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Underground Radio

Overview by Tom Nolan, Cheetah, November 1967

"AAAWRIGHT, bay-aay-he-baay!" ...

Max Romeo: This Is The Record That Will Give The BBC Troubles — If It Reaches The Top...

Report by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1969

HOVERING AROUND the lower end of the charts is a record that has had no plugs, and certainly no air plays – nor is it ...

John Peel: Unpeeled

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, April 1971

In the three years since he first won the Top DJ title in the MM Poll, John Peel has been mocked and worshipped. Today he wipes the ...

Radio KBIM: Radio Fun in Roswell

Report by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1972

CLOSE TO Albuquerque, New Mexico, as we hung motionless on the streaming white trans-America road, the voice on the radio-dial faded and returned in yet ...

Kid Jensen

Report and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, January 1972

KID JENSEN IS probably more able to make or break an album than any other radio jockey in the free world. His two-hour show is ...

Jimmy Savile: Puppet of Pop?

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

KEITH ALTHAM probes the laughing facade of Britain's most famous face. Couldn't his influence be put to better use? ...

Jimmy Savile: Puppet of Pop? (part 2)

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

PERHAPS IT IS a pity if this feature, which is largely Savile talking under stress gives the impression I dislike the man. I do not. ...

Murray the K's Entitled!

Interview by Al Aronowitz, Fusion, July 1972

If anybody is... ...

John Peel: Peel And The Pig — An Everyday Story Of Country Folk

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, February 1973

JOHN PEEL is a sensitive figure with a sturdy patch on the crotch of his jeans and a tendency towards schoolgirls and sensible underwear. A ...

Wolfman Jack: What’s Happenin’, Jack?!

Interview by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, January 1974

WAS HE BLACK? Was he white? Was he young? Was he old? Was he human? Until the seventies he was just a disembodied croak, howling ...

10cc, Donna Summer, Jane Birkin, Max Romeo, Serge Gainsbourg: Banned — Why?: What Turns Censors On…

Report by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, February 1976

It's Donna Summer at the moment, but the Beatles, Stones even Lena Horne have all run into radio censorship. So this week, MM examines that ...

Johnny Walker: The Rock Assassination Takes Place On Tuesday Between 11 .30 And Four

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1976

JOHNNY WALKER has seen a lot of bloodshed, and a poor disc jockey can only take so much... To cut a long story out, he's ...

John Peel's Perfumed Garden

Interview by Mick Brown, Sounds, May 1977

THERE IS no need to ask where John Peel was in the summer of love. Anybody with enough brain-cells left to recall the era will ...

Patti Smith on KSAN San Francisco (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1978

Ms Smith regales the listeners to KSAN, San Francisco, with stories about Tina Turner, Sandy Pearlman and the Clash; sings the praises of Fred 'Sonic Smith and Tom Verlaine; gives respect to Bill Graham. She also makes Public Service announcements, and comments on the commercials!

File format: mp3; file size: 81.9mb, interview length: 1h 29' 27" sound quality: ***

Annie Nightingale Joins The Old Grey Whistle Test

Profile and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1978

WHY THE BBC MAKES YOUNG WOMEN CARRY OUT THIS HIDEOUS ANCIENT RITUAL ...

Rodney Bingenheimer: A Child of the Myth

Profile and Interview by Lisa Jane Persky, L.A. Weekly, May 1979

KEEPING MY fingers on the minimal pulse of the musical movement in L.A. which, gratefully, is growing, I cannot ignore one of its prime gardeners. ...

Wolfman Jack (1980)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1980

The Personality Jock numero uno takes us through his entire career bestriding the airwaves: after his East Coast initiation, heading South of the Border to the big Mexican stations – pistoleros, gunfights, corruption and R&B; the move to Los Angeles, TV with Midnight Special and starring in George Lucas' American Graffiti, and he also runs down his pretty immaculate Top Ten tunes.

File format: mp3; file size: 53.1mb, interview length: 57' 59" sound quality: ***

Disc Jockeys

Overview by Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1981

The men who turned the USA on to rock DISK JOCKEYING IS AN OLD TRADE – but not perhaps, an old name: music-biz archaeologists have ...

Alan Freed: Mr Rock'n'Roll

Retrospective by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1982

ALAN FREED, the man responsible for giving rock'n'roll its name, was many things to many people. To some, he was the original Mr Clean, an ...

Janice Long: The Janice Long Story

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1985

How do you get a job as a Radio 1 DJ? Simple – you go to a "really posh" school, then become an insurance clerk, ...

John Peel: Two Decades On

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, December 1986

JOHN PEEL IS sitting in his pyjamas in the kitchen of his Suffolk home. It is a Sunday afternoon. On the wall is a Radio ...

John Richbourg: The Grandaddy Of Soul

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Soul Survivor, Summer 1986

OF THE MANY white disc jockeys who pioneered the airplay of black rhythm 'n' blues through the 1950s and 60s, perhaps the most influential in ...

John Peel: Man Of The Match

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1989

Guru to innumerable pale and interesting persons, champion of all things noisesome and "challenging", fully paid-up Good Bloke... When John Peel celebrated his 50th birthday ...

KISS Pirate Enterprise

Report and Interview by Cynthia Rose, Sunday Correspondent, April 1990

The duties of KISS pirate radio DJs once included rigging rooftop transmitters and guarding the door. Now Saatchi’s are telling them: "Your account is worth ...

Who The Hell Does Sir Jimmy Savile Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, November 1990

There's something unsettling about the tireless benevolence, something irksome about the infantile banter and spangly self-satisfaction, something eerie about this strange old uncle patting the ...

Dick Clark: The Beat Goes On

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, December 1990

THE MOST AMAZING thing about Dick Clark is not that "America's Oldest Living Teenager" still fits that role at age 61. It's not that he's ...

John Peel

Interview by Alex Ogg, Spiral Scratch, May 1991

NOT THAT any introduction is really necessary, but how about this: ...

John Peel: Q&A: John Peel

Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, August 1993

"HELLO, I'M A little fat chap that plays records on the radio," DJ John Peel announced at the start of a recent broadcast. ...

After 40 Years, the Homeboys Are Still Cruisin' With Dick "Huggy Boy" Hugg

Retrospective and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA Reader, November 1994

AT LAST SUMMER'S Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, one of the most popular attractions wasn't a thrill ride, exhibit, installation or culinary offering. ...

Pearl Jam: Radio Free Vedder

Report by Gillian G. Gaar, Rolling Stone, February 1995

"HEY... AM I on?" were the uncertain first words delivered by Pearl Jam singer-cum-DJ Eddie Vedder at the start of the band's latest frolic on ...

It's All Gone... Pete Tong

Interview by Push, Muzik, September 1996

PETE TONG. His Essential Selection show on Radio One is the nation's choice on a Friday night. It's a dry run for a night out, ...

Norman Jay: Chop Chop!

Interview by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, November 1996

Chopper fanatic, sound system supremo, founder member of Kiss FM, former Talkin' Loud A&R guru, all-round celebrity and man of the people... What more do ...

Charlie Gillett (1999)

Interview by Bill Brewster, djhistory.com, March 1999

From his childhood in Stockton and early fascination with black American music, right through his days as a journalist and broadcaster, taking in The Sound of the City, Ian Dury, Dire Straits and his increasing fascination with World Music.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 100.4mb, total interview length: 1h 49' 36" sound quality: **

Bob Geldof: Radio Argh! Argh!

Report by Adrian Deevoy, Q, May 1999

In summer 1998, and to a chorus of indie-kid disapproval, Capital Radio took over London station XFM and, preposterously, put Bob Geldof in the drive-time ...

John Peel at 60

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, August 1999

"WHY DO people always have a go at Belgium?" ...

Morning Becomes Harcourt

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

How a Brummie came to host the most respected public radio show in L.A. ...

Sara Cox: Vox Cox

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, June 2001

IT'S 7AM AND the tall, pretty young woman I'm watching work has clearly not been out of bed too long. Her blonde hair is tied ...

X: The List

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2001

Two decades on, 'The Unheard Music' is still the music you need to hear ...

John Peel: An Audience With John Peel

Interview by Nick Doherty, Jockey Slut, 2002

Celeb 1: Howie B: With this playlist culture, when do you decide what's going to be played on your radio show? ...

Steven Van Zandt

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, March 2003

SILVIO DANTE, Tony Soprano's loyal soldier and owner of the famous Bada Bing strip club, is in the lobby bar of a Sydney hotel and, ...

Steven Van Zandt: The Ramones Connection: Steven Van Zandt Explains The Secret Ingredient Behind His Garage-Rock Radio Show

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA CityBeat, August 2003

WHEN BRUCE Springsteen slipped into his Baptist-preacher mode and acknowledged E Street Band members at the Forum in Inglewood last year, he concluded his round-robin ...

An Interview with Dick Clark

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, 2004

DICK CLARK IS ONE of the most recognized personalities in entertainment in America: He hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows ("Rock, Roll and Remember" ...

John Peel RIP

Obituary by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2004

LONG BEFORE we met, John Peel felt like a good friend. For those millions of us who spent our adolescence glued to his late-night radio ...

Great Unsung Heroes Of Rock'n'Roll Radio

Overview by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, August 2005

Do you remember Murray the KAlan Freed and high energy?Do you remember rock'n'roll radio?Do you remember rock'n'roll radio?(The Ramones) ...

A Different Kind Of Organ

Comment by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, November 2008

Radio 2, beset by scandal, is still the home of gloriously odd programming ...

All Bands on Deck: Pirate Radio and The Boat That Rocked

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, March 2009

FOR A FEW WEEKS last spring, a corner of Shepperton Studios became the nerve centre of the fictional pirate station, Radio Rock. Mounted on a ...

BBC 6 Music: The Beauties and the Beast

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2010

Passion, intelligence and wonderful tunes — 6 Music has it all, and found many fans despite its tiny budget. So why on earth is it ...

Jimmy Savile: The Oddfather

Report and Interview by Frank Broughton, GQ, November 2012

As the fallout from the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations continues, dance music historian Frank Broughton asks whether the next revelations may be his connections to ...

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