Search for lost Asian Radio Recordings from the 1970s and 1980s

Posted by ew205 at Nov 10, 2017 11:08 AM |
Appeal by researcher from University of Leicester

New research from the University of Leicester seeks to uncover the history of Asian communities across England in the 1970s and 80s.

Researcher Liam McCarthy, from the School of History, Politics and International Relations, is conducting research into how BBC local radio tried to connect with new Asian audiences across England.

As part of the project Liam is looking for home recordings of the programmes broadcast by BBC local radio stations. Despite their popularity almost no BBC recordings remain.

Liam said: “In the late 1970s and the 1980s BBC local radio stations produced programmes aimed at Asian communities in their areas. They proved to be popular because of the music they played and many people regularly recorded them on cassette.

“People used to record the programmes in order to listen to the music later - music which was hard to come by especially in the 1970s. We would love people to search their cupboards, garages and lofts for recordings.”

Examples of completely lost recordings include:

  • BBC Radio Blackburn – Mehfil
  • BBC Radio Derby – Sangham
  • BBC Radio Leicester - The Six O’clock Show
  • BBC Radio Leeds – Jhalak, Jhankar and Connections
  • BBC Radio London – Jharoka and Dharpan
  • BBC Radio Nottingham – Nawrang
  • BBC Radio Sheffield - Majalis

Liam said that finding these recordings will shine a light on life in Asian communities across England in the 1970s and 1980s – a time before the widespread availability of Asian radio and television.

The study is funded by the University of Leicester, The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

People who can assist with the project should contact: Liam McCarthy, University of Leicester.  Email: lmm51@leicester.ac.uk Tel: 07549 866104

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