I first heard Ray by chance through his contributions to "The Long March of Everyman" on Radio 4 in the early 1970s and subsequently sought out his broadcasts. His work seemed to reveal aspects of a country and culture that could have been dismissed by many as merely mundane but which he showed to be intriguing and essential. He was clearly fascinated, enthused and sometimes outraged by the subjects he covered. His delivery was unique - engaging, provoking, often humorous and always entertaining. After a recent search through Genome and the Radio Times archives I was both pleased and surprised to see just how prolific he was. It seems a great shame that the BBC hasn't made more of this available. I am so pleased to come across a site helping to keep his work and legacy alive.
Dear Ray Gosling, what a wonderful character. He first delighted me as a young reporter on Granada tv. He was rather anarchic for a live programme and I recall my mum and I laughing away as his boss roared "Gosling, GOSLING" in a futile attempt to restrain him. It remained a family catchphrase for out of control situations, and we of course became committed fans of his work.
I think it may have been Bill Grundy in the studio trying to get Ray to do his bidding, but I can't be sure.
Thank you so much for the website and archive, it was lovely to hear his voice again but I shall ration the playlist for when I self isolate!