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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:55 am    Post subject: Spring 2018 Schedule Changes Reply with quote

A very lengthy press release, I've put it after the "highlights"

5pm-8pm programme with Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley (5-7pm Friday, followed by Tony Blackburn's Golden Hour)

10pm - midnight show Mon-Thurs with Sara Cox (Sounds Of The 80s to be hosted by Gary Davies)

Weekday overnight show hosted by OJ Borg midnight - 3am from Salford

8pm-9pm:
Mondays - Blues with Cerys Matthews [Paul Jones axed]
Tuesdays - Jazz with Jamie Cullum
Weds - Folk with Mark Radcliffe
Thursday - Country with Bob Harris

9pm:
Mondays - Johnnie Walker's Rock Show [26 weeks]/Jools Holland
Various specials such as Celluloid Jukebox and Ed Balls on Musical Theatre

Huey Morgan Saturday 4am-6am
Ana Matronic Dance Devotion Sunday til 2am
Angela Scanlon Sunday 4am-6am

The Organist Entertains - axed
Listen To The Band - axed
The Arts Programme - axed

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PRESS RELEASE

BBC Radio 2 today (10 January) presents a range of schedule changes, with new programmes and series, as well as a refresh of its specialist music programming.

Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley are joining forces in a new partnership, bringing both their unique broadcasting talents and skills, for an exciting early evening show which will kick off on Monday 14 May from 5pm-8pm.

Simon says: “Although we’ve known each other for over 20 years, we’ve never presented a show together. And given that Jo is quite brilliant, it’s high-time we put that right.”

Jo says: “What a thrill to be working with Simon on this exciting new show. It’s going to be great fun and listeners can look forward to some incredible music and chat, as well as being introduced to some fantastic new talent along the way. Cannot wait!”

Friday's programme will remain as All Request Friday from 5pm-7pm, and Tony Blackburn's The Golden Hour remains from 7pm-8pm.

Sara Cox will front a brand new live show from 10pm to midnight from Monday 14 May. Every Monday to Thursday night Sara’s show will feature an upbeat playlist, with the great and the good from the world of theatre, music and film popping in.

Sara says: "I’m beyond excited to be hosting a brand new show for Radio 2. It’ll be the best place for listeners to meet at the end of the day for a good chinwag and to have a laugh. Like any party, my favourite people will be swinging by to join in the fun in the studio but the listeners at home are the real guests of honour and I’ll be playing them the most brilliant music and doing my best to entertain them.

"I’d also like to wish actual legend 'OOH' Gary Davies the very best of luck as he takes over the Sounds Of The 80s hot seat."

Sounds Of The 80s will remain on Friday nights (10pm to midnight) and from Friday 18 May, the show will be hosted by Gary Davies. The programme will continue to feature the very best music from the 1980s: hits, classics, album tracks, 12” singles and rarities, plus interviews with stars from music, film and television from the 80s. The monthly BBC Red Button specials will continue, featuring the decade’s most entertaining videos and new, star interviews.

Gary says: “I hugely enjoyed my guest appearance on Simon Mayo’s show during Sara Cox’s Danceathon last year, which led to me covering for Sara On Sounds of the 80s. It was so much fun and reminded me how much I had missed being on the radio. I am absolutely thrilled to be the new host of the show and can’t wait to share my love of 80s music with the Radio 2 listeners.”

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “These changes herald another stage of the evolution of Radio 2. Simon and Jo are two of the network’s most popular presenters, and I’m delighted that they will unite in this exciting partnership to present a new show. Sara’s new evening show will provide the network, for the first time in many years, with a truly interactive show to end the day.”

From 14 May, Radio 2 will launch a new live overnight show with OJ Borg to be broadcast from Salford each Monday to Friday, 12am-3am.

OJ says: “Over-excited to be starting on Radio 2 full time, as of all the jobs I've done in my ridiculously varied career, this radio station is the one that makes me feel like I'm broadcasting from my armchair at home. And getting to know the people who are up at that time at night is the main thrust of that excitement. Whether they are hard at work, indulging in some insomnia or tiptoeing in after a night out, it is going to be a riot."

The network’s specialist music offer will be refreshed with range of changes.

The weekly Blues, Jazz, Folk and Country specialist music shows will move one hour later to 8pm-9pm, every Monday to Thursday.

Cerys Matthews will join Radio 2 as the host of a new live blues show each Monday. Musician, author and broadcaster Cerys, whose BBC Radio 6 Music Sunday morning show (10am-1pm) has the highest single show listenership on the network - and who also hosts a monthly programme, BBC Music On The World Service With Cerys Matthews - takes over from Paul Jones, who will be leaving the network.

Paul Jones says: "I have loved playing tracks from the world of Rhythm & Blues on Radio 2 over the last 30-plus years. I'm very grateful to all my listeners (not least for their influence on the content of programmes) but it's time for me to hand over the baton - and I hope and believe Cerys will derive as much joy from the new show as I have until now."

Cerys wants to thank Paul and adds: "To be able to play the music that inspires me on Radio 2 is a dream come true. I look forward to playing tracks by blues legends like Memphis Minnie, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jo Ann Kelly and Peter Green, and bands like the Rolling Stones, the Groundhogs, White Stripes and Black Keys. Each week we'll dive into the vast archive of the BBC unearthing long lost gems and interviews, and we’ll also play some of the best new releases and emerging artists steeped in this genre, the cradle of jazz and rock ‘n roll.”

A new 26-part rock series hosted by Johnnie Walker will be broadcast on Monday nights from 9pm-10pm, drawing on the Radio 2 audience’s deep love of Rock music in its many and varied forms, and Johnnie Walker’s experience at the helm of the scene for decades.

Johnnie says: “As a huge lover of rock music, I’m very much looking forward to playing some of my favourite tracks from across the decades. Monday nights will never be the same again!”

Johnnie will share the 9pm Monday night slot with Jools Holland, whose show moves up from 11pm.

Huey Morgan’s Saturday morning show will now be extended from 4am-6am.

Ana Matronic’s Disco Devotion, broadcast each Sunday morning from 12am to 2am will now spread its wings to become Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion, and will encompass all forms of dance music.

Early Sunday mornings will have a new sound with Angela Scanlon on Sunday from 4am-6am. Join Angela as she picks and plays the ultimate soundtrack to get you through those early hours.

Angela says: “Joining the Radio 2 team is a dream come true, lazy Sunday morning radio is my favourite. Now all I have to do is stay awake!”

The Organist Entertains (Tuesday 11pm-11.30pm), presented by Nigel Ogden; Listen To The Band (Tuesday 11.30-midnight) the weekly 30 minute programme featuring brass and military band music presented by Frank Renton; and the Radio 2 Arts Show (Thursday 10pm-midnight) will all be rested.

The yearly Young Brass Award will remain as a Friday Night Is Music Night special in April; whilst brass and organ music will be included in Friday Night is Music Night weekly programmes throughout the year. Brass will continue to be heavily featured on a weekly basis in Clare Teal’s Sunday night show, which celebrates big band music.

Arts programming, including interviews with authors, composers, actors, artists and playwrights, will continue to be featured across the Radio 2 daytime and weekend schedule in regular programming including Chris Evans, Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and Graham Norton. Sara Cox’s new evening show will also feature a variety of guests from the arts world. Radio 2 will continue to feature one-off arts projects and series such as the recent Mark Kermode's Celluloid Jukebox six part series, the 500 Words children’s story writing initiative within the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Paint It Black with Anneka Rice and Ronnie Wood and Ed Balls on Musical Theatre.

Nigel says: “I’d like to thank my ever loyal audience for their support and messages during the 38 years I’ve hosted The Organist Entertains. I’ve loved hearing from them and send them my very best wishes for the future. I’d also like to thank Radio 2 for giving me the opportunity to play the music I love each week - it has been a huge privilege.”

Frank says: “My 23 years presenting Listen To The Band have been hugely enjoyable, especially playing so much of the music that I love. It has also been an absolute pleasure being part of the Radio 2 family, and I want to thank all those who have listened or contributed to the programme over the years. Of course the next thing on the agenda is the continued celebration of the talent of young British brass players when Ken Bruce and I present the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award in April.”

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “I'd like to thank Frank, Nigel and Paul for entertaining their listeners for many years, and on behalf of the listeners, and everyone at Radio 2, wish them the best of luck for the future.”

There will be another chance to hear Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation, Claudia Winkleman’s weekend show, Sounds Of The 60s, Sounds Of The 70s, Sounds Of The 80s, Pick Of The Pops with Paul Gambaccini, and Craig Charles’ House Party, Monday to Friday, between 3am - 5am, and Saturday & Sunday between 2am-4am.

The station will be inviting both in-house BBC production teams and independent radio production companies to help shape some of the new shows, and will ask for proposals for Sara Cox and OJ Borg’s new shows, Sounds Of The 80s, Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion and Johnnie Walker’s new Rock Show, in a special commissioning round which will open at 5pm this Friday (12 January).

The following Radio 2 specialist music shows will now be broadcast from 8pm-9pm:

Mondays - Blues with Cerys Matthews
Tuesdays - Jazz with Jamie Cullum
Weds - Folk with Mark Radcliffe
Thursday - Country with Bob Harris
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, my enthusiasm for the station wanes even more. Not just the axing of the interesting specialist shows, but the teaming of my favourite presenter with my least favourite. It's just so depressing how dull and bland the station has become.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure it's going to make the station any better and as Ian fears it will likely be worse.

I'm really going to miss the 7-8pm specialist shows. I don't listen to the radio from 8 onwards - TV tends to take over, and I'm getting fed up with having to rely on iPlayer to listen to anything I'm interested in. I suppose many presenters who are leaving are getting on a bit but it's a shame they've been shafted for younger listeners and IMHO voices not suited to Radio 2.

My love of radio stems from the fact that you switch it on and listen to what is happening at that moment to someone you like to listen to. You don't want to have to search for something that may be interesting from days ago.

My few listening hours will be ever fewer from May.

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I think the Drivetime show needed an upgrade, it has become the same thing over and over, it needed some new ideas....but I am not sure about Jo Whiley joining it. I am not keen on her show, good music but fed up of the constant text me and I'll give you a shout out format.

Will be interesting to see how much they both get paid for it.

Good news we haven't lost the specialist shows, some of the best shows on R2. Very Happy A pity we are losing the Art Show

I don't listen to much daytime R2 these days except Ken Bruce and Drivetime sometimes.
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I'll have a good look at this later...thanks for posting,Ian.
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The BBC has made a point of emphasising that they will be paid exactly the same Very Happy - pity the principle doesn't apply in other cases Mad
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It was most pointed in their announcement Ruddles, almost making me think that was the only reason for changing the schedule, so that they had a female presenter! It should be on merit not gender.

I think they're making a big mistake but there we go!

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Yes, I'm certain the two driving forces are getting more women into prime slots, and saving money.

Whiley might get be getting a pay increase, but there's no longer an 'in concert' slot, and the extended show means the axing of Frank Renton, Nigel Ogden and their production teams. Paul Jones is being replaced by someone already on a BBC contract, and with Johnnie Walker and Jools Holland sharing the Monday 9pm slot that leaves just 3 hours a week for costly documentaries and specialist shows (and I expect most of those will be repeats). Plus having Whiley and Mayo sharing a slot means they won't have to pay someone else to cover their holidays, and it may mean a reduction of each show's production teams too.
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I couldn't listen to much less than I do now. I only listen to POTP (if there is a year I am interested in) Bill Kenwright when he is on and Sounds of the Seventies. The only extra show that I will be listening to after these changes will be Johnnie Walker's Rock Show.

(Oh for the days when Radio 2 was unmissable and we had a radio on in several rooms so we wouldn't miss anything!)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of good news Helen and others

I was listening to TB tonight and he said that in the new schedule SOTS is starting 'a bit later'

I've no idea how much later but it rather suggests to me that the BBC has finally that audience figures could be a lot better with a better time slot Smile
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I only heard half of Tony B last night so missed that Ruddles. Thanks for posting!

I heard some of SOTS this morning and one of his comments was that it was still dark......

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Helen May wrote:
It was most pointed in their announcement Ruddles, almost making me think that was the only reason for changing the schedule, so that they had a female presenter! It should be on merit not gender.

I think they're making a big mistake but there we go!

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Couldn't agree more,Helen.

Wonder if Paul Jones jumped or was he pushed.
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It's quietly ridiculous how every appointed Head of R2, feel the need to butcher the station to make their mark. And none have done so, more than Lewis Carnage. Apart from maybe Lesley Douglas (shudder).

What they've all had in common, is the aim of making R2 palatable to the yoof of today. The only snag being, they wouldn't have a clue what that means. No matter what 'they' do, 'they' will always be like your father doing an embarrassing dance at a party. The schedules have been filled for years, with TV presenters masquerading as jocks, while tried , trusted and dare I say, enjoyed DJ's, have either shuffled off this mortal coil, or been shunted away, either to regional stations, or in the case of Tony B, been given a reprieve, when doing nothing wrong in the first place.

I've always believed they'd love to be rid of Ken Bruce and replace him with Fearne Cotton or somebody equally banal and disposable, but for the outcry. I seem to remember it was mooted that they wanted him out, when the dreadful Davie was throwing his weight around - you may remember he was the one who wanted to axe 6 Music. Thankfully, people power on the internet, soon put paid to his brainwave, and the station continues to flourish. Like it or not, nobody can deny that it's a station where the presenters truly love and value music, unlike the Ores, Fearnes and Zoes of this world.

I wouldn't count Jo Whiley amongst that lot. Whenever I've listened to any of her show while driving (and only when there's been no football to listen to) , I've quite enjoyed it. She is a music lover, whether you feel she belongs on R2 or not. But I'm not sure about this Drivetime share with Simon Mayo. It reminds me of Radcliffe and Maconie. Both had really palatable shows of their own, until someone decided it'd be twice as good if they paired them up. Only what happened was, it halved it. But time could prove me wrong...though I'd have been more interested if they paired Mayo up with Mark Kermode, as he loves his music and they are a pretty decent double act.

As for the other changes, I found it sad and disrespectful, that Paul Jones has been shown the door, after all these years. Is there anyone who knows more about Blues music than him? I would very much doubt it. He's been gentlemanly and gracious in his well- wishing to Cerys, who has a fine show on Sunday mornings on 6, but isn't in his league, when it comes to the Blues. Apologies for the capital 'B', btw.

Then there's Nigel Ogden and his enormous organ. Did they really need to get rid of it, along with Listen To The Band? Of course not. But then, 'they', have no sense of anything apart from the 'now' and 'playlists' and 'ratings'. With no consideration at all, for the ever-dwindling diehards who have listened and loved these programmes for decades. Is that they way to treat their loyalty, regardless of listening figures? I don't believe it is. The evening schedules can be as full of throwaway pap music as they can cram in. It won't matter, because the people they are trying to attract, won't be listening. They'll be listening to Spotify or doing something else. They will not, be listening to dad dancing Radio 2. I'm confident of that.

But the last word must go to the lovely Gillian Reynolds. Sorry to go on, but sometimes you start with good intentions and a short sentence or two, then find your passion rising and the fingers flying over the keys. Much like dear Nigel, but sadly, not for much longer.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/radio/what-to-listen-to/dropping-listen-band-hit-bum-note-radio-2/
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Raver it really is dreadful what they are doing but as you say each new controller tries to make their mark.

There was a letter in the Mail the other day, it's gone to recycling so I can't quote word for word, but the gist was that Carnie would make a good star for 'Haven't Got A Clue' which is pretty much what I say about him too.

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Whilst I accept that change has to take place what annoys me is the failure of BBC management to utilise resources the licence payer pays for. So Tony Hall announced the scrapping of the networked local radio evening show last autumn with a reversion to local programming. Since many of the local stations have specialist programmes why cannot space be found on one or two evenings per week for Listen to the Band and The Organist Entertains for an hour each on the local radio network ? They could be put out to independent producers ( if they are not already) to save money. Secondly what about R5 Live Sports Extra ? Whilst a sports channel for a large part of the year in daytime hours there is no content. The Olympics every four years, and two weeks of Wimbledon are hardly justification for this channel. It should be opened up for specialist music programmes when the sports schedule allows. After all comedy and drama have their own channel in R4 Extra.
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oldraver wrote:
It's quietly ridiculous how every appointed Head of R2, feel the need to butcher the station to make their mark. And none have done so, more than Lewis Carnage. Apart from maybe Lesley Douglas (shudder).

What they've all had in common, is the aim of making R2 palatable to the yoof of today. The only snag being, they wouldn't have a clue what that means. No matter what 'they' do, 'they' will always be like your father doing an embarrassing dance at a party. The schedules have been filled for years, with TV presenters masquerading as jocks, while tried , trusted and dare I say, enjoyed DJ's, have either shuffled off this mortal coil, or been shunted away, either to regional stations, or in the case of Tony B, been given a reprieve, when doing nothing wrong in the first place.

I've always believed they'd love to be rid of Ken Bruce and replace him with Fearne Cotton or somebody equally banal and disposable, but for the outcry. I seem to remember it was mooted that they wanted him out, when the dreadful Davie was throwing his weight around - you may remember he was the one who wanted to axe 6 Music. Thankfully, people power on the internet, soon put paid to his brainwave, and the station continues to flourish. Like it or not, nobody can deny that it's a station where the presenters truly love and value music, unlike the Ores, Fearnes and Zoes of this world.

I wouldn't count Jo Whiley amongst that lot. Whenever I've listened to any of her show while driving (and only when there's been no football to listen to) , I've quite enjoyed it. She is a music lover, whether you feel she belongs on R2 or not. But I'm not sure about this Drivetime share with Simon Mayo. It reminds me of Radcliffe and Maconie. Both had really palatable shows of their own, until someone decided it'd be twice as good if they paired them up. Only what happened was, it halved it. But time could prove me wrong...though I'd have been more interested if they paired Mayo up with Mark Kermode, as he loves his music and they are a pretty decent double act.

As for the other changes, I found it sad and disrespectful, that Paul Jones has been shown the door, after all these years. Is there anyone who knows more about Blues music than him? I would very much doubt it. He's been gentlemanly and gracious in his well- wishing to Cerys, who has a fine show on Sunday mornings on 6, but isn't in his league, when it comes to the Blues. Apologies for the capital 'B', btw.

Then there's Nigel Ogden and his enormous organ. Did they really need to get rid of it, along with Listen To The Band? Of course not. But then, 'they', have no sense of anything apart from the 'now' and 'playlists' and 'ratings'. With no consideration at all, for the ever-dwindling diehards who have listened and loved these programmes for decades. Is that they way to treat their loyalty, regardless of listening figures? I don't believe it is. The evening schedules can be as full of throwaway pap music as they can cram in. It won't matter, because the people they are trying to attract, won't be listening. They'll be listening to Spotify or doing something else. They will not, be listening to dad dancing Radio 2. I'm confident of that.

But the last word must go to the lovely Gillian Reynolds. Sorry to go on, but sometimes you start with good intentions and a short sentence or two, then find your passion rising and the fingers flying over the keys. Much like dear Nigel, but sadly, not for much longer.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/radio/what-to-listen-to/dropping-listen-band-hit-bum-note-radio-2/


I have a Radio 2 recording from Christmas Day..it was coming from a care home near to me

Radio 2 chose to feature Starr Hills, this year, partly because of the home’s vibrant atmosphere but also because one if its presenters, organist Nigel Ogden, volunteers there

The programme was recorded on Monday 27 November and formed part of the residents’ programme of Christmas entertainment, which also included a concert from Nigel.

Haven't listened yet...maybe next Christmas??

As for Radio 2 and it's new schedule...my listening habits won't be changing...nothing much in there to excite me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry to go off topic here, but I've just seen that Gillian Reynolds has penned her last ever column for the Telegraph. It feels like a bereavement, as for me, she was the only radio critic there was. I hope she has a long and happy retirement.

Bravo, Gillian x

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Will have a read Raver, I always enjoy what she writes.

Incidentally Paul Donovan the radio critic in the Sunday Times Culture section with his Radio Waves column has also just retired.

There doesn't seem to be anyone left to write about radio as we know it and the way it should be.

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Helen May wrote:
Will have a read Raver, I always enjoy what she writes.

Incidentally Paul Donovan the radio critic in the Sunday Times Culture section with his Radio Waves column has also just retired.

There doesn't seem to be anyone left to write about radio as we know it and the way it should be.

H

So will I.
Gillian will be missed.

And thanks for the other article you posted by her,Raver...she was spot on as usual.
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Helen May wrote:
Will have a read Raver, I always enjoy what she writes.

Incidentally Paul Donovan the radio critic in the Sunday Times Culture section with his Radio Waves column has also just retired.

There doesn't seem to be anyone left to write about radio as we know it and the way it should be.

H


He's been there some time, H. I used to enjoy his column, back in the days when I occasionally bought the Sunday Times. Even once I tossed aside all the supplements that were of no use to me, I still had enough reading there for a whole week..possibly two!

She will be missed, Becky. I can't believe that anyone knows more about radio.
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ruddlescat wrote:
A bit of good news Helen and others

I was listening to TB tonight and he said that in the new schedule SOTS is starting 'a bit later'

I've no idea how much later but it rather suggests to me that the BBC has finally that audience figures could be a lot better with a better time slot Smile


The Saturday transmission of SOTS remains at 0600, but the repeat is at 0200 on Sunday morning instead of 0000 on Monday morning; I'm guessing that this is what TB was referring to.
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You could be right Rob. We can but hope they will change it to a later slot at sometime in the future. They are making changes to weekday slots so the weekend could come later on depending how they work out.

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Either way the time is pretty offensive towards TB, the show and 60s music lovers.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Will have a read Raver, I always enjoy what she writes.

Incidentally Paul Donovan the radio critic in the Sunday Times Culture section with his Radio Waves column has also just retired.

There doesn't seem to be anyone left to write about radio as we know it and the way it should be.

H


While the board has been out of action, I discovered that Gillian had moved over to the Sunday Times, taking his place! I get two free articles a week from them, in return for countless emails, but as yet I've not managed more than one, largely due to being unable to find or access any of her columns.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if anyone was in any doubt about Simon Mayo and his team's sadness about the Drivetime show ending, the last 20 minutes or so would hopefully change your mind. To me, this is what radio does best...the personal touch.

I will miss them all. I thought they did a great job for the last seven years.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b0h1px
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldraver wrote:
Helen May wrote:
Will have a read Raver, I always enjoy what she writes.

Incidentally Paul Donovan the radio critic in the Sunday Times Culture section with his Radio Waves column has also just retired.

There doesn't seem to be anyone left to write about radio as we know it and the way it should be.

H


While the board has been out of action, I discovered that Gillian had moved over to the Sunday Times, taking his place! I get two free articles a week from them, in return for countless emails, but as yet I've not managed more than one, largely due to being unable to find or access any of her columns.


Raver it's in the middle part of Culture magazine now and also she highlights a show on the daily section the same way that Paul Donovan did.

I'll try and remember to look more carefully tomorrow and give a more accurate place.

H

PS I've found last week's and it comes under Televison/Radio which were on pages 14/15 in last week's edition if that helps. Camilla Long does TV and Gillian's bit is always on the right hand side in this case on page 15.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldraver wrote:
And if anyone was in any doubt about Simon Mayo and his team's sadness about the Drivetime show ending, the last 20 minutes or so would hopefully change your mind. To me, this is what radio does best...the personal touch.

I will miss them all. I thought they did a great job for the last seven years.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b0h1px


I totally agree and I'll miss them too. It was a shame when Rebecca (business news) left. For me it was (most parts anyway) the most adult show on the daytime schedule, even though kids featured regularly.

For some reason I'm not sure the new show will work. I will certainly miss the specialist shows that follow on as I'm either still eating or clearing up afterwards and an ideal background. I've heard and enjoyed music in that slot that I'd never have thought possible!

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldraver wrote:
And if anyone was in any doubt about Simon Mayo and his team's sadness about the Drivetime show ending, the last 20 minutes or so would hopefully change your mind. To me, this is what radio does best...the personal touch.

I will miss them all. I thought they did a great job for the last seven years.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b0h1px

Simon has said on Twitter the last few weeks have been very upsetting. Personally, the fact my favourite broadcaster is being teamed with one of my least favourites doesn't really excite me. I find Whiley to be fairly self-absorbed and overly keen on being 'credible' and I'm not sure that's really what the Drivetime audience wants or needs.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was put off by Jo Whiley when she said she would refuse to play anything pre 1980. It seems she's trying to be too much like John Peel and looking for street cred.
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