Spencer Leigh


“On the Beat” Programmes on BBC Radio Merseyside.

On The Beat is broadcast on 95.8FM and 1485AM , from 7pm to 8pm on Sundays. It is also online and available on Listen Again for a month.


On The Beat No 1836, Sunday 19 June 2016 5-7pm
Steve Millward on his new book about music and politics in 1974

On The Beat No 1837, Sunday 26 June 2016 5-7pm
Ray Foulk on staging the famed Isle of Wight festivals

On The Beat No 1838, Sunday 3 July 2016 5-7pm
Bluestime with Eric Bibb and Lil Jimmy Reed plus Nikki Weller on The Jam exhibition in the Cunard Building

On The Beat No 1839, Sunday 10 July 2016 5-7pm
Juke Box Jury with four experienced and opinionated panelists -Chris Beazer Pete Cowley Colin Hall and Sylvia Hall

On The Beat No 1840, Sunday 17 July 2016 5-7pm
Skiffle special with David Charters, Bob Pemberton of the Otters, Vince Earl with the Teenage Rebels,  plus George Orr on his new Dylan scrapbook and Hughie Jones talking about the late Stan Ambrose

On The Beat No 1841, Sunday 24 July June 2016 5-7pm
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin

On The Beat No 1842, Sunday 31 July 2016 5-7pm
Alyn Shipton (Presenter, Jazz Record Requests, BBC Radio 3) on his biography of Billy J Kramer, Tom Robinson (BBC radio 6 presenter Glad To Be Gay and a new Companion at LIPA) and Roxanne De Bastian (with a new interpretation of the Revolver album)

On The Beat No 1843, Sunday 7 August 2016 5-7pm
Pattie Boyd (on her exhibition at The Beatles Story) and Margaret Ross Williams of the Cookies (Chains)

On The Beat No 1844 Sunday 14 August 2016, 5–7pm
Professor Terry Hamblin who is researching the Beatles and politics, Chas McDevitt and the Jets.

On The Beat No 1845, Sunday 21 August 2016 5-7pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

On The Beat No 1846, Sunday 28 August 2016 5-7pm
Merseybeatle Special with world-renowned guitarist Lawrence Juber (Wings), Len Garry (Quarrymen, on his first solo CD), Neil Lefaive (established Canadian performer now living in Liverpool, and why not?), Roger Appleton (director, Get Back documentary about the Liverpool scene now in the shops)) and Mark Roberts (the world’s most famous streaker – and he’s from Liverpool!).

On The Beat No 1847, Sunday 4 September 2016 5-7pm
From Elvis Presley’s band, James Burton and Glen D Hardin

On The Beat No 1848, Sunday 11 September 2016 5-7pm
Juke Box Jury with Jean Catherall, David Charters, Norman Killon, and Ian Prowse, who is also playing live.

On The Beat No 1849, Sunday 18 September 2016 5-7pm
Beatles biographer Hunter Davies and blues pianist Bob Hall

On The Beat No 1850, Sunday 25 September 2016 5-7pm
Clem Burke of Blondie and Paul Morley on his biography of David Bowie

On The Beat No 1851, Sunday 2 October 2016 5-7pm
Marc Almond

On The Beat No 1852, Sunday 9 October 2016 5-7pm
A celebration of long records (well, some of them) – the records that nobody plays on air: from 7 minutes to 18 minutes.

On The Beat No 1853, Sunday 16 October 2016 5-7pm
Liverpool singer, songwriter and studio director Thomas Lang