(May 2003 is here...)
|BFBS (British Forces' Broadcasting Service) Strikes Silver in New York!|
Following our report earlier
this month (here) of BFBS's nominations in the prestigious
2003 New York Radio Festival, all three nominees have come through with
Neil Carter Breakfast
picked up the bronze award in the Best Music/Personality Show category.
(Neil is shown above with a fan!)
Pictures courtesy of BFBS. More on BFBS's broadcasts and activities are at www.bfbs.com
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new fight for freedom
The original BBC News item here, with links to sites about the disease.
Left: With Mary, enjoying last year's 35th Anniversary Offshore
Reunion. (Photo: Pauline Miller) Other photos here.
OK, there you are, going home in your Transit van after a day at work. You turn on your radio, and there he is. 5 o'clock on the dot, JW takes to the air again.
Now he's not like any other DJ. I've listened to him for over thirty years. Some days he's good, some not so good. But on Thursday there was something not quite right. You could tell, as you would with an old friend. You know something is wrong. Perhaps it was in the voice, or the timing. It was just not right.
You finish at 6.30, turn your radio off, go in, have tea, watch telly, then read the next day that JW is ill. JW can't get ill. He should be on the radio. He is the most naturally gifted broadcaster I have ever listened to he could have worked on Caroline North, he is that good!
So John, if you read this, know this. Up here in the cold north of England you are beloved. And if your past is any reflection on your future, I will turn on my Ford Transit radio, as do millions of others, and after a time forget just how good you are, because we take your excellence for granted.
You are in my prayers tonight. After all the pleasure you have given the whole country, it is the least I can do.
Warm and tender love, John the Paper Lad
PS When you get better, how about playing that record by Tommy Edwards (can't remember the title but you used to play it on Caroline). Or if you are ever up in the cold north of England I'll buy you a pint.
Mike Brand writes from Israel:
Last week, I went to visit the founder of the Voice Of Peace, in an old age home 'somewhere in Tel-Aviv'. Contrary to reports and rumours that Abie had died, I can tell you that he is very much alive.
His condition is not good, and he is confined to a wheelchair. His speech is a bit slurred, but his memory is still sharp, and remembers events that happened years ago.
Abie is now 76 years old, and I am sure that we all wish him a long life. If any of you who once knew him, want to pass any messages on to him, you may do it through my e-mail address email@example.com I don't promise any answers from him, but I will pass the message on to him the next time I see him.
Groningen: Capital of Offshore Radio!
Hans Knot has contributed his personal RNI memories for his long-time friend, Paul de Haan, at Marine Broadcasters. However, the article also tells us a great deal about their home town of Groningen, which many Anoraks will not have recognised as the 'capital city' of offshore radio. After reading Hans's article, readers will appreciate that Groningen has a very valid claim to the title! Hans also points out:
Since 1969 here in Groningen, some 20.000 pages with information have been filled on the subjects 'radio and the other media', whereby the main subject was offshore radio. Nowhere in the world so many books on this subject have been written about Marine Broadcasters.
The only disappointing thing about Hans's fascinating feature is
that there are no photos of him and Paul together, when they first met
as young lads. Probably lost in the mists of time...
Left, Hans poses with an appropriate sign at St Katharine's dock, London. Photo: Martin van der Ven
Your 'What's Happening' in August 2002 mentions the death of Kenny Page. Does anyone have any memories of Kenny that they can share? I was a listener of Kenny's when he was on Radio Tay, Dundee, and thought he was one of the best radio presenters I had ever heard.
OldiesForum was created and is offered as a communication tool to be used by and to the benefit of music collectors world-wide. It is left up to its users to determine the content. Any suggestion to improve or expand the site, within the limits of its original purpose, is welcome.
Mickie ignored musical critics when he produced 'House of the Rising Sun' for the Animals. This was the era of the 'three-minutes-might-be-a-bit-on-the-long-side' pop single, and HOTRS was perceived to be an instant commercial flop because of its length of 4 mins 23 secs. But Mickie Most's production of the traditional song stormed to the top of the charts in 1964. The version released in US was edited down to 2 minutes 58 seconds, presumably because anything longer would not have fitted the US radio format of the time.Suzi's show can be heard via the BBC Radio Two website. (Go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio/. Click on 'Launch BBC Radio Player', click on 'Radio 2' and select 'Rockin' with Suzie Q'. You'll need RealAudio already installed on your computer.)
The release of the new Colin and Rod album originally scheduled for April, has been delayed, but Andy reveals that it will contain a reworking of Colin's beautiful, 'I Don't Believe In Miracles'. The band, (Colin, Rod, Jim Rodford, Keith Airey and Steve Rodford) has been performing the current tour accompanied by a string quartet. The strings naturally enhance songs like 'Say You Don't Mind' which prominently featured a cello on the original recording. The group continues to play UK dates in June and in August, the busy guys will commence a Stateside tour in Chicago. On his return, Colin is once again planning to guest with The Manfreds' Maximum R 'n' B Tour in the autumn.When Colin and Rod Argent were invited by the Classic Rock Society to present the society's annual awards in December 2002, they were unaware that they were to be honoured by a Lifetime Achievement Award of their own. And extremely well-deserved it is too!
I am looking forward to meeting Kenny and doing the show and he actually let me pick the music, which I thought was very kind of him. I met with Lorne King last Saturday and he asked me to pass on his best wishes to you both. I give him copies of all the news from your website which he really enjoys reading. Thank you so much for all your in depth reporting on one of the great loves of our life, Pirate Radio.
Geronimo was only on air in 1970 and was a kind of non-stop 'Perfumed Garden'. As well as the website, I sort of keep the spirit of Geronimo going through the programmes I make for Dutch Caroline and Laser Radio. The programme has been likened to John Peel's Radio London programme - one kind soul called my programme 'the perfumed windowbox'. I've obviously got some gardening to do! I was only 12 and living in Peterborough when Big L closed down but I remember it as though it were yesterday - a very sad afternoon. I may have been young but I knew we had just lost something more than just a radio station.
In Issue #17 of The Radio Wave, editor Ian MacRae has found new evidence that the world's first DJ was a woman! He also reproduces a chilling true story of what happened when a disaster occurred in North Dakota. The town's alarm system failed and there was no genuine local radio station run by real DJs to warn the populace of what was going on. All the stations were on automatic playout systems.To enjoy these stories in full (and much more) subscribe to the newsletter by sending a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The site contains far too much to list here, but covers Philadelphia's underground scene in the 60's and 70's and Philly's Soul and Jazz Artists. It features artists like Bill Haley, Bill Doggett, Grover Washington Jr., Eddie Holman and the Soul Survivors with venues such as the Electric Factory, the Trauma, the 2nd Fret, East Side Club and Sigma Sound studio.Celebrity interviews are also featured and next month, George plans to add an interview with Billy (Me and Mrs. Jones) Paul.
Open wide and say "Aaaaarrr!"
Radio London is shivering its timbers over a forthcoming seavent
which is guaranteed to appeal to all lubbers (land or otherwise) of
watery wireless. Mark a giant 'AAAAARRR!'
on your calendar for September 19th in red felt-tip quill, because that
be the date of International Talk Like A Pirate
Right: The latest in pirate accessories: a portable shark
that doubles as a water-pistol
Whilst some of us have only ever played at being pirates, our friends
in radio circles include many genuine 'Wets' who brought us the music
we loved from sea-based radio stations sited on forts and ships. Although
situated in International waters, the offshore jocks, engineers and
crews had the 'pirate' label cast upon them so frequently by the media
that the image stuck like a barnacle on a blue whale's bum (i.e. avast
With that sort of sea cred, all of 'em should know the ropes* about completing Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy's TOTLAPP The Official Talk Like a Pirate Personality Inventory. We eagerly await the arrival of the carrier pigeons with the results.
With a website devoted to radio stations run by seaweed-encrusted scallywags, the Radio London webmasters feel we should offer our strongest support for this amazing venture. We are launching their own branch of the piratical vernacular movement especially for Watery Wireless enthusiasts. Pirate Anoraks Revere Real Offshore Terminology (PARROT). This will assist participants in adding to their basic pairate vocabulary such well-loved phrases as, 'The station with the very loose anchor', 'Oops, sorry, the tender's just banged into the side', 'AAAAAGH! (As opposed to "AAAAARRR!") I've just spilt a cup of Camp Coffee in my lap' and 'Excuse me, I have to throw up.' September 19th will not only be ITLAPD but PARROT day (a deceased Norwegian Blue, naturally. We strongly encourage every offshore lubber to participate and welcome suggestions for additions to the PARROT dictionary.Whilst the Webmasters appreciate that British Offshore radio is not a hugely familiar subject to the average US citizen, we do feel that the award of Honorary Anorak should rightly be bestowed on Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy in the ITLAPD HQ across the briny, for their services to piracy. All we have to do now is explain the meaning of 'Anorak' to them.
Bridget Mcdougall writes from Toronto
I saw on your site the letter from a lady asking for info about Camp Coffee memorabilia. I have a really cute coffee mug bearing the Camp Coffee logo (kilted officer and Indian batman). On the bottom of this mug is stamped into the china, porcelain, clay, or whatever it's made of, "Made in Ireland". Also, printed on the bottom of the mug is "sari fabrics" and a small picture of a female wearing a long, seemingly ornate, dress and with her arms stretched out by her sides.
I've not been able to find out what or who is "sari fabrics" and/or where they might be located if they still exist. If you have any info for me, I would very much appreciate it. It was interesting to read your articles. You write just as you might talk to someone, humorous and friendly.
Bridget, Toronto, Canada.
Our friend Tanya Baugus has alerted us to a site in New Zealand which features a new challenger to the crown of Margarita Pracatan, called Wing. For those unfamiliar with Margarita, she was made popular by appearances on Clive James's TV chat show. This was partly because of her outrageous clothes and personality but mainly because of Margarita's total refusal to allow her complete lack of musical talent to stand in her way. She became a huge hit with the gay community and performed sell-out tours.Having visited Wing's site and listened to a few samples of her recordings, we feel someone should arrange a 'singing dual' between Wing and Margarita! It would be a closely-fought contest.
This month we add some photographs from the original Radio Caroline ship, taken by one of the crew members, more audio and pictures and, from 'stately Wayne Manor', we hear from Swinging Radio England's Bruce Wayne. So far it is only a brief message but he has promised to write again and let us know what he has been up since we last heard him on the air in November 1966.
BFBS Radio's General Manager, Marc Tyley, has announced three BFBS nominations in the prestigious 2003 New York Radio Festival.
Neil Carter Breakfast - Best Music/Personality Show
Hatch and Duffus - Best Comedy/Humour - Network Syndicated
BFBS Radio 1 Imaging - Best Station ID
Read the rest of this communication and sign John's petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
I am the founder of Radiopoly.Com and also the writer of all the information on Radiopoly.Org which details the fledgling independent webcasting industry's struggle against the deep pocketed RIAA and its not so secret desire to monopolize Internet music distribution.
PLEASE before you denounce us as some pirate organization looking for a free ride on the back of the artist community, you must understand that a webcasting industry where only AOL, Yahoo!, MSN and maybe a few other companies can afford to pay performance royalties will be nothing more than an Internet carbon copy of the corporately controlled, innovation starved, creatively nonexistent, passionless wasteland that is today's terrestrial radio industry. That's not what you really want, is it?