Radio Luxembourg – 65 Years with DJ Shaun Tilley & DJ Paul Burnett (79')


Shaun Tilley co-hosting the syndicated show 65 Years of Radio Luxembourg with Paul Burnett. The programme also features appearances by Pete Murray, Keith Fordyce, Alan Freeman, Noel Edmonds, Bob Stewart, Kid Jensen, Tony Prince, Mark Wesley, Rob Jones, Mike Read, Rosko, Steve Wright, Neil Fox and many more!

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Radio Luxembourg – Last Hour-29.12.1991 (67')

Sunday December 29, 1991 was a very sad day for all the true Radio Luxembourg listners. At four o’ clock that night Radio Luxembourg was closing their English transmissions on the famous 208 medium-wave for ever.
At December 30, 1992 at midnight also the satellite transmissions were finished.

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Radio Luxembourg – Last Hour-29.12.1991 (67′)

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Radio Luxembourg – DJ Barry Alldis Top 20

Radio Luxembourg started with the Top Twenty in Autumn 1948 (at 1293 m. long wave).
After the implementation of the Copenhagan Plan in 1951 the English programmes of Radio Luxembourg moved (July 2, 1951) from longwave to the famous 208 metres (1439 kHz; in 1978 1440 kHz.) medium wave.
Since April 8, 1962 every Sundaynight between eleven and midnight I listened to this English Top Twenty for many years. From 1958 till 1966 always presented by Barry Alldis. It was very strange that he always started with number one. Later he told me that the sponsors wanted it so.
During the wintertime this Top Twenty was from midnight till one o’ clock.

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Radio Luxembourg – DJ Barry Alldis

Barry Alldis (1930-1982) was an Australian presenter on British radio, most notably on the English service of Radio Luxembourg. Alldis’ contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.

Barry Alldis, born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, gained a music scholarship at Sydney University, becoming an accomplished pianist and trumpeter. He soon became involved in local radio, first as an announcer on Radio 2TM Tamworth and then as a disc-jockey on station 4BH in Brisbane. Alldis moved to London in 1955, first taking a series of odd jobs including that of nightclub pianist.
In 1956 he became one of the small team of “resident announcers” at Radio Luxembourg’s studios in Luxembourg City, broadcasting primarily to Britain and Ireland, although the station, boasting one of the most powerful transmitters in the world, was also heard across Western Europe.
Radio Luxembourg’s resident English team had to cover all the continuity announcing—of which there was a lot, since many of the sponsored programmes (pre-recorded in London, though this was never explained to the listeners) lasted only 15 minutes-as well as presenting several hours of live programmes per day themselves, largely based on playing records of popular music to fill up all the time not sold as sponsored programming, in practice usually the early evening plus the late evening through to the small hours of the morning. Alldis acquired the knack of somehow always sounding enthusiastic both about all the products he was required to “plug” in the spot commercials and about the record requests from listeners flooding into the station every day. Quickly promoted to Chief Announcer, he stayed in Luxembourg (where he married a local girl) for 10 years, and built up a considerable following throughout Europe: for many listeners in that era, Alldis was Radio Luxembourg.

In 1966 he moved to London to work as a freelance disc-jockey and newsreader/continuity announcer, initially mostly for the BBC Light Programme and, after their launch in September 1967, for both the pop music station BBC Radio 1 and the “middle-of-the-road” station BBC Radio 2. (In fact the distinction between the two outputs was blurred for the first several years because they were merged for substantial periods of each day including for Alldis’ Thursday edition of Late Night Extra.)
In 1975 Alldis went back to Luxembourg and returned to the radio station where he had made his name. He quickly became one of the radio station’s biggest audience draws once again, returning to Sunday evenings with the Top 20. He remained on air until his death in 1982 at the early age of 52.
Alldis presented many popular music programmes. He was best known for the weekly Top Twenty Show on 
Radio Luxembourg, which he anchored from 1958 until 1966.
At the BBC he hosted numerous disc-based shows at different periods, including Monday, Monday, Newly Pressed, Swingalong, Late Night Extra, Album Time and The Early Show.

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Radio Luxembourg – Jingles

Radio Luxembourg was a multilingual commercial broadcaster in Luxembourg. It is known in most non-English languages as RTL (for Radio Television Luxembourg).
The English language service of Radio Luxembourg began in 1933 as one of the earliest commercial radio stations broadcasting to Ireland and Britain. It was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in the United Kingdom. It was an effective way to advertise products by circumventing British legislation which until 1973 gave the BBC a monopoly of radio broadcasting on UK territory and prohibited all forms of advertising over the domestic radio spectrum. It boasted the most powerful privately owned transmitter in the world (1,300 kW broadcasting on medium wave) in the late 1930s, and again in the 1950s and 1960s, it captured very large audiences in Britain and Ireland with its programmes of popular entertainment. Radio Luxembourg’s parent company, RTL Group, continued broadcasts to the UK until July 2010 as the owners of the British TV channel Five.
Radio Luxembourg was fantastic to listen, because at that time it was the only radiostation in all Europe that played nonstop the latest records (45 rpm singles).

Most of the programmes before midnight were recorded in the Radio Luxembourg studio in London; at 38 Hertford Street, W1. These D.J.’s were Jimmy Savile , Jimmy Young, Tony Hall, Alan Freeman Jack Jackson, Don Moss, Keith Fordyce, Peter Murray, Peter Aldersley, Ray Orchard, Muriel Young, Pete Brady, Brian Matthew, Sam Costa, David Jacobs, Kenny Everett, Keith Skues, Johnny Moran, Simon Dee, Barry O’ Dee, Hughie Green, Doug Stanley, Alan Dell, David Gell, Katie Boyle, Carol Deene and Ernie Williams. Resident D.J.’s were (D.J. B.A.) Barry Alldis , Paul Hollingdale, (This Boy) Don Wardell, Stuart Grundy, Chris Denning, (TV on Radio) Tommy Vance, Tony Brandon, Colin Nichol.

Most of the programmes were sponsored by record companies; for the benefits of selling their records. To play as much records as possible in half an hour they played only the first two minutes of a record. Some of these recorded programmes were: Topical Tunes, , Battle of the Giants, Jimmy Young Show, Tony Hall show, Jack Jackson’s Jukebox, Guys, girls and groups, Tune a minute , Top pops, Pops till midnight, Sam Costa’s Corner, Teen and Twenty Disc Club, David Jacobs Show, The Peter Murray Show, Brian Matthew’s Pop parade, Simon’s Scene. And “The Friday Spectacular” (EMI records); each Friday between 10 and 11 p.m.
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. These discjockeys presented programs too; like “Sundays requests” , “Let’s take a spin” or The Postal Bingo Show. And “Music in the night” (since 1 st April 1963) till closing time at three o’clock. Then always they played a very nice record: “The End Of The Day” by Steve Conway and The Hastings Girls’Choir.
With its English language service, Radio Luxembourg was far more than just a radio station. From its long-wave outset in 1933 to its its final shutdown in 1992, Radio Luxembourg was not only the biggest commercial radio station in Europe, it had a formative influence on generations of listeners. ‘The Station of the Stars‘, the famous ‘Two-O-Eight‘, was the expression of freedom and liberty for a whole generation in Western as well as Eastern Europe, and therefore had a major impact on society, especially in the 1950s and 1960s.
It made rock music popular, it was a source of inspiration for many music stars, it was a colourful radio station, a legend!
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