I guess I started taping pop music off-air when I was about 13 or 14 years of age. I still have some of those early tapes. About a year later I became fascinated by the bits in between the records – the jingles. I started recording Radio 1 and Radio 2 jingles in 1976 – in the dying days of their use of PAMS jingles - as well as some off Radio Humberside and Radio Tees. Those early recordings were of variable quality, literally a mic stuck in front of a radio. But once I got my radio with built-in cassette I was away. Some of those jingles have appeared on this blog and my small Radio Humberside collection made it on-air last month as part of their 40th birthday celebrations.
Why am I telling you this? Well David Hemsley at The Jingle Network has just published this audio documentary on jingle collecting: Jingles - A Collectors Tale
In the programme you can hear what inspired some British collectors to start their jingle collecting. It all sounds unerringly familiar to me though I was never as serious about it as these guys are.
Here are two of my favourite jingles:
Radio 1 Traffic News
You could never get a ‘clean’ recording of this off-air of course.
Viking Radio Opening Song
The best full-on orchestral opening jingle until Chris Moyles’ show openers.