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
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
Impressions- Gypsy Woman
I'm The One Who Loves You
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
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)
We've Gotta have Peace
Little Child Running Wild
Back In The World
To Be Invisible
On And On
Aretha Franklin - Giving Him Something He Can Feel
Curtis Mayfield - When Seasons Change
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
Baby It's You
You've Just Got To Be Real
I'm So Proud
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.