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Thameside Radio Revisited

Thameside Radio Revisited

Thameside Radio 90.2 VHF on - Archive recordings from London's Thameside Radio

Jun 17, 2012

The first 90 minutes from an early Thameside Radio OB in June 1980. Bob presents a show from a party full of kids from Latymer Upper School (boys) and Godolphin and Latymer School (girls). It's very noisy and packed with people taking A-Levels who are probably all responsible adults now!

Helen from Twickenham is very nice to Bob Edwards.

There have been a few short recordings from this party already uploaded - but this is the complete first half. Thanks Roj.

Names include George Wood, Bob and Rupe, Jane Susan Sarah and Cathy, The Hoary Scab, Bishop's in Rayners Lane, George Johnson, Mouse, Inge, St Paul's School, Andrew Simpson, Rosemary Kelly Shaun Kelly (Sean?), Andrew from Reynolds School, Renata, Sue Everett, Harrow Weald 6th Form College, Ian and and John from the 1979 - 1980 6th form  from the Salesian School in Chertsey, Julian Cole, Roy Masters, Niall Stoddart from St Clement Danes.

over eleven years ago

Tom Lehrer.....famous American musical satirist who declared he could no longer satirise life in the US after Kissenger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.
Never heard thameside but will give them a go

Dave from Raynes Park
almost twelve years ago

This archive is one of the nicest things i have found on the net. Really lifts the spirits listening to Thameside again after so many years - i have kept an eye out for something like this and was really pleased when the first jingles and snippets started to appear a couple of years back.

It was, and still is, my favourite radio station and set of presenters - the music really stands up as a superb mix of classic and eclectic sounds of the decade leading up to shows and the current tracks of that time. To me this is the most interesting period musically anyway!. Not to say theres nothing good anymore, but the strength in depth of music played by Thameside DJs takes some beating - never mind the humour, humility and sense of service shown by all involved. It could easily have been a vehicle for ego-trippers or fame-seekers - but so clearly was not. I really hope all are well and suitably proud of what they did.

I was a regular listener from about 1978 to 1981 when living in Raynes Park SW20 – I certainly remember Tony Lloyds shows and the “new” Birdman shows. I was too shy to ever get involved in the parties or meet ups as I was only 14-17 years old at the time!.

I made just one C90 tape of the show – labelled as being 1980 - which i took to uni and played to friends etc - whenever the topic of radio stations came up i was never in any doubt what my favourite had been.

Anyway, somehow I still have the tape but its been years since i have played it - cassette decks are getting thin on the ground these days and the last one i owned went to cassette deck heaven about 15 years ago. I have recently been given a nice deck that would otherwise have gone on a tip, so will try to convert to MP3 as i have done this with vinyl in the past. Infact i still play a lot of vinyl..but thats a different subject.

So far I have been working through the podcasts as I work – great stuff. Although i recognise many of the jingles i dont think i have quite found the particular show(s) yet that i have some segments of - so fingers crossed there may be something to add. One of the distinctive tracks on a segment from a Birdman Show is "Poisoning pigeons in the park" by Tom Lehrer (once heard not forgotten!).

Keep up the great work building these archives. The DJs and engineers deserve all the credit they can get for what they did and the joy they brought to many thousands at the time – and today.