My long lost family

Here’s some audio from my archive. I studied radio at university and for my final year piece we were required to do a classic 27 minute Radio 4 style documentary. That’s quite an intimidating length for an undergraduate who’s longest radio package to date had been about 5 mins. I recorded the bulk of mine over a few days in Ireland in Easter 1996. I’ll outline what my idea was briefly and then let you listen to the results for yourself. 

My long lost family
My Dad was born out of wedlock in 1930s Ireland. He was brought up in the country by a foster family and never knew who his mother or father was. My Dad died in 1979 and we often wondered if we would ever find out for ourselves about his origins. So this documentary involves me going to Ireland to see what I can find. My intention was to make some kind of soul-searching ‘finding myself’ piece. A road movie on the radio is what I had in mind and in fact the finished piece isn’t far from that. However I did find out far more than I anticipated – take a listen. 

Feel free to download and repost as you like. 

Birmingham Pirate Radio in the 1990s

I’ve been looking through old VHS tapes from my student days and have digitised one a group of us did in 1995 about Pirate Radio in Birmingham. It makes for an interesting historical document partly as it’s about PCRL, Birmingham’s most significant pirate station in the 1980s and 90s but also because it features enough shots of Brum that are no longer there to make it feel ancient already. 

The DJs featured are Rebel D and Pilot. Both get a mention on the PCRL DJ profile page (Rebel D doesn’t seem to have an individual page).

It’s just under 9 mins long:

There’s a couple more Birmingham related VHS tapes I did that I’ll upload at some point.