RADIO GERONIMO sleeps no more...
JUMBO BLIMP BLASTS OFF
To broadcast to the alternative society - what better than the alternate radio. To provide the necessary, vehicle to spread wisdom over the air waves, next month will see that launching of Radio Jumbo Blimp, on 428m based in Andorra.
The radio will be run by Hugh Nolan and Terry Yason, who will be helped on the engineering by Mike Graig. American backers are ensuring that there are no bread hassles, and an American, Tom, is a major force behind the plan.
Jumbo Blimp will take the form of a continuous seven day show running five.hours, 1-6 am, every night. One person will take each entire five hour spot.
Yason and Nolan hope to explore areas of using radio that have formerly been left untouched. They want to destroy the ego-basis of so many current radio shows. The contributors should have no more importance than the public to' whom they are broadcasting. The content of the programmes should be the way of putting the message across, not the ebullience trivia of the disc jockey.
They hope to add plays, news and other non-musical entertainment to their programmes. Musical collages and experiments in sequencing the records will be used. They hope to establish regional news centres to take the pressure off London.
Radio Jumbo Blimp is still only sending out random test broadcasts. It will start regular broadcasts in about a month
7 March 1970: Other 'pirate' news
includes Radio Geronimo, described as 'the only legal progressive rock
station in Western Europe', which takes to the air again this Saturday on
205 metres from midnight 2 a.m.
28 March 1970: Radio Geronimo this Saturday exclusively previews the yet-to-be-released album by Leon Russell, producer and pianist for Delaney and Bonnie and writer of Joe Cocker's 'Delta Lady'. Featured on the album are George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Delaney and Bonnie, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Joe Cocker. Also on the programme (205metres midnight-2.00a.m.) is 'Live Dead', new album from Grateful Dead.
25 April 1970: Underground station 'Geronimo', still broadcasting every Saturday from midnight on 205 metres, was this week given clearance by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. This official endorsement of the station's legality, now means 'Geronimo' will be able to obtain advertising from British companies.
2 May 1970: 'RADIO GERONIMO' extends air-time by 60 minutes to 3 a.m. Eventual aim to broadcast four hours a night, seven days a week.
1970: GERONIMO, the legal progressive music station, has decided NOT to
accept any outside advertising. Says director Tony Secunda: "We have done
this because every advertising agency we spoke to wanted to alter our
programmes to suit their advertisments and wanted to use jingles."
9 May 1970: RADIO GERONIMO is not going to accept any
advertising! The legal progressive rock music station has decided that the
advertisers wanted too big a say in the programmes - and they've decided
to finance the station with a large mail order system.
23 May 1970: RADIO GERONIMO,
the progressive rock music station, has been having talks about its future
with the Director-General of Radio Monte Carlo, the station which
transmits Geronimo every Saturday evening.
May/June 1970: "GERONIMO" this weekend play "The Who 'Live' at Leeds" and repeat their exclusive preview of the forthcoming Stones' LP "Get Your Ya-Yas Out". Response to the station's new mail order service has been excellent and "Geronimo" is expected to announce an increase in broadcasting hours this week.
13 June 1970: Three-night Geronimo - RADIO
GERONIMO is to treble broadcasting hours from June 20. Geronimo will
broadcast three nights a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from midnight
to 3 a.m. starting June 20. Director Tony Secunda told Disc: "We will
gradually increase our air time so that by the end of the year Geronimo
will broadcasting seven nights a week - from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
NEW LABEL PLANNED BY RADIO GERONIMO by ROB PARTRIDGE (13 June 1970)
A NEW RECORD LABEL is among the major innovations planned for the near
future by Radio Geronimo. The records will be disributed entirely through
Radio Geronimo's own mail-order scheme and negotiations are already
underway for at least one major artist to join the label.
Radio Geronimo - the facts (28 November 1970)
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