The Correspondents

There were many letter writers and phone callers that delighted and bored the listening public. How many of these do you remember? If you can add anything to those listed or add new long-forgotten correspondent details, including the Hallam FM era, please post a memory on the Message Board.

Little is known of this character... his letters graced the Key 103 era of the Nocturnal Emissions, and was was generally liked and appreciated by the listeners.

MARTIN A. SMITH (aka The Ban Frank Sidebotton Society)
Martin was a regular contributor and was a resident at the time of Bolton... On reaching student status in October 1990, he departed the town promptly. He was best known in the 1988/89 Key 103 era with letters, and years later followed this up with contributions to the all-new Nocturnal Emissions on Hallam FM in Sheffield starting in 1994.

THE MINISTER FOR CHEADLE HULME (aka The Fall and The Sugarcubes Appreciation Society)
This character is called Lucie and really was from Cheadle Hulme. A sixth former in the Emissions' Key 103 era, she engaged in regular banter with other correspondents... most notably Simon Sandiford-Mitchell and Martin A. Smith. She was a massive Sugarcubes fanatic and regularly showered the station with requests to play "Birthday" by the Sugarcubes amongst others. She later appeared several times on James Stannage's "Silly Hour" phone-in on Piccadilly 1152 in 1990. Lucie was obsessed by James, and created the James H Reeve Adoration Society in order to keep James Stannage's listeners updated with her latest thoughts. Her last known activity was in the early 1990s reading the weather on KFM in Stockport.

Yes this was his real name. Based in Blackley, and one of the younger contributors, he sent more letters than everyone else put together. Usually written on the bus home from William Hulme Grammar School, James inexplicably used to read just about all of them out and so annoying almost all of his listeners. Simon also contributed under various pseudonyms such as the Lime Opal Fruit Appreciation Society (which was actually stolen from someone else as the first LOFAS letter was written in by another correspondent) and the Ban The Ban Frank Sidebottom Society Society. His first appearance on the Nocturnal Emissions was back in May 1986 and was ever present right through to its original conclusion in late 1989. Simon then migrated to appear on James Stannage's 1990 "Silly Hour" phone-in on Piccadilly 1152, also appearing  live in the studio once a week. A lull in the mid-1990s saw him make his broadcasting breakthrough on 107.2 WIRE FM as Runcorn FC football reporter in late 1999. Since then has been Manchester Storm ice hockey reporter on BBC GMR, spent over 10 years being the Radio Lancashire non-league football reporter and most recently a character on BBC London's Non League Show before its move to 5 Live.

Most favourably described as an opinionated elderly gentleman who was forever writing to the Manchester Evening News as well as James. He delighted some and bored to death others with his regular appearances. He was one of the original bunch of callers in the early days of the Piccadilly show, and later migrated to letter-writing in order to fit in with the Key 103 era. He was from the Royton area of Oldham.  James mentioned in passing on his programme in October 2005 that Sam was "no longer with us".

Albert was another elderly caller who was not quite as political as Sam Pierce, but a regular contributer in the early phone-in era of the programme. James named him Irate Albert and this stuck months and years later, as he was still remembered by letter writers towards the end of the Key 103 run of programmes.

Another regular in the early days that was fondly remembered by later contributers. He was famous mostly for living in Crumpsall and seemed to have something of a camp voice and liked to suck up to James, who of course would lightly put him down. It gave the impression that maybe Mr White was really a real life friend of James, can anyone confirm?

Another regular in the early days - he was famous enough to be always quoted in the same breath as  the correspondents above, but I don't really remember him actually on air at all.  If anyone does, then please let me know the info and I will include it here.

Again, he was  a regular in the early phone-in days and was often used as an example of the type of caller that James dreaded.  My memory though is hazy about his actual contributions, so if anyone can provide any info I will include it here.

Please let me know of any other of the regular correspondents who you believe are worthy of a spot on this page! 

Last Updated: Tue 26 November 2013