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Launched during World War 2 as an experimental Forces Radio station in an Algerian harem (where else?), the British Forces Broadcasting Service has entertained British armed forces away from home for over six decades.

 

Working closely alongside the BBC, the  independent service expanded in 1989 to two stations BFBS Radio 1 (popular music) and BFBS Radio 2 (light music, talk programmes plus relays of s/comedy from BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live).

 

BFBS was one of the first radio stations in Europe to switch to FM in the 1950s. One of the early DJ's heard was David Jacobs, and many well known Radio 1 presenters have broadcast for the station including Tony Blackburn, Tommy Vance and Adrian Juste.

 

The programmes are made in London and broadcast  from Buckinghamshire around the world via satellite before being re-broadcast to 130,000 forces personnel plus families at their local bases. Output is supplemented by locally produced live programmes at peak times.

 

Below are off-air audio clips of familiar Radio 1 DJ's as well as BFBS presenters provided by Juergen Boernig of the Netherlands. To find out more about BFBS Radio, including an audio archive and online streaming, you can go to;

 http://www.ssvc.com/bfbs/radio/index.htm

 

 

RADIO REWIND AUDIO CLIPS

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ADRIAN JUSTE

Closing Xmas_Show_1992

Adrian Juste interview_by_Alan_Jennings_1990

ADRIAN LOVE

From Orient_Express with Love; 1985

ALAN CLOUGH

Brains of BFG 1989 Out_of_the_Question  Side_tracks 1986

ALAN PHILIPS

Closing a_Berlin_breakfast 1990

ALTON ANDREWS

Night_Spot_1990  1991  Top_40_1990 Tea_Time_1991

Closing_Tea_Time_1990 Clip 2 Clip 3 short

ANDY PEEBLES

Soul Train 1986  1992 Peebles_FM Peebles_FM_1988

Soul_Train  Soul_Train 2  Soul_Train_3

CHARLES FOSTER

BFBS Gold_1991  Top_40_1986 Top 40 Opening_&_Countdown UK_top_40  show 1986

top_40 - 2 top_40 - 3

DAVE WINDSOR

BFBS Gold

1990 clip 2 1991 clip 2 clip 3  On_Jamie_Gordon_Show_1990

Late_from_London_1990  You_the_music Gold

DAVID HAMILTON

30yrs of No. 1's Clip 2

DESMOND CARRINGTON

All Time Greats

FRANCIS COLLINGS

Squad; 1990  Squad; 1990_pt 2 BFBS Gold 1990 1991

JINGLES/INTROS

Taster_1991  BFBS Gold Jingle BFBS Gold_Opener_1991  

BFBS Gold_Outro_1991   BFBS Gold_In_&_Outro_1991 Jingle_1989_Bringing_us_together   News_Jingle_1989    

BFBS Gold_Start_Countdown_1991     BFBS_1992   Slow_Jingle_1989

JOHN PEEL

John Peel's_music 1985

NANKERS

Happy_days_1990   mention for_Juergen Boernig 1992

Order! 1992 Christmas_1990 Nankers_Weekend_Envisage_1994

PAT SHARP

UK_Top_40_1991  Late_from_London_1989 

BFBS_UK_top_40_1990- 1

RICHARD ALLINSON

Freshbeat   Freshbeat_2 

ROBIN MERRIL

Berlin_1990   Berlin_Last_time_1990

STEVEN BUMFREY

Mocking Dave Windsor's BFBS_Gold 1992   Breakfast_show_trail_1991

Uuuhs_&_Aahs; Steve Bumfrey

TOMMY VANCE

Trailers_Tommy_Vance_&_RASS  Night_Time_1991   Show_1991

Remember the 80s UK_-Tommy_Vance 

BFBS UK Show 1986  (low quality)

Torsten from Celle, Germany wrote to Radio Rewind;

"This is the last airing of the theme tune 'Face to face' (created by Austrian composer Gerhard Narholz) to 'Up Front' by Matt Bianco.
If I remember correctly, the show was broadcast Friday, March 28, 1986.

The last BFBS UK to be hosted by Tommy went out on April 3, 1987.  The show was then hosted by Richard Allinson. The shows coming directly from the UK nowadays are live - something that basically was not possible for a number of reasons in the good old days of Tommy hosting the show. How I miss those days - but thank God we still have BFBS Radio over here in Germany."

 

Juergen Boernig of the Netherlands wrote to Radio Rewind;

"The normal mix of the theme tune to BFBS UK hosted by Tommy Vance throughout the 80's is from an album "Gerhard Narholz Orchestra - Pearls" which took me an awful long time to get hold. It  contains a number of nice themes we use on the radio here in the Netherlands.

'Up-front' by Matt Bianco is on the B-Side of one of their 80's singles.

In fact, I am using this on our Radio International Show during the winter months, as a show opener. It's very catchy."

Face to Face (edited version)

Up Front clip

 

On_Virgin_&_commercials 

TONY BLACKBURN

Soul_Station; Tony_Blackburn_1986  Soul_Station

TRAILS

Road_Show  BFBS Gold_Trail_1989  BFBS Gold_Alan_Philips_1989

Trailers_Top 40, Richard_Allinson &_Francis_Collings

Richard_Allinson 1989    Daily_Gulf Shows;_Richard_Astbury1990

sketch; 'pogo_pass'_1989  non-smoking_spot_1990

Penny_vine_&_German_classes_1989 

UK_top_40,_Allinson & Collins_1991 

Rodigan_rockers_railer_1990

VARIOUS

 

Johnny_Walker_1985  

michaelle_Horn_Opening Top_40_1991

Rock_Show_Alan_Freeman 

Rockola_Dave_Simmons

Stewart_James_lunchtime_outro_1990

Forces_Folk; Roger Dee

Simon_Guettier_'blowies_to_the_golf' 1990 - 1

Glen_Mansell 1992 

Solid_Gold_Sunday Stuart_James_&_Perry_Como

 

 

1999 SAMPLE SCHEDULE

bfbs world schedule 1999