Saturday, 29 March 2014



Fancy another trip back in time to the north east of England in 1977, and a whole tranche of advertisements carried by Metro Radio on 261MW and 97VHF around the time of the Queen's Silver Jubilee?

Thanks go out once again to Neil Siddaway of Middlesbrough, Teesside who has lovingly taped programmes, jingles and commercial breaks from the station and most importantly has kept them all this time, and has indeed built up a superb audio archive!

These fantastic recordings give a rare snapshot of the social and economic life of the region in the late seventies. As you wallow in nostalgia you'll hear some very rare jingles from EMISON, the jingle arm of EMI Music, that even at the time were rarely broadcast on Metro Radio. These sound superb, and will be of particular interest to jingle collectors.

So once again, have a great time listening to these recordings that are nearly forty years old and thanks once again to Neil, of whom we're heavily indebted.

If you have any material you would like to share via the Metro Radio 261MW 97VHF Tribute Website, no matter what the quality (we have ways of digitally cleaning it up!), then please don't hesitate this friendly historical website. We are starting to gain thousands of visitors many of whom are listeners and former presenters, and any material you possess I'm sure would bring nostalgic memories flooding back!

Submitting material couldn't be easier either via e-mail attachment, a free file hosting service or by post. To submit audio visual material and/or your memories or for inquiries, please contact the site here

Many thanks,


Metro Radio Commercials 15

Newcastle Brown Ale; Callers Open Golf Tournament; Radio Guide; Liverpool Express at the City Hall; Wrangler Jeans. (Mr. Wrangler, Brooklyn Bridge); Wimpy Bars; Jubilee 77 Pub; Prontaprint; Eldon Square Recreation Centre; British Airways. (Fly The Flag); Get The Most From Your Post. (Kenny Everett); 1977Duration 5 mins 39 secs.

Metro Radio Commercials 16

Wrangler Jeans. (Mr. Wrangler, Rhapsody In Blue); Gladys Knight & The Pips. (Album, Still Together); Ian Gillian Band. (At the City Hall) Voiced by Alan "Fluff" Freeman; Lucifer's Club, Bedlington; Hinton's. (Plain Flour); Issac Waltons; North Eastern Coop; The DIY Centre, West Road Newcastle; 1977; 5 mins 23 secs.

Metro Radio Commercials 17

Graham Gratrix, Bathrooms, Newcastle; W.H. Smith, Top 50 L.Ps.; Ridge Farm Hotel Bedlington; Liverpool Express, Promo; W.H. Smith, Pickwick L.Ps.; W.F & J.R. Shepherd. (Scrap Merchants); Mark Wray, Ice Cream; Bosch Spark Plugs; What's Up Nurse, Film; Hartlepool Stock Car Racing; Thicken Hair. Hair Treatment; Go Places Tokens, North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway; 1977; 5 mins 37 secs.

More of Neil's fantastic archive of commercials and jingles is available on Time for a Commercial Break page.


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