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The problems of minority broadcasting

Published 26 August 2022

A BBC that does popular and minority programmes, or, as commercial competitors want, a BBC that only does minority interest shows?

This ‘fading out’!

Published 2 June 2022

What do we do when a programme over-runs? Fade it out, or run everything else late?

BBC VHF-FM transmitters in 1974

Published 24 May 2022

Your cut-out n’ keep guide to tuning into the three BBC FM services – some now in stereo! – in the UK

Who invents the jokes for ‘BAND WAGGON’?

Published 19 May 2022

The BBC’s most popular comedy show, around the world as well as at home, requires a team of writers

‘2 ZY Manchester Calling’!

Published 24 January 2022

A dryly humorous recollection of starting the BBC’s Manchester radio station in the 1920s

Radio on the move

Published 22 November 2021

It’s all change for BBC radio as the national networks move frequencies as part of a Europe-wide reorganisation

Listening with the Forces

Published 3 September 2021

Unusual audience research as the BBC goes direct to the forces in France to ask them what they’d like to hear on the radio

B.B.C. sheds battledress

Published 11 November 2020

Everything changes as the BBC switches from wartime to peacetime service on the radio

Tune-in battle on the radio

Published 4 November 2020

Independent local radio is on its way, says ATV’s Norman Collins… in 1959

Receiving the Home, Light and Third

Published 22 October 2018

Hints on receiving the Home Service, Light and Third Programmes from BBC Engineering in 1951

Broadcasting in the West

Published 8 October 2018

It’s 1949 and regional radio from the BBC Home Service is at its height. Our new special site reprints a BBC West of England booklet going behind the scenes of radio in the west and south west

The rise of ‘Take It From Here’

Published 24 September 2018

The 1950 BBC Handbook celebrates the big hit for the Light Programme in 1949: Take It From Here by Denis Norden and Frank Muir

The mike and I at Wembley

Published 6 March 2018

Ice hockey on the radio propels Stewart MacPherson from the press office at the Wembley Pool into a career with the BBC

“What are the Wild Waves Saying?”

Published 7 December 2017

The BBC’s chief engineer in 1923 takes a tongue-in-cheek look back at the trials and tribulations of developing simultaneous broadcasting (networking as we would now call it)

The Voice of Liberty

Published 28 November 2016

What the BBC meant to the people of occupied France

The birth of ITMA

Published 10 October 2016

Ted Kavanagh explains where wartime hit ‘ITMA’ came from

Tonight’s BBC radio… in 1938

Published 7 February 2016

A look at what was on the BBC’s radio networks on Monday 7 February 1938

Faces of war

Published 5 November 2015

The BBC decides to reveal all when war breaks out

Broadcasting the Bards

Published 9 March 2008

Welsh poetry on the air

Listen up!

Published 16 December 2007

BBC Listen Again goes upmarket – briefly

Revolution at the BBC

Published 3 October 2007

The birth of Radios 1-4

One, Two, Three, Four…

Published 3 October 2007

The coming of Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4

Radio’s tidal waves

Published 3 October 2007

Robin Carmody looks back on his Moment

Radio 1 memories

Published 3 October 2007

Roddy Buxton remembers

Past Radio 1

Published 3 October 2007

Recalling Radio 1

40 years of Radios 1-4

Published 3 October 2007

Mike Brown’s memories

Radio One at 40: an appraisal

Published 3 October 2007

Jonathan Bufton takes stock

Life with Radio 2

Published 3 October 2007

More than Sunday Lunch

Radio 1 – love it or loathe it

Published 3 October 2007

A love/hate relationship

Inform, educate, entertain

Published 3 October 2007

Radio 4: a personal history

A Musical Learning Curve

Published 3 October 2007

Radio One at 40

Radio Two: A personal memoir

Published 3 October 2007

Kirk Northrop surprises himself

Radio recall

Published 3 October 2007

Growing up with Radios 1 & 2

Stop The Week

Published 1 June 2007

Anatomy of a popular radio series

The Many Lives of BBC Radio Sport

Published 9 April 2007

Glenn Aylett looks at sports coverage since 1945

Launch Dates: BBC Local Radio

Published 13 December 2006

On and off with BBC LR

Just for you

Published 1 January 2005

The recent history of Radio 2, and its change from “Radio Grim Reaper” to being the most popular station on the dial.

Turbulent 1

Published 1 January 2004

Another revolution at Radio One

The cull of Radio 1

Published 1 December 2003

A revolution at BBC Radio One throws out the old and rings in the new – in public and painfully

No ads please – we’re British

Published 30 November 2003

Advertising guru Charles Higham warns against commercial radio… in 1933

Out of the Light 1

Published 29 November 2003

The changeover between the Light Programme and Radios 1 and 2 wasn’t easy

Out of the Light 2

Published 28 November 2003

Radio Two tries to find an identity after two decades under the shadow of its younger sibling

Once upon a time…

Published 15 August 2001

A prehistory of British broadcasting

The Burkiss Way

Published 15 August 2001

A comedy series… that started on BBC Radio 3 of all places

The compleat Burkiss Way

Published 15 August 2001

An episode guide to a most underrated radio comedy

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