Here's what they sounded like (yes I really am posting a few buzzing sounds!):
You could get a BBC Engineering Information sheet to explain exactly what you'd hear:
More BBC Engineering information sheets can be found here.
|Keith Fordyce (front, second from left) with other BBC Light Programme presenters posing
for the 1965 pantomime. Back row: Simon Dee, David Gell, Alan Dell, David Jacobs.
Front row: Don Moss, Keith, Pete Murray, Bill Crozier and Brian Matthew
|Shipping Forecast Areas in the mid 1970s
When Ellison dies and Howard suggested that she should speak her words herself there was consternation. “Could a woman sustain a whole hour’s broadcasting?” asked Anthony Whitby, the then controller. “It was understood that if the public objected I would be straight back to the back room. But of course the public took no notice whatever. The BBC has, as usual, underrated their intelligence.”In 1975, writing in the Radio Times, Jonathan Raban described how Margaret put the programme together:
It’s like painting the Forth Bridge,’ Miss Howard says. She starts with Radio Times, marking up likely candidates. The BBC then supply her with recordings. Her weekends are spent solidly looking and listening, with TV and radio sets blaring in every room. ‘The programme has a very tight brief, and there isn’t as much room for choice as you might think. News items, for instance, aren’t allowed. Nor are live concerts-the repeat fees are prohibitive. In general, television doesn’t really come down to radio very well. Narrative documentary programmes hardly ever lend themselves to short clips. So I’m falling back on talking heads shows. Actually, there’s an innate poverty of suitable material – I’m afraid it’s not a question of “which gem shall I have?”’ Miss Howard edits each item carefully, often marrying several fragments of one programme to make a single extract. The result is excellent radio, but the job sounds hell. Didn’t she feel overdosed? ‘ Yes. I had a holiday at home recently, and listened to nothing at all for a fortnight, And I like rubbish. Relaxation for me is switching to ITV and watching The Streets of San Francisco.’
|Radio Times 29 September 1975 as
John Peel starts his daily show
|Radio Times 8 January 1985