Mike Marshall remembers John Kenyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John was my mentor over the years from 1967 when I came on an attachment from BBC Bristol for three months as a Production Assistant. The three months became six, and eventually I stayed on in the Unit as an Assistant Producer until 1972. It was the most exhilarating experience – John let me have full rein very quickly at a challenging time when the UK was in the throes of entering the Common Market! Agriculture was in a period of considerable adjustment as a consequence, and our programming always tried to reflect that.

Much of the knowledge in production that I gained working there is due in no small way to the guidance and encouragement that John gave me. He was also extremely tolerant of the fact that I was a non-golfer! The photo below was taken on an EBU Farming tour in the Netherlands in 1971, and shows many of the BBC’s Agricultural Radio and TV Producers – including John Kenyon.

Mike Marshall

John Taynton and Muhammad Ali

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Radio WM presenter, John Taynton, with Muhammad Ali. The date will be around 1983-4, which was when John was still presenting with BRMB, before his move to Radio WM. BRMB Programme Controller, Bob Hopton is stood next to John.

Thanks to John’s son, Phil Taynton, for sharing the photo.

The following comment were added to the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

John Evans: ‘WM’s interview with Ali was done by the late Ed Doolan with me (as sports editor) alongside Ed in the studio, so I imagine the photo is at BRMB.’

 

Lincoln ‘Sam’ Shaw

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The following is from Annie Gumbley-Williams:

I have received news from Simon Shaw of the recent passing of his father, Lincoln ‘Sam’ Shaw.
I remember Sam when I worked on Radio Birmingham & Midlands Today  in the 1970s to 80s. The photograph is of Sam in 1972 when he was Regional News Editor. I worked also with his son Simon, at Pebble Mill, when he was still in education, he used to come into Radio Birmingham to answer the phones on our Saturday Sports programme. Simon is now Executive Producer on the Antiques Roadshow. There’s a lovely photo on of his mother & father’s wedding on the opening titles.
Simon has sent the following:-

Lincoln “Sam” Shaw is a legendary name in the annals of Pebble Mill and Broad Street BBC history. Sadly we have received news of his recent death at the age of 93. Lincoln passed away peacefully in Torbay Hospital on February 19th. Many will remember Lincoln, either from his work as news editor on Midlands Today in the 60’s and 70’s, or from his days as Managing Editor English Regional Television which saw him broaden his responsibility for 8 regions across the UK. Those with longer memories may also know he was part of the pioneering small team that made the first local radio experiment in the 1960s. His son Simon tells us that Lincoln and wife Patricia enjoyed a life changing experience when he moved to south Devon in the 1980s by going back to the shop floor working as a reporter for the newly launched Radio Devon. Work that saw him filing reports until recently which recognised as the BBCs longest serving reporter. Luckily he managed to combine his work with golfing on some of the countries finest courses where he was regularly seen playing in to his 90s. His fulfilling and rich life will be celebrated in a memorial in early April at Dartington Hall. For more details please contact lincolnsmemorial@yahoo.com 

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

Roger Sutton: ‘Sam and I were members of the same golf club for a number of years but our paths never crossed at Pebble Mill. I have fond memories of our time on the course. A lovely man.’

David Shute: ‘A real gent and very agreeable colleague. Hope he’s having fun in the newsroom in the sky.’

John Taynton mug

Photos from Gregory Hallsworth, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio WM mug from the early 1990s, featuring presenter John Taynton.

Thanks to Gregory Hallsworth for taking and sharing the photos.

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

Andy Walters: ‘This particular show was shared with the four other stations in the West Midlands region. Shropshire, Stoke, Hereford & Worcester and Coventry & Warwickshire but came from WM.’

Gregory Hallsworth: ‘The show was also taken by the four East Midlands stations as well (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln) so quite a wide coverage area!’

Jon Pountney: ‘He was a great broadcaster, I can hear his voice now.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Phipps with Black Sabbath again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcaster and music historian Chris Phipps was asked to complete a  50 year  history with metal masters Black Sabbath by  co-interviewing the original lineup in Dublin for the movie “BLACK SABBATH – THE END”.

Chris  interviewed them regularly in the 70s for BBC Radio Birmingham’s rock show “HEAVY PRESSURE”  and  introduced them in a rare live appearance on BBC Midlands “LOOK! HEAR!” when they were fronted  by Ozzy Osbourne’s replacement — now a collector’s item for Sabbs fans.

You can see the results  on Sky Arts this MARCH–“a great honour to see them again on great form and work again with  director Dick Carruthers”, says Chris.