The Golden Age of BBC Radio (1922-1963)

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 27/04/1946


London Olympic Games 1948. 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.


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


Tommy Handley and Hattie Jackes, during rehearsals for the radio show “Itma” in London.


King Edward VIII tells Prime Minsiter Satnley baldwin that he intends to marry the American divorcee Wallace Simpson.


Vera Lynn on stage at Grosvenor House, London, for the 1949 National Radio Awards presented to popular broadcasters. * 23/3/00 Mementoes of Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn were being entombed in a huge time capsule after she was named personality of the century in a nationwide poll. A life-size enlargement of one of Dame Vera’s most famous wartime photographs will be among the items sealed in the Millennium Vault 2000 in Guildford, Surrey, which will not be opened until the year 3000.


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.


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


1931: A view of the newly-built BBC Broadcasting House in a wet central London.


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


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


British music hall stars George Robey and Alma Adair giving a wireless rehearsal from the Covent Garden Review “You’d be surprised”. 18/10/1922


Syndey and Lesley Piddington, at their London home, who now have 20 million British radio listeners tuned in to their thought transference act. 25/08/1949


A portrait of a Miss Partridge who Assembles wireless radios in her home in Exeter.


Golf – Ryder Cup 1949 – Ganton Golf Club


Tony Hancock – Radio – 1956


Working with smiles are Moira Lister and Tony Hancock, rehearsing together for the new radio show ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’. 30/10/1954


Singer Carole Carr takes over as disc jockey on the radio programme linking Britons with their relatives and friends in the forces overseas. Carole is pictured making a selection of records at her London flat. 16/10/1959


Miss Margaret Bondfield at Broadcasting House with actress Deborah Kerr and Mrs Elsie May Crump , a housewife from Chorlton-Cum-Hardy to take part in the first broadcast of the new radio series ” Woman’s Hour “. 07/10/1946


A view of the commentators box at Lord’s. 22/06/1957


General view of the Great Radio Show at London’s Earl’s Court. The show opens tomorrow 25/08/1959


Eamonn Andrews at the Paris Cinema, London, the new quiz-master of ‘Ignorance is Bliss’. With him are Harold Behrens, left and right is Gladys Hay and Michael Moore. 27/02/1950


American actress Tallulah Bankhead recording a show at the London Palladium for BBC Radio and the American Radio Station NBC 16/09/1951


The ‘Much Binding in the Marsh’ radio comic team, left to right; Patricia Hughes, Richard Murdoch, and Kenneth Horne, at the Winter Garden Theatre, London. 02/10/1950