So....what’s it all about? Well, ever had a dream that one day you’d.......do something. Something that people remembered.
Something that made a positive difference...
Towards the end of the last century, there was a modern – day Gold Rush; the rush to establish independent commercial radio stations in ‘virgin territories’ – or ‘white space’ - throughout the country.
The story of two brothers from a mining town in the former North Nottinghamshire coalfield, whose efforts would define this desperate dash. Without money, status or influence, they took on the power of an indifferent Establishment in pursuit of their
dreams and changed the broadcasting map of the country forever.
From toddlers to pirate radio DJs, from outsiders to the heart of the broadcasting business, this is a white – knuckle ride through the country’s opportunities and limitations, told with
urgency and a finely – tuned sense of the ridiculous.
Like Canal Mania and Railway Mania before it, the competition was cut – throat, the race headlong, the consequences unforgiving for the losers, life – changing for winners. And the name of the game was Frequency Mania – the frantic scramble for control of the scarce FM radio frequencies which determined the rights to provide commercial radio services in regions right the way across the country.
‘...like your favourite radio show, but in print....music and
laughter pours out of every chapter...’
Chrissie Maher, OBE, Plain English Campaign Founder
‘Is it about radio? Is it about our country at a particular time in
recent history? Is it about the will to win against all odds? Is it a
story about a family relationship? Yes. And lots more
Andrew Bingham, former M.P. for High Peak and
Chair of the All Party Group for Commercial Radio
‘YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP.
AND THEY HAVEN’T.’
Dave Berry, Sixties Singing Superstar