Ra­dio Fade

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

SIR: Thanks, Michael Bar­ber, for bring­ing back mem­o­ries of Ra­dio Lux­em­bourg (Olden Life, March is­sue), which, in spite of its name, I al­ways thought of as dis­em­bod­ied and ‘from the ra­dio ether’, rather than a small state in north­ern Europe.

Just one thought about its de­cline. As a young teenage lis­tener in the Six­ties, I val­ued Luxy for what it played, pop-wise, but its big dis­ad­van­tage was its ‘fade’. The sound would un­du­late in and out of au­di­bil­ity like the waves of the English Chan­nel it was cross­ing. As soon as the pirate sta­tions and then Ra­dio 1 came along, Lux­em­bourg was doomed be­cause not only could we hear broad­casts with con­sis­tent sound qual­ity, but we could also stick a mi­cro­phone next to the ra­dio and save the mu­sic on tape (reel-to-reel, of course), and lis­ten to our favourite records for free. That was a fact with which Luxy was never go­ing to com­pete.

Colin Pad­gett, Hal­stead, Es­sex.

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