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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:58 pm    Post subject: My earliest memories Reply with quote

I remember Wogan and his fight the flab, the first time around. But the one show that sticks in my memory is Two Way family favourites with Cliff Michelmore and his wife Jean Metcalfe ( I think that was her name). That for me was the sign that sunday dinner was nearly ready,lol.

Oh, and I also remember the Benny Green programmes too....he was the first dj who told me what plagiarism ( apologies if that's spelt incorrectly) was !


Sorry, forgot to say....Richard Baker and his intro of Beethoven's 7th...I love the whole symphony, even now, thanks to him.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can remember those days. Have a look at this link:
http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/terry_wogan_page.htm
It seems Terry had a signature tune too but alas it seems I can't be reminded of it Sad http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/theme_tunes_page.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just too young Laughing for Cliff and Jean, but I do remember Jean in London and Bill Crozier in Cologne; occasionally it was expanded to three-way, to include Cyprus, and even five ways to include ex-pats in Australia and Canada. I always looked forward to Billy Cotton and the hour of comedy (particularly The Navy Lark) that followed it.

That radiorewind site is fascinating. I do remember Terry's theme, and Noel's (but he's got the title of that one wrong - I've got the LP!! - it's "The Kid")
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect I am older than any of you as I remember Listen with Mother, Life with the Lyons, A Life of Bliss, The Glums, Paul Temple, Desert Island Discs, Journey into Space ....... I could go on but you may think I was listening to a crystal set!! The programmes were all the ones my parents listened to when I was a child as of course we had no tv in those days after the war.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marietta honeybun wrote:
I suspect I am older than any of you as I remember Listen with Mother, Life with the Lyons, A Life of Bliss, The Glums, Paul Temple, Desert Island Discs, Journey into Space ....... I could go on but you may think I was listening to a crystal set!! The programmes were all the ones my parents listened to when I was a child as of course we had no tv in those days after the war.


Marietta - - my childhood sweetheart! You must be, 'cos I remember all these programmes too! And the Saturday Variety Night, introduced by Vic Oliver, Desmond Carrington and Spencer Hale with "Movie go round" Grand Hotel with Max jaffa....Gawd I'm gettin old..... Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marietta

I remember Listen With Mother and the stories read by Daphne Oxenford(?). Family favourites with JeanM and Bill Crozier. Movie Go Round, I still love the theme, and the Archers that came on at 6.45 in those days. The theme tune at the end always signalled packing up the games etc and time for bed! Mrs Dale's Diary was a regular for my mum as well, which came on after Music While You Work I think.

I often wonder why I love radio more than television, I think it's just always been there and I'd hate not to have it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marietta, I do remember listening to Listen with Mother and possibly Journey into Space...but the others I only know of from recent times.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wiggly Park - loved that show (readings of the stories) - my parents used to tape them onto a casette for me too Smile

and

Pam Ayres/Airs - sitting in the back seat of the car and being told about sewing machines for sale (diar!)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone. Yes, time is marching on but lovely memories of the old programmes. There was another comedy with Kathleen Harrison and Jack Warner called Meet The Huggets. Housewives Choice, Listen to the Band, Music While You Work, Workers Playtime, the childrens programme Toytown, Down Your Way, Have a Go Joe, Edmundo Ross - oh so many more .... I miss them all. It would be lovely to hear some of them again.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And Waggoners Walk which succeeded Dales Diary. I'd like to be reminded how that theme tune went. I wonder if any episodes are languishing anywhere in the archives.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:


I remember Listen With Mother and the stories read by Daphne Oxenford(?). Family favourites with JeanM and Bill Crozier. Movie Go Round, I still love the theme, and the Archers that came on at 6.45 in those days. The theme tune at the end always signalled packing up the games etc and time for bed! Mrs Dale's Diary was a regular for my mum as well, which came on after Music While You Work I think.


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Gosh, I think I'm back in my childhood! Daphne Oxenford, yes, she alternated with Julia Lang, and occasionally there'd be someone else, but never Listen With Father! The waltz from Carousel was the Movie-go-round theme and the wireless would always go off at that point as we had to get ready to go for Sunday tea at grandparents.

The Archers was followed at 7.00 by Radio Newsreel, with the stirring sound of Sousa's Semper Fidelis march.

Marietta, I remember most of those you mentioned as well, some of them being at home during the day, pre-school age. Edmundo Ros and Ted Heath (and other bandleaders of the day) used to have a programme at lunchtime, and I still have a fondness for that music today. Of the comedy shows I particularly liked Take It From Here (including The Glums) with Jimmy Edwards, but for some reason was never allowed to hear The Goon Show. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent memories here. Dorothy Smith was also a Listen with Mother storyteller.

I remember Radio Newsreel very vividly but the march that was played on it was Imperial Echoes, not Semper Fidelis. But a fascinating posting nonetheless.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwarburton wrote:
Excellent memories here. Dorothy Smith was also a Listen with Mother storyteller.

I remember Radio Newsreel very vividly but the march that was played on it was Imperial Echoes, not Semper Fidelis. But a fascinating posting nonetheless.

Ian.


Hi Ian

I remembered Dorothy Smith this afternoon, heaven alone knows why!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in a mo' folks...got to go and re-charge the accumulator!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ian

I remembered Dorothy Smith this afternoon, heaven alone knows why!

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Hi Helen.

Dorothy Smith was also in Emergency Ward 10 so probably acted opposite Desmond Carrington at some point. She sometimes turned up in Tannochbrae, too, in Dr Finlay's Casebook.

Returning to Listen with Mother, the Berceuse from Faure's Dolly Suite was a simply perfect end-of-programme sig tune. I'm fortunate in having both the piano duet and orchestral versions in my collection so can still savour the timeless quality of a piece which to this day conjures up memories of long, happy afternoons in the school holidays in the 50s and early 60s.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwarburton wrote:
Excellent memories here. Dorothy Smith was also a Listen with Mother storyteller.

I remember Radio Newsreel very vividly but the march that was played on it was Imperial Echoes, not Semper Fidelis. But a fascinating posting nonetheless.

Ian.


Thank you, Ian. Funnily enough, all this nostalgia prompted me last night to rummage through some old boxes of tapes I'd made up years ago and came across one of old radio and tv themes including "Radio Newsreel - Imperial Echoes"! (also includes things like Meet The Huggets (Horse Feathers) and The Navy Lark (Trade Wind Hornpipe) and Sports Report (Out Of The Blue) - marvellous stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwarburton wrote:

Returning to Listen with Mother, the Berceuse from Faure's Dolly Suite was a simply perfect end-of-programme sig tune. I'm fortunate in having both the piano duet and orchestral versions in my collection so can still savour the timeless quality of a piece which to this day conjures up memories of long, happy afternoons in the school holidays in the 50s and early 60s.

Ian.
Oh thanks for that! I couldn't remember the name of the tune that was played for Listen With Mother and it is just so lovely and very nostalgic .... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't updated my own memories of childhood yet but heard the Light Programme quite a bit from the early 50s onwards, especially during school holidays.

Housewives' Choice--especially George Elrick, who used to sing along with the sig tune. It became Children's Favourites on a Saturday with Uncle Mac.


Five to Ten--a bit like Pause for Thought--then a theatre organ for half an hour.

Music While You Work, followed by my Mum's favourite, Mrs Dale's Diary.

Concert Hour, then Listen with Mother.

My Mum didn't listen to Woman's Hour very often but it was on if we were at her friend's house.

Hancock's Half Hour and Educating Archie.

Saturday--Children's Favourites (see above), then Saturday Club with Brian Matthew--yes, our old mate was about then.

Sunday--didn't listen very much--except to Family Favourites. Even today, hearing With a Song in My Heart evokes the aura of meat and two veg cooking!

Keep posting these memories. I'll move forward to early R2 days in another posting soon.

Ian.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anybody remember Dick Barton, Special Agent? and
The Man in Black! Very scary. I didn't dare go to the loo after one of his stories.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Fly. My mother does. I'm much too young! Razz Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Phil,

I saw it all from my mother's lap. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mother's just confirmed I'm too young to remember him!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erm..a lot of memeories from the Light Programme here....what a bunch of oldies!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oldies but goodies!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I reminisced about the Light Programme and promised a second posting, re early R2 days.

Weekdays

Usually woke up in time for the early shipping forecast, often read by a R4 person waiting to do the 7am News on that network--Alvar Lidell, Colin Doran, Robin Holmes or similar.

Breakfast Special, with any of John Dunn, Paul Hollingdale, Ray Moore or Peter Latham. Latterly it was usually John Dunn, sometimes Ray Moore. This line-up was eventually replaced by someone called Wogan--wonder what happened to him?

At work, then Sam Costa at lunchtime--soothing and much-loved programme, so of course it was axed! Can't remember who replaced him.

More work, then Album Time, with a good range of R2 music. Presenters included Brian Matthew and Desmond Carrington. Otherwise I didn't listen much in the evenings.

Saturday

Breakfast Special again; it was usually Bruce Wyndham on a Saturday.

Junior Choice with Stewpot.

Usually out after that.

Sunday

More Junior Choice.

Melodies for You, initially presented (and often conducted) by Eric Robinson. After ill-health obliged him to retire, guest conductors were engaged, notably Ashley Lawrence, and presenters included Sam Costa and David Jacobs.

Charlie Chester from early 70s onwards, in what's now the Johnnie Walker slot.

Hundred Best Tunes, with (of course) Alan Keith. This had a spell on R4 in the late sixties but returned to R2 in 1970.

Ad hoc series enjoyed by me and sometimes broadcast on R2 included the Navy Lark, the Clitheroe Kid, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Many a Slip and As You Like It/Command Performance (listeners' requests, usually of a popular classical type).

Over to you!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The (alleged) comedy hour could learn from The Navy Lark, ISIRTA et al and from the likes of Jack Jackson and Adrian Juste.


Halcyon Days!
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I have lovely and funny memories of Ray Moore - no-one since in that spot has come near and I certainly can't listen to the present incumbent!
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Ms Beach Hut,
Couldn't agree more. The supreme witty broadcaster, though some may say not as subtle as Jonathan Ross... Wink
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Ms Beach Hut,
Couldn't agree more. The supreme witty broadcaster, though some may say not as subtle as Jonathan Ross...
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Hear, hear!

He could even make the Travel News funny.

Once, when back-crediting a song called Where Are You, My Love? he added, "I bet he hasn't looked in the coal hole."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My earliest memory of Wogan was when he was addicted to Dallas and insisted on calling Lucy Ewing, 'the posion dwarf', while at the same time playing a Wurzels (I think) tribute song, which went something like, 'when Sue Ellen gets lusty she runs after Dusty'
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
That radiorewind site is fascinating. I do remember Terry's theme, and Noel's (but he's got the title of that one wrong - I've got the LP!! - it's "The Kid")


There's a reason behind the mistake, which is very boring but I shall repeat it anyway - on its original release in Andre Brasseur's native Belgium it was released as a single backed with 'Holiday', but when Andre's records came to be released in the UK the track titles were swapped round (whether deliberately or not I don't know) hence the confusion!
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Have a go Joe
With Violet at the piano and Mabel at the table.
Only remembered it today as Violet Carson went on to become Ena Sharples in Coronation St and saw in the paper that tonight they had found another UXB in the Street. The first one she had them all in the mission having a sing-a-long.
Hope the current residents sue the council for negligence in not doing a full sweep of the Street in 1964 or whenever.
Didn't Mabel hand out 5 bob to prize winners?
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Although Radio 2 was always on of a morning in our house when I was a kid in the '70's, the first memory I can recall is hearing forever and ever in the long hot summer of '76 ( I was 8 ) and Tel refering to Demis Roussos as the shrieking Greek. I knew then I liked this guys humour. Wink
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iknewdavidjacobsmum wrote:
Have a go Joe
With Violet at the piano and Mabel at the table.
Only remembered it today as Violet Carson went on to become Ena Sharples in Coronation St and saw in the paper that tonight they had found another UXB in the Street. The first one she had them all in the mission having a sing-a-long.
Hope the current residents sue the council for negligence in not doing a full sweep of the Street in 1964 or whenever.
Didn't Mabel hand out 5 bob to prize winners?


Funnily enough I was thinking of Have a Go the other day, and remembering that (as a very small child!) when Wilfred said in a conspiratorial voice " Now tell me lad, have yer got yer feet under th'table" he was actually asking whether the hapless lad had er.... had it away, I guess!
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This must have been the equivalent of his asking all unmarried females of any age, "Are you courting?"

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I can remember listening to the radio in the early 50's, one day asking my dad to play a song that I liked again and being told you need a record player to be able to do that. One of my dad's favourite shows was the Goon Show, we would howl with laughter and I can still remember my dad doing impersonations, of Blue Bottle and a character I can't remember saying "hand me that soaking wet wallet lad". Another of our favourites was The Billy Cotton Band Show, happy days.

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Sunday lunch in the mid-50's was always accompanied by the radio and the comedy programmes Round the Horne then followed by The Navy Lark. Goodness knows how we managed to eat for laughing! I can hardly believe it was 50 years ago! (Oh to be able to turn the clock back.)
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mcl wrote:
RockitRon wrote:
That radiorewind site is fascinating. I do remember Terry's theme, and Noel's (but he's got the title of that one wrong - I've got the LP!! - it's "The Kid")


There's a reason behind the mistake, which is very boring but I shall repeat it anyway - on its original release in Andre Brasseur's native Belgium it was released as a single backed with 'Holiday', but when Andre's records came to be released in the UK the track titles were swapped round (whether deliberately or not I don't know) hence the confusion!


The Beeb obviously still has gems like this - Pete Mitchell used it the other day behind one of the trivial things he burbles on about at four in the morning!
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Mine were Sing Something Simple, Top 20 with Tom Browne (later Top 40) and Sport on 2, wiith Des Lynam presenting, football with Peter Jones and Bryon Butler and Racing with Peter Bromley, Renton Laidlaw and Don Mosey on Golf. Happy days.
In the 80's it was sitting waiting for the FM frequecies to be handed over to Radio 1 at 5pm on a Sunday for the charts!
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Was there ever a more effective reminder of the death of your weekend - and the imminent arrival of another week of school - than the opening notes of the Sing Something Simple tune?
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