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Thameside Radio's Jingles

The Birdman recording a Thameside jingleThameside Radio was famous for its jingles, inserts, sketches whatever. Mainly recorded by the Intrepid Birdman they created the personality of the station and contributed to the professional feel. Remember: the Interpid Birdman jingles predate Kenny Everett, Chris Tarrent and Victor Lewis-Smith!



Do you ever have difficulty? (The opening jingle) Well Corporal? (Remember this one? Still funny after all these years)
It's the Intrepid Birdman Show (The classic) It's got all the music for me and for you
Why not tell a friend about Thameside? The short Thameside "All Too Much" theme
A Bob Edwards jingle The long Thameside "All Too Much" 1978 ident (45s)
The mailing address (The company have since changed hands and don't know anything about Thameside) The later Thameside theme song composed by a listener
Millions of free electrons... 90.2 VHF Thameside Radio
You might win a little prize Bob bounces further
Bob makes easy listening sound difficult (1978) Tony Lloyd with the news headlines before Sarah and Alex took over
Alex and Sarah All the music for me and for you
Always a smash hit (1978) Bouncy Bob


In case you have forgotten what it all sounded like here are some recordings - many of these are copies of copes so the quality isn't that great. These are all available from Stephen Sykes' web site and more besides - I was sent these by somone else who didn't credit Stephen. Sorry.

Sarah from Kew DJing. New Year's Eve 1981  
Alex and Sarah with the Thameside Radio news  
Bob opening a show  
Bob talking about the Circle Line picnic  
A whole set of recordings I was sent. They're very lo-fi I'm afraid...
The Birdman with tales of failure The Intrepid Birdman Superquiz
The Birdman with more tales of failure Advert for the cosmetic properties of paraffin.
The Birdman's guide to the classics. Grieg's Wedding Day at Trolhoggen. Yet more disaster stories
The Birdman interviewing a listener who can't sing And more. He must have had a book.
Listerner letter Enough disasters
The "Thameside Radio plays good music" ident and failure Dave closing down. Reminding us about the t-shirts and sweatshirts that Thameside sold
Listener request Dave playing a "banned" record
Bob Edwards closing down talking about Thameside's famous Guy Fawkes shows and the Birdman starting up, late October. If you're going to be a masochist, why not do it properly?
A Birdman advert for "Domestic Noises Incorporated" Another link into Roxanne
"And run your fingers along the rubber part" From Roxanne to closing the show with Tom Lehrer
Birdman The end of another show. Oh that silence was so sad...
More Birdman  

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The Thameside Radio Story is an achive of material about Thameside Radio 90.2, a London pirate station. It broadcast between 1977 and 1982. Tony Lloyd, Bob Edwards, The Intrepid Birdman, Alex Wright, Paul James, Ian Stewart, Terry Anderson and The Curly Man all presented shows, as did many others. More important were the listeners. This is a live site so if you would just like a namecheck, want to get in touch, have a Thameside Radio 90.2 related photo, Thameside Radio recording or a memory please email me.

Special thanks for mp3s, writing in or sending pictures to (amongst others) , Carol H, Olaf Star, Jessica D, Pyers E, Warren S, Stephen Sykes, John G, Mike E, itrilby for Radio Eric, Alex Wright, Aidan S, Dave "The Birdman", Alan Dolby, Rachel McIntyre (for Terry Anderson), Al at for the Thameside Radio Revisited podcasts, Terry/Decibel90 and Steve Scribbler.

I know that a lot of Thameside listeners and friends would like to get in touch with each other again. If you are happy to have e-mail forwarded do write in. Even if you don't have any new information it would be great to hear from you.

CC BY SAThe content of this site is avalilable under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Martin Wood