RIP Mr William Randle

RIP - Old friend
Sadly we lost  a PCRL contributor Mr William Randle on the 4th, April, 2020. Bill started on the Station in the early 1990's as a guest on Mickey Nold's breakfast show.

It was soon apparent that Bill and his wife Dawn were live soul music fanatics, supporting Motown shows all around the UK and soon became personal friends with the late Edwin Starr who introduced them to many Motown related producers and performers when visiting the UK and on Bill & Dawn's holidays in the USA. I saw this as a great opportunity to have Bill interview them for my radio shows.

Over time we made over 30 artiste/producer specials together for PCRL He would take a reel to reel recorder a few microphones with him on his USA holiday and bring back priceless recordings with him.

These shows have been uploaded to the 'Bill Randle interviews page' on this site. After the Station closed down Bill moved his DJ'ing skills to Bridge FM in Stourbridge, later joined hands with Black Country Radio, here he did a Sunday night easy listening soul show that was syndicated on many other stations all over the World. He did the show their for around  7 years. Bill died from motor neuron disease that sadly effected his talking towards the end. We all will all miss he greatly - Mickey Nold
Sorry about the jitters (Windows 95 back then)


20th Anniversary Of Curtis passing

Today were going on a trip down memory lane. The radio show below was broadcast in six thirty minute segments over six weeks in the early 1990's on my Basement Soul show on PCRL, here in Birmingham. Bill Randle came to me with the idea of doing a tribute to Curtis Mayfield's large body of work. Mayfield had recently been paralyzed by a freak stage accident at a charity show he was doing in New York and the world was in shock. So Bill wrote his piece we cranked-up the reel-to-reel recorder and started splicing the tapes, that's how it was done in those days, no digital editing suites, if you cut the tape in the wrong place you had to record it again.
Anyway the years have gone by and the tapes were getting older and dustier so I decided to transfer the analogue tapes to digital, this was in 2009 and Steve Williams expressed some interest in running the recording on his UK Vibe jazz site, but sadly nothing came of that. The years went by and Bill Randle who has now started his own radio show on Bridge FM in Stourbridge, said; "Wouldn't it be great to put a link to his new web Blog for the recording", also the time is right and with war breaking out again in the Middle East it's time again for that message: "We Gotta Have Peace".  So here it is in Full... enjoy Track listing:
Impressions - Gypsy Woman I'm The One Who Loves You It's Alright 
Major Lance - The Monkey Time 
Gene Chandler - Nothing Can Stop Me 
Walter Jackson - It's All Over 
Impressions - Talking 'bout My Baby Keep On Pushing You Must Believe me Amen People Get Ready The Woman's Got Soul You've Been Cheating 
5 Stairsteps - Little Young Lover 
Impressions - I Can't Satisfy 
Fascinations - Girls Are Out To Get You 
Impressions - We're A Winner This Is My Country Choice Of Colours The Girl I Find Stays On My Mind 
Curtis Mayfield - If There Is A Hell Down Below, Were All Gonna Go Love On Up We've Only Just Begun (live) Underground We've Gotta have Peace Little Child Running Wild Pusher man Freddie's Dead Back In The World To Be Invisible On And On Aretha Franklin - Giving Him Something He Can Feel Curtis Mayfield - When Seasons Change Soul Music Unknown How Do You Like To Be Loved? Your So Good For Me 
with Linda Clifford - Between You Baby & Me 
Curtis Mayfield - Never Stopped Loving Me Toot Toot Hey Baby Baby It's You You've Just Got To Be Real I'm So Proud


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Enterprise 1987 pre-launch promotion

During 1987, a lot of people at PCRL weren’t happy with the the lack of R&B/Hip Hop so and thought they could do better. Therefore Mikey B, Carlton C and many others left to start their own station. So at 5 PM on Friday the 16th of October 1987, Enterprise Radio started on 90.9 FM. The station was more professional than PCRL, being the first Midlands pirate to broadcast in real Stereo. They also had their own custom made Bill Mitchell jingles and adverts voiced by the star of the London pirates Mark Damon. Below is a pre-start street handout promotion. They only lasted for 12 Months.