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.