Radio Delights

Hello to all you A1 pop pickers out there!

We have been taken over by radio presenters this week and seeing as A1 VOX originated from the one and only Mr Charles Nove, this seems immensely fitting.
 Chris was approached last week to create an ad from start to finish promoting a bespoke Van Morrison event.
 In a glorious come back, the Radio 2 dream team, Terry Wogan and Charles Nove, got to combine vocal efforts to promote said occasion.
 Chris was given 3 songs to mix and edit to, and created a very clever tie in with Terry’s words and a Van track at the end. Chris being a bit of a muso himself really loves sinking his teeth into projects such as this, and as always, he pulled it out of the bag.
 But don’t take my word for it – check out the Sacremento website and scroll down to listen to the radio ad for yourself.
Van the Man has added two intimate black tie dinner shows at The Grosvenor House, on Park Lane, London, in October. This intimate gig includes a drinks reception, a three course dinner, and an exclusive live performance from Van Morrison and his band.
 So if you would like to sit on the bright side of the road and get a piece of this sweet thing, call Sacramento Events ticket hotline on 01371 876509 – Give me a G!
 Next up on the radio tip we have Mr Pete Drummond.
 In the late 1960’s Pete was the DJ regarded as closest in style and musical interests to John Peel. He joined Radio London in September 1966 and became an established member of the Big L DJ team (rejoicing in the nickname ‘Dum Dum’).
 Drummond and Peel co-presented the first Radio One Top Gear in October 1967. Peel was eventually chosen to be the sole presenter in 1968 but Pete continued his Radio One career deputising for Peel and hosting a weekend show. He then became one of the presenters for The Sounds of the Seventies programme.
 This was a highly influential series playing adventurous, contemporary sounds, from such artists as Yes, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, Nazareth, Thin Lizzy and Santana.
 From October 1971 it moved to a 10pm slot as a two-hour show with the added benefit of improved sound quality of the Radio 2 VHF frequency.
 Check out a blast from Pete’s past, as he was then:
 Pete trained as an actor and has most recently been very active in commercial voice-over work, hence his visit to A1 VOX. It was an absolute pleasure to meet another chap from the radio archives.
Radio One History
 Have a squizz at the original line up!

 BACK ROW (L-R) Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Duncan Johnson, Robin Scott, David Ryder, Dave Cash, Pete Brady, David Symonds

 MIDDLE ROW (L-R) Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Barry Alldis, Mike Lennox, Keith Skues, Chris Denning, Johnny Moran, Pete Myers

 FRONT ROW (L-R) Pete Murray, Ed Stewart, Pete Drummond, Mike Raven, Mike Ahern, John Peel
So from DJ legends of yesteryear to the new wave generation.
 Vic Galloway joined us for a session and chatted animatedly to everyone in the Green Room. It turns out he has plenty of friends in common with A1’s Andy Stanson. Small world people.
 Vic broadcasts on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 1 checking out all the cutting edge music from Scotland and beyond!
 He has presented two series of Mouthing Off and Vic and Bryan’s Big Scottish Adventure, various documentary series including Indie-pendent Scotland and The Banned History of Rock’n’ Roll and outside broadcasts from T in the ParkSXSWIndian Summer and Live 8.
 It all started for Vic having witnessed Adam and The Ants on Top of the Pops and his first live concert by The Damned. Cue music obsession, record collecting and riotous image based creations. Ah the 80’s punk era – I remember it well….sort of.
Vic is also often invited to host, and MC, events and also gets asked to lend his voice to various bits and pieces along the way.  This is where we come in and I can report that he is a very happy, friendly, chap.

He hung out in the Green Room after his session talking shop with the two Andy’s and opening my eyes to some very strange sounding bands!

In fact the buck doesn’t just stop there for Vic as he is currently writing, performing and producing music with progressive-pop experimentalists Deaf Mutes.


‘If you had breath for no more than 99 words, what would they be?’

An extraordinarily thought provoking question.

If, like me, you are intrigued by this concept then maybe you can join A1’s Joan Walker this coming Thursday as she contributes to this very special evening.

Renowned broadcaster Fergal Keane, Turkey’s most widely read novelist Elif Shafak, human rights activist Helen Bamber and performance poet Inua Ellams all gather on the eve of `Peace Day’ to reflect on this question.

Hear their answers and more – or bring along your own – to 99 Words For Peace held at The Mosaic Rooms, London.

Good luck Joan – we know you will smash it!

September 20th, 7pm – 9pm. Doors open 6.30pm

Tickets £10 Concessions £8. Ticket price includes glass of wine. All proceeds go to Peace Direct.