Tuesday, January 03, 2006

THE LONG WAVE FROM THE PAST

Atlantic 252 - the Laser558 without the boat - was a curious beast; started as a semi-legal pop service broadcasting to, but not from, the UK, it then tried to reinvent itself as a dance service and even tried to make its odd-shaped broadcasting footprint a virtue with a bunch of posters proudly proclaiming "London Doesn't Get It." London didn't get Border Tonight, either, but that didn't make it any better. Eventually the whole thing mutated into an equally ill-fated sports service.

It's worth remembering that the original A252 came at a time when daytime pop radio in the UK was dominated by a Radio One still in the grip of cardigan-and-pipe DJs like Simon Bates and Dave Lee Travis; their downfall did, in part, owe something to efforts of the people broadcasting from next door.

Amongst those who remember is Mylo; he's currently the star draw on the Atlantic 252 online museum.