Here is a UK off-shore radio "blast from the past" recorded
when I was living in London.
I've found a copy of my original recordings of Laser 558 from 1984/5, so the audio files have been
re-recorded. The audio quality of the original recordings aren't
very good, but the bit rate is higher than the original
files I had here.
For anyone who remembers Jessie at work you'll probably
imagine my reaction when, driving to work through the
Wellington, New Zealand, traffic during 1999,
tuned to our Radio New
Zealand's National Radio "Morning Report" program and have heard reports
from "our correspondent in Washington, Jessie Brandon...."!!
Definitely the same Jessie - the years haven't changed the
voice that much!
If anyone knows what Jessie, or any of the other Laser jocks,
are doing now please email
me and I'll add the details to this page.
August '99: From Simon Marks in Washington:
"I am happy to report that Jessie Brandon is alive and well, and living in
Washington DC where she's doing a terrific job working as a radio news
editor for my company. We supply overseas broadcast networks with their
international news, and Radio New Zealand is one of our most important
I, too, spent plenty of time listening to her during her Laser days, and
was delighted to stumble across her voice on the radio here in Washington
when I moved here about 6 years ago. She joined the company about 15
You can hear lots more of her on our website:
anchors our audio news all weekend, plus Mondays - Wednesdays in the
afternoon Washington time."
February 2000: More from Simon:
Tommy Rivers is now better known as Tom Rivers...and is CBS News' London
correspondent. He's all over the CBS Radio newscasts all the time.
I am now doing a show talkSPORT in London - it's taken me a lot of years, but am finally doing
national radio in the UK. The site is:
I'm on the station on a regular basis on
Saturday mornings from 2 A to 6 A
Charlie has moved on from talkSPORT and is now working at RedFM in
Cork, Ireland - see their web site http://www.redfm.ie
You can get the full story of Laser 558
on this double CD recording, narrated by Charlie Wolf: