Radio Luxembourg: 20 years on

Radio Luxembourg closed down 20 years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, The Radio Academy has organised a special evening in London on Monday 28th November. Follow this link for more details: Radio Luxembourg | The Radio Academy.

I remember listening to Radio Luxembourg mainly in the late 1960s and early 1970s: sometimes, literally under the bedclothes late at night. Reception was a bit unreliable. After dark, the radio waves bounced off the ionosphere which was rising, and so the sound faded in and out. Nowadays, with FM and DAB, we don’t have to put up with that sort of nonsense!

I swapped my trainsets for a transistor radio much to my parents’ disgruntlement, but as I became more interested in listening to radio and especially pop music in those days, my trainsets were, after all, only collecting dust…. Forty years on and now, of course, I would love to see those trainsets just one more time.

Anyway, it was on Radio Luxembourg (Fab 208) that I first heard Todd Rundgren’s song ‘I saw the Light’. And if I remember correctly, it was several weeks before I heard it broadcast on Radio 1.

When I first heard Vicky Leandros’s ‘Apr├Ęs Toi’ in 1972, I somehow knew it would win that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. I should have put a bet on it.

Unfortunately, I have no tape recordings of any Radio Luxembourg show. But I just found this site which looks fairly comprehensive:
This Is Radio Luxembourg; Your Station Of The Stars; The Great 208.

If you’re going to the Radio Academy event, maybe I’ll see you there.

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