Trevor Sewell

Live tonight in the Red Lion, Norton…


Roy Orbison

For Coca Cola…

Paul Simenon interview

May 1977, from John Hodgson’s extensive archive.

John has been adding to his archive reel to reel tapes from Larry Ottaway, a BBC Radio Cleveland DJ in  the late 70s early 80s.

A frequency meter…


Just a thing I have in my dining room.

Radio 270

Coastal View‘s enigmatic columnist Hollie Bush has followed up the two pieces on rock events on Teesside with an article about the offshore radio station Radio 270 which broadcast to North East England from the North Yorkshire coast from 1966 to ’67.

Here’s the link. Sorry Flash required.

Titanic – in her own words

There have been many TV and radio programmes concerning the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. This fascinating BBC World Service documentary uses voice synthesis to translate the Morse Code messages sent to and from the ship by Marconi wireless operators at sea and on land stations.

Channel 4 31-10-1984

I found this at the end of a VHS tape I’d recorded for school in 1984. It’s an entire commercial break, a continuity announcement plus the start of Channel 4 News on a day when an important international news event had taken place. More interesting than the preceding programme which I’d recorded on purpose.


John Peel’s Shed

An interesting and amusing half hour’s talk by John Osborne on Radio 4 this morning, it’s on iPlayer for the next 7 days.

Direct from a five-star, complete sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, comes John Osborne’s Radio 4 debut partly adapted from his acclaimed book Radio Head (Radio 4’s Book Of The Week).

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio One show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in the wireless.

A story about one man’s love for radio, how it allows you to escape into another world. Based on his book Radio Head, up and down the dial of British Radio, this is about what happened next: a show about the pleasure of having your own personal project. The story is about passion, obsession with music and about legacy; trying to do something special with such a rare, eclectic box of records.

Produced by John Pocock

Writer and performer John Osborne is based in Norwich. Experienced at performing poetry, storytelling and book readings. Performed across the UK since 2006. Member of poetry collective Aisle16.

Published work

‘Radio Head’, up and down the dial of British Radio. Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

‘The Newsagent’s Window’, adventures in a world of second hand cars and lost cats. ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, a travel book for the AA about British seaside towns, due for publication May 2013.

First full poetry collection with Nasty Little Press, due for publication November 2012.

Radio Geronimo – Monte Carlo & Bust

Radio Caroline in the ’70s

Hans Knot’s website features Andy Archer’s account of his time on board the Mi Amigo between 1972 and 1974. It is quite an amusing read. The Johnny Jason he refers to is the same John Jason who is now a BBC World Service newsreader.

Pot Eight Toes

From a BBC Radio Merseyside phone-in quiz Hold Your Plums.

Keith Moon Radio Sketches

From BBC Radio 1’s Top Gear in 1973,

John Peel, the long time host of the BBC radio programme Top Gear was set to leave for his summer break in 1973. As his replacement, producer John Walters invited Keith Moon to take over, scripting skits for Keith to act out between songs and recording them on weekday mornings when Keith was most likely to be sober enough to work.

0:00 Life With the Moons
1:43 Life With the Moons II
2:29 University Challenge
2:59 Poetry Cornered

Recorded early summer 1973 at the BBC.

Thanks to Dimmer for emailing me this link.

Radio 390

The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame’s August update includes some excellent photos from Graham Gill‘s collection taken during his time working for Radio 390 on the Red Sands fort.

We Love The Pirate Stations

Was the band that recorded this,The Roaring 60s, an early incarnation of Family called The Roaring Sixties? It could be, but I’m sure I’ve read elsewhere it was actually The Ivy League. The Beach Boys style harmonies suggest the latter to me, (Update, the close up of the label at about 2 minutes confirms my thoughts)…

The Weekend Starts Here

Sad to learn of the death a couple of weeks ago of Keith Fordyce