Sunday Will Never Be The Same

 

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When we were planning the SuperGold schedule, I had an idea for a very special programme. Like our Programme Director, Paul Robinson, I had been deeply affected by the premature death of my friend and mentor, Roger Scott. Roger had been an inspiration and gave me some useful advice as to how I should pursue my ambition in the radio industry.

I had listened to him for fifteen years on London's Capital Radio, and got to know him well. I had spent many an afternoon sitting alongside him in the Capital Studio 1, just watching the master at work. but it was for the last couple of years of his life that the whole country could appreciate this supreme broadcaster, when he had switched to BBC Radio One. It was his "Scott on Sunday" show that had the major impact.

Roger had the knack of finding intelligent and knowledgeable like-minded colleagues to help him build his best programmes: James Hamilton had been the 'power behind the throne' as far as the "Three O'Clock Thrill" and "Cruising" shows on Capital had been concerned. Similarly, he had Jeff Griffin ("Stereo Sequence") and Phil Swern ("Scott on Sunday") at Radio One.

I was particularly taken with "Scott on Sunday". I'd known Phil since the Sixties, and was always struck by is unbridled enthusiasm and amazing knowledge of popular music. This came across in the programme, with so many of the features. When Roger went public about his terminal illness I asked him if, for old times' sake, I could spend three hours on a late-night Sunday, with him in the Radio One studio. This I was able to do on 1st October 1989, on what was to be his penultimate broadcast. Afterwards, as we said our farewells on the pavement outside Broadcasting House, he simply said "See you, Willie." Realising that he wouldn't, I thought that in future, Sunday will never be the same.

So prior to the launch of SuperGold, I recorded a 'pilot' of " Sunday Will Never Be The Same", brazenly adapting and adopting many of the features of "Scott on Sunday". I had, after all, given Roger and Phil some ideas for the 'Songwriter Spotlight'. I had to be patient, for it was almost 6 months before SuperGold was able to extend its Sunday broadcasting hours to midnight.

My first SWNBTS was aired on the first Sunday of 1991 (6th). The 5-hour format, which included the "Elvis Hour" from 7pm to 8pm, and the "Classic Soul Hour" in the final hour, until midnight, gave me the freedom I craved.

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