Roman Antiquities 2

Mark Roman has kindly donated to Radio London his archive of memorabilia, collected during his days aboard the Galaxy and his subsequent broadcasting career.

A 1966 appearance at Club Continental, Eastbourne.
The popular club, managed by Des Burleton (d 2008) was according to the Eastbourne Herald, "definitely the place to see and be seen in the Sixties". Unfortunately, no information has come to light as to the identity of the guest artists.

For only 10/- (fifty pence) members of Hitchin Young Conservatives got a live band and a Big L DJ, but they did have to wear lounge suits.

Reveille was a tabloid newspaper belonging to the Mirror group, which then evolved into a magazine, known for its glamour pin-ups. The magazine often carried pop posters and it had offshore radio connections from the outset. The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame has a 1964 programme schedule from the short-lived Radio Atlanta from Reveille and a Bunny Lewis Disc Page feature about the station. The paper sponsored prerecorded Reveille Sound-Off shows, presented by Pete Brady after he had left the Galaxy and later Ray Roberts. Reveille Sound-Off programmes also aired on Caroline North and South.

See Mini-memories page 12, for a Radio Atlanta poster.

(Below) A close-up of the unsigned cartoon at the top of the poster.

A disparaging Daily Mirror feature about the London School of Broadcasting, which advertised regularly on Radio London. Its author, Christopher Ward, comes across as a real old fogey. He was, however, aged only 25 and was younger than many of the offshore DJs he despised, including the school's Director of Studies and tutor Mark Roman.

Ward regarded old-school DJs Alan Freeman, Pete Murray and "reformed pirate" Simon Dee as "Respectable" (italicising the word for emphasis) apparently for no other reason than that the trio worked for the BBC! If Dee was to be labelled a reformed pirate, Freeman and Murray were 'reformed Luxembourgers'. In retrospect, it's just as well that Ward made no mention of a certain 'respectable' BBC jock with the initials JS. How the columnist knew that his three aforementioned BBC jocks were disconcerted by the notion of a school for DJs, is unknown.

We have to wonder if, come the launch of Radio One only three months later, the offshore talent joining the Beeb suddenly gained Ward's unfathomable seal of 'respectability'.

Click on the feature for a legible version

All other photos and memorabilia courtesy of Mark Roman

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