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These pages recall the history of ...

RADIO FECAMP   (1926-1928)
RADIO NORMANDY  (1928-1939)
and the short-lived station

RADIO INTERNATIONAL (FECAMP)   (october 1939 to january 1940)

Welcome in Normandy...

    Your Mail             |              Access to the audio files (sound extracts)             |              The History


>  18 & 19th September 2010 - European Heritage Days

Some views from the “Journées Européennes du Patrimoine” (European Heritage Days)
of the Louvetot old transmitter site
and Caudebec-en-Caux Town hall
(Radio Normandy Studios) of the pre-war period


>  28th May 2007 & 8th May 2009 - Memories of David


david_newman Memories of David (Ian) Newman announcer...

On May 28, 2007, we had received a friendly message from David Newman, english announcer on Radio Normandy.
It was the first time that our site collected the memories of a personality directly related to the activity of the station. These remarks were fascinating because they had been unknown until now.
For this day, we had kept the contact with David, also impassioned by the radio. Our curiosity pushed us to ask him many questions about Radio Normandy. His answers are here :

 > Letters <

On May 8, 2009, Mr. Keith Wallis, author of the book “And the World Listened” sends this sad message :

"Dear JC,
I am sorry to inform you that David died last week after a short illness. I attended his funeral on Wednesday. (...)
I am in the course of preparing an obituary, a copy of which I will send you as soon as it is ready. You may like to include it on your website or in the Radio Normandy Newssheet.
I will contact you again within the next few days.

Best wishes

Keith Wallis"

David (Ian) Newman in action for Radio Normandy

Thank You Keith, we publish it here:   > Tribute to David (Ian) Newman <

6th August 1994 - Back to Normandy

The regional weekly magazine “Le Courrier Cauchois” had written an article to David Newman, at the time of a recent stay in Caudebec-in-Caux where he was announcer for the English broadcasts of Radio Normandy from 1938 until 1939

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Le Courrier Cauchois (6.08.1994) (pdf)

5th january 2008, "The Archive Hour"  >  
       God, Pirates and Ovaltineys     


Broadcast from BBC Radio 4 introduced by Sean Street : Sean Street investigates the history of the cultural battle between the BBC and commercial radio, which predates the pirate music stations of the 1960s by several decades.

Thanks to our Friend André Cousin, a transcription of this broadcast is available   > here <

 Listen to "The Archive Hour" with the first link below "Some sound extracts"

Sean Street is also the Author of the book "A Concise History of British Radio" (see p. 16)

The link to Sean Street's Website is  http://www.seanstreet.com/


18th November 2006 - Press remembers...

1926 - 2006 :

Radio Normandy is 80 years old !
French local press did not forget !

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          Le Progrès de Fécamp                         Le Courrier Cauchois (18.11.2006)

Audio files


All the sound file are mp3 format < Flash Player can be necessary. You can download it > here

          >    the_archive_hour.mp3   - (58') 


> "The Archive Hour" - BBC Radio 4 (Jan 5th 2008) - In the broadcast intitled   God, Pirates and Ovaltineys   Sean Street investigates the history of the cultural battle between the BBC and commercial radio, (before the offshore radio stations many years later). David Ian Newman, announcer at Radio Normandy can be heard

Thanks to our Friend André Cousin, a transcription of this broadcast is available   > here <




           sign_on2.mp3   (39") 

> Radio Normandy Sign on / Beginnings of the english programs



         >   closedown.mp3   (43") 

> Good Night message,  End of the IBC programs for the night


         >   bbc_plugge.mp3   (30') 


> Broadcast from BBC Radio 4   The First Pirate  introduced by Les Woodland : "This is the story of Captain Plugge, one of Britain's first  commercial broadcasters. Unable to broadcast as he wished in Britain, he set up a studio in Fecamp and Radio Normandy was born..."


         >   radio_normandie.mp3   (9') 

from   Radio Normandy  with Announcer : Roy Plomley

Roy Plomley (1914-1985) was the son of a pharmacist and was educated at King's College School, Wimbledon. On leaving school he worked first briefly for an estate agent, then for a London advertising agency, then in publishing. His original aim was to be an actor, and he did secure very minor parts in a number of films, but he soon drifted into broadcasting, coming to public notice as an announcer, and later producer, for the International Broadcasting Company (IBC), starting on Radio Normandy in April 1936 and moving on at the end of that year to the IBC's Paris-based station, Poste Parisien. Between mid-1937 and late 1939 he was involved in writing and production, travelling back and forth between these two IBC stations in France and the company's offices and studios in London, while also presenting the variety programme Radio Normandy Calling, recorded on location in theatres at UK seaside resorts and regularly beating the BBC in audience ratings.

(more news about Roy Plomley here > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Plomley )




   Roy Plomley announcer / producer                    Roy Plomley and Paul McCartney                                 Roy Plomley at the... BBC !!!


         >  plomley_blackpool1.mp3    (33") 

> 1st short extract :   Roy Plomley  during a pre-recorded show in a Blackpool Theater for Radio Normandy


         >  plomley_blackpool2.mp3    (39") 

> 2nd short extract :   Roy Plomley  



         >  commercial_stations1.mp3    - Part 1 - (44')

> >"Searching the Ether !"<>>>Commercial stations from the Continent - part 1< : Commercial radio was beamed from the continent as early as the 1930s from stations like Poste Parisien, Radio Normandy and Radio Luxembourg. This fascinating story tracing the start of commercial radio in Europe and is narrated by Alan Thompson and Dave Howell.


      A Message from Alan Thompson : 

----- Original Message -----

From : Alan Thompson
< old adress. Now >  frc@offshoreechos.com

Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 7:22 PM

Subject:  Searching the Ether

I am the writer/co-presenter of "Searching the Ether" a history of prewar commercial radio which was produced for the ILR network here in the UK. It included a considerable amount of material from Radio Normandy (the spelling given) and had interviews with a number of people including Bob Danvers Walker and Roy Plomley... has anyone heard it? If not a 90 - minute version exists.

Kind regards,

Alan Thompson
Norfolk, England

- - - - -

Hallo Jean-Claude... please do keep Searching the Ether on your WebPages. We're flattered!

All the best,

Alan Thompson

        >  commercial_stations2.mp3    Part 2 - (37')

> >"Searching the Ether !"<>>>Commercial stations from the Continent - part 2<





         >   fr3rn.mp3    (26') 

>  La "véritable" Radio Normandie  (The "true" Radio Normandy) Extracts in french recorded in 1978, from "FR3 Radio Normandie", public regional radio network, originated from the city of Caen, discussing about the french service of the true "Radio Normandy". The broadcast was produced by Richard Plumet and Dominique Nugues, with interviews of Mr Jean Lemaitre (Aunt Francine's Brother) and Mr Lemarchand, radio-sets salesman in Fecamp


         >   nos_vieux_pommiers.mp3    (2'26) 
> Signature tune  "Nos Vieux Pommiers"  (E. Dior) - "Our old apple-trees" - of Radio Normandie french service


            >   ma_normandie.mp3    (2'41)    

>   "Ma Normandie"  (Frédéric Bérat)"My Normandy" (anthem folk song, sometimes used in the programmes)

(From "Groupe folklorique de Pont-L'Evêque", dir. Jacques Dutey, chant et orchestre Pierre Chaille)


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