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Radio 390

(22nd September 1965 - 28th July 1967)

Issue: 2 Dated 6th May 2019

Then came Radio 390 ...

Ted Allbeury (Theodore Edward la Bouthillier Allbeury) - Managing Director formerly in Army Intelligence, after the war he went into advertising then Chicken Farming

Initially run as Estuary Radio from Queens House, Folkestone Setting-up Allbeury Coombs & Partners of Bessborough Place, London, SW1 became the operations centre of Radio 390. Ted moved to Radio 355 when it was obvious that Radio 390 wouldn't win the battle over territorial limits

Daily mail

Daily Mail reporting Radio 390 North (17th June 1966)

Preparations were made for the launch of Radio 390 North from the Welsh coast. Some station ident's and programes were made, a quality rate card produced but nothing came of the proposed station

Ted turned to writing spy fiction after the Pirates closed, three times married he had one son and two daughters and died in Tunbridge Wells on 4th December 2005

John Davies - Mechanical Engineer assisted building the wooden box studio's on the top level of Gun Tower 3

Lawrence Bean - Senior Mechanical Engineer, son of Ron Bean owner of an Engineering Workshop at St Dunstans, Canterbury was to follow his fathers trade running an Engineering Business and gentleman farmer in Lyminge

Through contacts by accident Lawrence became Mechanical Engineer, initially on KING Radio ultimately a Director and Senior of Radio 390

Lawrence brought the WWII Gardner LW Generators back into use, he fitted a more efficient and economical Lister Blackstone Generator

Lawrence along with Radio Engineer John Glendinning came up with the idea of pre-recorded programme in early 1967, this drastically reduced manning levels and running costs

Lawrence Bean

Kent Messenger picture of Lawrence Bean hoisted from 'Mullard' F19 onto Red Sands Fort, Radio 390 (31st December 1965)

Lawrence Bean aged 10 had befriended Bill Seymore, a former WWII Radio and Radar Technician owned a business in Canterbury known as SERED (South Eastern Radio Electronic Distributors) with a fleet of mobile engineers based at 'Salum House', St Georges, Canterbury. Bill, shared his vast knowledge with Lawrence has remained a firm family friend

'Salum House' was redeveloped with the department store Riceman's built on the site, after demolition the plot is occupied by the 'Whitefriars' parade of shops facing the bus station

Bill Seymore was Bob Le-Roi's father-in-law, a competent guitarist he ran Sovereign Records and Recording Studio's from the same building, mostly recording bands of the day. He built his own valve mixing desks and column speakers, the later were made using lots of old television loudspeakers, his principle being better to have lots of speakers moving a little than one big driver moving a lot!

One contract Bob relished included providing public address and recording of the Diocesan Conferences at Canterbury Cathedral, this entailed putting masses of his own loudspeakers on 100 volt line above the Nave, large Vortexion valve amplifiers and huge Phillips open Reel Tape Machines set-up below

When Radio 390 closed down many tapes from the Fort were deposited at SERED, Bob rescued a few containing pre-recordings of the announcers final closedown messages

Vic Davis and his wife Joyce lived at Chestfield, Whitstable, owner/skipper of the 'Mullard' F19 the Fort Tender from 1964 - 1967

Joyce collected and dispatched staff from Whitstable Railway Station/Whitstable Harbour

Maurice Gething - Director owner of Guildhall Cameras, 25 Guildhall Street, Folkestone and Folkestone Hi-Fi from where much of Radio 390 sourced the studio equipment, including the Leigh & Doughty Mixer board manufactured in Sandgate, Folkestone

Maurice died in late 2017, see Red Sands Relics

John Glendinning - Radio Technician, see Glendinnings - Page 2

Charlie Kent - Cook

John Latrobe - Director farmer, rally driver had interests in Brafield Car Racing Stadium and was owner of Latrobe & Company, he became a Director and discovered the Blackstone Generator. His yard was bought by Smarden Coaches, see Generation Plant

David Lye - Company Secretary a Folkestone businessman and with KING Radio suggested Ted Allbeury. David by default became MD once Ted had left for Radio 355 and stayed until Radio 390 closed

Noel Ranken - Sales Manager

Dougie Seymore - The Handy Man, rewired all the switch gear in the Generator Room on the Searchlight Tower, see Generation Plant

Maureen Seymore - Dougie's wife often put up those making their way to and from the Fort. She was was chauffeur to the Lord Mayor of Canterbury

Brian Tyrrell of Seasalter (Whitstable) long experienced fisherman and crew on the 'Mullard' F19, see Brian's Page

From the last official 'Radio 390 Programme Diary' taken off the Fort, you'll notice some KING Radio shows were retained

6.30 – 7.00 am 'Bright & Early'

Chris Barber & His Jazz Band - When The Saints Go Marching In: Storyville (Denmark) A45006 (1954) Pye 7NJ 2013 (UK) (1957) Metronome (Germany) B 45-1189 (1958) Nixa (Australia) NJ-2023 (1958) various albums

Chris Barber & His Jazz Band - When The Saints Go Marching In 45


7.00 – 7.30 am 'The World Tomorrow'



7.30 - 8.00 am 'Sing Song'

Unknown Artist - Sing Out, No Details




08.00 - 09.00 am 'Morning Melody'

Ray Conniff & Billy Butterfield - Oh What A Beautiful Morning: Conniff Meets Butterfield album, CBS (UK) SBPG 62929 (1959)

Ray Conniff & Billy Butterfield - Album









Previously 'Melody Hour' on Radio KING returned to afternoons later on Radio 390

09.00 am Start of Eve 'The Women’s Magazine of the Air'

09.00 – 9.15 am 'Cover Girl'

Philip Green & His Mayfair Orchestra - She’s My Lovely: Can be found on Capitol of the World series, The Moods of London, Capitol Records, T-10059 (1969) Moments In Mayfair album, Vocation CDEA6177 (2011)

Philip Green & His Mayfair Orchestra - Album
Philip Green & His Mayfair Orchestra - Album


9.15 – 10.00 am 'Your Lucky Stars' (Horoscopes)

Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra - You Are My Lucky Star: Hey … Let Yourself Go album, Capitol, T814 (1957)

Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra - Hey … Let Yourse








10.00 – 10.30 am 'South of the Border'

(1st theme) Robert Delgado – Guadalajaa: Along Mexican Highways album, Polydor, 84 039 (Germany) & 184039 (France) (1965)

Robert Delgado – Guadalajaa: Along Mexican Highways album,









10.00 – 10.30 am 'South Of The Border'

(2nd theme) Ray Conniff - South Of The Border from Conniff meets Butterfield album CBS1346 USA (1959)

Ray Conniff & Billy Butterfield - Album

'South of the Border' was an original Radio KING programme

10.30 – 10.35 am 'Family Doctor 390'



10.35 – 11.00 am 'Keyboard Cavalcade'

Bill Evans Trio – It Might As Well Be Spring: Moonbeams album, Riverside, (UK) RLP428 (1962)

Bill Evans Trio –  Moonbeams album




11.00 - 11.15 am 'Masters of the Organ'

Franz Schubert, Der Lindenbraum (The Linden Tree) interpretation by Reginald Dixon - Under the Lindon Tree: Mr Blackpool album, Columbia SCX3504 (1964)

Reginald Dixon Mr Blackpool album





11.15 – 11.30 am 'Dr Paul'



11.30 – 12.00 am 'Music from the Shows'

Stanley Black London Festival Orchestra - There’s No Business Like Show Business: Broadway Blockbusters, Phase 4 Stereo album, London Records, SP44088 (1967)

Stanley Black London Festival Orchestra - Broadway Blockbusters album

'Music from the Shows' was an original Radio KING programme

12.00 – 12.30 am 'Lunch Break'

George Martin - She Loves You: Off The Beatle Track album, Parlophone PMC 1227 Mono, PCS 3057 Stereo, TA-PMC 1227 reel to reel (1964)

George Martin - Off The Beatle Track album










12.00 – 12.30 am 'Lunch Break' used in the final months

Les Reed Orchestra - The Little Leprechaun: Fontana FF496 (1964)

Les Reed Little Leprechaun Les Reed Fontana Single


12.30 – 1.00 pm 'Country Style'

Columbus Stockdale Blues: No Details





'Lunch Break was 'Lunch Box', 'Country Style' were Radio Invicta programmes that survived both KING Radio & Radio 390

1.00 - 2.00 pm 'From Me To You'

George Martin - From Me To You: Off The Beatle Track album, Parlophone PMC 1227 Mono, PCS 3057 Stereo, TA-PMC 1227 reel to reel (1964)

George Martin - Off The Beatle Track album





2.00 – 2.15 pm 'Playtime'

Unknown - Girls & Boys Come Out To Play: Hi-Brow male sung version of the children’s nursery rhyme

Girls & Boys Come Out To Play









2.15 – 3.15 pm 'Melody Hour'

Frank Chacksfield - Love Is a Many Splendid Thing: Hollywood Almanac double album, London Records, PSA3200 (1957) Frank Chacksfield - Love Is the Sweetest Thing: Close Your Eyes album, Decca Records, LP 4138 (1956)

Frank Chacksfield - Hollywood Almanac double album
rank Chacksfield - Close Your Eyes album

'Melody Hour' was an original KING Radio programme

3.15 – 3.30 pm 'Spotlight'

(Stairway to the Stars): superseded by – Mantovani - The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Mantovani Magic album, London Records, PS 448 (1966)

Mantovani - Mantovani Magic album


3.30 – 4.00 pm 'Memory Lane'

David Rose & His Orchestra – Thanks For The Memory: C/W The Continental RCA Records, RCA 20-1551 (1960) & Fabulous Thirties album, Kapp KXL5004 (1958)

David Rose & His Orchestra - Fabulous 30's album







'Memory Lane' was an original Radio Invicta programme which survived both KING & Radio 390

4.00 – 4.30 pm 'Intermezzo'

Ballet Giselle, Marche, Militaire, Op 51 No. 1: said to be The Hunting Strings, No details

Ballet Giselle









4.30 – 5.30 pm 'Tea Time Tunes'

(1st theme) Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet & Lovely: Artco 45-6224 (1962)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Sweet & Lovely 45
Nino Tempo & April Stevens

Previously used by Mike & Mandy Raven on KING Radio for 'Meet Mike & Mandy'

4.30 – 5.30 pm 'Tea Time Tunes'

(2nd theme) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - Mame A&M AM 509. Pye Int 7N25400 (1966)

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - Mame 45







4.30 – 5.30 pm 'Tea Time Tunes'

(3rd theme) Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – So What’s New?: C/W Flamingo, A&M Records, 813 also on What Now My Love album A&M SP4114 (1966)

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – So What’s New? 45









5.30 – 6.00 pm 'Continental Cabaret'

Kurt Edelhagen - Paris Canaille: Ballroom in Paris album, Polydor, (Germany) 46 357 LPHM, LPHM 46 357 (1961)

Kurt Edelhagen - Ballroom in Paris album


6.00 - 6.30 pm 'Stateside 65 (66)'

George Evans & his Symphony of Saxes – Manhattan: Greatest For Dancing album, London Records, LL 3119 (1959)

Greates George Evans & his Symphony of Saxes t For Dancing album

George Evans & his Symphony of Saxes

George Evans & his Symphony of Saxes

6.30 pm End of Eve 'The Woman's Magazine of the Air'

6.30 – 7.00 pm 'The World Tomorrow'


7.00 – 8.00 pm 'The Mike Raven Show'

(1st theme) 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


7.00 – 8.00 pm The Mike Raven Show

(2nd theme) Lucas & the Mike Cotton Sound - Soul Serenade MGM 1398 (1968)

Lucas & the Mike Cotton Sound - Soul Serenade 45
Lucas & the Mike Cotton Sound - album

Originally known as Lucas & the Mike Cotton Sound 'Soul Serenade' the band was managed by & the track composed by Mike Raven, the album right The Mike Cotton Sound Columbia 33XS 1647 (1964)

The Mike Cotton Sound

Mike Cotton Sound publicity photograph

Lucas & the Mike Cotton Sound made a clever cover of Lonnie Mack as Beau Dollar & the Coins: Fraternity 960 USA (1966)

8.00 - 8.30 pm 'From Me To You'

George Martin - From Me To You: Off The Beatle Track album, Parlophone PMC 1227 Mono, PCS 3057 Stereo, TA-PMC 1227 reel to reel (1964)

George Martin - Off The Beatle Track album


08.30 pm – Midnight daily 'Serenade'

Lonely Ballerina incorrectly listed by Radio 390 as ‘Lovely Ballerina’: Mantovani – Lonely Ballerina, Decca 78rpm, F 10395 (1954) also on London LL1259 album of same name (1956)

Mantovani – Lonely Ballerina 78
Mantovani – Lonely Ballerina album

A-Z Deviations to Programme Diary & additions in final months

'Conniff In Rhythm'

Ray Connniff & His Orchestra & Chorus - Say It With Music: A Touch Of Latin album, Columbia CK8282 (1960)

Ray Connniff & His Orchestra & Chorus -  A Touch Of Latin album










8.00 - 8.30 pm daily 'Dinner at Eight'

(1st theme) Some believe Norman Warren Sextet - The Shadow Of Your Smile: Unable to trace any details

Norman Warren Sextet -Swinging Sleigh Bells 45

Norman Warren Sextet recorded a single in 1962 called 'Swinging Sleigh Bells' with c/w 'Street of a Thousand Memories' on Windsor Records WPS 111

8.00 - 8.30 pm daily 'Dinner at Eight'

(2nd theme) Frank Chacksfield Orchestra – Lovely Way To Spend An Evening: Lovely Lady album, London Records, LL1614 (1956) N.B also on the album Dinner At Eight but not used as the programme theme!

Frank Chacksfield Orchestra – Lovely Lady album








8.00 - 8.30 pm daily 'Dinner at Eight'

(3nd theme) Robert Farnon & his Orchestra - A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening: The Hits of Sinatra album, Philips BL 7672 (1965)

Also on Also released on SBL 7672, Fontana SFL13048, Philips (US) PHM200-179, PHS600-179 & CPP 1015 (MC)

Robert Farnon & his Orchestra - The Hits of Si










'Discussion Forum'



7.00 - 7.30 pm Saturdays 'Encounter'


9.00 - 11.55 pm Monday - Saturday 'Evening Serenade'

(1st theme) Orlando Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Hans Last, Evening Serenade:

Hans Last






12.30 - 1.00 pm Sundays 'Jim Reeves Show'

I Love You Because: An orchestral version of the Jim Reeves song - No Details


The Jim Reeves Show was an early a scheduled Radio 390 weekday programme

09.30 – 10.15 am daily Light & Bright
George Martin - She Loves You: Off The Beatle Track album, Parlophone PMC 1227 Mono, PCS 3057 Stereo, TA-PMC 1227 reel to reel (1964)
George Martin - Off The Beatle Track album








110.00 – 11.15 am Monday – Friday LP Special


'Marie Simone Hour'

(1st theme) said to be The Hunting Strings - Ballet Giselle Theme: No details found

Ballet Giselle









'Marie Simone Hour'

(1st theme) most likely Herbert von Karajan Wiener Philharmonic - Adan; Giselle, Act 1, No. 8 Final (Bis): Recorded 9/61, Decca Records, SXL 6002 (1962) various pressings since

Herbert von Karajan - Giselle








2.15 - 3.15 pm 'Melody Hour'

Bert Kaempfert - Lonely Nightingale: Polydor NH59009 (1964)

Bert Kaempfert - Lonely Nightingale 45


2.10 – 2.15 pm Monday – Friday Moonmice
Radio 390 Moonmice Sticker





'Music Express'

5.00 – 6.00 pm Monday – Saturday Music Bound/Music Express
Henry Mancini Orchestra - Cheers!: Uniquely Mancini album, RCA Victor, LSP-2692 (1963)

Henry Mancini Orchestra - Uniquely Mancini album


'My Kind Of Music'

Lew Stone & His Band featuring Al Bowlly & Nat Gonella – Oh Suzanna: Ten Thirthy Tuesday Night album, Ace of Clubs Treasury (Reissues) ACL 1147 (1963) First reissues of music from 1930's on World Record Club. They formed in 1954 acquired by EMI in 1965. EMI renamed World Records, retrospective series began in 1973. Oh Suzanna on EMI World Records (6) SH177/8 (1934-1935) The 390 programme featured Lew Stone & artists he'd signed

Lew Stone & His Band









'On The Scene'

Andre Brasseur - Holiday: C/W The Kid: CBS 2557 (1966

Andre Brasseur - Holiday 45









10.35 – 10.45 am Monday – Friday 'Pause for Prayer'


09.00 - 09.30 pm Sundays Red Sands Rendezvous with Ted Allbeury

Johnny Douglas & His Orchestra - A Fine Romance: Romance In Rhythm album, London Records, LL1378 (1965)

Johnny Douglas & His Orchestra - Romance In Rhythm album









7.50 – 8.00 am Monday – Friday 'Revive Your Heart'


11.00 – 11.15 am Sunday 'Russ Conway Show'
Russ Conway - Side Saddle: Columbia, DB4256 (1959)

Russ Conway - Side Saddle 45









7.00 – 7.30 pm Saturdays Encounter



9.00 – 10.00 pm Saturdays 'Saturday Night at Nine'
Johnny Mann Singers – Walk Right In: Golden Folk Song Hits album, Liberty LST-7296 (1963)
Johnny Mann Singers –  Golden Folk Song Hits album

Johnny Mann Singers

Johnny Mann Singers


6.00 – 6.30 pm Monday – Friday 'Scene at Six'
Francis Bay - Skyliner: All that Swing 10” album, Phillips, P 14006 R
Francis Bay - All that Swing 10” album







11.30 – 11.45 am Sundays 'Silver Circle Bingo'


6.00 – 6.30 pm Saturdays 'Six O’clock Sing-a-long'




9.00 – 9.30 am Monday – Friday 'Stars on Disc'


'Stateside Special'

Bert Kaempfert Orchestra – Gentleman Jim: Living It Up album, Decca DL 74374 (1963)

Bert Kaempfert Orchestra – Living It Up album










Eric Hutchings

'Sunday Story Time'

Hymn - Onward Christian Soldiers: No Details. Presented by Evangelist Eric Hutchings founder of the 'Hour of Revival Evangelistic Association' in 1952

Eric Hutchings preaching


'Sunday Swing Session'

Benny Goodman Orchestra - Let’s Dance (Theme Song): Columbia 78rpm, 35301 (1939) also on Let’s Dance album, Capitol Records, 31C 052 81713 (Brazil) (Undated) Let’s Dance album, Durium, BLJ 8013 (1975)

Benny Goodman Orchestra - Let’s Dance 78 Benny Goodman Orchestra - Let’s Dance album


'Sunday Times Hour Of Jazz with Alexis Corner'

Charles Mingus - Boogie Stop Shuffle Charles Mingus from Mingus Ah Um album Columbia USA CL1370, CK45517 & CS8171 (1959) Recorded programme Presented by Alexis Corner also on Radio 270

Charles Mingus - Ah um album







11.55 - Midnight daily 'Thought at Midnight'






The Voice of Business


11.15 – 11.30 am Sundays 'Warner Holiday Requests'
Harry Warner opened a Holiday Camp at Hayling Island in 1932. Re-branded The Warner Company (Warner Holidays) formed in 1994 for adult only short breaks at 13 country and coastal locations in the UK
Harry Warner opened a Holiday Camp leaflet











The following presenters on occasion used their own themes when not hosting Format Programmes

Guy Blackmore

The Surfaris - Wipe Out: London DOT HLD 9751 (1963)

The Surfaris - Wipe Out 45





The Surfaris - Wipe Out appeared on several record label: DOT (London), Decca, Brunswick, Princess, Danger Zone, DFS, MCA & numerous compilation vinyl & CD albums since

John Ross-Barnard

Tutti's Trumpets - Surf Della'Amore: Coliseum 45-2706 USA (1966)

Tutti's Trumpets - Surf Della'Amore 45








Radio 390 Announcer/Presenters not already mentioned above

Radio 390 News Banner

Kurt Edelhagen Orchestra - The Trolley Song: Accent On Percussion album MGM E 4083 21 USA (1962) also on Dancing Percussion Polydor 238 001 (Germany) (1963) & Stereo Musicale Polydor J 74 550 10" Club Version (Germany) (1963)

Accent On Percussion


David Allen
Paul Beresford

Woolf Burne


Christopher Clarke



Edward Cole


Brian Cullingford



Lee Gilbert


Graham Gill



Roger Gomez

Jonathan Hall


Mark Hammerton
Peter James


Sheldon Jay
Gordon Johns


Domonic Lefoe
Samantha Leigh


Jack MacLaughlin

Robert Randall


Roger Scott
Clement Shaw


David Sinclair
John Stewart


Alan West
Steven West


Daily Mail

Daily Mail reporting a technical hitch at Radio 390 (23rd June 1967)

Radio 390 was fined for broadcasting within the 1967 Territorial Limits of 3 miles set by the 'drying' Middle Sands sandbank and closed for the final time on the 28th July 1967

See Fort Fax

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