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  1. Mr David Phillips on 22 February 2024

    Hi Steve Ashley
    Great to hear some good old fashioned theatre organ music as well as the pipe organs of yesterday year, please keep up the great work of this by-gone era.
    I shall certainly look forward to your programmes now that I have a great taste on Thursday evenings.
    Many thanks Steve for a really enjoyable programme.
    Best wishes to you
    Dave from Sunny Donny 😎👏👍

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  2. Suzy on 22 February 2024

    Waiting to hear the hilarious The Law is Comin’ Fer Yer, Pa(w) again, pretty please, Andy! Can’t find it anywhere on Spotify or the others, just old 45rpm singles for sale on eBay.

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  3. Paul on 21 February 2024

    I’ve just installed the iOS version of your new app and it works perfectly, thank you! This could be a real game changer in reaching a whole new audience of iPhone/iPad users. 🙏🏻

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    • Suzy on 22 February 2024

      That slipped me by … how wonderful Serenade Radio having an iPhone app now. Thanks for the tip-off, Paul. I had saved the weblink to my Home Screen but this is so much slicker. So SR is now on my Apple HomePod via TuneIn (or rather Toon In), my kitchen via Bose speaker and my car via the app and bluetooth radio. One happy bunny.

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  4. Dave From Sunny Donny on 20 February 2024

    Hello everyone at SERENADE RADIO,
    Just a quick message about the JINGLES THEY ARE JUST BRILL!,
    Keep them going please they are very entertaining!
    Beast wishes
    Dave from Sunny Donny😎👍👏

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    • Pat on 21 February 2024

      I agree, not only are they amusing they are also very classy, they really compliment the standard of the programmes.

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  5. Dave from Sunny Doncaster😎👍 on 20 February 2024

    Dave from Sunny Donny😎

    Hi Simon completely delighted with your MUSIC BOX today Tuesday, what a fabulous selection and range of complete instrumental music,WHOA, Terrific this is another show for me to get addicted to they just keep coming please don’t let this splendid musical journey end!!.
    Thanks Simon
    Best wishes
    Dave😎👍👏🎺🎹🎤

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  6. Dave from Sunny Donny😎🎺🎷 on 20 February 2024

    Good morning Dick Fisher,
    I really look forward to your weekday 1o am program ‘s , it’s a real joy to listen to a great selection of song’s and string/ orchestral that you play daily on your show.
    It was great to hear Klaus Wunderlick on a much missed organ piece of music,I just love organ music and again since the BBC took of their organist entertains featuring great organ players from theatre to more modern electric organs, however it was a real joy and a bonus to my ears that SERENADE RADIO thanks to you Dick and your programme directors gave an airing to these much missed instruments.
    Thanks to you all at SERENADE RADIO for making a great music lover happy today.
    Best wishes to you all at SERENADE RADIO.😀👍👏

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    • dick fisher on 20 February 2024

      Hi Dave
      Old Klaus did record some amazingly good arrangements of popular tunes.It’s a pity we don’t hear any recordings using the newer “organs” (or should that be keyboards) that are now available. At least we have Steve Ashley’s “Hot Pipes” here at Serenade keeping the traditional forms of organ music very much alive! One thing’s for certain, you won’t find our kind of music anywhere else!

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  7. Wendy on 20 February 2024

    I could listen to Stan Freberg in the comedy slot everyday. It makes me laugh out loud. The perfect antidote when things are generally a bit rubbish. Where else would we ever hear those wonderful tracks. Thank you.

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  8. James on 20 February 2024

    I love everything aboutMusic Box: Simon’s relaxed and affable style, the choice of music (Dankworth today was brilliant) and probably most of all, I get so much identification as a fellow sore-kneed charity shop crate digger. Music Box is a real highlight of my day.

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    • Simon McLean on 20 February 2024

      Thank you very much – nice to meet a fellow sufferer of charity shop knee, there ought to be a support group! I’ve seen a few fans of Dankworth’s earlier work being rather dismissive of the ‘Off Duty ‘ album, but naturally I disagree – it took me years to find it too. Thanks for listening!

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  9. Natausha on 18 February 2024

    Absolutely enjoy the Soft Folkus program. It has me searching and looking up the artists presented and finding new favorites. Thank you!

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    • Roger Williams on 20 February 2024

      Comments like yours really give me a lift Natausha! Thankyou for being there and being part of our Soft Folkus Group.

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  10. David Purll on 18 February 2024

    Donovan, JoniMitchell and the Eclection …. great start to tonight’s progamme! Thank you Roger!!

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  11. Chris Knowles on 18 February 2024

    Just listened to Mark Stein’s show telling about Frank’s Strangers in the Night.
    I have the following quote in a gift from a friend:
    To do is to be. Plato.
    To be is to do. Sartre
    Do be do be do. Sinatra.

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  12. Karen on 18 February 2024

    Although i was born in the early 60s . I am not a big fan 9f 60s pop stuff, liking music that is much older instead. But there are a few pop tunes that i really love and Steve James has played them all today. And ive finally been motivated
    to hunt down that Martins Magic Sounds lp of the internet after weeks of thinking about it. What a great show today. Thanks Steve.

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    • Steve James on 18 February 2024

      Hi Karen, thank you for your comments and yes the Martin’s Magic Sounds LP is a lovely 60s period piece. How nice to know that someone else appreciates it too! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with it if you can track down a copy.

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  13. Suzy on 17 February 2024

    The world would be a better place if we all woke up to gentle Ed Wellman every morning. Ahhhhhh. Love your musical knowledge, your voice and your quips, Ed, as I lie awake from 6am onwards on weekend mornings. (And love ‘grumpy’ Andy during the week too.) Thank you, Serenade. We’re all out here listening and supporting. You’re all like old friends now. x

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  14. Dave from Sunny 😎 Donny!! on 17 February 2024

    Hi it’s Dave from sunny 😎 Donny again,
    Just like to say I have thoroughly , and I do mean thoroughly enjoyed Simon Mcleans show Dinner at Eight what a fabulous collection of songs and music for a Saturday evening.
    Keep up the brill work Simon!
    Looks like I’ll have to keep this show highlighted on my calendar for a PERFECT HOUR of great music.
    Thanks Simon
    👏👍😀

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    • Simon McLean on 17 February 2024

      Hello Dave, what a lovely thing to read, thank you so much for your kind words! Dinner At Eight is a real labour of love so it’s very gratifying you’re enjoying it. Thank you again!

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  15. Karen on 17 February 2024

    I dont always get the chance to hear the early morning gems of Sean Usher and Johnny Mac – because i have to sleep sometomes !- but with me and one of my pets being a bit poorly through the night they have been keeping me company all night. What great shows .. Thank you for the company and the fabulous entertainment.

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    • Johnny Mac on 17 February 2024

      Thank you, Karen, for your continuing support. Hope you both get well soon. Sean and I are always here at ‘the best time of the day’.

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  16. Steph on 15 February 2024

    So pleased to have discovered Serenade Radio. Listen on my smart speaker and the audio quality is very good, better than some commercial stations. Always my kind of music and filling a niche for us oldies after BBC Radio 2 no longer plays easy listening music. I am intrigued to know whether Music While You Work are new recordings or rescued from the BBC archives?

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    • Brian Reynolds on 15 February 2024

      Music While You Work was a live show which ran without a break from 1940 to 1967 and for most of this time was broadcast twice on weekdays and once on Saturdays. It had several revivals in the early 1980s and early 1990s. Most of the shows which you hear on Serenade Radio were originally broadcast ‘Live’ between 1958 and 1967 on the old “Light Programme” plus some editions from the revival series. The BBC didn’t keep any for posterity – so everything you hear has been privately preserved! Wouldn’t it be lovely if there were dozens of professional bands and orchestras actually broadcasting this music today! Sadly times have changed and today’s youngsters no longer get to hear this lovely music – unless they listen to Serenade Radio, of course!

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  17. Alan Richardson on 14 February 2024

    Such a range of music, always enjoy listening and those I recommend to – are converts too. West Country listener, who had it not been for seeing John Darvall was on here – would not have discovered such a great station. Thanks to all involved in Serenade.

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  18. Howard Roark on 14 February 2024

    Congratulations on 9 years to my favourite radio station . Listening all the way in the Caribbean .

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  19. Alan Jowett on 14 February 2024

    John Hellings, Hour of Jazz covers the whole spectrum of jazz genres. Its up there with the Best of Jazz which Humphrey Lyttleton hosted for many years on Radio 2. John’s programme is far better than Radio 2s Jazz Show with Jamie Cullum which has a heavy emphasis on the latest trends and is poorly presented.

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    • John Hellings on 20 February 2024

      Thank you Alan for your kind comments. Praise indeed! I do try and choose the music that suits those who identify with the music of the time. If it’s more modern, then the sound has to be complementary. So glad you’re enjoying what you’re hearing.

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  20. Sandra Shofner on 14 February 2024

    Happy Birthday 🥳 Serenade Radio ! Brilliant radio station, fully of variety, the greatest performers, and wonderful hosts 🎉 THANK YOU for filling our days with amazing music 🎶
    (Blessed Ash Wednesday, and Happy St. Valentine’s Day to all, as well! 🙏🏼)

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  21. David Small on 14 February 2024

    Happy birthday Serenade Radio thank you to all the presenters and thank you for the music on the very best Radio in the county.

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    • Andy Grahamme on 14 February 2024

      Fantastic achievement. I just couldnt imagine my listening day now without Serenade. So many terrific programmes…and as the great David Jacobs would say…all playing “our kind of music”…long may you continue!!

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    • Phil Creighton on 14 February 2024

      Happy birthday! Love listening – and making a monthly contribution to your running costs

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    • Robert Craig on 16 February 2024

      Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day from Ottawa, Canada! Enjoy listening to your station!

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  22. Dave in London on 14 February 2024

    For the quizzical Mr Marriott today: the song Avalon co-written by Al Jolson has the words “I found my love in Avalon beside the bay”. It’s all about the island of Santa Catalina with its main town Avalon, about thirty miles off the coast of Long Beach California. It had a reputation for romantic escapes. Poor old Mr Jolson and his pals were taken to court by Giacomo Puccini’s publishers ‘cos the melody was said to resemble Puccini’s “And the Stars Were Shining”. Lots of money and subsequent royalties were awarded to Mr P’s estate.
    That was a fine version by Billy Ternent’s Orchestra you played today, ta v much.
    The Dinning Sisters do a highly acceptable rendition of “Santa Catalina, Island of Romance”, worth a listen.
    All the best to you.

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  23. peter paul mangan on 12 February 2024

    Listening to Andy Marriot playing Joyce Grenfell’s Nursery School,and i am transported back 60 years listening to this in junior and infants school,i can still picture the classroom now,happy days and memories.Thank you Andy.

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  24. Kevin MacManus on 11 February 2024

    I will be sending you a bill for all the hankies I am using listening to this lovely and touchy music. Matt Munro, like a few others, really gets to me. Keep up the good work.

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  25. Martyn Lees on 11 February 2024

    I used to be a huge Radio 2 fan back in the day,, that being the days of Terry Wogan, Ray Moore, Jimmy Young, John Dunn, David Hamilton et al.. Days long gone.. I gave up on Radio 2 years ago when it became a clone of Radio 1.. a souless rehash of many other stations.. I tried to give the likes of ‘Smooth Radio’, ‘Gold’, ‘Greatest Hits’ etc a go, but found them all to be repetitive copies of each other repeating the same songs ad infinitum.. AND THEN today I discovered ‘Serenade Radio’ purely by chance.. HA! wonderful.. My life is now complete!! Thank you for merely existing.. and playing Proper Music. Also for using what sounds like classic PAMS, and JAMS jingles.. Long may you thrive..

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  26. Mark Thompson on 10 February 2024

    Hello I’m thinking of buying myself a new DAB radio. Will I be able to get Serenade radio on it. Thank you for such a lovely radio station.

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    • Andy Marriott, Station Manager on 10 February 2024

      Hi Mark,
      I’m afraid the answer is no. DAB would cost us hundreds of thousands a year.
      Which would mean we’d be over-run with commercials to pay for it. That would lead to directors, boardrooms, take-overs and all that!
      I realise that we are rather limited by being online only but it allows us to run on a volunteer/donation basis and not get involved in “business”!
      Might I suggest a fancy smart speaker instead of a DAB radio, they can sound really nice, better than some DAB streams. Most, if not all, stations you’ll get on DAB have an online stream too…

      Thanks for getting in touch, glad to hear that you like what we do.

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  27. Edwin on 10 February 2024

    I am not happy with your Radio station.
    Since I discovered it this week I have wasted so much time listening to it. I so enjoy it that I now don’t do anything else except tune into it.
    I’m also upset that you never contacted me or made me aware of it sooner. Many thanks for such a lovely way to spend the day listening to your station. You’ve now got a convert.

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  28. Dave from at times sunny Donny on 10 February 2024

    A week has now passed since I accidentally came across this terrific radio station SERENADE and its great presenters.
    Unfortunately I am terminally ill with the big “C” so for me listening to SERENADE is a HUGE, HUGE tonic and a great medicine for me to listen to ALL the great singers and orchestral music that comes along the air waves, so please keep this FABULOUS MUSIC that keeps me refreshingly positive.
    Thank you ALL presenters
    My wholeheartedly best wishes to you all👍👏😀

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    • Andy Marriott on 10 February 2024

      Hi Dave,

      Very sorry to hear of your health issues.
      Delighted to hear that Serenade Radio is helping to keep your pecker up, as they say!
      We will most certainly do as you ask and continue to play all this fabulous and largely ignored music.
      All the best.
      AM.

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  29. Andy Grahamme on 9 February 2024

    The music Steve James plays is absolutely amazing…not to mention…cool…hip…and trendy. If you want to be in with the in crowd…then this is essential listening. I swear that somewhere between 7.30 and 10 I travel back to the late 60’s? There is no other way to start your Saturday and Sunday!!

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  30. RJPS on 8 February 2024

    Thank you, thank you for this music. As soon as this month’s Social Security check arrives, I promise to hit the donation button.

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  31. James Teichroew on 8 February 2024

    I just heard Andy Marriot say that there is nobody young around here. I have to correct that. I’m a 27 year old listening in America and I love the sounds on Serenade! I’ve been listening for the past couple years now and find this station a blessing. So, yes, you have one younger person who enjoys it around here. Thanks to Mark Steyn for introducing me to this wonderful place. It has made a music lover of me. I’ve listened to nearly all the content in 2023. Dance Band Days, Vic Groves, Dick Fisher, Peter Tomlinson, and Andy Marriot’s flagship show are among my favorites. I find the commentary worthwhile and enjoyable. I like it. I equally love the classic popular music you’ve introduced to me. I’ve learned to know many songs that I wasn’t familiar with. For instance I find the songs from the English catalogue, particularly British dance band music, charming. I also like hearing again some favorite old songs that I already happened to discover for myself over the past several years of my life. I have always enjoyed old time entertainment and I get to hear from that treasured era on here. Serenade is truly a refuge. May God bless everyone here!

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  32. Barbara Heathcote on 6 February 2024

    Thank you for playing Vic Damone tonight. Can I recommend his version of All things you Are, his voice at the end of the song is so beautiful, really reaches the high notes.

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  33. Suzy on 6 February 2024

    I’ve listened to Serenade all day, every day for months now. Like an old friend from an era when we weren’t put in listener categories by age and could all enjoy a wide range of quality easy listening music. Especially love waking up to gentle Ed’s dawn chorus at the weekend and funny Andy every weekday. Thanks everyone x

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  34. Helen on 6 February 2024

    It was lovely hearing Vera Lynn sing – There’ll Always Be An England this morning, Wonderful.

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    • Suzy on 6 February 2024

      Yes, wonderful … but sad too. As Andy said after, that’s a different England she was singing about.

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  35. Andy Grahamme on 5 February 2024

    Fantastic station..by far and away the best since the golden days of Radio 2 back in the 80s. In fact..exactly what Radio 2 should have become. Unfortunately they totally lost the plot…but now? Who cares!!

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  36. Dave Harwood on 5 February 2024

    Love it! Started listening on my computer and makes my day so much better………….THANKS

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  37. David on 5 February 2024

    Superb show tonight Roger!…gem after gem….cheers for that…did me the world of good 👍This programme deserves a repeat later in the week! Come on Mr. Marriott! Other programmes get replays so couldn’t you do the same for Soft Folkus?

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  38. Leo on 5 February 2024

    Here in Georgia would love to hear your program but I am not very computer knowledgeable I hope to be able to get it one day

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  39. Carole Jenks, Australia on 4 February 2024

    Love this radio station and listen to it every day in my home in Melbourne.

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  40. Lesley on 4 February 2024

    I have only just discovered Serenade but it transports me back to another less stressful world . A time when neighbours cared a time when you can hear clearly the lyrics of a song. A time of modesty and less narcissism less ‘look at me’. Thank you . you have calmed my world

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  41. Dave Phillips on 4 February 2024

    Dave from sunny Donny
    Today Saturday 3 February has been the first full day of listening to this great radio station SERENADE.
    It was a day full of terrific songs/ music from past decades, a sheer joy for all music lovers of our generations.
    Thank you all presenters for such an enjoyable day and hopefully more of the same.
    Regards
    Dave

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  42. Jackie Newark on 3 February 2024

    Absolutely love Serenade Radio, listen all the time. How did I ever live without it! Thank you.

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  43. Dave in Doncaster on 2 February 2024

    Hi just came along by accident finding Serenade Radio, I’m thoroughly enjoying the great music!
    Thank you.

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  44. Julia Wilson on 2 February 2024

    Listening to David Yarnall playing Beatles songs by Keely Smith, I love Beatles songs and I like Kelly Smith but this just doesn’t work. The tempo is wrong and it just doesn’t suit voice. Sorry but a NO!! from. Love the programme though.

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  45. Linette on 2 February 2024

    I’m listening to Dick Fisher who has just played a Clifford T Ward song. I just wanted to say how much I love his songs, and hope to hear them again soon!!

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    • Dick Fisher on 3 February 2024

      Clifford is a much less well recognised songwriter/singer than he deserved. I interviewed him on a number of occasions (with his wife in attendance) and found him charming, unassuming and modest. Rare qualities in one so absurdly talented. Will try to include more of his lovely work in the future.

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  46. Adrian on 31 January 2024

    What a great Radio station you are. You play all the kinds of music I enjoy listening to especially Light Orchestral Music which you never hear on the radio much now.
    I just cannot believe there is a Radio station that play all this wonderful music from the past lots of what people have forgotten about. So it GOODBYE RADIO 2 FOR EVER.
    As I write this I am listening to music box how great to hear these Orchestra’s love it and the great singers on other programmes. Didn’t ever think a beautiful station would ever come.

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    • Simon McLean on 2 February 2024

      Hello Adrian – thanks for the nice words about Music Box. I’m always delighted (and a bit surprised) to hear when other people enjoy this music as much as I do! Thank you for listening!

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  47. Karen on 30 January 2024

    Loved the twaddle today… ” Ive got nothing against your right leg, but then again neither have you”… 😂😂In fact i started laughing as soon as i realised what it was going to be before they even started speaking. Brilliant stuff.

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  48. Robert Thomson, Australia on 29 January 2024

    I’m in Sydney and loving all the old tunes. Thank you Mark Steyn for tipping me off. 🙂

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  49. David Purll on 29 January 2024

    Roger,
    Thank you for the acknowledgement to the late Melanie on Sunday snd thanknyou also for my favourite track by Rumer and Jimmy Webb’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Judy Collins . Such a wonderful programme as always.
    Kind regards

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    • Roger Williams on 1 February 2024

      Hello David, thank you for your kind comments which are very much appreciated. I’m grateful too for your suggestions about music that I might feature. It is an interesting challenge putting two hours together and trying to get the balance right between the familiar and what I think of as more hidden gems.

      I know I won’t always get it right.

      Kind regards to you and Ruth and thank you for your support;

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  50. Pasquale Lorina on 27 January 2024

    Play More Bing Crosby ! It’s a GREAT station, somewhat like the old WPAT 930 in New York

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  51. Barbara Heathcote on 26 January 2024

    Great to hear Vic Damone regularly and yes please have him on album of the week.
    Also acts from the era of Robert Goulet, Jack Jones, Andy Williams etc can only be heard on Serenade Radio. Thank you.

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  52. David Hilton on 26 January 2024

    Sorry to hear you feeling bad, well done for keeping on. Have a restful weekend. All tthe best. Toodlepip.

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  53. MacBeth on 26 January 2024

    Could you please play more Jim Reeves?
    Would love to hear his versions of:Moon River, I Can’t Stop Loving You,Am I That Easy To Forget?,
    Wild Rose,I’m A Fool To Care,Why Do I Love You?

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  54. Warren on 26 January 2024

    From Canada. Burns Night Request…Not sure if any presenter would play a Peter Sellers song “The Hunting of The Haggis”
    Heard it on BBC sometime before 1982.

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  55. Dave in London on 25 January 2024

    An unusual play by Dick Fisher today – Clopin Clopant. Well, not unusual in your actual France where it’s a standard of the late forties and fifties. Ms Streisand was brave to have a go at it in English while retaining its French title which is one of those onomatopoeic things – the sound of someone with an ambling gait walking on cobblestones. Wandering aimless through life when recently abandoned by a lover. Thanks for playing it today Dick, you have reminded me of all the good versions in French, plus the Sinatra update of 1949 “Comme Ci, Comme Ça” which some might say offers a better translation of the writer’s thoughts. All the best to you.

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  56. Paul - Rye, East Sussex on 25 January 2024

    What a treat! Duke Ellington’s “Spanish Flea” – so good to hear this version again; thanks David Yarnall, always enjoy your show, the perfect whimsical afternoon accompaniment.

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    • David Yarnall on 27 January 2024

      Thank you Paul. I’m glad you enjoyed that track and it seems you enjoy all the others as well. Must see someone about my whimsicals!!

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  57. Steve in Worcs. on 25 January 2024

    Good afternoon Sernade community,

    I was listening into The Boss this morning at 8:00 m, and as the wonderful Mr.Ray Moore might have said, it seems you had a touch of the “rasping clack”. Well, I don’t know if the remedy as anothe Ray saying: ‘A pint of bitter in a warm glass, and a fist full of wet change thank you, barman.’ 😊 Either way, hope you’re feeling better soon, Andy.

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    • Adrian Long on 29 January 2024

      Nice to see someone actually remember Ray Moore he was a good pop jockey make laugh always.

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  58. Arthur on 23 January 2024

    Thank you for the Serenade spotlight with Edmund Hockridge. What a great voice. There is nowhere else we would get to hear him . Well done Serenade Radio. Thank you

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  59. Tom Colmey on 21 January 2024

    Serenade is such a fantastic concept. It has become an old friend who pops round to bring an oasis of calm (especially to the start of the day). I especially love early Sunday mornings……..a cuppa and Serenade Radio………..perfect. Long May it continue 👍

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  60. Nick Hingley on 21 January 2024

    Wow! I have just heard Dionne Warwick’s ‘Living in a Land of Paper Mache’ on Kevin’s show. I loved this record when it came out in 1970 and heard it a lot on Radio Luxembourg. However, I can’t remember hearing it on the radio since. Was still at school back then but had developed a taste for Bacharach & David work
    Always, plenty of surprises on Serenade and love the selections in Kevin’s shows.

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    • Kevin Taylor on 21 January 2024

      Hi Nick, I’m glad you enjoyed “Paper Mache” by Dionne Warwick. The Bacharach/David repertoire is immense and there are some really great selections as you know. Thank you for checking in and listening to Serenade Radio!

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  61. Armando Loni on 21 January 2024

    FAO: Steve James (Sunday Breakfast)

    Tempus Fugit…. “Come Alive”
    They were originally known as The Jensens. “Come Alive” was their one and only single.

    Thanks, Steve!!

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    • Steve James on 22 January 2024

      Thanks very much for the information, Armando. I always try to give a little background to some of the more obscure tracks I play, so that’s very helpful. Thank you for listening and for getting in touch!

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  62. Steve in Worcs. on 20 January 2024

    Hello Simon,

    Just having a look on the internet, and I see Nick Barbarossa and his Orchestra did make another album, called Sounds Ltd.

    There is a copy on eBay, it is in Germany, available to the UK, item number 354914414767.

    I hope this helps.

    Thanks as always to all involved for continued broadcasting excellence.

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    • Simon McLean on 22 January 2024

      Thank you, Steve – Nick Barbarossa is one of those fascinating curios, the music is wonderful but info on what it’s about is very elusive! I believe Nick is an alias for German musician Peter Moesser, who made many records under his own name in his home country. Thanks for listening, as always!

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  63. Bob Pfile on 20 January 2024

    Cindy asked why they called “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” and their ilk Spaghetti Westerns. As I recall, they were produced by Sergio Leone in Italy.
    Love listening to your station in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.

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  64. Andy Grahamme on 19 January 2024

    Just looked at the Saturday programme schedule. Great line up all day but special mention for Steve James…just amazing music…Jeff Owen…such a talented unique and entertaining presenter..and at midday…Stuart Linnell..superb presentation and simply the best music!! Serenade Radio? The best radio station by a country mile!!!

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  65. Paul Kennedy on 18 January 2024

    Hi David,
    Still tuning in your afternoon show each day at 9am here in Nova Scotia. Thanks for the nice mix of
    great singers, wonderful variety of songs, and your oft times (sometimes) witty banter. Your program is
    a flashback to the way personal radio used to be. Favorite singers include Cliff Richard, Petula Clark
    and Perry Como. Keep up the excellent work… take good care … Paul Kennedy

    Martin …… keep up the excellent work.

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  66. Gordon Davies on 18 January 2024

    Someone on FB told me to try your station and I’m hooked! I’m listening now, but do you play pre-war and wartime music too?

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    • Andy Marriott, Station Manager on 18 January 2024

      Hi Gordon,
      Glad you’ve found us, and like what you hear.
      We do play a fair amount of 30s and 40s music scattered across our general programmes.
      But for a real treat try tuning in on Saturdays at 7pm and Mondays at 9pm for a whole hour of nothing but 20s, 30s and 40s tunes. Its “The Dance Band Days” with Roger Williams, you’ll love it!

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  67. Vanessa Dowsett on 15 January 2024

    I do love this station and I have told many younger people about Serenade Radio and they too now love listening . Many thanks to all concerned, it makes my long wakeful nights so much shorter.

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  68. Karen on 14 January 2024

    Peter Tomlinson’s programme is such a delight on a Sunday afternoon. I cannot imagine a more perfect way to relax on a Sunday afternoon before the grind of another working week starts tomorrow. And he has such a lovely calm voice… I reckon if he read a story to us every night it might help lots of us sleep better 😉

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  69. Barry Trimmer on 14 January 2024

    I have just found your music station and am delighted with it. It’s many years since I have heard so many great tunes of my youth. Many thanks.

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  70. Martyn Bassey on 13 January 2024

    Many thanks to Sean Usher for the Late Show. Two hours of fabulous music and banter. Just perfect for this time of the day 😊

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  71. Jackie Newark on 11 January 2024

    Don’t know what I would do without Serenade Radio – thank you to everyone involved.

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  72. Alan Jowett on 10 January 2024

    Looking at the recent Facebook post with the weekday programmes from 9-10……..Excellent. This compares to the days of the Light Programme and the first couple of decades of BBC Radio 2. But while that station now only has a couple of decent shows and able presenters, Serenade Radio sets a high standard round the clock, seven days a week.

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  73. David Purll on 10 January 2024

    Roger,

    I don’t know whether if she’d fit your programme but could I suggest “Let the mystery be” by Iris Dement. Just been introduced to this lovely song

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  74. Martyn Bassey on 8 January 2024

    Fabulous music on the Kevin Taylor Show this Sunday. Must have been mind-blowing to be invited by the wonderful Keely Smith to sing a duet with her on stage. Many thanks Kevin.

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  75. Dave in London on 7 January 2024

    That nice chap Mr Marriot asked us to remind him, once the Christmas lights had all been put away, about Riem and Ruud de Wolf, better known to many as The Blue Diamonds. Here is your reminder alert Mr M! Their recently released compilation ‘Singles & B-sides 1959-1977’ fills in some of the songs missing on their Greatest Hits albums. But whatever you decide to choose, I’m looking forward to hearing them on Serenade Radio.

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  76. David Purll on 7 January 2024

    What a splendid show is Jeff Owen’s oldies show on Saturday mornings.. the bestof the currently available oldies’/60s Saturday shows by far. Hie doesn’t play the obvious but just a well curated and interesting selection of great music. Thanks Jeff

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  77. James Pickering on 6 January 2024

    For what it’s worth, I think Serenade Radio is actually a lot better than “radio as it used to be”. It’s consistently brilliant, all day, every day, which is more than can be said for the radio we grew up with.

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    • Edgar on 19 January 2024

      I’m not sure I’m replying to the right comment. Anyway, this music is better than what I used to listen to on radio stations. Most of the stations playing this style of music mixed it with more contemporary tunes, which was fine because that was what I was used to. Now, nearly all the stations in the States, even the ones I can find online, play only a few of these songs with the more contemporary sound.

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  78. John Taousanis on 6 January 2024

    To Jeff Owen,

    Dear Jeff,

    My wife and I would like to send a big thank you, from Salonica in Greece, for you wonderful program on Saturday mornings.
    It is the absolute highlight of our week, and we will not miss your show for the world.
    Please keep up the good work!
    Best regards from Greece.

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  79. Sue on 5 January 2024

    Thank you for the fabulous programmes on serenade radio, I used to listen to my local radio station but found they got rid of all the presenters i loved and replaced them with ……..well what can I say! certainly not my type of music! The Christmas music that you played during December was great to listen to and it was lovely that it didn’t stop on Christmas day, I really cannot say how much I enjoy serenade radio and am pleased that someone cares for the older generation and plays the music they like . Thank you so much one and all

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  80. peter paul mangan on 5 January 2024

    Andy talking about the winter of 1947,my late mother often talked about the winter of 1947,before my time but 1962/63 was a bad one too.We still had to go to school,in short trousers too.

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  81. GARY T. on 4 January 2024

    The TV show was the best yet. Delighted to hear that there will be more later in the year. Happy New Year.

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  82. Vanessa-Ann Dowsett on 2 January 2024

    I loved the TV show on New Year’s Day and was sad when it finished as a weekly slot. May I please ask if this programme will be repeated? Thank you Andy and all of the presenters for such an excellent station. Happy New Year to all at the station and the listeners.

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    • Serenade Radio on 2 January 2024

      Hi Vanessa-Ann, Andy did mention it at the end of the show. He will be back with a new series later this year.

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      • Vanessa-Ann Dowsett on 4 January 2024

        Thank you for your reply, my problem was that I missed the last 5 mins so I missed Andy’s good news. I am delighted , it does bring back so many memories

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  83. Janet on 1 January 2024

    I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. I’d like to thank you all for all the music in 2023; I’m looking forward to more of the same in 2024.
    I’d particularly like to say thank you for the Soft Folkus shows on Sunday evenings, for the Dawn Chorus programmes on Saturday and Sunday mornings and for the Andy Marriott TV themes programmes. I wish some or all of these were available to listen again; is that possible?
    Lots of love and best wishes to you all.

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    • Roger Williams on 1 January 2024

      Hello Janet, I’m really chuffed that you like Soft Folkus and and the other shows you mention. I know that there is a demand for a “listen again” feature but I think Andy will say that the resources available to Serenade won’t allow for this step to be taken. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for Soft Folkus – if you have I shall do my best to follow them up. Happy New Year and thank you for your support. Roger W

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  84. David Hilton on 1 January 2024

    Enjoying all the themes, good memories. Any chance of ‘Dragnet’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’ themes, please?

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  85. Thomas on 1 January 2024

    Hi listening to your tunes from the island of mull in the Highlands of Scotland and liking the music.

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  86. Helen on 1 January 2024

    Happy New Year to everyone 🥳.
    Im looking forward to all the wonderful music on SR in 2024 🥂

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  87. Gary M on 31 December 2023

    Just discovered Serenade Radio, within only the last couple of hours through a roundabout mention on ‘X’ by Mark Steyn. Southern California listener here. After more than forty years, I again invested in a rather premium audiophile listening system (…several British components!) and only JUST NOW fully realized what a GOOD decision that was! This is such a delightful experience, with incredible and beautifully crafted recordings! At UK Time 23:25 I see that the New Year 2024 literally standing at your front door, ringing the bell. Be well, be blessed…and THANK YOU!

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  88. Peter Coulson on 31 December 2023

    Looking forward to tonight’s New Year’s Eve show with Andy Marriott, such a great presenter! He reminds me of the late great Ray Moore, who as I expect many of you know used to do a great New Years Eve show back in the day!🙂

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    • Martyn Bassey on 1 January 2024

      So many wonderful songs. Just perfect for welcoming in the New Year. Many thanks Andy. Best wishes for 2024. 😊

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  89. Anne W on 30 December 2023

    Happy healthy New Year and lots of SR 😎best station ever👏🏻😎 can’t imagine life without are wonderful
    Announcrs ❤️Andy any news when Mark Styne will be returning 🙏🏻🎊🎊🍷

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  90. Barbara Heathcote on 29 December 2023

    Happy New Year to all at serenade Radio, i have sent you a little gift in appreciation. you play a lot of my favourite artists.

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  91. Nick Hingley on 26 December 2023

    I would like to the echo the comments about the continuing Christmas music beyond Christmas Day. Having had to endure Christmas telly on Christmas Day, today I have been enjoying a ‘Christmas’ day on my own relaxing in the Festive spirit with Serenade Radio.
    I suspect, like many of a certain vintage, I remember when Christmas didn’t end at midnight on the 25th and like to observe the twelve days of Christmas. I can guarantee that my modest outdoor Christmas lights which were put up later than than the others in my road will be the only ones still lit at Epiphany/Twelfth Night – most won’t make it to new year’s eve. I remember as a child the Christmas parties and get togethers that often occurred on Boxing Day and beyond into early January and the special daytime programming on TV between Christmas Day and new year at a time when TV was usually confined to the evening; and that January 5th (or 6th – there were often debates about which on the radio Radio 4 or the Home Service – Cindy Kent may be able to elaborate) was a day of sadness when the decorations and tree came down and the gaiety was at an end.
    I note that Andy made a comment about the loss of the Twelve Days on today’s programme which chimed with me. That mainstream radio gives up on Christmas music after the 25th is mainly that they are beholden to their advertisers and it is this industry that has determined that Christmas now starts the day after Bonfire night and ends on the night of the 25th. On Boxing Day their advertising clients now have other products to flog. Of course the BBC gives up too – but they have long given up on the likes of us anyway!
    Anyway, Happy Continuing Christmas to all the team at Serenade Radio; thank you for this wonderful station; and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

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    • David Beaver on 28 December 2023

      Loved the Christmas Heroes show. A superb selection of music and presenters who were so much a part of my childhood and early adulthood. Better than most of the telly over Christmas. Please repeat next Christmas.

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  92. Brian Bunn on 26 December 2023

    Andy & Team, really enjoying the non-stop Christmas 🎄☃️ music. So good to hear quality retro songs and carols by different artists, many that I’ve not heard before, and the Christmas instrumentals are fantastic 😊 Also well done for continuing Christmas songs on Boxing Day when other Radio stations appear to be frightened to ! So pleased that you have kept to songs from 30’s/40’s/50’s/60’s etc, not 70’s, 80’s and modern, which are played to death on other stations. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas, and Happy New Year to all at Serenade Radio.

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  93. Roger Sweet on 26 December 2023

    Many thanks for beautiful Christmas music 🎶 including carols Christmas night/Boxing day. Keep it going please. When I was in Spain Christmas music carols etc were played on street tannoys from Advent November Epiphany January

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  94. Jackie on 26 December 2023

    What a Christmas present! I have only just found you. It is just like finding streams in the desert. People who speak English as they used to. What a treasure – thank you all so much, you have really put a smile back on my face.

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  95. Mark on 25 December 2023

    Happy Christmas to all at Serenade Radio, thank you to all the presenters and team who dedicate their time to make such great radio programs, keep up the good work, all the best for the New Year.

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  96. Wendy on 25 December 2023

    What a great days listening so far. And so much more to come. Lovely to be hearing Brian Savin as i started listening all day to SR after he had stopped broadcasting. And dance band days and Andy Marriott to come. You are spoiling us. Thank you.

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  97. Alan & Christine on 25 December 2023

    A Merry Christmas to all,especially to all at Serenade.The best Christmas Days listening for many a year.I mean a whole hour of Jimmy Young!That show alone was worth the donation I made.Thank you.

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  98. Anthony Parkin on 25 December 2023

    Serenade Radio making Christmas special. On my own today it could’ve been just another day like all the rest

    The music and friendship of those bringing it to us me is very much appreciated.

    So glad I am able to listen on this ancient mobile now that my lovely internet radio(its complicated)does everything but internet radio.

    Next year year I will looking into an alternative way to hear you again. And a new mobile. Also a tablet or laptop.

    It will hurt my pocket but the benefit to my wellbeing is immeasurable. And hopefully they will last for a decent amount of time.

    Thank you again and to all Serenade Radio listeners. A Happy Christmas too.

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  99. Heather Stone on 25 December 2023

    Merry Christmas to you all at Serenade and thank you for such beautiful music. A time of love and remembrance with the perfect background of Serenade. Simply the best ❤️

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  100. Barbara H on 25 December 2023

    Thank you to all at Serenade Radio for bringing us music from yesteryear and rekindling happy memories 🎄🎅xx

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  101. James Pickering on 25 December 2023

    Thank you to everyone who keeps Serenade Radio going over the festive season. Happy Christmas.

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  102. Tom Colmey on 25 December 2023

    Merry Christmas to you all at “Serenade!” – what a fantastic week it has been, thank you so much. Just wonderful Christmas music, each day. For me, listening to the different presenters has been like having old friends round and has often taken me back to special times in my younger days, a song, a memory. Well done and “Thank You” 🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻

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  103. Arthur on 25 December 2023

    I would like to wish everyone at Serenade Radio a very merry christmas. Thank you for bringing us back to radio as it used to be.

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  104. Helen on 25 December 2023

    Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas 🎄

    Thankyou Serenade Radio for all the Beautiful Festive Programmes, making Christmas radio truly Magical again⛄

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  105. Martyn Bassey on 24 December 2023

    Late Night Extra was absolutely brilliant. Many thanks to Steve James for digging up such amazing music from the perfumed garden 😊. I wish you a very Happy Christmas 🎄🧑‍🎄

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  106. Karen on 24 December 2023

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas Ed. Thank you for all the wonderful Dawn Choruses in 2023, long may they continue in 2024. Who needs sleep after all 😉

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  107. Anne W on 23 December 2023

    Merry Christmas 🌲and many blessings 🙏🏻Andy and all your wonderful announcers who bring joy to my day every day👏🏻 the music is the best in every way❤️ May God bless you all🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  108. Ian Hall on 23 December 2023

    Best Wishes to our favourite radio station and all its presenters. Excellent music selection, perfect intelligent chat and no adverts… You are much appreciated and long may you continue. See you in 2024.

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  109. Alan & Christine on 22 December 2023

    Re. my previous comment,I forgot to say Cindy Kent is just the icing on the (Christmas) cake.

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    • Cindy Kent on 26 December 2023

      Thank you so much! Always a pleasure to be part of your Christmas Day. (I like the idea of being the icing on the cake!!)😊Keep spreading the Serenade word!

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  110. Alan & Christine on 22 December 2023

    Thanks Andy and all at Serenade,where else could we hear little known Christmas tunes AND carols?The best Christmas radio ever.(Thanks also for playing my all time favourite,Nat King Cole My Little Christmas Tree.)
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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  111. Andy Grahamme on 21 December 2023

    Radio Heroes was a fantastic series…such great memories. Should be up for an award…looking forward to the Christmas Special. Then Jimbo sings!!! Just great…Srerenade Radio. the station of the year!

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  112. Peter Mangan on 20 December 2023

    Merry Christmas, Andy Marriott is very much like the great Ray Moore, a top presenter.🎙

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  113. Peter Coulson on 20 December 2023

    Serenade Radio………Radio Two reborn!, luv the Radio 2 style jingles!…I’m sure Ray Moore, John Dunn, Terry Wogan, Ed Stewart, Jimmy Young will be looking down and nodding their heads in approval😃😃

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  114. Jeff G on 20 December 2023

    That is excellent news that Hot Pipes is returning…it is a great show – and quite unique – even for Serenade radio! 😎👍

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  115. Ron Candy on 20 December 2023

    It is a fantastic radio station and it does bring back memories of the light program how I remembered it from when I was a child and Radios used to be on and there appear to be a lot of orchestra music and it was always entertaining so keep up the good work you guys and have a fantastic Christmas and Prosperous, 2024

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  116. Anne W on 19 December 2023

    What a treat today Cindy playing Christmas carols🙏🏻 what a real treat😎 can’t wait for tomorrow ❤️
    She is such a delight to listen to🤶

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    • Cindy Kent on 26 December 2023

      Thank you Karen. I loved doing it! Hope you had a Blessed Christmas and 2024 will be a good and peace-filled year for you. Keep listening😊

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  117. Karen on 18 December 2023

    I didnt hear the carols this morning but am listening this evening… And the chorale singing is so beautiful. Walking around the area where i live now its dark , people have their xmas lights on and im listening to it on earbuds. Just lovely . Thank you Cindy.

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  118. Andy Grahamme on 18 December 2023

    The Christmas offerings have been so refreshing on Serenade…obviously as always a lot of thought has gone into the music. Ive been reminded a lot of the Christmases past in my younger days. Thanks guys….and for all the great music you play all year. Its a joy to listen. From an old Radio 2 Producer…Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all xxxx

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  119. Jeff G on 17 December 2023

    What a fantastic show tonight from Kevin Taylor….the best mix of Christmas/Yuletide themed songs I’ve heard on the radio for years….thanks Kevin…..already looking forward to next weekends shows

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    • Kevin Taylor on 18 December 2023

      Thank you Jeff, I really appreciate your kind words. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. Until next weekend, when we meet again. Cheers! Kevin

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  120. Martyn Bassey on 17 December 2023

    Really enjoyed the Steve James show again on Saturday night. Vashti Bunyan, Honeybus, and Dorothy Ashby were just three of the fab artistes featured last night. Many thanks.

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    • Steve James on 18 December 2023

      Thank you very much Martyn, I’m so pleased you like the music choices. The show really is a labour of love. Next weekend I’ll be including some rare tracks with a wintry feel which I hope you will enjoy. There will be a touch of frost in the perfumed garden…!

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  121. Karen on 17 December 2023

    Laying on the sofa in the dark with the Christmas tree lights on listening to the Dawn Chorus is pretty perfect. Thank you for the Messiah track. Beautiful. Happy Christmas Ed. Thank you for a brilliant show…you have made weekend lie ins a thing of the past.

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    • Ed Wellman on 17 December 2023

      Happy Christmas Karen, thank you for being part of the Dawn Chorus and your kind words. You’ve prompted me to get the tree decorated so I can do the same this week whilst listening to Cindy with her hour of carols from 6. Who needs a lie in anyway?!

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  122. Barbara on 15 December 2023

    It was lovely to hear Deanna Durbin tonight, I first her sing Nessun Dorma in the Film His Butler’s Sister before it became popular by Pavarotti.

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  123. Edward Marples on 15 December 2023

    Could anyone please tell me what Andy Marriot played as the vintage tune at 07.30am this Friday morning.

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  124. David Purll on 14 December 2023

    I really love John’s Jazz Hour… a superbly curated and presented selection of so much good music!

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  125. John Hutley on 12 December 2023

    As we approach the end of another year, may I heartily congratulate Andy and all the team at Serenade Radio for a superb 2023. The music is, of course, what attracts us in the first instance but undoubtedly, in my opinion, each and every one of the presenters deserve the highest praise for the obvious enthusiasm and dedication they put into their shows as well as the manner in which they communicate those assets to us, their listeners.
    Serenade Radio – the station where the presenters talk TO their audience not AT them!
    Best wishes to all of you and here’s hoping for a successful 2024.

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    • Andy Marriott, Station Manager on 12 December 2023

      Hi John,
      I think this is a case of very bad timing!
      We play Margaret Whiting songs every couple of days on Serenade Radio!
      Sooner or later we’ll play one when you are tuned in 🙂
      All the best.

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    • Anne W on 14 December 2023

      John Huggette hope you were tuned into John Darvalls show today 😊. Three in a row from Margaret Whiting😎 what a treat❤️ 👏🏻

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  126. Brian Bunn on 11 December 2023

    Hi Andy, really looking forward to your non-stop Christmas 🎄☃️songs 🎵 from next Monday 😊. Those songs from the 40’s/50’/60’s are such a refreshing change from the same rubbish played to death on other radio stations ! It’s so good to hear different versions of retro Christmas 🎄☃️ music by different artists, and the Christmas “instrumentals” are superb 😊.
    Keep up the good work Andy, your radio station is so appreciated. Happy Christmas 🎄☃️ to you and everyone else at Serenade

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  127. Martyn Bassey on 10 December 2023

    I don’t know where Steve James finds the songs for his Saturday night show. All I know is that I enjoy hearing these obscure gems. I really liked the Shona Laing song he played last night. Hidden treasures indeed. Many thanks Mr James 👍

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  128. Su Roys on 9 December 2023

    I have sent you a little something to keep you in tea and mince pies this festive season, in grateful thanks for the wonderful weekend Dawn Chorus. Merry Christmas to you all. Best Wishes, Su

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  129. Stephen Wassell on 8 December 2023

    Andy Marriott’s programme is a daily joy and I refuse to get up until I’ve heard the daily “nonsense” at 08.30. I love the way he always says “under the big W” after a Durante song and “that was ghastly!” following ” The Little Red Monkey”. You have brought a great deal of pleasure to someone who used to listen avidly to the Light Programme. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    PS. I too thought Ray Moore was an incomparably brilliant presenter taken far too young. God Bless him.

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  130. peter paul mangan on 6 December 2023

    Andy Marriott’s comments about Ray Moore were so true,he was a wonderful and much missed broadcaster,fortunately for us,Andy is top presenter too.

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    • Wendy on 8 December 2023

      That is so true Peter. When i was a student and really homesick ( a ‘few’years ago now😉) the brilliant Ray Moore was so important every day when i woke up. Setting the day perfectly. Andy is very much like him. So we re very lucky. I would love to hear a programme about Ray in the Radio Heroes series.

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      • David Yarnall on 13 December 2023

        Wendy, I worked with Ray Moore for a couple of weeks on Radio 2 in the mid 80s. Everyone moved up a slot so Ray followed me at the end of The Early Show and the first time I chatted to him during the handover from my programme to his was a wonderful moment. I had a chat with him in his studio off air and he was so generous in his comments and a lovely man. Every time I play any version of “For all we know” on my programme I think of Ray. Great guy, top broadcaster and so missed.

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  131. Hazel on 6 December 2023

    The Billy Cotton Band Show will bring back memories! How about some Uncle Mac Children’s Favourites & Housewives Choice and Workers Playtime too,oh and could Sing Something Simple on Sundays last an hour as half hour is too short. Love all the old programmes I grew up with on the Light Programme as it was back then. Love Serenade Radio & I’m so glad you don’t have adverts like commercial radio.

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  132. john Harrison on 5 December 2023

    up to recent times we had a splendid radio programme from Radio Lancashire hosted by Gerald Jackson called Unforgettable which played a similar genre to yourselves.This programme was axed by the BBC after being a success for nearly 20 years and whilst I understand that thier problems were caused by this wretched government I still agree with your mission statement that they kind of music I like has disappeared when presenter have died or retired no Dewi Griffiths, Ronnie Hilton, Alan Keith,and many more So I was delighted to find you I will recommend you and am now asking for my licence fee to be rescinded, officially because I am over 75, but really because the BBC no longer represent my taste and consequently no longer value for money and when that is approved I will share it with you, because having volunteered in our community for 20 years I know how tigh.t money can be

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  133. Ian (Leicestershire) on 5 December 2023

    Three consecutive miserable weather Monday afternoons (20th & 27th Nov & 4th Dec) each one brightened up by the wonderful offerings from John Darvall. From Blue Tango on the 20th to All in the World by Kathy Kirby just now (Yes, I know its Tuesday today!) These 3 hour broadcasts are the longest on Serenade each day but John certainly keeps the standard high ! as indeed do all of your presenters !

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  134. Nick Hingley on 4 December 2023

    Really enjoyed Soft Folkus Sunday 3 December.
    Re suggestions for Christmas theme songs I suggest ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell.

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    • Roger Williams on 5 December 2023

      Hello Nick,

      Lovely to hear from you. Excellent suggestion! I’ll schedule it for Christmas Eve and may even slip it in this week too. Can’t have enough Joni!

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      • Nick Hingley on 26 December 2023

        Hello Roger
        Great to hear Joni – and first up a couple of weeks ago! – and then again on Christmas Eve. Great selection whilst waiting for Santa to arrive. Enjoyed the seasonal Dance Band Days too (rever miss the programme and often think of dear old Malcolm Laycock.) Happy New Year!

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  135. John Abbott on 4 December 2023

    We often wake in a cloud this time of year. At two thousand feet above sea level in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina USA the heavenly vistas are completed with the heavenly sound of Sernade Radio! Thank you!

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  136. Arthur on 3 December 2023

    How lovely to hear ‘and the glory of the lord’ on Ed”s show this morning. I am constantly amazed by the diversity of music played on this little gem of a show.

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    • Ed Wellman on 3 December 2023

      Thank you, Arthur. Glad you enjoyed the Handel chorus, it tootles along with a nice bounce doesn’t it. Shortly will adding some new ‘gems’ (I hope) to the Dawn Chorus music library. Stay warm and extra mugs of coffee all round for dawn choristers today I think!

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  137. Sandra Shofner on 3 December 2023

    ✨ Happy Anniversary ✨
    May you and your wife be richly blessed with many more wonderful years ahead! Greetings from Fort Lauderdale, Florida 🌴☀️

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    • Stuart Linnell on 3 December 2023

      Sandra, how lovely of you to send your message for my wife and I. Good of you to get in touch, I hope all is well in Fort Lauderdale, and that you enjoy listening to Serenade Radio.

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  138. Alan Jowett on 2 December 2023

    There are so many genres catered for on Serenade Radio. Perhaps you might occasionally feature selections by brass bands as many Radio 2 listeners are still missing programmes like Listen to the Band. I enjoy tracks by big bands that feature excellent brass players but as Christmas approaches you might play some festive music by say a Salvation Army band or a similar line-up.

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  139. Martyn Bassey on 2 December 2023

    Brilliant entertainment throughout the early hours of Saturday. Many thanks to Sean Usher, Ed Wellman, and Johnny McAtasney. 👍😊

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  140. Anthony Parkin on 2 December 2023

    Why now. My expensive internet radio won’t access internet radio. It could but the manufacturer’s partner has started asking for a monthly subscription fee.

    And without you cannot access any internet radio. So the radio is now a doorstop.

    Now to decide if I pay up. Look at smart speakers or some other alternative. Simplistic. It seems I can buy two and set them up so one plays the left sounds and the other the right. Creating stereo.

    Then other option seems to be you buy one and with the right cable relay the sound through PC speakers. A hi-fi.

    Ironically I think that I can connect a smart speaker to this obsolete radio and play it through its speakers.

    I hope I am back soon…missing you.

    (My phone is ready to die too)

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    • Anthony Parkin on 2 December 2023

      Temporary reprieve. Just to get my hopes up. Why did I try the radio 24 hours later. Everything is working again. Even limited use would work for me if some features are withdrawn. Happy for now.

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  141. Andy Grahamme on 2 December 2023

    Stuart Linnell…Saturdays at noon. Such a smashing programme. The music is always a delight and Stuart has a lovely style of presentation. Serenade Radio is just an absolute joy!

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    • Stuart Linnell on 3 December 2023

      Andy, thank you so much for your kind words about the weekend show, and thank you for listening.

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  142. Lorraine Bullock on 2 December 2023

    I listen to Jeff Owen every Saturday morning from Spain and love his humour. I just want to wish him well again soon from his laryngitis. Look forward to having you back next week, Jeff x

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  143. Karen on 1 December 2023

    Love the comment about Christmas lists Dick. My husband only says ‘ surprise me l’ when i ask . But he apparently needs me to tell him what i want !!

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  144. David Bownes on 29 November 2023

    Dick Fisher just played “The show is Over” and he couldn’t find who wrote it , it was Petula Clark , one of the many songs she wrote

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    • Dick Fisher on 29 November 2023

      Thank you David. Quite often the internet will suggest that a performer actually wrote a song they’re associated with, so I treat such info carefully! I wasn’t aware of Pet’s songwriting skills, but your comments have inspired me to do some more reading about her career.

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      • David Bownes on 29 November 2023

        She wrote or co-wrote over 75 songs , some were by herself , some with others such as Tony Hatch. A lot were in French, she also put English lyrics to French and German songs and vice verse, a very talented lady and a lovely person
        Really enjoy your show and all the information surrounding the songs and singers that I never knew

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  145. Nick Hingley on 27 November 2023

    I have just listened to the repeat of Dance Band Days and can confirm that The Seekers did indeed record ‘Open Up Them Pearly Gates’. It is on either the B side of ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ or ‘Morningtown Ride’ (I rather think the former) though I would have to dig out my box of 45s to confirm which. Actually, it’s not surprising that The Seekers should have recorded it as they started out as a gospel-cum-folk style group – the turning point in their popularity being their involvement with Tom Springfield.

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    • Alan Jowett on 2 December 2023

      One reason that The Seekers put traditional folk songs such as Open Up Them Pearly Gates on their B sides was that by lifting the arrangement under their own names they earned royalties which would be the same as for the the composer of the A side.

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  146. Alexander Gleason on 27 November 2023

    To Adrian Jackson – I expect many have mentioned it, by now. Alan Perry is of course a pseudonym for the great Ernest Tomlinson- founder of the Light music Society and composer of the classic ‘Little Serenade’ plus over 200 other lovely pieces of light music, under his own and other nom-de-plumes

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  147. Angus on 27 November 2023

    Listening from the US southwestern desert and this is the best internet radio ever. I especially loved Soft Folkus today. Thanks and my best to everyone that makes this listening experience possible.

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    • Roger Williams on 27 November 2023

      Angus, thank you for your kind comments, which are much appreciated – I enjoy putting Soft Folkus together with a mix of older material and the occasional newer release. Feel free to suggest artists that you think might suit the show. Roger W

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  148. Ian Hall on 26 November 2023

    Another great Soft Folkus… Roger Williams has really captured the mood for a relaxing Sunday evening. I know nothing about the folk scene but I do enjoy this show immensely. Thanks.

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    • Roger Williams on 27 November 2023

      Ian, that is such a lovely comment! You may find this strange but I have an immense amount of difficulty defining what folk music is. I’m very much guided by my own ears and a fair bit of the show goes beyond what many would count as folk. I do try and create a certain mood on a Sunday night and I’m sure I don’t always get it right. Comments like yours meanso much, especially as I sometimes play music that no-one else will. Roger

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  149. Brian Reynolds on 26 November 2023

    Being old enough to remember the ‘Golden Age of Light Music! on radio and the regular live broadcasts by light orchestras and ensembles, I was bound to regard Adrian Jackson’s series “Evergreen” as essential listening.
    On Friday, he played us a piece by Alan Perry (perhaps an unfamiliar name to many listeners) Well, Adrian might be interested to know that “Alan Perry” was the pseudonym for one of light music’s “legends” – Ernest Tomlinson!

    Ernest once told me that he used the name on pieces which (he felt) fell below his usual standard! Actually I thought that some of them were amongst his best! I mentioned to him a particular favourite “Mississippi Melody”. He responded “Oh – that was easy!”. I responded “for you, maybe- but most people would not know where to start!”
    Give it a try-Adrian!

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  150. David Purll on 26 November 2023

    Roger, if you could include it sometime in the next few editions, how about ” That’ll be Christmas ” by Thea Gilmore, thank you …

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    • Roger Williams on 27 November 2023

      Hi David, that sounds like a great suggestion, thank you. I’ll be doing Soft Folkus on Christmas Eve and will probably introduce seasonal songs the week before as well. Hope you’re well, don’t overdo it eh?

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  151. Sandi on 25 November 2023

    Thank you for playing Perry Como (‘Papa Loves Mambo’)! Happily listening in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (U.S.A.). Thank you very much for such great programming. Very best wishes to you for a safe, healthy, and wonderful holiday season.

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    • Johnny Mac on 25 November 2023

      Thank you, Sandi, for listening to our night-time programmes and best wishes from this side of the pond.

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  152. Mark Lees on 22 November 2023

    Hi Guys,
    Just had to send you a message to say how much i love being tuned into Serenade Radio 24/7! I have always been a massive fan of Easy Listening Music and a friend pointed me in the direction of your amazing station, the dial has not moved since then on my radio! You are playing my kinda music all day so enjoy all your shows right across the easy listening genre i am hearing music and songs that you will never hear on any other station who needs the BBC when we have Serenade Radio! Back to the great days of Radio 2 i always tuned into the likes of Benny Green, David Jacobs, Alan Dell, Family Favourites, Friday Night Is Music Night remember them, and my all time favourite presenter the late great Desmond Carrington with his “All Time Music Greats” – So to now have you on my Radio every day is just sheer bliss nothing like this on the Air Waves anymore so a BIG BIG Thank you to Serenade Radio and all your amazing presenters you are doing a stellar job and i have passed the word around all my friends to recommend your brilliant station. I smile because everyday it’s just like listening to my record collection on the Radio! Keep up the good work i am staying with you all the way bringing so much listening pleasure to us all its most definitely “Our Kind Of Music” – Mark Lees – Wallasey – Wirral.

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    • Steve in Worcs. on 23 November 2023

      Hello Mark,

      A fellow radio fan here, and you’ve mentioned the names of Titans there that I loved listening to😎 Did you catch the Radio Heroes series of 6 programmes in the Summer, presented by Peter Tomlinson? I missed two of them, and unfortunately, the station licence doesn’t allow for a ‘catch-up feature’ (as I understand it), so I would love to hear a repeat! There is talk of a second series. What a station this is! 😎

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      • Andy Marriott on 23 November 2023

        There will be a Radio Heroes Christmas Special on Christmas day at 5pm. It will feature all of the ‘heroes’ of series one in festive mood.
        Series one will be repeated on Thursday evenings at 9.30 beginning on January 4th.
        Series two is planned for later in 2024.

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  153. Karen on 19 November 2023

    What a great soft folkus tonight. Duncan Brown, Janis Ian, Fairport Convention, Nineberrow to name but a few and to cap it all one of my favourite songs Persuasion by Richard and Teddy Thompson. Thank you Roger. Fabulous
    show. By the way…. India Electric Co. have a new single out called After the Flood… it’s very good.. 😉

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    • Roger Williams on 22 November 2023

      Thanks Karen, your support means a lot. It still feels like a challenge keeping the show fresh each week. But there again I’m still building up the Soft Folkus library. More suggestions welcome!

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  154. Steve in Worcs. on 18 November 2023

    Another superb Dance Band Days show, Roger, for which thanks so much again (and The Boss of course!)

    Simon up next….😎

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    • Roger Williams on 22 November 2023

      Thank you Steve. I can’t stress enough that Dance Band Days is very much a team effort. I provide the voice but John Wright is the expert behind the scenes – and that man Marriot has something to do with it too!

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      • Steve in Worcs. on 25 November 2023

        Hello Roger, yes perfectly understood, I usually include ‘anyone associated with the programme’ but I seem to have been remiss on this occasion. Apologies to anyone I may have missed.

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  155. Karen on 18 November 2023

    What do you do when your mind is racing and sleep is eluding you? … you stay awake and listen to Serenade Radio, that’s what you do. Thank you Dick Fisher, Simon Maclean, Sean Usher and now Johnny Mac. It’s been brilliant so far … And the night would be very long without you .

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    • Johnny Mac on 18 November 2023

      Hi Karen. A Little Night Music would be very lonely without your good self! Thank you for tuning in to me and my meanderings!

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    • Martyn Bassey on 18 November 2023

      Great comment. I always look forward to listening to all these fab shows on Saturday morning. Thanks Johnny for playing Human Jungle by John Barry. I have the series on DVD! 😃

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      • Johnny Mac on 18 November 2023

        Good ol Herbert Lom. More than just Dreyfuss. Many thanks again for your support, Martyn. Until next Saturday at 3am – the best time of the week!

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  156. Martyn Bassey on 17 November 2023

    Thanks to John Darvall for a great show today and three of the best from Edna Savage. What a fabulous singer she was.

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  157. Carole Jenks on 17 November 2023

    Do you broadcast from a studio or from your homes – love it all the way from Australia

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    • Andy Marriott on 17 November 2023

      Hi Carole,
      We all present our programmes from the comfort of our homes, in some cases sat up in bed!
      Being funded by donations we could never afford premises and all that posh studio equipment.
      I hope you don’t feel that SR sounds in anyway amateurish as a result of the tight budget…
      All the best,
      AM.

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        • Serenade Radio on 24 November 2023

          Like most things nowadays its an online/digital database and it is vast. The presenters do have to ‘go into it’ to look through all the music we have available.

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      • Ohio Paul on 18 December 2023

        Just occurred to me, Andy, the USA and England or two countries sharing a common Songbook. God Bless, Merry Christmas.

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  158. Mary Cobb on 16 November 2023

    I love your station— I’m listening all the way from sunny California USA.Im 60 and I love crooners, Big Band and swing music. Keep playing the music of our lives.
    Mary Cobb—Elk Grove, CA

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  159. Barbara Heathcote on 14 November 2023

    Hi Andy, listening to Bobby Darin ‘Somewhere’. took me back to being a teenager and madly in love with PJ Proby as he sang it as well. I had his EP with Hold Me, even though no record player so had to take round to friends houses. I also loved Wayne Newton, I was a strange child 🤣

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  160. Jeff on 14 November 2023

    David Yarnall’s whimsical, laid back presentation and wonderfully varied choice of music is a daily treat. You won’t find a better afternoon show on UK radio…

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  161. Martyn Bassey on 13 November 2023

    Fabulous Kevin Taylor Show last night. What a thrill to have met and spoken to the wonderful Jo Stafford. Many thanks Kevin 👍🙂

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  162. Nicky Crouch on 11 November 2023

    Having just returned home from playing the oboe in two Armistice Day ceremonies here in France, I am really enjoying the British “remembrance” music with Vera Lynn, Nimrod, I vow to thee my country etc.
    Very emotional.

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    • Martyn Bassey on 11 November 2023

      Very true. Stuart Linnell gave a lovely tribute I thought . Moonlight Serenade gets me every time.

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      • Anthony Parkin on 11 November 2023

        Lately. I have taken to an Armistice ceremony that is very low key. But holds a lot of meaning and history.

        I drawn to it and feel a connection to my Mum and Dad. It is performed close to where the UK railways were said to have begun. And George Stephenson and Timothy Hackworth lived.

        Afterwards we had coffee and a chat. And I was surprised to be invited to have a whisky and toast Absent Friends.

        I am looking forward to hearing all of today’s programmes I have missed overnight and I am listening to this evening’s programmes too.

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        • Martyn Bassey on 11 November 2023

          Sounds like a very enjoyable day. Hope you manage to listen to the programmes you missed earlier. I’m listening to Kevin Taylor now and Steve James later on 😊

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  163. Martyn Bassey on 11 November 2023

    Wonderful entertainment throughout the early hours this Saturday morning. Many thanks to Sean Usher, Johnny Mac, and Ed Wellman.

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      • Martyn Bassey on 11 November 2023

        To hear Sam Cooke singing A Change Is Gonna Come keeps me going! Thanks for playing that Johnny. Absolute classic. 👍😊

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  164. Barbara Heathcote on 10 November 2023

    Hi Andy thank you for playing Vic Damone again. I did close my eyes and remember how lucky I was to see him 4 times. Not sure if this would be too long for the 8.30 nonsense slot but the Bob Newhart introducing Tobacco monologue is very funny.

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    • Karen on 10 November 2023

      I have that Bob Newhart track on an lp Barbara… My dad used to love it. And i found the lp recently in a charity shop and so have been reminded how funny it is.

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      • Andy Marriott on 17 November 2023

        I have played it in the past, and as you say it is rather long.
        I’ll dig it out again soon.
        AM

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  165. Arthur on 8 November 2023

    What a lovely album of the week this week. Roger Whittaker was such a wonderful singer . Thank you. So lovely in fact i have bought a copy.

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  166. Tom Ashmore on 6 November 2023

    Vic Groves playing my favourite vocalist Sarah Vaughan plus my favourite country singer Bobby Bare made a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon. Peggy Ann Ellis had Vic playing the rare ones. Great programme.

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    • Vic Groves on 6 November 2023

      Thank you Tom. Very kind of you. Just been reading “Queen Of Bebop” biography of Sarah Vayghan. Pleased you like the country track.

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  167. Anne Wade on 5 November 2023

    Remember remember the fifth of November gunpowder treason and plot😳 Guy and the bonfire 🔥
    Used to love ❤️those far away days when things were soooo carefree 😎

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  168. David on 4 November 2023

    Thank you for your lovely programme today and for playing the much missed Harry ,Nilsson today. Is it just me or is there a melody similarity between “I ‘m always chasing rainbows” and “just loving you” by Anita Harris….??

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  169. David Beaver on 3 November 2023

    I have loved the Andy Marriott’s Halloween Party this week. A truly entertaining show that was incredibly well compiled with some really well researched clips of plays and readings mixed with appropriate and varied music. It should be an annual broadcast and I highly recommend it as the perfect Halloween entertainment.

    Thanks for broadcasting this.

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  170. Peter on 2 November 2023

    You do play excellent Music, never hear it anywhere else on the radio. A real Light and Easy station. I listen when on my PC as I have a Hi Fi amp connected to it with proper floor standing hi fi speakers, so it sounds really good.

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  171. Cindy Kent on 2 November 2023

    Doing very boring housework and listening to the lovely Dick Fisher is really helping! Thanks for the music and the chat

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  172. Wendy on 2 November 2023

    Wow. Jonathan and Darlene Edwards… Fabulous. But are we sure its Jo Stafford and not my mother? I am sure i grew up hearing that beautiful singing voice 😂

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  173. Anne Wade on 31 October 2023

    I remember when the Brits used to celebrate 🎉 penny for the guy and bonfire 🔥 night 🎃😎
    And mischievous night😀😃 pushing the guy in the pram🤡

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  174. Karen on 31 October 2023

    Thoroughly enjoying tonight’s Halloween show with Andy. The combination of stories and music we dont often hear along with old favourites is very entertaining… let’s hope there are no nightmares from the stories😉

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  175. Dave on 30 October 2023

    I enjoy many of the programmes and presenters that are broadcast on Serenade Radio. In particular, however, a real favourite is that of the Andy Marriott Programme. Whilst I enjoy his whole show I do look forward to the 8.30 slot. Twaddle etc. However I haven’t heard, at least, for some time the wonderful recording of Joyce Grenfell as a school teacher with all that that entailed, I should be very grateful to hear this once again. It really does bring a smile to my face.

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  176. Peter Tomlinson on 30 October 2023

    I have just been reading the many tributes to my great friend and erstwhile radio colleague Brain Savin. For those of you who didn’t catch my programme yesterday I said that we paid our final respects to Brian on Thursday afternoon in a packed crematorium in Solihull outside Birmingham. Brian was a man of eclectic musical tastes, he especially loved the music from the great American Popular Songbook which this radio station keeps very much alive: a radio station Brian helped to bring into being nearly 10 years ago. We entered the auditorium to the sounds of “Soave sia il vento” from Cosi Fan Tutte and left to the strains of the Beach Boys and “God Only Knows”. I ended my show with Ella and “East of The Sun, and West of The Moon” One of his favourite artists singing one of his favourite songs. He is now at peace. Thank you Brian.

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  177. Martyn Bassey on 29 October 2023

    Fabulous music on the Dawn Chorus with Ed Wellman this morning. Also the Steve James programmes this weekend were hugely enjoyable. Great to hear a Françoise Hardy song on the radio too. Many thanks to you both 🙂

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  178. Anne Wade on 29 October 2023

    I was listing to Stuart Saturday show this evening as I always do👏🏻 and in the middle SR started playing light music😳 Hope everything is well with Stuart🙏🏻 love his show 😎

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    • Anthony Parkin on 29 October 2023

      Anne,
      Its all to do with the clocks going back the hour. The first transmission at midday is three hours but the repeat would need to be four hours long so an hour of music is inserted.

      Then when its possible to resume and the times match up the programme starts again.
      I kept falling asleep earlier in the day so I have been listening overnight but I often do. 😊

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      • Karen on 29 October 2023

        Thank you for that explanation Anthony. I was intrigued to know what would happen and tried to stay awake as i am often awake in the night… But typically on this occasion fell asleep.!

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  179. Clifford Chambers on 28 October 2023

    Dear Serenade Radio Team, We listen to the station most of the day finding it ideal being free from news, weather reports and painful adverts, however not advert free completely when connecting with the smart speaker, most of the time the first thing we endure is an advert for another radio station and then two adverts to follow. I realise that for the rest of the day there are no more unless it is for some reason disconnected and when it comes back on again the aforementioned are included for the first few minutes. Is this normal please? I usually mute the sound until i know they are finished. I would appreciate your feedback on this matter but other than that, Serenade Radio is the best thing since sliced bread (so long as it’s wholemeal!!!)

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    • Serenade Radio on 28 October 2023

      Hi Clifford sorry to hear you are having problems with your Smart speaker. If you vist our ‘Tuning In’ page and look at the FAQ the first question is how do I bypass Tune-in adverts on my smart speaker. That should solve the issue. If you are still having problems please drop us a line via the contact form and we will try to help you further.

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      • Clifford Chambers on 30 October 2023

        Hi Team, Thank you for your very swift reply advising to visit your ‘tuning in’ page which I did and HURRAR! SUCCESS! No further adverts. Thank you very much indeed.

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    • Stuart Linnell on 4 November 2023

      Thank you Sue. Just catching up with my messages. So kind of you to get in touch.

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  180. Brian Reynolds on 27 October 2023

    As someone with a lifetime passion for light music, I am enjoying Adrian Jackson’s “Evergreen” every Friday at 9.00pm. Last week he played a track from Sydney Thompson’s Old Time orchestra, which broadcast for many years. Adrian might be interested to know that, whilst Thompson eloquently presented his radio programmes and organised his orchestra, he did not actually conduct his musicians- as he was a championship dancer – but not a musician. That task fell to Louis Voss for many years and subsequently to Leon Young and Ronald Hanmer – all familiar names to radio listeners of the period. For some reason this fact was rarely mentioned, either on air, or in the Radio Times. I once said to a now deceased producer that someone as distinguished as Louis Voss must have been irked by this – but I was told “he was too much of a gentlemen to complain!”
    I must say that, having met many conductors of the era, the light music profession was abound with ‘gentlemen’ !

    Keep up the good work Adrian!

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    • Adrian Jackson on 28 October 2023

      Thank you for your kind comments Brian and for the interesting information about Sydney Thompson, I’ll be sure to include this in a future programme. Thanks for listening to Evergreen.

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  181. Barbara Heathcote on 26 October 2023

    Hi Andy, great programme tonight as always, thank you for for Vic Damone ❤️. John Gary and Arthur Prysock are new to me. Don’t know where you find them. David Whitfield was a regular on the radio growing up and mum’s favourite singer.

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    • Andy Marriott on 29 October 2023

      Hi Barbara, Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad that you are enjoying discovering “new” singers with us on SR.
      Plus remembering good times with your Mum. That’s what Serenade Radio is all about. All the best.

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  182. Martyn Bassey on 26 October 2023

    Hi Andy. You played Cheek To Cheek by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra today. I believe the vocalist is John “Pazz” Parry. Hope this is of help to you.

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    • Andy Marriott on 29 October 2023

      Thanks for the info Martyn, I shall try to remember that for next time. What are the chances? 🙂

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  183. Bob Chapman on 26 October 2023

    Dick Fisher
    The song you played came forth and. has lasted but what won has it lasted as long. Love your show always a great programme

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    • Dick Fisher on 27 October 2023

      Hi Bob…you’re referring to the San Remo Festival entry I think. All I have to do is remember the year or the song and I should be able to track down the winner!

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    • Brian Reynolds on 26 October 2023

      Edgar -Music While You Work never had a DJ. It was a twice-daily programme of uninterrupted dance or light music which ran for 27 years without a break – and was subsequently revived several times There were two daily editions – usually broadcast ‘live’. What you were listening to wasn’t a CD – it was a half-hour broadcast from the Maida Vale studios given by one of hundreds of musical combinations utilised over the years. Glad you liked it!

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  184. Arthur on 25 October 2023

    Today’s music while you work wih the Don Lusher big band is wonderful. Definitely up there as one of my favourites.

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  185. Sue on 24 October 2023

    Fabulous station, found by accident last week, no longer listen to local radio, I now tune into serenade radio every day, certainly my kind of music, well done everyone.

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  186. Wendy on 23 October 2023

    Thank you for playing the norman candler tune je pleure sur un air de bach. I first heard it on david yarnalls show some months ago and it has become one of my absolute favourites.

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    • Annette Pender on 23 October 2023

      I’m fine thankyou Victor living alone in the rural Scottish Borders with my two dogs, art studio and music! Teaching art to vulnerable adults and they just love this music and reminiscing about the old days and good times. Nothing like a bit of nostalgia

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  187. Jack Messina on 22 October 2023

    So happy to have discovered this station! Wonderful selections of music and excellent DJs. Love Joni James and Perry Como was best. He also was a neighbor here in Florida. Thank you and please keep up the good work.

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  188. Martyn Bassey on 21 October 2023

    Three hours of fabulous music on the Johnny McAtasney show. Thanks Johnny for playing the songs by Joni James. I think she was a wonderful singer and it was great to hear her on Serenade Radio. Many thanks once again.

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    • Johnny McAtasney on 21 October 2023

      Thank you, Martyn, for nominating Joni as my Artist of the week on A Little Night Music. And bravo for tuning in and spreading the word about the best time of the day!

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  189. Martyn Bassey on 21 October 2023

    I enjoyed listening to the Sean Usher Late Show today. Great music and good company for this time of the day. Many thanks Sean.

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  190. Barbara Heathcote on 20 October 2023

    Really enjoy your programme Andy, you play songs by people I’ve never heard before, eg Vic Dano and Andy Russel, until I found Serenade Radio. . Tonight’s “nonsense” by The New Christie Minstrels is one of my favourites.

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  191. Karen on 18 October 2023

    Stan Freberg. 😂😂😂😂 He is always so brilliant. Never fails to cheer me up. I have been saying this since i started listening to SR but i think i will definitely get one of his records to listen to more. Great choice today.

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  192. Rachel on 17 October 2023

    My 91 year old Grandfather loves this station ❤️ he finds it very comforting after a difficult few months. Keep up the fantastic work 👏🏻

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  193. Barbara Heathcote on 17 October 2023

    Great show tonight as alwaysAndy. I wonder how many were singing Mud Mud Glorious Mud 🤣

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  194. Glenn on 17 October 2023

    My favourite radio station. Nothing else even comes close. Beautiful music, friendly presenters, no ads. Fantastic! ❤️

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  195. Rita on 16 October 2023

    Just love listening to Serenade Radio the presenters certainly know their job most give information about the singers background most interesting also we love Andy’s comedy record around 8.30am each morning well done to all concerned 👍👍👍👍

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  196. Martyn Bassey on 15 October 2023

    I really enjoyed both editions of Home Of The Stars with Kevin Taylor this weekend. Fabulous music. Many thanks.

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    • Kevin Taylor on 16 October 2023

      Thank you so much Martyn. I’m so glad you enjoyed the selections and appreciate you’re tuning in. Until next weekend, take care. Cheers! Kevin

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  197. Ian on 15 October 2023

    Soft Folkus is essential listening for a Sunday night in our house. Perfect, relaxing music with a “folkie” slant. Highly recommended 👍

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  198. Arthur on 14 October 2023

    Another beautifully relaxing selection of music on Ed Wellman’s show this morning. Thank you Ed .

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    • Ed Wellman on 14 October 2023

      Hello Arthur, and thank you for your kind message – the music is a joy just to listen to, and not to do chores to! Thank you for being a Serenade dawn chorister. Kettle always on from 6am – see you there! Ed

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  199. Martyn Bassey on 14 October 2023

    I’m enjoying Ed Wellman’s Dawn Chorus at the moment. Many thanks also to Sean Usher and Johnny McAtasney for their brilliant shows earlier. Looking forward to the three songs by Jonie James next Saturday Johnny 😊. Many thanks once again for such fab music.

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    • Johnny McAtasney on 14 October 2023

      Thank you, Martyn. My pleasure. It was very interesting to read about Joni James and her relatively short showbiz life. See you next Saturday at 3am for the best time of the day on A Little Night Music!

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      • Ed Wellman on 14 October 2023

        Thank you Martyn, and well done for staying awake for the Dawn Chorus after Sean and Johnny’s lovely company and music through the night! Extra dose of caffeine for you I think…Ed

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  200. Pepe Sobreruedas (Miami, FL, USA) on 12 October 2023

    Thank you for rebroadcasting “Steyn’s Song of the Week,” every Thursday…I never miss it and that’s not because I didn’t listen to Sunday’s regular broadcast, although it’s a nice convenience to have on the off chance I do miss it…I just enjoy getting a double dose of such excellent and educational programing even, or especially if, I’ve already heard it before…It helps to keep my bellicosity in check…I hope you keep its archival rebroadcast for as long as you can as I don’t expect Mark to adopt, or adapt, to another producer…Hoping this electron finds its destination, I remain grateful…

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  201. Randall Riley on 11 October 2023

    Thanks so much for adding Donna Hightower into your playlists. Just hearing her singing “Because of You” this morning and really enjoying it.

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  202. David Purll on 9 October 2023

    Great show on sunday as always Roger! Always good to hear Sandy Denny, so underrated but so magnificent, and also Dory Previn .. please play more of her broadcast able stuff (!)
    Might I also suggest Journey, by Duncan Browne and Pinball, by Brian Protheroe. It’s a bit obvious, but I know, it may not be appropriate for the program .
    Thank you

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    • Roger Williams on 14 October 2023

      Hello David, both the above songs are in the library (I think). I’ll sort them out but it won’t be this week. Elsewhere it’s been good to read about your athletic feats!

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      • David Purll on 16 October 2023

        I think you mean ” aquatic”!! Meanwhile how about these possibles as unusual cover versions.,Deena Webster Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues … obviously Dylan!
        John Renbourn My Sweet Potato …from BookerT. & the MGs
        Bert Jansch Better Get it in your soul …. from Charlie Mingus.
        Grest programme last night. Thank you

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  203. Wendy on 9 October 2023

    Love the album of the week already… ‘ kiss me once, kiss me twice …, ‘ my dad used to play that and sing it to me when i was a toddler… When i now realise it was a new record. ( And apparently i still know the words!) That’s brightened up the monday morning journey to work.

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  204. Bruce on 8 October 2023

    Another rendition of thought provoking, emotional swallow your tears, heart searching music, this music of soft focus…

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  205. Nick Hingley on 8 October 2023

    My usual Sunday Evening with Serenade. Really enjoying Soft Folkus in its new extended slot (still missing David Corbett but pleased there is a new light music show on Fridays to take up the mantle). However, tonight’s show was par excellence with two Fairport tracks, Ralph McTell, Cregson & Collister, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and other gems; but that first track really stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking: “What the heck have we got here? Don’t know this at all… It sounds like a Robert Kirby arrangement…” And then the back announcement. I have not heard of Chris Brain but his work certainly needs further investigation. Stunning.
    I said stopped me in my tracks: well it would have done had I not already been sitting down and reading a book about Nick Drake. (I have been battling through the latest biography and the first written with the blessing of his sister Gabrielle Drake. A compelling read but the later chapters make for very hard reading.)
    Anyway, a great show from Roger – and I enjoy Dance Band Days too. Stuff we don’t get anywhere else these days…

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  206. Martyn Bassey on 7 October 2023

    Two great shows from Sean Usher and Johnny McAtasney this morning. I loved the three songs by Marilyn Monroe. Bobby Darin, Peggy, Frank, Nat, Labi Siffre, Don McLean, Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, the list goes on. Great stuff. Many thanks to you both.

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    • Anthony Parkin on 7 October 2023

      Hidden gems. When do we find the time to sleep? Well it does mean entertainment when we are unable to. Or for those who keep different hours or are in other time zones.

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      • Martyn Bassey on 7 October 2023

        Very true. Such good music on Serenade. I’m a bit of an insomniac so that helps ! 😄

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        • Johnny McAtasney on 7 October 2023

          Thank you to you both. The Serenade Radio library is huge and it’s a true joy to rummage through the thousands of wonderful tunes of ‘our kind of music’ for our dear listeners across the world.

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  207. Anthony Parkin on 7 October 2023

    “The Great American Songbook” with The Great Stuart Linnell”😉I’m not going anywhere.

    The weather isn’t great. Bus services are poor. I have what I need though thankfully my needs are simple and few.

    How fortunate that I can have beautiful music and good company. This will I think be even more appreciated by many of us as we enter the colder darker days of Autumn and Winter. And then wait for Spring.
    I have been known to listen twice😊

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    • Stuart Linnell on 9 October 2023

      Thank you for your kind words Anthony, and thank you for listening. It’s so good to know that you enjoy the show, and that you enjoy listening to Serenade Radio.

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  208. David Small on 7 October 2023

    I am really enjoying the new series of Evergreen introduced by ADRIAN JACKSON lovely selection of recordings however I have to comment this week on the poor sound quality of Adrian’s voice overs this week very echoing and somtimes muffled sounded like he was talking through a funnel but a lovely series so far

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    • Andy Marriott on 7 October 2023

      Hi David, I noticed that too. Something clearly went wrong in Adrian’s studio. I’ve made him aware of it.
      Thanks.

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    • Adrian Jackson on 8 October 2023

      Apologies David, it would seem I had a few gremlins in the studio, all sorted now and I look forward to Evergreen on Friday. I’m delighted you’re enjoying my selection of music.

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  209. Andy Logan on 7 October 2023

    Another Saturday morning and another much-needed helping of wry humour courtesy of the inimitable Jeff Owen.

    That’s the way to start the weekend!

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  210. Anne Wade NC on 7 October 2023

    Never fear Sean my husband and I listen to you every Friday evening and love your choices of music📀
    From across the pond🤩😎

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  211. Edgar on 7 October 2023

    There’s a Max Bygraves song I enjoyed a few minutes ago but for the second time I’m unable to find any information about it. I know I heard this song back in the day.

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    • Simon McLean on 7 October 2023

      Looks like it might be ‘What’s New’, which appears to be a vocal version of a Herb Alpert tune – is that the one?

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        • Mark Steyn on 7 October 2023

          That’s right: “So What’s New?” John Pisano, who was playing guitar with Herb at the time, wrote it as an instrumental. Peggy Lee heard it, liked it, and put a cute lyric to it. Max’s version is pretty good, but I have no idea why they mistitled it on the album.

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          • Paul on 24 November 2023

            Mark I am praying for your health and favorable resolution in your legal issues. I so enjoyed the incredible Song of the Week featuring Strangers in the Night. I marvelled at the hours of research, writing and editing involved. The incredibly woven narration and variety of selections amazed…and amused. Of all versions have you heard Billy May’s 1966 Billy May Today album? My wife nearly leaves the house when I play his Strangers in the Night at high volume. God Bless…..Paul from Ohio

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          • Paul "Ohio" on 29 November 2023

            Adding to the confusion there’s the Burke/Haggert standard that was the title song on Linda Ronstadt’s What’s New album with Nelson Riddle. Her manager and label didn’t want to do it but she insisted and it led to three well received albums.

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  212. DAVID MESHER on 6 October 2023

    Love listening to the new light music programme Evergreen especially in a monestery garden . this is a great replacement for the light programme sadly missed

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  213. Anne Wade NC on 6 October 2023

    Thank you Adrian for playing those wonderful Sousa marches so uplifting and beautiful 👏🏻😎
    Love listening to your show👏🏻 Great job😊

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  214. Barbara Heathcote on 6 October 2023

    Hi Andy, enjoyed tonight’s programme, some of my favourite crooners, especially Vic Damone of course, and love the 8.30 humorous section. Brings back memories of when all we had was the light programme, I was an Ovaltini if anyone can remember the programme. We didn’t get a TV until I was 12 and then I wanted to marry Dr Kildare.

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    • Andy Marriott on 7 October 2023

      Ah, The Ovaltineys. Such good fun. Much gentler days. Nice to hear from you Barbara.
      You had to go and mention Dr Kildare, didn’t you? Now I can’t get the tune out of my head… bom, bom, bom!

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  215. James Chapman on 5 October 2023

    Good music as always tonight. 8 o’clock pm seems to be about the correct time for a glass of something, purely medicinal of course, to accompany great music. Keep it going

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  216. Karen on 5 October 2023

    Thank you for the new album of the week feature which i have thoroughly enjoyed this week. I didnt really know an awful lot about Perry Como’s music apart from what ive heard on SR. But it’s been lovely… especially the tune David Yarnall played today Sunrise Sunset. I may even have to look for the album to buy it. Looking forward to the album choices in the future . Thank you

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    • Dick Fisher on 6 October 2023

      I agree Karen. This allows us an opportunity to dig a bit deeper into the work of some fabulous performers and enjoy music which is quite clearly not as familiar as the stuff which made the charts. There are some great albums, relatively unknown, still to come.

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  217. Mick Wenlock on 5 October 2023

    it may be lunch hour in the UK, but here on the Colorado High Plains its wake up time!!! 05:20 or so! “Wakey, wakey!”

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  218. Andrew on 4 October 2023

    One of my favourite programmes on Serenade Radio is Dinner at Eight on a Saturday evening. I would like to ask about the theme music used for the intro and outro. Is it something from the depths of the copyright-free library, or a commercial recording? Either way, please could someone tell me what it is called. The weekend line-up on Serenade is just superb; I could be back at my parents’ house in Ilkeston in the 1970s and 80s. Many thanks.

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    • Simon McLean on 4 October 2023

      Thank you for your kind words – Dinner At Eight is something of a labour of love for me, so I’m thrilled when anyone says they like it! The signature tune is ‘Music For Night People’ by the Larry Page Orchestra, which I first discovered on an LP when I was a teenager, and always stuck with me. Thanks again!

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      • Steve in Worcs. on 6 October 2023

        It’s a great show, Simon, and follows on nicely from Roger’s Dance Band Days.

        Thank you for it, from me.

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          • Nick Hingley on 6 October 2023

            I have made a regular date with Dinner at Eight for a long time now. I often time my dinner for 8pm on a Saturday – a bit of preparation going on during Roger Williams’s show which I also enjoy very much.
            I have been wondering about the theme tune so thanks for resolving that mystery.
            I recall that many moons ago there was a Dinner at Eight programme from Radio 390 from Red Sands Fort which had a similar music format to Serenade Radio (though I have to confess I was a Radio Caroline South fan in those days!).

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            • Simon McLean on 7 October 2023

              Yes, my Dinner At Eight is inspired by the 390 original (thanks to Mr Marriott for the idea!) I was delighted to hear a recording of the 390 version which played a track from a David Snell album which I play a fair bit on my own shows.

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  219. Judy Albutt on 4 October 2023

    Enjoyed your tribute to the late Syd Lawrence, he truly was a gentleman of perfection and as a result made his own success in the World of Big Bands. I feel very privileged to have known him, following his Orchestra for many years at home and abroad too. A tearful moment in the broadcast hearing the voice of the late Eleanor Keenan, a beautiful lady and vocalist too. Love your programme Johnny Beerling!

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  220. Arthur on 4 October 2023

    Thankyou for this morning’s very funny twaddle with the marvelous Joyce Grenfell and Norman Wisdom. Hearing Norman Wisdom laugh ( like when he tells a joke but cannot stop laughing) has always made me laugh so much. Great stuff. Cheered me up no end.

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  221. Mick on 3 October 2023

    You may now know Mr Yarnell but YOU are my wife’s morning workout programme!! It is 06:00 to 08:00 out here on the High Plains of Colorado and she (and I ) are fans of the station.
    I, like many of our generation, grew up with the Light Programme!! Thanks to your whole TEAM for what you do!

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  222. David Rough on 3 October 2023

    I was sorry to hear of the death of Brain Savin. I did some freelance work at BRMB during the mid-1980s and it was Brain who recruited, trained and mentored me. He was personable, affable, a great proponent of local radio and always determined to bring a professional approach to what was, at the time, a relatively young and sometimes chaotic medium. And, with his weekly Country Music show, Brian helped to widen the definition of the genre and include artists from beyond the confines of Nashville – a man ahead of his time and a man for all times. RIP.

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  223. Bruce on 2 October 2023

    I look forward to Soft Focus…another soul searching, journey into eternities of ones’ imagination. Please keep this particular programme till music and time are no longer…loyal listener and friend Bruce

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  224. ICR on 1 October 2023

    Well done Johnny B and your tribute to Syd Lawrence in what would have been his 100th year – a super selection of tracks, with great information about the early days of the band, when Syd left the NDO, and was told by many members of the band that it was an awful mistake !
    6 months later he was filling Theatres up and down the country !

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  225. Renee on 1 October 2023

    I can’t even begin to thank you for continuing to run Steyn’s s Song of the Week. Just a brief note of thanks and praise for your wonderful programming.

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  226. Pepe Sobreruedas (Miami, FL, USA) on 1 October 2023

    Thank you very much for your continued support and indulgence rebroadcasting “Steyn’s Song of the Week at Serenade Radio,” the only reason I tune in and meander to other excellent programing…So there you have it…this program’s life support radiates a pulse beyond the dead and dying, keeping your radio station alive beyond its corporal talents…May Serenade Radio live forever…

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  227. Tony James on 1 October 2023

    Once again, another rare appointment to listen, Sunday morning with Steve James.
    Along with Dinner at 8, favourites on the excellent Serenade.Have a golden day to Mr Marriot.Keep it up Guys.Best regards Tony James.

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  228. David on 30 September 2023

    There are a few “oldies” programmes on various stations on saturday mornings…. but the clear standout is Jeff Owen’s on Serenade! He doesn’t play the obvious, like other shows, and every tune is a surprise. A great way to spend Saturday morning!

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    • Jeff Owen on 30 September 2023

      Hello David – That’s very kind of you, and I haven’t even paid you! Thanks for listening, and I’m pleased that you enjoy it. All the best.

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  229. Martyn Bassey on 30 September 2023

    Great music on the Johnny McAtasney show this morning. Always loved Julie Andrews “Feed The Birds” and brilliant to hear three songs by the wonderful Johnny Mathis. Could I suggest Malcolm Vaughan or Joni James as featured artist sometime please. Many thanks Johnny.

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    • Johnny McAtasney on 30 September 2023

      Hi Martyn. Thank you for your kind comments and for tuning in to the best time of the day! Yes, two international treasures celebrating their 88th birthdays this weekend in Johnny Mathis and Dame Julie. I will certainly add Malcolm and Joni to my list of Artists Of The Week. Bravo!

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  230. Frank on 30 September 2023

    My recommendation for Album Of The Week is Tony Bennett’s 1965 masterpiece, ‘If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set.’ The title track alone is outstanding.

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  231. Chris Knowles on 29 September 2023

    Just heard that an album will be featured daily. Any chance of an Andy Prior album being chosen? His music sits well with your programmes but is rarely heard. Thanks.

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  232. Elaine on 29 September 2023

    I love that I can depend on you playing many of the songs of two of my all time favorite singers-Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson. These two women are truly incomparable. No “modern” singer compares.

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  233. ICR on 28 September 2023

    What a treat in store – Johnny Beerling is featuring Syd Lawrence, recorded in his favourite Theatre – the Playhouse in Manchester. A great celebration of what would have been his 100th year – what a wonderful musical legacy he left !

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  234. Judy Albutt on 26 September 2023

    Am so excited to hear Johnny Beerling is featuring Syd Lawrence.I knew him well, following his orchestra for so many years! Bless you Syd 100 years would have been a real milestone!

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  235. Margaret Jugl on 25 September 2023

    Just love radio Serenade. I am a new listener from Sydney, Australia. Thank you, my ears and heart will be tuned daily. Margaret.🤗

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  236. Frank on 25 September 2023

    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Rosemary Squires. She was a stalwart of our type of music in the late 1950s and, though she never reached the stardom heights of her contemporaries, it’s comforting to know she’ll be fondly remembered on Serenade.

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  237. Pepe on 24 September 2023

    I am very sorry to learn of Brian Savin’s passing…Thank you for continuing to air “Steyn’s Song of the Week,” not only because it pleasures me greatly and you granted my request to continue its rebroadcast, but because it is also a tribute to Brian’s legacy…I enjoy the show immensely and hope you continue its airing for a long time to come…

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    • Mark Steyn on 24 September 2023

      Thank you, Pepe. I listened to today’s show (“Over the Rainbow”), which I hadn’t heard since its original airing, and I noticed a dozen subtle tweaks Brian had taken the trouble to do and which would never even occur to most people. But they’re the difference between an okay show and a great show. I learned so much from him, and I shall miss him every time I sit down in front of a microphone.

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  238. Barbara on 24 September 2023

    Thank you for adding a photo of Vic Damone
    So pleased I saw Serenade Radio posted on Facebook. Great music.

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  239. Karen on 24 September 2023

    Peter Tomlinson’s show is always a perfect relaxing sunday afternoon listen, but what an especially lovely program today dedicated to his friend Brian Savin. Well done Peter it was a lovely tribute .

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    • Anthony Parkin on 25 September 2023

      Karen, if I miss programmes I often catch the overnight repeats. I am doing that as I write this.
      In coming weeks its unlikely I’ll miss any of the original transmissions. These are going to especially important as we head into Autumn/Winter. Dark cold days and nights. Difficulty getting out with poor public transport.
      I’ll be under the duvet. Keeping warm. Music and my Serenade friends keeping me company.

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  240. Martyn Bassey on 24 September 2023

    Wonderful music on the Vic Groves show today. Great to hear Frank Sinatra, Caterina Valente, Nancy and Lee, and Louis Jordan who are just a few of my favourites. Many thanks.

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  241. Wendy on 24 September 2023

    I do love listening to the Dawn Chorus on a Saturday and Sunday… Worth waking up for on non working days (although my husband gets a bit fed up with the sunday 6am alarm ) …but why is there no Ed bio on the presenters page? The ‘new boys’ Vic and Adrian have a bio. But no Ed. Thank you for playing adiemus again today Ed. I never get fed up listening to that.

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  242. Anthony Parkin on 24 September 2023

    I am sorry about Brian Savin’s passing. I think others have said what I probably would.
    I have found an informative piece about Brian. His long career and quotes from his Serenade Radio colleagues on a reliable website that talks of the radio business but I won’t post the link. I suspect that will not be acceptable. But I do hope Andy Marriott may find a way to put a link somewhere for others to see where it will be OK.

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  243. Barbara on 23 September 2023

    Just listened to the Crooner’s Club. Thank you for playing the great crooner Vic Damone ❤️
    Please add his photo to the others at the top. Another crooner who is very rarely played is Tony Martin. Apologies if you have done but I’m a new listener.

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    • Anthony Parkin on 23 September 2023

      Barbara,
      Your comment allows me to say how much I enjoy John Walton’s Crooner’s Club. So much music squeezed into an hour. I was going to say good music. But all of the music on Serenade Radio is😊

      John is having a break from presenting(doing exciting things)but I so welcome a replay of these programmes on the station. They still sound fresh. And who would know that they are not new.

      The music never ages and the presentation is so informative and easy. Looking forward to rest of what remains to air.

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      • John Walton on 23 September 2023

        Thank you for your enthusiasm and appreciation, Anthony. I agree that the music from the Serenade Radio library never grows old. It’s still very encouraging, however, that you’re looking forward to the rest of this season of repeats! I hope you enjoy it.

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    • John Walton on 23 September 2023

      Thanks for listening, Barbara, and for your appreciation of Vic Damone. I agree that Tony Martin was an excellent crooner. He did feature once or twice in my Crooners Club programmes. Maybe he’ll come up soon.

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  244. David Small on 23 September 2023

    EVERGREEN A programme of light music introduced by ADRIAN JACKSON
    Produced by RICHARD GRAVES

    Thank you Adrian for a lovely programme last night what a great start to the series which was your first last night, its a lovely mix of music that we used to hear on both “Your Hundred Best Tunes” and The late David Corbett’s “Light Programme” long may it last.

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    • Adrian Jackson on 23 September 2023

      Thank you David and Brian for your kind comments, Great to have joined the Serenade Radio family and I look forward to presenting again next Friday at 9pm,

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  245. Pete on 23 September 2023

    I love your radio station, big bands, vocals (I Was a friend of Miss Keely Smith) I worked for British singer Gary Miller in the 1950s, I’d love him on Serenade Radio. Keep up the good work.

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    • Anthony Parkin on 23 September 2023

      Pete, I remember Gary. Taken too soon. I discovered Keely Smith far too late in my life. But trying to make up for that with my own music library. Its great to hear her music on Serenade Radio. And more than what she did with Louis Prima.

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  246. Elaine B on 23 September 2023

    My sincere condolences in the passing of Brian to his family and to his co-workers at Serenade Radio. I am so thankful for this wonderful radio station as it is such a blessing to hear the great singers and beautiful music you provide us listeners. Thanks for everything.

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  247. adie on 22 September 2023

    Just found this delightful Radio Station, Listening to Dick Fisher, wonderful music and so informative. Wish I had found you earlier as my late father would have loved this. Thank you

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    • Dick Fisher on 23 September 2023

      Hi Adie. So pleased you’ve found Serenade and are enjoying the experience! Take a look at our website to find out more about our extensive range of programmes. No matter your musical preferences, there’s truly “something for everyone”.

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  248. Brian Bunn on 22 September 2023

    Really enjoyed your new Friday evening programme “Evergreen” (22 Sep). So refreshing that Serenade play instrumentals, such as this and “Music While You Work”. Keep up the good work, it is so appreciated 😊

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  249. Frank on 22 September 2023

    Wow! Just found your radio station and cannot thank you all enough for treating us to such a wonderful play list of music. Didn’t realise you depended on experienced announcers who work for FREE! Thank you so much…when I can catch up with my present outgoings I will be happy to send you a few quid. Meanwhile, please remember you’re making one human being a very happy bunny. Keep it up….

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  250. Julian Williams on 21 September 2023

    I’m a copywriter who writes radio commercials. I first met Brian in his BRMB days. What a producer! I followed him to Savin Productions. I remember him sprinkling magic onto every commercial I wrote. We’d stay in the studio debating passionately about sfx and intonation for hours. The results were always best of class. And award winning too. I adored working with Brian. Even though many years ago, my memories are like yesterday. Dear Brian, it was a pleasure and an honour to be in your company. With love…

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  251. Sarah and Andrew on 21 September 2023

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Brian and know you and he were very close as friends as well as colleagues. We miss hearing his voice on the radio and it was lovely to hear that he produced many great programmes to, including radio heroes recently. We are thinking of you all at serenade radio and his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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  252. Barrie Essex,Seaton Devon on 21 September 2023

    Commiserations ,very sorry to hear the sad news .But,please, let the show go on. We’ll done,,Andy and everybody!

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  253. Nick Hingley on 20 September 2023

    I am desperately sad to hear the news of Brian Savin’s passing.
    I remember Brian right from the start of BRMB and regularly listened to his late show once the station extended its hours. I always enjoyed the features and interviews that he did on BRMB – a lot of it necessary due to ‘needle time’ restrictions but very entertaining and informative.
    And then, astonishingly, the biggest chunk of half a century on I found myself listening to Brian on Serenade in the same time slot. In between there was the stint at the much-missed Saga Radio.
    All through Brian’s voice never changed and he sounded as young to me on Serenade as he did all those years ago on BRMB; and latterly he did such a brave performance to keep his show going in the face of a debilitating illness. The superb Song of the Week and more recently we have had the excellent Radio Legends series produced by Brian. I do hope there will be a means to have some more of these shows.
    My sincere condolences to Brian’s friends and family.
    Rest in Peace Brian. Thank you for helping bring this oasis of a station to fruition and may you find oodles of Ray Conniff in the great beyond.

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  254. Anne W on 20 September 2023

    Sad day 🥲the loss of Brian Savin he will be missed! Prayers for his family rest in peace dear Brian🙏🏻🙏🏻🥲🥲🥲❤️

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  255. Karen on 20 September 2023

    So very sorry to hear about the passing of Brian Savin. In addition to his presenting the programmes on SR that we hear at the end the words ‘ produced by Brian Savin’ is testament to his brilliant radio legacy. My sincere condolences to his family and his friends and colleagues at SR.

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  256. Julia Wilson on 20 September 2023

    So sorry to hear the news of Brian Savin’s passing, my sincere condolences to his family and co-presenters. Such a sad loss to Serenade Radio.

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  257. Jonathan Summers on 19 September 2023

    Thank you John for entertaining us every afternoon with your eclcetic mix of the Serenade brand of Easy Listening. Pure magic. Today you introduced us to The Carpenters version of “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” We had not heard this before and it must surely be the definitive version. Simply wonderful! We look forward to many more gems just like this one. Thank you, John and Lesley Summers

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  258. Arthur Rattus on 19 September 2023

    What a great show “Dance band days” is. All this fabulous vintage music we would never hear if i werent for Serenade Radio. Well done to Roger Williams and the team for this little gem . Long may it continue.

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    • Paul in Rye on 19 September 2023

      I second this Arthur, it’s a real weekly treat! Lovely to hear Vic Groves playing some dance band tracks on his fabulous new Sunday show too. Keep up the great work folks and thank you.

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  259. Barbara Heathcote on 18 September 2023

    Hi Andy thank you so much for playing Vic Damone, absolutely love him. So glad I found your radio show.

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  260. Karen on 18 September 2023

    I have just read that Roger Whittaker has died. How terribly sad. Although not a terribly fashionable thing to admit when i was a teenager i always loved his music and Serenade Radio reminded me of that when perhaps i had forgotten and brought his music back to me. So RIP Roger and thank you Serenade Radio for regularly playing this brilliant artist.

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  261. Martyn Bassey on 17 September 2023

    Great music as usual on Serenade today. Just like to mention the Vic Groves show. Absolutely love it. Thank you very much.

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  262. Cathryn Yong on 16 September 2023

    Hello dear presenters ! Just wanted to say hello and let you know that I think Serenade Radio truly lives up to its name and plays great easy listening numbers. Keep up the good work. BTW, I am listening to you via internet from across the pond in Michigan, USA. Have a lovely day. Cheers !

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  263. Michael Hannon on 14 September 2023

    What a pleasure to hear the Leroy Anderson medley on Music While You Work this morning. I bet that had plenty of feet tapping years ago.
    Shame being in France means SR won’t let me have the app. I’d happily pay!

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  264. Ian on 12 September 2023

    Hello to All at Serenade Radio. I have been listening to Serenade Radio via my computer for quite some time now, so I feel guilty that I haven’t contributed til now. Thanks to all your presenters for their commitment, knowledge and unstinting efforts.

    To listen to my kind of music without the constant intervention of repetitive and annoying adverts is just wonderful. I am constantly exhorting friends to “listen in” and have publicised your station to many of my acquaintances. I also listen via my smart speaker as often as I am able. I don’t want to single anyone out in particular but just to say thanks and well done to all of you !

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  265. AL Pacheco on 9 September 2023

    Listening from Costa Rica and love to play Serenade Radio to my mother, who gets transported to her youth years with dad,.. We LOVE the fun, peace and tranquility this station brings us. Thanks to my friend Orlando who recommended it. 🙂

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  266. Wendy from Canvey Island on 7 September 2023

    I very much enjoyed hearing Debby Boone singing you light up my life today. Lots of memories flooded back hearing that one. As it was playing i was thinking i must see what else she did . Then Andy Marriott said ‘ by far the best ting she ever did’…. So best not then 😁

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  267. Israel Pickholtz on 4 September 2023

    So sorry to hear that you are discontinuing Mark Steyn’s wonderful half hour. It’s the best thing anywhere.

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  268. Frank on 4 September 2023

    I’d love to hear some brass band or pipe organ music on Serenade. Maybe as a complement to Sing Something Simple.

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    • Philip Cartwright on 4 September 2023

      That’s a good idea Frank. Say half an hour of organ music on the lines of ‘The Organist Entertains’ which ran on Radio 2 for many years.

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      • Andy Marriott on 5 September 2023

        Every year we have a series of 13 programmes called “Hot Pipes”. 30 minutes of organ music introduced by an acknowledged expert in the field; Steve Ashley.
        This year the programme was broadcast from early April until the end of June, on Thursday evenings at 9.30.
        All being well Steve will be back in the new year.

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  269. Liz Burns. US on 4 September 2023

    Dismayed to learn that next weeks Mark Steyn’s Song of the Week will be the final show.
    Why not just continue to air the ones you have?

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    • Andy Marriott on 5 September 2023

      This Sunday sees the final edition of Song of the week for now, hopefully Mark will be back with some new programmes when his health improves. However due to popular demand we will re-run some of the early shows in the same slot until Christmas.

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  270. Pepe Sobreruedas on 3 September 2023

    Wow! No more Mark Steyn’s “Song of the Week?” What a shame…Can’t you just repeat old shows until they both get better?

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  271. Arthur Rossi on 3 September 2023

    I am glad that the Brits have not given up on this music. Here in the US there is no going back for anything.
    I listen to your station whenever I have some time. Please keep up the great work.

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  272. Andrew Diprose on 2 September 2023

    Thank you Peter Tomlinson, Neil Anthony and Brian Savin for another wonderful ‘Radio Heroes’ celebrating the late, and much-missed, Desmond Carrington. His Sunday programme was a ‘must listen’ for me in the same way that John Walton, and his ‘Musical Cavalcade’ – with the same easy-going and warm presenting style as Desmond – has been in recent years on Serenade Radio. I hope very much you’ll be commissioning another series of ‘Radio Heroes’.

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 3 September 2023

      Hi Andrew and David,

      Please see my response to Arthur and Anthony below. Thank you both for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated. The real heroes behind this series are Neil and Brian though. Mr Marriott has approached me to narrate a second series, which I would love to do, but no dates have been fixed so far. Advance notice will be forthcoming when there is positive news. Next week in the last of the present series Radio Heroes will be featuring Jack Jackson who revolutionised the art of playing records in the face of much opposition from Auntie BBC ! Hope you can tune in.

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      • Neil Anthony on 3 September 2023

        I’m thrilled by all the positive comments about Radio Heroes. Huge thanks must go to Mr Marriott for having the courage to green-light the series (from, as Johnny Mercer might have described me, a broadcasting neophyte). To Brian for his expertise and guidance and to Peter for his wonderful narration. As Peter mentions, this has very much been a labour of love. As someone who grew up with Alan and Benny and the other heroes and for someone who remembers Radio 2 when it knew what it was doing (to borrow Andy’s words), it has been an absolute joy too. Thanks to everybody who has listened and enjoyed the series. And keep listening. The best is yet to come!

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        • Steve in Worcs. on 4 September 2023

          Hello Neil,

          I’d just like to add my ‘voice’ to the chorus of appreciation and deep gratitude for the series.

          Sadly, due to one ‘extended lunch’ and oddly-timed phone / internet calls , I have missed chunks or even whole episodes of this fabulous series, which has featured some of my favourite all-time broadcasters. Hopefully, the station will broadcast them again, if the licence allows?

          As for a potential series 2, I would love to know that that is planned, and I have a solution to make sure I don’t miss any. Really looking forward to the last one, I vaguely remember Jack Jackson, such is the distance of time.

          Once again, “thank you so much” to you and anyone connected with the series, and as always to Serenade Radio itself, for this wonderfully warm and hugely respectful series – the kind of radio that doesn’t exist anywhere else at all.

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  273. David S on 2 September 2023

    Thank you to Peter, Neil and Brian Savin for another Excellent programme Radio Heroes.
    These programmes just get better every week . Loved Desmond Carrington and never missed his programmes. Lovely Memories .

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  274. Arthur Rattus on 2 September 2023

    I have been particularly looking forward to today’s Radio Heroes as i was a big fan of Desmond Carrington ‘s radio show, and it did not disappoint. It was lovely to hear his voice again. Hearing Peter Tomlinson describe the show and the variety of good music he played… makes me realise his output and the sound of his show was not dissimilar to programmes we hear on SR. He said of his listeners he ‘doesnt talk at them he talks to them’ and again that is just like the presenters of SR. Thankyou for devoting one of the shows to this wonderful man and for continuing his radio legacy.

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    • Anthony Parkin on 3 September 2023

      Arthur…you said so much of what I planned to say about Desmond. All Time Greats. The Radio Heroes series and those behind them. Serenade Radio and its presenters and music policy.

      Have I missed anyone out?

      I became extremely nostalgic today. Memories of Mum and Dad. My younger self. Laughingly with Desmond’s long stay at Radio 2. I was the only one remaining.

      Desmond’s attitude to the variety of music and being able to mix so many styles matches my own music library. It was much what I did myself for approx on hospital radio. How I tried to make that station sound. And had others come to me to answer questions of music they were unfamiliar with. Supply music they did not have.

      It is why Serenade Radio. Its presenters deserve to succeed. And hopefully will be around for many years to come.

      Its doing what I cannot see any other UK station is managing to as a domestic station.

      And with the changes coming to BBC local radio(that is mainly the news and local content)being taken away. And finally the few specialist music programmes often again presented by once well known presenters on national BBC radio. Now veteran broadcasters they will be lost too.

      Serenade radio is ever more precious. And we need to get it as much publicity as possible.

      Finally I feel like saying it could be seen as a way to carry on Desmond’s legacy.

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 3 September 2023

      Hi Arthur,
      Thank you for your kind comments about Radio Heroes and in particular the Desmond Carrington programme. The series has very much been a labour of love especially for Brian and Neil. Andy Marriott is I believe planning a second series and hopefully this will see the light of day. It strikes me that there is something odd about the radio broadcasting world today that here we are on Serenade Radio, with next to no budget at all, every presenter giving their time and experience completely free, doing the work the BBC should be doing with all their financial and archive resources. Anthony thank you for all your comments too. So much positive response is not only most welcome but it has done much to cheer up Brain Savin who, as most of you know, is not too well these days.

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  275. eric white on 2 September 2023

    Geoff Owen I enjoy very much but has just come out with a load of twaddle about Dusty Springfield issuing 9 singles that failed before her first hit I only want to be with you.She had been with the springfields who had several hits and a couple of non-hits but the transition to hit making solo performer was immediate!

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    • Jeff Owen on 2 September 2023

      Hello Eric.
      I knew there was something wrong with that as I was saying it! It wasn’t quite right.
      Dusty Springfield had recorded nine demo songs to try and launch her solo career, but none were deemed suitable as the guaranteed success that they wanted, until I Only Want Be With You came along. So even though she’d recorded the songs, none were released as singles, until the big one.
      Well spotted! Thanks for listening. Glad you enjoy it.

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  276. Andy Grahamme on 2 September 2023

    I am such a huge fan of Serenade….its programming is just so very very good. In particular the Steve James weekend programmes. The music is an absolute delight. Thanks Steve….its so much appreciated.

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  277. Frank on 2 September 2023

    Just heard Wally Stott (who later became Angela Morley). A real pioneer in light music and equality. Brava, Serenade.

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    • Andy Marriott on 1 September 2023

      Hi Colin,
      The Four Freshman are heard regularly on SR. I know Kevin Taylor at the weekend in particular plays them a lot. Tune in Saturday and Sunday evenings at 9!

      Cheers,
      Andy Marriott, Station Manager.

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  278. Mike Matthews on 1 September 2023

    Just heard Des on your program, here is an anecdote from the days when I worked with him in Jersey Channel Islands 1976! “Des, was so well loved by absolutely everyone. He was a joy to work with, he was talented, so much fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional.”
    I worked with Des in Jersey Channel Islands, summer season 1977. One of the nicest people I have ever met. I used to sell his LP”s for him in the foyer. I had a sign made saying “Recommended by Morecombe and Wise” with a cut out of them behind me. He thought it was hilarious!!!!!

    In the early days, when I moved to Australia [1981] he would ring me when he was in Sydney

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  279. Karen on 31 August 2023

    Until i started listening to Serenade Radio i never realised that Benny Hill was actually funny. My recollection of him was just a bloke being chased by women all the time. And you never hear him anywhere else. SR … Continuing to expand my horizons in more than just music 🙂

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  280. Stuart Wilson on 31 August 2023

    I was introduced to Serenade Radio by my old friend Mark Steyn. Well, what I mean is… he’s a man who says what I want to say but with panache and education. I was saddened when GBNews turned on him for expressing the views of the masses; I was worried when we heard of his health problems; I understand it’s difficult to be Mark Steyn and remain calm when passion is your trademark, be it songs, singers, politics. Mark Steyn may you continue to be an inspiration to us oldies with no voice, and may you continue to educate us all about the music we all love. Take it easy.

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    • Steve in Worcs. on 2 September 2023

      Spot on with every word, Stuart – Mark is a tour de force in any form of broadcasting, and his Song of the Week shows are unmissable for me.

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  281. John on 29 August 2023

    I’ve just remembered that David Jacobs had a lunchtime show weekdays on R2 in the late 80s, right after JY, you see. Serenade has reminded me of those happy days.

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    • Steve in Worcs. on 2 September 2023

      He did indeed, John! But I can’t remember if David was before or after an actor who was a surprisingly good presenter – ‘Hadliegh’ himself – Gerald Harper.

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      • John on 2 September 2023

        I’m fairly ‘adamadamant’ that Gerald Harper was on R2 in the late 80s on Saturdays around 1pm, dispensing chocolates and champagne 🥂. And he’s still with us, aged 92.

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        • Steve in Worcs. on 2 September 2023

          ISWYDT (I See What You Did There!) Ahhh, yes of course, it was Saturdays only – David on weekdays – good memory, John!

          Yes he is still with us – I think he lives in Spain – saw him in a television clip a few years ago attending a festival there, and he still looked ‘vital’.

          I must see if I can stream ‘Hadleigh’ over the internet.

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        • David Purll on 3 September 2023

          Gerald Harper was actually on Capital Radio on Sunday mornings with this champagne and Roses programme…. and Steve Wright did a similar format with Sunday Love Songs on R2

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  282. Alison Weston on 28 August 2023

    Smoke Gets in your Eyes was my Dad’s very most favourite song first heard by him sailing to South Africa back in 1935, having spent 6 years in Jersey, Channel Islands. I think he always got very nostalgic on hearing it. Lovely song, great music.

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  283. Martyn Bassey on 28 August 2023

    Very much enjoyed Soft Folkus this evening. Too many good songs to mention. Being Welsh I especially liked Ben i Waered by the family group Plu. Many thanks for a fine show.

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    • Roger Williams on 29 August 2023

      Hello Martyn, thank you for your kind comments. I think I should offer you the prestigious position of the Soft Folkus Welsh Correspondent. I had hoped to occupy the post myself especially after discovering that my great great grandfather was William Jones Williams – sadly he appears to come from Sussex. I’m pleased you enjoyed Plu, I’ve played one or two Martin Joseph songs and was pondering whether anything from Gorki’s Zygotic Mynci might suit. Any suggetions from beyond Offa’s Dyke will be gratefully received. I’m pleased you enjoyed the show. Roger

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      • Martyn Bassey on 4 September 2023

        Hello Roger. I don’t know a lot about Gorki’s Z M I’m afraid so I can’t comment about them. I was wondering if you could possibly dig out “Pontypridd” by 9Bach for your show at some time. Many thanks. Martyn.

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  284. Edgar on 27 August 2023

    I keep hearing the name Antonio Carlos Jobim. and when I do, I know I will like the music.

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  285. Karen on 27 August 2023

    I loved Steyn’s song of the week this week. Lilac Wine is one of my absolute favourite songs but i didnt realise that it wasnt a song from the 70s/80s or where it came from and that so many people had recorded it. Great story . Great show ( as usual)

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    • Mark Steyn on 28 August 2023

      Thank you, Karen. There’s no other song like “Lilac Wine” – and I love the way most people aren’t even aware that it had been around for thirty years before Elkie got to it.

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      • Bernard Lazenbury on 28 August 2023

        So many versions of this gem to choose from but Nina Simone’s takes some beating for emotional content. Also discovered an interesting take by Jeff Beck & Imelda May. Different but very enjoyable none the less.

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  286. James on 27 August 2023

    Really enjoyed last night’s Radio Heroes. What a great series. Well done to all involved at Serenade Radio. Great station.

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  287. David Hill on 26 August 2023

    Really enjoyed Steve James Breckfirst Show today, played some really good music, To Sir with love, Italian Girl, and Stranger on the shaw. Brought back a lot of memories of the 60s. I was only school age at the time but that decade brought us James Bond at the cinema John Barry did the music . England won the World Cup, The Beatles changed music forever. Mary Quant did the fashion and Vidal Sassoon did the hair. Great decade, we were the envey of the world.
    Thanks Steve for the Music 😎😎😀😀

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    • Steve James on 26 August 2023

      Thank you very much David, it’s wonderful to be able to share some evocative sounds of the 60s.

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  288. Karen on 26 August 2023

    I am usually asleep when Sean Usher is on ( sorry) but this week i woke up at 1.30am and didnt get back to sleep until after 3.30. what a lovely show. Thank you Sean for keeping me company in the wee hours. I’ll do my best to listen in again. Cant promise though as i have to sleep sometimes 😅

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  289. Jonathan Summers on 24 August 2023

    Jane, Love your programme! Particularly loved your first choice yesterday: Sir Harry singing “On with the motely” from Pagliacci. Wonderful! I have often wondered why you and your colleagues don’t play more opera pops. Can I suggest something(s) from David Hughes’s lovely album “Songs You Love”. Serenade do play him on occassion, but not often enough for my liking. He was a wonderful singer, now sadly missed, and it would marvelous to hear him every now and then. Jon

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  290. Dave Hilton. on 24 August 2023

    Great music, I listen every day through most of the day. I particularly like Ella andFrank, and you play them often, thanks. Andy, I love your programme to start my day. Just as a point of interest, my old Dad used to say ” Toodle pip”. Lovely memories

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    • Karen on 25 August 2023

      Hi Dave. My dad used to say ‘ toodle pip’ too and until now ive never heard anyone else say it. I was very surprised the first time i heard Andy’s show.

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  291. Karen on 21 August 2023

    Just catching up on the Dick Fisher show as i was too busy at work this morning to listen ( sorry)… I heard Madeleine Peyroux a little while ago. I think she is great and with a pretty unique style amongst modern singers. Thank you Dick and Serenade Radio for playing her.

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    • Ray Burnett on 25 August 2023

      Karen, I think Madeleine Peyroux sounds a bit like Billie Holiday – which is a compliment.

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  292. Canada grampa on 21 August 2023

    This Grease monkey hotrodder entered his golden years without music like Serenade Radio.
    You have converted me and I listen every day. Thank you

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  293. Karen on 20 August 2023

    My aunt in Escondido Southern California has been updating me on plans she is making for the arrival of the tropical storm, and i just wanted send my best wishes to the lovely Kevin Taylor in Palm Springs. I hope it is not too much of a problem for him .

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    • Kevin Taylor on 20 August 2023

      Hi Karen, thank you for the kind words. So far, all is well and more heavy rain and wind are due this afternoon and evening. We’ve got all of our provisions needed and should be fine. We’ll see what Mother Nature has in store for us and hope for the best. With kind regards, Kevin

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  294. John on 20 August 2023

    Sing Something Simple is so comforting, as we commemorate, tomorrow, the centenary of the birth of Cliff Adams. And, accordionist, Jack Emblow, is still with us, aged 93.

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  295. David Bownes on 20 August 2023

    Hi Peter
    Listening to your superb show this afternoon, Thought you wouldn’t mind me correcting something , there are two songs called Walk On By you rightly said it was by Burt Bacharach but the one you played was written by Kendall Hayes, a hit for Leroy Van Dyke in 1961, the song was covered by over 80 other singers . The Bacharach song was a hit in 1964 for Dionne Warwick and has been covered by over 800 artists . It is reckoned to be one of the most perfect pop songs ever written .
    Really love the show , perfect listening for a sunny Sunday afternoon

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 20 August 2023

      Hi David,
      I’m always open to correction, thank you very much. Good to hear from you at least I know I have one listener! I have been doing this show for over 2 years now, ever since Andy Marriott asked me to sign up back in 2014. It took me 7 years to take him up on his offer since I was never a professional spinner of records like so many of my colleagues on Serenade Radio. But I really enjoy the music I play and hopefully something that is the real me comes across even when I do get some things wrong or perhaps because I get things wrong!!

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      • Steve in Worcs. on 23 August 2023

        “…since I was never a professional spinner of records like so many of my colleagues on Serenade Radio.”

        Well, could have fooled me, Peter! In fact, you did 😃, I was convinced you were a seasoned “DJ”, as that’s how you sound. An impeccable selection of music, and wonderfully warm and individual broadcasting style, like all of your colleagues.

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  296. Karen on 20 August 2023

    The radio heroes programme about hubert gregg was fascinating . I remember hearing him on the radio but i wasnt that familiar with him and never realised he had done so much. And i definitely didnt know he had written maybe it’s because I’m a londoner… The words of which i apparently still know from my damcing school days as i was having a good sing a long yesterday. Thank you Peter. Looking forward to Benny Green next week.

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 21 August 2023

      Hi Karen,
      Apologies for being so late in replying but my responses somehow got lost in the ether. I too knew all the words to “Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner” at a very early age even though I am a Bristolian. Hubert Gregg was a fascinating character and he gauged the mood of this country and his beloved city exactly right when he wrote “I’m Going To Get Lit Up When The Lights Go On In London” Not many like him around these days more’s the pity!

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  297. David S on 19 August 2023

    Radio Heroes ———–Another Gem in Radio Broadcasting Thank you to Peter Tomlinson and Neil and Brian Savin the series just gets better every week . As I said before the programme ends leaving you wanting more .

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 20 August 2023

      Hi David,
      Once again I thank you and the many listeners who have taken the time and trouble to comment on our Radio Heroes series. Next week we will be featuring the late great Benny Green. Please join us then.

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      • Steve in Worcs. on 23 August 2023

        Hi Peter,

        Great news! Benny Green – wonderful! Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm, “Good afternoon” followed by the opening bars of That’s Entertainment!, heralding an hour of the exploration of the Great American Songbook and their writers.

        In my Facebook days, I was connected with his son, Leo, also a fine saxophone player and great radio broadcaster (chip off the old block!), he was so friendly, and he accepted all of the tribute messages for his dad very graciously.

        For me, Serenade Radio is one of the blessings in life. Thank you all.

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  298. Martyn Bassey on 19 August 2023

    I really like Elaine Moore’s Showstoppers. Some great music on this show every Saturday. Sang along to Bare Necessities this evening. Great fun. Many thanks.

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  299. Chris Cobb on 19 August 2023

    I’d like to add my voice of appreciation for the wonderful ‘Radio Heroes’ series. Some of the Heroes were just distant memories but I feel that they’ve been brought back to life. Brilliantly researched, produced and narrated – that’s what radio should be all about.

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 20 August 2023

      Hi Chris
      It is so heartening to get so many positive comments on Radio Heroes, thank you for yours. For all those involved it has been a labour of love to remember in the medium of radio those who in the past did so much for the medium itself. Apart from my colleagues on Serenade Radio I can’t think of many of the same quality these days!

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  300. Karen on 19 August 2023

    Jeff owen…blanket on the ground… Bringing back a load of fun memories. When i was 12 i used to sing in a band where everyone else was an adult. That was my song … . Very appropriate for a 12 year old. 🙂 I wonder if i knew at the time what i was singing about. I was a bit naive back then i probably thought ot was for a picnic😂

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    • Steve in Worcs on 19 August 2023

      Hello Karen,

      🤣 When I read your post, honestly, my first thought was “for a picnic” . A great mix of music, as always, from Jeff.

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  301. Anthony on 19 August 2023

    How long have I been listening to Serenade. Not long enough.
    Computers down. That need replacing or repairing.

    And this old phone that is ready to fail.

    But I had an internet radio in a box for perhaps 4 years.

    I dug it out. And got it to work. I suspect I have been listening from perhaps some of the lockdowns.

    But now the shock. Have I really been listening to Sean Usher and Johnny “Mac” McAtasney for a year.
    Where has that year gone. OK congratulations to you both. And here’s to hopefully another. Nay many more.

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    • John McAtasney on 19 August 2023

      Thank you, Anthony, for your kind comments. Here’s to you and all our loyal night owls and early birds everywhere on the first anniversary of our shows 👏

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    • Brian Reynolds on 19 August 2023

      Karen – I think he is on again towards the end of September. In the meantime, he is well represented on the internet, so try googling him -he is well represented!

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      • Karen on 19 August 2023

        Thank you Brian. I shall take a look. ii found his lp on the internet so it is on its way to me. 🙂

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  302. Daren Overington on 16 August 2023

    So lovely to hear Max Bygraves on Johns show this afternoon.
    A Bermondsey boy like myself he always brings a smile to my day.

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  303. Paul on 15 August 2023

    I like the Quiet Hour and much else but my favourite is Soft Folkus on Sunday evenings. What was the title of the song by Andy Roberts, that Roger played on Sunday 13th August? Many thanks

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    • Karen on 15 August 2023

      Paul , I think it was called Percy Parsloe’s hamster farm . I liked it and was looking to see if i could find it available for download anywhere. No success yet though. But i shall continue to search.

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    • Roger Williams on 16 August 2023

      Hi Paul, yes, Percy Parslow’s Hamster Farm. It’s on the album “The Amazing Adventures Of The Liverpool Scene” Andy Roberts was a student in Liverpool who could really play the guitar and this appealed to Adrian Henri, Mike Evans and the others who couldn’t! It’s a bit soppy but rather charming isn’t it? Thank you for listening.

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  304. Karen on 15 August 2023

    great twaddle today…jonothan and darlene edwards. Immediate mood boost on a work day… I love them…. Or is it just my mother singing again. ( Good job she doesn’t have the internet and cant read my comments 🙂)

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  305. john johnston on 14 August 2023

    David have you seen the video Black And White Night Roy Orbison, Bruce Springstein who was 20 years old at the time, K.D. Lang, Elvis Costellow, Ron Tutt and many more. It is one of the best shows I have seen.

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  306. David Purll on 14 August 2023

    Roger…Great programme as ever and thank you for “Shelter from the Storm” and “Guinevere” as well asClannad among other gems. A possible unexpected folk singer suggestion- All My Sorrows by the Shadows? Bestwishes and oh by the way i hotvthecbook about Jimm Webb. Thank you for the recommendation!

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    • Roger Williams on 16 August 2023

      Thank you David, hope you like the book. It’s interesting on the relationship between the redneck Glen Campbell and the hippy Jimmy Webb! An interesting read which ran out of steam a bit at the end I thought.

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  307. Mike from rutland on 13 August 2023

    Thankyou for the Alan Dell tribute. My late mother was a onetime pianist for the Ivy benson band and I was raised on fabulous jazz and swing despite being born in the 60’s ! We would always listen to Alan on sunday afternoons. I have to confess that on hearing the familiar refrains of ‘Thats all’ I did shed a few tears but thats the power of music to evoke memories. Love the station, my only gripe is that its not available on DAB radio but maybe one day ?

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 13 August 2023

      Hi Mike,
      Thank you for those kind words. You write about tears coming when listening to the Alan Dell programme, I have to admit that tears come all too readily to my eyes when I hear songs my late wife Ali loved played on Serenade Radio. Jane Markham played Acker Bilk’s “That’s My Home” this morning and the eyes moistened as they did when I played ” Memories Of You” in my afternoon show. Next week Hubert Gregg.

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  308. Dave in London on 13 August 2023

    Thanks everso to new man Vic Groves, settling impressively well into Sunday lunchtime. The contextual info which Vic provides (first sung by… recorded in…) is welcome, spreading extra marmalade on the lunchtime toast and showing us that the music has meaning for him. Those country music songs at 1.30pm and 2.30 are a welcome extra. I wonder if Mr Marriott of this parish might allow Vic a country spot at 1pm and 2pm too. As that lady at the El Morocco tea rooms once said, it does you good to have a fling occasionally.

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    • Vic Groves on 13 August 2023

      Hi Dave. Thanks very much for the feedback. I’m pleased you’re enjoying the programme. I love the music that Serenade plays and thoroughly enjoy the research involved in finding the background information. Sometimes the marmalade mighr be Marmite to some!! It took me a couple of seconds to understand the final second but, as I love the Goon Show and Peter’s other work, I realised it was “Four square on the Northern Line.” If the show doesn’t catch on I can always turn my hand to Toothbrush Holesmanship!! Thanks again. Vic.

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  309. Karen on 13 August 2023

    I missed most of Vic Groves first show last week as i was out. But i’m home today and one hour in i can already tell what a great show it is . The music is great ( well obviously… it is Serenade after qll.) Vic has played a few songs that i know but versions i havent heard before And i love the vintage country spot. And all the interesting facts about each as well. Thank you for another great show Vic and Serenade Radio.

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    • Vic Groves on 13 August 2023

      Hello Karen, Nice to meet you! Thank you very much for your kind words and feedback. I’m pleased you like the programme and the vintage country music slots. Thanks also for the comment about the facts. I hope I’m not talking too much! Thanks again, and I hope you’ll enjoy the future programmes just as much. Regards, Vic

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  310. Jonathan on the Isle of Man on 13 August 2023

    Any chance of having a re-run of Radio Heroes in the future, please? I only caught the tail end of the legendary David Jacobs yesterday. My wife and I were devotees to his Radio 2 programme for years. Something very reassuring in his voice and manner. Once Don Black left, we were bereft (I think they replaced Don with some medical programme to remind us of our mortality?!). We searched for therapy and found Serenade Radio and have never left.
    Whilst emailing, we’ve found two downsides to SR (1) we have to sleep, (2) we have to take the dog for a walk. This means we miss out on some great stuff, especially at weekends. A Saturday result for us is waking up halfway through Johnny McAtasney’s show (really try for the start – difficult) and still being awake at the end of Late Night Extra with Steve James, which we love. Thank you very much to ALL the Presenters and Producers for doing such a terrific and professional job. It’s greatly appreciated!

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    • John McAtasney on 13 August 2023

      Thank you, Jonathan. Great to hear you’ve joined the merry band of night owls and early birds on A Little Night Music. Dogs are great for keeping us active at all hours!

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  311. Dave in London on 13 August 2023

    Well done and thanks to Steve James for playing that rarity ‘Le Blon’ by Anita Harris. Not issued on CD as far as I know, and only a rough copy to be found online. Someone at Serenade Towers clearly has a very impressive record collection!

    I don’t know why the song has a James Bond air of mystery and menace to it – was it the theme to some other now-forgotten film? But never mind, it’s great.

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  312. David on 12 August 2023

    Another Brilliant programme Radio Heroes featuring the life of David Jacobs . Lovely memories of the radio in bygone days So its a big thank you to Peter Tomlinson , Neil Anthony and Brian Savin for these great programmes which leave you wanting more .

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 13 August 2023

      Thank you David. I really enjoyed narrating these programmes but the real thanks must go to Neil and Brian for their combined research, writing, and editing. Next week a perhaps lesser known Hero, Hubert Gregg but a man with an absolutely fascinating history. Be sure to catch it.

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      • Anthony on 13 August 2023

        Mum and myself tuned into David’s Sunday night R2 show. Probably he was what most resembled the station we knew. As David’s health was failing and was publicly admitted. My Mum was terminally ill and I guess with all that was going on. I lost track of his last year or so on air. I never heard that final broadcast which was obviously a struggle.
        I did tune into Don Black. Then his show was shared with another(I forget who)I think each did 12 programmes at a time.

        Hubert Gregg will be interesting. A very colourful life and sadly sidestepped when radio presenters are talked about.

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  313. Philip Ronald-Price on 12 August 2023

    This is a great station, and I only found out about it because someone advised me that there was a programme called Radio Heroes. It features David Jacobs tonight, and because I run a Facebook group for David, “David Jacobs..Our kind of music!”, it was of particular interest.
    As a Radio Presenter myself, it’s really goodto hear such a variety of ‘Radio as it used to be’.
    Well done!

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 13 August 2023

      Hi Philip and many thanks for your response to Radio Heroes and introducing us to your David Jacobs’ Facebook page. Will log in today. I don’t think the BBC have anywhere near the calibre of presenters they had back then or indeed as we have now on Serenade Radio ( this writer excepted of course!) Next week a man who knew David very well indeed, the multi-faceted Hubert Gregg. Do join me at 5pm on Saturday.

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      • Philip Ronald-Price on 13 August 2023

        Hello Peter,
        Many thanks for your reply, and I hope you also enjoy my Facebook page for David Jacobs.
        You are right, and the BBC doesn’t seem to have the same calibre of presenters these days.
        I shall certainly listen again next Saturday when you feature Hubert Gregg.
        By the way, I loved the show yesterday on David Jacobs, which covered many elements of his long career.
        Thank you again!

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  314. Andy Logan on 12 August 2023

    Another Saturday morning, another Jeff Owen show, another eclectic selection of tunes interested ses with Jeff’s unique and occasionally caustic observations.

    Kick starts our weekend!

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  315. John Quarm on 12 August 2023

    I’ve just started listening to your station. It’s so good I find it hard to switch off! It’s great.

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  316. Edgar on 11 August 2023

    I’m confused. Shouldn’t “I Said My Pyjamas and Put on My Prayers” be today’s twaddle?

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    • Anthony on 12 August 2023

      Hi Edgar,
      You have a point😂This also ties in with your other comment. So many different versions of many songs.

      This is sung as a duet. As well as a solo.
      Martha Tilton and Harry Babbitt.
      Tony Martin and Fran Warren.
      Ethel Merman and Ray Bolger.
      Margaret Whiting.
      Doris Day.
      There is even a Swedish version.

      I have heard them all except for the last one. All on Serenade.
      I think a couple could be in my own music library if I ever find them.

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  317. Edgar on 9 August 2023

    It’s just amazing how many versions of each song there are and how many songs each person or group performed.

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  318. Edward Marples on 8 August 2023

    My wife and I recently went on holiday to St Peter Port in Guernsey. We knew that Robert Farnon was buried in St Peter Port graveyard and went to pay our respects. We discovered that he is buried next to Ronnie Hazelhurst!
    Later in our hotel we met a total stranger, a Guernsey resident, and in the course of conversation we mentioned our visit to Roberts grave. The stranger then told us that Robert’s son David played the music music at his wedding.
    As I write this Andy Marriott has just played a piece by Robert Farnon and his Orchestra!
    We often go to listen to Roberts great niece Nicola Farnon playing at a venue in Leopold Square Sheffield.

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  319. Drew Baxter on 8 August 2023

    After returning from two weeks without internet, lovely to catch up with Radio Heroes – Alan Dell.
    A classy show about a classy broadcaster. Well done Peter Tomlinson and all at Serenade Radio.

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  320. Karen on 8 August 2023

    How comes i know the words to ive got a lovely bunch of coconuts? Even the talking bits. I’m not that old! Although my nan did have the record which is where i heard it as a child. More lovely memories . Thank you 🙂

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  321. David Purll on 7 August 2023

    Roger, another great programme with the stunning three in a row at the start! especially America with its almost choral ending with such grest basslines …courtesy of the Wrecking Crew no doubt, and many thanks to you for including Judy Collins and Julie Felix. Serenade is interactive radio at its best!

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    • Roger Williams on 7 August 2023

      Thank you David. It was a strong start eh? I nearly dropped America because Jeff Owen played it on Saturday. I’m pleased I didn’t though. I never tire of hearing it. Thank you for yor support

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  322. Karen on 7 August 2023

    The problem with being on holiday with lots of family members is that they are ruining my relaxing early morning Serenade routine wanting to talk to me! It will be my holiday challenge to educate them in civilised radio listening before i go home. 🙂

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  323. Chris Knowles on 6 August 2023

    PeterTomlinson.

    So enjoyed your programme featuring Alan Dell. My late husband and I always listened. ‘That’s All’ became one of ‘Our’ songs as did’ As you desire me’ sung by Frank Sinatra as the penultimate song on one episode. Though I have Serenade Radio on every day I have never heard this Frank song played. Looking forward to next week. Thank you.

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    • Peter Tomlinson on 7 August 2023

      Hi Chris,
      Thank you for your kind comments. I thunk this little series is proving very popular. Do listen to my Sunday programme at 3pm next week you may very well be surprised by my first record!

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  324. Martin Rosen on 6 August 2023

    I really enjoyed hearing the new programme by Vic Groves earlier today. A great choice of music – I was even singing-along with some of the tracks in the car as the memories came floating back!