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Helen May



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:27 pm    Post subject: Bill Kenwright back with Golden Years Reply with quote

Yes starting next Monday at 11pm Bill is back with another series of his Golden Years.

Good news, but shame it's on so late. I'll have to listen on iPlayer I think.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I agree Helen. I'm pleased to see it back but what a ridiculous time.

By the way, it's on Monday nights - unless it's affected by the North/South divide!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eileen, I've corrected it! Don't know how I got the day wrong! Confused

I only listened to the last half of the one he did last Christmas a few weeks ago. I'd recorded it on the Sky box and was having a clear up.

I do wish they'd revert to having the documentaries earlier on in the evening rather than Jo Whiley.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Helen. I too shall probably have to Listen Again.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is good news, shame it is on so late though....it will be the i-player for me as well! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very welcome news .... Very Happy .... thanks Helen!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes even with my troubles I will do my best to listen and its good to see it has returned for a second series.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listened last night and it was great to hear Bill again and his memories of the tracks he played.

Tommy Steele, Buddy Holly, Corvettes to name a few. Made me realise how many good songs we never hear these days...........

No playlist yet though, so hope that will be remedied.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Helen, good wasn't it?

GG, I hope you managed to listen and enjoy.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was Eileen. I was listening in bed and had to smile when he mentioned Radio Luxembourg as I always listened in bed to that station!

I don't know if he had a cold, but I thought Bill's voice sounded even lower than usual. I heard him say there are 13 episodes so I hope the rest are as good.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was good wasn't it...

Thanks Eileen Very Happy

Bill always manages to dig out something that is new to me(even though what he playing isn't new Razz )and on his programme unlike SOTS I don't think listeners mind an obscure track or two being played.

When in Mum's company a lot of this and other music not heard much on radio these days is on an mp3 on rota but when the player is being charged or a programme like this is on air we tend to listen together.

My favourite Radio 2 time of listening does tend to be 10pm - Midnight weeknights. Odd shows 7pm-8pm. Sundays 9pm-Midnight. Fridays 7pm-10pm and an odd concert on Thursday 9pm-10pm.

When all is well I troll around most of the other BBC networks for music or speech programming.

But I can always go back to the pc and listen to something close on 14,000 tracks which is approx 27 days of music. And I can play what the radio seems to normally ignore...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just listened to this on the good old i-player and have to agree that it was excellent. It's a pity that it's on so late but what I really like about it is that Bill Kenwright so clearly enjoys the music and doesn't seem at all bothered about appearing "cool" .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely to have this programme back with it's mixture of great songs and Bill's stories about the people he knows/knew...is there anyone he didn't know? Very Happy

I was in Manchester at the weekend and in the town centre a large picture of Tommy Steele was smiling down from a poster advertising him in Scrooge at The Lowry ...I can't think of a less likely Scrooge than him.....the miserable one that is!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

essexlady wrote:
It's a pity that it's on so late but what I really like about it is that Bill Kenwright so clearly enjoys the music and doesn't seem at all bothered about appearing "cool" .


I think that's why I enjoy him so much. It's what he really thinks.

Great that there are 12 more episodes to come as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listening to Bill talking about Joan Regan I looked her up and reading this made me think of the Leveson Inquiry..... Rolling Eyes

She married Harry Claff in 1957 who was the joint general manager and box office manager at the Palladium. In November that year, the Daily Herald reported that she was to have a baby in February of the following year [1958] - seven months after the wedding. After receiving "abusive and wounding letters from people who were personally unknown to her', Regan successfully sued the newspaper for libel, and her daughter was actually born in April.


What a poignant story he told of Save The Last Dance For Me ....a classic

Pat Boone has just brought ...for me ...the show to an end ....lovely dulcet tones
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Becky

The stories are as good as the music. Another great show last night.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Helen.

He has some fascinating tales to tell hasn't he? Smile

I see that Alan Titchmarsh is to have a new programme on Classic FM ..I answered Ian's post about it and then saw yours.....it'll be interesting to see what he plays..
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When health allowed some years ago I saw Joan Regan at the local theatre...

I also saw Pat Boone at Harrogate(amazingly that was 20+ years ago)and his support act was the Dallas Boys...

Wonderful show...

I used to see many of the people that are featured on Bill's programme, Desmond's Iconic 50's series...

I wonder why it takes ages for Radio 2 to put details up of the music played on Bill's programmes whereas details of other shows on the station appear soon afterwards...

The shows we get these days are not as appealing and there are more plays these days...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed last night's show and it wasn't available on iPlayer this afternoon. I see it is now but yet again no playlist.

Makes you wonder why they can't get at least the playlist up straight away as it's obviously a pre-recorded show. Grrrh.......

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill sounded genuinely pleased to receive the email from young Zach saying he loved the music he played ..all the more so because Zach is just 18.

After Christmas dinner myself ,my daughter and my son (admittedly neither as young as Zach) were in the kitchen washing up listening and singing along to a Brill Building CD making it a very pleasant task ...they love the songs as much as I do.....goes to show good songs endure.

This programme is a definite highlight of my listening week.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say it's mine at the moment as well Becky and I really enjoyed last night's. Bill always seems delighted to have listener's comments.

One of last night's highlight's for me was Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me, a song I've always liked.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I'd say it's mine at the moment as well Becky and I really enjoyed last night's. Bill always seems delighted to have listener's comments.

One of last night's highlight's for me was Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me, a song I've always liked.

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Yes I like that one too,Helen...I liked her voice ...last Monday's programme was so good I'm tempted to listen to it again Very Happy ...only 4 left... Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe how quickly the weeks are going with this series Becky. I must record this week's from iPlayer.

My newish radio allows you to stream music from your PC so I'm just getting to grips with that feature. I'm looking forward to listening to some of the first series again, in the kitchen.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of radios,Helen, I'm loking round for a reasonably priced Dab radio for the bedroom ...the one I have in there at the moment in steadily losing it's volume which is very annoying to say the least... Evil or Very Mad ..never happened with the old type of radio....
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think any of the radios are as good as those bought say 20 years ago Becky. My only radio which has Dab on it is the Roberts one which does internet as well. I didn't really want Dab but it came with it and I try to use the FM mode whenever I can. I wondered about one for the bedroom but the dials are so bright it would keep you awake at night.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen, if you're talking about the Roberts iStream, you can dim the blue display considerably for bedside use...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It still seems very bright though SF.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played with the display when I first got it Helen and I thought you could set three levels of brightness then, adjust the brightness and contrast too?
I might be wrong though...
I wanted to have an internet radio by the bedside but the "Sleep" function on the Roberts is too awkward to reach via the menu so I use it in the garage instead!
I still love it... I was listening to US "Old Time Radio" yesterday.. a dectective story followed by some great music from the old days.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must have another look at it SF. I'm not sure if I'd go for another internet radio for the bedroom but it is a fantastic set.

I would like to have one that can record but I don't think you can get the Roberts one anymore. I wouldn't go for a Pure one as I couldn't get Dab on it when I tried one a couple of years ago.

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Yes, that's the one let down with the iStream, the lack of a record facility.
I have my two other Roberts radios with record and again, they are just so good!
Many a time whilst in the bathroom in the morning, the Evans factor gets too much and I flick on to SOTS... so much better.. Laughing
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What is the model that you have which records?

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It's the Roberts RD 41... a silver unit about the size of the old Bush portable radio. The "Sound Card" will record about 25 hours.. I've never checked it but it must be at least that, maybe more.
I use a 2Gb card.
Great little radio but the bass response isn't too good past half way.. it booms thereafter.
It's one of the few things I've bought over recent years which I've been completely happy with!
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I thought that was the one SF but I don't think you can get it any more Sad. I may try and phone Roberts to see if they are bringing out a new model.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I don't think any of the radios are as good as those bought say 20 years ago Becky. My only radio which has Dab on it is the Roberts one which does internet as well. I didn't really want Dab but it came with it and I try to use the FM mode whenever I can. I wondered about one for the bedroom but the dials are so bright it would keep you awake at night.

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I listen a lot to 6 music and 5 live,Helen, so I need a dab radio....agree about the quality of radios these days....same probably applies to most things.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
...last Monday's programme was so good I'm tempted to listen to it again Very Happy ...only 4 left... Sad


I'm listening to it now Becky. Some great 'Liverpool' tracks which I always associate with the Beatles and other Mersey groups.

Only bad track was Paper Roses which Bill detested!

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becky sharp wrote:
...last Monday's programme was so good I'm tempted to listen to it again Very Happy ...only 4 left... Sad


I'm listening to it now Becky. Some great 'Liverpool' tracks which I always associate with the Beatles and other Mersey groups.

Only bad track was Paper Roses which Bill detested!

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Agreed,Helen...and it didn't improve any when Marie Osmond sang it did it? Very Happy

Loved the ingenious way Bill dealt with the problem of P.J. Proby if he didn't turn up to perform for his show each night. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't believe that this coming week's will be the last in the series Sad

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Can't believe that this coming week's will be the last in the series Sad

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The weeks have just whizzed by,Helen .... Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure he'll be back for a 3rd series although he did say he 'hoped' there would be one a few weeks back. Someone I know had a mention on Monday's show.

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When there was a second series I rather hoped that that meant it would be a permanent fixture.....we can but hope.
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