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Red Sands Radio Station Themes 1964 - 2014

Not exhaustive but the most complete to date listing of programmes & where known themes used by the radio stations/DJ's that have broadcast from the Red Sands Forts

Radio Invicta

(3rd June 1964 - February 1965)

5.00 - 6.00 'Early Morning Spin'
 

8.00 'Weather'

6.00 - 9.00 'Invicta Breakfast'
 
9.00 - 10.00 'Top Sticks'
 
10.00 - 11.00 'Mail Call'
 
11.00 - 11.30 Strictly For Highbrows
 

11.30 - 12.55 'Pot Luck'

Johnny Keating - Carlo's Theme: Piccadilly Records, 7N35158 (1963)

Johnny Keating - Carlo's Theme 45

The above 'Pot Luck' theme heard on a number of occasions

12.55 - 1.00 'Weather & Information Desk'
 
1.00 - 2.00 'Lunch Box'
 
2.00 - 3.00 'Date With Romance'
 

3.00 - 4.00 'Memory Lane'

 
4.00 - 4.30 'Afternoon Session'
 
4.30 - 5.00 'Kiddies Corner'
 
5.00 - 6.00 'Music for the Evening'
 

6.00 Closedown

The On-Air Line-Up

Chris Allen
 
Simon Ashley
 
Gary Brandum
 
Johnny Caine
 
Bob Graeham
 
Jeff Godfrey
 

Bruce Holland

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose: London Records, HLX9190 (1960)

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose 45

Bruce Holland is known to have used the above track in recorded programmes

Eddie Jerold
 

Ed Laney

 
Johnny Lark
 
Ed Moreno
 
Pete Ross
 
* Tony Silver
 

* Tony Silver radio amateur radio G3OUV aka Phil Perkins went to Radio City on 5th April 1965 until it closed on 8th February 1967

Neil Spence
 
Lee Taylor
 
Paul Wayne
 

Radio Invicta, was set-up by a small group of Folkestone businessmen led by fisherman Harry Featherbee, better known as Tom Pepper

Invicta was a loose MoR (Middle of the Road) easy listening station with little structure with few Programme/DJ theme tunes

Programmes tended blend into one another, announcers sometimes signing-off, with another voice appearing shortly after

The demise of the station followed these events of Wednesday 16th December 1964: Motoring out from the local port of Faversham, Pepper's fishing boat the 'David' was suspected of having developed engine problems as it left Red Sands at around 11.10am

Pepper's body was found at Reeves Beach, Whitstable, the same evening Barry Hoy (DJ Simon Ashley) & Engineer Martin Shaw also tragically perished

KING (K.I.N.G) Radio

February 1965 - 22nd September 1965

Station Theme: HM Royal Marines Band - The Thin Red Line: Colonel Bogey Marches On HMV CSD 1282 (1959)  also on Marching with the Royal Marines #1 EP HMV 7EG 8638 (1961) Original Marching Music composed by Kenneth J Alford in May 1939 far right original HMV B. 8885 shellac 78rpm
HM Royal Marines Band - The Thin Red Line 45
HM Royal Marines Band - The Thin Red Line 78

The Station Theme's opening bars were used in pre-recorded programme opening announcements later inviting listeners to tune to 390 actually 388 metres (773KHz)

Ironic the theme included the word 'Red' when they blatently announced, quote: "KING Radio London on 238 metres coming from the Nore, where's the Nore?" (no suggestion it was a Fort)

The Nore Fort had been had been hit twice by ships after WWII due to its proximety to the River Medway approaches & Yantlett Channel into the River Thames, so had been demolished four years earlier between 1959-1960

See The Great Nore

Often announcers made more of London than the station which on occassion was pronounced K.I.N.G originally on 306 actually 304.5 (935KHz) then 238 (1259KHz) finally 236 metres actually 236.7 (1267KHz)

6.15 - 7.00 'Fiesta'

Transmiter warm up

 

7.00 - 8.00 'Rise & Shine'

Continuous music with 5 minute time checks

 

 

 

8.00 - 9.00 'Mike & Mandy's Breakfast Show'
 

 

 

Breakfast Mike & Mandy Raven who was Britain's first female DJ

8.00 - 9.00 'King Sized Breakfast Show'

Ray Anthony & his Orchestra - I'll See You In My Dreams: C/W At Last, Capital 1912, USA (1952)

Ray Anthony & his Orchestra - I'll See You In My Dreams 45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.00 – 11.00 pm 'Meet Mike & Mandy'

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet & Lovely: Artco 45-6224 (1962)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet & Lovely 45
Nino Tempo & April Stevens
9.00 - 9.30 'Country Style' (C&W)
 

 

9.30 - 10.00 South of the Border (Latin)

Sundays: 'Concert Hall'

10.00 - 11.00 'Mail Beat' (Dedications)
 

 

11.00 - 11.30 'Music from the Shows'
 
11.30 - 12.00 'Our Kinda Folk'
 

 

12.00 - 13.00 'Noon Show' included Spotlight feature

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose: London Records, HLX9190 (1960)

Johnny & the Hurricanes - Rocking Goose 45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.00 - 2.00 'Lunchbox'
 
12.00 - 1.00 'All That Jazz'
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays
2.00 - 3.00 'Melody Hour'
 
2.00 - 3.00 Mardi Gras
 

 

3.00 - 3.30 'Memory Lane'
 

 

3.30 - 4.30 'Lucky Numbers'

Shadows - Quartermasters Stores: C/W Apache, Columbia, DB4484 (1960)

Shadows - Quartermasters Stores 45
'South East Special' with Jeff Tyse
4.30 - 5.00 'Stateside '65'
 

 

5.00 - 6.00 'Up & Coming' (Latest Releases)
 

6.00 - 7.00 'Raven Around ' (R&B) with Mike Raven

Chuck Berry – Liverpool Drive: C/W of No Particular Place To Go, Pye International, 7N25242 & St Louis To Liverpool album Chess 1488 also (Netherlands) Funchler 45-124 (1964)

Chuck Berry – Liverpool Drive 45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Country Style, South of the Border, Melody Hour, Memory Lane, Lunch Box & Stateside '65 retained by Radio 390 with some of the original theme tunes

7.00 Closedown

The other KING Radio Announcers & Staff

Roy Atkinson
LibraLibrarianrian

 

Peter Barraclough (pronounced Barclay)
Libraaka John Ross-Barnardrian

 

Clive Berry
 
* Brian Cullingford
 
Bruce Ford
 
Peter Glosit
 
Roger Gomez
 
* Mark Hammerton
 

Mark Hammerton & John Stewart

Van Doren Hawksworth Collection - Pinball: Decca F 12105 (R/D 12-3-1965)

Van Doren Hawksworth Collection - Pinball 45

Mark Hammerton & John Stewart recorded a 'play about' programme that wasn't aired using above theme

Jonathan Harvey
 
$ Eddie Hinkins
 
^ Bruce Holland
 
* Sheldon Jay
 
Eddie Jerold
 
Paul Levey
 
John McGowen
 
Larry Pannell
aka John Ross-Barnard
Pete Ross
aka John Ross-Barnard

 

John Ross-Barnard

Jack Teagarden - Happy Days Are Here Again: Jazz Oracle, BDW 8053 78rpm (1930)

Jack Teagarden - Happy Days Are Here Again 78

 

<> John Stewart
 
Jay Thompson
Jay Thompson aka Canadian John Thompson helped set-up Invicta & KING Radio, believe it's him heard on pre-recorded test tranmission announcements from RNI (Radio Northsea International) in February 1970

 

 

 


Audio

John Thompson pre-recorded test transmission announcement from RNI (Radio Northsea International) in 1970

* Stephen West
 

* John Ross-Barnard, Brian Cullingford, Mark Hammerton, Sheldon Jay & Stephen West remained with Radio 390

^ Bruce Halland had been with original Radio Invicta

$ Eddie Hinkins sometimes known as Ed Hinkins on-air was a salesman & part of management team

<> John Stewart went to Radio 390 but 'fluffed' a Revallie Magazine 'read' was unceremoniously fired so went to the lesser Radio Essex , then Caroline North as News Reader & finally Britain Radio

Once again other than the rousing Military March adopted as the station theme, programmes had few if any theme tunes

You'll notice that John Ross-Barnard used three other names, with so few announcers back-back programmes weren't unusual thus John created his pseudonyms

K.I.N.G had aspirations to be better than it's predecessor, programmes followed the same MoR style & were more organised, but sufferered reception difficulties in reaching its target London audience, primarily due to an inefficient horizontal aerial system

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