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Be informed, educated and entertained by the amazing true story of radio's forgotten pioneers. With host Paul Kerensa and rarely-heard clips from broadcasting's golden era.

The British Broadcasting Century with Paul Kerensa Paul Kerensa

    • History
    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

Be informed, educated and entertained by the amazing true story of radio's forgotten pioneers. With host Paul Kerensa and rarely-heard clips from broadcasting's golden era.

    William Le Queux: Power to the People

    William Le Queux: Power to the People

    A minisode that somehow ends up longer than a normal episode... Instead of telling you all about 1922's pioneer extraordinaire P.P. Eckersley, we're putting him back a week. Well, the radio hams of the day had to wait 18 months - you can wait 7 days.Before him, we bring a tale of William Le Queux, amateur broadcaster of 1921 - oh and he was a writer from Guildford. Like your host...Plus a tale of hospital radio, and a TV memory from illustrator Rachel Berman.Support the podcast: - ko-fi.com/paulkerensa buys me a coffee- patreon.com/paulkerensa has tiers and benefits- and your sharing, rating, reviewing and talking about this podcast is hugely appreciated.Follow our Facebook page and Twitter handle for pictures and things to go with this podcast. Original music is by Will Farmer - if you need music, visit his page.Paul's Mailing list | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Website 

    • 19 min
    Arthur Burrows: 1920's All-Request Pirate

    Arthur Burrows: 1920's All-Request Pirate

    Meet the guv'nor: BBC's first newsreader, children's presenter, actor, Head of Programmes... but before all that Arthur Burrows was one of broadcasting's lone prophets, convincing journalists, ministers and future listeners-in that mass entertainment from a small box was A Good Thing.Plus we exclusively hear from a pirate radio legend. Emperor Rosko tells us his journey from naval ship DJ to Radio Caroline, Radio Luxembourg and the first line-up of BBC Radio 1.This podcast has nothing by the way to do with the BBC. We're talking about them, not with them... It's just a one-man band here.If you'd like to support that one-man band: - ko-fi.com/paulkerensa buys me a coffee- patreon.com/paulkerensa has tiers and benefits- and your sharing, rating, reviewing and talking about this podcast is hugely appreciated.Follow our Facebook page and Twitter handle for pictures and things to go with this podcast. Original music is by Will Farmer - if you need music, visit his page.Paul's Mailing list | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Website 

    • 25 min
    Happy 100th Birthday, Radio! Melba: The Voice

    Happy 100th Birthday, Radio! Melba: The Voice

    Hip hip hurrah! Our centenary special, landing on the 100th birthday of professional public broadcast radio in Britain. Hear the best/only (possibly) re-enactment of the Melba Concert, sent from Chelmsford to the world on June 15th 1920 - exactly a century before this episode lands.Relive the songs, the fire, a genuine joke, the panic when it goes off-air... and discover how an attempt at Daily Mail Radio sparked British broadcasting into being.This podcast is here to inform, educate + entertain on the origins of the BBC, radio and life as we know it - but has no affiliation with either the British Broadcasting Corporation or the British Broadcasting Company (which, in fairness, ceased trading in 1926, so that was always unlikely).Pleas rate and review wherever you got this podcast - it really helps spread word. It's a one-man operation!Join Paul TONIGHT on Facebook Live, with a live talk/Q&A on The History of the BBC (basically this entire podcast series condensed into an hour). £Pay What You Want, details here or on our Facebook page.Your questions/comments (written) or early broadcasting memories (recorded) are welcome via email. This episode's guest was Lorna Farrell, and her Facebook page of prayers and poems is here.Support the show at Patreon / Ko-fi ...Please?Then we can pay people, like composer of our original music, Will Farmer  Visit BBCentury on Facebook / Twitter Paul's Mailing list | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Website HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BROADCASTING! Here's to the next 100...

    • 20 min
    Earlier... with Winifred Sayer

    Earlier... with Winifred Sayer

    The 1st woman on British radio! Radio's 1st professional artiste! The 1st listings! The 1st programme with a title!Journey back to early 1920 for episode 3 of the story of pre-BBC broadcasting, and meet W.T. Ditcham, Captain H.J. Round and Winifred Sayer - the girl from the ball-bearings factory who brought song to our radio sets. Monday 15th June 2020 (soon! In fact, probably in the past...) Paul's doing a Facebook Live talk on The History of the BBC (basically this entire podcast series condensed into an hour), with Q&A. It's £Pay What You Want, details here or on our Facebook page.We're here to inform, educate + entertain on the origins of the BBC, radio and life as we know it. I say 'we'. It's just me. Oh, and original music by Will Farmer  Oh, and our guest is Emily Jeffery, who presents the fab Edge of England podcast.(To be our guest, email an audio clip of your early broadcasting memories.)Support the show at Patreon / Ko-fi Visit BBCentury on Facebook / Twitter Please Share/Rate/Review wherever you got this podcast. It really helps.Paul's Mailing list | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Website BTW, we have no affiliation to the BBC, or to the BTW, whatever that is.

    • 17 min
    Ditcham and Round: Record Breakers

    Ditcham and Round: Record Breakers

    Episode 2 of our journey towards British broadcasting's birth: Dr Crippen, Titanic, war, a ghost + 2 brilliant engineers. Be informed, educated + entertained on the origins of the BBC, radio and life as we know it. (We've no affiliation with the BBC, to be clear.)Original music by Will Farmer  -Email an audio clip of your early broadcasting memories, or send your questions/commentsSupport the show at Patreon / Ko-fi Visit BBCentury on Facebook / Twitter Please Share/Rate/Review wherever you got this podcast. It really helps.Paul's Mailing list | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Website Pip pip! 

    • 18 min
    Morse to Marconi: Pick of the Pioneers

    Morse to Marconi: Pick of the Pioneers

    Episode 1: Morse, Marconi + Reg Fessenden's first entertainment show. This episode covers 1830-1906, yes, we're not even in the last 100 years yet... but first we have to invent wireless telephony.Be informed, educated + entertained on the origins of the BBC, radio and life as we know it.(We've no affiliation with the BBC, to be clear.)-Email an audio clip of your early broadcasting memories, or your questions/comments Visit BBCentury on Facebook / Twitter Support the show at Patreon / Ko-fi Guest Philip Simon's Youtube Original music by Will Farmer  Paul's Mailing list | Books | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Website Closing down now...

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Masteringmatt ,

Interesting, informative & well presented

Excellent podcast steeped in history. It’s a fascinating insight into broadcasting over the years, presented in an entertaining way. Paul clearly has a real passion for this that comes over well and just adds to the listening enjoyment. A must for anyone with a love of radio.

Ukdude39 ,

Entertaining, educational and informative!

Really enjoying this round up of the birth of broadcasting as we know it! Who knew it was so interesting and of course loving the science bits too. Nice to have such a lot of variety in terms of formats within each episode. Will do my best to get through enough episodes for the anniversary edition on Monday.

JPCG1974 ,

So good...

So engaging, well researched and produced. Educational, inspiring and always funny. This is a great example of the many qualities and talents that have come into fruition from Paul’s career to date. Bravo.

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