AS FAMOUSLY heralded by frequence-fixated Kings Singers trillery, Radio 2 proudly became the first BBC station in the country to go 24 hours on January 28th 1979, plugging that all-important proto-News 24 gap with appropriately titled new show You, The Night And The Music, as endlessly plugged by television announcers just before they shut up shop for the night. Amongst those meeting the Broadcasting House night porter for the first time were Ray Moore, Patrick Lunt and Sheila Tracy. The insomniac shift was later re-titled Nightride, recalling the ambience if not exactly the content of its erstwhile Peel’n'poetry’n'protest-singing namesake, wherein Colin Berry and Charles Nove oozed sweet nothings into the microphone between heavy rotation Lightfoot and Ripperton. Overnights now zealously guarded by the unlikely coupling of Janice Long and Alex Lester, both of whom play too many loud records – can’t they see we’re trying to sleep here?Read More
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EARLY SHOW ultra-dry behemoth of fond remembrance, who died of cancer in the late eighties. Listeners will recall references to Gatport Airwick, abominable loads and the ‘bog-eyed jog’, as well as regular fill-in stints for El Tel on breakfast, whence Wogan’s Winner got renamed Moore’s Horse. See also surprise 1986 chart challenger O’ My Father Had A Rabbit, which briefly did battle with Pet Shop Boys, Swing Out Sister, The Communards and The Housemartins. No, really.Read More