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# WABC-FM, New York… #

It’s 1969, and America’s ABC FM group needs some new jingles.

“I conferred with Harry Sosnik who was the director of music at ABC, and he said: ‘You know, what we could do is do our own jingle package in London. You know, we might get some cool British sounds and since that seems to be a big part of the rock scene…’ So we packed up, went over to London, went to Marble Arch studio and had a big huge orchestra there all ready that Harry had arranged for, and then we started auditioning lead singers to do the jingles. And this young fella comes in with tattered clothes, an audition disc and we put it on the turntable, played it, and boy, he sounded pretty good…”

— Allen Shaw, head of ABC FM group, 1969

The name of that singer? The answer may interest you, even if you’re not that into jingles. Take a listen to this. Or just look at the filename, of course, but that’s not half as much fun.

(All courtesy of a certain Mr. Jon Wolfert, who originally posted it on JingleMad. There’s some more background information over there, for those interested.)

■ Posted 8th March 2014 @ 4pm in Jingles, Radio. No Comments Yet.

A post about JLS. Really.

Never let it be said that Dirty Feed isn’t topical. To, erm, celebrate JLS splitting up, here’s some audio from their appearance on The Chris Moyles Show back in 2011, where they sung the show’s jingles live – in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.

Download “The Chris Moyles Show (18/02/11) – JLS Jingles” (9MB MP3, 4:44)

To be honest, it’s a case of “nice thought, pity it’s JLS”. (I prefer the BBC Concert Orchestra playing the jingles live the following year, 17:20 into this clip.) But it’s worth it purely to hear Moyles being extremely rude to JLS over their ability to sing. “Are you sure that’s a good idea?”

Pips from the end of the show are kept in at the end of the clip. Because playing the pips in front of an audience at the end of your show is bloody great.

■ Posted 25th April 2013 @ 10am in Jingles, Radio. No Comments Yet.

# Serving the South West… #

Last Wednesday was Pirate FM‘s 21st anniversary – and to celebrate, they dug out a bunch of their old JAM jingles from their 1992 launch. I wish I’d managed to record the whole day, but sadly I only captured a part of Hometime with James Dundon – of which the below is just a small badly-edited snippet:

Download “Pirate FM 21st Anniversary – 3/4/13 5pm” (10MB MP3, 8:16)

Highlights include the amazing Pirate FM song at 1:45 (“The future’s looking great, at Great Britain’s Western Gate…”), and a hilariously sniffy contemporary BBC Spotlight report of the launch at 3:35. The whole day was a fantastic, heartfelt celebration – I only wish every radio station celebrated its anniversaries by having so much fun on the air.

The main thing I’d point out though, is how wonderful those jingles – now 21 years old – sound today. And more importantly, still work with a huge variety of different music – from Prefab Sprout in 1988, to a 2012 Pink hit. They made the station sound bloody fantastic. And, dare I say, deserve bringing back for more than one day…

■ Posted 10th April 2013 @ 8pm in Jingles, Radio. 1 Comment.

# Good Morning to you Britain… #

I’ve been meaning to post these for a while, and Grimmy’s first week doing the Radio 1 breakfast show has given me the perfect excuse – as a little glimpse of what Radio 1 has lost. Here’s a few jingle-related things from The Chris Moyles Show, which I first put together in 2010. These are some of my favourite UK-made jingles ever, and my favourite imaging from a UK radio station in the past 10 years.

“Chris, Dave, Dom, Tina, Aled, Matt Fincham, and this week’s allocated Unit Assistant…” An entire three-and-a-half-hour show, boiled down to just the jingles and other imaging – opening with the fantastic cheesy song, and ending with the closing “National Radio One!” Highlights here have to be the beautiful strings-only version of one of the beds, and the jingle for Aled’s Summer Surgery: “Chlamydia and itchy bits, they are not much fun: so why not tell the whole wide world, here on Radio 1?”

The Chris Moyles Show (22/07/10) – Imaging (45MB MP3, 23:26)

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■ Posted 26th September 2012 @ 5pm in Jingles, Radio. 3 Comments.

# More In Store at PAMS…

Last year, I started a series of posts about jingle samplers, from the fantastic collection of Ken R. After a short break, I meant to get back to it – but in the meantime an excellent site has sprung up from Ted Tatman, archiving all the samplers I have, and rather more besides. Rather than duplicate the effort, especially as that site has a bit more context, I thought I’d finish my series by just giving the site a great big link:

JingleSamplers.com

As there really is much great stuff over there, I thought the following would be a a fitting end to this series of posts:

And that great song leaves me with a question – just what was it about 70s pop culture which made them constantly mention the year? I keep seeing it with material from that decade. Even the Carry On films were doing it with this poster for Carry On Behind – “…with the ’76 touch”. Why?

■ Posted 4th April 2012 @ 11pm in Jingles, Radio. No Comments Yet.

Dirty Feed Podcast #1: TV Offal

TV Offal title sequence

Because there clearly aren’t enough of them in the world, here’s the first in a new venture on Dirty Feed – a podcast. This episode, I use Victor Lewis-Smith’s 90s series TV Offal as an excuse to play a one minute long jingle from a radio station in Denver:

Download Podcast #1: TV Offal (22MB MP3, 12:00)
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These will be published WHENEVER I CAN BE BOTHERED, and are deliberately starting off pretty short. Feedback more than welcome – I’ve been involved in G&T’s Dwarfcasts for over five years now, but this is the first time I’ve done one myself.

Give it a listen! Or: don’t.

With thanks to David Barras, Bigdave, Robin Blamires, jlehmann, jonno, Sean Martin, and mjb1124 on JingleMad for help and audio.

■ Posted 26th February 2012 @ 9am in Best Of, Comedy, Jingles, Podcast, Television. 14 Comments.

# Don’t Ever Let a Happy Day Pass You By…

Another day, another entry in our Ken R jingle sampler series – and this time, we’re back to original PAMS jingles, all recorded between 1960 and 1977:

The Livin’ End (98MB ZIP, password: kenr)

As usual, this compilation has loads of great stuff – including some nice country jingles which often seem to get looked over when talking about the history of PAMS, and some extremely amusing session excerpts which pile on the nonsense noises with each take. But my favourite of the batch here is simply known as the WTVY (FM) Happy Day Song.

The perfect way to start your day.

Jingle compilation by Ken R. Deutsch. PAMS material © PAMS Productions, Inc. of Dallas.

■ Posted 29th January 2012 @ 11am in Jingles, Radio. No Comments Yet.

# Wonderful Town, Wonderful People…

As we return after a Christmas break to our Ken R. jingle sampler series, we have something slightly different than the last three. The previous samplers were all material from PAMS; this one takes us on a trip around other jingle production houses – material from Pepper Tanner, Heller, and Sande & Greene to name but three. A shame perhaps that there isn’t more context included, but this is still 55 minutes of awesomeness.

Not PAMS Sampler (85MB ZIP, password: kenr)

As for my favourites, it isn’t entire tracks this time, but just two jingles I want to single out. Firstly, Wonderful Town, Wonderful People from Richard Ullman and Associates – I thought this was a PAMS jingle for years, and I think it gives PAMS’s My Home Town a run for its money:

And secondly, from Heller – well, one of the most bizarre radio jingles I think I’ve ever heard…

Jingle compilation by Ken R. Deutsch.

■ Posted 15th January 2012 @ 7pm in Jingles, Radio. 1 Comment.

# Sing Sing Sing a Christmas Song…

Time for the third in our Ken R jingle sampler series; see part one and part two if you don’t know what the bloody hell I’m up to. I’m posting two samplers today – The Big One, and The Big Two, two hours of fantastic 60s and 70s PAMS jingles:

The Big One (99MB ZIP, password: kenr)
The Big Two (101MB ZIP, password: kenr)

And because it’s Christmas, I’m going to draw your attention to this wonderful six minute compilation of Christmas jingles on The Big Two – including the strangest version of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ you’ll ever hear…

Jingle compilation by Ken R. Deutsch. PAMS material © PAMS Productions, Inc. of Dallas.

■ Posted 27th December 2011 @ 3am in Jingles, Radio. No Comments Yet.

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