Bernie Quayle
Wonderful World of the  Wireless
A Career in Radio 
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If you've listened to the audio clip on the previous page, you will have heard 
Peter Kneale reading the news "as supplied by the Examiner News desk."  
Yes, the local papers supplied our news copy in those days and it was Terry 
Cringle's job to pop the news copy in our letter box ready for broadcast  next 
morning. Pictured left, I'm interviewing Terry for our "Factory Requests" 
programme, our equivalent of the BBC programme, "Down Your Way" 
Charles Webster is recording and Curwen Clague, managing editor of the 
Examiner watches.  Sadly, none of these programmes were ever archived, we 
couldn't afford to keep replacing the tapes !   Nowadays, every minute of our 
broadcast day is recorded in broadcast quality and then compressed for 
storage on DVD. There is one disc for each 24 hour period.

August 20th 2007 update Following the broadcast of my 40th anniversary programme, I was presented with a cassette of a Factory
Requests programme form 1968.  Ronnie Cowin was company secretary for Heron & Brearley and he kindly let me have a copy of
tape, if you click on the link, you'll hear my 2 min' interview with Ronnie from December 1968.

Ronnie Cowin also gave me the picture on the right, .
It is the Manx Radio cricket team circa 1966.
Back row left to right:
Boy, Jack Cretney, Ronnie Corrin, Peter Kneale, David Callister
Front row:
Sidney Magee, Garth Quayle, Stuart Lord, John Grierson, ??
Bill Cain.

With the pirate radio stations being closed down by the Marine Offences bill,  the Manx Government saw an opportunity to expand 
our service to become Britain's first national commercial station.  Negotiations with the UK Government were well underway and the 
on-air staff were beginning to worry that all the former pirates, who were now household names across the British Isles, would be 
knocking on our door looking for jobs.   We all felt very amateur by comparison.  It was Daffy Don Allen, who'd joined us from 
Radio Caroline, that suggested that I take myself off to his home town in Canada to gain "real commercial radio" experience in order 
to secure my future with Manx Radio.  Don
(pictured belowt) was a very big influence in my early career.

Emigrating to Canada seemed too much at the time and as my sister Pauline had recently moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, I thought a few weeks there would be enough to give me some good background at least.  In September 1968, Pauline very kindly made a number of appointments for me to meet the programme directors at all the major stations in the area, there were 10 in total. WKGN was first on her list,  a top 40 station, loved by the students of the University and rated number one in the youth market
The next station, WATE was more like the format on Manx Radio, aimed at a more mature listener.. In both cases,  I was offered a job! 

    

 

Each station I visited kept telling me how great it would be to have a British sounding DJ on air 
in America at the height of the British  pop invasion, it would have been quite a coup for them.  
But it was WNOX that made me an offer I couldn't refuse.  See the "Sir Bernard" page.
On the left, dressed in my Carnaby Street gear, ready to take on the USA.