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Radio Waves: Radio 77, RRI Personality of the Year, Radio Repair in Iraq, and Bernard’s Collection of 500+ Radios

Radio Waves:  Stories Making Waves in the World of Radio

Because I keep my ear to the waves, as well as receive many tips from others who do the same, I find myself privy to radio-related stories that might interest SWLing Post readers.  To that end: Welcome to the SWLing Post’s Radio Waves, a collection of links to interesting stories making waves in the world of radio. Enjoy!

The DJ Who Broadcast to One Listener for 40 Years (Narratively)

The Deke Duncan show on Radio 77 had it all — the latest hits, bouncy jingles, and a DJ who was born to be on the airwaves. In the 1970s it ran around the clock, several days a week, playing to the smallest audience in the world: Deke’s only listener was his wife. Radio 77 was based in a shed in Duncan’s backyard in a small English town, and everything on the show was a figment of his imagination. “My ultimate ambition would be to broadcast my radio station to the rest of Stevenage,” he told the BBC’s Nationwide TV show, when they visited his shed in 1974.

In a new podcast episode from Snap Judgement and Narratively, Duncan, now 75, reveals how he made up the news, the weather, and even the commercials — and kept Radio 77 alive for over forty years. It was Britain’s ‘pirate’ radio stations that inspired him, he said, recalling the rock’n’roll ships that broadcast illegally from international waters in the 1960s. But the young DJ’s dreams had been dashed when the BBC turned down his job application.

“They said, ‘I suggest you go away and get yourself a real job,’” Duncan recalled. (Check out an original Radio 77 show, recorded in 1974.) [Continue reading…]

RRI Personality of the Year (Radio Romania International)

Dear friends, RRI continues its traditional polling of listeners on short wave, the Internet and social media, with a new challenge, in a further complicated context generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to ask you which person you think left their imprint on the world in a positive way in 2021.

We are preparing to designate, based on your options, “The Personality of the Year 2021 on RRI”. Will this person be a public person, an opinion leader or a regular person with a special story? The decision is yours. We would also want to ask you why you picked that particular person. Continue reading

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Deke Duncan of Radio 77 returns to the air

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, James Copeland, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

I’ve got something that may be of interest to you and your readers:

The legendary Deke Duncan of Radio 77 will soon have his own regularly scheduled program on WLHA, an Internet radio station based in the U.S. As many of your readers know, Duncan gained fame after being featured in a BBC program in 1974 for broadcasting from a shed in his backyard to an audience of one – his wife – via a speaker in the living room.

Now, 46 years later, Duncan will appear on his first regularly-scheduled American program from 10 a.m. to noon U.S. Central time. (3 – 5 p.m. UTC).

At this point, it may be obvious that WLHA is not your average automated Internet radio station. It used to be the campus carrier-current station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was recently resurrected by Alumni via online streaming. Today it broadcasts 24/7 via the Internet and features DJ’s from the station’s past as well as newcomers from all over the country (and now the world) like Duncan who obviously did not attend UW. In addition to some pre-recorded shows, the station hosts a popular “Friday Night Live” call-in show from its Madison studios.

WLHA Program Director Kevin “Casey the K” Peckham decided Duncan’s personality would be a great addition to WLHA’s “Music and Malarkey” format. Duncan, who is still living in the UK, gladly accepted the offer and added, ” My wife, Pamela is thrilled to bits that her husband has finally fulfilled his dream to be on American radio.”

Duncan will be interviewed this Sunday the 11th at 7 a.m. during the Lee Harris show, which precedes his inaugural program on the station. The interview will also be repeated from 7 – 10 p.m. on Sunday night. We’re very excited to announce this new addition to our air staff and hope many of you will have a chance to tune in.

You can listen to WLHA on Live365, through our app for iOS and Android, Radio Garden, Amazon Alexa or directly through the website at lakeshore64.com.

James Copeland
WLHA News Director

Thank you for sharing, James! I’m certain a number of our readers will be happy to hear that Deke is on the air again!

Click here to read our previous post about Radio 77.

Click here to visit Lakeshore64.com.

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Deke Duncan of Radio 77: Broadcasting to an audience of one

Photo by Ben Koorengevel

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bill Hemphill (WD9EQD), who writes:

I’ve just finished reading “Sealand’s Caretakers”. Very fascinating.

In the article, they give a link to an article “This excerpt describes the fallout that came from a gang of international scam artists bootlegging Sealand passports.”

This article is titled: “The Plot Against the Principality of Sealand” and is hosted on narratively.com.

It’s another fascinating article about Sealand and well worth the read.

Narratively.com is a very interesting site with lots of well written articles. In perusing the site, I came across an article about Deke Duncan who ran Radio 77 from a backyard shed for an audience of one.

At the end of the article, you can listen to the “Radio 77” episode of Snap Judgement by Jeff Maysh.

BBC did a piece on it in 1974:

It’s a great story about someone’s love of radio.

For even more detail about Deke, check out this article.

Thank you so much for sharing this, Bill!

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