Beep at top of the hour on WBZ disappeared

Bob Nelson
Fri Sep 28 11:29:20 EDT 2018

Oranges and Lemons--Old English nursery rhyme though some verses refer to
executions; weird.

The British rock band XTC had an album with that title.The mention of
churches in the rhyme is ironic as XTC's singer-songwriter Andy Partridge
is an atheist, as expressed in one of their songs:"If there's one thing I
don't believe in/It's you/Dear God".

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, A Joseph Ross <> wrote:

> I didn't know what "Oranges and Lemons" is, and I wondered what sound the
> fruits might make, but I looked it up on Wikipedia and heard a recording.
> Now that I know what it is, I do remember when the BBC began using that
> tune as an interval signal.  Later, they went back to the chorus of bells
> that they had been using before.
> On 9/27/2018 2:14 PM, Rob Landry wrote:
>> On Wed, 26 Sep 2018, A Joseph Ross wrote:
>> Well, they did stop playing Lillibulero at the top of the hour on the
>>> World Service.
>> In the seventies, when I was an avid shortwave listener, they used to use
>> "Oranges and Lemons" as an interval signal.
>> Rob
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