Andy's first hit pick: D-A-A-ANCE - the Labrettas.
As Mercia Sound celebrated 2 years of success Andy wrote:
For me the great thing about working at Mercia Sound is that
I am not
only getting paid for doing a job that I love but there is
opportunity to use the medium of radio to help people by putting
in touch with a wide selection of guest experts.
There have been moments of great excitement - for instance
the gold rush.. and moments of panic like one Sunday morning
I got a heritage quiz question wrong and the switchboard
exploded with irate amateur historians."
In their own words
Mercia & ATV's
simulcast - Rock Stage promo
Link to United Biscuits Network history website www.ubn.org.uk
Sunday morning was the time for Andy's Heritage Quiz within
'A Touch of Class' programme, here's a sample of questions
on the 10th of August 1980:
1) To which famous school in the area did Lewis Carroll go to?
2) What was the first mechanised road transport system in the
Coventry area? (Answer: Steam trams... 1884)
3) Where was the King's Court held in Banbury in the 13th Century?
(Answer: Banbury Castle)
LP's for the prize winner picked from Eastern Wind by Chris
or On the Riviera - The Gibson Brothers
Click here for
a scan of the original question sheet.
Lateral Thinking Quiz
Sunday night was the time for Andy's Lateral Thinking Quiz,
Andy worked Sunday mornings and Sunday nights, in fact he also
used to work both Saturday morning and evening too!
Andy used to set lateral thinking problems on air and asked
to send in any good problems that they knew. What Andy didn't
count on was that a whole load of people forming 'Lateral Thinking'
clubs - the Lawley Laterals being one of the most vociferous.
For samples of the mail Andy used to get, click on the names
The Lawley Laterals
The Aldermoor Lane Left Hand Thinkers
School Lateral Thinkers
Jermyn Lateral Thinkers
Left is a scan of a certificate to acknowledge Andy's
work on the Pope's visit to Coventry in 1982 (click image
for a larger view).