(December 2002 is here...)
Teacosy Hits Sixty!
Congratulations to Tony Blackburn on his 60th Birthday, Jan 29th 2003. The photo with Willy Walker (left) was taken aboard the Galaxy. The rest of Willy's photos are here.
How Bona To Vada Your Dolly Old Eek!
The removal van has left
Pease Pottage, heading for Castlereagh Street, which means that from
Jan 26th, Peter Young is returning the
Soul Cellar to its rightful Sunday lunchtime slot 13.00 - 16.00
on London's Jazz FM
102.2 (The show is also available via the station's Internet feed).
Thanks to the people of Holland for tuning into my new programme and all the resulting mail. It was interesting to receive your comments from last time's 'One Subject One Link' Same, Same Shame' that one really did hit the spot with you! The new 'One Subject One Link is 'Cake and Eat it'. The Scrapbook kicks off part 1 of the 'Dutch Connection' with pictures and audio from Radio Monique.
flag for Maurice Gibb
Following the untimely passing of Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, many newspapers (who should know to check their facts), failed to realise that he was indeed Manx and not born in Manchester, as most of the media has mentioned. The following is from Manx Radio (14th Jan 2003). (Bernie Quayle has a daily late evening show on Manx Radio. Many thanks to Doris Squires of Port Erin for alerting us to this story.)
Press Release from IMIB on the way ahead for the 279kHz Longwave Radio Station
Mast objectors lose court battle
The High Court
has dismissed the Petition of Doleance brought by the Bride Commissioners
against the Department of Transport's award of a Siting Licence for
the long wave transmission facility in Ramsey Bay.
Buzzcocks 100th Edition features
Radio City DJ
The anniversary show is not only graced by the presence of the Radio London Webmasters' favourite Two-Hit Wonder, John Otway, but ex-Radio City DJ, Woolf Byrne.
Woolf can be spotted on the far right of the 'Guess the member of the Dave Clark Five' Identity Parade line-up. He is a musician, in addition to being a DJ and actor and was a member of David Bowie's early backing band, The Manish Boys, alongside Big L, DJ John 'Purpleknees' Edward.Two Manish Boys, John (left) with Woolf at the 35th Anniversary Offshore Reunion
Died on Boxing Day 2002
Mary and I first met Tom "Sea Poodle" Collins, (real name Terry Nicholas) at the end of Walton pier. The reason for this meeting can be found in Part One of Mary's report of the 1997 Big L RSL. He presented himself as an affable chap with a beard, who definitely had strong views about the state of radio. His own report of the broadcast can be found here.
Keeping in contact after the RSL in 97 presented no problem, as his enthusiasm for the whole Radio London revival spilled over to regular long phone calls about what could be done to bring Big L back, and discussing memories of the 60s stations.
When Mary and I started our website, Poodle was one of our most vociferous enthusiasts almost to the point of embarrassment! He thought what we were doing was great, and as we started to make contact with long-lost jocks and unearth facts, figures and photographs of Radios London and Caroline, he credited us with being 'archivists', which, 400 web-pages later, I suppose we are!
Terry's enthusiasm for radio meant that he was involved in the RSLs run by Oracle Broadcasting that took place in Reading, where he used to live, with a view to there being a new station in competition with '210' and other local stations.
To those who knew him, he was one of radio's eccentrics. Say hello to Kenny for us, Terry.Chris Payne
Jonathan's January update to the The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
"New this month: two more archive articles from Fab 208 magazine in which Tony Prince remembers his time on Radio Caroline, a full page devoted to the big wide wonderful world of "Daffy" Don Allen and, sadly, we also report on the deaths of two offshore radio stalwarts of the sixties: engineer Martin Newton and Radio 390's Paul Beresford.
More than 54,000 people visited the Hall of Fame during 2002. Thank you very much for your help and support over the past year. I wish you and yours a very happy 2003."