Any idea when there will be another split, because I wouldn't mind having a listen next time?
I was reading another forum the other week(can't remember whether it was UK Radio or Digital Spy!), & it mentioned that you were using old WM jingles.(I'm guessing the old ones that have 'BBC Double U MMMM', as the news jingles, or were they of a later vintage?)
Couldn't 'Herr Flick' & co let you have a blank set of the new/current ones instead?
I'm sure there will be another split such as this in the future. No plans yet. On the DAB split, we were part of WCR - Wolverhampton Community Radio. The OB was to celebrate our 15th Anniversary. However, WCR has always had close ties with WM via the weekely community programme. Further, my friend is WM's engineer, plus he virtually set up and maintains WCR's studios, as well as doing weekend programming there (what a guy), as do I.
As for the jingles (yes, it was UKradio), we did allow ourselves the odd old short jingle during the 2 days, keeping in with the 1989 music we were playing. We do have access to *all* the masters (old and new), no problem
but sadly although we wanted to use the 60 second old news intro... WM thought that it wouldn't sound quite right (fair point!!), so we edited a 60 version of the current one, which sounded very nice!
It was a very good day for all involved, so now we've proved it can be done (we also did simultaneous opt in's to FM while broadcasting the DAB service separately...and all from 1 small stand!), I'm sure there will be more.
I then flicked over to Classic Gold Digital WABC, to note Freshie was doing Drivetime. (How easy is it for the likes of Freshie to accidently say 'Beacon FM' on WABC btw?)
I used to work at Beacon for 11 years before moving to a Birmingham station (not BRMB), and I know Freshy! I'm surprised to hear he's on the WABC local opt-out - bring back Mike Wyer I say.
I notice Mike's appearing on Saga WM now, according to the E&S.
As I've mentioned before, he was the only one AFAIK that did WABC PA's (eg.Sandwell Vehicle Parade ).
Again, according to the E&S, Freshie normally does 97.2 mid mornings at Beacon thesedays, but I don't listen now, not since the great cull of 1997 !
Interested to hear you worked at Tettenhall Road. My favourite prog was 'The Midnight Line', but I normally only caught it on Fri night / Sat mornings.
Great days with Ian Perry, Alan 'Fat Wallet' Nicklin(now at Telford & the Wolf), & all the regular callers, including 'Big E - Eric / Captain Napalm( 'Hang on Ian. I'm coming Ian etc'), The Captain & his pensioners.
I've got several C120 tapes of mostly 'Free For All Frenzies', all from Beacon transmissions, 'cos WABC was crap overnight on AM !
It's a shame the internet / text revolution into radio shows was too late for the show!
Why did you edit down a version of the current WM news jingle?
Surely you could have used the short versions normally used for the half hour summaries, or the version that Shrops/Stoke/H&W use for the regional late show/Sunday afternoon show?