Sunday, 16 October 2016

Down Your Local - West Sound

Scotland's fifth commercial radio station, West Sound, launched 35 years ago today. Based in Ayr the original team included Bryce Curdy, Lou Grant, Sandy Webster, Kenneth Roy, Evelyn Elliot, Tom Jones, John McCauley, Allan Andrews, Tommy Truesdale and John Carmichael.

Now part of the Bauer 2 network little, aside from daytime news bulletins, is locally produced - the majority originates from Key 2 and Clyde 2.  

These DJ photo cards must date from the mid 80s and I'm grateful to Joseph McTaggart for sending them to me earlier this year.

The photos of some of the studio equipment at West Sound were taken in 1987.

1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

Jakki Brambles the most recognisable figure of these UK-wide I think. Although Sydney Devine was (and still is I suppose, in that he's still alive) an incredibly popular MOR/country singer in Scotland, with a recognition and fanbase comparable to those of, say, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones or Engelbert Humperdinck - he just never found wider recognition, because his stuff was too lachrymose, and too confined to a very specific Celtic sentimentality, to register with English audiences.

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