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Season 2 Trailer (aka Season 1 recap)

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Ahead of season 2 (covering the first year and a bit of the BBC, from November 16th 1922 to December 31st 1923), here's a recap of season 1 - told by the people who were there: eleven broadcasting pioneers.


GUGLIELMO MARCONI: Inventor of 'wireless'

H.J. ROUND: First to send speech west across the Atlantic

PETER ECKERSLEY: First regular British radio broadcaster

WINIFRED SAYER: First woman on the radio, first professional radio performer

DAME NELLIE MELBA: First star broadcaster

ARTHUR BURROWS: First voice of the BBC

KENNETH WRIGHT: First director of the BBC in the North

JOHN REITH: First General Manager then Director General of the BBC

ERNIE MAYNE: First British novelty record about broadcasting 

HELENA MILLAIS: First broadcast character comedian 

A.E. THOMPSON: Second voice of the BBC




...who are a little more recent in terms of broadcasting.

Hear them on season 2 of the podcast, as we explore the first entertainers, the first staff, Magnet House, Savoy Hill, Women's Hour, the Radio Times, battles with the press and the government and much more.


As ever, we are nothing to do with the current BBC.

As ever, we're on and, with a more interactive group at

As ever, your support at is very much appreciated. Watch the full David Hamilton video interview there, tour Paul's radio history bookshelf, and know you're helping to keep us (me - there's no one else here) making podcasts. 


Stay informed/educated/entertained/subscribed.


Season 2 soon...