Chris Phipps

Chris Phipps trails Look! Hear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Phipps died suddenly on Friday 23rd August, 2019. Chris was a reporter on BBC Birmingham/ Radio WM and co-presented on Look!Hear! with Toyah Willcox in the 1980s, before becoming a presenter on The Tube.

The following comments were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Conal O’Donnell: ‘Chris was a wonderful erudite popular culture man who could literally turn his hand to anything.I have very fond memories of him at Pebble Mill in the late 70s.The kind of colleague who made one proud to work for the Beeb.’

Kate Boston Williams: ‘Chris was my first colleague when I made the move to Newcastle in 1998. He remained a loyal friend. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge on all things musical and his anecdotes were legendary. I’ll miss our meetings at the Tyneside cinema, his wit and kindness.’

Michael Fisher: ‘Chris was a great colleague at Pebble Mill who gave me an interest in the Black Country and encouraged my occasional forays into the world of music.’

Photo from Janice Rider, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Rider: ‘It was only a short while ago in Sept 2017 , that I met up with Chris again after many years , when he gave a talk at Birmingham City Uni about his career & books he had written.’

Mick Murphy: ‘Thank you for tickets to see The Heavy Metal Kids at the Odeon New Street, in the 70s. My ears are still ringing, but it was a musical turning point for me. So sorry you’ve left the stage.’

Janice Rider: ‘A wonderful memory Mick . I have one too when Chris took me for a surprise lunch and it turned out to be with David Essex ! I was so overwhelmed I just sat transfixed & hardly ate a thing !!’

Pete Simpkin: ‘Worked a lot with Chris at BBC Birmingham and Radio WM and eventually took over his post at Wolverhampton in the late 80s.’

Chris Phipps on Radio WM

Hear  Chris Phipps  reminiscing about BBC Pebble Mill  in his new book on the Paul Franks Show on BBC WM. Friday  January  25, 2019  4-40 available on catch-up! Here is the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06xfhm7

Chris also appeared on Nigel Williams Show on Jazz FM January 12, 2019.

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Michael Fisher:
“Chris was my introduction to the Black Country around Dudley and Walsall. Interesting to hear him reminisce about Pebble Mill, the biggest BBC broadcasting centre outside London, capturing the Zeitgeist in music of the 70s and interviewing Black Sabbath 50 years on in Dublin after they first appeared at The Crown in Birmingham.”

Radio WM Sports Team circa 1990

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This is the Radio WM Sports Team circa 1990. It was taken on the front lawn at Pebble Mill and includes, left to right: John Platt, Tim Beech, Simon Brotherton, Ian Winter.

Thanks to Tim Beech for sharing the photo.

Brenda Jeffcoat

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Brenda Jeffcoat passed away suddenly on Thursday 13th December, aged 89. She was in good spirits a few days before she died. There are several photos below of her from her Radio Birmingham days.

Here are a couple of memories of Brenda, one from Nick Owen who says he remembers Brenda well. “A lovely lady who was always friendly and chatty”.
Here is another memory from Bunny Hall of Brenda in the 1960s…….
“I was so sorry to hear about Brenda. Although I hadn’t seen her for many, many years she also played a large part in my BBC life. I knew her right from the early sixties when she used to stand in for Olive Burrows as the teleprinter operator in an office shared with myself and
Lily Such (we were the Duplicating office, but these days probably more pompously known as ‘Office Printing’) at Carpenter Road. We always got on very well and still kept in touch after I left in 1978.”

Thanks to Annie Gumbley-Williams for the information and photographs of Brenda.

Pete Simpkin oral history

This is a specially recorded oral history interview with radio producer and presenter, Pete Simpkin, who worked on both Radio Birmingham and Radio WM at BBC Pebble Mill.

Radio Producer, Pete Simpkin.