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Radiofax Easter 1988 Transmissions. 1st April 1988 Programme


Presented by Trevor Brook and Maggie Stevenson
* Colin Walters from Piccadilly Radio writing in the Guardian. 'Cinderellas of the Air' (some ILR moaning about the BBC, no changes there then.)
* The early history of FM in the USA and a look at the manufacturers of the time (80s).
* ITV licences to be awarded by competitive tender
* The (pre-mobile phone) craze for radio transceiver 'walkie-talkies' in Singapore
* Music from The Eurythmics
* Carlton and Virgin to bid for a national radio franchise
* Audio News from Bob Tomalski: Exciting news on new releases of Hi-Fi separates! Ariston unveil new * * Integrated Amplifier! New Revox brochure! Laskys are to support Digital Audio Tape!
* Survey of the Milky Way
* Recording Teletext Subtitles on VCRs (Nufax)
* Tony Currie from the Cable Authority: Elegant Solutions or Space Spaghetti. End to the 4-channel duopoly on TV and radio (pro-cable article).
* From the IBA: ITV Transmitter re-engineering to update the network
* Music Royalties controversy - Monopolies and Mergers Commission to investigate (Needletime) - again nothing really new here!
* 'Oil Companies pump rivals'; 60-70% of petrol came from competitors' oil refineries
* British Telecom's fight to join the cable TV ranks. BT's proposal to install optical fibre throughout the UK. Of course BT were barred from offering entertainment services for many years and the optical network never happened. Instead we got the cable TV companies (make that one company now...)
* How technology is influencing radio programmes. 'Music concrete' / BBC Radiophonics workshop, interview with Kenny Everett on making sound effects and jingles, from Radio 4. Also, 'Breakdown' a documentary made by Peter Simmons from Capital Radio on mental illness made using radiophonics. (They don't make 'em like that any more)
* Concern from the Treasury over a sharp increase in DTI's Advertising budget (A good wind-up there Trevor!)
* DTI's review of the year for the Radiocommunications Division, including VHF spectrum for Community and Special Event Radio.
* Music from Huey Lewis
* Brian West AIRC, more about breaking the PPL monopoly (at the time the limit was 9 hours needletime per day)
* CD Erasure (magneto-optical discs) from Thomson
* Ad for Surrey Electronics AM Synchronous Detector Circuit Board
* Monopolies Enquiry into TV Unions' restrictive practices
* DAT vs the Copycode Filter in the USA
* Music from Dire Straits
* Cellular Phone Profits and Price War
* First Digital Mobile Phone (Libra ADPCM, not GSM)
* IBA 'Attitudes to Broadcasting' Survey
* UK backs Eureka HDTV
* 1966 article on Local Radio Association lobbying for local radio. Minister: Tony Benn
* Music from Kraftwerk

Length: 2h03m, Originally Broadcast: 1st April 1988

MP3 file size: 21.1 MB
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Radiofax Easter 1988 Transmissions. 2nd April 1988 Programme


Presented by Trevor Brook and Holly Robson
* Televising the House of Commons
* The Peacock Committee (BBC vs Government)
* Music from Sting
* The Hurd Programme (3 INR stations, 300 Community Radio Stations - supposedly - and opposition to the Radio Authority)
* Re-broadcast of Media Network (Jonathan Marks, Radio Netherlands)
* Item about Venus and the Planets
* Mobile Radio Spectrum Woes on Band I and III (Pat Hawker)
* DAT Tape 'to obsolete CDs' (Bob Tomalski)
* Ad for Surrey Electronics AM Synchronous Detector Circuit Board
* Microphones buried in the pitch for clear Cricket coverage
* S-VHS claims and measurements
* Music from Paul Simon
* Putting radio at risk. Open letter from Lord Thompson of the IBA to the government about the three proposed national radio channels and other new services
* Power without Wires (Microwave power transfer)
* Senior Management announced for Radio Tara (Atlantic 252 to be)
* Advice on buying a second hand Short Wave Communications Receiver
* Music from Eric Clapton
* Opportunities for Female Engineers in the Music Industry
* Music from The Doors

Length: 2h03m, Originally Broadcast: 2nd April 1988

MP3 file size: 21.3 MB
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Radiofax Easter 1988 Transmissions. 3rd April 1988 Programme


Presented by Trevor Brook and Maggie Stevenson
* More competition required for private satellite links
* A novel approach to the design of insulators in MF tower broadcast antenna stays
* Annual report of the DTI Radio Investigation Service (RIS) 1986/87
* Music from The Police
* Annual report of the DTI Radio Investigation Service (RIS) 1986/87 (continued)
* Non CFC-based cleaning techniques in electronics manufacturing
* Bob Tomalski on Radio Netherlands (CD-V Compact Disc Video players)
* Ad for Surrey Electronics AM Synchronous Detector Circuit Board
* Swearing on the radio brings rift to the BBC
* Article about Continental Electronics (transmitter manufacturer)
* Music from David Bowie
* Article about Continental Electronics (continued)
* Hoover Microwave Oven recall
* Video News: The end of the Laservision Video disc format
* A profile of Marmaduke Hussey - BBC Chairman
* Music from Alison Moyet
* A profile of Marmaduke Hussey (continued)
* AB Electronics financial report
* Music from Bob Dylan
* Bob Tomalski reviews new Nakamichi Cassette Decks
* 'Petticoat Lane takes to the Air'. Accents on the radio (these days would be called Mockney)

Length: 1h33m, Originally Broadcast: 3rd April 1988

MP3 file size: 16 MB
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Radiofax Easter 1988 Transmissions. 4th April 1988 Programme

Presented by Trevor Brook and Maggie Stevenson
Contents:
* The need to secure Channel 4 funds
* Developments in Broadcast Transmitter Engineering
* Music from Eric Clapton
* Developments in Broadcast Transmitter Engineering (Continued)
* Music from Alison Moyet
* Developments in Broadcast Transmitter Engineering (Continued)
* Excessive BT line charges for distributing BBC programmes
* Bob Tomalski reviews some new CD players from Technics
* EU Satellite Communications Green Paper
* D-MAC/packet, the UK standard for DBS
* 'Tuning in to Radio Diversity', an outline of the new Radio Authority
* Music by Lloyd Cole
* Advance clearance of Roger Hollis article
* Commercial Radio for Greece
* Discrimination claim over BBC axing Janice Long programme
* New camcorder from Panasonic
* Radio for Sale - critique of the government's proposals for radio
* Music from UB40
* Radio for Sale (continued)
* Ad for Surrey Electronics AM Synchronous Detector Circuit Board
* Music from Phil Collins
* Scottish Television starts narrowcasting
* CCD based cameras take off as resolutions improve
* BT freezes telephone charges

Length: 1h33m, Originally Broadcast: 4th April 1988

MP3 file size: 16 MB
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Published: 01 April 2008

 













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