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John Peel Day 2007

From Radio 1 (complete with split infinitive)

“After the massive success of John Peel Days in 2005 and 2006, we’re again inviting you to join the celebration of John’s legacy and live music by putting on your own gigs.

It all happens on 11th October 2007, the anniversary of John Peel’s last live broadcast, and we’d love to know about the gigs and events you are organising.

In addition Radio 1 will be staging a very special show at the Electric Proms, with Siouxsie Sioux, Agaskodo Teliverek and Radio Luxembourg.”

The BBC Radio 1 Links:
Radio 1’s John Peel Page
The John Peel Day 2007 Page
Submit Your Gigs
Get The Logo
Electric Proms

I’d like to add my appreciation to John’s many friends and colleagues at the BBC for keeping this annual event on the calendar.


Tony Wilson

*Not Just Manchester’s Loss

Founder of Factory Records and The Hacienda Club in Manchester, Anthony H Wilson lost his fight with cancer last Friday, 10th August.

Born at Hope Hospital, Salford, he went to De La Salle Grammar School, Salford, and studied English at Cambridge before beginning his TV career as a trainee with ITN in 1971. He was a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports and also worked on Granada’s flagship current affairs programme World In Action. But it was presenting the legendary So It Goes, which reflected the true state of music at the time by featuring artists such as The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello and The Jam, that was to bring most attention. In the Eighties and Nineties his late night arts show “The Other Side of Midnight” continued the tradition by debuting The Stone Roses, 808 State and The Happy Mondays. Besides presenting, he helped to organise the annual In The City festival in Manchester which attracts musicians and critics from all over the world.

He was also a supporter of the National Secular Society and the British Humanist Association.

There is so much one could say about Tony Wilson but what made him stand out as a true modern day icon worthy of emulation for me was his total self belief and devotion to art in all it’s forms plus his finely tuned bullshit detection that refused to coerce with the non-evolutionary rancid mire that is mainstream culture.

I’ll leave the final relevant quote to Wilson himself:

“When they said I would have to pay £3,500 for the drugs each month, I thought where am I going to find the money? I’m the one person in this industry who famously has never made any money. I used to say some people make money and some make history – which is very funny until you find you can’t afford to keep yourself alive. I’ve never paid for private healthcare because I’m a socialist. Now I find you can get tummy tucks and cosmetic surgery on the NHS but not the drugs I need to stay alive. It is a scandal.” BBC source: Friends fund Wilson’s cancer drug

Further Reading:
Tributes paid to ‘Mr Manchester’ (BBC)

Wilson: my NHS love letter (BBC)

Cerysmatic Factory: Unofficial blog, history and archive about Factory Records plus many links to tributes, has much more to read including several of which I’ve highlighted below.
So It Goes
The Other Side Of Midnight
Big Issue Interview (2002)
NME Interview (1986)

Tony Wilson@Wikipedia
British Humanist Association
National Secular Society

R.I.P. Tony Wilson:
A true Working Class Hero.

Sheila’s Reaction to John’s Award

“I thought it was quite touching and very special indeed, for many reasons.

“It was rather good that people are still thinking about John and still recognise him as being so important in his field.

“You could tell everyone very much wanted him to win and John totally ran away with it, that’s really lovely and it is heart warming that his legacy continues.”
| The Evening Star


John Peel Sony Award 2007 YouTube Video

| YouTube
| YouTube Downloader

“Posthumous accolade for John Peel. Peelie wins the special one-off “Broadcasters’ Broadcaster Award” at the 25th Sony Radio Academy Awards held in London 30th April 2007. His widow Sheila, naturally overcome, collects the special award which was voted for by industry broadcasters themselves.”


Top Award For John Peel

John Peel Wins Broadcasters’ Broadcaster at the 25th Sony Radio Academy Awards

“London 30th April: It was announced at the 25th Sony Radio Academy Awards, the UK’s most prestigious radio accolades, that the late great John Peel is The Broadcasters’ Broadcaster, a special one-off award to mark the anniversary year. The posthumous Award to John Peel, himself a multiple Sony Gold winner across three decades, was collected by his wife Sheila, and was voted for by UK broadcasters from a short-list of 25 radio icons drawn up by the Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee, chosen to reflect the names most quoted by today’s broadcasters as being their greatest influence.”

“…there was little doubt who the assembled on-air talent regarded as the best radio broadcaster of their generation. To mark the 25th anniversary of the awards, all on-air broadcasters in Britain took part in a one-off poll that found the late John Peel to be the “most outstanding broadcaster of the last quarter century”.

The Broadcasters’ Broadcaster award was just the latest in a stream of accolades paid to Peel since his death in 2004. For almost four decades, he championed new music on Radio 1 and in the latter part of his career he also established a committed Radio 4 fanbase with Home Truths.”

| Memory of Peel lives on as pioneer wins ‘radio Bafta’ Independent
| John Peel hailed as the broadcasters’ broadcaster Guardian

No relevant pictures available as yet and strangly no report on BBC News. Am I being too impatient, I thought the web worked quicker than this? Mind you that comes as no surprise considering that without a direct link or web search you’d never stumble upon John’s Radio 1 site.


Sony Radio Academy Awards 2007

Another possible posthumous award for Peelie? Okay, so it may only be of passing interest, in that we don’t need anyone else to us how great John was, but I thought I’d flag it up so you can watch the live webcast tonight if you’re stuck for something to do. I’ve highlighted Alan Freeman’s name in the list below because it may well be felt he has not adequately received his just recognition. If Johnny Walker hadn’t recovered so well from cancer,(last I heard he’s ok and hopefully still doing well), then he might also have been a contender, but I think It’s reasonably certain one needs to be deceased to be in with a shot this year. Kenny Everett is an outside bet in my opinion as he’s pretty well acknowledged for his radio & TV work.

“The 2007 Sony Radio Academy Awards will take place on Monday, 30th April,
at Grosvenor House, London, from 7.00pm.

Find out the winners as they are revealed, via the live webcast. Listen here.

The Broadcasters’ Broadcasters Award
In recognition of the 25th Anniversary, this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards will include the very special celebration of one radio broadcaster as The Broadcasters’ Broadcaster. Sony Radio Academy Awards Committee have prepared a short list from which these choices are to be made. This list is the result of extensive debate by the Committee and the following individuals were chosen to reflect the names most quoted by broadcasters as being their greatest influence. Full list of those contenders for the 2007 Broadcasters’ Broadcaster are:

Danny Baker, Zoe Ball, Tony Blackburn, Alistair Cooke, Noel Edmonds, Chris Evans, Kenny Everett, Neil Fox, Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman, Paul Gambaccini, John Humphrys, Sue MacGregor, Eddie Mair, Chris Moyles, Annie Nightingale, Christian O’Connell, John Peel, Anna Raeburn, Jonathan Ross, Les Ross, Roger Scott, Chris Tarrant, Johnnie Walker, Terry Wogan, Steve Wright.”

| Sony Radio Academy Awards 2007

looking back…Sony Gold Award for John Peel 2002:

Across four decades of broadcasting, his championship of music that is both new and different has set the style for which he’s become best known. Since his days on commercial radio in the USA and his ‘Perfumed Garden’ show on Big L, he’s helped launch the careers of myriad artists including Marc Bolan, Pink Floyd, New Order and Pulp.

He can claim an unrivalled record of 35 years of broadcasting for Radio 1 – along the way his unmistakable voice has cropped up on at one time or another, all of the BBC’s networks including the World Service. He’s been a regular on BFBS. Currently he’s promoting the benefits of DAB on the nation’s commercial stations, but most significantly in recent years, he’s been reflecting on the trials and tribulations of home life on Radio 4’s ‘Home Truths’.

| Radio award for ‘unrivalled’ Peel

Thanks to Jane Anderson from the Radio Times for bringing this to my attention. Anderson and Alison Graham remain, for me, the only two reasons to bother with RT these days, other than it’s radio listings, but don’t let me get started on dumbing-down!

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