Spencer Leigh


“On the Beat” Programmes on BBC Radio Merseyside.

The programmes are broadcast on 95.8FM and 1485AM , from 5pm to 7pm on Sundays.  on most Sundays. It is also online and available on Listen Again for a month.

On The Beat No 1813 Sunday 3 January 2016, 5-7pm
We’re into 2016 and will it be a key musical year like 1956, 1966 and 1976? We look back on those years with Colin Hall (curator, Mendips), Mick O’Toole (county and rock and roll expert), Norman Killon (DJ at Eric’s) and David Charters (Liverpool Daily Post). Plus Billy Kinsley who had his biggest hit in 1966 with Sorrow and was around in 1976 with Liverpool Express.

On The Beat No 1814, Sunday 10 January 2016, 5-7pm
Gary Lucas, guitarist for Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley.

On The Beat No 1815, Sunday 17 January 2016, 5-7pm
Lead guitarist Colin Green from the Blue Flames, Nero and the Gladiators and thousands of sessions

On The Beat No 1816, Sunday 24 January 2016. 5-7pm
Liverpool music writer Paul Du Noyer whose new book Conversations With McCartney looks over 30 years of interviews with the Beatle.

On The Beat No 1817 Sunday 31 January 2106, 5-7pm
Ron Dante, Brill Building songwriter, producer of Barry Manilow and lead singer with the Detergents, the Cuff-Links and the Archies.

On The Beat No 1818, Sunday 7 February 2016. 5-7pm
Juke Box Jury with Andrew Barker, Jean Catharell, Pete Cowley and Colin McCourt

On The Beat No 1819, Sunday 14 February 2016. 5-7m
Valentine’s special with love duets but done (I hope) in a novel way.

On The Beat No 1820, Sunday 21 February 2016. 5-7m
Dion with his new album, New York Is My Home, and music writer Jon Savage on his book about 1966

28 February 2016 – No show – Football.

On The Beat No 1821, Saturday 6 March 2016. 5-7m
Oscar winning composer, Alan Bergman, and rock biographer Zoe Howe

On The Beat No 1822, Sunday 13 March 2016. 5-7m
Mick Flinn from the Mixtures (The Pushbike Song), Sir Peter Blake on Sgt Pepper and live music from Lowri Evans with Lee Mason

On The Beat No 1823, Sunday 20 March 2016. 5-7m
I’ll have the time of my life with Jennifer Warnes and live music from Roger Davies

On The Beat No 1824 Sunday 27 March 2016
Juke Box Jury with Paul Gallagher (Museum of Liverpool), Diane McEvoy (Beatles Story), Alan Martin (answered questions on Paul Simon on Mastermind) and Joe Robinson (author, Journey Into Beatledom – The Fabulosity Of The Four Square Golem)

On The Beat No 1825 Sunday 3 April 2016
Tony Hazzard who wrote for the Swinging Blue Jeans (Hey Mrs Housewife), the Hollies (Listen To Me) and Manfred Mann (Ha Has Said The Clown, Fox On The Run), Herman’s Hermits (You Won’t Be Leaving) and Richard Barnes (Go North, Take To The Mountains)