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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00704s1/episodes/guide
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! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp2f
The Wonderful Radio London internet station run by Garry Stevens is well worth a listen, good music, archive jingles and adverts as well. http://wonderfulradiolondon.radio.net
A good time to remind you of this website http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/index.html 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 http://overcomerministry.org/listen_live/ 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. https://www.fhu.com. 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! https://www.facebook.com/groups/retroradiogroup/ 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
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
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.