It's the BBC’s 99th birthday! Well it was on the day this episode landed. So for episode 37, here’s the podcast’s story so far... Between season 2 (covering the BBC in 1922) and season 3 (the BBC in 1923), we’re on a run of specials. So here we summarise EVERYTHING we’ve learned so far. 36 episodes condensed into one. Condensed, yet also extended - because we recorded a shorter version of this episode for The History of England Podcast. So to lure in folks who’ve heard that already, I’ve added a ton of new stuff, including some brand new bits. By which I mean, very old bits. As well as hearing the voices of:
- First teenager to listen to the radio in his bedroom GuglielmoMarconi
- First major broadcast engineer Captain HJ Round
- First voice of the BBC Arthur Burrows
- First regular broadcaster Peter Eckersley
- First slightly terrifying boss John Reith
- First broadcast singer Winifred Sayer
- First BBC pianist Maurice Cole (the most wonderful accent, “off" = "orff")
- First BBC singer Leonard Hawke (although WE know from episode 28 that the Birmingham and Manchester stations broadcast music the day before - but the BBC didn't know that)
- Professor Gabriele Balbi of USI Switzerland
- Marconi historian Tim Wander (buy his book From Marconi to Melba)
- Radio historian Gordon Bathgate (buy his book Radio Broadcasting: A History of the Airwaves)
- This podcast is NOTHING to do with the present-day BBC - it's entirely run, researched, presented and dogsbodied by Paul Kerensa
- You can email me to add something to the show. eg. Send your ‘Firsthand Memories’ - in text form, a time you’ve seen radio or TV being broadcast before your eyes: a studio, an outside broadcast - what were your behind-the-scenes insights? Or record your ‘Airwave Memories’ (AM) - a voice memo of 1-2mins of your earliest memories hearing/seeing radio/TV. Be on the podcast!
- My new one-man play The First Broadcast is now booking for dates in 2022. Got a venue? Book me for your place. Here's one - The Museum of Comedy. Join me, in April or in November on the very date of the BBC's 100th birthday!
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