(Richard Bond)


Met veel pijn in ons radiohart willen we U meegeven dat onze dierbare radiovriend Richard Bond op 17 januari is overleden. Richard Bond alias Bondy was een radiovriend en zal heel erg worden gemist bij de Mi Amigo 40 groep waar hij telkens met heel veel radioliefde meewerkte aan evenementen zoals LONDONFM en OFFSHOREFM. Bij deze gaan onze gedachten naar zijn vrouw Diana en zijn familie en vrienden.

Bij deze hier enkele artikeltjes over Bondy geschreven by himself:

Now some stuff and nonsense about me!
Richard Bond aka Bondy or The Bear – he answers to any of those names – is an extremely young looking sixty-odd-year old until you see the pictures.
Richard has been in radio since the late 1960’s starting with hospital radio then the likes of Caroline North Tribute, Radio City, Red Rose, The Bay, Marcher and so on and on!
Richard has had the privilege to conduct many interviews over the years including Muhammad Ali, Bert Weedon, Marty Wilde, Kiki Dee, Andy Fairweather Low, Paul Carrack – the list goes on.
He was an official member of the Radio London Club in the 60’s and the received Keith’s “98.6” as a prize! The first record bought with his own money was The Allisons – “Are You Sure”. (That shows his age)
Richards musical tastes vary from Beatles to Eagles, Elkie Brooks to Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond to Bowie and very much everything in between.
He loves animals, the countryside, travel and good food (as long as it’s veggie) Radio idols include Kenny Everett, Johnnie Walker and Ray Moore and more.
Can talk for England and often does. (Big L Webmaster – he can type for England too!)
The shows come from Richards studio in Bulgaria.

(Bondi On Air Caroline North)


Het Richard Bond zijn leven zijn verhaal

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.

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)


De programma’s van Richard Bond bij Mi Amigo 40 kan je terug beluisteren via onze link “HERBELUISTER”.


Edit 17th January 2019. Sadly Bondy passed away. He will be greatly missed by all at Big L. We will always be grateful to him for his dedication and commitment to Big L and our listeners. (Richard Davies)