Radio Scotland DJ's.
Taken from a booklet released by City and County Commercial Radio (Scotland) Ltd.
Reproduced with kind permission of "Offshore Echo's Magazine."
Take "Ugly Bob Spence". He isn't ugly at all. He's really rather good looking (ask the girls who flock about him),
but the "Ugly" tag was given to him in the early days of offshore radio. And stuck.
Bob is the most senior of the Radio Scotland Dj's, and a man of many talents -
flier, lifeboatman, broadcaster, he has perfected an air-style of his very own which makes his voice instantly identifiable to his thousands of fans.
Bouncy Mel Howard, the other senior disc jockey, is a resilient Canadian with a passion of flying to Paris on his day off. Like so many colonials - he hates the term- Mel emigrated backwards and being a
man of unusual talents and personality, gravitated to Scotland.
Cheerful Tony Meehan is the disc jockey with the glasses. Not many people know this - he never wears them when he's on air. Tony has an air of sympathy about him - he looks like he needs sympathy. So he gets it.... from the girls. When word got around that he had a birthday coming up, Radio Scotland put up the barricades and stood by to be bombarded with birthday presents.
Jack McLaughlin is the deejay with the split personality. Half the time he thinks he's actually a zany character called Yak Macfisheries who presents one of Radio Scotlands most successful programmes, the daily ceilidh, with a multitude of hoochs, choochs and how's - your - grannies. His parents, Mr and Mrs Macfisheries, live in Cambuslang, and Jack was once a schoolteacher. Of course, he was once a bingo caller ,too....
but there's no truth in the rumour that he used to be a candy - floss salesman in a Shanghai chip shop.
These are the disc jockeys that have been with Radio Scotland right from the start
of operations; they are the voices known to millions, the faces known to thousands from personal appearances at all - star shows and church bazaars, at Clan Balls and local hops. They lead the team of broadcasters on the "Comet".
Radio Scotland has had other disc jockeys, and hopes to have more new blood in the future. Disc jockeys are not only personalities, they are also men of character -
and you can't tie down characters.
They get restless, move on, exploit their many talents in new fields. To those who have been deejays with Big S, we extend a big thank you for helping make Scotland's station the success it is.
21 - year - old Ben, an Irishman by birth, has plenty of experience as a disc-jockey. He
worked round the ballrooms and clubs in the London area before he decided to come up and join us at the Super S.
Paul Youngsays. The job as disc jockey was advertised in the papers: "Why not be a disc jockey and join the Glamour Set!" etc etc but it was January, of course, cold, a strong easterly wind and if we wanted to put a fire on, the "glamourous" disc - jockeys had to go up for'ard and there was a wee pokey hole in which you had to lift up the cover and go down 15 steps with two buckets in your hand. You filled these up with
coal and handed them up to another "glamourous disc - jockey. who then put it on a very unglamorous fire with firelighters. We were all going round looking like Paul
Robeson with black faces and that was the "glamourous" life at the beginning.
Stuart Henry only lasted two weeks on the ship because he was too seasick to continue.
Stuart said of his time on Radio Scotland." My entire time on the boat was spent lying in my cabin groaning and then the boys would say: "Come on Stuart, you're going on the air in 10 minutes!" I would stagger to the studio and the programme would only get done if I had a bucket beside me in order to allow my stomach to occasionally deposit things in it. I felt like I was sort of stoned all the time as it became a murky haze. Seasickness does not make you function properly!
Radio Scotland sacked me after a fortnight because I couldn't work on the boat so they decided to take me off. Iwent away and my brilliant career as a disc-jockey was thus finished. About a month later after they had chosen to moor it in one of the roughest parts of the sea and all the bands that were coming up to Scotland couldn't get out to the boat to be interviewed. So they decided to have some studios on land, then we could interview all these nice bands and luckily enough and God bless them, or I wouldn't have gone to Luxembourg, the bosses asked me whether I would like to come in and make some programmes in the studio which I did very happily for the next 18 months.
January 10, 1966. The Seasick 'Pirate' Gives Up, by Charles Gillies
Radio Scotland's seasick disc jockey, 23 year old Stuart Henry staggered ashore at Dunbar yesterday, collapsed on the quayside and murmured: "That's me finished."
Only 24 hours earlier, Edinburgh born Stuart had gone back on board the pirate radio's ship, moored four miles out in the North Sea.
His first spell as a disc jockey on board the pirate ship should have lasted two weeks, but after only four days, Stuart had be taken off ship because he had been violently sea-sick.
Radio Scotland boss Mr. T.V.Shields sent Stuart to a hypnotist for treatment.
"I was hypnotised and told that when I returned to the ship I would feel much better." said Stuart.
On Saturday, Stuart went back to the pirate ship - but within an hour he was again sea sick. He said: "I managed to struggle through one programme on Saturday, but felt terrible."
"It's just hopeless, I will definitely not be going back."
As Stuart rested in a local hotel, Mr Shields said: "We'll just have to work something out to give Stuart a job on land"
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