BBC local radio celebrates The Beatles
All 39 BBC local radio stations are holding their own My Beatles Story Day on October 5th, when all stations will air listeners memories.
It’s to celebrate the 50th anniversaty of the release of The Beatles’ first top-20 hit, Love Me Do, which was released on 5 October 1962.
The BBC has also commissioned a Local Radio survey in which 12,000 people across the UK are being asked to pick their favourite Beatles track. Each station will announce the local results on 5 October.
On-air trails are asking audiences not only if they saw any of the early gigs, but also whether they ever saw a fresh-faced young Paul McCartney out and about, or if they might have served John, George or Ringo in a pub or shop, or given them a lift in a taxi. It is hoped everyone’s memories will come flooding back for a golden day of Beatles nostalgia right across the BBC’s Local Radio network.
Stuart Maconie is also presenting an hour-long documentary on BBC Four, which is being made by the BBC in the North West. Love Me Do – 1962 will go out on BBC Four on 7 October, with a shorter version going out on BBC One (North West only) on 1 October.
BBC Radio 2 will also mark the anniversary with a Beatles Season starting on 3 October, which includes a Blaggers Guide To The Beatles with David Quantick and The Casbah Club: Birthplace Of Merseybeat – an exploration of the story of the famous Liverpool club, presented by Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer who was replaced by Ringo Starr.