Posted by Stephen Butt Sun, July 02, 2017 11:54:07
Posted by Stephen Butt Sun, July 02, 2017 11:46:15
The date is the actual birthday - Wednesday 8th November - at 7.30pm. Its the perfect venue. It was a full house for the station's 10th anniversary back in 1977!
Posted by Stephen Butt Wed, March 22, 2017 17:30:50
At the moment (March 2017) part of one of the Radio Leicester Mk IIIs is on display at 9 St Nicholas Place as part of the build-up to the 50th anniversary celebrations. The Sonifex cartridge players have been a subject of considerable discussion on social media.
A footnote to my earlier comments about the Mk2 desk - The first time I used one was at BBC Radio Bristol when I was operating for Kate Adie, then the presenter and producer of the mid-morning sequence. This was before I came to Leicester. She was very gracious in dealing with my operational inadaquacies.
Posted by Stephen Butt Mon, March 20, 2017 17:03:25
The main chapter headings will be:
Preparation (before Day One)
For the People chapter, we're looking for short memories, comments and anecdotes from listeners, former staff and present staff. This will be a major aspect of the book and will bring a really human element to the publication.
We would value your contributions. Please post them here on this blog, or email to contact@stephen butt.co.uk.
Very many thanks.
Posted by Stephen Butt Sat, March 11, 2017 15:54:35
This is a photograph from the website of the great country presenter Stan Laundon and marks the date of the change of name from Radio Teeside to Radio Cleveland.
There are two faces which have very close connections with BBC Radio Leicester. On the back row is the late Ian Judson who was to serve as Manager of BBC Radio Leicester after Tony Inchley and before Jeremy Robinson. At the front is John Watson, one of the early news team, and sometime acting News Editor at Leicester.
Posted by Stephen Butt Fri, March 10, 2017 08:16:46
As part of the comprehensive coverage of the events following the announcement, Radio Leicester's sports reporters Ian Stringer and Jason Bourne visited Ranieri at his home to present him with an open letter on behalf of fans and listeners.
A really imaginative way to present the story making full use of online and social media. Find out more by visiting the BBC Radio Leicester Sport Facebook Page HERE and the BBC Sport website HERE
Posted by Stephen Butt Sat, December 31, 2016 06:50:56
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, December 20, 2016 16:42:20
No word of a lie - I took this photograph standing outside my house, and I haven't tweaked it in any way!
Posted by Stephen Butt Mon, November 21, 2016 07:52:14
In my opinion, Radio Leicester was lucky to have avoided the BBC Mark 2 desk which I operated occasionally at BBC Radio Bristol. I found the methods of selecting channels to groups (A-B,1-2) confusing. I never really worked out what 'clean feed' I was sending - or to whom!
Because the Mk III desks were designed by people who worked on BBC stations and knew what presenters and technical operators needed, and was built in the BBC's own Equipment Centre at Avenue House in Chiswick, it was a robust and easy-to-use desk which also had great flexibility of function.
I am not sure who took this image. It is of myself pretending I knew how to use the desk, and it is in the upgraded Studio 1 at Epic House, clearly sometime after we had begun logging broadcast music using barcode readers.
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, November 15, 2016 17:31:28
However, I am hoping that Adrian might like to reminisce about a certain Outside Broadcast from the Bewicke Arms in Hallaton, Leicestershire when we covered the annual Bottle-kicking Contest on the Easter Bank Holiday Monday. The bar opened at 8.00am so the precise details of the output are now rather vague.
Posted by Stephen Butt Sun, November 13, 2016 12:54:31
As a Director of the local youth theatre company Hathi Productions, Rakhee was a frequent visitor - and user of - the BBC Leicester Open Centre.
Posted by Stephen Butt Sun, November 13, 2016 08:14:12
Here is Greg with a group of young programme participants. The location is one of the University of Leicester's Halls of Residence next to the Botanical Gardens in London Road, but the signficance of the rabbit has been lost in the mists of time.
Posted by Stephen Butt Sun, November 13, 2016 07:26:44
BBC Radio Leicester was determined to cover all the sporting activity in Leicester, and that included Speedway, but the
1960s were lean years for Speedway enthusiasts and for the Blackbird Road
stadium in Leicester.
Here are two photographs of Radio Leicester's Speedway Reporter, the very amiable Mike Holt, who always had a smile on his face, even on radio!
Across the country, many tracks had closed during the previous decade, and Blackbird Road was to follow suit. The Leicester Hunters under Mike Parker entered a team in the provincial League in 1962 but ended the season close to the bottom. Takings at the gate were low, and the team was transferred to Long Eaton for the following season. It was the Hunters’ final season. Although attempts were made in 1963 to reinvigorate the sport and the Leicester stadium’s fortunes, with the Pride of the Midlands individual competition, and open-licence meetings, and by bringing top riders to the track, attendance continued to decline and the stadium was closed in 1964. Stock car racing continued spasmodically at Blackbird Road with events in 1962 and 1963.
Blackbird Road reopened in 1968 under the leadership of Reg Fearman and Ron Wilson, and with the transfer of the Long Eaton operation to Leicester with a new name - the Leicester Lions. At the first meeting of the season the reinvigorated team beat Kings Lynn by a remarkable eighteen points. It was at this time that Radio Leicester began coverage of the sport.
The Lions were to continue to race at Blackbird Road until 1983 when the stadium was sold to Barratts Homes, and demolished to make way for housing.
Posted by Stephen Butt Sun, November 13, 2016 07:18:19
This is a photograph of the original Gramophone Library at Epic House in August 1971 (according to the BBC Calendar pinned on the shelving). The Library was on the Charles Street side of Floor 8, and doubled as the Station Assistants' Office. When the station was upgraded to Mark III, this became Studio 2, and the Library was moved to the Lee Circle side of Floor 9.
Posted by Stephen Butt Thu, November 10, 2016 15:42:42
This undercroft, dating to the late twelfth century, was first discovered in 1844 (as far as records suggest) when the building which was demolished to make way for the BBC building was itself constructed.
Above (right) is a photograph of the structure from 1844 next to (left) the same view in 2002/3.
Its re-discovery took place a few years before the BBC moved onto the site when the old building was being used as an antiques warehouse. The wife of one of the antique business partners was taken to A&E when the ground gave way above the undercroft and she fell down into it, breaking her leg.
When formal excavations began, the first archaeologist to venture underground was Dr Richard Buckley who was later to direct the team which found the remains of Richard III.
Read more about the undercroft and the ULAS excavations here.
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, November 08, 2016 17:52:17
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, November 08, 2016 17:41:10
Before BBC Radio Leicester, the people of Leicester seldom heard the voice of their MP, or the Chief Constable or the other leaders of utilities and public services. But sometimes BBC Local Radio could even place Prime Ministers on the spot and give listeners the opportunity to challenge them.
So this letter is one of the most precious assets in my archives, It's not often a Prime Minster sends you his good wishes after an interview!
However, it wasn't quite like thst. At this time, Margaret Thatcher was in power and leading a very different Government. Sir Harold was in his retirement although he was often present in the House of Lords.
Perhaps most appropriate is his epitaph which is stlll relevant: Tempus Imperator Rerum - Time is the Commander of things.
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, November 08, 2016 16:10:58
The following is from former Station Manager Owen Bentley for whom Roger was 'second in command' for twelve years:
Music and especially jazz is the thread that connects all parts of Roger Eames’s BBC career. He joined the BBC as a studio manager in 1962 and his skills in balancing such outfits as the NDO in Manchester led to his appointment as a music producer, a job that encompassed Music While You Work, Those were the Days, Victor Sylvester and Round Midnight but also sessions with young groups destined to characterise the sixties pop sound. An accomplished double bass player who had played jazz and formed his own bands since his student days he was soon the producer of Radio 2’s weekly Jazz Club presented by Humphrey Lyttleton featuring top jazz artists from around the world and new talent unearthed by Roger. He was proud of having introduced Jazz Workshop to Radio 3 despite the Controller’s comment that he “didn’t understand a note of it”. During these years he was the British judge at the Montreux Jazz Festival and served on Arts Council panels.
By 1969 Roger had a young family and wanted a more settled life and Local Radio beckoned. Following a brief successful attachment as Programme Organiser on Radio Nottingham he was appointed PO at Radio Leicester in 1970 where with interludes elsewhere, all music related, he would stay until his retirement in 1988. There his wide interests and amiable personality were great assets on and off the station and he always had time to talk and encourage newcomers. His love of music showed in the airtime given to local musicians, choirs and brass bands. His contacts at Radio 2 led to a memorable Local Radio 10th anniversary show which he produced featuring talent from all 20 stations broadcast on the national network and on all 20 Local Radio stations.
His Local Radio duties apart Roger was in demand as a musician and could be found on occasions in the pit of the Haymarket Theatre for the musicals for which that theatre established a national reputation. Together with his wife Christine, herself a talented composer and conductor they formed the Radio Leicester Big Band which went on to win major awards in Radio 2’s big band contests garnering welcome publicity and prestige for the station.
By the late 80s Roger found the narrowing of the programme
focus of Local Radio increasingly irksome and took early retirement establishing
a PR agency for public schools before moving to Spain where he and Christine took
their music skills to a new audience.
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, November 08, 2016 12:03:15
In this photograph from 1968, Mr Nazim Muradali and his wife, Mrs Vidya Pooran-Muradali, from Trinidad, are with Station Assistant Dave Kirkwood and Rita Chapman, the producer of the ‘Programme for Immigrants’. Nazim Muradali was an MP in Trinidad and at one time a popular radio announcer. He still serves as a Justice of the Peace in his home country. His late wife was formerly the Principal of ASJA Girls College in San Fernando.
Posted by Stephen Butt Tue, November 08, 2016 11:48:18
Here are some young programme-makers from 1970, which may bring back some memories.