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The radiator day programme with broadcast bionics created of the bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson on this week's radio Today programme voice-over Legend he's also been already at 1 and radio to countless other commercial radio stations doing the voices and you might also recognise him off things like the price is right already the X Factor Peter Dickson is with us to tell us about his new book titled voice over man and David Lloyd here at the end of the podcast with more classic audio from the archives in radio moments Martin is here for another week.

Hello Roy hi, Stu how are you? I'm alright feeling old this week.

I got my balloons in my studio that have a big four and a big zero.

Thank you for those just for reminding me they cost £20.

Can you believe it feat? No, you're not £130? That's ok, but they still going strong work for a 5 days after my birthday now and they're still floating to the ceiling in the studio so fantastic.

If you have a good weekend good XL yes, and thank you for coming to see me and surprise me as well from the other end of the country.

I've not seen you since the Arias in person.

I don't think I might know of course because we've all been told to stay indoors, but yes, so it's very nice to see you.

Thank you for coming and and for your lovely gifts that people might have seen on Twitter as well.

Very kind and very very welcome, but pleasantries aside what's happening in the world of radio quiet this week.

I think really has now after the excitement of Greatest Hits radio arriving last week.

We heard about some more.

Spice station's flurry stations has been also suggestions for this but lots of people now That Greatest Hits radio here.

I have announced plans for new online or digital Kitchens and we had a flurry of them this week.

I like the word flurry.

I was wondering what to call it when writing the headline.

I will flurry can't even look up the definition and that can have something up that loads of people basically you know radio stations Avenue podcast everybody will have one one day and they all seem to be appearing informa, UK are the areas that is quite a few in Yorkshire Couple in the south so I did make a prediction in the in the predictions for 2020 that by the end of the year there be a new bunch of hyper local radio stations and I guess what that's another one.

I can take off.

I didn't quite get you know the pandemic coming but that's one prediction.

I did get yeah, and I think there was somebody mentioning that we touch about in the podcast.

Last week you know that the future will be about National radio and hyper local radio and possibly not much in between like I kind of you know.

I will say that again because you're ultimately I don't think people are as bothered about what's going on in their region United in terms of my BBC regional news that I get 6:30.

There's loads of stuff.

That's your nearest to me, but it doesn't really interest me because it's the next County your father and my County so people are more bothered about their immediate local area and then the national stuff say people TuneIn if you just pumping out specially chosen your music chosen and all that it's got to have local content you now every hour maybe not necessarily on the hour, but it's gonna town had a radio station to play music on time and occasionally told me that the road was blocked then.

It's not really a thing is it like to have actual local content on more speech.

About the local area then yeah that together with the national band playing all the different genres think that's where we'll be in 510 years time as part of this Furious and the ones that mention in the radio today Story there's R&B on in Rotherham tx1 in Doncaster are they go with HG1 in Harrogate and while one that already existed in a little while in York that there's another radio station coming to York it's got YO10 couple of other community stations and it's now getting York mix at which has got better Laura from Minster FM breakfast on it and it's utilising the existing online can a news and local information from there in York hit music radio in South Yorkshire's now.

It's going to be Brandon's rather radio so I'm guessing they have done their legal homework and Barrett doesn't own the Rother FM trademark, because if I'm sure that object that this is the Yorkshire Coast is Gloria station on the Yorkshire Coast Salisbury radio in Salisbury does what it says on the tin that is also live radio.

A few months already started from people's homes during the pandemic is just moved into some Studios this week in Lymm in Cheshire and as you'll see on Radio today that they had Andy Carter the local MP and former radio executive first cut the ribbon back in a radio studio and Studios look amazing.

It's like having a done well.

Somebody's got some cash tour around some work little station that covers 250 people.

That's really really cool at the 50 people but yes 2000 something on this on This podcast studio studio.

Can you go to my house at the weekend and you got sound logos and us what's going on? It's very nice very impressive.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Shiny needs cedars at this new LBC videostudio is this is this the same as the main LBC

The change that houses the different studio I get confused.

I thought this was in a different location.

I thought they built it.

I don't know in Westminster something I've not really looked at this so not really talking a thorough play on it.

Yeah, it looks different in the in the pictures.

I've seen but they're doing this call the cabinet so I guess if it is in Westminster that would make sense radio one is going to do it's Christmas showcase again.

I thought this went really well last year doesn't good feedback in the radio industry as well.

So they're inviting applications from anybody to apply to do a show and demoing you get a slot in the Christmas and New Year lol when all the normal presenters have their time off and I think some people who did it last year of gone on to get regular radio gigs in various places, so it's a great opportunity for anybody wants to do that.

I used to really good initiative but I think because of colvard.

I think that got in the way of more of them going on to work at radio one but quite a few dealers.

You say we've got details here.

Davidson he was from Aberdeen at he got on and Sean from North Wales that they did a few more shifts with Radio 1 have to Christmas and possibly they would have done more of the end of gone to her streamlined like they did at least Edwards who was the YouTuber from Birmingham she became radio One's first blind presenter.

Don't have that she has remained in contact with the station to help them out to make the studios more accessible which is good and Tatum mcgreal from Stockport was one of the 30 and she's just been announced as the new presenter on kiss as well, so go to the commercial sector so quite a few did at the rest of them probably would have got bored for the pandemic, but it's good that they doing it again like you say yeah, and if you've got some experience in stew play hospital radio community radio or local BBC or commercial radio they want to hear from you.

You've got until the 20th of September to apply via the Radio 1 website.

Tell me about this week as well Gordon Smart ASLEF radio access evening show you know that this week and Emma Barnett is off to Radio 4 to present Woman's Hour to replace Jane Garvey and Mario both coincidentally announced their departures from Woman's Hour will be interesting as well things see who gets Emma's mid morning show on 5 Live that will be a achy appointment for 5 Live I think to see what kind of future Direction they can you I think you would make a fantastic job we had Stuart Clarkson in the morning.

So it's never going to happen.

It's never going to happen.

I'm busy with my thank you.

You're flurry radio station a McFlurry oh, yes.

I'll have another script right what you're going through I guessed right.

I know you are a mass anorak and you love a good voice over and we've got one of the best.

Oh bloody hell Peter Dixons on the way here on the radio Today programme Today programme with broadcast.

Creators of The Bionic studio listening watching reacting to and learning from every spoken word Kolo sweet and SMS to a mix and lock and understand your content ionic studio transforms everything about radio except the Way You Make It program and my guests this week is a man who has done it all.

Well most things that some of us can only really dream of across TV and radio.

It is well.

Let's let him introduce himself voice artist voice talent voice-over voice-over Talent voice actor actor voice-over artist the voice of a man nv019 dancer guy voice of God go ballistic local prostitute.

Just call me what you will all of the above apply answered Peter Dixon Pedro Rachel adedeji and occasionally hey you at all contrary to my loud public persona.

I am somewhat reserved but always optimistic.

Especially when does the possibility of a grand to be trouser before lunch my glass is always half for often quite literally just don't ask me to tell you I really am I lost myself years well.

Let's see if we can find out who really is it's Peter Rudi Dixon audiobook which is also coming out as a paperback version it's called voice over man.

That's out next week in audio form the week after as natural book tell us about I've decided to put your Life's down in an audio form and another page well.

I've been meaning to write this book for some time.

I'm talking about maybe seven years and Friends were saying to me.

I had lots of stories about my life in in the media because I work across all the sectors and I work in TV and radio and in all the John Lewis voice-over, so I've met and worked with some Xtra

People and I worked on some huge Productions and and also I'm not saying Productions as well, but I thought I'd write it down because I thought it was quite amusing and when I told the stories of ugly people they laughed so I write them down but I just got so busy.

I couldn't find the time to sit down the Rider full book so over that for years.

I got half of it written and then when lockdown happened by myself with home the time on my hands so I just got this is the opportunity to do something but they're so I sat down I wrote it the road the rest of it and then you know other the next 3-4 weeks.

I kind of Polish and then finally had to let it go it's like getting a child go out into the world and you don't know what's going to happen, but I finally done that so I'm I'm pleased that it happened.

I don't know whether anybody will every but I did it for myself really I'm from my phone for my family and they were appalled by most of the stories in a minute, but I mean the thing that.

Well except for the champagne at your picture of drinks wrote the life was this idea that you don't want fame and you've never sought Fame having seen the impact that it has on people leave work.

So it's so you are very famous in the people know your voice, but you don't get recognised and you like that.

I do actually yes, it's one of the one of the positives for me anyway.

I mean I'm not saying it's in a seed everybody but I for me I do love the anonymity of my work that my voice is famous.

Yes and accept that but visually when I walk outside in the street, nobody but that's what I really like I crave fame and fortune.

I would like to have some of that I think it's ok, but I don't the fame bit I'm in bed for the bed that really I have trouble with and I've seen people obviously I know quite a few famous people who work closely with them some of my friends.

I am I watched over the years how sometimes it can be quite a destructive Force in a candy can change people that old expression it might as you've changed you know and some people do unfortunately some people cope with it worse than others and they begin to believe their own publicity people like for instance Peter Kay who is extremely famous but grounded and Scatter back Bolton every opportunity you can just to keep himself grounded and keep his family life separated from his from his professional life and I admire that people that can do that life in general along gravity in this business and don't burn out as easily as others do as I say believe their own publicity and the thing about autobiographies that I find when I read them is that quite often you gotta cannot get through all the ball early bit of people's lives before you get to the juicy stuff that you know them for that, but you're straight in there in Soho doing a voice session in the kind of Glitz and glamour.

Absolutely right A linear biography can be quite dark because I really don't want to know about in some cases, but what you doing 87.

I thought yeah, let's get straight into a professional voice station in Soho which goes disastrously wrong and it just comes up I didn't but the job I do in tales and I thought I'd give give the reader or listener an idea of what I go through a potato day basis playing a dog for a dog you can I think that's quite important to your story in terms of the ground in the UK at the bit nervous about you now that actually you started out the BBC in Belfast I did and that's after that opening a chapter will describe this horrendous voice-over session I go back to wondering how I got into this position as I stumbled into the Soho Street in Hereford

Studio thinking what the hell am I doing with my life and why am I getting ridiculous job many of my contemporaries have gone on to be an airline pilot so High Court judges or solicitors or surgeons and went on to become one of the most celebrated diamond and jewel Thieves of his generation 3 million quids worth of furs and jewellery on the south of the definition of success and why can't I be successful and how do I get here so then? I'll go back to that brought them just how I became interested in radio that goes back to listening to Radio in the old days with my father had a valve radio on I used to listen to that radio dad.

It was not interested echogram or something it was it exotic sounding German valves in cider tonight.

This is just so sexy I am so appealing weird for a young child I agree but

I think most people already you are by definition odd you know why would you want to sit in a padded room and pizza do I became a kind of infatuated with radio at an early age stupid and I made it my mission to sort of that.

I didn't really know the word that you could actually do this for a living and child something that planted a seed in my head that I might do that one day so so we start from that point and move forward in extra blade to the to the end the end the end of the block.

Yeah, obviously the wider population now you for in terms of X Factor NE4 and Britain's Got Talent all that kind of stuff in the Albert for radio people your props best known for some of your characters on Steve Wright show on on radio one, but people might not know that why you were doing that you were announcer on Radio 2.

Striding both networks and it was in the days when you know you just had five minutes of work to do an hour and the rest of the time for your time on the news reading ships to be going to the pub Alicante or nipping down to Egton house and being in the posse.

I was it was incredibly schizophrenic the whole thing was again insane.

I was a Radio 2 newsreader and answer so I was trouble days a week scheduled onto the news reading shift, so I'll be in The Newsroom and I read the national reviews on Radio 2 at 14 and then that wander across the road to Acton and join Stephen the party and do the most ridiculous carriage that one day.

I remember finishing the news and then picking the phone up in the in the new I was on my own it was it was a nice little studio set off The Newsroom and phoning Steve's studio on the internal phone and then recording a Mr mad piece down the line and

The news came into the to the Booth and couldn't quite believe what he was seeing and then this is one of my favourite stories cos I've read your book already having a couple of weeks, but one of my favourite stories is perhaps you talking about Terry Wogan and the little game that used to play with him because you read the news on his show but not from his studio.

That's right.

That's the news read from that bill Booth off the news room on the third floor casting house.

He was down in the continuity Studios on the first floor and we usually play a game coming to the company whose ring is studio and about 5-minutes to the out.

You would have to back time is record ucisa.

That is final tune of that our Woodend exactly as the just 5 seconds before the hour to accommodate the Greenwich time signal.

Then babes, so I would try and distract him at about 5-minutes do on by phoning him up to see if he would actually not be able to do it properly and professional but we will be no I wouldn't newsreader who great because I love doing it, but there's 5-minutes 10 minutes of terror followed by 40 minutes so we just do just use myself.

I bring him up and try and distract.

I never managed to do it those two.

Are you such a pro you chatting away on the phone and I knew that he was 1 on the clock when I am on the records when I on the on the on the metres and the desk and he was a real multitasking he was able to do it never I never called him out and nice story as well about going for lunch with Terry and you getting the chance to thank him for the kind of inspiration that you gave you he was a great inspiration to me from the even joined the BBC broadcast.

Listen to his radio shows and I thought he was someone who was a gifted natural and really I really feel he was communicating one-on-one so many broadcasters talk at you or say things like good morning everyone when radio is essentially a one-to-one medium and he understood that and I think he told me a lot just by listening to him, then when I joined the BBC he was extremely kind to me took me under his wing both our fathers are from Belfast he's from Ireland I'm from Ireland so he I think he he kinda felt an affinity Affinity to him and he was extremely kind he offered to introduce me to various people.

I think it would be not too much of an exaggeration to say that he was instrumental in helping me freelance and so I took all the device and was very grateful for it and his companionship and and his mentoring but I never really I don't think thank him.

And I regret that deeply and about 3-4 years ago.

They give us and dedicated debtors and I will having a drink together so we should get Terry at the other end it too.

I'm off to Terry's home afternoon.

Show that it was a Sunday we went to a tapas bar and Portland Place of Portland Street and we sat down to the most amazing lunch together.

This is just the three of us and then about the doors the end of the lunches as coffee was about to be served as it's like lol and the conversation.

I I thought this is my opportunity to thank you.

I said terrier got something to say to you that I've been meaning to say for some time and I said I want to do you know thank you for your mental ship and your support over the years and everything you did for me in those early days.

You may not think you very much but a young man in love starting out that was quite something and he loved away briefly and then look back.

He was quite moved by my comments and he said that's what a nice things anyone's ever said I was.

Equally moved as well.

We we had a little moment and then he drove me home in his car here chauffeur driven car and drove me back home, which was and measure of the man's kindness and I will see you again soon.

I do that again in a month of to and within for 5-weeks.

We got the very sad news that terrier passed away.

So that was a nice show me to being able to have done to have said that to her.

I would never have been able to live with myself.

They're not actually taking the time to think in the way the weather and that happened at any mention that kind of that freelance.

So why are you at the BBC people might remember as well from the late 80s used to do the the TV rundowns of what was coming up that night on BBC One you were doing that kind of on the side and how long will the radio stuff but then you made this clean break and said you're not Gonna Leave the BBC I'm going to go freelance you had a couple of breakfast shows in in commercial radio that people might not necessary remember.

You thought I didn't necessarily.

Can I order to plan interesting chapter in the book to learn about what happened with your your your legal case against I mean that was an awfully stressful time for me the initially before that.

I was I left the BBC no joined melody radio.

Do you remember melody radio Lord handsome outfit on in Knightsbridge with very strange radio station? I was thinking about going through that she went in the radio.

This is brilliant.

I'm doing doing a breakfast in London and I would just agreed to do the job and no driving in London I sit outside of these posters on the ground and it said melody radio no DJ music let's talk and I'm doing it for about a year and I couldn't take it any longer.

I was just literally playing for 5 records.

And reading liner cards at index Dre and I thought this is well paid but thank you very much.

I've done enough of this and I can't I can't do this anymore, so I left and jumped as you want you said to star FM and that was lasted about 6-months and you'll have to read about in the book that was an interesting interesting episode that I wouldn't care to repeat.

Thank you very much that moved to three lines open at this Holywell for you of a voice-over work because when your day today the BBC you couldn't do the Flooring round local radio stations doing voice overs for Commercials which gave you this new opportunity to do that in the early 90s well.

That's right these the days remember before isdn before all this wonderful digital connectivity join and they were enjoying right now in fact you're not even in the same as you have no idea where you are wearing.

I think she's not television, so yes, I use the band of about a dozen or so voice actors who were on what was then known as the circuit and we used to physically drug.

Can you imagine this today physically driving is the drive from London to Newcastle upon Tyne after my radiator very reminder been up at 3.

I got up at 3 in the morning and I'm going to Newcastle-upon-Tyne lunchtime doing about 25 radio Commercials driving home again and getting up at 3 in the morning.

It was just relentless some voices would do you know stop overnight in hotels and then go on down to the west country and it was great fun mind you when you got their water baptism of Fire what a what a training ground.

It was a young lad that me trying to learn how to read other people's coffee you would be literally doing straight narration and a commercial characters accents voices because that's all they had to work with the couldn't match the commercial to The Voice

So you just had to do everything in one session at which was which was great training and Sons terrific fun, but it was analogue course they were spinning in sound effects of vinyl onto tape and took forever because we were laughing so much from stomach sculpting and laughing it.

Just used to take all day to do just one thing it was horrendous but great fun on the last only thing that's changed about it really because he was quite a sociable thing and you talk about the sessions in in studios in Soho and go round the the UK as well, but these days you just do it all from home so the work and the kind of lifestyle of a voice-over artist has changed quite significantly in the last 20-years immeasurably so yeah, I mean it's completely changed the way I work in the way we all work Home Studio recording is now the defacto way of producing voice audio on everything and even video games now are produced in this way, but it

Pandemic a lot of companies now a lot of Voices won't go into studio Studios closed so I think this is this pandemic has actually accelerated the process and I do for independent audio production Studios I think we'll see if you have them going to the wall unfortunately, but this is the way this is the way things are not I have my own little bunker here all day and people can dial in I can work remotely I can even work without people dying in I can know the time that they just let me get on with it now.

Just send it to them as a as a web file, so it's the way forwards really I don't I don't miss the old days to my miss the sociability of it.

Yes, but we do get together occasionally from time to time tree now and when we can we will get back together again socially in the future.

Hopefully it won't be too long through the training company that I have called gravy for the brain will be bringing people.

Gether and we train aspiring voice our system.

We maintain and improve the careers of established boys have a professional so we had social events associated with that and even those big charity TV voice overs that your world famous for weather is X Factor or Britain's Got Talent or E4 on the Price Is Right and all those kind of things people think that would have obviously been on The X Factor you would have been live there at Wembley Arena doing them, but actually you record them at home a few days before you called him in a cupboard if you're on holiday somewhere.

Yeah, we used to do them live obviously the shows had to be done by the price is right which was tremendous fun to work on a big huge fairground of of a show with Bruce Forsyth at the hell Miller and these massive prizes and a speedboat saunas been won by women who live up tower blocks and lead it was it was great fun and that had to be live because he was recorded as live so

I was in situ for that.

I was also in situ for family Fortunes with Les Dennis in those years when when they had spot prizes new people have to hear what I'm saying so that to be live I did a very funny show with Nadia Sawalha call.

It's not the answer that was live as well.

We were just so nobody understood that quiz by the way was so complicated that we just both of us to burst out laughing mid recording because we just didn't know what luckily that didn't see the light of day after its pilot run so that it's been quite a few of those but yes it's it's it's a way of working out that I love and X Factor almost exclusively was recorded from my studio here and if I wasn't here it would be wherever I was I remember one occasion when I was on holiday.

I just taking a rare holiday at over 2 to Florida and during that holiday.

I took a 3-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale

We docked somewhere I come about bank.

It was something Mexico might have been and got a phone call from the producer of the X Factor sending the audio was great, but we need to change something Robert urgently this was on at on a Saturday morning.

Oh right ok, luckily.

I had my computer out of my my 202 interface in my Trusty 406 microphone with me so I went down to my cabin and literally got under the duvet and I was a torch and started to shout at the top of my voice.

God knows what people people passing by would have thought but managed to get it recorded and then when you're on a tender under land and try to find a hotel and these are the days before superfast broadband.

I found a hotel that had virtually like the slowest dial-up speed you can find and it took about 1/2, but I got I got the I got the audio bags on then took the tender back to the Ship and phoned the police is everything alright.

It's fantastic.

Is you won't believe it, but Dermot O'Leary says he's been stranded in Morocco

How to send a sound recordist out to his hotel in meknes in Morocco to record him and wardrobe were there are so many great stories in the book and one last one to mention was something I think it's better but career highlight for you as during the London Olympics you were doing live and dancing at the at the volleyball and you had all these weird and wonderful fake fact that you were giving out and you must you upset the prime minister awesome idea that twice in fact which was very very pleasing because I am also provocateurs.

You know even though I'm a kind of have this slightly establishment care about me.

I do like to upset the establishment so I 1.2 se made up a lot of the fake history about the postcard cause I knew going to be loads of foreigners there lots of tourists coming from all over the world who wouldn't

Terribly familiar with our history Southall here's a wonderful opportunity for mischief in the brakes, so I just take them have your attention, please as you know he'll be are in Horse Guards Parade and I said that was Swords of the Order of importance.

I could muster something's coming and I would say yes latest another one this historic space in the centre of one of the greatest cities in the world was the place where Henry VIII used to hold his infamous jousting competitions and describe these knights of the round Woodward battle to the death like Mother like the Roman amphitheatre and they started all in believe every word of it and then one day.

I thought I'll try something else and I said legend of Romeo I have your attention.

Please and a ghost the crowd goes quite nice as you know over there to the east of the square.

Number 10 Downing Street the home of the current British Prime Minister Mr David Cameron there was a slight booing in the Cradock and noticed.

There was a slight severe Disapproval of mistake and being there and I said and I'll ladies and gentlemen he has passed me and note that this was an evening and leaving game Rider 10:00 at night or something is going on a bit and is possibly know he has a meeting meeting with the Japanese prime minister tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

And so he would like to get an early night.

It was asked me if you would mind awfully keeping the noise down so with that all 20000 people exploded into a huge cheer and he complained the next day to Sebastian it so can you ask him do that again not being who you are and what you are.

I guess.

You're an actor pretty much.

Are you these days? Do you see yourself as an active because you doing silly voices that not necessary your own voice of all the time and you're doing characters.

I've often struggle with the definition because you know sometimes I come and have a voice-over artist sometimes.

I'm a voice actor.

I I think the difference is I did speak to like all balls trick word about there's and he said the differences that voice overs are straight narrator.

They will read straight.

Copy.

Where's voice actors are also voice overs, but they can also do the varies of a layers on top of that so you can do character work you can assume a different ages different different nationalities different voices you can do all kinds of different things as a voice actor as any active would do a visual life.

Would do you can do your voice I'm still learning in this business as amazing that my team because I still learn from other people and also the fact that the business neverstandstill.

You know you you constantly have to.

What's going on at their by listening to popular culture because popular culture be at movies plays TV shows music and even art to certain extent drives the culture in all areas in audio or visual so paying attention to all those various areas ensure that you can stay relevant as as a voice actor in there as well as if you rely on things that you were doing years ago even your website needs to be updated and things need your demo reels need to be updated because they can get dated and tired and sad how to update very quickly if you don't watch that sell these are the kinds of rather arcane things with teach 2 voice actors who come into the business that you know you got just be aware of cultural changes that going on around you because nothing stays the same and change is the only constant as I think it was her attitude, but you can't correct knees to us said.

What you do as well now and just making strange noises and weird characters that not actually speechless.

No not just gaming but on TV shows I did one call please for the BBC which is a very popular preschool show which I was my age and got me the job to do due to work on and I went up to Glasgow today.

It was the biggest animation project in Europe at the time.

We got into the where's the Script not tell you I said no tell me what?

The reason to stop you got to actually just make it up as you go along and the other thing before you go into the you can't use English words to be nosy.

I love to the police as you haven't got to be kidding me to the studio and they just play you these little minute Skechers with little inanimate objects with Fay guys with fall off tables and things and all you had to do was try and use the pictures as a cue to have a with sound and it was a relentless was 500 of these we do in 2-3 weeks and by the end of it would all gone completely mad.

We were going back to our hotel room my way back to my hotel and night and I looked across the room at the telephone on the bedside table lights War II movie.

Obviously lots of Fantastic stories in a of people you've worked with over the over the last 40 + years and obviously brought it to life with your own voice as well with the audiobook out next week pre-order now pre-order it now you said on the 14th spoken world audio.com is where you can pre-order that if then on the 25th available in all formats 25th of September that is paperback eBook and audiobook all set with audible if you want to use your credits you can use a credit to buy it there, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what reaction it gets.

It's been a labour of love and I've poured my heart and soul into it, but I don't think I'll be doing another one soon, but I did it.

I did enjoy the process even that was you know painful at times to to get it all down, but I'm glad I've done it and obviously the book yourself.

You've narrated lots of other people's Books and stories before but is it weird reading out your own words in was because he felt even greater sense of responsibility as I've never done.

Book before I done lots of long-form documentaries news.

I've never done an audiobook before that was perhaps.

I did one of the most difficult things to do physically demanding because it's just so long it takes and and of course because you're reading your own words your hypercritical and I go over and over and over things again.

Yeah, I took forever to do but it's done and I'm delighted actually take that one off the list as well fantastic.

Lots of love with it and Peter Dixon thank you for coming up podcast.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Thank you friend.

It's very good book worth a read or listen.

Thank you.

Peter just before David Lloyd and his radio moments how about trying out cleanfeed if you're just out of the voice-over.

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Live decent quality audio just using your browser cleanfeed won't cost you anything to get started it take you 30 seconds to sign up and You Begin your first live interview voice-over session or recording for your shower podcast with inmates find out what about it out clean v.net happy 50th birthday this week to BBC local radio in Manchester this morning broadcasting on VHF 95.1 came on the broadcasting to Cheshire and test in sometime for the the opening theme I think we have.

Fire station to do about four years later 9074 between us mind we have requested that she says there darling, but then say that you would you please play Billy Don't Be A Hero the number one sad I didn't know BBC Radio Manchester which launched this week in 1970 the earliest BBC locals Launceston FM only or VHF as they called it, but it was in Mono the first stereo launch came this week in 1980.

Goes on the air for the very first time goes on the air via its nervecentre the note sentra course is the studio come with me and the radio Norfolk on the air is my old friend John Mountford hello, John hello.

This is radio Norfolk your new neighbour broadcast 351 BBC radio Norfolk this week 40 years ago when you station launches, you can place money on the fact that out for a couple of years.

It'll be a very different animal but this week in 1981.

I suspect few would a forecast this station would only lasts about 2 years and still in Stechford Thursday so we can give us a call.

Please when you're first shown during the test transmissions that's actually had quite a few enquiries about the test transmissions over the past few weeks.

Pizza as good as he can we go on there if you are interested in particular.

You do if you get in touch with Alan West cos he made the tapes up alright, so there's something you particularly want to know about Alan worst Marisota radio Granville Road in Leicester this week in 1981 it went past two years later 2009 now and what's happening at radio to the hint of a resignation and listening population of spotted report for next year.

I'm going to turn into Chris Evans how to tell you but it's true.

I was talking to you.

No more gently I want to be the first to tell you.

It's the least I owe you for the morning companionship and friendship and good humour and laughter and your loyalty and supports been thinking of love and the hardest thing I've ever done him.

I broke everything career to say goodbye to you.

If not this year when the start of a long goodbye from Wogan this week 11 years ago at Radio 2 hard launched 26 years ago the that means that 25 years ago it arrived in London this time of the morning 7:08, but just all the major stories breaking today now this story so hard initially was building a soft rock it sorted more pretty quickly, I thinking to adult contemporary we lost some of the softer rocks stuff that wasn't that popular and replaced it with the more popular stuff.

We did the research and the research stolen.

Directions to go into we were always massively ambitious.

I was always determined that our goal was to not be R&B off the top spot in Birmingham and then when we were in the London licence, it was obviously do not capital off the top spot in London the birth of the heart brand so with David Jacobs taking over Pick of the Pops 64 years ago at the edge Freddy cannon with literally first day of broadcasting Monday September 5th of huge Droitwich transmitter on air for the first time 87 years ago so the BBC decided to build a new long way station.

I will send out the finest actors beginning of radio 138 years ago on the medium wave.

My name is Pat sharp as you've probably guessed by now because DLCs been chatting about me for the last few minutes none of it's true and radio worst closing down 36 years in the meantime energy for the last time is Marks email on behalf of all the radio a staff and presenters both past and present wishing you a pleasant Monday and all the best for the future.

Can I also thank you for your loyalty and you listen to the past 4 years radio Western broadcasting on to 38 M20 60 km in a medium wave and 96.3 CHF in stereo and is now closing down this week's really a moment.

Thank you answering Martin out of my main guests this week Peter Dixon do check out his new book voice over man available as an audio book from next week and then imprint on all formats from the end of the month.

Thanks for listening joiners next week.


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