The Light Programme: Family Favourites

The time in Britain is twelve noon, in Ger­many it’s one o’clock, but home and away it’s time for Two-Way Fam­i­ly Favourites…’ Today we present a pro­gramme of music pri­mar­i­ly from the 30s and 40s, under the head­ing “Fam­i­ly Favourites”.

Suc­ces­sor to the wartime show Forces Favourites (says Wikipedia), Fam­i­ly Favourites (much bet­ter remem­bered by its lat­er name Two-Way Fam­i­ly Favourites) was broad­cast at Sun­day lunchtimes on the BBC Light Pro­gramme, BBC Radio 2 and the British Forces Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice until 1980. It was a request pro­gramme designed to link fam­i­lies at home in the UK with British Forces serv­ing in West Ger­many or else­where over­seas. It was a big suc­cess.

It had the mem­o­rable sig­na­ture tune With A Song in My Heart (orig­i­nal­ly played by Andre Koste­lan­etz and his Orches­tra and the first piece in the playlist today) and was pre­sent­ed by a vari­ety of well-known radio per­son­al­i­ties includ­ing Cliff Michel­more and Jean Met­calfe (shown above), Bill Crozi­er in Cologne, Michael Aspel, Judith Chalmers and Sarah Kennedy. Its final pre­sen­ter was Jean Chal­lis.

When it expand­ed it encom­passed far flung cor­ners of the Com­mon­wealth with, amongst oth­ers, Bill Paull being the mem­o­rable link man in Toron­to, June Arm­strong-Wright from Hong Kong, Ross Symonds from Aus­tralia and Mara­ma Mar­tin from New Zealand.

ZBS Radio Hour

Then at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 or 03:00 BST in the UK), tune in for the lat­est episodes of our two award-win­ning adven­tures from ZBS Foun­da­tion. At the top of the hour, join Jack Flan­ders as he explores The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness, then at the bot­tom of the hour, fol­low the adven­tures of Ruby the Galac­tic Gumshoe in her sec­ond adven­ture.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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