Lights out at UK radio stations for WW1
A number of radio stations marked 100 years since Britain joined the First World War yesterday by turning the studio and building lights out.
In Liverpool, Radio City turned off the lights and large illuminated logo which towers 350ft above the city at 10pm, as Pete Price took to the air with his phone-in.
In Lincoln, Lincs FM’s base at the Old Titanic Works played a significant role in World War One. The former factory was used to build aircraft used by Britain in the war, including the Sopwith Camel used, it’s said, to bring down the infamous Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen. The studio and building lights went out at 10pm.
Lincs FM’s Director of Programming Sean Dunderdale said: “The Titanic Works are steeped in history and the planes were built in the Eastern end of the huge building, which is now home to our studios. It was only right we joined Europe in marking the occasion, honouring those brave engineers who were working in the very same building a hundred years ago.”
BBC Radio 4 dimmed the lights – just enough so scripts could still be read – as this photo appeared on twitter by newsreader Diana Speed.
Free Radio turned out all its lights in the studio but left a few studio desk lights on for obvious reasons – as tweeted by the station. Free also carried war poetry read by everyday voices throughout the day. You can hear audio examples at the bottom of this article. Kate Lawler, who hosts the networked Late Show on Bauer stations said: “I quite enjoyed doing the first hour of my radio show in the dark. Here’s hoping in the next 100 years there is peace EVERYWHERE”.
Across the country, significant landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, turned off their lights for an hour. The Lights Out project was inspired by the words of wartime foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, who, on the eve of war, said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”
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Here are more photos and tweets from around the industry:
— Ben Hartley (@BenManxie) August 4, 2014
— Rutland Radio (@rutland_radio) August 4, 2014
— James Hall (@justjameshall) August 4, 2014