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A new book is due out in October, called the “Radio Caroline Bible” and has been compiled and written by Paul Rusling. Paul as anoraks will know is a the business and technical wizard behind Laser and other stations around the world. Paul was also on the Mi Amigo in the 70s doing shows under the name of Paul Alexander.

The new Radio Caroline Bible

The Radio Caroline Bible is now available and tells the inside story of Radio Caroline, from the very beginning – right up to date. A story packed with disasters, boardings, adventure, excitement and copious amounts of skull-duggery. 

Over 500 pages long, there are many inside tales about the major events from all of Caroline’s four eras. This story is different – it’s told by many of the key people who made Radio Caroline happen. It contains unique content & many ‘never published before’ photos among the 340 illustrations. It’s chronologically correct, fully indexed and will surely become a real collector’s item.

It has a gorgeous full-colour cover showing the Ross Revenge in all her magnificence with the tall tower at the Falls Head anchorage, site of her final broadcasts at sea.

The Wireless Waffler has ordered a copy and will review it sometime in October!

Background notes

“This is a real look behind the microphone, exploring many of the operational secrets of the Caroline organisation,” says author Paul Rusling. He has worked in the radio industry (including a period with Radio Caroline) for many years. He has written a dozen books, half of them about radio including three about Caroline’s rival, Laser 558. 

“Caroline’s activities have always had to be cloaked in clouds of mystery. The original team, including aristocrats and a member of the Royal family, didn’t want others to know they were involved. Once UK legislation made it illegal, even tighter security methods had to be deployed as the Radio Caroline team played ‘cat and mouse’ with the authorities. 

Radio Caroline is the world’s most famous offshore radio station. It began in 1964, has used five different ships and once had over 20m listeners. The station was responsible for many innovations in music radio and was Britain’s first all day music station, the first album station and has helped launch the careers of many major music stars. Caroline’s last radio ship is now moored in an Essex river and broadcasts daily on medium wave, DAB and online.  

There are contributions from all the major players in the Radio Caroline story, not just Ronan O’Rahilly but all the key secretaries, PAs, and station managers in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It looks at those who funded the ships and explains why they did so.  

° Full details can be found on the Caroline Bible’s own web site.

In September BBC Berkshire visited Swiss Farm Camp Site situated in Henley on Thames and presented a show about the “Great British Holiday”. The presenter with the microphone and headphones, is Sarah Walker one of the many great people behind Radio Berkshire

News selected from the Radio Today site

There are four new regular programmes being added to the BBC Radio 3 schedule, whilst new presenters are also joining the station.

There are two new late-night shows, Night Tracks with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Hannah Peel, and a new jazz programme.

Late Junction, to be hosted by incoming presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan along side Verity Sharp will be reduced to one show a week.

Plus, Unclassified, Radio 3’s new programme celebrating ambient and neo-classical music genres goes weekly presented by Elizabeth Alker, whilst Early Music Now, a new programme dedicated to exploring the world of contemporary Baroque performance will appear in the schedule.

BBC Radio 3 is to partner with MoMA for the first time for a landmark series ‘The Way I See It’ featuring contributions from names including Steve Martin, Roxane Gay, Margaret Cho and Zac Posen.

In Slow Radio, writer Horatio Clare travels to Greenland for the station’s most ambitious sound walk yet, and upcoming Slow Radio commissions to include the sound of rain on rooftops from around the world and a sonic journey down the River Thames from central London to the estuary.

The national station is also to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in a year-long focus, Beethoven Unleashed, in 2020 featuring 25 editions of Composer of the Week dedicated to the composer over the course of the year.

Other special programmes include M1 Symphony: The 70th anniversary of Britain’s first motorway to be documented in an upcoming commission, combining recorded sounds and voices and a specially-commissioned score by composer Alex Woolf, performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Early Music Now will air on Monday afternoons from 4.30 – 5pm, beginning 16 September.

Night Tracks will air Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11pm – 00.30am, and on Thursday evenings from 11 – 11.30pm, beginning on 30 September.

Unclassified will air on Thursday evenings from 11.30 – 12.30pm, beginning 3 October.

The new jazz programme will air at midnight on Saturdays, beginning 2 November.

Music Planet will move to a brand new prime weekend slot on Saturday afternoons at 4pm, beginning on 5 October.

Jazz Record Requests will move from Saturdays to Sundays from 4 – 5pm, beginning on 6 October.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3 said: “At Radio 3 we want to connect audiences with remarkable and adventurous music and culture and to provide nourishment for inquiring minds; from classical at our core to new ambient and experimental music, jazz, sound art, electronica, Slow Radio and our breath of arts content.”

He continued: “We want Radio 3 to be a haven where listeners can come to take time out from today’s often-frenetic world and discover something new and follow it in depth – and with that in mind I’m so excited to be announcing our new-look autumn schedule, featuring three new regular programmes, focussing on musical adventure and reflecting cutting-edge and experimental music being made across the UK and internationally. I am also looking forward to bringing audiences some of our most ambitious seasons and programmes to date; from a year of Beethoven to a partnership with MoMA in New York, an Arctic Sound Walk and the specially-commissioned M1 Symphony.”

BBC Radio Manchester is to broadcast live from a high street shop in Wythenshawe for a week in September.

Called We Are Wythenshawe, the station will move into an empty unit in Wythenshawe town centre from September 9th until September 15th. It will broadcast live from 6am to 6pm every weekday with the mid-morning show coming live from the shop over the weekend.

Presenters including Chelsea Norris, Mike Sweeney and Phil Trow will all present their shows live from the town – meeting people from across Greater Manchester who want to share their Wythenshawe stories.

Throughout the week, Mike Sweeney will discuss the perception problem the town faces as well as the aspirations of young people.

A live newsroom will be based in the shop which will take people’s stories each day and turn them into radio content. There will be behind the scenes reports from Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Airport. And the station will follow a DIY makeover of Norbrook Youth Centre with a call to arms for people to help out.

In addition, BBC Introducing acts will perform live from the shop each day; artwork from local artists will be displayed; and local poets will be performing their work.

There will also be a pop-up café in the shop, run by Rachel Parkinson from Salutem coffee. She will be operating fully independently from Radio Manchester but will take up residency in the shop to welcome BBC Radio Manchester listeners.

Kate Squire, BBC Radio Manchester Editor, said: “We want people who live in Wythenshawe to tell us what life is really like for people in this part of the city. We’ve met some great people who deserve to share their stories on the radio, and we want to put down roots in the community not just for our We are Wythenshawe week, but connections that will go on and on as part of BBC Radio Manchester. We’re proud of Wythenshawe.”

We Are Wythenshawe is the idea of BBC reporter Andy Bell who lives in Wythenshawe. He said: “There seems to be a perception of Wythenshawe that simply doesn’t match up with what I’ve experienced while I’ve been living there! You get out and talk directly to people and you quickly find out there’s a truckload of great stuff going on and the people I’ve met are so passionate about where they’re from.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun being right in the thick of it and helping the community share their stories and experiences.”

Author: wirelesswaffle

A radio enthusiast from the UK - but also includes humour and comments on a wide variety of subjects including music and photos. A hobby site

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