Tune in to the story of Scotland’s Radio with Tony Currie at Glasgow Art Club

Tony Currie on the radio

29 March, 2018

Glasgow Art Club, 185 Hope Street Glasgow G2 4 HU

Tune in and hear over a hundred years of Scotland’s radio history from morse code to digital broadcasting. The sounds of forgotten stations, programmes and people, beamed into Scottish homes. Beginning in Machrihanish in 1905, we’ll recall Glasgow’s competitive commercial radio scene before the BBC even existed; the origins of BBC Scotland; the first pirate radio ship “Radio Daily Mail” in 1928, and subsequent offshore stations successful and otherwise; and the rise of commercial radio from its beginnings in Glasgow in 1973.

Speaker’s Biography

Sixty one years ago, Tony Currie started to play with tape recorders at the age of 4, and set up his own attic radio station at the age of eleven, broadcasting to the captive audience in the Old People’s Home next door. Professionally, in 1971 he held the cult Saturday midnight slot on the most powerful FM station in Los Angeles and two years later, his was the first voice on Radio Clyde in Glasgow – the first commercial station outside London. Chief Announcer and Newscaster on Scottish Television…Controller of Programmes at the UK’s Cable Authority and then Independent Television Commission (both national regulatory bodies)…Chief Executive of AsiaVision, Britain’s first multicultural TV channel….Director of Programmes at TARA TV, Ireland’s first satellite TV station….Chairman and CEO of Cambridge Café Radio…and Announcer-Director for BBC ONE and BBC TWO Television in Scotland. Record Producer, Record Label owner, columnist, journalist, author and broadcast historian, his one-time attic station has been reaching listeners in 198 countries via the internet since 2000, and his syndicated radio shows are rebroadcast by 55 stations worldwide.


18.00 arrival (bar open)

18.30 lecture

19.00 break

19.15 Q&A

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