US radio station signs Hertfordshire's 'one listener' shed DJ Deke Duncan

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Deke Duncan has joined WLHA but still broadcasts Radio 77 to one listener - wife Pamela - at home in Stockport, Greater Manchester

A DJ who featured in a 1970s BBC TV report about his "one listener" radio shows broadcast from his garden shed to his wife in the house has been signed by a US radio station.

Deke Duncan, 75, was filmed by BBC Nationwide in Hertfordshire 40 years ago, and he will now broadcast on Wisconsin's WLHA Radio from Sunday.

He was tracked down in 2018 by BBC Three Counties Radio and his story has since been reported all over the world.

"I'm living the dream, still," he said.

"I'm really thrilled about it - join me for a cheerful earful every Sunday."

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On BBC Nationwide on BBC One in the 1970s, DJ Deke Duncan said his "ultimate ambition would be to broadcast to the rest of Stevenage"

Inspired by pirate station Radio Caroline, Duncan started playing records from his back garden in Gonville Crescent, Stevenage in 1974, and still does it from his home in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

He set up Radio 77, but with no licence, the station could only be sent to a speaker in his living room to wife Teresa - his only listener.

In 2018, the film was tweeted by BBC Archive and BBC Three Counties Radio found him in Stockport, Greater Manchester, where he was still presenting to one listener on Radio 77 - his second wife Pamela.

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Deke Duncan was given a one-off show by BBC Three Counties Radio

WLHA AM is operated by University of Wisconsin alumni who studied there in the 1970s and 1980s.

Duncan said his show, which can be heard online at 16:00 BST, would be "exactly like Radio 77 that I've been doing for nearly 50 years".

Programme director, Kevin "Casey" Peckham said he was "truly delighted" Duncan had joined the team.

"Deke's finely-honed talent for doing upbeat, fast-paced, and imaginative radio in the style of great radio of the 1960s and 1970s is a perfect fit for us," he said.

"We recognized [him] as a kindred spirit who shared our own passions for radio as it existed decades ago."

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Duncan presented non-stop weekend slots from his shed at 57 Gonville Crescent in Stevenage in 1974 - home of Radio 77

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