Radio Fun

The Wireless

The great days of the wireless was the fifties. Its main job was to lift up our hearts, and this was done with laughter. Lord Reith who looked after our morals was often hoodwinked by some of the comedians. 'Double Entendre' was the order of the day. For those who got away with it life was great, but for those who didn't work dried up very quickly. The fifties was also the time of the catch phrase, whole conversations could be carried on using only catch phrases.

Entertainment..

In the Fifties entertainment was abundant. Every town had a cinema and most had a dance hall. Most larger towns also had a music hall theatre. Even cinemas would hold talent shows between the films. People would
go to the music hall to see the stars of the day perform their routines that they performed on the wireless last night. Names like Arthur Askey, Charlie Chester and Mr Pastry would grace the stages of these halls
every night. People would brave the terrible smog's of the time to go out often having to walk home as the bus lost its way in the fog.In the Fifties entertainment was abundant. Every town had a cinema and most had a dance hall. Most larger towns also had a music hall theatre.Even cinemas would hold talent shows between the films. People would go to the music hall to see the stars of the day perform their routines that they performed on the wireless last night. Names like Arthur Askey, Charlie Chester and Mr Pastry would grace the stages of these halls every night. People would brave the terrible smog's of the time to go out often having to walk home as the bus lost its way in the fog.

Staying Home..

Often the weather was so bad we just stayed home and listened to the wireless. Everybody had his or her own favourites. Mrs Dale Diary would continually remind us that she was "Still worried about Jim". Dick Barton Special agent would save the world nightly with the help of
Snowy and Jock. We could all feel safe knowing PC 49 was patrolling his beat.
Valentine Diall would send us to bed with a scary story from the Man In Black.
The kids would try and listen to Radio Luxembourg for their music.
Mum would listen to Henry Hall's Guest Night for her music. Dad would
fall asleep.

Turn the wireless Mrs Moss
All the songs and clips that have been selected, are here purely for entertainment and educational purposes only, without any commercial interest whatever or profit of any kind. A taste of Britain in the 50's. All titles are copyrighted by their respective artists and record companies.