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In the summer of 1968 for the first time most of the programmes came direct from the studio's in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; with discjockey Paul Kaye as the first newsreader. Hello Dick, I have written my contribution to your 208 guestbook, but I would like to tell you some more, what is meant especially to you. I grew up listening to Radio Luxembourg when I was a teenager.
No recorded programmes on tapes from London anymore. Two weeks ago I discovered another fansite in the net. On this website there are hundreds of recordings of Luxembourg night programmes from the sixties until 1991, including some Dutch recordings, all between 30 and 90 min.
It was very strange that he always started with number one. During the wintertime this Top Twenty was from midnight till one o' clock. To play as much records as possible in half an hour they played only the first two minutes of a record. Brings back so many memories of listening to Radio Luxembourg's Top 20 Sunday Night show on an old bakelite radio. Sir Jimmy raised millions for charity and for many years was a regular marathon runner in support of good causes, though his finest achievement must be the 20 million he collected for the creation of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1983, following damage caused by severe weather to the old pre-fab wooden huts which had housed spinal cord injury patients. I was one listeners from the early years 1952 until the beginning of the 70th.
Because I was young I went to bed at ten; and waked up by the alarm-clock at midnight. Most of the programmes before midnight were recorded in the Radio Luxembourg studio in London; at 38 Hertford Street, W1. J.'s were Jimmy Savile , Jimmy Young, Tony Hall, Alan Freeman Jack Jackson, Don Moss, Keith Fordyce, Peter Murray, Peter Aldersley, Ray Orchard, Muriel Young, Pete Brady, Brian Matthew, Sam Costa, David Jacobs, Kenny Everett, Keith Skues, Johnny Moran, Simon Dee, Barry O' Dee, Hughie Green, Doug Stanley, Alan Dell, David Gell, Katie Boyle, Carol Deene and Ernie Williams. Some of these recorded programmes were: Topical Tunes, , Battle of the Giants, Jimmy Young Show, Tony Hall show, Jack Jackson's Jukebox, Guys, girls and groups, Tune a minute , Top pops, Pops till midnight, Sam Costa's Corner, Teen and Twenty Disc Club, David Jacobs Show, The Peter Murray Show, Brian Matthew's Pop parade, Simon's Scene. Muffled the sound with a cushion so my parents wouldn't know I'd sneaked downstairs. I used to write the Top 20 down in a notebook, religiously, between 19. Todd Slaughter Leicester, United Kingdom (05/11/2011). I hear now from the satellite astra 19 degrees aest in the german talk.
This time he was playing the records by himself (no engineer); like he always did before in Australia. This was the first time I was there during the whole night from eight o' clock in the evening till almost four o' clock at night. And of course Benny Brown was reading the news that night.
At closing time they played "Maybe the morning" by Sunny Leslie. Great site, brought back good memories for me growing up in the 50's and 60's.
Of course the power of the two Telefunken medium-wave transmitters, with the antenne on the high mountain of Marnach, was important too; with the power of 600 Kilowatt (1968: 1200 Kilowatt). Found this site by accident whilst looking for a luxembourg memoribillia site as wife has signed pics 5 djs on 1 page of Kid Jensen, Bob stewart, Paul Burnett, Tony Prince and David Christian.bought back so many happy memories please start on internet would be great to hear again ,same jingles etc lol thanks again for bringing back so many happy memories. In Stavanger we could only listen to Radio Luxembourg after dark because of atmospheric conditions.
So almost everybody in Europe could hear the sound of fading Radio Luxembourg; on the great 208.
Everynight at 19.30 hours I tuned in at the great 208 m./1440 k Hz. Radio Luxembourg started with the Top Twenty in Autumn 1948 (at 1293 m. After the implementation of the Copenhagan Plan in 1951 the English programmes of Radio Luxembourg moved (July 2, 1951) from longwave to the famous 208 metres (1439 k Hz; in 1978 1440 k Hz.) medium wave. I liked all the broadcasts--Dutch, German, and English. It's been great reading about Radio Luxembourg and the comments of people all over the world who loved the station as well. Anne Michaelis Milk River, Alberta, Canada (19/11/2011). He was found at his flat in Roundhay, Leeds, on Saturday - just two days before his 85th birthday. If there was ever a time for Luxy to return it's now, as internet radio is established! Anatoly Ryzhkin Rostov on Don, Russia (08/10/2011). A friend of mine recently published a news clipping, it appeared, of her mother, who won the "Miss Radio Luxembourg" contest, being kissed by Rock Hudson. one of my listeners remembers 208 and asked me if i could find a song that she said was used for close down[dont know the year] it has the following lyrics " a long lonely road we travel dont know where we're going" i know this is a long shot but thanks again for the memories tommy murphy Ballina, Ireland (02/10/2011) 805. Lars Erik Hanhart Bergqvist Stockholm, Sweden (29/09/2011 803. Tuning in at night with my old valve radio, especially during my student days. Then a tape with a programme from London was running. For a teenager at the west coast of Jutland, the NME Top Twenty at Sundays at midnight was the ultimate climax of the week. In the mean time the engineer was sitting at the window; kissing his girlfriend. In spite of this rather poor furnishing and apparatus they had every night fifteen million listeners; all over Europe. Thanks for the many hours of great music in the past. Used to listen to Radio Luxemburg when I was a kid in Leeds, UK. Not even the Danish Top 20 could compete with that. And there we met Tony Prince and Paul Burnett again. On the night of April 18, 1976 I was very surprised to hear Barry Alldis on the radio again. I phoned to tell him that I'm very glad that he is back. He answered that I am very welcome indeed: In the day- or in the night time. It was great to listen to the offspring of the great 208 on-line but it seems to be permanently down for maintenance. from 1990 up to now i did not have time in ankara while i was busy marrying and having child and working. After free registration you can download all for free in mp3 format. I discovered the English night programme of Radio Luxembourg in 1966 with my small transistor pocket radio. It took a long time (January 18, 1977) (now 30 years ago) before I had my third visit. and now i am retired and have time to listen your again.... Is it possible to install a link to this website on your site? Since this time the Great 208 was my favorite station through the night, it has accompanied me through my life until the end of am broadcasting in 1991. I remember about my pocket radio under my pillow in the sixties, listeneing to top 20 at midnight, then the long car rides to the north of my country during my time in the army. Great memories ,i am working doing gold shows on Radio Cumbria. I had been listening to RL in the years 1971 to 1981. I still have songs recorded on cassettes (now ripped to mp3 files) from that time.
After this he gave me a peace of tape with that recording. One evening I found Radio Luxemburg on medium wave.