Newish digital rock station TeamRock Radio has announced that it will re-broadcast the final ever edition of Radio 1’s ‘Friday Rock Show’ as hosted by the late, great Tommy Vance in 1993 as part of its Christmas programming. And it’s thought TeamRock’s deal with the BBC to enable the broadcast might result in other classic shows from the Corporation’s radio archives being available to commercial rivals. The Vance show, which features Claire Sturgess as co-host, will air at 10pm on 27 Dec, over twenty years after it was first broadcast. The programme will be slightly re-edited for the repeat airing by Tony Wilson, who produced Vance’s Radio 1 show and who provided the rare recording of the final edition.
Confirming all this, TeamRock boss John Myers said: “We are delighted to have come to an agreement with the BBC to transmit this programme. It was a complicated deal to achieve but I hope it will be the start of a longer working relationship with the Corporation. We expect to announce further collaborations with the BBC in the near future”. Meanwhile John Moran, BBC Radio’s Head Of Business Affairs added: “We are pleased to be working with TeamRock to begin to unlock the BBC radio archive for further broadcast through new partnerships with commercial radio. The digital rebroadcast of this programme shows how gems from the archive can still reach new audiences”.