BBC wants your old radio recordings
The BBC wants to do for radio what Antiques Roadshow has done for a handful of very lucky amateur collectors and chancers.
To mark the 90th anniversary of BBC Radio on November 14, the broadcaster is looking for a few radio gems to emerge from people's attics, cupboards and garages as part of a pan-BBC project called The Listeners' Archive.
People are being asked to turn in their recorded audio clips, especially pre-1990, to participating BBC buildings tomorrow as part of an open day.
End Quote Will Jackson Project manager, The Listeners' Archive
We're looking for recordings of regular live programming that captures the sound of a generation”
The hope is that the project will unearth music sessions with high-profile guests, drama series such as Mrs Dale's Diary and Waggoners Walk, Dylan Thomas and George Orwell appearances and a number of Reith lectures.
Writing for the BBC's radio blog, project editor Trevor Dann says, 'The BBC's sound archive is a terrific resource for wars, elections, strikes and other news events, but it doesn't have many regular programmes which would help us tell the social history of the UK.'
As a result, project manager Will Jackson adds that his team is also 'looking for recordings of regular live programming that captures the sound of a generation'.'Chimney sweep'
The project has sparked interest with collectors and radio enthusiasts, who might now be able to share their old recordings with a wider audience.
One tweet sent to @BBCListeners said: 'I have a Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious 20 min BBC R1 interview from 1977 on reel to reel - any use?'
Others are taking the BBC plea very seriously. 'Just crawled into the bowels of my loft to retrieve two Agfa F-DX1 90-minute tapes ...I look like a chimney sweep but am excited to try and play these and to recollect the final weekend of Peter 'Pinky' Powell on Radio 1, 24/25 Sept 1988', said one comment on the radio blog.
The best audio clips will be aired on a special show for Radio 2 hosted by Simon Mayo on November 14.
A full wish list compiled by The Listeners' Archive can be found on the BBC Radio blog. It also includes a full list of the BBC buildings taking part in the project's open day tomorrow.
•The Listeners' Archive is one of many projects and events to mark the 90th anniversary of BBC Radio on November 14. Radio Reunited, curated by Damon Albarn, is a programme highlight that will play across all the BBC's radio networks on the day.