Gerry Anderson on air in 1983
The studio sound desk in 1983 as built by Gerry Anderson
Studio sound desk in 1982
Gerry Anderson at the turntable in 1980
Gerry Anderson in 1985 pointing towards the transmitter!
Gerry was also talented musician and had studied music before university. I remember him playing the fiddle and bodrhan (Irish drum) in the pub during Radio Rag planning sessions.
For the first few years Radio Rag used disco sound mixers and record decks borrowed from the Students Union socials group. But Gerry had a degree in electronic engineering and built a proper radio sound desk, used on air from 1982 onwards.
This was a marvellous piece of equipment and was constantly being improved. I even remember Gerry redesigning the desk while he was on air, soldering bits of it together while the records were playing.
Gerry moved on to work for a well known Broadcasting Corporation in London, and in later years, a studio sound desk manufacturing company in Salford.
Gerry is now an awarding winning professional musician based in the North West of England and has recorded numerous albums and several live sessions for BBC Radio and Granada TV.