(June 2003 is here...)
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Great Day Out, We All Fort
It was a hot, sunny day, the sea was flat calm and we all sailed home with glowing faces.
(Right: Roma, Guy, Greg and Fab Alan)
Congratulations to another Wet, Tony Monson and his new bride Jadwiga. They married on July 8th, with the popular Peter Young as their Best Man. PY (below, with Roger Day) says:
The wedding was a joyous occasion for one and all. Just seeing the great man in a suit was enough! Jadwiga (pronounced Yarjah) is from Poland and is one of the nicest and most kind-hearted people you could wish to meet. Otis is a very lucky man. My speech went down well, probably because I kept it fairly brief!
Congratulations to Joe Fraguela (apologies if the spelling is wrong) for grabbing the 'Three-in-a-row' slot on BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the Sixties (12th July) with three climbers from the final Radio London Fab 40 on 6th August 1967.
Interestingly, the tracks 'Is It Love' by Jon, 'The Sound of Summer' by Chocolate Watch Band and 'She Needs Company' by Helen Shapiro, were announced by Brian Matthew as having been 'DJ climbers'. 'Is It Love' was shared as a climber by Willy Walker and Keith Skues, and was also played on John Peel's final 'Perfumed Garden'. 'The Sound of Summer' was the climber of Chuck Blair and Dave Cash. However, according to Field's Fab Forty, 'She Needs Company' (written by Paul Jones) was a climber unallocated to any DJs and our other chart expert, Brian Long, does not list it as a climber at all. The record does not appear on the typed list sent out to the ship from Curzon Street, but we know that many unlisted singles were 'slipped in' during the final weeks of broadcasting.You can hear the 12th July show during the next week via the BBC Radio Two website. The 'Three-in-a-row' slot appears during the final half-hour. (Go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio/. Click on 'Launch BBC Radio Player', click on 'Radio 2' and select 'Sounds of the Sixties'. You'll need RealAudio already installed on your computer.)
In Issue #18 of The Radio Wave, editor Ian MacRae says he has received a great deal of mail on the subject of networking and a poll in which it is claimed that radio listeners are 'reporting high satisfaction with their radio programming choices'. Of course, it's quite probable that those surveyed had never heard real radio and therefore had nothing with which to compare the current output.
You may or may not be interested to read of the complaints received about a 'fake orgasm' competition which was broadcast during Canada's National Orgasm Day. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Commission ruled the offending item to be 'not sexually explicit'.To enjoy these stories in full (and much more) subscribe to the newsletter by sending a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education from Peter Young a case of 'Back Field
PY always outstanding in the DJ field
To everyone who has sent me e-mails asking me to pass their wishes on to Abie, I have done so. One has to remember that a lot of people passed through the VOP in its 20-year history, so you can forgive Abie for not remembering everyone.Abie has suffered a stroke, and is in a wheelchair. His speech is slurred, but he is fully aware of what is going on around him. I went with someone else, and although Abie cannot speak full sentences, he was answering our questions with one or two-word answers, that were very much to the point.Thank you for you e-mails, keep them coming in, as Abie appreciates it very much. It is most important for him, that though he is in an old age home, and in bad health, he is not forgotten. Now I know where he is, I will try to visit him every so often. Visits are important to him. So if you are coming to Israel, please get in touch and I will give you my phone number so that I can tell you exactly where Abie is, if you wish to visit him.
After listening to Kenny on the VOP's breakfast show, he was a pretty hard act to follow. When he was 'on form', he was one of the most inventive DJ's around a kind of second Kenny Everett.
With his dynamic on-air personality and his trademark cry of "Burn, baby! Burn!" before spinning the hottest new records, Magnificent Montague was the charismatic voice of soul music in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. In this memoir, Montague recounts the events of his momentous radio career, which ran from the era of segregation to that of the civil rights movement. As he does so, he also tells the broader story of a life spent in the passionate pursuit of knowledge, historical and musical.
...and talking of Burn, Baby, Burn
Richard Holgarth, John Otway's long-suffering co-star on the 2002 number 9 hit, 'Bunsen Burner', recently became the father of his own baby a girl. Exhausted after the Glastonbury weekend gigs, proud dad Richard reports:
As many may already be aware, Nancy has courageously produced a rather splendid pink-flavoured baby called Edie. They are both very gorgeous and very healthy.
Specifications: Edith Grace Holgarth; born 5am on Mon 23rd June; weight, 7lb 4oz
Big thankyous to everyone who has sent messages, cards, emails etc. It felt good to know that so many were happy for us. We really appreciate it.
Richard (left) suffers for his art
The spotlight falls on "your thinner record spinner" Roger 'Twiggy' Day; Tommy "TV on radio" Vance returns to the airwaves in Spain.
The following is a direct quote from a letter I received yesterday from our local Congressional rep Nancy Johnson, in response to the letter I personally handed to her on 4/5/03 (nothing like timely response huh?) regarding the webcasting fee issue. This is exactly as the quote appears in the letter I received yesterday:
"There is a distinct difference between webcasting and radio. Webcasting is digital, therefore a perfect copy can be a song can be drawn from it, this is not the case with radio."
Now that we've all had a good laugh, here is the factual correction: Streamed audio must be encoded and significantly compressed before it is sent up for people to hear on the Internet, which renders it far from digitally perfect. You might hear audio quality equal to that of AM or FM radio, but certainly not digitally perfect, not easily copied, and not in a nice little individual package like the Mp3 files utilized by illegal file trading sites. There is apparently still concern in Congress that streaming audio poses the same infringement threat to copyrights as file trading sites. Please help us tell Washington that this is NOT TRUE!
I've added some new information, including links to contact Congress by either free Internet based fax or email. Please write to your reps and let them know that there is no fundamental difference between traditional and Internet radio! Tell them to support small business!
Please check out the updated info site Radiopoly.Org .
I am looking forward to meeting Kenny and doing the show and he actually let me pick the music, which I thought was very kind of him. I met with Lorne King last Saturday and he asked me to pass on his best wishes to you both. I give him copies of all the news from your website which he really enjoys reading. Thank you so much for all your in depth reporting on one of the great loves of our life, Pirate Radio.