The longest running jazz radio show, Jazz Record Requests, turns 50 next month and a special edition is planned for December 6th.
The programme has been a Saturday afternoon fixture since 1964 and to celebrate the programme’s birthday presenter Alyn Shipton will introduce listeners’ memories from all periods of the show.
There’ll be archive clips of previous presenters, including Humphrey Lyttelton, Ken Sykora, Steve Race, Peter Clayton, and Charles Fox, and a guest appearance from Geoffrey Smith, plus examples of the wide range of music played on the programme during its long life.
Alyn says: “For the fiftieth birthday edition, I’ve had great fun (with the help of Paul Wilson, the curator of Radio at the National Sound Archive at the British Library) listening to many old episodes of the programme. In the old days the programme was seldom recorded. But fortunately the British Library had copies recorded by enthusiasts and collectors, notably the late Carlo Krahmer, drummer and founder of the Esquire record label.
“Thanks to Carlo and others like him, on this special anniversary programme, we can once again hear the voices of all my predecessors. It’s great to celebrate what has always been an entirely audience-driven programme with memories of the past that have been preserved by that very audience itself.”
The special 50th birthday edition will air on BBC Radio 3, Saturday 06 December 2014, 5pm till 6pm.