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Who remembers "Dial a Disc"?

Discussion in 'music' started by Devonian, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Devonian

    Devonian Pursuing my ultimate musical orgasm

    Any ageing Pfm'ers out there remember dialling 16 for the Dial-a-Disc service? If so, can you remember any artists/tracks you listened to on there that may have been influential in forming your tastes in music?

    My earliest memory was frequently calling the service to try and catch The Sweet's "Blockbuster" in '73 (aged 12!) ... the first band I was in to. Seem to remember annoying my parents a lot by always being on the phone! And from there I "upgraded" to 10cc! Hmmm ... good memories!

    Also - just found this demo of the service plugged into an ancient Strowger exchange. How times have changed!

  2. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Yes, although 161 sticks in my mind as the number. I remember ringing up daily (it was a different hit on a loop every day) until I got Question by the Moody Blues. Then I recorded it. Why not from the radio? No idea.
  3. Devonian

    Devonian Pursuing my ultimate musical orgasm

    Apparently (according to t'internet!) you dialled either 16 or 160. Why not from the radio? 'Cos it was fun to use!
  4. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Never heard of it and I’m of that generation.
  5. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Not related to that, but you used to be able to dial a number in Manchester to get Piccadilly Radio - 261 from memory. I remember working one weekend and someone dialled the number on the receptionist's phone and put the receiver over the PA microphone for the day. It must have cost the company a fortune.
  6. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Yes, 160 now you mention it. I was probably AM radio only at that time of my life, so recording off the phone might not meant a great drop in quality!
  7. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    As long as you’d upgraded the handset cable, it would have been pretty top notch I’d imagine. ;)
  8. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Nearly 50 years later I have the phone at home, having found it boxed up in my mother’s garage quite recently. It’s a mustard-yellow 746 - I ought to get it working. Perhaps with a dedicated landline.
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  9. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It is a doddle to convert a 746, you just need a 3.3k resistor (link). It should dial out on much of the BT network and will certainly ring-in.

    PS You still need a modern digital phone as there is no way of navigating highly annoying corporate call-trees with a pulse-dial phone!
  10. GaryT

    GaryT pfm Member

    I remember ringing up quite a few times to hear Jeepster by T.Rex.
  11. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    I remember dialling it from payphones, and you got 2 or 3 seconds free, when the pips started to put your 2p in. I never actually put any 2p's in!
  12. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    A regular user of 161.
  13. Ian M

    Ian M pfm Member

    Used to dial it often, but only from work!
  14. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    I only used it once or twice as a kid but I remember it well as existing yes.... and worked in the GEC factory making Strowger exchanges in Hartlepool.
  15. mayebaza

    mayebaza Active Member

    Doctor's Orders...

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