“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!
Sat 7 April 2012 – Paul McCartney’s schoolfriend, Ian James and a live session with Ian McNabb.
Sat 14 April 2012 (5.30pm to 8pm) – Drumming special with Bev Bevan (Move, ELO) and Andy White (who replaced Ringo on Love Me Do)
Sat 21 April 2012 (7pm to 8pm: show shortened because the Giants are in town!) – Juke Box Jury with Tim Adams, David Charters, Paul Gallagher and Colin Hall
Sat 28 April 2012 – No show. Football.
Sat 5 May 2012 – No show. Cup Final
Sat 12 May 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – John Dunbar (art gallery director, former husband of Marianne Faithfull and the man who introduced John Lennon to Yoko Ono), Steve Higginson (author, Waiting For Brando, new play about the Cunard Yanks), and Garry Christian on the reissue of the Christains’ first albums.
Sat 19 May 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Christiaan Webb (singer/songwriter and son of Jimmy Webb) and British beat historian, Clive Smith
Sat 26 May 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – Opera star Russell Watson and the British rock’n;’roll singer who might have become the fifth Beatle, Roy Young.
Sat 2 June 2012 (6pm to 8pm) – The Americana duo, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, who were recently on Merseyside, and Riss Chantelle from the Lana Sisters on working with Dusty Springfield and the Beatles,
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