UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:25 pm

Thought I'd bump this thread to point out we have added a Wulfrun Sound page to the site today.

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/wulfrun_sound" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

They were a temporary spin off from UK in 1983.

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by keith rogers » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:09 pm

:pirate Very interesting indeed,I had almost forgotten about Wulfrun !

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:25 pm

Just a quick pointer to the UK page which has been updated today:

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk_radio" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:26 pm

On the last UK update, there were photo's of Paul Johnson on Sedgley Beacon added:

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk/Paul ... eacon1.jpg
http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk/Paul ... eacon2.jpg
http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk/Paul ... eacon3.jpg

Some people have said it does not look like The Beacon, but if not, then where is it?

Does anyone have any idea where it might be?

Does anyone know who the other person in the photo is?

...and to the mystery person who uploaded the photo's, many thanks!

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:50 am

3 more recordings of Wulfrun Sound added to the site this week:

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/wulfrun_sound" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:42 pm

There has been an update to the UK Radio page today, with three new recordings including UK spin offs Radio Orion and Phoenix Radio.

There are also some information sheets added, one of which is from Radio Orion.

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk_radio.html

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Mark » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:03 pm

Just listening to the latest uk radio shows uploaded, and enjoying every minute.
We really need something like uk radio around these days, there's nothing like
that at all.

Anyway great job lads :)

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by martley » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:12 am

I came upon this site by accident and want to share my thoughts as I worked under the pseudonym of David Jarvis for about six years between 1978 and around 1984. Firstly I can confirm that the picture of Paul Johnson up a tree was definitely taken on Sedgley Beacon in the West Midlands and that the other person in the picture is Mike Harris, who presented on UK Radio for a long time.

I don't want to focus on Paul Johnson's passing as it was extremely sad and had a big impact on his family and still does this many years on. There is no doubt that he had many demons that in the end overwhelmed him, but what I can say is that he lived for the idea that anybody should be able to get access to the airwaves, and that radio could be a real grass roots affair. He would have loved the idea of the internet and the way it is opening up new opportunities for communication and the distribution of music and ideas. It's a shame that he wasn't able to be around to see the coming of internet radio, which I believe will transform the way we listen to music. Already the hand held iPhones are being used to distribute radio via 3G on largely reliable networks. I don't think that there would really have been a place for a station like UK Radio in the digital age, at least not via traditional platforms of distribution. But certainly with a themed playlist and a strong identity it could have made the move to the internet.

I'm not going to talk about UK Radio but just briefly mention Wulfrun Sound, which everybody involved felt was something that had such potential. With Mike Johns there was a vision that the station could be really snappy, and not be dogged by the issues surrounding non live radio. Almost all of the news bulletins were recorded I think, in a flat in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton, and ferried straight over to the transmission site within minutes of being finished. This was to give as much of a 'live' feel as possible. The programmes themselves were also recorded as near to transmission as possible, and the station got out well over Wolverhampton and The Black Country. There was a real commitment to this station at the time, and although its life span was really very brief it certainly had a professionalism that had been lacking prior to this.

Anyway I don't focus too much on things that have gone before but when I do think of those days I remember it with fondness. Technology was crude in real terms, but there was a sense of being maverick that only really comes with the freshness of youth. There were so many interesting characters for sure, and of course light hearted rivalry between pure 'pop' stations such as UK and Wulfrun, and the alternative stations who wanted to do do something that wasn't being offered by the mainstream at the time.

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:40 am

A real treat for UK fans this week.

6 recordings from 1991 including 3 from Christmas Eve have been added to the UK page.

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk_radio" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: UK RADIO - 30 YEARS ON 1978 - 2008

Post by Gary Edwards » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:07 am

More classic UK has been added.

2 recordings from 1989 and 2 from New Year 1992.

http://www.thepiratearchive.net/uk_radio" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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