Roger quit city desk to join pop pirates 

5 April 2024


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From the Kent Messenger for 14 October 1966

PROVING that previous radio experience is not really necessary to win a large following and do a good job is ROGER DAY, 21-year-old disc-jockey with Swinging Radio England. Cheltenham-born Roger was brought up in Ramsgate and attended Chatham House Grammar School.

His first job as a clerk in a dusty city office did not quite suit the “Boss Jock” personality, and Roger soon returned to his home town, becoming a resident D.J. at several ballrooms in the resort.

Roger Day

RADIO ENGLAND’s ROGER DAY writes for “In Gear”.

Despite his limited experience, Roger applied for the post with Radio England as soon as the station arrived in the country, and was one of the first two English jockeys on the boat.

Rocky time

For a slice of life as a Radio England disc-jockey, read on:

“Hi. this is Roger Day. commonly known as Thatman, who spins the music between six and nine every night on 227, Swinging Radio England.

“With winter coming up, we disc-jockeys are wondering if the weather will be rougher than it has been this summer (at least I think that’s what they called it!). If so, we are in for a pretty rocky time.

“One time recently the anchor decided to take a little trip, and we were nearly operating within territorial waters. No need to guess who was on the air at the time!

“I have just returned from a marvellously successful tour with the SMALL FACES. The scenes were really fantastic.

“I always thought a compere was someone the audience booed off the stage, but how wrong could I have been? I had hair pulled out, shirts ripped and buttons pulled off at almost every date. They must have thought I was Steve Marriott!

“I don’t know if any of you readers know what our studios look like on board, but if you imagine just two turntables and a microphone, you’d be far from right.

Ten switches

David Hughes

“I’m sure you really need a Bachelor of Science degree to understand how to to work everything. I have been doing it for five months now, and things still go wrong.

“There are about ten switches to flick, six buttons to press, and another ten knobs to twiddle. (Pardon the non-technical jargon — I always was a bit thick!).

“You might like to know how we spent our time when we are not on the air.

“Well, we sleep, eat, drink, and generally work like the devil. There are always commercials to be taped, letters to be answered, and we have regular meetings to think up new ideas — we always like to have something new.

“All the Boss Jocks send their best wishes to ‘In Gear’ readers. See you all on 227”.



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Eddie Hutchinson 9 April 2024 at 9:35 pm

I remember a couple of those early jingles being serviced by Tony Blackburn on Radio One!

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