The late John
Bennett aka 'Sloopy John B' bought an item from the Fredericia
after a 34-year wait!
It's incredible, massive and well lovverly!!!!! Guess what I found
on eBay? An actual piece from the MV Fredericia, home of Radio Caroline
The item is part of the Caroline North Advert Log, from March
1965. When a jock plays a commercial, as per the Ad Log, it's usual to scribble
one's name or initial next to it to say it's been transmitted. The station
keeps a copy just in case an advertiser tries to claim that the commercial
was not transmitted and so forth.
The log I have purchased says "panel operator", which is misleading in the first instance. Initially, Caroline operated on the BBC principle, which was to have a panel operator firing-in disc and jingles, commercials and effects, along with opening and closing the mikes.
When Caroline's first US and Canadian jocks arrived, later in 1964, they said, "Why the hell are you doing it this way?" They explained that in the north Americas a jock was totally "self-op", and fired commercials, jingles, FX, mics and everything him or herself. This was a revolution, at the time. Self-Op means one is in total control, and can mould and 'feel' the show.
(Click on the picture to see a much larger version)
In all my years in radio, I have never ever had to work with
a panel-op. Self-operation means that one has to have four arms and hands,
but it is the best way to work.
The signatures on this Ad Log will, in light of the aforementioned, be that of the DJs rather than Panel Operatives, so it's quite a valuable document.
Yes, I know I'm silly, stupid and the world's worst Radio Anorak, but, wow!
Having filled in thousands of the things over the years - I wonder if - sometime in the future; someone will be selling an Ad Log that I have signed? Of course, they will say, "Who the hell is John Bennett?"
Thanks for letting me share this with you.
Very sadly, John passed away in September 2014.