Hallam Memories - Latest Update - August 10th 2022


We are sorry to relate that we have lost another of the original "Hartshead" stalwarts - Johnny Moran

Johnny in Radio Hallam "Studio B"

Johnny began his career on Australian radio before joining Radio Luxembourg in 1964. He worked there for two years until moving to the UK in 1966. While on Radio Luxembourg, he was noticed by Melody Maker's The Raver column, which in 1964 dubbed him (perhaps because of his Australian origins) "the second Alan Freeman"

He began his BBC career in 1967, appearing on various Light Programme pop shows. When Radio 1 launched, he became the regular presenter of 'Scene & Heard', a weekly magazine programme about new sounds, pop news, views and interviews, which was broadcast on Saturdays or Sundays from 1967 to 1973. After leaving Radio 1, in 1974 he became a presenter at Sheffield’s Radio Hallam and remained there for over 10 years.

Nowadays, Johnny Moran seems to be one of the more obscure names from the early years of Radio 1 but in the early years of Top Gear, Moran’s Scene and Heard was one of the few Radio 1 programmes which John Peel recommended to his listeners, often at the end of the show.

In 1970, when Peel took a month’s summer holiday, Johnny Moran hosted a show in the Top Gear slot called First Gear, which concentrated on “pre-Beatles pop music”. Peel appreciated the show and on his return from holiday, praised Moran for his efforts, which led to a regular oldies show, All Our Yesterplays, which Johnny Moran presented on Radio 1 on Sunday afternoons in 1970-71. A piece on the show in Melody Maker in February 1971 described it as "one of the most popular pop shows on radio" which "gets a huge postbag from a large listening audience" On the 4 October 1970 All Our Yesterplays, Moran dedicated a record to Peel after the two DJs had played in a Radio 1 football team on the previous day (and lost 6-1 to a London University team).

First Gear was produced by John Walters, who had gained his first experience on Radio I working on Scene and Heard and was the show's main producer from late 1971 to the end of 1972. Other producers who worked on Johnny Moran's shows included Bernie Andrews and Jeff Griffin, who both worked with Peel. (In the piece on All Our Yesterplays mentioned above, Moran told Melody Maker that Bernie Andrews was "invaluable in compiling the programme as many of the records are from his own personal collection"[4]) Scene And Heard's magazine format was adopted by later Radio 1 shows like Rockspeak (produced by Walters and broadcast in the Sounds Of The Seventies Friday night slot from late 1973 until SOTS ended in 1975), Peel's Rock Week and Walters’ Weekly. Johnny Moran was persuaded to move to Radio Hallam when it began broadcasting in 1974 by the Sheffield station's programme director, Peel's former Radio London and Radio 1 colleague Keith Skues.

Click to hear over an hour of Johnny on the Hallam breakfast show from 20th August 1980

As you may know, Bill MacDonald, our former Managing Director earlier this year - aged 95.

Whilst it was a sad day at his funeral, we also had the chance to meet up with old friends,
many from the "Hartshead" days.

The photo below has many old friends we met up with at the subsequent wake.

Our thoughts go out to Lillemore and the family.

Click to hear Bill launch Radio Hallam going 24 hours a day from Sunday October 1st 1978

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Radio Hallam - Marketing Promo for Harrogate (1982)
(added 5th December 2021)

Roy Wood - My Kind Of Music with Ray Stuart (14th April 1985)
(added 23rd October 2021)

Radio Hallam - The First Five Years Documentary (Part 6 of 6)
(added 21st October 2021)

Radio Hallam - The First Five Years Documentary (Part 5 of 6) (The final part will be available in due course)
(added 15th October 2021)

Radio Hallam - The First Five Years Documentary (Part 4 of 6) (All six parts will be available in due course)
(added 11th October 2021)

Radio Hallam - The First Five Years Documentary (Part 3 of 6) (All six parts will be available in due course)
(added 9th October 2021)

Radio Hallam - The First Five Years Documentary (Part 2 of 6) (All six parts will be available in due course)
(added 6th October 2021)

Radio Hallam - The First Five Years Documentary (Part 1 of 6) (All six parts will be available in due course)
(added 4th October 2021)

Radio Hallam - History Of Radio "Night Cart"
(before Radio Hallam went 24 hours, overnight "library" music and trails were broadcast using six tape cartridges that auto repeated. One of the carts used from time to time was this interesting "History Of Radio" originally made by Steve England
and James Whiteley when at Piccsadilly Radio in Manchester) (added 3rd October 2021)

Radio Hallam - John Green - Soul Shotgun (Motown Special) - TX 23rd August 1975
(added 2nd October 2021)

Radio Hallam IBA Test Transmission Promo from Autumn 1974
(added 1st October 2021)

Michael Lindsay with news and adverts - (Recorded from studio mixer desk output) - 8th August 1981
(added 16th September 2021)

Roger Moffatt - This Was Your Life - Radio Hallam Documentary following the death of Roger Moffatt
(added 14th September 2021)

Austin Mitchell - Yorkshire TV "Calendar" Report on Radio Hallam Opening - 1st October 1974

Mike Rouse - "Flying Pizza Show" - 31st May 1975

The Carpenters Special from Christmas 1987 - Part 1

The Carpenters Special from Christmas 1987 - Part 2

Dave Kilner - last Hallam Link with Northern Radio's David Bell - April 14th 1987

Elton John Chat-In - Part 1 of 3 - 30th March 1975

Elton John Chat-In - Part 2 of 3 - 30th March 1975

Elton John Chat-In - Part 3 of 3 - 30th March 1975

Metro Radio Welcome to Hallam - 1st October 1974

Best of Hallam Topic - 1981

Lunch With A Punch from Emley Moor - Full 2hrs

Advert (Babycham)  (May not play in some versions of Chrome)

Advert (B & C Coop - Carpets)

Advert (Radio Guide Magazine)

Newscene - Last full evening edition presented by Ian Rufus (Head Of News ) - 31st October 1979

If you didn't hear it at the 40th Anniversary party - Click here for the Radio Hallam birthday greeting from Rick Wakeman

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........And at the 40th Anniversary.....

You can download high resolution versions of all of the pictures from the last Hartshead Reunion in a "zip" file thanks to the generosity of Chris Seaman - Click here to Download