October 10, 1923: 2BD Aberdeen begins broadcasting

2BD was a local radio station opened on October 10, 1923 in Aberdeen, Scotland, by the British Broadcasting Company (later to become the British Broadcasting Corporation). Operating from a studio at the rear of a shop belonging to Aberdeen Electrical Engineering at 17 Belmont Street and a transmitter located on the premises of the Aberdeen Steam Laundry Company, the station broadcast on a frequency of 606 kHz (495 m) medium wave.

In May 1925, 2BD’s premises were extended to take in number 15 Belmont Street; however, in 1926 the “Geneva Frequency Plan” cut the number of available wavelengths by 50%. 2BD’s frequency was changed to 610 kHz (491.8 m) with effect from November 14, 1926 and then a month later – because of the interference caused by 2BD having to share a frequency with the BBC’s Birmingham station, 5IT – to 600 kHz (500 m). In time, the Aberdeen station, along with other local Scottish transmitters, was replaced by a Scottish Regional Programme covering most of the country on a single high-power medium-wave frequency, while a long-wave transmitter (sited first at Chelmsford, then Daventry, and finally at Droitwich) was powerful enough to provide a National Programme audible throughout most of the United Kingdom, and “2BD” was last heard from in 1929.

September 28, 1923: Radio Times Issue 1

The Radio Times

The Official Organ of the BBC

On September 28, 1923 the first issue of the BBC’s Radio Times was published.  It contained radio schedule for the week Sunday September 30 to Saturday October 6, 1923.

Radio Times Issue 1 (1923), cover
Radio Times Issue 1 (1923), cover

The BBC published listings for the following radio stations:

The listing page for Sunday 30, 1923 looked like this:

Radio Times Issue 1 (1923), example listings page
Radio Times Issue 1 (1923), example listings page

Simon Mayo

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Simon Mayo (1958-)

Simon Mayo (born September 21, 1958) is an English radio presenter and author who has worked for BBC Radio since 1981.

  • BBC Radio Nottingham (1981-1986)
  • BBC Radio 1 (1986-2001)
    • Breakfast Show (1988-1993)

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Ricki Lake

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Ricki Lake (1968-)

Ricki Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. Lake is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake’s show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time.

20th Century Highlights

  • Hairspray (1988), “Tracy Turnblad”
  • Ricky Lake (TV, 1993-2004), host
  • Serial Mom (1994), “Misty Sutphin”
  • Mrs Winterbourne (1996), “Connie Doyle”/”Patricia Winterbourne”

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September 17, 1928: English broadcaster, Brian Matthew, born

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Brian Matthew (1928-2017) [bbc.co.uk]
Brian Matthew (17 September 17. 1928 – 8 April 8, 2017) was an English broadcaster who worked for the BBC for 63 years from 1954 until 2017. He was the host of Saturday Club, among other programmes, and began presenting Sounds of the 60s in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous decades.

In January 2017, after a short break from the programme owing to a minor illness, the BBC announced, against Matthew’s wishes, that he would not be returning to the programme and that he would be replaced. He was succeeded by Tony Blackburn. Matthew died on 8 April 2017.

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September 15, 1924: 2BE Belfast begins broadcasting

2BE was the call sign of the first official radio station to broadcast in Northern Ireland. Operated by the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation), it started transmissions from Belfast on September 15, 1924 using a wavelength of 435 m (689 kHz).

On March 20, 1936 the Belfast transmitter was replaced by a new, more powerful transmitter broadcasting from Lisnagarvey on a wavelength of 307 m (977 kHz), the service having been renamed as the Northern Ireland Regional Programme on January 6, 1935.

With the resumption of regional broadcasting after World War II, this station became the Northern Ireland Home Service, and later BBC Radio 4 Northern Ireland. 2BE’s successor station today is BBC Radio Ulster.

September 10, 1938: Broadcaster David Hamilton born

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David Hamilton (1938-)

David Hamilton is a British radio presenter. Since his broadcasting career began in 1959, Hamilton has hosted over 12,000 radio shows and more than 1,000 TV shows. He is usually known as ‘Diddy David Hamilton’ which was a name given to him by the late British comedian Ken Dodd.

In 1960 he became an in-vision television announcer for ABC TV (Associated British Corporation) based in Didsbury, Manchester and appeared with Ken Dodd in the TV series, Doddy’s Music Box, acquiring the nickname, ‘Diddy’. Throughout the 1960s he hosted shows for the ITV franchises Tyne Tees, Anglia and Westward.

He hosted The Beat Show on the BBC Light Programme between 1962 and 1965. He presented the final edition of Housewives’ Choice in 1967 and was first heard on Radio 1 in November 1967, presenting Family Choice.

He joined the then new Thames Television as an announcer in 1968, subsequently hosting many shows for them including Miss TV Times, TV Times Gala Awards, The World Disco Dance Championships, as well as many outside broadcasts, circus and sports shows.

In 1973 Hamilton was offered his own daily show on Radio 1 every weekday afternoon. A regular feature was his “Tea at Three” slot which used as its jingle based on the 1961 version (by the Syncopators) of Jack Buchanan’s 1935 hit “Everything Stops For Tea” recorded for the show by Mud. In December 1977, the show moved to Radio 2 and remained there until the end of 1986 when Hamilton quit the station, complaining of its ‘geriatric’ music policy.

For BBC TV he hosted Top of the Pops and Seaside Special and the Eurovision Song Contest Previews in 1986. Hamilton also hosted four series of ITV’s hangman-style game show, All Clued Up (1988-1991).

He joined Capital Gold in November 1988 to present its daily 10 am to 1 pm show.

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