Radio Report July
Sad Losses to Broadcasting
Mack 1934 - 2004
Radio Scotland's Jimmy Mack passed
away on July 3rd. Tony Currie's personal
tribute is here.
Radio Clyde's obituary is here.
Allan 1949 - 2004
Tony passed away on July 9th. As his
career began on 242, it seems appropriate that his tributes
should be amongst the Radio Scotland pages.
Their friend aboard Radio Scotland's Comet, Ben Healy, writes:
I was saddened by the deaths of both my former colleagues Tony Allen
and Jimmy Mack. As you know they phoned me when I appeared on Kenny
Tosh's show on City Beat, last July. I will treasure that recording,
as it was the last time I talked to them. We have exchanged e-mails
quite a few times since then, but it's not the same as talking to them.
I was also able to speak to both of them for quite some time off the
air. I had a real affection for Tony and Jimmy and I had the
opportunity to tell them so again last July.
Jimmy received the MBE from the Queen for his wonderful work with
charities throughout Scotland. Tony should have received an award for
the way he fought the cancer for the past three years.
The world is not the same today but it was a much better place with
them in it. I will miss them dearly and they will always be in my thoughts
Not surprisingly, much of Hans
Knot's newsletter is dedicated to memories of Tony Allan. Hans has included
a personal tribute, beside those of Mike Brand, Robb
Eden and Andy Archer. (To sign up for the
free emailed newsletter, contact Hans at firstname.lastname@example.org)
David A Sp(knee)dy Recovery
The Knees Club's most famous member, David Bowie,
has undergone emergency surgery for a blocked artery. David, who was forced to
cancel many dates of his 62-day European tour, had the operation in Germany. He
is now convalescing in his New York apartment with his wife Iman and daughter
Alexandria. The Knees Club Founder and Officials send their best wishes
to David for a sp(knee)dy recovery.
On Saturday, 10th July. BBC digital station 6 Music
devoted an entire day to Knees Club member 127 and his recordings.
In case David should have failed to mention the most significant event in his
career to date his signing-up for the KC at the Target Club, High Wycombe,
in 1966, the full story is covered here.
Talking of a career climax.... Following his 'sacking' and 'reinstatement'
by Classic Gold Digital for playing Cliff Richard singles, BBC Radio Two's comedy
programme 'It's Been A Bad Week', starring Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt, gave Tony
Blackburn its highest accolade: 'The Worst Week of the Week Award, awarded
weekly on a week-by-week basis." Well done Tony we think!
The bench is engraved with the title of Darrell's
best-known recording, 'Open the Door to Your Heart'
Detroit soul singer Darrell Banks died
in 1970, but his grave has remained hard to find and unmarked ever since.
Now fans of Darrell, who gained recognition in the UK via Northern Soul
circles, have raised the money for a memorial bench to be placed at the
unsung musical hero's gravesite.
The Darrell Banks Memorial is to be officially unveiled on Saturday
17th July. The money donated to the project came from members of the www.soulfuldetroit.com
Carl Dixon says:
"Whether musicians, artists or producers, I know many in the
business today will be touched by this. Within Northern Soul circles there
is recognition for those efforts by many, many years ago. However, initiatives
like this are surely going to help keep the flame burning for the creative
period that came from the US in the 60's, which we so much enjoy."
More info here.
for Summer RSL from the Ross
Bill Barnes, Webmaster for Radio
Caroline Sales and Horizon
Magazine (both at the same site, Radio Caroline Sales) tells us that
Ofcom has now assigned a frequency of 1278kHz AM for the requested dates of 7th
August to 3rd September, for this year's Caroline
RSL from the Ross Revenge in Tilbury. A great deal of help and
effort is needed to help the whole Caroline crew prepare the ship, get her moved
and ready and finally carry this broadcast through.
Anyone who can assist should contact the website as soon as possible.
Bob le Roi's
bumper July Scrapbook
update includes the long-awaited Red Sands Part 2 with recent pictures taken inside
the Bofors Tower. The photos illustrate the sadly dilapidated state of the structures,
but there's also good news about the Seatribe Project, an organisation which aims
to preserve the Red Sands Fort.
Hugo Miller, whose company Arun Coaches sponsored
the Keith Skues Show during Big L '97, has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph. Christopher
Booker's Notebook includes Hugo's story of his fight against EU regulations
concerning 'speed limiters'.
to Radio Pioneer
Ian MacRae 's on-line newsletter The
Radio Wave, #29 relates, as usual, some of the wackier tales from the
wonderful world of radio. Ian also pays tribute to to Loyd
Sigmon, the man who invented the initial technology for traffic reports
on radio, who has died at the age of 95 from ParkinsonÕs disease. Loyd invented
a system to allow Los Angeles police to issue emergency warnings and traffic information
to radio stations in 1955, when he was an executive at KMPC. Early bulletins included
five warnings of rabid dogs and a ship collision in Los Angeles Harbour.
All for Peace
Mike Brand from Israel writes:
I am starting the English service of a new Israeli/Palestinian radio station
"All for Peace". At the moment, broadcasts are only through the Internet,
but we hope to be broadcasting on FM soon. We hope to reach the Central part
of Israel, and the Palestinian Authority area.
This station has NO connection to the former Voice of Peace, but sees
itself as a successor to the former offshore station. Programmes on the VOP
were in English and Hebrew only (mainly English), whereas AFP will broadcast
in all three languages (Hebrew, English and Arabic). All shows are currently
taped, but live programmes are planned for the future.
You can listen to AFP at the following address : www.allforpeace.org.
The site is under construction at present, but you can listen to the station
through its Real Audio stream.
beamed from a 'Flaming Star'!
US satellite radio company Sirius
is launching Elvis Radio to coincide with
the US 4th July Independence Day holiday weekend, when thousands of fans
are due in Memphis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the King's recording
of 'That's All Right'. Elvis Radio, which will broadcast non-stop Elvis
recordings, will premiere via a live OB from Memphis. Sirius is partnered
with Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), the company which handles the Presley
Sirius receivers will be sold in the gift shops of Elvis's Graceland
home (right) and from the official website Elvis.com
The station will be heard via the Graceland PA system and will be
available in every guest room at Memphis' Heartbreak Hotel.
Ironically, it is Sirius's rival satellite broadcaster, XM
Radio, which transmits from two satellites called 'Rock' and 'Roll'!
Gold on 1008
Congratulations to all at the popular Dutch commercial station Radio
10 Gold, on their July 1st national relaunch on 1008kHz, AM. A recording
of the opening can be downloaded via the link below.
Thank you to Mike Terry for forwarding a link to a feature
by Andy Sennit. No further comment is necessary.If
you are outside the 1008 reception area, you can listen to the station via the
net. Go to www.radio10.nl
and click on "LUISTER LIVE" on the left. The quality is great!
A name you will hear mentioned during the Radio 10 Gold opening, is that
of IMIB CEO Paul Rusling, who was receiving the broadcast
clearly on medium wave in the Isle of Man.
IMIBC has been receiving good publicity for its fund-raising for its proposed
national and international commercial radio station. A Guardian item dated June
17th, named Fab Forty fave Gene Pitney as one of
the backers, and on June 29th, the Financial Times included a feature.
The FT rarely carries radio stories, mainly as they don't usually do anything
on unquoted companies they just concentrate on FTSE 100 and occasionally
FTSE 300 companies, with a sprinkling of AIM general coverage from time-to-time.
We are delighted, therefore, to get the piece in the FT today not only
that but on page 4, the news section.
back in town!
has kindly supplied this photo taken on
June 30th, during a visit to Ireland from Canada by ex-Radio City and
242 DJ, Ben Healy. Kenny (wearing the
checked shirt) explains that the location is Ballywalter, on the Co.
Down coast, where Radio Scotland's ship, Comet, dropped anchor
at Easter '67. The photo shows where the tender used to come ashore.
Fredericia's epic journey
To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the start of Radio Caroline
North, The Pirate Radio
Hall of Fame celebrates the epic long distance broadcast which marked its
launch. Also in the update, David Sinclair shares
the first pages of his photograph album this month, pictures from his time
on Radio Essex; and there are more archive recordings, this time mainly from Radio
£5 I ever spent!
who runs Pirate Alley UK, writes:
My hits last week went thru the roof following the posting of a selection
of the 100 or so pics I took on board the Communicator. I am fortunate
that I live only five miles from Lowestoft so see the vessel nearly every
week but it was great to finally get the chance to go on board. Dave Miller
took us around personally and then allowed us basically to have the run of
the ship. Best £5 I ever spent!
Also good to meet up with old friend Keith Travis
again. He trained me when I was a member of Hospital Radio Yare before leaving
to work on Amber, and then North Norfolk Radio with Messers Archer
and Ahearn. Like Archer, he is currently resting
away from radio.
Pirate Alley UK address: www.thunderbaynet.com/pirate
Hall of Fame in New York City
John Schneider of radiopoly.com
I've been working closely with Rich Garboski, founder of the National Technology
Hall of Fame for several months now. We've produced demos for the upcoming Tech
Hall of Fame Radio show, which, if all goes well, will launch from New York
City this fall. It will be a weekly show, hopefully to be syndicated across
the country on traditional radio, as well as on the Internet. The Tech Hall
will also be located in NYC.
Rich is scouting locations for both the show and the Hall itself in Times
Square and has two serious contenders. He will be the radio show's host, and
I will be his associate producer/promo voice/sidekick/gopher.
Rich has very kindly given me "headline status" on the home page of the Tech
Hall website, as well as a bio page that includes a link to my voiceover demo.
Alan Hardy reports that Brian
Wilson's 'Smile' album is due for release on September 27th. It's
newly-recorded, with the touring band which accompanied him at the Royal
Festival Hall performances earlier in the year. (See
Meanwhile, to promote his new solo album, Brian will be doing a public
signing of the new CD at HMV Oxford Street on July 29th. Well-known for
his reclusiveness, this is an event which his fans never thought they
Also during the first week of July, Brian and his wife will be interviewed
on the Larry King show on CNN TV. It will run for a full hour apparently
the longest interview he has ever undertaken.
And talking of Brian Wilson fans... Mega-fan Roger
'Twiggy' Day has sent a report on his latest programme schedule:
The bad news is I have some spare time on my hands
during the next month or so. That means it's either do jobs around the house
and garden or lead you astray on Radio Caroline. So I shall be on Tuesdays
& Thursdays 10.00-14.00 BST. As usual your participation would be very welcome,
and as usual let me know any songs you want to hear.
For my friends in the West Midlands, it looks like
the Saturday gig from 9.00-12.00 on Saga is regular, so give it a whirl on
105.7. I am not quite so disgraceful there, but I think you might enjoy it.
No news at the moment on any BBC Kent or Essex programmes,
but I'll keep you informed.
It has also occurred to me that, thanks to the Internet
and various modern gadgets, some loyal twiglets may be hearing the same comments
and funny bits three or four times. For that, you have my sympathy.