Unsung Heroes

Bonnie Greer reports on the fascinating story of how pioneering black American broadcasters broke radio's racial taboos, putting radio at the heart of the national debate on race, and laying the groundwork for the civil rights' movement.

Episodes

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Through moving interviews, sensitive use of ham radio transmissions and some harrowing accounts, Unsung Heroes reveals the little known story of the 9/11 ham radio operators who provided vital communication networks for the rescue agencies. Hams, often mocked for their obsessive hobby, believe that September 11th became amateur radio's finest hour.

Stephen Evans, the BBC's North American Business Correspondent witnessed the attacks that day and meets with ham operators who witnessed the terrorist attacks or lost friends and relatives on September 11th and still helped to support the search and rescue operation.

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920711]

The first of a six-part series that focuses on the men and women who write the songs for others to sing.

Six songwriters talk about the hit songs they wrote for artists such as Tina Turner , Cher and Michael Bolton. Presented by Stuart Grundy.

A Unique Broadcasting Production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920711]

Unknown: Tina Turner

Unknown: Michael Bolton.

Presented By: Stuart Grundy.

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920718]

The second of a six-part series that focuses on the men and women who write the songs for others to sing. This week the programme concentrates on the birth of a song, and includes contributions from

Bonnie Tyler , and songwriters Albert Hammond ,

Desmond Child and Graham Lyle. Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920718]

Unknown: Bonnie Tyler

Songwriters: Albert Hammond

Unknown: Desmond Child

Unknown: Graham Lyle.

Presented By: Stuart Grundy.

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920725]

The third programme in the six-part series that focuses on the men and women who write the songs for others to sing.

Six top writers explore the development of a song revealing their own emotional input into their material. Presented by Stuart Grundy.

A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920725]

Presented By: Stuart Grundy.

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920801]

The fourth programme in the six-part series that focuses on the men and women who write the songs for others to sing. This week: The demo to final recording stage.

Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920801]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19920808]

The fifth programme in the six-part series examines the evolution of songwriting styles and explores the difference between songwriters and those who consider themselves "creators of sound". Presented by Stuart Grundy.

A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920808]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19920815]

The sixth and final part of this series homes in on the "business" of song writing. Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19920815]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19921013]

First of a six-part series that focuses on the men and women who write the songs for others to sing.

Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting Production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19921013]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19921020]

The second of a six-part series focusing on the men and women who write the songs for others to sing.

This week the programme concentrates on the birth of a song, and includes contributions from

Bonnie Tyler , and songwriters Albert Hammond ,

Desmond Child and Graham Lyle. Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19921020]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19921027]

The third programme in the series further explores the development of a song with six top writers revealing the strength of their own emotional input into their material.

Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19921027]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19921103]

When the time comes to hand over a song to be recorded, many a songwriter feels pangs akin to those when losing a friend. Part four investigates the demo to final recording stage.

Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19921103]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19921110]

Part 5 examines the evolution of songwriting styles and explores the difference between songwriters and those who consider themselves

"creators of sound".

Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19921110]
Genome: [r1 Bd=19921117]

The sixth and final part of this series homes in on the business of song writing.

Presented by Stuart Grundy. A Unique Broadcasting production

Genome: [r1 Bd=19921117]