The Great Years of BBC Radio

BBC Radio

‘It’s that man again!’ . . . ‘This is Henry Hall’s Great Night’ . . . Ying Tong Iddle I po!’

To the millions of listeners who grew up with radio, these and many other catch-phrases were a part of their lives; then came television, and the millions deserted sound radio for TV – despite the opinion of the small boy who still preferred ‘the wireless’ because the scenery was better.

Derek Parker traces the history of radio from the beginning – station 2LO in a small shed near Cheltenham – to its establishment in Broadcasting House: comedy, drama, features, the coverage of sport and war, at a time when radio was king.