Toon radio show reignites international Rollermania

DJ Dizzy (Dave Herron) hosting Bay City Rollers' show 'Shang-a-Lang' on Buchan Community Radio
DJ Dizzy (Dave Herron) hosting Bay City Rollers' show 'Shang-a-Lang' on Buchan Community Radio

A show on Buchan Community Radio about 70s sensations The Bay City Rollers has been an instant worldwide success.

‘Shang-a-Lang’, hosted by Inverurie-based DJ Dizzy, is a weekly show all about the tartan-clad band from Edinburgh.

Thousands of people from around the world tune in online each week, and DJ Dizzy has received song requests from as far afield as Japan, Australia and the United States.

He said: “I do a show all about music from the 70s. One week I did a special about the Rollers and posted it on various Facebook fan sites.

“Suddenly it was like Rollermania had come back alive.”

Following the broadcast more than 300 new members joined the radio’s Facebook group and DJ Dizzy himself received an incredible 400 friend requests on the social networking site.

DJ Dizzy, real name Dave Herron, said: “The computer went into meltdown. We were getting emails from Japan, Germany, Sweden and five different American states.

“It’s just extraordinary how phenomenal this show has become. Girls in Japan and Australia are getting up in the middle of the night to tune in.”

“And it’s good for BCR and Peterhead. I know our radio is meant to be for the community, but if it goes world wide and draws attention to the community that can only be good.”

The Bay City Rollers found success in the mid-70s when the Beatles came to an end and were heralded as ‘the Biggest Band in the World.’

For the first show DJ Dizzy interviewed lead singer Les McKeown for nearly an hour.