It was in September 1961 (I was fourteen years old) that I started to listen to Radio Luxembourg. Regards Jan-Erik Olsson Sollentuna, Sweden (11/11/2011). Well he got her to do a duet with him on the phone and of coarse it went out over the air waves,he had a good voice and I think he was married to Pearl Carr,either that or they sang together. The veteran DJ started his broadcasting career on Radio Luxembourg in 1958. " and the signature tune was a very sixties instrumental. Thank you very much indeed to radio Luxembourg for the so many wonderful hours spent on your tune in the late seventies! I used an old Grundig radio with a (so called) green tuning eye. In 1964 Jimmy Savile hosted the first episode of Top Of The Pops, and the week after its launch guested on the second edition from a Manchester Church suspended upside down from a rope with Todd Slaughter desperately hanging on the other end. I've been trying to find the name of it so I can get a recording but to no avail! I was an avid listener of Luxy from about 1970 through to the 80s.
And for the first time (after listning so many years) we saw how the programs were made. The discjockeys were English; the engineers were from Luxembourg. Today in 2012, Im an on air radio pro and mostly thanks to Luxy 208. Hi guys, Every time i see the name Radio Luxemburg, I always have a little smile to myself! We were living in different countries but it turns out we were hanging on the same wavelength.
At that time Colin Nichol was the resident discjockey. I heared it all nights in the 80s and till it signed off. In 1970 when i was a sweet little 10 year old i would sneak out of bed & carefully take my brothers radio & get back in to bed & listen to "Radio Luxemburg" But every morning i would be found fast asleep with the radio resting on my ear!
Just before we arrived he presented Tuesday's Requests. Always a struggle to get 208 because of the competition from BBC West on 206 broadcasting from nearby Cadnam. I could write lot of stuff about those years.I remember once I phoned the studios during a contest and I won a pictured disc in 1985(limited edition), of couse, I still have it among many recordings I made.
I found two old brown tapes with original Top Twenty's. And "The Friday Spectacular" (EMI records); each Friday between 10 and 11 p.m. And I'll never forget that week when the Beatles had 2 singles, an EP and a LP in the Top 10. In the 70's the only way for Irish kids to hear pop music was 208. A superb site - brought back many happy listening memories - thank you.
Between the recorded programmes the resident discjockey told that "This is Radio Luxembourg, Your Station Of The Stars" and pushed the button to sound the (famous) gong. In the engineer's room stood a small mixing console, two turntables and three taperecorders. 208 was on all night in my late teens in the early 80s and a potential girl friend just had to love or at least stand it. Even Barry Aldis thought that was something special. Lovely memories of listening to Luxembourg under the bed clothes so my mum wouldn't know I wasn't asleep!!