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October 6, 2010Brass Band Competition – Pete Simpkin

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Brass Band Competition - Pete Simpkin

This shows Barry Lankester and I producing the annual Local Radio Knockout Contest organised by the West Midlands Brass Band Association. This was typical of the programming of the early days of BBC local radio….and the way in which the building itself was used to communicate with the public.  A community organisation would get the […]

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September 8, 2010Radio Birmingham – DJ Malcolm Jay

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Radio Birmingham - DJ Malcolm Jay

Photo copyright of Willoughby Gullachsen, no reproduction without permission. This photograph features Radio Birmingham presenter Malcolm Jay, and dates from the mid 1970s.  It was taken in Radio Studio 2 Control Room, which could operate ‘self drive’ or control the actual Studio 2 which is on the left of the picture.  Malcolm used to present […]

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July 15, 2010The Pebble Milly Polka – Pete Simpkin

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The Pebble Milly Polka - Pete Simpkin

NB: This song is not to be used in any commercial capacity.  The Pebblemill.org site has kindly been given permission to include it, by Denis Sheppard’s family. THE PEBBLE MILLY POLKA As producer presenter of the mid afternoon show on Radio WM I had to seek out all sorts of people in the community who […]

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July 12, 2010‘Now The News From Your Region’ – Maurice Blisson

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'Now The News From Your Region' - Maurice Blisson

‘NOW THE NEWS FROM YOUR REGION’ I wonder how many people remember the VHF regional radio news bulletins that used to go out at 6.55 and 7.55 am every weekday from Pebble Mill during the 70s.They were read mainly by John Hogarth and also by Christopher Stagg, David Stevens, Terry Coates and Guy Thomas, if my memory […]

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June 23, 2010Pete Simpkin – The Mad Axeman!

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Pete Simpkin - The Mad Axeman!

THE MAD AXEMAN When the Pebble Mill Radio Studios were being built someone forgot to install a visual alarm so that people broadcasting in soundproof areas would be made aware of any emergency and respond accordingly. One afternoon I was presenting the scheduled show alone in studio 1 when I looked up to see a […]

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