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  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099559788
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Hello Again

Nine decades of radio voices

The story of the first ninety years of radio

It’s now ninety years since the BBC made its first broadcast and the British love affair with radio began.

This book is a journey through that fascinating history and a celebration of the many wonderful voices that were part of it: Marion Cran, who pioneered the first gardening programme in the 1920s; The Goons and Kenneth Horne, comedy greats of the 1950s; John Peel, Alan Freeman, Kenny Everett and other heroes of the pirate stations; all the way up to Eddie Mair, Fi Glover and Danny Baker, the much-loved voices of today.

A delightful blend of insight, history and nostalgia, Hello Again will appeal to any radio aficionado.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099559788
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Simon Elmes

Simon Elmes is Creative Director of the BBC's Radio Documentary Unit, where he oversees a wide range of programmes. He was Executive Producer of the long-running magazine Word of Mouth, from its inception until 2004. In 1996 it was awarded one of the world's premier broadcasting prizes, the Premio Ondas. Simon Elmes also produced the award-winning Routes of English, a 26-part series on the history of the English language, and has written four books to accompany the series. He also produced the 2005 TV and radio project Voices.

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Praise for Hello Again

“A lovely book, especially for those who, even when we throw the tea towel at it, still love the radio”

Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph

“Pulses with [Elmes’] own love of the medium ... an engaging read”


“Elmes’ beguiling book offers an appealing blend of history and nostalgia”

Good Book Guide

“[A] charming history of the call signs, catch-phrases, repetitions and modulations of tone that make up the world of the radio … The stories behind the voices are told with real affection for the subject”

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

“[A] fascinating book charting the story of the great and forgotten names of radio from today and the last nine decades”

Full House magazine

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