03 June 1982 – DJ’s Benny Brown and Rob Jones show
on Radio Luxembourg 208 :
Ronald Wycherley (17 April 1940 – 28 January 1983),
better known as Billy Fury, was an English singer,
musician, songwriter, and actor.
An early star of both rock and roll and films,
he equalled the Beatles’ record of 24 hits in the 1960s
and spent 332 weeks on the UK chart, though he never
had a chart-topping single or album …
More info : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Fury
Presented here are some radio shows
from Radio Luxembourg on 208 m,
broadcast in various periods of 1962 .
The shows “The Sound Of Fury” – featuring live
of Billy Fury & The Tornados.
Each show ( duration 15 minutes )
began with a song “Halfway to paradise”…
and ended with instrumental “Love and Fury”.
19 September 1982 – DJ Tony Prince talk to Kate Bush.
Recording from a broadcast on Radio Luxembourg 208 :
Plus short fragment from show “Record Pluggers” :
and DJ’s comments to Kate Bush songs :
04 July 1983 – DJ’s Stuart and Ollie Henry present
Airplay Chart on Radio Luxembourg 208 :
On photo : Suzi Quatro, Stuart and Ollie Henry .
In memory about Stuart and Ollie Henry :
Bravery and devotion are qualities not usually associated with pop music. The radio disc jockey Stuart Henry and his wife Ollie displayed both during the last tragic years of his life, now brought to an end after a 20-year battle against multiple sclerosis.
Henry, whose cheerful on-air exuberance made him one of the most popular radio personalities of the Seventies, was never a man to give in without a struggle. Despite a worsening condition, he continued broadcasting until 1987. For many years he tried to keep his illness a secret from both his public and his employers. He won huge listening figures as he spiced his shows with Scottish humour, but he was eventually dropped from BBC Radio 1 and later there were complaints when he joined Radio Luxembourg from listeners who thought he had been drinking.
It was revealed in 1982 that his slurred speech was caused by the onset of multiple sclerosis. Henry explained later: “I like to pretend I’m normal and I didn’t want to talk about it all the time.” Eventually the caring DJ, who liked to involve his listeners and listen to their problems, was rendered almost completely paralysed. His wife, a former model (they married in 1976), dedicated the remaining years of their married life to providing round-the-clock care for her husband.
Stuart Henry was born in Edinburgh in 1942. He spent six years as an actor after training at Glasgow College of Dramatic Art, then became a pirate disc jockey with Radio Scotland. He suffered from seasickness on his pirate ship and was more than happy to accept a post with Radio 1 in 1967. Johnny Beerling (controller of Radio 1 from 1985 to 1993) recalls Henry’s enthusiastic broadcasting style. “Stuart was a great guy. He used to do a spot called ‘She’s Leaving Home’, which was all about missing youngsters. He showed a concern for social action broadcasting a long time before Radio 1 was ever involved with it. He’d say, ‘I’m no asking you to go back, my friend, what I want you to do is let your parents know you’re all right . . .” He’d get people to ring in and make contact. (He used the old Beatles song as a theme tune.) He also campaigned about nuclear testing and had an environment spot on his Saturday morning show, before it was a popular issue.
“He suffered from terrible seasickness as a pirate DJ, but when he came ashore he became one of the most extrovert of the new Radio 1 DJs. He had long hair, and wore a caftan, beads and bells. Compared to DJs like Pete Murray and Don Moss, who came from the old Light Programme and wore suits, Stuart looked very much the outsider.”
Stuart Henry’s show regularly drew audiences of more than 11 million in the early Seventies, but he was sacked in a BBC shake-up in 1974, and went to work at Radio Luxembourg.
Beerling says: “One of the reasons he left was that the management thought he was prone to over-indulging in ‘funny baccy’. But in fact the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis caused a slight impediment in his speech. People thought he was just over-indulging and it was affecting his broadcasting. Nobody realised MS was to blame.”
As the effects of the disease worsened Henry became confined to a wheelchair.
“Towards the end of his life he only had movement in his head and his neck. His wife Ollie was just fantastic and she did everything for him. He even had to have a special hoist to put him into a car. The brain was still there, but the body had totally gone.”
His fellow DJ Tony Prince was a programme director at Radio Luxembourg and in 1982 he encouraged Henry to make public his condition. “I told him to tell people, because I was getting a lot of hassle from people who thought he was drunk on air. Of course I knew perfectly well it was a speech impediment caused by MS. I told him he had to put his pride on the shelf and come clean. He was a very proud man and didn’t want sympathy. He wanted to keep going on as long as possible.
“The greatest thing that happened in his life was Ollie Henry, his wife. As his speech became even worse, she started broadcasting with him. He couldn’t read long paragraphs of news, so she started being his newsreader, which led to The Stuart and Ollie Henry Show. She was a real heroine. She dedicated her life to him and it was heart-breaking to see what she had to do for him in the last few years, when he literally couldn’t move a finger.”
MS results in a deterioration of the spinal cord system that sends messages from the brain to the muscles. Sometimes it can have a slight effect and then stop and not get any worse. In Henry’s case, said Prince, “It just kept deteriorating until he was unable to move any muscles. Stuart was held in immobile limbo. Radio Luxembourg always said that as long as he was able to talk he would always have a job with the station, which was very honourable. He was a strong-spirited and lovable man.”
After the station closed in 1992 Ollie and Stuart Henry provided a pop news service for local radio and contributed to the memorabilia magazine Gold.
Ollie Henry said yesterday: “He’d had enough of being in and out of hospitals. By the time he finished at Luxembourg he was virtually paralysed from the neck down. We worked at home using a computer and Stuart always had great input. But then his voice got very weak and to be paralysed, and not to be able to speak or be understood, was the ultimate imprisonment with no escape, and that was the next thing we were worrying about. At least Stuart doesn’t have to cope with that now.”
The Independent ( Tuesday 28 November 1995 ) – Chris Welch.
Stuart Henry :
born Edinburgh 1942; married 1976; died Luxembourg 24 November 1995.
Ollie Henry :
born ……………………………….; married1976; died ………………………… 14 August 2020.
22 August 1992 – DJ Chris Holmes (Moyles) show
on Radio Luxembourg International per Astra satellite :
This audio materials is from Jacob in Holbaek (Denmark) collection …
15 August 1971 – last minutes of Dutch Service
with DJ Felix Meurders
and start English Service with
DJ’s Mark Wesley, Bob Stewart and Paul Burnett
on Radio Luxembourg 208 :
11 August 1991 – DJ’s Sandy Beech and Shaun Tilley
broadcast from Radio Luxembourg clear per Astra satellite :
On photo : Shaun Tilley and Sandy Beech .
This audio materials is from Jacob in Holbaek (Denmark) collection …
Bob Stewart (3 July 1939 – 28 March 2019)
was a British radio DJ and announcer,
best known for his work at Radio Luxembourg.
Stewart was born in Liverpool.
After national service, his friend Pete Best
suggested that he become a DJ.
He worked at Radio Caroline, transferring from
Caroline South to Caroline North, and adopting
a mid-Atlantic accent because of fears that his
Scouse accent might alienate some listeners.
In 1969, he joined Radio Luxembourg,
and, with a distinctive and powerful voice,
became one of the key presenters on the station,
sometimes credited as “Baby” Bob Stewart.
The station’s longest-serving presenter,
he remained at Luxembourg for 18 years,
and was best known as the host of
country music and pop chart shows.
He left Luxembourg in the late 1980s,
briefly moving to Dallas, Texas,
before returning to Europe.
He later presented programmes on Jazz FM,
Classic Gold, Radio London and other stations.
He also worked as a voiceover artist …
Some audio materials at the end and after
era on Radio Luxembourg :
RIP Veteran Victoria Broadcaster Ray Orchard, 89
Just heard the sad news,
that former broadcaster Ray Orchard has died.
His son took him to the hospital a few days ago,
and he passed away yesterday, 19 June 2020.
Our sincere condolences to his wife Joan and the rest of the family.
Ray Orchard was born in 1931 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Ray’s career in radio began in the 1940’s as a teenager
at Victoria’s radio CJVI. I first met Ray in the early 50’s when
he transferred to sister radio station CKWX in Vancouver.
A short time later (1957) he was in England, where he met Joan,
and became a bit of a teen favorite as a deejay
on Radio Luxembourg (London studio),
the closest thing the UK had to commercial radio at the time.
The BBC had a monopoly on the British domestic airwaves,
and were very slow to move toward the music revolution
underway in the 1950’s and ’60’s.
That made Radio Luxembourg and later the offshore pirate ships
very attractive to the younger British radio listeners.
Short audio fragment : DJ Ray Orchard 208 (00.52)
Ray also broadcast on Radio Nederland and Hilversum.
Because he was a popular deejay he made guest appearances
as a panelist on BBC television show “Juke Box Jury”
in the early 1960s, where celebrities would judge
the potential of new record releases .
When Ray returned to Victoria he spent time in the C-FAX newsroom,
before moving into government service where he eventually became
responsible for dispersing lottery revenues to the various charities …
This information by Ron Robinson from :
More memories, including about Ray Orchard, read here :
Edited excerpts from ‘208 IT WAS GREAT’ by Alan Bailey .
The Autographs are from an autograph album
owned by Frederika, in the mid 1964.