Back in the 1980's it was all about tapes, for us beat hungry teenagers the biggest problem was getting hold of enough tapes to keep up with demand. Once I discovered Mike Allen's show this became a constant problem, every week there were fresh beats on the air waves so every week you needed another C60 or C90 as a minimum. Many people used to tape over their old shows with new shows, I am glad I didn't do this myself as I hate the thought that I would have lost so many older shows. Unfortunately one thing I was guilty of was recording a show onto another tape and editing stuff out to save precious tape time, something I deeply regret now but I suppose made sense to me at the time. On the plus side I didn't do this that often so not all was lost.
I am happy to say that I kept all my old radio tapes and they are still in a box in the loft, most of these have now been converted to a digital format.
Below are some scans of various Mike Allen tape covers, a couple of tapes and the box that holds all the beats...
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