Angel on your shoulder

Present day Angel Radio DJ Pete Cross pictured in the late 1960s when he was a dj at the former Tricorn Club
Present day Angel Radio DJ Pete Cross pictured in the late 1960s when he was a dj at the former Tricorn Club

THIS WEEK IN 1970: Football screen in Havant Park move

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No doubt most of you will remember that before we had Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 there were programmes for different tastes in music.

For popular music we had the Light Programme, which covered everything from jazz to ballroom dance orchestras to Edmundo Ross and his Latin dance band.

There was, and always has been as far as I remember, Friday Night is Music Night which still broadcasts. We then had the Home Programme and, as I remember, the Third Programme for more serious music.

In 1967, with the closure of the pirate radio stations, the BBC in its wisdom decided to accommodate the teenage audience of the time. It closed down all the remaining stations and introduced what we now know as Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 with everyone knowing what number played what programmes.

Whereas Radio 1 played all the pop music of the time, Radio 2 was to become the former Light Programme playing a mixture of music suitable for everyone’s taste.

Unfortunately Radio 2 has now become Radio 1 for the over-30s.

It appears to me that during the daytime until 7pm it blasts out music from the 1980s and 90s with a few newish bands thrown in.

During the evening there is a bit more of a mixture, but after midnight it is back to the daily format.

May I introduce you to Angel Radio on 101.1 FM? A truly remarkable success story, Angel is based in a shop in Market Parade, Havant Precinct.

All of its presenters are volunteers and know their music. You can even hear a man who was once a leading Portsmouth DJ at places like the Tricorn Club and Nero’s, the one and only Pete Cross.

Where else can you listen to David Whitfield, Russ Conway, Alma Cogan, Joan Regan, The Goon Show, plays featuring Sherlock Holmes and bands such as Joe Loss and Humphrey Lyttleton, plus jazz from Dixieland to trad to Dave Brubeck? Do tune in.

Tony Smith, the station manager, admits that Angel is a nostalgia station but even he is open-minded and last May had a 1960s Day as a trial to test the listeners’ reaction.

Most of the Flower Power generation (unfortunately that includes myself) are now in their early 60s and enjoy listening to music from that fantastic era.

So if you want a radio station with a vast and broad listening theme, try Angel Radio.