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FORMER ACTRESS VISITS MERIDIAN RADIO STUDIO

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 Sarah Stephenson recently visited our studio to talk to Alan King about her book ‘Dougal’s Diary’. It’s a feel good story about Sarah’s own dog ‘Dougal’ and his adventures  (or mis-adventures)
The story is based locally in Greenwich and Sarah admitted that most of the stories were true.   Sarah also spoke about her earlier career which started as a ballet dancer, then as an actress which included a summer season in Bournemouth with a cast which included Millicent Martin and Liz Fraser.
Sarah is now a chef.
 Sarah’s book ‘Dougal’s Diary’ can be purchased in print or as a download.
 Dougal's Diary: It's a Dog's Life by [Stephenson, Sarah]
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          OUR ANGIE IS ON’T TELLY
Angie on TV
Meridian Radio Presenter Angie Brown will be appearing on the TV game show 15 to 1 on 9th, 10th and 13th March. The show is transmitted by Channel 4 The show was pre-recorded and   ‘our Angie’ has been sworn to secrecy on the eventual winner. Here at Meridian we all have our fingers crossed that she will do well.

 

A picture of Angie together wither fellow contestants will  be published soon.

 

Angie is also a member of Rock Choir.
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New DJ comes from a land down under

Meridian Radio is pleased to welcome Jono to the team of presenters.  He first gained experience as a DJ when he enjoyed playing jazz/funk to clubbers.

Jono will play his music interspersed with our own Great Music and the Best Variety on Tuesday evenings from 7pm every week.

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Jono travels halfway around the world to join Meridian Radio.

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Alan King visits the site of his favourite Soho coffee bar.

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Last year Alan King went to see a show about the life of Screamin’ Lord Sutch and thought he would revisit the place in Old Compton Street which was the home of the birth of British Rock n Roll. It was also the place that he first saw his ‘Lordship’ at the start of his career in music.  Alan also saw many of the formative early performances by the British Rock n Rollers: Cliff, Colin Hicks (Tommy Steele’s brother) and the Shadows (then known as the Drifters) to name a few.
It is now a fish and chip shop.Alan King outside Chip shop
All that is now left is a plaque on the wall (pictured)
 Coffee bar

Read more

THE HISTORY OF THE 2i’s COFFEE BAR

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The King Visits the Queen (QEH)
Meridian presenter Angie Brown ( sorry Priscilla) visited Wards 18 & 19 of the Queen Elizabeth hospital recently together with a (fairly familiar) personage. 
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Angie titled the picture Elvis & Priscilla.
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A couple of the ward staff joined in the fun (pictured below).
 Meridian now undertakes regular visits to play music in dementia wards at the QE.   It is found that these visits to play musical memories has therapeutic value for the patients.

Read more about the great events that took place over Christmas Click here

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ROCK ‘n’ ROLL PARADISE

Alan King at Woodville Hall in Gravesend December 2016

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The  ‘Rock n Roll Paradise Christmas Show’ rolled into Town to provide festive cheer for Rock n Roll fans in North Kent.

Rock n Roll legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Roy Orbison, The Big Bopper and Elvis Presley were portrayed by an outstanding cast of talented singers and musicians.

After the show Alan King and his partner Bridget met cast members John Simon Rawlings (as The Big Bopper) a role he also played for 6 years in the hit west end show Buddy. 20161203_221809 And Gavin Stanley (pictured centre) who went on stage as Eddie Cochran.  Gavin has also played Billy Fury in a radio play for the BBC and the Bill Kenwright show Be Bop A Lula. Gavin also has his own Rockabilly band.

They were also told by Lord Tim, the shows producer that a new extended version of ‘Rock n Paradise’ is due to tour extensively in 2017. If you love    Rock n roll you will definitely enjoy this show.
Tour date for 2017

 

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A BIG THANK YOU FROM MERIDIAN RADIO

Meridian Radio is pleased to thank The Second Floor Studios & Arts for selecting us to be one of their chosen charities for this year. In order for Meridian Radio to continue to serve the local community we need the support and goodwill of local businesses.  We are especially grateful for the donation made to us by The Second Floor Studios and Arts.

Second Floor Studios and Arts is based near the Thames Barrier, has studios and workspaces available for rent, it also supports and encourages local artists and designers with creative facilities including a professionally equipped and spacious print studio.

If you are interested in finding out more about Second Floor Studios and Arts, contact: studios@secondfloor.co.uk or visit their website at www.secondfloor.co.uk

Meridian Radio is a registered charity (No 269666) providing radio entertainment to patients in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Woolwich Common and on the internet for listeners in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We are not a new organisation, this is something that we have been doing in the Royal Borough since 1961.

Our service is provided without cost to our listeners. If you wish to help us continue providing this service you could help by sponsoring one of our shows, arranging a fund raising event (such as a pub or music quiz) or donating desk top computer(s) that are no longer used (Windows 7 or 8, please – only working PCs, please). You may also be interested in working for Meridian Radio (all our staff are volunteers) we are always looking for a variety of people (in front of mic and in the background) If you are interested please send an Email to: studio@meridianradio.co.uk.

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MERIDIAN RADIO PRESENTER TRANSPORTED TO AUSTRALIA

 

Well almost….. John E Davies, Meridian Radio’s Rock N Roll Kids Radio Show presenter, recently advised the website editor that his show is now broadcast on the other side of the world.

The Rock ‘N’ Roll kids show you hear every Wednesday evening is now being repeated in Australia on hospital radio.

 

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MERIDIAN REMEMBERS BILLY FURY

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On Sunday 17th April many British fans gathered at the graveside to pay their respects to the legendry Billy Fury on what would have been his 76th Birthday. The grave in Mill Hill Cemetery is well tended and cared for by the many fans who regularly change the flowers and renew plants.  Alan King went there to meet Chris Eley, who is the Editor of The Sound of Fury (the official fan club magazine) Before they headed off to the Meridian Radio studios to present a special tribute show.

Billy Fury - Alan Chris, a lifelong Billy Fury fan, came up with the idea for the celebration of his music mixed with that of other artists who influenced the early career of a true British pop icon. Before they left Mill Hill they attended the traditional gathering in the village hall where they were entertained by a Billy Fury tribute artist.  The fan club arranges these pilgrimages, which are always well attended, three times a year to coincide with special dates in the ‘Billy’ year. The Meridian show was broadcast from 6pm – 8pm on the Birthday of Billy Fury
Chris and Alan are now planning further shows including a special on the artistes who were managed by Larry Parnes in the late 50s and 60s.
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The delicious Birthday cake which was enjoyed by the fans.
OTHER PICTURES: TOP: Some of the fans who tend his grave.
MIDDLE Chris Eley (left) and Alan King

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Meridian’s Got Talent!

Angie Brown

In addition to presenting two shows a week on Meridian Radio Angie Brown is also an active member of the Blackheath Rock Choir.
The Choir, which forms part of an organisation which is spread across the UK, recently appeared at Croydon’s Fairfield Hall supporting G4 (pictured above with Angie)
Angie said “ supporting G4 on stage was an amazing experience. They (G4) immediately put us at ease during the sound check with their friendly banter. They also praised us on the quality of our voices”.  She added “singing Barcelona was the pinnacle of the evening”.
Angie has been a member of the choir for two years, singing in the Upper Alto section. In April 2015 the choir recorded at Abbey Road studios. The choir performs at many events including local charities and Race for Life.
Tune in to Angie’s Meridian Radio Show on Wednesday evenings at 6 for her Country and Folk show and on Saturdays for the Breakfast Show from 8am.

 

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A former presenter doing well!

Amy Solomon

“Meridian Radio” is always pleased to hear that former presenters are progressing in the ranks of professional broadcasting.

Amy Solomon presented a weekly show for us about 5 years ago – she is now currently the voice for itvBe.  She also presents a music show on Vibe 107.6 (in Watford) and does the travel information on LBC and the Heart breakfast show.

If that isn’t enough,  Amy also is in demand for her work as a voice over artist.

We are very pleased to congratulate Amy on making such a success of her career to date – long may it continue”

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Angie Brown sqAll new The Angie Brown’s Country and Folk Show

If you like a bit of Dolly when you finish your 9 to 5 or like Johnny Cash you know a boy named Sue!

Then this is the place to be from the 16th March every Wednesday Evening 6-8 pm grab your ladies or your man for a little Do-si-do (Dosey Doe)

Let Angie take you on a tour of some of the best country and folk songs ever produced.

DollyFrom Nashville’s first lady of Country to Meridian’s first lady of Country

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