Author(s): Simon Elmes
The story of how ordinary voices became the daily fix for nine decades of British listeners.
Radio is a medium that has, since TV took over the broadcasting top spot, been publicly regarded as a 'small medium'. To say someone is 'big in radio' is as much a waspish put down as a compliment. But there's a very special magic in the relationship between radio presenters and personalities and their listeners. And it's very different from that enjoyed by the stars of TV. They are the voice in the head, the consoling whisperer in the ear, the image-maker. Who cares what they look like? What they sound like and what they say are what's important.
This fascinating book charts the story of the great (and the forgotten) names of radio from today and the last nine decades, and tells their stories -- how they carved out a niche in the nation's heart, of their greatest triumphs, and of their occasional disasters. It's the history of nine decades of radio -- BBC and commercial -- told through the people who made it happen for the listener.