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1504: Final Eddie Mair PM on Radio 4

On Wednesday 8th August 2019, Eddie Mair hosted his last PM programme on Radio 4\. Although the programme had existed since April 1970, Eddie was to make it his own. His immaculate teasing, his deadpan humour and a cleverness - sometimes even too clever for many of his listeners - made the programme shine. Plus, of course, an interviewing style unmatched by anyone. Calm, persuasive and – if you’re on the wrong end – devastating. His last programme made no mention of his departure, although...


1503: Final Nick Grimshaw breakfast show on Radio 1

At almost six years, Nick Grimshaw enjoyed the second longest spell on BBC Radio1 breakfast. Like just a few others, his breakfast tenure was to be followed by another daytime stint. These are excerpts from his last show on 9th August 2018.,


1501: Vicki Archer - BBC Radio Shropshire

BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Vicki Archer died suddenly at the age of 41 in August 2018. Here, you can hear a segment of her bubbly on-air performance in her final show, before the news was announced the following day by Eric Smith. Her co-host Adam Green also pays his tribute. Social media tributes afterwards from colleagues through her on-air years illustrated her popularity. Vicki worked at The Pulse, Century FM and on the Magic network. She had hosted the afternoon show on BBC Radio...


1499: First Tony Blackburn show on the BBC - BBC Light Programme

The 2nd August 1967 saw Tony Blackburn's first BBC programme - Midday Spin on the BBC Light Programme.


1497: Jo forgets she's on Gem

It's happened to us all. We move from station to station. And we usually remember where we are. But just maybe on the odd occasion, we mess up. A station name, frequency or phone number from a former life spurts out your mouth. Or even your own phone number. Jo Russell was on Trent for a lifetime - but a full ten years after leaving - and having been through Absolute, BRMB and Free en route to her current home at Gem in the East Mids - for some reason the word 'Trent' came out. Maybe it...


1494: Richard Bacon talks about his illness on Broadcasting House

When Richard Bacon recovered, after falling seriously ill, Luke Jones spoke to him on Radio 4's Broadcasting House..


1492: Conversations. Episode 71: Phil Swern

He was the music-loving hair stylist who became responsible for an array of huge seventies pop hits – and then some of the UK’s iconic radio programmes. In this hour of #radiomoments ‘Conversations’, Phil Swern talks of his break into the record industry and then how he ventured into music production. From the contacts he’d made in the radio world, Phil tells of how he graduated to a young Capital Radio and Capital Gold, before being tempted to BBC Radio 1\. He relates tales of producing...


1491: Any Answers with faulty calls

I really rate Anita Anand. Understated, authentic, quick, likeable, intelligent and a voice to die for. She suggests her immaculate pronunciation owes something to a teacher at her primary school, Sister Francesca, who ordered her to stop dropping her vowels. In 2012, Anita took over the Radio 4 Saturday lunchtime 'Any Answers' from Jonathan Dimbleby, who hosts Any Questions which precedes it. Her appointment was well-made. This edition of Any Answers is atypical. It's the sort of...


1488: Conversations. Episode 70: Les Ross

This is the life story of the commercial radio broadcaster who fulfilled his dream to work on the local station he loved and how he became its most famous performer. In this hour of #radiomoments ‘Conversations’, Les Ross tells of the journey from an admin job at a registrar’s office to a new BBC Radio Birmingham and his launching the new Radio Tees, before the agony of his transfer to his beloved BRMB. He opens up about his personal challenges, and how he really feels about the management...