2015/09/07

UPDATE: Alton Andrews now on NovumFM

Alton Andrews 2015
BFBS Cologne's Drive Time Show in the late 80s into 1990 was hosted by Alton Andrews until the last show from the BFBS Cologne Studios in Parkstrasse 61, Cologne Marienburg. The last Drive Time Show went out and I was there to witness the sad moments including the late PMcD who sadly passed away in the February 2015.

With the help of the great internet I found Alton Andrews again who hosted a show called "Rythm of the Night" on Diamond FM in the United Kingdom. I tuned into it the other day and I felt like listening again to BFBS Cologne's Drive Time Show with Alton Andrews. He still has the same speed and it is great to hear him on the radio again. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2015 Diamond FM closed down and Alton moved to NovumFm based in Germany, however, hosts the show from the United Kingdom.

Here is the link to the website of NovumFM where you can find the radio player to listen to. Enjoy Alton Andrews again on the radio.

#BFBS #BFBS_radio #AltonAndrews #BFBS-DJs

2015/03/27

Paul Gambaccini's American Greatest Hits on BFBS - Bullets

Paul Gambaccini
BFBS Radio also made sure the American Charts were played on the network and there surely is no better radio presenter to engage in hosting the American Chart Show than PAUL GAMBACCINI. Thank you to the kind fan of BFBS who went through his collection and digitalised the tapes and made the shows available. I am sure many of you will be very happy with this series to appear here for your listening pleasure. 
By the way - Paul Gambaccini still is on the radio and hosts America's Greatest Hits on BBC Radio 2 every Saturday evening. Check it out. Also he sounds still the same than way back when... :)  Happy Listening!

Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 21 January 1984
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 11 February 1984
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 25 February 1984
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 28 July 1984
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 09 March 1985
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 01 June 1985
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 24 August 1985
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 14 September 1985
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 19 October 1985
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 09 November 1985
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 18 January 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 15 February 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 29 March 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 10 May 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 07 June 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 26 July 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 06 September 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 18 October 1986 (Show Incomplete)
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 06 December 1986
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 07 February 1987
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 25 April 1987 (Show Incomplete)
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 13 June 1987
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 22 August 1987
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 07 November 1987
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 23 January 1988
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 02 April 1988
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 11 June 1988
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 06 August 1988
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 10 September 1988
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 05 November 1988
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 07 January 1989
Paul Gambaccini's American Charts on BFBS 11 March 1989

BFBS Soul Shows added

BFBS Radio aired great Soul Shows over the years in programmes such as Soul Train with Andy Peebles, Soul Station with Tony Blackburn and Tommy Vance hosted the Soul Bowl. Thanks to fans from around the BFBS family I am glad that we received so many recordings which you can experience now on this page and enjoy the great Soul Music. 

But now enjoy below shows from the BFBS Soul Cave. :)

Tommy Vance on BFBS
Tommy Vance hosted a series of "The Soul Bowl" on BFBS in the late 80s. Two of the shows are available below.

Soul Bowl (Tommy Vance) June 1988
Soul Bowl (Tommy Vance) December 1988

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Andy Peebles "Mr. Soul Train"
Andy Peebles also hosted a very nice series of shows on BFBS called "Soul Train" in the mid 80s

Soul Train (Andy Peebles) May 1986
Soul Train (Andy Peebles) July 1986
Soul Train (Andy Peebles)(week 22-89)
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Tony Blackburn
Tony Blackburn hosted the "Soul Station" on BFBS in the mid to late 80s. Very glad to share all these shows with you and thanks to the kind person that made the shows available for us. 

By the way, Tony Blackburn hosts a weekly Soul and Motown Show on BBC Three Counties Radio every Sunday morning. Well worth a listen and Tony does still sound as in the early days.

Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) December 1985
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) March 1986
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) April 1986
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) Ocotber 1986
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) October 1986 - Second show in the month
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) November 1986
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) January 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) February 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) March 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) April 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) June 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) July 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) September 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) October 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) December 1987
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) January 1988
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) March 1988
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) June 1988
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) August 1988
Soulstation (Tony Blackburn) September 1988

2015/03/25

BFBS Cologne - A Fairytale - watch this

Staff, Presenters, Sound Engineers etc who worked at BFBS Cologne took part at the annual BFBS Cologne Dinner and this year saw the 25th Anniversary after the closure of BFBS Cologne which was based in Parkstrasse 61 in Cologne Marienburg. The last BFBS Cologne Station Manager Colin Rugg opened the evening to welcome all the attendees and guests such as former BFBS Presenters Richard Astbury, Alan Clough, Mark Tyley, Nick Bailey but also remembered the famous BFBS voices that passed away since the last gathering like Peter McDonagh.

During the dinner a video was presented of BFBS Cologne that Tom Hausmann found and kindly shared it with all of us via the internet. Now it is my great pleasure to share that video with the many fans of BFBS Radio.

BFBS-Cologne - A Fairy-Tale from Joe Bloggs on Vimeo.

2015/02/03

And now: Some More Big Wood Tales found

Uncle Bill telling the stories
Following to the success of the Big Wood Stories which I received some more episodes from a fan who recorded them off BFBS Radio when they were initially broadcast. Uncle Bill stories that first aired on BFBS during the 60s and lived on on BFBS during the following years. A big thanks to Kevin Lach who kindly more stories for our BFBS Radio Archive. Enjoy this trip down Memory Lane! :)

Before with have some more audio stories Also I received a written story narrated by Keith Kelly from the United Kingdom:

Hi,

Great idea for a trip down memory lane!

I was in Iserlohn with the Royal Engineers during the 70s and there was an occasion when the Regiment had an open day, basically to show the wives and Kids what the blokes actually did at work.

There was a sort of mini fairground, rides on armoured vehicles etc etc AND a beer tent, run by the Corporals Mess. BFBS, before the event, showed great interest and promised to send someone along.

Uncle Bill arrived, quite early in the day, accompanied by the BFBS Outside Broadcast Unit, and they set up their gear next to the beer tent. Throughout the day various events were covered, live, on the radio. Bill seemed to be spending a lot of time in the beer tent, not forgetting the rather boozy lunch in the Sgts Mess!

The time arrived for Bill to do his stuff and a hush fell over the sports fields as we listened to him, broadcasting to the entire Free World LIVE! At the end Bill did what Bill always did and said “Goodnight Children, Everywhere”.  Spontaneous applause erupted from the gathered throng outside the trailer and Bill, not realising he was still ON AIR said, in a very loud, slurred voice,

“That will shut the little fuckers up for another night”

How I, and many around me, didn’t suffer a heart attack at that very moment I will never know.

Very Funny!

Regards
Keith


And now it is time for some more stories as told by Uncle Bill:

038 - Mr Owl and the Bishop's ring
039 - Aunt Daisy's Potted Plant
040 - The old windmill
041 - The water cress adventure
042 - The secret of the castle library
043 - Badger's motorbike and sidecar
044 - Mr Ospray's magic
045 - A game of golf
046 - The bells of St. Francis
047 - Rumpus at Big Wood Primary School
048 - Greenfly
050 - The Highwaymen
051 - Bramble Pie
052 - The Ten Tennis Balls
053 - The North Bay Branch Line
054 - Operation Thatch Cover
056 - Mr. Owl and the Fire-Fighting Exercise
057 - The Luxury Cruise
058 - The Silver Jubilee Visit
059 -  Owl's bi-plane Hetty-incomplete
060 -  The Jam Runners - incomplete
061 -  The trip to the sea
062 -  The long weekend