Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Zycinski’

Hard to believe that we’re half way through the year already, and as we’ve hit this milestone, I figured that it might be a good time to round up some of the great indie books that I’ve featured so far and some of the great authors who have given their time to take part in author interviews or written guest posts for us to read.

Links to each of the Friday features are below, or alternatively if you want to use the search function at the top of the page, just type in the name of the book or author to bring up the relevant page.

Feature Links:
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech (book feature)
The Twitches Meet a Puppy by Hayley Scott (book feature)
Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie (book feature)
Inborn by Thomas Enger (book feature)
Roz White (author feature)
Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz (book feature)
The Courier by Kjell Old Dahl (book feature)
The Red Light Zone by Jeff Zycinski (book feature)
A Letter From Sarah by Dan Proops (book and author feature)
The Silver Moon Storybook by Elaine Gunn (book feature)
Runaway by Claire MacLeary (book feature)
Sunwise by Helen Steadman (book feature)
The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin (book feature)
The Red Gene by Barbara Lamplugh (book and author feature)
Death at The Plague Museum by Lesley Kelly (book feature)
Heleen Kist (author feature)
White Gold by David Barker (book feature)
Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers (book and author feature)
Claire MacLeary (author feature)
A History of Magic and Witchcraft: Sabbats, Satan and Superstitions in the West by Frances Timbers (book feature)
The Killer Across The Table by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker (book feature)
Maggie Christensen (author feature)

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I am thrilled to welcome you to another Celebrating Indie Publishing spot on The Quiet Knitter blog and share a review of a book that intrigued me and entertained me in equal measure! Today’s book in the spotlight is The Red Light Zone by Jeff Zycinski, an affectionate, humorous account of inside life at the BBC.

  • Title: The Red Light Zone: An Insider’s ‘Laugh ‘n’ Tell’ of BBC Radio
  • Author: Jeff Zycinski
  • Publisher: The Lunicorn Press
  • Publication Date: 24th January 2019

Early copy received from publisher for review purposes.


Stop! Danger! Sex for sale! A red light can signify any one of those, but in a radio station it means a microphone has gone live: the walls may be soundproof, but in studio space, everyone can hear you scream … or sneeze.

For twenty-five years, Jeff Zycinski worked for BBC Radio and became the longest-serving boss of Radio Scotland. He made the big decisions buying a new vacuum cleaner for the Selkirk office and chaired a meeting that almost erupted in violence when someone suggested cats were better than dogs. He has a lot to say about Brexit, Scottish Independence, football, BBC bias, Islam and strippers … but not in this book. Okay, he talks about them a bit … mainly the strippers. An affectionate, humorous account of inside life at the Beeb.

You will never buy chips in the same way again!

My Thoughts:

The radio has always been there in my life, whenever I went into the kitchen my mum had the radio on, in the car, even taking a wee battery operated radio outside into the garden when we played outside, and so when I saw the description of this book I was curious. What interesting nuggets of information would this book give? Would this give me a sneaky look behind the mysterious world of radio that I’d always wondered about?

With a very relaxed style of narration, The Red Light Zone is a very enjoyable read. Jeff strikes me as a very easy to speak to and listen to sort of guy, it feels as though you’ve sat down for a coffee (or a pint) with him whilst he regales you with tales of his career at the BBC. And I’m sure there were so many options of tales he had the choice to share, but the ones he chose make for fascinating reading. It’s interesting to watch the development of radio over the years, seeing how production of radio differs from TV and how the dynamics shifted.

Jeff’s frankness is refreshing, he is open about successes and failures over the span of his career, the impacts his career had on his family and indeed shares various anecdotes of family life, all of which endear him to the reader.

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