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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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June 23, 2010Pete Simpkin – Memories of the Ghostly Voice

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Pete Simpkin - Memories of the Ghostly Voice

THE GHOSTLY VOICE One of the security men who was on early duty at the back door in the early hours had a frightening habit of scaring me witless every time he was in situ by waiting until I had collected my studio keys from him and walked up the darkened back corridors of the […]

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June 23, 2010Pete Simpkin – Memories of Working at Pebble Mill

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Pete Simpkin - Memories of Working at Pebble Mill

WORKING TOGETHER With the creation of the famous ‘Pebble Mill at One’ show there was an immediate challenge to how to produce a live TV programme in the entrance Foyer and yet keep the building operating. In the end it proved impossible and the actual operating Reception area had to be relocated but for several […]

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June 21, 2010Memories of Pebble Mill

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Memories of Pebble Mill

From PETE SIMPKIN  – Radio Birmingham/WM producer and presenter 1970-1988 Pebble Mill was a pioneering Broadcasting Centre custom built to house the cream of the BBC’s non metropolitan broadcasting and its staff. It unified under one roof several premises in Birmingham and so brought together all the talent and technology for Broadcasting in the 70s […]

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