Radio Birmingham – DJ Malcolm Jay

Malcolm Jay

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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 a Tuesday night rock music show called ‘Heavy Pressure’

23 comments on “Radio Birmingham – DJ Malcolm Jay
  1. Re Studio 2,you can see a view of the actual studio in one of pete simpkin’s entries where I am seen reading the news.

  2. LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE…..Heavy Pressure was the programme on which I was able to expand my Radio Birmingham news reporting skills! I obtained the first radio interview in Britain with a then unknown band called The Boomtown Rats from Dublin, who were on tour & appeared in front of a small crowd at the La Fayette club in Wolverhampton (July 20th 1977). Bob Geldof travelled separately from Chessington so thanks to my sister who knew them, I got to talk to the band while they were waiting for the gig. Thanks to Malcolm Jay for recognising their potential and playing their track Lookin’ after No.1 from a new wave compilation album and broadcasting the interview. The only other BBC airtime they got around then was from John Peel, I think.

  3. Would love to find Malcolm Jay he was my god father have tried to find him on social media but have had no luck anyone out there who could help me out.

  4. Hi Natalie, Malcolm’s my stepdad. Small world, would you like me ask him if he remembers your parents? What are their names. Thanks Rebecca

  5. Hi Rebecca
    If you’re happy to share your photos on the website, that would be great – please let me know.
    Thanks
    Vanessa

  6. WORKED FOR MALCOLM JAY hub YvesFROM 1972 TILL 1978
    BOTH IN PEBBLE MILL AND ON ROAD SHOWS. WE PLAY
    MOOR HALL AND THEE COUNTY GROUND EVERY WEEK
    AND THE BARN ON SATURDAYS. PEOPLE WHO ARE
    LOOKING FOR HIM HAVE YOU TRIED UNDER HIS REAL
    NAME OF MALCOLM WOOLLY?

  7. A blast from the past. Your old stereo electrician. Remember the days of Ozzie, bonhem. Like to get intouch spent last 30 years working in Middle East.
    I will never forget the fair mont falcon you bought. That I had for 2 nights at my house to fit stereo in and head phone sockets.
    Too big for my drive extended over footpath while I was working on it.
    Would love to meet up.
    Regards Roy.

  8. Hi All,
    Thanks for your replies! Do you remember some of the greats? Rory Gallagher ELO Slade Black Sabbath Live from America Lindasfarm fair port convention moody blues Rick Wakeman Billy Connelly..
    What a collection of greats! Then we all had the after party at dale road!
    I’ve given my two daughters my collection of old vinyls to sell.
    Haven’t got my rolls anymore!
    Keep in touch
    Malcolm Jay

  9. I remember listening to Radio 2 back in the mid to late 70s and I can’t believe that you’re helping me
    with a problem tenant, Thank you.

  10. Hello Malcolm,I’m writing a few memories down when I was with e.m.I. we saw a lot of each other then.last time I saw you was at the rover social club a few years back.anything you can remember will help mate.hope you are well.

  11. Hello Malcolm. Have fond memories from Wednesdays at Moor Hall ‘bopping’ away to your great music. No hassle in those days, just enjoying ourselves. Something for me to look back on in my ‘old age’ Regards. Christine

  12. Hello Malcom and Rob Sherwood. I remember the many adventures in DJ work (Moor Hall) and radio I had with both of you, back in the day. Hope you are both still alive and well.

  13. Hi Malcolm
    This is your old Heavy Pressure Producer back in UK from Far East living in East Sussex. Retired!
    Love to get in touch
    Roger THOMAS

  14. In 1974 I was one of a group of schoolboys from Shire Oak School in Brownhills who were invited by a guy called Roger Thomas (who one evening had lectured to us on media careers) to visit the “Heavy Pressure” set at Pebble Mill. The guest was the wonderful Rick Wakeman. Malcolm was very kind and welcoming, as was Rick, who played music from his about-to-be-released album “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.” It really was a fantastic and utterly memorable experience, and I am still grateful. Thank you.

  15. Please link me to Prof Steve Green
    I am Roger Thomas – still alive!
    Left BBC Radio Birmingham and went to Radio Television Hong Kong in 1977
    Returned to UK in 1993, entered local politics. Former Chairman of East Sussex County Council.
    Finally Retired June 2020

  16. Hi Roger

    Thanks for your email. It’s good to hear from you. Just to let you know that I have emailed Prof Steve Green, and given him your email address. So, hopefully he will be in touch with you. You obviously made a big impression, for him to have remembered you so many years later.

    Best wishes

    Vanessa

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