"Put the needle on the record..."

(Do You Remember) Needle Time?

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 any recorded music in a public place. If your employer or local hairdressers has BBC Radio Two on in the background, they need to get a licence from the Performing Rights’ Society (PRS). From PRS licences, some part of the money goes towards musicians’ royalties.

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Ringing the Frequency Changes: AM to FM and DAB to DAB+

Personal musings on broadcast radio frequency changes


Vintage radio image by Jeff Holt, 2012. (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)


Before I went to bed, I learned about the possibility of more tasty radio stations coming my way. “Whoop whoop I thought,” thinking my erstwhile DAB receiver would benefit from a few new stations, using the DAB+ system. Then I realised the only one I would have been likely to listen to was Steve Penk’s Wind-Up channel. Chris Country was definitely out, so my opinions on the Manchester digital multiplex’s selection was met with a “meh”.
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Things I Miss About Radio: The Not So Perfect Ten

“Do you remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio?”

Greetings listeners and fellow readers tuning in to this blog entry on East of the M60 FM. We are about to take you on a trip back to 1980 or thereabouts, back to an era when radio had real personality. Don’t touch that dial…

Over at Chez Vall, the only radio station I listen to in great detail is Tameside Radio. This, as a point of principle in support of the local station. Not least the fact it has a fantastic nostalgia slot from 1pm to 3pm on a Sunday.

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Farewell New Broadcasting House

East of the M60 on BBC North’s move to MediaCityUK

BBC New Broadcasting House, Manchester
BBC New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road. Photo by Bods.

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