Round-up for September and October 2002
(August's is here...)
OTWAY COMES HOME TO THE MARKET SQUARE
Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio is currently running a fund-raising RSL in Aylesbury. (Tune to 1575 am)
On November 2nd and 3rd, Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio staged a telephone auction. A £50 bid secured a pair of tickets to the Homecoming gig at Aylesbury Civic Centre, donated by local hero John Otway, plus a couple of copies of his upcoming Greatest Hits CD.
A huge array of donated items included a gold disc of the Pet Shop Boys' album 'Please', framed, autographed photos of Tom Jones, Chris Tarrant, Kylie and Chris Eubank and a Terry Wogan sweatshirt! There's also a silver disc of the Bee Gees film sound track album 'Saturday Night Fever' that's the film containing a track called 'Disco Inferno' which we suspect will be extremely familiar to Otway fans!The station phone number is: 01296 331575
Paul and Mark's previous update was a comprehensive feature on the fort-based
stations. It includes fascinating information and photos of the marine forts
and their construction, their wartime history and their new roles as radio
stations. It is most amusing to read the 'company memo' from Dorothy Calvert
to Radio City PD Tom Edwards, with his instructions as to what was and was
not musically acceptable to be aired the station!
Bob Le-Roi has added Part 2 of Radio Sutch and City in Pictures, to his Scrapbook section, and there's also a collection of Ross Revenge photos and audio clips.
Jonathan has more Radio City info on the The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame, having received contributions from Paul Elvey and Phil Jay. There is also a great story from a lucky Big L listener who won a competition prize of a trip out to the Galaxy.
Look Boden has also updated his Radio 227 site.
Norm's in the UK, Tony's in Oz!
Norman St John, who trod the decks
of both the Mi Amigo and the Galaxy, was in London for
a flying visit from Australia early in September, but was kind enough
to find the time to treat the Radio London Webmasters to a meal.
Following the Real Tony, it's The Real Arnold!Following Channel 4's TV documentary, 'The Real Tony Blackburn', the Offshore Echoes Offshore Themes site is proud to have unmasked 'The Real Arnold'! Their canine spokesperson told the Radio London website:
"Many people will remember Tony Blackburn's dog Arnold,
who barked during the quieter parts of Tony's theme tune 'Beefeaters'
by Johnny Dankworth. It was always assumed that Arnold originated from
an obscure sound effects LP, or perhaps from PAMS mythical series K9
Thanks to Chris Cortez for the Arnold picture and 'How Much is that Doggie in the Window' track."
Sharon (Smith) and I missed you. We missed Victor Hartman as well. But we managed to produce another (live) episode of THE BARNACLES which was fun, and Sharon Elizabeth Smith and Mark (the chef from the Yeoman Rose) made their wireless debut (in their own right) on the SHARON E AND THE COOK show on Sunday night.
Despite there being no format whatsoever and freedom to play anything that could be considered Classic Rock (from 1950 - 2002) there were still rather a lot of nostalgic tracks floating around - like Smoke's "My Friend Jack", and Sharon played "Let's go to San Francisco".
A fun weekend. Plus the fact that the studio actually had decent kit that worked properly, the hot water now works on board (so do the showers!). We also had a decent (and very quiet) generator for the first time, and the ship was showing signs of being properly looked after, with even the brasses freshly polished!
But it would have been more fun if you'd been there too!
I've just read Hans Knot's September Report and was shocked to see that Peter Tait had passed away. I first met him at 'Communicate 88' in Blackpool. My old mate Carl Kingston did the introductions, and it transpired that Peter was 'Peter Clarke' on Caroline, when Carl did his stint there on the return in 1983. I met him several times after that, and he even voiced a couple of things for me at Viking, when I was in charge of the Com Prod studio.