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More radio nostalgia

October 6th, 2007 (11:57 am)

Sound files from 22 and 23 November 1978, when BBC radio reallocated its wavelengths - as much of a shake-up as that of 30 September 1967, much remembered last weekend. Of particular interest to Radio 4 fans is the recording of the handover of 1500 metres / 200 kilohertz from Radio 2 to Radio 4, emphasising that for the first time that day Radio 4 served 'the whole of the United Kingdom', welcoming listeners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; BBC Radio 4 Scotland and BBC Radio 4 Wales became BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales that day. The second part includes the introduction to the first ever Radio 4 shipping forecast, treated as only of interest to their new maritime audience, addressed cautiously as 'Gentlemen'; 'Sailing By' is played for the first time without fanfare.

EDIT Correction - the change of name from BBC Radio 4 Scotland to BBC Radio Scotland happened in 1974, says Tony Currie in his history of Radio Times; and as a leading Scottish broadcaster and collector of Radio Times and other listings magazines, he is in a better place to know. Radio Scotland opted in to Radio 4 for some programmes from then on; Radio 4 was not available in Scotland until the frequency change of 1978, and as 'Radio 4 UK' was the lineal heir of the London Home Service, midnight on 23 November 1978 was the first time that Scotland heard the station.


Posted by: Gramarye (gramarye1971)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)

I'd download that for the Shipping Forecast clip alone. Many thanks!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)

I like the last Radio 2 shipping forecast - 'matier' than Radio 4's style, and full of what I suspect were deliberate mistakes at some level - 'rain' being mistyped as 'r(h)ino', indeed.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 6th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)

One of the things which struck me last weekend is that it's been forgotten that the Shipping Forecast wasn't always part of Radio 4's DNA. I have a Radio Times from 1977 (Silver Jubilee week, 4-10 June) and while there is an inshore forecast after the late news on Radio 4 (in those days at 11.30pm, rather than midnight), the Shipping Forecast appears four times a day on Radio 2.