New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018 | Double Gold Winner for ‘Bing Crosby In ‘The Road To Rock ‘n’ Roll’ – From Final Solution To Audio Revolution’

Conceived and co-produced by producer Steve Levine, Bing Crosby in ‘The Road To Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is written and co-produced by Lewis Borg-Cardona and is a Magnum Opus production for BBC Radio 2. This fascinating radio show won Gold in 2 categories at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018, including for ‘Best Writing’. Pictured here is co-producer Lewis Borg-Cardona receiving the awards.


Presented by Academy Award nominated actress and singer (Sadie and the Hotheads) Elizabeth McGovern, this programme commemorates the fortieth anniversary of Bing Crosby’s untimely passing whilst simultaneously celebrating a critical moment in the history of radio: the seventieth anniversary of the very first programme recorded on magnetic tape – Bing Crosby’s Philco Radio Time. 

It’s the intriguing story of how entertainment great Bing Crosby was instrumental in adopting tape technology developed in Nazi Germany to change the face of the radio and recording industry. Thirty years after those far reaching changes, Bing spent the last month of his life almost entirely in England – apart from a fateful golfing trip to Spain, during which the crooner carded his last round.

The show takes an in-depth look at this period of time and it includes the recording of Bing’s last Christmas Special and his final commercial album, Seasons; his UK regional tour; a two week London Palladium residency; and his radio swansong – a BBC session at Maida Vale.

As well as playing Crosby’s music (and a rare example of Bing reciting poetry!), self-confessed fan Elizabeth unearths archive material from Philco Radio Time, plus the wartime BBC radio show Variety Bandbox. Vintage interviews include chats with Jack Mullin, Anne Shelton, Bing’s former wife Kathryn Crosby, Rosemary Clooney (aunt of Hollywood actor George Clooney), UK Comedian Ted Rogers and Alan Dell. There are also brand new interviews with the man who engineered Bing’s last commercial recording, Steve Taylor; plus the Music Director of Bing’s very last tour and BBC radio session, Gordon Rose.