Category Archives: History

richard nixon and watergate explained in 15 minutes

Frost Nixon

The Watergate scandal in the 1970s lead to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974, the first and only president to resign.  It’s hard to get your head around the story – but Ari Hoptman had managed to condense the event into 15 minutes and is one of the best to have done so.

In 1977 David Frost was the first person to conduct an interview with Richard M. Nixon after the Watergate scandal which rocked U.S politics and the United States political system. It changed the country for ever. The program was split in to 5 parts during the broadcasts, respectively.

What really happened behind the scenes of the Nixon/Frost interview- here is an interesting article from Jonathan Aitken

The Medway Queen Preservation Society speak to Jason McCrossan


The Medway Queen was among the “little ships” that helped rescue soldiers from northern France during World War Two.

The Medway Queen Preservation Society is hoping to raise enough funds to enable an historic paddle steamer to appear at the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation.

Brian Goodhew from the Society spoke to Jason McCrossan and Kyra Cross on 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show about the campaign

Halloween 2014 with Dr. Richard Sugg


The name Halloween (originally spelled Hallowe’en) is a contraction of All Hallows Even, meaning the day before All Hallows Day (better known today as All Saints Day), a Catholic holiday.

Dr Richard Sugg is a lecturer in English studies at the University of Durham who has just completed volume one of Faces of the Vampire called the (The Real Vampires) – which will be published next year. He spoke to Jason on Monday Matters.


WWII home-front living history house

Old Forge Wartime House
Old Forge Wartime House

A successful experiment in recreating the daily grind of life on the Home Front circa 1943 opened in 2014 in Sittingbourne. The house is filled with original fittings, furniture, artifacts and characters from South East home front groups bring the whole place to life.

Jason McCrossan spoke with owner Debbie and her colleagues on 106.9 SFM, who run and manage the house about their passion for history and specifically the 1940s – including music from the 1930s & 1940s.

For more information:  Old Forge Wartime house facebook page.


Henry V – year of glory – 1415

Henry V was born in the tower above the gatehouse of Monmouth Castle (and for that reason was sometimes called Henry of Monmouth).

He was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35 in 1422. His military successes culminated in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) and saw him come close to conquering France.

Jason McCrossan spoke with the historian, author and biographer Ian Mortimer who wrote a book called 1415 Henry V’s Year of Glory.