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Recipe for a great Radio Show… take a large portion of the greatest band ever… fold in recordings from the former members… sprinkle in cover versions of their songs… add some Apple, Dark Horse and Ringo’ Records… introduce interviews, book and DVD reviews… stir in some great tribute acts… blend in requests and dedications… simmer for two hours and serve to a world wide audience…. and you’re listening to the UK’s longest running Beatles themed Radio Show …Beatles and Beyond!

Presented by Pete Dicks, interviewees have included many artistes who have recorded with or for The Beatles – including Jackie Lomax, The Iveys’ Ron Griffiths, Doris Troy, Joey Molland – and authors such as Mark Lewisohn.

Pete Dicks, who lives in the West Midlands, is a renowned Beatles expert and now brings his radio show – dedicated solely to the Fab Four – to Channel Radio. He co-wrote Apple and Beatles Collectables and has appeared on numerous BBC Radio shows and also helped to represent John Lennon on BBC TV’s Greatest Britons programme, alongside Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry and DJ’s Paul Gambaccini and Bob Harris.

He started making Beatles and Beyond over 14 years ago, using his cellar as a studio base and sanctuary, which also naturally doubled as home for much of his extensive treasured Beatles collection.

Pete has always had big ambitions for the show. “The dream is,” he said “for it to become a career and everything is in place for that to happen, I just need a partner to help get it off the ground. I was only really interested in classical music until 1967 when I heard the Sgt Pepper album, which blended pop and classical.

“The remit of Beatles and Beyond is to inform, entertain and educate the listener about the amazing effect that four guys from Liverpool had on the world.”

Since launching the show in 1999, Beatles and Beyond has helped Pete make contact with the likes of Yoko Ono, ex-original Beatles drummer Pete Best, and to become friends with Julia Baird – Lennon’s half sister, amongst many others.

Although the show cannot by law play more than three Beatles tracks in a row, Beatles and Beyond is made up of anything and everything to do with the legends. “If it is connected to The Beatles in any way,” Pete confirmed, “then I will use it.”

Broadcasts often include the solo works of John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as cover versions of their songs. Recordings by Apple, Dark Horse and Ringo Records label are also featured, along with interesting interviews and much more. The show has also been recommended by Liverpool’s Beatles Story Experience.

Beatles and Beyond With Pete Dicks – Thu/Fri – 2.00 – 4.00pm