Meer nieuws van het “LONDONFM” front: vanaf woensdag 30 augustus tem zondag 3 september 2017 wordt in Taverne Bijenhof te Bissegem(Kortrijk) een 5-daags radio-event georganiseerd door “Mi Amigo 40”. Een gebeuren helemaal gericht op de Engelse zeezenders.
Er zal worden uitgezonden op de FM voor de regio Kortrijk op 97.8 MHz. Maar daarnaast kan je ook wereldwijd luisteren naar “LONDONFM” via de webplayer van deze website.

Een overzicht van de medewerkers geven jullie graag mee. Naast de naam krijg je ook een overzicht van het radioleven van de persoon in kwestie. Heel wat Engelse dj’s en daarnaast ook aardig wat Nederlandse radio dj’s hebben toegezegd om aan dit LONDONFM evenement hun medewerking te verlenen.

De eerste die we willen voorstellen is Richard Bound. Hij was zowat de eerste die toezegde om aan LondonFM mee te werken. Richard woont momenteel in Bulgarije met zijn vrouw Diana. Richard zal programma’s maken in de stijl van de Engelse zeezenders dit op woensdag 30, donderdag 31 augustus, vrijdag 1 en zaterdag 2 september telkens van 7-10u in de morgen.

Hier het Richard Bound verhaal, we geven zijn verhaal mee in het Engels.

I have always had a penchant for radio, from as far back as I can remember. Our family did not have TV as an option when my sister and I were children. I seem to recall that there was not a TV in the family home until 1965, by which time I was 15 years old and already showing that my interest in radio was more than a passing phase.
Yes we did see television programmes when we visited friends but it was always the radio that was going to influence myself and my future. As a family we would sit round the table, for dinner and tea, and the radio was always on whilst we ate our food. My memories would include many BBC comedy programmes and music shows like Pick of the Pops, on the Light programme. This was the only, if not the main, source of hearing new releases unless you were fortunate to own a crystal set on which you could receive Radio Luxembourg. You had to attach it to the headboard, preferrably metal, to get the station’s output. What a joy it was to hear so much great music, from a defining decade, that would unwittingly affect all of our lives.

My first and positive introduction to the medium was when I was very young, possibly 4 or 5 years of age. We used to listen to music programmes and Children’s Favourites is still firmly placed in my head. Because of this show I began to play music, I had heard on the radio, using my aunt’s piano which was living with us at the time. My first ever tune was “The Theme from Robin Hood” and, though I took piano lessons subsequently, it was not to be my forte.

Radio was calling me strongly and, with the advent of offshore radio in 1964, I could be found in my bedroom with 2 Dansette record players and a Grundig reel to reel player pretending it was a radio station; but just for me of course. I was just a shy 14 year old with no desire to be playing in the mud with my peers. My mother often shouted til she made herself hoarse calling me down for tea or dinner. I was that obsessed with radio.

All of the offshore radio stations influenced what I wanted to be, but I was probably a bit too young and innocent to be a part of the biggest shake up that music radio would ever experience. The catchy jingles, the convincing ads, the friendly voices plus the music, we might never had heard, all beckoned me to be a part of broadcasting’s future. I continued to craft a radio style, but not to copy those never to be forgotten voices. I joined the Radio London Club and as a new member was sent the record of the week at that time – mine was Keith and a song called 98.6.
It was such a sad event, for me, when the British government called time on offshore radio. I literally cried for hours when my friend, “free radio”, appeared to be gone forever. Of course Radio Caroline continued and we are so glad she did.

A month or so later the BBC offered the “abandoned ” listener a new sound to replace the offshore stations and the rest is history. Commercial radio was about to entertain and inform us again, as Big L, Caroline, Swinging Radio England Radio 270 and the others had done before.

As for me; I had found some comfort by voluntarily presenting for a number of hospital radio stations. I developed a radio style which had been in my head since those days in my bedroom, but it was me and not a Tony Blackburn sound-a-like, as many potential DJ’s tried to be. With commercial radio finally coming of age and on land, I busied myself applying for radio work at a great number of radio stations. A tough ask, it’s true, but eventually I struck lucky and was given a chance by some local stations. Chiltern Radio being one of the first commercial radio stations use me on air.

Over the past 40 years or so I have become at one with my best friend, the radio, and sufficiently happy to be where I am today. I have been very lucky to have worked at some of the UK’s top stations, including Radio City, Piccadilly
Radio and more. Technology has changed the shape of radio too, and I always try to keep up to speed where necessary. I didn’t always make a very good living from my radio work but, together with more mundane jobs, I was able to keep my dream alive and still do to this day.

My biggest dissappointment was that I never got the opportunity to work on the offshore radio stations so, when a tribute station advertised it was celebrating 50 years of Radio Caroline in Liverpool, you bet I jumped at the chance to do any shows there. I was living across the Mersey at that time. The month passed very quickly, but I still retain many happy memories from March/April 2014 aboard a lightship harboured in Canning Dock, Liverpool. The studio was set in the ex-ship’s control room, using old and new equipment; most memorably a Gates mixer desk. Happy days for sure.

(Caroline North photo)

I met some great guys during my time at Radio Caroline North, as it was called, to that extent that even without payment I felt the full achievement of working on the station. A colleague aboard the Planet lightship called me some months later. He told me that the guy who was running Big L international on line, and had done so for some time was interested in recruiting new on air staff. Again this would be a non-payer but can you imagine my joy when, once again, I was getting the opportunity to work on a radio station that carried the name Big L; one of my treasured offshore stations.

(Bondi On Air Caroline North)

The Big L name had come on shore like many of those pioneers and was operating live shows from various locations literally around the world. There are presenters in the UK, of course, and in The Netherlands, Belgium, The USA and in Bulgaria; where I live now. We broadcast from our individual homes through a streaming server on line. I have been with Big L international now for 3 years and loving every moment of this great experience. We get to play the music of that great period in radio history – 1964 to 1967, plus music from the 50’s through til the mid 80’s. Using Big L jingles and memories. Yes I have arrived.
Thank you for letting me share my passion and experience with you.

Richard Bond (Bondy)