Early Days

  • The Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) was located in Windermere Crescent.
    It later moved to Pyay / Prome Road.
  • U Khin Zaw (“K”) was the founder Director.
  • He was succeeded by U Pe Thaw.
  • BBS was known as “Myanmar Ah Than”.
    It evolved into “Myanmar Yoke Myin Than Kyar”.
  • There were three sessions : Morning, Noon and Night
  • The main programs were in Burmese.
  • There were also programs in English and national languages (e.g. Shan)

Local Talents

  • The English section of BBS (Burma Broadcasting Service) had a program for Local Talents.
  • BBS U Hla Bu (Percy Loonee), Daw Olive, Daw Allison Tun Ngwe and U Aung Thwin (Eddie) helped run the program.
  • A typical session is allocated 15 minutes.
  • An individual or a group can sing or play about five songs.
  • A typical remuneration is 45 Kyats per session.

Variety Show / Performers

  • Occasionally, BBS holds a Variety Show.
  • Saya U Win Mra and Saya Des Rodgers
  • Dream Makers (Reggie Ba Oo, Eddie Ba Oo, …)
  • LPJ (Love Peace and Joy) (Victor Khin Nyo, Thein Tan, …)
  • Playboys (Thann Naing, Tommy Kyaw Naing, Kyaw Naing, …)
    Performed at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 1970.
  • TAMPS (Tin Aung, Austin Xavier, Mra Tun, Pierpont Morgan and Sydney Sann Aung)
  • Immanuel Four (Phillip Po Ba, Gerald Sao … )
  • Shamrock Boys (Nyi Nyi and Myint Soe)
  • Win Sisters (led by Joyce Win [Nwe Yin Win])
  • Super Star (Peter Ba Thein, Han Ngwe Tun, …)
  • The Wild Ones (Paw brothers, …)
  • Victor Ohn Maung (taught several to play the guitar)
  • Ricky Zaw (Steel Guitar)
  • Andrew Kong (Keyboard)
  • Some people (e.g. Thein Tan, Reggie Ba Oo, …) played on more than one group.
  • Most groups had three Guitarists (Lead, Rhythm and Bass) and a Drummer.
  • Some groups feature Steel, Hawaiian and 12 String Guitars, Banjo, Percussion and Keyboard.

Several performers turned Professional during the Stereo Khit.

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