Bauer purchase sees loss of Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside local station If you like listening to local radio stations on a bog-standard analogue radio receiver, Bauer’s latest acquisition should fill you with dread. After 21 years of serving Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, Revolution 96.2 will be consigned to radio heaven. Alongside Piccadilly Radio’s immediate successors, […]Read More Revolution 96.2 to Become Greatest Hits Radio
What makes a great children’s television theme tune? What we watch in our formative years shapes the way we think in later life. It is the same with any good book, film, or theatrical production. The programme I have contributed to as a co-writer, Pablo, is making the same impression with children and parents on […]Read More Zen and the Art of Children’s Television Theme Tunes
In this extra helping of The Ashton Review of Shops, we look at how WHSmith’s turmoil and wonder if there’s a way out It is fair to say that at any point in our lives, we Britons have had some link with W.H. Smith and Sons in more ways than one. Indirectly, we have had […]Read More WHSmith in Turmoil: The Ashton Review of Shops Extra
In a fit of lockdown-era boredom, East of the M60 plots what could be The Weatherfield Wayfarer’s route With the nature of this post, you can tell that we are missing our buses. Well, missing them for travel requirements of a non-recreational nature, thanks to that dreaded pandemic which is still a threat to us […]Read More Lights, Camera… Atlantean – Take Three! Is This Really The Weatherfield Wayfarer Route?
BBC Scotland’s early 1980s summertime treat The fusion of popular music and children’s television programming has been a solid formula for public service and commercial broadcasters around the world. In the United Kingdom, its commercial potential was seen in programmes like Lift Off With Ayshea (Granada Television) and Saturday Scene (London Weekend Television). By the […]Read More Less Remembered 1980s Children’s Programmes #3: The Untied Shoelaces Show
A beginners’ guide to chart tracking on ILR stations from 1974 to 2008 If you mention the UK singles chart, the first thing that springs to mind in the Official Charts Company’s countdown. This goes out every Friday on BBC Radio One. Before then, it used to go out on Sunday afternoons and, prior to […]Read More The Other UK Singles Chart: 1. Independent Local Radio Music Charts
The Lost Precinct looks at a retail business model that has gone the way of the dinosaurs In my 40+ years existence on this planet, I have seen the loss of many a retail business model at the expense of another one. During my formative years, it was private video shops and television rental shops […]Read More Great Service, Great Sets: Remembering the TV Rental Shop: The Lost Precinct
How the second series of Pablo will make thinking differently cool again Was it really two years ago when Pablo hit the screens? On the 01 October, Paper Owl Films‘ and Kavaleer Productions‘ part-animated part-live action series broke new ground when it was aired on CBeebies and RTEjr. It is the first television series to […]Read More The Return of Pablo: Series Two Starts Next Week
The first of a new Duffers’ Guide, celebrating the joys of 8-bit computing I have recently found a YouTube channel that celebrates the wonder of audio tape. It is headed by a fellow from Lancashire who knows his TDKs from his Maxells, and his chrome tapes from his ferric tapes. What has amazed me is […]Read More The Duffers’ Guide to 8-Bit Computing #1: Software on Tape
Past of the M60 looks at the long forgotten practice of needle time If you have a few records, CDs and cassettes in your collection, you may have come across this notice: “Unauthorised public performance or broadcasting of this record is strictly prohibited.” Today, this notice or the like refers to the public performance of […]Read More (Do You Remember) Needle Time?