RADIO GERONIMO sleeps no more...
RADIO GERONIMO - THE FACTS
SINCE Geronimo went off the air, the rumours have
been flying wild. First there was the mystery - no one knew what was
happening and people who tuned to 205 found the nearest that could get was
Luxembourg or some German station - then there was the speculation about
what had happened, and what was going to happen.
To try to clear up the confusion and set the record
straight, I spoke to Barry Everitt at Geronimo and Maurice Gardett,
Managing Director of Monte Carlo International and formerly a programme
director with Radio Monte Carlo. In January of this year, Radio Monte
Carlo started test broadcasts of Geronimo's programmes from their
transmitter on 205 meters (sic) on the medium wave. "We went to them with
the idea, we more or less had to persuade them to do it," said Barry.
"Then in November, Maurice Gardett came over again -
we thought - to finalise the contract, but he avoided all talk of it,"
says Barry. "The next thing we heard was these rumours about a new station
called Monte Carlo International, and Geronimo's programmes stopped being
broadcast, although we'd sent them the tapes. The Friday before our last
broadcast, they sent us a bill for £840 overtime. We couldn't pay all of
it - we were £300 short - and the Saturday and Sunday programmes just
didn't appear. We didn't know any more than our listeners."
Monte Carlo's version of the Geronimo affair is, of
course, somewhat different. "Geronimo told us they wanted to broadcast
every day from September 30", said Maurice Gardett, who - as Managing
Director of Monte Carlo International - is now based in London. "But as it
turned out, they were not ready to do that. The original trial period was
due to end on that date, but we kept on transmitting their programmes for
another month. We were charging them very low rates, only £80 an hour."
He said that he did come over to look into the
advertising situation for Geronimo in September, but this was at their
request. No, he said, he definitely did not make any promises to Geronimo
about an amalgamation deal: "I did not get a very god reaction from
advertisers for Geronimo", he said. "They did not like the presentation on
the station - sometimes they used crude words, you know."
But there were other reasons. He said that Geronimo
had not always paid their transmission bills on time, and that he didn't
have much confidence in Geronimo as a commercial proposition.
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