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 :
On May 8, 2009, Mr. Keith Wallis, author of the book “And the World
Listened” sends this sad message :
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.
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
Le Courrier Cauchois
5th january 2008, "The
Archive Hour" >
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 >
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)
Archive Hour" - BBC Radio 4 (Jan
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
David Ian Newman, announcer at Radio Normandy can be heard
Thanks to our Friend André Cousin,
a transcription of this broadcast is available >
>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..."
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
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 -----
adress. Now > firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 7:22 PM
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.
- - -
Hallo Jean-Claude... please do keep
Searching the Ether on your WebPages. We're flattered!
"véritable" Radio Normandie
"true" Radio Normandy) Extracts
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
(2'26) > Signature tune"Nos
Vieux Pommiers" (E. Dior)
- "Our old apple-trees" - of Radio Normandie french