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Hello Again: Nine decades of radio voices Arrived promptly jacket a bit creased in packing Well received by Radio fan 87 year old perfect present A very well written and informative book Written in an easy to read style giving a good insight into how the BBC developed If you are at all interested in the history of radio this is a must read My mother is 91 and so can remember most of the decades this book is about She found it a good read. This is an idiosyncratic and rather disappointing production On the cover are six faces, but we are not told who they belong to although it is possible to recognise those of Alistair Cooke and Richard Baker The title is pinched from a well known signature of the band leader Geraldo, although we are not told this In the first chapter, which starts in 1922, a policeman called Arthur Henry Smith, perambulating on his beat, puts in several appearances Is this a genuine person or a figment of Mr Elmes s imagination We are not told but he is most certainly a waste of space Following in the footsteps of Asa Briggs, the author treats us to a potted history of the BBC in the 1920s and 1930s Much of it is quite interesting and the account of wartime broadcasting activities is also absorbing But he tells us several times over how unfunny he personally finds the programme ITMA okay Simon, we ve got the message loud and clear Much space is devoted to William Joyce while Flotsam and Jetsam receive no than a single mention Two of the most famous radio voices of all, Norman Shelley and Maurice Denham, are passed over in silence A mixed bag, in short, although it does contain a limited number of goodies. Hello Again is a pretty comprehensive history of radio and its personalities, mainly of course the BBC but with interesting tales from Radio Luxembourg and others, including the pirate stations of the 60s The publisher s blurb above is accurate as regards the content of the book and it is an absorbing read, starting from the very earliest days of wireless broadcasting and the emergence of the medium s first personalities and characters Frustration sets in however, because the one thing we can t do is hear any of those Nine Decades of Radio Voices which Simon Elmes a BBC insider of many years so well describes The book would have been improved tremendously by the inclusion of a CD, with samples of the many performers written about, or perhaps a dedicated website with links to appropriate audio clips Elmes quotes examples and extracts from many of the performers, so he must have had access to audio sources for his reference surely much of this material must be in the public domain now This criticism aside, it s a really good read for anyone interested in the history of radio broadcasting in Britain. The book begins well, and is at its most interesting in the early chapters Unfortunately things go downhill from 1945 it becomes rambling and repetitive, and the writer seems to think that he has to mention every presenter who ever took the microphone by name, no matter how obscure Sadly his descriptions of them are so similar that boredom quickly says in Everybody was a master , everybody s voice had a special quality , and so forth The admiring tone is occasionally interrupted by an outburst of bitchiness that seems misplaced, as for instance when a paean of praise to David Jacobs concludes by saying that his voice has now gone completely off The book ends with terrific suddenness, but not a moment too soon. Item arrived in perfect condition and the low price was amazing Very pleased. A Lovely Book, Especially For Those Who, Even When We Throw The Tea Towel At It, Still Love The Radio Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph Pulses With Elmes Own Love Of The Medium An Engaging Read Scotsman Elmes Beguiling Book Offers An Appealing Blend Of History And Nostalgia Good Book Guide A Charming History Of The Call Signs, Catch Phrases, Repetitions And Modulations Of Tone That Make Up The World Of The Radio The Stories Behind The Voices Are Told With Real Affection For The Subject Who Do You Think You Are Magazine A Fascinating Book Charting The Story Of The Great And Forgotten Names Of Radio From Today And The Last Nine Decades Full House MagazineThe Story Of The First Ninety Years Of Radio


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