We are in summertime in the UK,and it certainly has been a scorcher for us this last few days,the mercury made it past 32 c on some days.!
And this coming weeks show takes us past our 500th show mark,not that it will make any difference to way we present the fab music that we are now known to provide.This weeks show will be on Sunday 25th June,2017,as usual we hope to have a full crew muster by 08.00,as we are about to set sail on the good ship "Pop" for 3 hours of the very best music on your radio dial.I am just hoping that the weather continues to get even warmer as the weather people have promised.
Peter Moore told the wireless world on 17th May,2017, Radio Caroline has finally been given the chance to broadcast with a full time licence by Ofcom.This will allow them to broadcast to Suffolk & parts of north Essex on AM,(medium wave)as well as their digital platform,giving them credit for slogging it out for over 50 years in this country to carry on the dream that started out at Easter 1964 on the north sea.They are hoping to be on air for this August,which will mark the 50th anniversary of the Marine broadcasting bill.Peter Moore is the manager of Caroline,and has fought long & hard to bring about this positive news.
I hope that you all tuned in to our look back to 53 years of Radio Caroline several weeks ago,this was were watery wireless began here in the UK of course,that was back in 1964.
One thing you can rely on each & every week is the quality of music etc for our "60's Sunday" show on 102.3 HFM.And this week we have some more gems in the record box that cover the music of the fab & the famous.
Well you know what we do,and hopefully why we do it,?so I do hope that you made it along last summer,it was Sunday August 14th, between 08.00-11.00 BST on 102.3 HFM,as we did our annual watery wireless tribute to the closure of all the offshore stations,with the exception of Radio Caroline from August 1967.(now coming up to 50 years).
And remember we are the only show on this radio station that has a near 100% record of being on air when you want to tune in every week.! (9 yrs on & we have only been absent from 3 shows in total).
A big part of the show's feel & nostalgia is the sound clips,records & jingles that we were lucky enough to have on our transistor radios back to the days of watery wireless. Many listeners ask where they can obtain such Offshore material from,well the one that I always reccomend is East Anglian Productions who are based in Frinton-on-sea.There address is Radio Fab.com P.O box 7336. Frinton-on-sea.Essex. CO13 0WZ.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on 01255-676252.
By the way if there is any material that I play and you think that it may infringe copyright,please contact me & I will remove it.
I was told that two shows are un-missable in the latest survey of our 23,500 plus audience for 102.3 HFM.One is thankfully our"60's Sunday,and following along at 11.00 is the "boss jock" himself Chris Jones with his great "The bit in the middle". And finally good to know that we are still getting reports of so many listeners finding the show each week, many of these are tuning in from abroad via the internet at www.harboroughfm.co.uk,but wherever you are joining us from,you are more than welcome of course.
Anyway hopefully we have another great selection of nostalgic songs lined up from 08.00-11.00 BST to make us look back to former years. Every so often we get to meet and chat to some of our gang,and I was speaking to several people who had kind words to say about our show, it always comes as a pleasant surprise.The reason that I say that is because sitting in a studio you are pretty cut off from the outside world & do not fully appreciate just what is going on at the end of the radio.(either way thanks to those who do take the trouble to contact me in whatever way).!Sometimes you may have a bit of a task contacting me by phone when I am on air,its just that I have so many things going on at my end.(but you never know your luck).!So indeed if you do enjoy the show feel free to tell your friends about us.
Annually without fail we always mark the birthday of Radio Caroline,that was a few months ago now, and she has been on air for over a half a century now.Caroline is the station that changed the morbid face of radio broadcasting forever,when she gave us the much needed pop music to compliment the so called "swinging sixties". And was broadcasting for the first few weeks from a converted ferry boat anchored 3 miles off of the Frinton,Essex coastline in 1964.Then she joined forces with another pop station that joined them called Radio Atlanta,they became one station and called themselves Radio Caroline North,which sailed off to the Isle of Man.And Caroline South and remained anchored off the Essex coast transmitting from the ship called the Mia Migo.I think we should all keep that sobering thought with us forever more.! Lets hope that you all enjoyed flashing back to Caroline's past. I certainly had lots of feedback on the subject, so thanks to one and all that got in touch,and we will hopefully be here to do it all over again next Easter weekend.(2017)?
All this leads us neatly into where I broadcast the "60's Sunday" from these days from 08.00-11.00 BST,and that is 102.3 HFM. On Tuesday 10th February 2016,we celebrated 9 years of truly local full time broadcasting, and are now well into our second term of our licence. So we hope that you are enjoying the radio that just comes out of Market Harborough & nowhere else.?(we try to be original & unique in these parts for you).
The studios are located in what we like to call HFM towers (well it is Fernie road now), in the centre of Market Harborough near the railways station, this sits nicely in the core area to which we serve of South Leicestershire & North Northamptonshire.But with the added luxury of the Internet you can tune in anywhere in the world at www.harboroughfm.co.uk and of course its all in stereo these days.
Each and every week without fail we bring you the music that shaped our destiny from that crucial double decade of 1953-1973,I suppose the starting point of 1953 may not immediately jump out at you.But it was the year of the very first UK hit parade as we knew it, and keener listeners will know that the record that held the honour of being the original number was "Al Martino" singing Here in my heart,which stayed in the zenith position for over a couple of months.And maybe an ideal cut off occurs in 1973 because in my humble opinion the pop music had changed so much from the stuff we enjoyed in the 1950's and 1960's.!! Last August we recalled the closing down of watery radio in August,1967.Anyway I hope that you enjoyed it as we return to our usual format for the best part of the year.(it rolled around quite a few months ago now).But as we speak it is only a matter of a few months away again.
On the half hour throughout the show I update you on the local weather word,many of you have enquired where I get the information from.Well I am pleased to tell you that it is supplied by the excellent Rushden weather station,and is owned & operated by John Clapp, you can go this site at www.rushden-weather.co.uk Could I also point you in the direction of a fab site that is a goldmine for all things about the former medium wave station for Northamptonshire, so why not visit a fab tribute site to 1584 KCBC radio,click on the link for all the very latest on past DJ's & staff too, www.1584kcbc.co.uk this was updated just over a couple of years ago in April 2011 with shots from our reunion which was held in Kettering a couple of years ago in April 2011.I am sure you will have a really great time checking up on the voices & faces from the station that was proud to be real local radio from Kettering. (it was all fun I promise you).!
Last Easter Sunday,2016(I know that it was a fair while ago now) and it was a great pleasure to run out some of the records and jingles that would have been played on Radio Caroline over her fab watery lifetime.Well back to this weeks show for another autumn weekend.So it was all aboard for our annual look back at the passing of the marine offences bill from August 14th,1967.I trust that you enjoyed hearing the jingles,music beds & of course the records from that era too.
So feel free to pop in anytime between 08.00-11.00 each and every Sunday,and no two shows will ever be the same due to the fact that each week the subject matter will change each week as we feature the music from the fab & the famous from 1953-1973.
Radio has never been as good in my humble oppinion since those heady days of watery wireless,this is despite having thousands of stations to choose from these days.So I do hope you will enjoy the show as much as I do playing the jingles & records that made it so special.!!On a bizarre note I was reminded of the sheer power of radio when I received a letter from the maximum security prison at Garteee,which is just on the outskirts of Market Harborough for those of you listening from further afield..The resident concerned told me of his love of our show,and that it gives him great comfort from 08.00-11.00 every week since his transfer from the prison at Milton Keynes.The sad fact is that he is to serve the best part of 16 years behind bars for his crime.!!(so at least we have a captive audience).
Mind you don't have to be in an institution to tune in, if you wish to to write to me I always send a fairly rapid reply,so remember the "60's Sunday is all about the musical memories that you have,and all of fun times that we can remind you of, so as always we urge you to contact us on 01858-464666,email at email@example.com or why not drop me a line,my email is firstname.lastname@example.org Or if you wish to send a letter to the station, it is Paul Wright.HFM Radio.Fernie house.Fernie Road.Market Harborough.LE16 7PH.
Godbless from Paul Wright.
Every so often we have a guest or even guests on the show,our most recent ones to drop by on the show were two of "70's hit makers "St Cecilia",who had the energy back then in 1971 to urge us to "Leap up & down etc".St Cecilia have just released their Christmas record called "Shout out its Christmas",singer/song writer Keith Hancock was joined in the studio by guitarist John Proctor,and brought us up to speed with whats going on now. Incidentally I was informed by Keith that the song had been viewed on Youtube over 170,000 times,no doubt down to the fact that it was mentioned on several occasions.!
And thanks to those of you who told me how much you enjoyed hearing my second chat with Barry Noble.He has been on the scene since the 1960's and is Barry Noble.Barry joined a long list of guests who come onto the show,Barry continues to support the show by sending us updates on various artists. From time to time we have our special guests drop by for a chat,and previously one for the girls was the late John Walker from the Walker brothers,we had him on the line from his home in the USA.This adds onto our list of great 60's hitmakers,they were Gerry Marsden (Mr Liverpool himself),the singer who was backed in Liverpool by the Beatles,and he was our very own lad from the Isle of Wight,Craig Douglas.Big in everyway is P.J.Proby,and we had a colourful chat with big Jim,we were also joined recently by Alan Taylor from the New Applejacks,and he told us of his times backing Adam Faith & Billy Fury.Back to Liverpool for the biggest scouse group to be still going,and it was a pleasure speaking to the original member who is still with the group,and he is John Mc Nally.When England won the football world cup in 1966 Chris Farlowe was sitting at number one on the hit parade with out of time,and it is pity that we did run out of time with the king of the mods Chris,what a very interesting guy.And last but certainly not least was the man from Essex who now lives in Milton Keynes,and we had such a great chat,and I certainly could have chatted forever to Brian Poole.Clem Cattini skinbasher for Johnnie Kidd & the Pirates and the Tornados was on recently,he is coming back in a few weeks to tell us a bit about the 30+ number one records that he drummed on.Glad to report that Graham Smith went down a storm telling all about Kathy Kirby,you can check out more at his on line magazine called encore on line.So more big names to come on our 60's Sunday show,and of course if you can throw a name into the ring for me,I will do my best to get them on the show.Our famous guest was none other than Spencer Davis joining us from America.Our recent star guest was everyone's favourite singer Vince Hill,who spoke to us from his riverside home in Oxfordshire, prior to that we chatted with Phil Capaldi ace drummer with Joe Brown & the Bruvvers.And recently we had the entertaining chat with Beaky,from Dave Dee,Dozy,Beaky,Mick & Titch,this was prior to his new bands gig at the Union Inn,in Market Harborough.(they are called the Beaky band by the way).Searchers bass guitarist also told us facts behind the group,and it seems like only yesterday that Frank Allen joined the Liverpool outfit,although it was back in 1964. We hope that you all enjoyed our trans Atlantic chat with John Walker from the Walker brothers.Sad to report that John passed away in May 2011 aged 67 over in Amaerica.The latest chat was with the guy that has been entertaining us for over 50 yrs,and is still touring regularly,and he is our favourite guitarist Mr Joe Brown.Chip Hawkes from the Tremeloes was colourful when we had our recent sixties Sunday chat.The latest pop star to enlighten us was Andy Fairweather Low,who turned out to be a really nice fellow to talk about his great pedigee in music.Most recently we chatted again to Chris Farlowe,and Dick Taylor who was on the early Rolling Stones,but now he playing some major gigs with the Pretty Things.In October 2010 we had the pleasure of having a chat with the founder member & current drummer with the Tremeloes,he is Dave Munden and he gave us an insight as to what the group were up to currently.On Sunday 22nd May 2011 it was the turn of guitarist Gary Leport who played for sixties instrumental group the "Moontrekkers" and went onto play for Rod Stewart,I hope that you found Gary interesting gang.?
Recently added are some more photo galleries,the latest one being number 8 features some shots of our favourite drummer Clem Cattini, Clem has drummed on over 40 UK number one hits & is one of the top players from right back to 1961.
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