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Started by halfnelson on Feb 25, 2018 5:22:56 PM
Your memories of late-night radio phone-ins

From Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, the 'outspoken' James Stannage, who forever pushed the envelope.

Also, the uber-camp Umberto, who offered deep sympathy to tearful, gruff-voice old ladies from Clayton who were worried about their grand-daughters falling in with the wrong crowd.

upgoerfive - 25 Feb 2018 17:25:00 (#1 of 112)

The lines are still open, so please, give us a call.

thisonehasalittlehat - 25 Feb 2018 17:25:51 (#2 of 112)

Babs from bermondsey

Tripos - 25 Feb 2018 17:26:51 (#3 of 112)

Me and my bezi mate at school used to like Bryn Jones on LBC in the late 70s for some reason.

Brian Hayes was the best all time presenter but he had the late morning slot on LBC back in the day.

Tripos - 25 Feb 2018 17:35:19 (#4 of 112)

Who could forget Anna Raeburn and the Capital doctor on Capital Radio in the 70s & 80s(?) where they would talk about 'personal' issues. Anna Raeburn was tough. Strictly speaking though this was a late evening phone-in.

levelgaze - 25 Feb 2018 17:41:00 (#5 of 112)

Leeds students winding up James Whale. It didn't seem very difficult.

Tadagee - 25 Feb 2018 17:42:37 (#6 of 112)

I was just about to mention James Whale. Although on the TV. With a pissed Wayne Hussey.

RosyLovelady - 25 Feb 2018 17:44:08 (#7 of 112)

Were Sarah & Marsha a phone-in (Capital Radio) or just a show? They were on during the power cut era from 10 pm, when the telly went off.

Tripos - 25 Feb 2018 17:46:07 (#8 of 112)

You have an age advantage on me there Rosy. I was to young to have control of the radio in those days - not sure if I had my personal transistor radio then.

RosyLovelady - 25 Feb 2018 17:46:53 (#9 of 112)

Feels smugly old.

Tripos - 25 Feb 2018 17:47:42 (#10 of 112)

It's not often I can say I'm to young these days! lol.

RosyLovelady - 25 Feb 2018 17:53:30 (#11 of 112)

Treasure these moments, Tripos :-)

hailesaladdie - 25 Feb 2018 18:38:17 (#12 of 112)

Alan Robson's Night Owls on Metro FM (ca 1990) was always good for a laugh.

ChankNolen - 25 Feb 2018 18:39:43 (#13 of 112)

Radio Hallam in Sheffield had a rather good late night show back in the late 70s/early 80s hosted by Martin Kelner, who some may remember writing for the Guardian years later. He played excerpts from comedy records and introduced me to Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and - ahem, Bob Newhart.

There was a phone in element, but it was just the usual wankers.

Delighted_User - 25 Feb 2018 18:42:03 (#14 of 112)

Why ahem?

Shadrack22 - 25 Feb 2018 18:44:01 (#15 of 112)

Alan Robson’s Night Owls on Metro FM

It was hosted by Dave Porter in about 1983/84. I still have bits of it on C90 tape e.g. someone reciting a poem to celebrate Nissan opening their plant in Sunderland.

This week we received a welcome boost

From some Japanese giants who have decided to roost.

carterbrandon - 25 Feb 2018 18:46:03 (#16 of 112)

In my Eng Lang/Lit degree, we did a module on Discourse Analysis, and one project was to analyse a recorded conversation. I picked CB radio, someone else did a university tutorial, someone else did a room of students talking about nothing, but the standout one was the recording of 'John Austen's Niteline' that someone did for their dissertation.

John was a laid back vicar on Birmingham's BRMB, and he did a sort of problem page of the air. The recording went something like this:

"We have Steve on the line. How can I help."

"Well, John. It's about me mate's girlfriend."

"Go on."

"Er, well. We was at this party, right, and she was on her own, and she was looking a bit lonely so, er, we went to bed together, like. And now she's pregnant, like."

"Yes. I can see how this is a difficult situation. Can I ask how she feels about it?"

"Dunno John. Don't give a monkeys. That's not the problem. The problem is me mate. He's gonna kill me when he finds out; what am I gonna do about him and that?"

popstar7 - 25 Feb 2018 18:52:43 (#17 of 112)

Tommy 'Magpie' Boyd was good in the early TalkRadio days, before it turned into TalkSport. He would cheerfully, patiently takes 45-minute calls from racist idiots and demolish them just by asking them to explain themselves.

whitbreadtrophy - 25 Feb 2018 20:25:21 (#18 of 112)

Monty Modlyn, a nasty old bigot posing as a cheerful chirpy cockney used to man the phones on LBC on Sunday nights.

This was his theme song.

sqeezy - 25 Feb 2018 20:51:33 (#19 of 112)

Jeremy Beadle did the graveyard shift on LBC for a while in the 80s. There were lots of puzzles.

darkhorse - 25 Feb 2018 20:53:30 (#20 of 112)

“Why on earth am I listening to Jeremy Beadle?”

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