Bernie Quayle
Wonderful World of the  Wireless
 1989 - 2007

I was absolutely thrilled to bits on July 24th, the 40th anniversary of my first day at Manx Radio, 
my lovely wife Lindsay presented me with this fabulous knitted doll, she had made for me.

September 2007, my old friend Chris Crookall flew in from Canada, we got together at the home of former chief engineer Ewan Leeming.  Click on Chris (left) 
and hear how he was way back in 1967

  This area will be regularly updated but will begin with my return to Manx Radio's airwaves in December 1989.
The Late Show on Manx Radio, in its present format, started at the end of 1989. Chris Price had presented the programme for a number of years until United Christian Broadcasting took over the slot.  Listening figures had declined dramatically, not just for the Late Show, but it affected other day parts as well.  If listeners had switched stations late at night, the radio would probably stay tuned to whoever for the breakfast show.  The powers that be decided it was time for a change. 
A chance meeting with George Ferguson in the supermarket resulted in me being offered the programme as a freelancer.  I'm delighted to say that I was allowed to format the programme and play the music I thought right for the audience. From the beginning, I played requests which helped enormously when it came to selecting three hours worth of music from quite a vast library - the only problem was the way the music was classified.
Albums were filed in groups, such as Jazz, Rock, Easy Listening etc. This was at the discretion of the librarian who could quite easily have classed James Last as Jazz or whatever.

When I started the Late Show In 1989, I'd been driving an A1 taxi for a living. The fee I received from Manx Radio wasn't enough for me to quit that job so I persuaded the station to let me assume the role of  record librarian. 

 At the time, there were more than 100,00 singles and almost as many vinyl albums on file.  My first task was to remove all the albums and then re-file them alphabetically, this took months of tedious work.  With the library now sorted, I was able to find requested songs a lot quicker, but it didn't half make for a busy programme. All the albums had a paper sleeve, then the cardboard cover which was then inside a plastic sleeve.  I'd run down the corridor from the studio, grab the album removing it from the 3 different sleeves and get it on the turntable before the last song finished.  There was no time during the programme to put records back in all the sleeves, that meant a lot of tidying up at the end of the show. Compact discs were only just filtering through to the library, and what a blessing they were. Late at night with no engineers on duty, trying to find a new stylus for the pickup was a nightmare and so many of the popular 45s  were so worn, they sounded awful on the air.

The first survey, about one year after the return of the Late Show, showed that we had recovered a lot of the lost audience. But MD Stewart Watterson pointed out that the figures dropped sharply after the 11pm news. He asked if I could come up with something to hold on to the audience for longer and that's when Bernie's Brain Teasers were born.
The graph below shows four different peaks during 24 hours. The bulk of the audience was tuning in primarily for the news.  This survey was done when we were still doing the midday Mannin Line programme. The interesting feature of this graph is that, in general UK listening habits, the audience tapers off following the 8 am news.  Manx Radio certainly bucks the trend.