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Simon Bates Takes Over Smooth Radio Breakfast

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:51 pm    Post subject: Simon Bates Takes Over Smooth Radio Breakfast Reply with quote

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The veteran DJ Simon Bates is leaving Classic FM after 13 years to present Smooth Radio's new national breakfast show.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/17/simon-bates-classic-fm-smooth
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, I might take a listen! Did you say it's on DAB now? along with Tony Blackburn too?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Hmmm, I might take a listen! Did you say it's on DAB now? along with Tony Blackburn too?


Yes it's on National DAB now. From October the new schedules starts, but Simon as it says in the article doesn't start until January. Lynn Parsons takes charge. I don't know what the weekend schedule going to look like.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a big steaming pile of poo. I know plenty of people who listen to Smooth here in the North West because it's a LOCAL alternative to Radio 2 but not as geriatric as the BBC stations. So, yeah, just nationalise it with dated Radio 1 throwbacks and knock out the few bits of character the wretched station actually has. Marvelous.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may just try it after October. I did try before, but although in the NW it's far from local to me so I'll welcome its switch to a national show.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

British radio is in a mess, and this proves it. Most of these so-called "independent" stations are anything but independent and are all out of the same jelly-mould (just look at "Heart" - yuck) and I think it's quite pathetic that an upcoming national DAB station feels the need to enlist a long-time Radio One has-been to its flagship show. Is it worth listening to? Definitely not!

I'll stick with Planet Rock or Radio Caroline at breakfast.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smooth's only salvation is that it's on FM so can set the alarm to it!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Smooth's only salvation is that it's on FM so can set the alarm to it!


Ours fires off just before 6.30am and the radio goes off sharply at 7.03am (in order to avoid the self-centred cackle that comes immediately afterwards!).
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Helen May wrote:
Smooth's only salvation is that it's on FM so can set the alarm to it!


Ours fires off just before 6.30am and the radio goes off sharply at 7.03am (in order to avoid the self-centred cackle that comes immediately afterwards!).


I don't mind Chris Evans. Laughing You should change the dial.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never in a month of Sundays would I listen to Evans Mark!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
ColinB wrote:
Helen May wrote:
Smooth's only salvation is that it's on FM so can set the alarm to it!


Ours fires off just before 6.30am and the radio goes off sharply at 7.03am (in order to avoid the self-centred cackle that comes immediately afterwards!).


I don't mind Chris Evans. Laughing You should change the dial.


Mark, if you read my post (above) very, very carefully - yes, I mean very carefully - you'll discover that I don't change the dial but I actually switch the device off. The clue is in my statement "the radio goes off sharply at 7.03am".
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to like Our Tune.. Very Happy and the music that played over it...blimey, how long am I going back?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
I used to like Our Tune.. Very Happy and the music that played over it...blimey, how long am I going back?


I was on the road a lot when Bates was on R1 doing "Our Tune" in the 80s. It was always good for a laugh!!!
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becky sharp wrote:
I used to like Our Tune.. Very Happy and the music that played over it...blimey, how long am I going back?


I was on the road a lot when Bates was on R1 doing "Our Tune" in the 80s. It was always good for a laugh!!!
You're heartless... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure I remember it in the late 70s.............

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was certainly a thing of the 1980s, but exactly when it started I'm not sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
mark occomore wrote:
ColinB wrote:
Helen May wrote:
Smooth's only salvation is that it's on FM so can set the alarm to it!


Ours fires off just before 6.30am and the radio goes off sharply at 7.03am (in order to avoid the self-centred cackle that comes immediately afterwards!).


I don't mind Chris Evans. Laughing You should change the dial.


Mark, if you read my post (above) very, very carefully - yes, I mean very carefully - you'll discover that I don't change the dial but I actually switch the device off. The clue is in my statement "the radio goes off sharply at 7.03am".


I know what you mean. Why don't you retune at 7.03am?

Back to Simon Bates it be good if the Golden Hour was introduced?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Why don't you retune at 7.03am?


Because there's nothing I want to listen to on FM and I have to get up anyhow.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I can remember I don't think Simon every went out on the R1 roadshows? He did do a few outside broadcasts, and can remember watching him presenting his show from a shop window in Croydon.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
If I can remember I don't think Simon every went out on the R1 roadshows? He did do a few outside broadcasts, and can remember watching him presenting his show from a shop window in Croydon.

I think he did the Roadshow but not if it went too far North. We always got Gary Davies or Mark Goodier.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll certainly give Simon Bates a try. I've got sick of Chris Evans shouting like a hyperactive schoolboy.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bit of a shame really, I liked him on classic FM, oh well.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what's happening to Graham Dene? I first listened to him many moons ago when he started on Capital's breakfast show. I like his style and enjoy listening to Smooth when I'm within range. Can't say Simon Bates does much for me. May have to flick over to Foxy at Magic.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree.

I used to think "little" Graham Dene was an excellent presenter.

Why has he been moved on.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Graham Dene on Capital Radio Breakfast. I even have a 'Fun Book'. from that era.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our Tune will return and will be on Breakfast when Simon starts in January. The station if you listen to it, is promoting his show with the our tune theme.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a good reason not to listen

I can't for the life of me understand why they can't just stick with Lynn Parsons
She's a far more appropriate presenter for 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Our Tune will return and will be on Breakfast when Simon starts in January. The station if you listen to it, is promoting his show with the our tune theme.


.... which can therefore be summed up in a single word: "Boring".

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Sounds like a good reason not to listen




Our Tune? OMG! Rolling Eyes I will therefore NEVER tune into Simon's show. I don't even need to think about it now. Phew!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NilbertZilbert wrote:
So what's happening to Graham Dene?.


Smooth weekend breakfast.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
NilbertZilbert wrote:
So what's happening to Graham Dene?.


Smooth weekend breakfast.


What a waste of a good presenter!
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