Great pages! It's good to find someone who KNOWS about the radio stations
and jingles and hasn't just read about them elsewhere! I was fortunate
to do some work with Radio Scotland 242, being aquainted with the MD Tommy
Shields. After the 14th Aug 1967, like others I did some land based radio,
and had the opportunity to meet Jim West of PAMS. His wife was very ill,
and he'd brought here on a trip to Scotland. I did a 30 minute on air
interview with him on FRN Edinburgh, during which he told us all about
the working of PAMS.
Previously he had sent us studio tapes if series 27,29 (WABC) and 31 (KONO86)
as well as a capella KLIF material. As he left us, knowing we were strapped
for cash, he pointed out that the 15 i.p.s. tapes were easy to edit and
the station ids could be removed quite neatly!!
Rosko was on Radio One at that time, recording his one-hour show in Paris
and using really sharp stuff from the USA. We wrote and asked him where
he got his jingles and he replied, stating he wasn't sure what we meant,
but he would send a copy of his BBC show to us each week, and we could
edit what we wanted
These tapes arrived three weeks prior to transmission on the BBC. Were
we tempted??? Of course we were - but only once or twice!! Unfortunately
I left the studio PAMS stuff with Radio Free Caroline when we got busted,
and since everyone uses aliases, can't trace them now.
FRN was originally the Forth Radio Network which was a BBC Light Programme
clone broadcasting to hospitals all over Central Scotland. In the mid-sixties
it had an audience of a bout seventy thousand. We, the young ones, arrived
about 1965 and gradually changed the station, using its initials as the
call sign and introducing self-op to the studio. Programmes became top
forty based and we ran commercials! As well as hospitals, we syndicated
to other stations nationwide and became a weekly regular on KSCU in San
Cruz California. They in turn sent the programmes to other US stations..
At that time the Americans were into everything "Mersey beat"
so that's what we gave them!
At that time our broadcasters included JIMMY MACK (Radio Scotland, BBC,
Clyde 2) who sadly died earlier this year, IAN PURDON, BBC Radio 2, DAVE
JAMIESON (BRMB) and RICHARD PARK (Radio Scotland, Clyde, Capital and Fame
Academy!). For the US programmes, we used Radio One Jingle Edits, taken
from a tape done for us by Stuart Henry!
At one time we purchased a 12" LP from SESAC which had about thirty
jungles and advertising beds, many of which were used by Radio 270. I
am not sure how the listeners reacted to an American voice saying "This
station really puts me in Orbit!"
Well Norman, It makes a real change to read (and Hear) material from
someone who has actually BEEN there and DONE it!
By the way, from reading your pages it is pretty obvious to me the extent
of your influence on the programming of WAVES in Peterhead - I wish they
would stream it on the web as I only get to listen for a week each year
when I go on Holiday to Banffshire!!
Jim Johnston. James Johnston - West Lothian, Scotland
on Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 21:17:24
WOW! what a fantastic site ! I was browsing for some Pepper Tanner /
Pams jingles and found it.
The 10 minute Pams 10th Dimension collage sounds like unreleased mid-'60's
Beach Boys !! Love the photos as well. Congratulations on a really interesting
site, it's bookmarked as a favourite !
Ian Green email@example.com on Friday, January 23, 2004 at