Radio stunt man

Here’s a photo from the July 24 1939 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a radio announcer at the top of a tall ladder.

John Snagge (1904-1996) had a long and distinguished career at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that started when he broadcasted a soccer match in 1927. He was the BBC’s presentation director during the Second World War, delivering most of the important wartime announcements, and he was the broadcaster for the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. He retired in 1965, but was the commentator for the Oxford-Cambridge boat race until 1980.

Snagge was a supporter of The Goon Show and was often parodied on it; he regularly provided recorded voiceovers for the show. He also provided the voiceover narration for the Sex Pistols’ “Pistols Propaganda”, which was the B-side of one of their singles and the soundtrack for their movie, The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle.

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