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  • By John Whipp
    Dec 5, 2008
    "Outstanding!" I should start by saying I've waited a long time to see something like this on the market. It was well worth the wait! This is a book about the '194' days of Liverpool's Radio City. We're going back long before Kev Seed and Rick Houghton, back before Tony Snell, and for the main part, back even before Paul Jordan, Nicky Brown and Kev Keatings (although Paul Jordan features a couple of times in the book). The immense popularity that was enjoyed by Radio City in the 1970s and 80s is often not appreciated today. Radio City quite literally became a part of many listeners lives. The station's car-stickers were everywhere! Of course in 2006 we live in a whole different world. Today, almost wherever you live in the UK, there is a wide choice of radio to listen to. Few stations today, if any, enjoy anything like the popularity that Radio City once enjoyed. But even back then there was choice available. Just what was the magic ingredients that made City and certain... More > others back then so hugely popular? In her book, from the perspective of a devoted listener and teenage fan, Kathy Barham explores what it was that made '194' matter to so many. Tracing the station's history from its inception, with particular focus from 1976 until the early 1980s, Kathy brings together her own personal experiences with often humorous recollections of many of the presenters and other staff of Radio City at that time. It includes whole chapters on some of the early presenters and programmes, e.g. Rob Jones (later of Luxembourg fame), Phil Easton, Johnny Jason and Dave Eastwood amongst others. There's a very funny recollection from Johnny Kennedy when he first started that I won't spoil here. There's also an assortment of pictures scattered throughout the book. Binding it all together is an entertaining thread through the author's own life, which helps to make the book very enjoyable to read - quite compelling in fact, with quite a sad finale. Clearly aimed at those who enjoyed Radio City in its earlier days, the style of writing makes this book reasonably accessible to others, perhaps those who enjoy Radio City in the present day and want to know something about City in days gone by. Perhaps even some modern-day radio exec might read this book and understand... For anybody with fond memories of Radio City from that era, this book is a tremendous piece of work and quite simply a must-have. Now can anybody pick up the story where Kathy left it off?...< Less
  • By John Haines
    Oct 17, 2007
    "I want this book!! Wow!!" It isn't very often that something brand new and finding its way in the world, gets it right from day one, Radio City did. For those who live anywhere from the other side of the Pennines to Patagonia, this is Liverpool/Merseyside's very own independent radio station, born in 1974 along with many other UK independent stations due to an extension of radio licences at that time. This was no pre-packaged plastic affair, it was brilliant. The DJ's had true freedom to use their own play lists, and the way they tapped in to the social ambience was equalled only by Ray Moore of BBC Radio 1 ( Surprise, surprise, he was from Liverpool anyway! ). So, 2006 and things aint quite the same, but the writer of this book, Kathryn Barham has done a brilliant job in bringing back those great, great, memories from those great, great times. At the time of writing this review, Liverpool FC are no doubt enjoying kippers and orange juice as they prepare to play in the FA... More > Cup Final. In 1974, Liverpool also played in the FA Cup Final - and won 3-0! Back to the writer. Kathryn has managed in her short preview to whet one's appetite to take a longer nostalgia trip back to the days of 'The Peaceful Hour', 'Scully', and much much more. Well done, Kathryn, here's to a big, big seller, you deserve it.< Less
  • By Sally Quilford
    Dec 11, 2006
    "Warm-hearted look at popular local station" It's easy to underestimate the influence of music and radio on our lives, especially those of us who were tuned to the radio into the early hours. Though I'm not a Liverpudlian, I enjoyed this warm-hearted, and very well researched, look at 194 Radio City and the people involved. The story is brought to life by anecdotes from the people involved in the show. Kathy Barham writes well, and tells her story with enthusiasm.
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Kathryn Barham
April 12, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.46 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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