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American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS)
1976 Summer, Wolfman Jack, .mp3 56-1/2 mins.
American Forces Network (AFN)
1970, AFN Europe Station ID, .mp3 9 secs.
1970 Tuesday 14th July, AFN Frankfurt, Germany, .mp3 64 mins.
Part of the afternoon “Off The Record” show with Steve Ingel on AM 872kcs. Some local interference from time to time as this was recorded from a car radio on the German Autobahn. AFN Frankfurt’s MW transmitter was located at Weißkirchen, Oberursel, Germany and broadcast from May 1951 until May 2013. It was AFN Europe’s most powerful AM transmitter: 150 KW.. More information about AFN. And here’s a video about AFN Europe’s history.
1970 Friday 17th July, AFN Munich, Germany, 1106kcs., .mp3 37 mins.
Includes parts of the “Lunchin’n Munchen” and “Bouncing in Bavaria” shows.
1971 November/December, AFVN Vietnam Network, Saigon., .mp3 3 mins.
Edited extracts. The Vietnam war occurred from 1955 until the fall of Saigon in April 1975. From 1962 until 1975 AFVN network broadcast from Saigon (AM 540Kcs 50kW and FM 99.9MHz 100kW.) with additional lower power transmitters in Hue, Pleiku, Da Nang and Nha Trang. After the takeover by North Vietnam, Saigon’s name was changed and the communist regime, having “inherited” AFVN’s 100kW FM transmitter (according to WRTVH 1976) changed its name to the “Time And Music Station of Ho Chi Min City”.
1974 Sunday 1st December, AFN Berlin, Germany, .mp3 23 mins.
Part of the Wolfman Jack show.
Atlantic Oldies 2NG
2009, Pirate Special, .mp3 120 mins.
This entertaining and informative show, produced, written and narrated by Bill Rollins for Internet radio station Atlantic Oldies 2NG, traces how U.K. music radio evolved starting with Radio Normandy and Radio Luxembourg in the 1930’s and focuses on the offshore pirate stations of the 1960’s. Includes many jingles and records made into hits by pirate radio as well as the voices of Radio Caroline’s Ronan O’Rahilly, Philip Birch of Radio London, and DJs Roy Plomley, Barry Alldis, Simon Dee, Tony Windsor, Paul Kaye, Keith Skues, Dave Cash and “Screaming” Lord Sutch.
BBC archive recordings and documents have been moved to this page.
Capital Radio, London
1973 Tuesday 25th December, .mp3 124 mins. 95.8 FM, Kenny Everett and Dave Cash Christmas morning show. Starts 07.00 hrs.
1974 Saturday 19th January, .mp3 96 mins. 95.8 FM, Roger Scott “Cruising” oldies show (part) featuring music from 1950’s TV shows “6-5 Special” and “Drumbeat” and Elvis Presley LP “A Legendary Performer”. Also includes last part of Capital Countdown show with Tommy Vance and news with Robin Houston. Starts 11.55 hrs.
1974 Wednesday 26th June, .mp3 111-1/2 mins. 95.8 FM Stereo, Kenny Everett early morning show. Starts 06.27 hrs.
1974 Monday 1st July, .mp3 129 mins. 95.8 FM Stereo, Nicky Horne’s evening programme “Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It” followed by the first 20 minutes of the “Open Line” call-in programme with Alan Brian talking with London taxi drivers. This aircheck starts at 18.45 hrs.
1939-1946, .mp3 100 mins., Edward R. Murrow – A Reporter Remembers The War Years
Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) was an American broadcast journalist for CBS who became well known thanks to a series of radio news broadcasts he made from the UK during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the USA. He was known for his honesty and integrity in delivering the news. He was later a pioneer of TV news and broadcast a series of reports that led to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
These recordings of Edward R. Murrow are from a collection of more than a thousand he made while based in Britain, relayed by short-wave for broadcast to US listeners. Here is a list of the recordings’ dates and subjects provided here:
24th Feb 1946 “A Reporter Remembers” (part of a BBC broadcast to the British people.)
31st Aug 1939 Children evacuated from London.
3rd Sept 1939 Britain declares war.
4th Sept 1939 First air raids.
27th Nov 1939 Air raid warning system.
9th Apr 1940 Debate in parliament.
8th May 1940 Chamberlain asked to resign.
10th May 1940 Dunkirk.
4th June 1940 Churchill talks about Dunkirk.
24th Aug 1940 Trafalgar Square air raid.
25th Aug 1940 Reactions to bombings.
22nd Sep 1940 On rooftop during air raid.
29th Sep 1940 Visit to West Somerset.
2nd Dec 1940 Courage of the British.
24th Dec 1940 Christmas.
9th Mar 1941 Spring in England.
7th Nov 1942 African campaign.
24th Dec 1942 Yanks at Christmas.
3rd Dec 1943 Berlin raid.
6th June 1944 D-Day.
17th Sep 1944 Arnhem drop.
April 1945 Return to Germany.
15th Apr 1945 Buchenwald.
8th May 1945 Picadilly – VE Day.
24th Feb 1946 “A Reporter Remembers” (part of a BBC broadcast to the British people.)
KSFO San Francisco CA, USA
19th May 1972, .mp3 33 mins. part of morning show with Dan Sorkin.
Although KSFO now has an all talk format, back in the 60’s and 70’s it was one of San Francisco’s leading radio stations with a middle of the road music format and the slogan: “The World’s Greatest Radio Station – especially in San Francisco”. More about KSFO here.
1973 Monday 8th October, .mp3 110 mins. 97.3 FM, Opening programme, Starts 06.00 hrs.. LBC, known at the time as “London Broadcasting Company”, was the UK mainland’s very first licensed commercial radio station. The first voice on the air was David Jessel and the first news bulletin was read by Australian-expatriate newsreader Ken Guy.
Manx Radio / Radio Vannin
1971 May, Manx Radio’s programme schedule.
This detailed programme plan was prepared by CIB member John Rosborough, who also took the trouble of making recordings of Manx Radio in May 1971 from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1975 John joined commercial Downtown Radio where he has worked for more than 40 years.
1973 January, Manx Radio’s rate card for advertisers.
2014, .mp3 7 mins., Manx Radio’s first General Manager John Grierson at 50th anniversary celebration in 2014, interviewed by broadcaster, Paul Moulton and by radio presenter and executive, David Lloyd.
Contrary to popular belief that licensed commercial radio in Britain started with LBC in 1973, in fact it actually began nearly 10 years earlier with Manx Radio in June 1964 in a caravan on the Isle of Man with the opening announcement by Lieutenant Governor, Sir Ronald Garvey, who’d been part of the long battle to open the station and had previous experience of setting up a local radio station in his time as Governor of Fiji.
Richard L. Meyer, who was the step-father of John Grierson and the telecoms company Pye, originally owned the radio station which was later sold to the Manx Government. Meyer had considerable experience of commercial radio and TV having been manager for Leonard Plugge’s International Broadcasting Company (IBC) in the 1930s, which was responsible for English language commercial radio broadcasts from Radio Normandy, Radio Luxembourg as well as LM Radio based in Maputo, Mozambique. During World War II he was appointed by the War Office to head Forces Broadcasting Middle East from Cairo and in the 1950s was one of the first directors of UK commercial TV operator Associated Television (ATV).
2014 Saturday, 29th March, .mp3 107-1/2 mins.
Memories of Radio Caroline on its 50th anniversary with Chris Williams.
1964 May, .mp3 12 mins. Part of evening show.
Radio Atlanta was an offshore station that operated on 1493 kHz (201 metres) from the mv. Mi Amigo off the coast of Frinton, Essex from 12th May 1964 to 2nd July 1964, after which it became Radio Caroline South. More about Radio Atlanta, Johnny Jackson and Bob Scott.
1965 Saturday 11th December, .mp3 2-3/4 mins.
DJ Keith Skues signing off for the last time “live” together with Flying Officer Dingleweed J. just before finally leaving the MV. Mi Amigo, Radio Caroline South.
1967 March, .mp3 2 mins.
short extract from Caroline South includes the voices of Tom Lodge, Keith Hampshire and Carl Conway as well as a promotion for the “Mood Cool” record produced by Consulate cigarettes (Rothmans of Pall Mall).
1967 Monday 28th August, .mp3 44 mins.
The “Admiral” Robbie Dale followed by Johnnie Walker on Caroline South, known at this time as Radio Caroline International due to the Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Act having taken effect some 2 weeks earlier.
1970 Saturday 13th June, .mp3 332 mins.
More than 2 years after her disappearance from the airwaves on 3rd March 1968, Radio Caroline returns on 13th June 1970, a few days before the 1970 General Election, for the purpose of promoting the introduction of licensed commercial radio in the UK, which had been promised by the Conservative Party in its election manifesto. From 13th to 20th June 1970 Radio Caroline used the transmitters of Radio Nordsee International (RNI) on MV Mebo II. Here are the details of the five recordings made on 13th June 1970 included here:
Part 1. FM 100MHz 00.46-03.00 hrs., Carl Mitchell, 136-1/2 mins.
Part 2. FM 100MHz 05.36-06.10 hrs., Roger Day, 34-1/2 mins.
Part 3. MW 244m 06.12-06.33 hrs., Roger Day, 22 mins.
Part 4. MW 244m 06.35-08.26 hrs., Roger Day, 111 mins.
Part 5. FM 100MHz 08.26-08.54 hrs., Roger Day, 28 mins.
1973, .mp3 47 mins. “Radio Caroline Story”.
This 33-1/3 rpm record is a documentary tracing Radio Caroline’s start in 1964, its closure in March 1968 and its re-start in 1972. Included are the voices of Andy Archer, Alan Clarke, Lion Keezer, Johnnie Walker, Robbie Dale, Don Allen, jingles and programme extracts.
June 1970, 1111 Days At Sea .mp3 55 mins.
Radio Hauraki started life in December 1966 as a ship-born station broadcasting just outside New Zealand territorial waters to challenge the monopoly of the government’s New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. It ceased broadcasting from sea in June 1970 after successfully gaining a licence to broadcast on land. This recording is the final broadcast from sea, a documentary on Radio Haurali’s own history until that point. Radio Hauraki broadcasts today in New Zealand on FM and online. More about Radio Hauraki.
Radio Invicta (Land Pirate).
Radio Invicta was a land-based pirate radio station in London, England that broadcast from about 1970 to about 1984, usually on 92.4 FM. It was not only one of the first pirate stations on FM, it was probably the first U.K. radio station – licensed or unlicensed – dedicated entirely to Soul music, with its slogans “Soul over London” and “Europe’s first and only all soul station”.
1972, Mon. , 29th May, .mp3 65 mins. Includes an “exclusive” interview with Isaac Hayes.
1972, Mon. , 28th August, .mp3 96 mins.
Radio London – Big-L
1964 September, Big L – Radio London Jingles, .mp3 18 mins.
These jingles were produced by PAMS of Dallas, Texas, USA. They are taken from series 17, 18 and 26D and according to a written message from Jon Wolfert, were recorded for Radio London in September 1964.
1966?, Big L – Radio London Jingles, .mp3 6-1/2 mins.
Jingles from PAMS series 31.
1966 February, Interview with Big-L DJ Dave Dennis (Neil Spence), .mp3 12-1/2 mins.
In this interview by Graham Bunce, later to be BBC Engineer and Studio Manager,
Dave Dennis reveals his age, where he was born, how he got to work with Radio London, life and work on board the m.v. Galaxy, his opinion of DJ Tony Windsor (Tony Withers), as well as his own personal taste in music.
1966 Saturday, 24th September, .mp3 13-1/2 mins.
David Bowie interviewed at London’s Marquee Club for offshore pirate Radio London by Johnnie Moran in the sponsored Elida Show. Also interviewed in this programme are Episode Six, Julie Felix and Hedgehoppers Anonymous.
1966/1967, .mp3 12 mins.
“Juicy Fruit” Sponsored Show” with Lee Peters. Copy of studio master.
1966/1967, .mp3 6-1/2 mins.
“Colgate Cash Call” Sponsored Show” with Norman St. John. Copy of studio master.
1966 Tuesday, 12th April, .mp3 12 mins.
“Battle of the New Sound”” pilot air-check. This was recorded by Dave Cash for Radio London direct off-air. It was sent to Big-L’s salesman, Dennis Maitland, at their Curzon Street London office and was intended to attract new advertising clients for Big-L.
1966 Friday, 23rd September, .mp3 8 mins.
“Call In At Curries” Sponsored Show” with Mark Kelly. This was programme #2038. Copy of studio master.
1966 Friday, 30th December, .mp3 8 mins.
“Call In At Curries” Sponsored Show” with Mark Kelly. This was programme #2052. Copy of studio master.
1967 Sunday, 14th May, .mp3 24 mins.
Lucrative religious programmes were probably more popular with pirate radio operators than with their listeners. “Herald of Truth” from the “Highland Church of Christ” was a series transmitted by Radio London on Sundays and produced by Fidelity Film & Radio Productions, Abilene, Texas. This example, a copy of the studio master, is number 798.
1967 23rd July, Keith Skues’ history of Big L – Radio London, .mp3 31-1/2 mins.
This edited recording of Keith’s potted history of 266 Radio London omits the records and news bulletins but includes the station’s jingles, the Big-L “Sonowaltz” theme and other well known station promotions. If you prefer an unedited version of this Big L recording you can find one at azanorak.com.
1980, The Radio London Big-L Story, .mp3 63 mins.
This 1980 interview was made when Philip Birch was running Manchester commercial station, Piccadilly Radio. Radio London, broadcasting from M.V. Galaxy from December 1964 to August 1967, was one of the most popular UK radio stations at the time and certainly was financially the most successful offshore station. Philip Birch was Radio London’s Managing Director. But in the words of Gordon Sheppard, Big-L’s promotions manager:
“Philip Birch WAS Big L … The real financial brain, the controlling wizard that made it all work. … He put together that terrific team: Ben Toney, Alan Keen (Sales & Programme Controller), Eddie Blackwell and Dennis Maitland (Advertising Managers), Mike Stone (Press & Publicity). … In pirate offshore radio (1964-1967), Philip Birch stands taller than most. He put together that amazing team and has to have pride of place.”
This recording, edited and produced by Leon Tipler for AlphaSound, also includes many original Radio London jingles, its famous Big-L theme tune and the voices of Paul Kaye, Dave Cash, Kenny Everett, Mark Roman, and other Wonderful Radio London voices. Interviewer is Steve England.
1966, “Topical Tunes” .mp3 14 mins.
DJ is Barry Alldis. Some edits.
1974 31st October, “This Is How It All Began” .mp3 134 mins.
The English service of Radio Luxembourg tells the story of its own 40 year history in this programme, written & produced by Rodney Collins, compiled & edited by Alan Bailey and presented by ex Radio Caroline North DJ, Bob Stewart and ex Radio London and RNI DJ, Duncan Johnson. The English programmes of Radio Luxembourg started in 1933 and on 2nd July 1951 moved from long wave to its famous medium wave frequency of 208 metres (1439 kHz). English language programmes on 208 metres ended in December 1992. In this programme you will hear (in alphabetical order) the voices of Barry Alldis, Neal Arden, Tony Brandon, Bob Danvers Walker, Noel Edmonds, Geoffrey Everitt, Keith Fordyce, Alan Freeman, Hughie Green, Jack Jackson, David Jacobs, Kid Jensen, Teddy Johnson, Alan Keen, Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce), Charles Maxwell, Pete Murray, Ray Orchard, The Ovaltineys, Peter Powell, Tony Prince, Jimmy Savile, Mark Wesley, Jimmy Young and Muriel Young.
Click here for more about Radio Luxembourg English Service, the History of Radio Luxembourg and its English service, Presenters Pics, more Radio Luxembourg recordings.
Radio Nordsee International (RNI)
All RNI (Radio Nordsee International) archive recordings and documents have been moved to this page.
1967, Souvenir Album .mp3 30 mins.
This “Sound Memorial to Radio Scotland” was issued when the station closed in 1967 and includes the voices of Tommy Shields, Tony Allan, Stuart Henry, Jack McLaughlin and Tony Meehan. More about Radio Scotland here.
1972, Sat. 27th May, .mp3 64 mins. Last part of top 40 show followed by Veronica Tip Parade presented by Klaas Vaak.
1973, Tues. 10th July, .mp3 45 mins. Part of the “Coffee Time” programme with Tineke.
WABC New York NY, USA
1969, .mp3 48 mins. Part of a morning show on 770kHz. with Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow). Exact date is uncertain.
WBAP Fort Worth TX, USA
1971, .mp3 32 mins. Aircheck.
Broadcasting with 50kW clear channel at 820 kHz AM, WBAP has been on air since 1922 and between 1970 and 1993 was a country music station. Thanks to WBAP Program Manager, Don Day, for providing this recording and writing to us.
WBZ Boston MA, USA
1971 3rd August, .mp3 63 mins. Studio quality aircheck.
WBZ is famous for being the very first licensed commercial radio station in the United States. This tape recording of the Carl DeSuze Show was sent to us by WBZ’s Jim Sands.
WFIL Philadelphia PA, USA
1972, .mp3 65 mins. Studio quality aircheck.
Transmitting at 560KHz in the Medium Wave Band (AM), WFIL is one of USA’s oldest radio stations, started in 1922. Although today WFIL has a Christian/religious format, back in the 1960’s and 1970’s it was a “Top 40” music station, famous for Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand”. Early in 1972 WFIL kindly sent us this studio quality recording which includes programmes with DJ’s Jim O’Brien and Tom Dooley plus we also received some playlist information. Today you can still hear the “Philly Gold” sound on the Internet thanks to enthusiasts like those at Famous 56WFIL.com.
WSM Nashville TN, USA
1971 July, .mp3 10 mins. WSM Presentation for advertisers.
WSM, known as “The Legend”, commenced broadcasting in 1925. It is a clear channel 50,000 watt AM station, 650 kHz, reaching much of North America and nearby countries after dark and is also available for the rest of the world at WSMOnline.com. It is a country music station and is home to The Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running radio program. Thanks to Program Manager, Dave Overton, who wrote and kindly sent us this presentation tape.
1966 November, .mp3 20 mins. Radio London (Big-L) and Radio Caroline South edited extracts.
Includes the voices of Pete Drummond, Kenny Everett and others.