Radio London – started 50 years ago 6.00hrs 23rd December 1964.

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Andre Martin… Forgot to mention – 50 years ago this morning at 06.00hrs 23rd December 1964, Radio London BIG L started transmission to the South-East. Another Christmas present for us all.

Mick O’Dowd… Wonderful Radio London! BIG L!

Will Cornell… I told Alan about this one time, but Ed Wallace, a local radio personality here in Dallas did a special segment one morning on his “Wheels” car talk automotive news show. He detailed the whole history of “Radio London” and how a local Dallas car dealer in the early ’60s saw how successful local station KLIF was….KLIF was one of the first “top 40” format stations in the US. This car dealer took a vacation to London and noticed there was no station playing that format in spite of the huge amounts of great talent coming from the UK (and Europe). Because of BBC-government ties and red tape, there could be no station set up on British soil, so he bought this boat (prob. the one above), set up transmitting equipment on board, and enabled our British brethern and sistern to hear the kind of radio they really wanted to hear. I wish Ed Wallace had kept an MP3 of this broadcast to be accessed on the KLIF site or his own, but no such luck. Many recording studios locally here in the DFW area continuted years later to specialize in broadcast jingles by the way.

Andre Martin… Excellent information, thank you – will archive for future reference. Some might enjoy this.

Andy Qunta…  that takes me back! Excellent!

Alan Esdaile… The Jingles sound great and bring back lots of memories.

Will Cornell… To this day, whether I want to hear what Radio London sounded like….or for that matter what that top 40 format sounded like here (maniacal djs, tons of reverb in their voices talking 90mph, commercials and songs running into eachother, NO dead air at all, and everything from the Supremes, to Johnny Cash, to the Byrds, Petula Clark, in otherwords, anything and everything that was selling at the time regardless of genre or “market”…I just listen to “The Who Sell Out”. I have a msg to Ed Wallace to see if he can provide the audio link or transcript to that show I was talking about, if so I’ll get it over to SMART.

Jim Hobbs… Yea, but was it as good as Arrow FM? … I joke, of course!

John Storer…  No idea now how I discovered Radio London (presume one of the older kids on our estate in Ore told me) but it was definitely the station that kick-started my enduring obsession with listening to music. Have a clear recollection of a lovely summer’s day when on holiday at my Nan’s in Eltham and laying on the grass outside with several of the local kids and us all listening to Radio London on my uncle’s transistor radio. It was always Radio London for me, never Caroline. Also remember a house up on The Ridge that had a huge placard in their front garden which read “Kill the Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Bill”

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  1. No idea now how I discovered Radio London (presume one of the older kids on our estate in Ore told me) but it was definitely the station that kick-started my enduring obsession with listening to music. Have a clear recollection of a lovely summer’s day when on holiday at my Nan’s in Eltham and laying on the grass outside with several of the local kids and us all listening to Radio London on my uncle’s transistor radio

    It was always Radio London for me, never Caroline

    Also remember a house up on The Ridge that had a huge placard in their front garden which read “Kill the Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Bill”

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