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"Geronimo is the alternative radio. Not the pirate radio, the alternative. There are no ego-tripping DJs mixing their inanities with those of the banal music that they play."
"The only way of telling the quality of a radio is its programmes and Geronimo certainly provides, in its three hour shows, something no one else is doing, except possibly the Third Programme" (BBC Radio 3) Radio 3 Boards
gives a continuous trip. They don't play
or long ads. You can get the whole of
say Morrison Hotel, the still
unreleased Doors album;
or Tommy, or Buxtehude, or Bach. The
intention is to let the audience get into the music"
"A radio station called Geronimo which broadcasts late night pop from Monaco to Britain also runs a mail order business in gramophone records. The discs most in demand are Mozart's Horn Quintet in E flat Major; Bach's Italian Concerto and Handel's Choral Sinfonia and Fugue"
Quote, about refusal to take advertising, from Tony Secunda, station Director: "We've had various people offering to take time, but they've demanded that they had jingles and noises and all that scene. And to us, our format is sacred. If we want to play an album right through we're not going to have some baked bean freak come in the middle with his jingles."
In 1970 the floating radio station, Radio Nordsee International, (RNI )
briefly became Radio Caroline for the purpose of trying to influence the outcome
of a British General Election. The Labour government had been jamming the
transmissions of RNI & Caroline. Labour lost the election, the jamming continued
for a few days, and Caroline became RNI again. That's one radio story from 1970.
However, there is another story to tell of a completely legal radio station (initially called Radio Jumbo Blimp, Radio 428 &
Radio Rupert, using the transmitters of Radio
Andorra in 1969) broadcasting from the transmitters of Radio Monte Carlo.
Broadcasting on 205metres Medium Wave this transmission was just next door
to 208 metres (Radio Luxembourg) so it was fairly easy to stumble across
If you happened to be listening after midnight at the weekend and you wrote to Geronimo, this is the letter you would have received:
We were stardust, children
Moving Earth to Eden.
Disabused of stale mildew,
Smoking words where no guns grew,
Stroking music from disdain, hope from early dew.
We were golden in the silver;
Clutching a new voice in the darking river;
Nudging a dial to borrowed sleeves
Overswept with crested leaves;
Listening, glistening in ears that longed in sheaves.
Here the Gardenís sweetest flower
In tombs of rooms that once were sour,
At festivals we camped at Patching,
Respect for artistry newly hatching.
Nights the sun could smile, a sleepy kitten scratching
When the sheep lay soft in slumber
Seekers found a newer number,
Freedom in a void will die
Without the warming breath of love
Purer than crisp new snow, awaiting tracks for us to know
” Alex Barzdo, 2004
2003 - Webmaster & Website owner, Chris Bent at Mont Agel, (TX site for Geronimo, 1970)
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