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Radio Mercury

Date Who Description MP3
1985 Timbo Click here for a Timbo show recording from 1985 (recorded from Southern Sound) - thanks to Vectoraudio on Sound Cloud for posting this NEW
1984 David Arnold Programme Share Jingles (Southern Sound & Radio Mercury) NEW
1984 David Arnold Original main jingles (high quality audio) NEW
1984 David Arnold Original main themes (high quality audio)
1980s David Arnold Extra versions (now in high quality) used on Marcher Sound, Wrexham. Also see our Marcher Sound page for the full set. NEW
1986 David Arnold Additional jingles (high quality audio)
1983 Andy Clark The Will to Win - Sometimes used on the Timbo show for the Weather before the news. The full version is on our LBC audio page.
1983 Nicholas Glennie-Smith & Trevor Spencer Programme Share Commercial Break Fill-in Music (FULL VERSION) - Track 1: Feel Alive. End of track used on Timbo show, Peter Young etc.
1983 Nicholas Glennie-Smith Programme Share Commercial Break Fill-in Music (FULL VERSION) - Track 2: Shakeout. End of track used on Timbo show, Peter Young etc.
1984 Richard Myhill Programme Share Commercial Break Fill-in Music (FULL VERSION) - Track 3: The Go Ahead. End of track used on Timbo show, Peter Young etc.
1980s ? Andrew Marshall Meets the Stars Theme
1980s Andrew Marshall Andrew Marshall Meets The Stars Air Checks
1980s Back Room Boys/Var Timbo Jingles
1980s Back Room Boys Timbo Air Checks of The Back Room Boys guest appearance
01.08.86 Tim Lloyd Timbo's final show on Radio Mercury part 1 (thanks to Peter Hewlett for this)
01.08.86 Tim Lloyd Timbo's final show on Radio Mercury part 2 (thanks to Peter Hewlett for this)
30.03.86 David Arnold Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Concert at Fairfield Halls part 1
30.03.86 David Arnold Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Concert at Fairfield Halls part 2
Late 80s Russell Pockett Air check of Russell Pockett late 1980s (includes the travel news) NEW
Late 80s Russell Pockett & Judith Falcon Click here for a video of Russell Pockett & Judith Falcon in the studio at Broadfield House NEW
Late 80s Martyn Blunt Air check of Martyn Blunt late 1980s (includes some adverts too) NEW
01.04.89 Various Mickleham Independence April Fool Air Checks part 1
01.04.89 Various Mickleham Independence April Fool Air Checks part 2
01.04.89 Various Mickleham Independence April Fool Air Checks part 3
01.04.89 Various Mickleham Independence April Fool Air Checks part 4
1980s Various General Air Checks part 1
1980s Various General Air Checks part 1
1980s Various Air Checks of Commercials
1990s Graham Francis De Wilde The South Tonight theme tune. The track is called Global Network NEW
1990s David Arnold Air Checks of Your Kind of Music jingles (after merger with County Sound) part 1
1990s David Arnold Air Checks of Your Kind of Music jingles (after merger with County Sound) part 2
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Tony Myatt
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Steve Hyland
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Geoff Aspel & Paul Lee
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Ed Stewart
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Peter Young
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Lynda Bond
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Maryne Blunt & Graham Freer
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: John Scragg & Russell Pockett
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Ian Davidson & Graham Freer
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: John Aumonier
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: John Wellington & Peter Perry
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Andrew Marshall
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Timbo
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Paul Anderson
20.10.02 Various Air Checks of Mercury's 18th Birthday Party: Peter Anthony, Judith Falcon, Mike Russell, Danny Pike, Pat Sharp & John Scragg
1980s Damien Prescott "Auntie Damien" Prescott's 'remix' of I Should Be So Lucky with dubbed multi-part harmony smurf voices!!!
1995 Alfasound/Jam Mercury FM jingles
1990s Alfasound/Jam Mercury Extra jingles
1990s Alfasound/Jam Fame 1521 jingles

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The first jingle package for Radio Mercury was by David Arnold with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These were recorded in two three hour sessions at CTS studios in Wembley. A lot more time was then spent on the mixing of the various cuts. The main theme is pretty good and the other cuts for this package are even better.

The theme is now on production music CDs so you may hear it again in the background of commercials on TV and radio stations.

There were three additional pieces of music used to fill the gaps at the end of commercial breaks while programme sharing with Southern Sound. Click here to listen to those tunes.

Some of Timbo's jingles were by a group called the Backroom Boys. One night they were invited in to perform live on air. Audio files of this can be found towards the top of the page. Their songs have been edited down to speed up the download time.

Radio Mercury organised a few concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The audio files we have are of one of the concerts performed on the 28th February 1986 (broadcast on the 30th March).

On April the 1st 1989 Mercury staged an April Fool by telling their listeners that the small hamlet of Mickleham had declared independence. This fooled quite a few listeners at first and became more and more ridiculous throughout the morning.

On the 20th October 2002 Mercury FM celebrated their 18th birthday live on air. Most of the programme was presented by Chris Oxlade, Simon Osborne, Paul Lovett and Emma Graham. It was a 4 hour show from mid day until 4pm and tons of ex-presenters turned up to re-live their experiences of the launch of the station. It was great fun with food and drink in the reception for all the guests.

The photo below shows some of the original staff from 1984 including Tony Myatt, Andrew Marshall, John Wellington, Peter Young, Linda Bond, Ed Stewart, Timbo, Martyn Blunt and Geoff Aspel.


The next photo shows Chris Oxlade in the studio while presenting the on air party.


Also at the party here's Simon Osbourne, Geoff Aspel, Steve Hyland and Chris.

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