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The Golden Age of BBC Radio

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Olympic Broadcast

A radio outside-broadcaster prepares his equipment.

The popular radio and stage comedian Arthur Askey at the microphone at the EMI Studios in Abbey Road, north west London.

The popular radio and stage comedian Arthur Askey at the microphone at the EMI Studios in Abbey Road, north west London.

From left to right: Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Hugh Morton, Lind Joyce, Tommy Handley, Diana Morrison, Derek Gyler, Hattie Jackes and Jack Train during rehearsals for the radio show "ITMA" in London

From left to right: Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Hugh Morton, Lind Joyce, Tommy Handley, Diana Morrison, Derek Gyler, Hattie Jackes and Jack Train during rehearsals for the radio show “ITMA” in London

Olympic Broadcast

A radio outside-broadcaster prepares his equipment.
04/08/1948

The popular radio and stage comedian Arthur Askey at the microphone at the EMI Studios in Abbey Road, north west London. 24/01/1949

The popular radio and stage comedian Arthur Askey at the microphone at the EMI Studios in Abbey Road, north west London.
24/01/1949

From left to right: Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Hugh Morton, Lind Joyce, Tommy Handley, Diana Morrison, Derek Gyler, Hattie Jackes and Jack Train during rehearsals for the radio show "ITMA" in London 25/09/1947

From left to right: Fred Yule, Joan Harben, Hugh Morton, Lind Joyce, Tommy Handley, Diana Morrison, Derek Gyler, Hattie Jackes and Jack Train during rehearsals for the radio show “ITMA” in London
25/09/1947

Tommy Handley and Hattie Jackes, during rehearsals for the radio show "Itma" in London 25/9/47

Tommy Handley and Hattie Jackes, during rehearsals for the radio show “Itma” in London
25/9/47

On this Day in History - King Edward VIII tells Prime Minsiter Satnley baldwin that he intends to marry the American divorcee Wallace Simpson. This photo is of the King announcing his intentions to Abdicate the throne so he could marry Wallace Simpson. 13/11/1936

On this Day in History – King Edward VIII tells Prime Minsiter Satnley baldwin that he intends to marry the American divorcee Wallace Simpson.
This photo is of the King announcing his intentions to Abdicate the throne so he could marry Wallace Simpson.
13/11/1936

Vocalist Vera Lynn on stage at Grosvenor House, London, for the 1949 National Radio Awards presented to popular broadcasters.  12/01/1950

Vocalist Vera Lynn on stage at Grosvenor House, London, for the 1949 National Radio Awards presented to popular broadcasters.
12/01/1950

Microphone and umbrella in hand, Manchester born broadcaster Jessica Dunning makes an outside broadcast (from a position near Buckingham Palace) in an audition for commentators for the Coronation. It is thought women may be better able to handle some aspects of the day's ceremonies. 21/02/1953

Microphone and umbrella in hand, Manchester born broadcaster Jessica Dunning makes an outside broadcast (from a position near Buckingham Palace) in an audition for commentators for the Coronation. It is thought women may be better able to handle some aspects of the day’s ceremonies.
21/02/1953

A wartime picture of Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on "Children's Hour" from Buckingham Palace. 01/11/1940

A wartime picture of Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret after they broadcast on “Children’s Hour” from Buckingham Palace.
01/11/1940

A view of the newly-built BBC Broadcasting House in a wet central London. 13/08/1932

A view of the newly-built BBC Broadcasting House in a wet central London.
13/08/1932

A scene in a 1930s BBC recording studio showing Christopher Stone, wearing a dinner jacket, bidding listeners 'Good Evening'. 01/07/1933

A scene in a 1930s BBC recording studio showing Christopher Stone, wearing a dinner jacket, bidding listeners ‘Good Evening’.
01/07/1933

The Beatles singing together during a recording session for the BBC radio programme 'Easy Beat'   10/10/1963

The Beatles singing together during a recording session for the BBC radio programme ‘Easy Beat’
10/10/1963

George Robey and Alma Adair giving a wireless rehearsal from the Covent Garden Review "You'd be surprised" 18/01/1923

George Robey and Alma Adair giving a wireless rehearsal from the Covent Garden Review “You’d be surprised”
18/01/1923

Syndey and Lesley Piddington, at their London home, who now have 20 million British radio listeners tuned in to their thought transference act. 25 Aug 1949

Syndey and Lesley Piddington, at their London home, who now have 20 million British radio listeners tuned in to their thought transference act.
25 Aug 1949

A portrait of a Miss Partridge who Assembles wireless radios in her home in Exeter. 5/11/1922

A portrait of a Miss Partridge who Assembles wireless radios in her home in Exeter.
5/11/1922

 

Football Broadcast

Derby County captain Jack Nicholas (second l) steps up to the microphone with the FA Cup to give his opinion on his team’s extra time victory
27 Apr 1946