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 1804 Sunday 1 November 2015, 5-7pm
The Real Thing (Chris and Eddie Amoo)

On The Beat No 1805 Sunday 8 November 2015, 5-7pm
Music Books Special with David Charters, Alan Martin, Mick O’Toole, Donna Jackson, Matt Bourne, Jill Adam, Jean Catharell, Gill Hughes with live music from Davy Edge and Dean Johnson

On The Beat No 1806 Sunday 15 November 2013, 5-7pm
Ramsey Campbell on horror fiction and horror rock

On The Beat No 1807 Sunday 22 November 2105, 5-7pm
The Notions (Steve Faulkner, Keith, John Sutch)

On The Beat No 1808 Sunday 29 November 2015, 5-7pm Split frequency
Henry Priestman, Les Glover and John Lennon’s childhood friend, Nigel Walley,m

On The Beat No 1809 Sunday 6 December 2015, 5-7pm Split frequency
Frank Sinatra Appreciation Society (Alan Green, George Butler, Gordon Hill, Marilyn O’Neill), Tom Smith and live music from Tom Blackwell.

On The Beat No 1810 Sunday 13 December 2015, 5-7pm, Split frequency
John Lennon special with Barry Miles on Apple/Zapple and bass player Gary Van Scyoc

On The Beat No 1811 Sunday 20 December 2015, 5-7pm
Alex Orbison (son of Roy) and Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention, Albion Christmas Band)

On The Beat No 1812 Sunday 27 December 2015, 5-7pm.
Crime writer and country fan, Mark Billingham, and Trevor Tolliver, author of You Don’t Own Me – The Life And Times Of Lesley Gore

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.