including Jeremy Vine, with whom he sang “Always on my Mind” by Elvis Presley and Dermot O’Leary, with whom he sang “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbara Streisand.

The marathon sing-a-along took place at Radio 2 studios in Wogan House London and was broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Sounds and streamed live on BBC Red Button and the Radio 2 website.

On hearing the total amount raised had exceeded a million pounds, Rylan tweeted “Woke up to this. No words. (Also no voice). I’m so happy. Thank you so, so much to everyone who’s donated and been a part of it all. (Literally) speechless #KaRYoke”

New radio station

Vintage Music Radio is launching on Monday 4th November 7.00am, with former Radio 1 Breakfast Show Presenter Mike Read hosting at the breakfast helm.

Vintage Music Radio will be playing great music from the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. The core value and commitment of Vintage Music Radio is to play a great depth of songs beyond the standard top hits that get recycled from other radio stations. The playlists from this era are thousands of records deep, reviving the fantastic sounds that ignited great times.

Mike Read, former Radio 1 and Capital Gold DJ said “I’m delighted to be part of Vintage Music Radio from the very start. It’s important and exciting for me to be able to play such a broad catalogue of music from this era. There is still a great demand for a dedicated station such as VMR”

Vintage Music Radio will broadcast in London and the Southeast on DAB digital radio and globally online and via mobile apps, smart home devices and streaming via the website.

During this era the variety of music aided the birth of a variety of great youth cultures around Punk, Hip Hop, Disco, Goths, New Romantics and many more. Youth culture driven by music is no longer there, so Vintage Music Radio will remind us all of the good times from great music.

Colin Rowland, Operations Director for Vintage Music Radio said “This is just the start for the Vintage Music Brand, a first class radio station, with great music and DJ’s which will also be followed up by dedicated TV channels showing not only music videos but fantastic content including, concerts, interviews and other programmes around the brand. There are exciting times ahead for Vintage Music”

To find out more about Vintage Music Radio, its presenters, music and how to listen, visit:



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