100 years of technology: and a special mention to the Grahams…

Recently these pages have mentioned Arthur Burrows, the first voice on the BBC in 1922 when it employed just four people. In this article Burrow's connection to Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Joe Bonamassa (see below for a radio-related song) and Spinal Tap is explored. Yes, seriously. This is the link between a journalist from Oxford at … Continue reading 100 years of technology: and a special mention to the Grahams…

Radio jingles redux (All Along the Watchtower), life imitates art, and how much energy does it take to listen to the radio?

Radio jingles are a popular subject on this website. You can read more about them here, and that article includes clips of some early BBC Radio 1 jingles, a look behind the scenes of the recording of the station sound for the Lincs FM group, and bits and bobs about Radio York’s various jingle packages. … Continue reading Radio jingles redux (All Along the Watchtower), life imitates art, and how much energy does it take to listen to the radio?

Bad spelling and the trouble with truth…

John Dryden (1631-1700), England’s first poet laureate said, “Truth is the foundation of all knowledge, and the cement of all societies.” John Lloyd, an author and contributing editor to the Financial Times writing in the Summer 2020 edition of Index on Censorship, said,  A search for the facts which govern our lives has always meant … Continue reading Bad spelling and the trouble with truth…

10 things the pandemic makes you nostalgic for…

...pictures of old radios, valve sets, transistors radios and even more. I'll come to them in a moment, but first consider this. There's something compelling about taking refuge in the past, especially when memories can appear to offer more emotional comfort than the often alarming and worrying news headlines of the present day. I'm writing … Continue reading 10 things the pandemic makes you nostalgic for…

These are extraordinary times…

This article was originally written on Monday 30th March 2020, seven days after the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, told the country to stay at home. https://youtu.be/Ml-1hUISPj8 We live in exceptional times. A fact noted by many journalists in recent days. In The Times of London, in the Daily Telegraph, and on Channel 4's Dispatches … Continue reading These are extraordinary times…