Reviews, Comments &
reproduced below with permission from the
Monitoring Times magazine -
Prospero* - October 2003
Mike Brown - September
Your book is riveting. I opened it at random when I got home .......... and
just couldn't stop reading - it turned into a very late night! You've captured
well the sort of anecdotes that enliven many a pub session after a day on site,
and the variety of writing styles makes it as interesting as the variety of
people in the business.
Ex BBC Designs Department and Crown Castle UK
Congratulations on the publication of your book which I have
enjoyed greatly, in particular the individual reminiscences and the information
which continues from where Edward Pawley’s book ended.
Washford Radio Museum
20 September 2003:
May I first of
all thank you for the prompt and efficient fulfilment of my order for 'On Air -
A History of BBC Transmission'. For those of us who have worked for
Auntie's transmitter department at one time or another, this book falls into the
category of 'Cannot Put Down'. Whilst being a definitive chronology of BBC
Transmission from start to end, you have managed to make this light reading with
the use of amusing anecdotes and the recognition of the very human aspects
involved in the running of this operation throughout its life.
cover I am ordering the hardback version to include in my library along with
such gems as 'Daventry Calling The World - Norman Tomalin', various BBC
Year Books and of course the bible - 'Sound and Television Broadcasting General
Principles - Dr K. R.Sturley'.
Thank you for
permitting me hours of nostalgia over sites from Daventry to Bressay coupled
with renewed memories of named individuals (characters) long since forgotten in
the mists of time.......
May I wish you
both congratulations on your enterprise in this undertaking and every success in
its future sales.
3 September 2003:
Just to say I bought a copy and have enjoyed it immensely. I started my
training at the BBC WS and therefore the sections on HF filled some gaps in my
understanding of the history of the External services. As Chief Engineer at
Virgin I am daily using a network built and developed by BBC Transmission for
Radio 3 and then re-engineered for Virgin in 1993. There are some very
interesting anecdotes about bits of the network and certain sites that I just
was not aware of until now.
It has to be said that having read this I have the
utmost respect for the people who made the BBC systems work in the early days.
They truly were pioneers and your book illustrates this well. We may have more
high technology these days, but rarely do we have to build systems from the
ground up because nothing exists that can do the job.
Alex Lakey, Chief Engineer, Virgin Radio Engineering
Corrections to first print (July 2003)
- Page iii: change [Peter Chamerlain] to [Peter
- Page iv: Add [Peter Chamberlain] to last para.
- Page 3, last para, line 5: change [resourses] to
- Picture 14: The date should probably be c1990.