Joy Division radio programmes:
       
These are mainly shows documenting the history of the band - and some of them have broadcast rare tracks. As far as we know all the radio shows listed below have been circulated by fans on cassette tape. 
       
Radio Documentaries
 

Joy Division / New Order Special CKLN FM Radio, Toronto Canada

"A History" 68VS FM, Perth, Australia, Radio Special

"Sunday Surprise" Campus Radio, New Zealand

Radio Scorpio (University of Leuven, Belgium)

"Substance - Part 1: I Remember When We Were Young, The Joy Division story", BBC Radio 1

"The Last Radio Programme", Piccadilly Radio Key 103

Joy Division special on 'DT64' (East Germany)

Joy Division special on Les Inrockuptibles FM (France) 1990

Joy Division special on Les Inrockuptibles FM (France) 1995

"TX: New Order" BBC Radio 2

Great Lives BBC Radio 4 2008

Part Time Punks on KXLU, January 15, 2009 (“The History Of Factory Records, Part I”)

       

Radio Programmes about Joy Division

     

Joy Division / New Order Special
CKLN FM Radio, Toronto Canada

November 1983
Six 30 minute episodes 

Narrated by Steve Morris, included rare live & studio tracks as well as familiar ones

 
     

"A History" 68VS FM, Perth, Australia, Radio Special

July 1985
Six 30 minute episodes

Included rare live & studio tracks as well as familiar ones 

     

"Sunday Surprise" Campus Radio, New Zealand, Joy Division / New Order Special

18th May 1986
120 minutes

Included rare live & studio tracks as well as familiar ones

Here's what Sacho remembers of this show: "a guy I knew at Auckland University was a friend of the guy (Simon Coffee, I think?) who hosted the "Sunday Surprise" Campus Radio New Zealand JD/NO Special in 1986. We turned up just after the show started with a bunch of my vinyl bootlegs. I can't remember exactly what I brought along, but it was probably stuff like: Warsaw; Try To Cure Yourself; Atmosphere; Solitary Demands; Amsterdam; etc. (and a couple of New Order ones). It was a very loose affair!

Click here to see the tracklist as listed on an old bootleg cassette

     

Radio Scorpio (University of Leuven, Belgium)

1986
Four 60 minute episodes

The history of Joy Division up until Ians demise. Featured live tracks.

     

"Substance - Part 1: I Remember When We Were Young, The Joy Division story", Radio 1

3rd March 1988 
60 Minutes

Featured interviews with most of the people associated with the band & Factory, like Rob Gretton, Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville etc, as well as the remaining band members.

There was a second programme about New Order

     

"The Last Radio Programme", Piccadilly Radio Key 103, presented by Peter Hook

9th June 1990
120 minutes

Hooky played the following two JD songs from his own live tapes collection:

Leaders Of Men - live Middlesbrough 1978 *
Wilderness - live at the Lyceum 29 Feb 1980.

* We believe this was actually Middlesbrough 1977 - if anyone can provide any more details about where Leaders of men was recorded please get in touch!

       

Joy Division special on 'DT64' (East Germany)

18th May 1990
120 minutes

Songs included "the usual stuff" including Peel Sessions and 'At a later date' from the Short Circuit. Lots of background information was given. The programme was presented by a radio DJ called Holger Lukas who had previously presented several other special programmes (e.g on SIouxsie) on other radio stations in East Germany. He used to send out transcriptions of his programmes to interested listeners, which was a massive source of information in those days behind the iron curtain.

     

Joy Division special on Les Inrockuptibles FM (France) 1990

18th May 1990
Approx 65 minutes

Another Joy Division special. No exclusive tracks on this one.

       

Joy Division special on Les Inrockuptibles FM (France) 1995

18th May 1995
Duration: not known

Bernard Lenoir celebrated the 15th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis and the release of the French version of Deborah Curtis' book. The programme was (again) "Les Inrockuptibles", and consisted of an interview with a journalist along with tracks from the official albums.

       

TX: New Order: BBC Radio 2

12th & 19th July 2003 120 minutes

Enigmatic and innovative, New Order have emerged as one of Britain's most influential and acclaimed bands.

Mark Radcliffe presents a two part profile of the Manchester mavericks, featuring exclusive new interviews with the band, archive material and rare performances from the BBC vaults.

The band talk about how they regrouped after Joy Division, following the suicide of 26 year old singer Ian Curtis, and how they radically mixed the genres to come up with seminal recordings like Blue Monday, Temptation, and the classic album, Power, Corruption And Lies.

With contributions from ambient superstar Moby, The Pet Shop Boys and Electronic frontman Neil Tennant, Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, dance guru Arthur Baker, and critics including, Paul Morley and Miranda Sawyer.

       

Great Lives - BBC Radio 4

Broadcast 6th May 2008. 23 minutes

One programme in a series of biographical discussions with Matthew Parris.

"Poet Simon Armitage nominates Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, who took his own life in 1980 at the age of 23. Curtis's fellow band member Peter Hook remembers his friend".

Studio discussion about Ian Curtis with short song clips - including the unreleased Love Will Tear Us Apart remix by Malcom McLaren - which was played at the first press conference for the Control movie.

       

Part Time Punks on KXLU, January 15, 2009
(“The History Of Factory Records, Part I”)

"Four hours of the music from Factory Records label you don't have to dance to. You'll also hear excerpts from Tony Wilson's book, interviews with band members & then-contemporary reviews & other sundry knowledge of the label, its bands, city & era. Not to mention some unreleased New Order & Joy Division tracks you won't hear anywhere else in the world (unless yer mates with Jon Savage). And even an excerpt from some of Ian's letters to Annik... "

Included a previously unheard Warsaw rehearsal of "Inside The Line" and some rare New Order tracks.

You may still be able to hear the programme here. Please note: the programme maker's claims of further unheard Joy Division tracks turned out to be mistaken