194 Radio City: The Heart of Liverpool

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Location: Denbighshire, United Kingdom

After deciding to resign from the Civil Service after 25 years, I am now free to pursue my dream of writing. My first book '194 Radio City - The Heart of Liverpool' was published through Lulu in April 2006, and is available from good bookshops and internet suppliers. If you have difficulty getting a copy, please contact me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


I rushed back home yesterday clutching a further 9 great photos to add to my collection (thanks to Mark Jones!) The only problem has been choosing which pictures to put into the book. There are so many good ones. Of course they have to relate to the story itself, those featured in the text and the era covered, and they have to be of a certain quality, but other than that, anything goes really. About an hour ago, I set them all up on the computer and ran a slide show. Its pretty impressive to see all these photos together for what must be the first time.

So thats it! No more stories and photos can be accepted - you've had your chance! At the start of next week the publication process will begin with its own problems and frustrations no doubt, so watch this space.....

Friday, February 17, 2006

Wanted - one quiet shed

Well, half term has now started, which means less time to spend on the book. I thought once the book was written, it would be easy from then on, but oh no! Which pictures to use, where to put them, what size to make them, layout decisions.... it just goes on and on. And the frequent interruptions and distractions .... I understand now why so many writers work from sheds far away from the house - sounds absolutely blissful to me!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Radio City book - progress to date

Welcome to the site that's all about my new book "194 Radio City: The Heart of Liverpool". It will be published by Lulu in the early spring, and I am currently putting the finishing touches to the layout.

The book tells the story of 194 Radio City's early years, from its beginnings in 1974 through the next 10 years or so. Rather than being simply a straightforward history of the station, it also combines my own memories; from discovering the station in 1976, to visiting the studios, attending the roadshows, writing to and meeting the DJs etc, with personal memories and funny stories from those who worked there and those of other listeners. Amongst the photographs, there are many which have never before been seen by the general public.

If you ever listened to 194 Radio City in the early years, if you have a love of radio, if you are nostalgic for the 1970s, early 1980s and the music of that time, then hopefully you will enjoy this book.

It will be available to purchase direct from me, or via Amazon. Please return to this site and I will keep you up to date with the book's progress.

Kathy Barham