“On the Beat” Programmes on BBC Radio Merseyside.
The programmes are broadcast on 95.8FM, from 6pm to 8.00pm most Saturday evenings. Football comes first – the show will be cancelled if there is a late kickoff for Liverpool or Everton. Similarly, it may also start early. Sorry for the confusion but it’s not down to me!
SPECIAL PROGRAMMES – 60 SONGS IN SIXTY YEARS
Part 1 – Bank Holiday Monday 4 June 2012 (7pm to9pm)
Part 2 – Bank Holiday Tuesday 5 June 2012 (7pm to 9pm)
A Diamond Jubilee celebration of Merseyside songs starting in 1952 and going through to the present.
Sat 9 June 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Juke Box Jury with Peter Cowley, Norman Killon, Mick O’Toole and Chris Simpson.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMES – FROM MATHEW STREET TO ABBEY ROAD
Part 1 – Teenagers Turn (Sun 10 June 2012, 4pm to 5pm) Repeated Friday 15 June 2012, 9-10pm
Part 2 – Someone To Love, Someone Like You (Sun 17 June 2012, 4pm to 5pm)
Part 3 – The Full Monty (Sun 24 June 2012, 4pm to 5pm)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Love Me Do, the story of the Beatles in 1962, their last full year in Liverpool.
Sat 16 June 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Andy Fraser from Free, Wilko Johnson from Dr Feelgood, the 17 year old singer/songwriter Tobi and barbershop harmony, female style, from Barbieshop
Sat 23 June 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – David Martin, who wrote In Thoughts Of You (Blly Fury) and Can’t Smile Without You (Barry Manilow) and a session from Henry Priestman and Pete Riley.
Sat 30 June 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Bob Harris from The Old Grey Whistle Test, Merseybeat vocalist Beryl Marsden and country singer Suzy Bogguss and live music from Robert Vincent.
Sat 7 July 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Deke Leonard from Man
Sat 14 July 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Maintaining the heritage – Nora Guthrie on Woody Guthrie and Rena Frutcher on Dudley Moore – with live music from singer/songwriter James J Turner
Sat 21 July 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Juke Box Jury with Gerard Brennan, Mike Brocken, Peter Grant and Pete Maclaine
Sat 28 July 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – King of the rock’n'roll fanzines, John Firminger, his son, Chris Firminger, guitarist with the John Reilly Band and Sam Hardie, pianist with Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes and George Eccles of the Southport band, Rhythm & Blues Inc..
Sat 4 Aug 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley from 10cc, plus the veteran blues singer, Lazy Lester
Sat 11 Aug 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Johnny Rogan, biographer of Morrissey and the Byrds, Americana singer/songwriter, Ray Wylie Hubbard and 1980s sensation, Nik Kershaw.
Sat 18 Aug 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Chimbo from the Danish rock’n'roll revival band, Chimbo’s Revival, a key roadie from the Mersey beat days, Dave Jamieson, the rock’n'roll duo Sam and George (Sam Hardie and George Eccles) and singer/songwriter Pete Riley.
Sat 25 Aug 2012 (7pm to 8pm) – A celebration of British Rock Guitar with author Mo Foster and Will Sergeant, guitarist with Echo and the Bunnymen
Monday 27 Aug 2012 (5pm to 7pm) – Live music from the Christians and Lizzie Nunnery (with Vidar Norheim) plus Rory Storm’s sister, Iris Caldwell, Mersey Beat authors Manfred Kuhlman (Mersey Sound Waves) and David Bedford (Liddypool), and reviews of the Beatles weekend and Mathew Street Festival from Tim Adams, Dave Jamieson and John Welsh.
Sat 1 Sept 2012 (6 to 8pm) – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beatles photographer Bill Zygmant, and Gail Renard, who has written a memoir, Give Me A Chance, about her time with John and Yoko in Montreal.
Sat 8 Sept 2012 (5.30 to 8pm) – Juke Box Jury with Sylvia Hall (custodian, Paul McCartney’s childhood home), Billy Kinsley (Merseybeats, Liverpool Express), Jon Kirkham (Classic Rock Radio) and Steve Macfarlane (musician and co-owner of Parr Street Studios)
Sat 15 Sept 2012 – No show. Late kickoff.
Sat 22 Sept 2012 (5.30 to 8pm) – Samantha Fox (famous for Touch Me and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now and for something else I can’t remember), Gerry Marsden on touring the UK and live music from Phil Brady with Mick Kinney.
Sat 29 Sept 2012 (6 to 8pm) – Greg Lake from King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer talks about his Songs Of A Lifetime tour and a lot more besides. The whole show will be devoted to him.
Sat 6 Oct 2012 (6 to 8pm) – Dweezil Zappa and Beatles author, Bruce Spizer on his new book, The Beatles Are Coming!
Sat 13 Oct 2012 (5.30 to 8pm) – ‘Legs’ Larry Smith and Neil Innes from the Bonzo Dog Band, plus Steve Ellis of Love Affair
Sat 20 Oct 2012 (6 to 8pm) – Juke Box Jury with Tim Adams (regular reviewer in On The Beat), Jeff Christie (No 1 with Yellow River), David Hughes (Dalek I Love You) and Nickie Mackay ( Music librarian, BBC Radio Merseyside)
Sat 27 Oct 2012 (6 to 8pm) – Solid 60s interviews with the Animals (John Steel, Mickey Gallagher) and Denny Walley from Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band
Sat 3 Nov 2012 (6 to 8pm) – The songwriter and arranger Les Reed (Delilah, The Last Waltz) plus Hunter Davies on The John Lennon Letters and Mark McGann on playing John Lennon at the Philharmonic Hall.
Sat 10 Nov 2012 (6 to 8pm) – The American singer/songwriters Steve Forbert and Matraca Berg plus Tom Paley from the 1950s folk band, the New Lost City Ramblers