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NO MORE 60S
Information still coming in that more FM radio stations are continuing to shun the 60s, at the same time that 60s package tours continue to sell out around the country.
We don’t understand it either but on this station presenters are selected on merit, not because they tick the appropriate politically correct box, and we’ll be playing 60s music for ever.
Travelling Man: On The Road With The Searchers
now in paperback! click above to order
Frank Allen, front man and bass player with the legendary group The Searchers takes an irreverent look at globetrotting around the world as a superstar rock musician with the famous 60’s band. From the Falklands to Bosnia Frank’s account is both humorous and informative and makes great reading for anyone who is interested in The Searchers or music of the 60’s. Travelling Man is filled with stories. The early days at the famous Star Club in Hamburg with The Beatles who were on the brink of immortality. And his first embarrassing meeting with a young, acid-tongued John Lennon. The astounding American package show that performed six times daily for a week and boasted a lineup that included The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, Millie, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Ronettes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Shangrilas and a host of others. And how Frank turned down the chance to be the father of Dusty Springfield’s love child. The pages include a bevy of intriguing characters. The Filipino minder who wanted to kill the roadie. The barmaid who possessed a bosom on which you could land a helicopter. And the lady agent who was ‘the face that lunched a thousand shits’. Frank describes what it is like to land in war-torn Bosnia on the very day the UN commenced the bombing of Sarajevo, and how it feels to pound out your thirty-year-old hits to a hangar full of nineteen year old squaddies. You can also find out why he describes sex for him as being ‘like a dog walking on its hind legs’. This book is not just an insight into the travelling life of a pop group. It is written with an impish sense of humour that will have you chuckling in your seat.
Commencing 18 June at midday repeated Monday 3am, it’s Ady Crampton’s 70s soul show – guests and some of the best soul music!
NOT THE ORIGINAL
For those who complain that bands on stage have no originals spare a thought for fans of Plastic Bertrand fame, his hit Ca Plane Pour Moi is currently being featured in a TV ad campaign.
The song however was sung and recorded by its writer Lou Deprijck so strictly speaking, the “original artist” never performed the song live!
It has come to our notice that a few rogue websites are listing the artists on some tours incorrectly. The Searchers and Gerry and The Pacemakers have both been listed on some sites as being on the Sixties Gold tour.
This is wrong. They have both retired and as of now have no plans to return to the stage.
Please check with the venues concerned if there is any doubt.
Why isn’t My Generation Radio on DAB?
There are a number of costs that a service provider will incur to broadcast on a DAB multiplex.
Multiplex capacity fees vary from multiplex to multiplex. However, as a rule of thumb, the cost of carriage for a mono (64 kbit/s regular DAB) service on a non-London multiplex is around £3,500 to £6,000 per month.
To broadcast on a London multiplex generally costs double.
For a national multiplex capacity would likely cost in excess of £30,000 per month.
In addition, there may be some additional costs of connecting a service from your studios to the multiplex centre. This cost would vary according to your location and the relevant multiplex centre but could cost around £500 per month.
There is a one off application fee of £250 to apply for a DSP licence, and an annual licence fee of £100, not to mention royalty payments to PPL ans PRS and the hardware needed to broadcast.
Need I say more??
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With Alexa, just say “Alexa, play My Generation Radio” and apparently there we are!
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Three of the interviews by artists on the Sensational 60s Experience Tour are now on the See page. Next week Mike Pender’s will be added. All can be listened to on demand.