John Taynton at the Birmingham Superprix

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The photos show Radio WM presenter, John Taynton at the Birmingham Superprix circa 1986. The top photo is of John with his production team, and he is interviewing Councillor, John Charlton, in the second.

Thanks to Rod Fawcett for sharing the photos.

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

Lynne Smith: ‘I think the woman on the right is Jane Stanton.’

Conal O’Donnell: ‘Yes its Jane alright-the guy in the blue with glasses is Steve Woodhall.The super prix had such bad luck especially with the weather but it was an exciting time for the city nonethgeless.I was pleased to meet one of its great supporters Martin Hone at Ed Doolan’s funeral earlier this month.’

Gordon Astley: ‘I think the other two are Steve? and Catherine? I’m just aiming for half marks here !!’

John Taynton Technical Rehearsal at Birmingham Superprix

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This photo shows Radio WM presenter, John Taynton, in a technical rehearsal for the radio station’s coverage of the Birmingham Superprix, in the mid 1980s. The pit lane was alongside Bristol Street Motors, which was the central hub. The street circuit race ran for several years.

Thanks to Rod Fawcett for sharing the photo.

Nik Andrews after a recording of the Barmaid’s Arms, Radio WM

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This photograph was taken after a recording of a show with Rosie (Mary Kendall) from the Barmaid’s Arms on Radio WM. She did a pre-recorded show without Malcolm on this occasion. Nik was a member of a country band who had been on the Barmaid’s Arms show previously and so were invited in on one of her shows. This was early 80s.

Thanks to Nik Andrews for sharing the photograph.

Birmingham Mail tribute to Ed Doolan

Tribute to Ed Doolan, who died this week, from the Birmingham Mail (Jan 16th 2018).

Ed Doolan in his library at home in 2010



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

Sue Welch: ‘Lovely tribute. When I passed the news on to my daughter, she replied that she had Ed to thank for tickets to see Fame. She had “destroyed Doolan” (still got the badge to,prove it) one Sunday with her her riddle “Why was Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic so economical?” – because he got 2000 miles to the galleon.
I’ll get my coat……’

Gyn Freeman and Nicky Steele, Radio WM

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Co-presenters, Gyn Freeman and Nicky Steele in Area 2 of the Radio WM studio at Pebble Mill.

Thanks to Rod Fawcett for sharing the photo.

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

Gyn Freeman: Stuart Roper left, they brought Nicky to enable the station to still have a “double-header” – so I was the co-presenter of the show, as I was with Roper. Actually Nicky and I got on well together and the programme was popular but no way would either of these chaps let me drive the programme unless they took a break or I was doing the phone-in. Just to say that I am feeling just fine, but of course both Stuart and Nicky died so young. I did a double header on Radio 4 for a couple of series, the other presenter was Peter Purves, looking good and even older than me and the producer Peter Everett.’

Tim Manning: ‘If you look through the window, you’ll see that I was the producer, although not for the whole time that they worked together on air.’

Tim Beech: ‘Area 2. John Taynton always used that one for the shared evening show across the Midlands. Ed was always in 5, “driven” from Area 4. As was Tony Butler.’

Anthony Worrall: ‘I remember Nicky’s discos at Honiley Boot before his radio days!’

Gary Hudson: ‘I remember Nicky presenting gigs at Birmingham Town Hall in the 70s. He was already a star of BRMB, and – a day after the sad death of Ed Doolan – that’s a reminder that the commercial lot created all the major local radio personalities in those days – certainly in the West Midlands. Tony Butler was another contemporary, and of course Les Ross, who’d left Radio Birmingham for the glamour of the former Aston Hippodrome.’

Steve Jarvis: ‘I remember Nick when he was Nick Aire at Bishop Vesey School. He had the mot remarkable ten pin bowling style!’

Tim Beech: ‘Nicky of course sadly passed away many years ago – I just checked the date and it was 2001. Hard to believe it was that long ago.’

Chris Rolinson: ‘He was due to start at Saga in 2001, but he was already very ill and sadly died before we went on air.

He was slated to present the Saturday Afternoon show “The Saturday Alternative” from 2 till 6 and I had to sit in for him from launch.

It was very strange especially doing the first show that I knew a Midlands legend was due to present.

I hope I didn’t let him down…’