Big L Radio London
Kenny Everett in ‘The Dee Jay Book’ published in 1969
“I would like Radio One to give me the feeling that Radio London gave me whilst driving along in an open-topped car, when the wind was blowing and the sun was shining and you heard somebody enjoying themselves on the radio. They really enjoyed themselves – you could hear it in their voices; they had a happy edge on their voices and you knew that they were enjoying themselves and were putting out a nice, entertaining programme. It made you feel better. Radio One doesn’t make you feel better…”
This was recorded on my Simon SP5 Reel To Reel tape deck from a ‘diode’ feed out the back of a Bush portable radio.(Not many radio’s equipped with an audio out in the 60’s).transferred later to cassette tape. Dad left me off serving petrol at Redwings Service Station to record the show.
This is part 2 of the cassette transfer and whilst the original reel to reel tape contained a very emotive comment from me concerning Harold Wilson the Then PM of England included in this soundbite.
Redwings (52°24’33.90″N 0°15’47.80″W),was 2.3 Miles from the end of the runway at the American Air Force Base about 6 miles north of Huntingdon approx 90 miles or so from MV Galaxy Big L.
If you listen very closely to the MD Philip Burche’s last speech you can here me connect the ribbon mike I was going to use to record my ‘bring down Harold Wilson speech’ The Last advert was for Consulate super king menthol cigarettes followed by a very upset Dusty which still moves me to this day. Mike Richardson February 17th 2013.
July 2001, Miriam writes:
Hi Mary and Chris,
I’m new to the Internet and have just found you! I can’t receive music on this WEB2U machine but otherwise accessed all parts of your site, and very quickly. I was late to Offshore radio, Autumn ’66, but it rapidly became part of my life.
Yes, I recall Liverpool Street Station on that night and the incredible scenes.
When Chuck Blair and Mike Lennox had had enough adoration, I drove my car into the station, and with fans literally climbing all over it to try and stop me, I whisked them off to a flat in Chelsea.
Later on, I took them to a night club in Great Castle St. near Oxford Circus but declined their invitation to join them. I had met Chuck previously somewhere(?) and there seemed to be some empathy between us as I recognised that deep down he was a bit of a ‘lonelyheart’. I was sorry to learn of his untimely death. He was a nice man.
I enjoyed those mad, happy few months and still have some memorabilia including the 8mm film of Big L. It’s also nice to know that there are lovely people like yourselves who are dedicated to keeping the memories alive.
Love and best wishes, Miriam.
As a sad note to the lovely story above in part 1, Geoff Killick passed away on April 3rd 2001, after a long battle against illness. Radio London brought great happiness to Geoff’s life and this page is respectfully dedicated to his memory, on behalf of his close friend David Skeates and the rest of the Big L Family.