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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Michael Ball New Sunday Evening Show Reply with quote

I was listening to Steve Wright earlier and one of his guests was Michael Ball.

When Steve brought up the subject of Michael returning to Radio 2 he said that he'd be back in 2013 with a new Sunday evening show that he was developing.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news for Michael and his fans but does this mean extended runs of Weekend Wogan or more deputising for Richard Madeley if MB is no longer filling in for Mr Wogan ?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think the 7-8.30pm slot will be taken up by MB?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
I would think the 7-8.30pm slot will be taken up by MB?

Perhaps in the Alan Titchmarsh vein?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's about time they put a proper programme on at 7 on a Sunday night instead of repeats.

I must admit I've listened to more of Tim Rice's American Pie this time round as I don't think it suited the the late night slot it had first time.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
It's about time they put a proper programme on at 7 on a Sunday night instead of repeats.

I must admit I've listened to more of Tim Rice's American Pie this time round as I don't think it suited the the late night slot it had first time.

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Me too, Helen. I missed it the first time around and now I'm enjoying it.

I'm not a huge MB fan but I'll give it a go, particularly if it's in the Titch mould
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same with me for Tim Rice (although I still missed the John Linnell song I was waiting for - oops).

I would imagine Michael Ball's Sunday evening show could be pre-recorded, and thus fit any stage commitments that may come up.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Michael will be serving up from 7.00-9.00pm.

Sunday Night With Michael Ball

Michael Ball offers a blend of music from across the decades. Music from the movies, classic albums, the West End and Broadway, iconic vocalists and contemporary favourites will all be featured alongside nostalgic popular favourites and modern greats.

In true Sunday-night tradition, at 7pm each show will recall a No. 1 record which will surprise and delight. Listeners will be invited to nominate their chosen cherished artist into the Singerís Hall of Fame, into which Michael will induct two artists each week and celebrate their life in song and performance. Timeless Classics will honour the request for a weekly classical masterpiece.

Michael will share his passion for distinguished and time-honoured music and his experiences and adventures as a world-class entertainer, in the perfect Sunday night show. Sit back and enjoy the show as the week comes to a close.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/05/r2-wk5-michael-ball.html

Sounds okay to me.. Smile


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listening now. It is sounding very good to me
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard first hour, not sure. Melodies For You it ain't...............

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the description of the music to be played
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/05/r2-wk5-michael-ball.html sounded encouraging.....that and the fact that Michael Ball is at the helm made me hopeful of a programme that would come near(ish) to the late lamented Melodies For You ..
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I listened to the first programme this morning and I LOVED some of his choices ..he started with a 'wonderful' one from Satchmo and ended with the sublime At Last from Etta James with enough(ish) inbetween, that I liked, to have me tuning in again next week


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds really good show for a Sunday evening with a mix of music.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you listen Mark?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave it a go last week. He played some good stuff. I prefer him in the Wogan slot, but yes, not bad at all.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you could be right about him being better in Wogan's slot Raver. Maybe the show just doesn't have that evening feel about it yet?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you're right there, H. Like you, I hadn't heard many American Pie's, but soon got to enjoy them on Sunday evenings, so I guess it'll prove the same with this show.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really enjoying Michael Ball tonight, too much chatter and it's all a bit samey and 'luvvie'. To be honest I think I prefer EP...........

Switched him off!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well at least the chat is not of the " tell us what you are doing variety" and in any event he is a "luvvie" and a good one at that.
He played one of my all time favourites tonight- Joanna by Scott Walker-
I shall be sticking with him.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was the technical fault the station tweeted about last night?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
What was the technical fault the station tweeted about last night?
Could have been this,Ian.....

Have just been catching up with the programme and at 1 hr 47 mins just as Nimrod by Elgar was to play The Russell Davies programme that was to follow began playing at the same time so I had Nimrod accompanied by June In January Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope he wasn't still chattering away when he played Elgar Becky........

I'm sorry but I don't think his show suits the time slot. We've had chatter all day and by 7pm I just want some music, in same way as the tone changes on the daytime shows after 7.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes that was the problem Becky. For about 15 minutes we got BOTH Michael Ball's show and Russell's at the same time. As programme junctions are now automated its hard to know why this would happen unless I'm guessing (not knowing exactly how it works) someone programmed it incorrectly.

The incidence of mistakes and silences has increased since R2 did away with the announcer/newsreaders who, even if there was a technical problem, would at least appologise on-air. Now all we get is a tweet!!

Very poor.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Andy - do you mean we get them playing the 'Birdie Song' as well? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - newcomer here.

Been listening to the Michael Ball show and find it OK - just. I was hoping for something a bit more like Alan Titchmarsh's "Melodies for You". At the moment, it is a bit too like Elaine Page's earlier show - being a bit too musical orientated. Not that I mind show music - I'm a keen amateur operatic performer - but it would be nice if the music mix was a bit different.

And as for the last 15 minute cock-up on Sunday - that was just embarrasing and didn't do Ball's programme any favours.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Eric,

I felt the same as you, hoping for something more like Melodies For You. Sadly I don't think it's going to happen.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we all wanted Melodies For You, but sadly, it ain't gonna happen. More chance of the Wogan donning a ginger toupee and wresting back the breakfast show, from that other bloke.

I couldn't believe it when Russell D's show came on near the end of the Ball show. Maybe it's a sneaky way of bumping up the RAJAR figures...combine the two shows ratings..hey presto! In my case, it backfired, as I switched it off.
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I really don't understand why most people on here are prepared to put up with very mediocre fare on R2

There are far better things available elsewhere on a Sunday evening Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad selection of music, but not Melodies For You, and a departure from what has been on Radio 2 at that time on a Sunday since it began (and before).
And if you can't stand luvvy Michael Ball you're snookered.
Thankfully I'm otherwise occupied at that hour.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
I really don't understand why most people on here are prepared to put up with very mediocre fare on R2

There are far better things available elsewhere on a Sunday evening Rolling Eyes


Indeed. I like a nice soak at that time on a wintry Sunday evening, while listening to the radio, so R2 is my drug of choice. I wouldn't say it was mediocre, by any stretch. But annoying, when one show decides to duet with another.

Of course, should you know of a better station for a Sunday evening Ruddles, then all suggestions welcome.
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ruddlescat wrote:
I really don't understand why most people on here are prepared to put up with very mediocre fare on R2


I don't think the word mediocre can be levelled at this particular programme ..I feel (could be wishful thinking on my part,though) there is a Melodies For You in there, somewhere, trying to get out.

The music is not all to my taste but then again very few programmes play music that is to my taste, exclusively ...like others on here I still mourn Melodies For You with it's unique blend of music but sad to say it is a distant memory now.
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Human Error playing out Russell Davis Show over the top of Michael Ball Show. Radio 2 offering BOGOF deals Laughing

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2013/feb/01/bbc-radio-2-simulcast-gaffe
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I haven't actually listened to any of this series but on looking down the lists of music played, there is very little I would go out of my way to hear.

Melodies for You always had such a variety of music that you never knew what Alan would come up with next - show songs, operetta, comedy numbers, classical pieces - every show had a surprise or two.
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Listening this evening, while wallowing in Radox, the thought occurred, that while the tracks played were all good ones, they were the sort of thing you would hear every week on the Ken Bruce show.

Think I might have to have a later bath.....
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Agreed - not a bad selection of music but rather "samey" to so many other shows.

I did enjoy it though.
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oldraver wrote:
Think I might have to have a later bath.....

My Sunday night wallow is always accompanied by Clare Teal's jazz programme Smile.
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I didn't know they still made Radox... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's in a bottle these days Laughing

Clare Teal sounds good for a wallow, Eileen... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:

Melodies for You always had such a variety of music that you never knew what Alan would come up with next - show songs, operetta, comedy numbers, classical pieces - every show had a surprise or two.
Don't Eileen, you're having me Crying or Very sad thinking about it

I liked the rather nice song from Bonnie Raitt Michael played this week ...one I hadn't heard before.

When he said it was a Randy Newman one I found it on Youtube by the man himself ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXP4UqgNg70
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oldraver wrote:
Clare Teal sounds good for a wallow, Eileen... Wink

Just the music she plays, oldraver Smile
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FleetingEileenM wrote:
Melodies for You always had such a variety of music that you never knew what Alan would come up with next - show songs, operetta, comedy numbers, classical pieces - every show had a surprise or two.


Totally agree Eileen the variety is gone these days.

I like that Bonnie Rait track as well Becky! I must look it up and put on my Spotify playlist.

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