The jingle section of this web site is one of the most popular. As has been previously commented, we have tried to verify that all the jingles listed were actually used on WABC. There were frequently remises and changes to the original jingles before they actually aired. There are many WABC jingles around that were part of demo packages that were never actually used by the station. It is a challenge to research the hundreds of WABC jingles to verify that each individual one was actually on the air. In this section we do NOT verify that these jingles were used. In fact, we know that many of them were not used on the air by WABC. But, there is still a huge demand for them by jingle fans for one reason or another. This section is dedicated to the "other" WABC jingles. We have our own PAMS jingle!
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Since Radio London's discerning web-viewers are likely to be interested in more than just a list of other offshore radio sites, we have put together a collection of significant sites, relevant to the incredible story of radio, media, music and more. As many sites as possible have been included on this Links page. As of January the Webmasters decided they could no longer add new links to this page, but links to other sites will often be added to another part of the Radio London site — most frequently in the Fab Forties or 'What's Happening'. Click on an icon or link below to go to a site. Steve tells us: "NZ had no 'official' music charts until , so I have used other charts to fill the gap to give viewers a sense of what was getting airplay here. The whole inspiration for this project came from the great enjoyment I got searching through your Fab 40 charts from the 60s. It's you guys who motivated me to ever get started on this long and trying project. Congratulations to Steve on the hard work he has put into this mega-project. It's fascinating to discover what records people were enjoying in 'the land of the long white cloud'. Aside from charts compiled from various sources, Steve is archiving NZ culture.
Apart from commercials one of the most memorable programming elements of offshore radio was the use of jingles and frequent station identity ID announcements. Before the arrival of offshore radio state systems usually confined their ID announcement to a formal statement, often just before a major news bulletin. During the Second World War the BBC introduced more frequent ID announcements to reassure listeners that they were tuned to an 'official' broadcast, but this practice was largely dropped after the end of hostilities.
Jingles originated in America where they had been used since the s, generally for commercials, and were often performed live, particularly during sponsored programme segments.
Wheaties breakfast cereal made advertising history on Christmas Eve as the first advertised product to feature a singing commercial on network radio.
Offshore radio brought the American approach to programming to European listeners - frequent station IDs, time checks and jingles between records. The jingles either promoted the station itself, a particular category of record flashback, hit prediction, chart climber etc. Scandinavian offshore stations were the first to use jingles - in particular Radio Nord with its American backing and programming influence.
Off the British coast Radio Caroline and the other early stations were slow to use jingles, although Caroline adopted the 'bell' ID early in its life. It was the arrival of American backed Radio London in December that brought intensive use of jingles to British radio and soon nearly all the offshore stations were using them. In Holland Radio Veronica , after hardly using any jingles during its first few years, soon jumped on the bandwagon after the British offshore stations had shown the way. Other later Dutch stations as well as offshore broadcasters in New Zealand, and Israel also made extensive use of jingles and station IDs.
When state radio systems were updated to provide 'replacement' services for the offshore stations they too included the use of jingles as part of their image re- vamp. Although extensive use of jingles is now somewhat out of fashion in radio production they are still used - a programming element taken for granted, but developed and spread due to the influence of the offshore stations. Offshore Memories 1. Caroline flashback jingle Radio England remember this golden classic jingle Radio Caroline - take a lively companion jingle.
Radio Veronica jingle. Floor 2. Back to. Gallery 9. Click on picture to enlarge. Laser jingle. Laser Hot Hits jingle. Radio Atlantis jingle.