Day 6 19 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 6th December 2018
In 1923 the first ever Christmas Issue of the Radio Times was published. Why 1923?
1922 had seen the birth of British radio with the formation of the British Broadcasting Company in October 1922. The first publication detailing programmes was the Radio Times first published 28 September 1923.
The BBC included General Electric and the Marconi Company, which had developed the first experimental radio station, 2MT, in 1920.
On November 14 1922 the first national radio broadcast was made from radio station 2LO located on the seventh floor of Marconi House on the Strand.
At 6pm Arthur Burrows, director of programmes, says: “This is 2LO calling.”
The transmission is made using a 1.5kW transmitter (below), made from metal, wood and glass. You can see the transmitter at the Information Age gallery in London’s Science Museum.
To listen to the radio you needed a licence, which costs 10 shillings.
The audience was small to begin with – just 30,000 licences were issued.
1948 8 800 000(+ 50 000 TV / radio licences)
1949 9 100 000
TV licence sales figures were quoted by the BBC to be 25.562 million in the year 2014/15
The first licence fee – for radio – was issued in November 1922. The amount was ten shillings (50p). After the war (1946) this was increased to one pound and then in 1965 to one pound five shillings (£1.25p). Radio only licences were abolished in February 1971.
According to Rajar, which collects audience data for the UK radio industry, 48m adults listened to just over 1bn hours of radio each week in the last three months of 2016 — a new high.
In 1923 a radio set cost about £20 when an unskilled man earned £4 per week and a skilled man earned £5 per week, The state pension was 25p per week
But back to the main subject, the Radio Times. With 1923 seeing the first edition of the Radio Times being published naturally that was the year of the first Christmas edition.
On my calculation there have been 96 Christmas issues of the Radio Times.
The first one in 1923 cost 6d that is 2½ p was made up of 60 pages and was dated 21st December 1923.
If you consider what is available to us in respect of broadcasting today compared to then it is unbelievable.
On Christmas Day there was no TV and just one Radio Station. On Christmas Day which was a Tuesday There were just 5½ hours of programmes starting at 5.30pm and ending at 12 midnight.
I have posted a photo of that first page. But in case you cannot read it, here is a resume.
This is the Detail:
6.30pm CHILDREN’S HOUR
The Rev J A Mayo will talk to the Children
A Christmas Play
Adapted from “On Christmas Eve”
CHRISTMAS NIGHT PROGRAMMES
7.30pm THE LONDON WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
John Henry on “Christmas”
A “Merry Christmas” Party John Henry (the host)
Selection of the Popular Songs of Haydn Wood
9.30pm TIME SIGNALL
GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN
9.45pm THE REV. G W KERR BA LLB on “Wit and Humour”
10.00pm THE SAVOY ORCHESTRA AND SAVOY HAVANA BANDS relayed from the Savoy Hotel
12.00 midnight CLOSE-DOWN
And no texting, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook
My how they lived it up in those days!
INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE FOR THE DAY
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. – Charles Dickens
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK For 5+ READERS
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
A RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVER
Paw Patrol Annual (Annuals 2019)
Here We Come A-Wassailing
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
HAPPINESS AT CHRISTMAS IS…
Happiness at Christmas is… catching snowflakes on your tongue.
IT’S GRANDAD’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY
How many letters are in the Christmas alphabet?? 25. There’s “no EL”!
AT CHRISTMAS LOVE IS…
At Christmas Love is…seeing Mummy kissing Santa Clause under the mistletoe
CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
White Christmas by Dean Martin
Highest Chart Position: This version did not chart but was a track on the Rat Pack Christmas Album
White Christmas by Bing Crosby made No.5 on 24th December 1977 and has been in the charts many times and is one of the best selling singles in the world ever.
A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Thursday 6th December 2018
Mitten Tree Day
St Nicholas Day
Put On Your Own Shoes Day
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