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  1. That's right on 1 count, but the man who actually banged the gong so the actual sound could be recordedwas a much smaller man, professor James Blades from the London school of music. I made a programme with him in the late 70's when he came to Sheffield City college. It was made for the music department, at the behest of Miss Jean Callan. Who I am sure some student teachers from that era will remember well.... The actual gong used was smaller in diameter than the one on the film as that large one would have a made too deeper note......
  2. Hi, Sadly I can't remember this episode, but I CAN SAY that the video has suffered the bulk erasure in the sky. I have all the footage that was salvagable and your particular bit wasn't/isn't there..... Tape was a high running cost and we had to re-record over the tapes. They were only kept for 3 months unless by accident there were kept longer. We did have some stuff we kept on a reel, but I never came accross that tape. It will by now have suffered 'long chain polymissation (knack**ed!) where ever it lays. We had some classic stuff on there, one of a guy who in the '74 power cuts was sleeping with a couple of 6 foot boa constrictors, to keep them warm. When we were interviewing him in the studio, the hot lights got the snake restless and it did a number 2 on the guys best whistle and flute. When we played the tape back, we also heard a noise just after that , when we slowed it down we could hear it was the snake passing wind!. When the presenter, John (Piggy) Lane, said 'can we kill it', the owner thought we meant the snake!, not the recording..... Lost forever. Back to your question sorry that it isn't there. ..... Malc
  3. No offence taken. It was great fun to be involved and paid (lowly) for doing it. I started as a volunteer, the station couldn't have run for so long without the dedication of the many people who freely gave their time. It gave me a whole career and an experience you couldn't get today. There is so much rubbish on the box these days. I do have as I said in an earlier thread have a complete programme, a christmas special we shot in October 1975, that was transmitted in Dec 1975, just before we closed down. I will get that onto a site one day. This has Russ Abbot and the Black Abbots appearing at Baileys..... I do feel so for the guys in the BBC right now, who are employed in Radio 6 and the other asian network they are going to close, it's not a nice feeling. I was redundant at the start of 1976, but luckily stepped right into another job, they won't be able to do that now.
  4. Not an experiment as far as TV signals go. Cable, British Relay provided service to places where the might of Emley Moor could not reach with its transmissions. As Sheffield is relatively low down in a bowl like situation, it was the only way in the late 50's that TV signals could be received. It went on to be developed to change to 625 lines, the standard we have today and then inthe late 60's went colour. Crosspool repeater only allowed some of these homes to receive signals when it started in the late 60's It passed 100,000 homes approx 1/5th of the housing stock in Sheffield. It had an agreement with the council known as the blaock tarrif agreement I think. That way all the 'new' flats and council houses were prewired with the multipair cable. A 4 pair cable that had the capacity of 4 radio channels and 4 TV channels. It's hard to remember but in those days, TV finished just after midnight and there were only 3 channels BBC1, BBC2 and ITV (Yorkshire). British relay in Shefield had over 30,000 subscribers and mainly rental TV's. Assuming 2.6 people per house, that meant 1/5th of the City's population at the time received their TV via cable. So que Cablevision. The government of the day allowed a local TV channel to be created. It had to serve the community and had very little budget. It started with a staff of just 7 and when it ended had been allowed to carry adverts to subsidise the income. The staff then had risen to 15, with a whole team of volunteers. The programme's content could only be with a Sheffield bent and had to be approved by the home office 1 month in advance, a Miss Wombwell was the person there. Cablevision in Sheffield was just one of 5 in the country that put out programmes. It produced around 1 hours original material each day and had a repeat of the previous days output for shift workers at 11 and again at 3. To produce so much TV in conventional broadcast terms would have needed a crew of 3 or 4 hundred. So it's not surprising that some programmes were less than top notch. But we did do some ground breaking and innovative stuff. British Relay got took over by Llyods and Scotish insurance in 1975 and along with I believe politics, looked at its 'profits' and decided after just 4 months of taking adverts the station would close. It was to the credit of British Relay that it was started in the first place. Finally, -for now, the network that carried the Cablevision signal, the 4th pair rf Channel, had been used in the 60's to carry a pay TV experiment and after the closure it carried ATV an out of area signal. Not sure what happened to the network, it had lots of valves in it...KT88's and the like
  5. The pictures all all video stills taken from a reunion video I co-produced for a reunion party of as many people involved as we could find. The pictures are of people like John Lane and John Lane (same jacket - no wardrobe budget!) with John Cornwell I think, anyway the person seated worked I think for the publicity department of Sheffield council. The pictrure with the camera in shot has the ex Station manager John Brand in the shot along with the studio audience at the closedown, which was at the start of 1976, not 1977. When you click on one of the photos it opens another image, that is a guy at a map, from the AA (road) (although we did consume lots of pop) He is called Frank Moss. The one of kids includes Ruth previously mentioned in a thread.
  6. I was the presenter/producer of this programme. My co presenter was called Ruth who was a teacher at the time. I worked on all sorts of programmes outside this. I have some videos still of the output and one day I'll post them somwhere. I went onto work freelance with radio Sheffield with Winton Cooper on his Saturday morning show.
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