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Following the recent death of Ron Onions – a highly-experienced BBC News man who became Capital’s first Head of News and then went on to run Independent Radio News and LBC – Tim Crook, Head of Radio at Goldsmiths College (and a former IRN journalist) has written a rather excellent piece (and not just because I receive an honourable mention) about what LBC/IRN was like in the 70s and 80s.
If you’re at all interested in the history and development of UK radio this is a ‘must-read’.
As someone who was there at that time (1974-1987) it was a very different world to the one in which we live today.
Historians often remind us that in order to understand the present and the future we have to understand the past, otherwise we learn nothing about ourselves. They are right.
Radio today faces new challenges, though, and, despite what some people might still wish to believe, the way forward is not to turn back the clock to how things were before.
By all means learn from the past – but don’t live in it.