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Fog on the Tyne



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:36 am    Post subject: Paddy MacDee BBC Radio Newcastle Reply with quote

I've just read that Paddy MacDee's career at BBC Radio Newcastle is coming to an end.
Paddy,70, who has been in broadcasting for over 45 years still had a long running Sunday evening show on the station "Sunday Solid Gold" on which played an eclectic mixture of 60's and 70's music.
During lock down the show like many others was temporarily removed while local radio streamlined a lot of it's services, now as things reopen to some extent Paddy has been asked to return with what has been described as a "shadow version" of his show using computerised selections.

Paddy is quoted as stating "I have been offered the opportunity of returning on-air presenting a 60's/70's show that is entirely programmed by computer from a repetitive core of popular hits, with little or no input from me or my listeners. This is not a route I feel comfortable pursuing.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with BBC Radio Newcastle especially presenting the 60s/70's show (for over 25 years) where my extensive knowledge of music was showcased, and would rather hang up my mic now than be involved with a programme that would be a shadow of what listeners have grown to love"

For over 25 years the show's USP has been that it wasn't mainstream and played a mix of classics and rarities, B sides, LP tracks and listener's suggestions.

So BBC yet another nail in your coffin, once again you ditch the talent for mediocrity and blandness, why have any human input at all just let the computers do it all and save paying any presenters - mind you there are a large number of them on the national stations that wouldn't be missed.
If all the BBC are going to do is broadcast the same sort of stuff as the commercial stations then what is the point of the BBC, a heck of a lot of their former good presenters are on the commercial stations now anyway after being discarded unnecessarily while the BBC constantly chases a younger audience.

Sorry to rant but tbh I'm totally fed up with the BBC and it's agendas.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never apologise for a rant, Foggy! You're dead right. There is very little difference between the BBC output and the commercial stations and this shouldn't be so.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds something similar could be happening here,Foggy. I listen to Gerald Jackson's programme on Radio Lancashire. He play a lovely mixture of songs and has a really nice way with him. He was saying the other week that lots of people are emailing in saying they are hearing of changes at the BBC and will he be staying in this slot. All he says is that he knows nothing (in Manuel style) and will have to wait and see, like the rest of us. Not sounding good. Gerald started at the BBC in 1968

On a local level our local station Radio Wave is being taken over next month, I think it is, by media giant Bauer who I have never heard of.
https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/blackpools-radio-wave-rebranded-huge-18317968

I only listened to it for local news but I did listen every morning so will miss it for that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Paddy MacDee from when we still lived in the NE. So sad all the real locals being pushed out.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky, I think Bauer are the company that run the likes of Absolute, Magic and Kiss
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fog on the Tyne wrote:
Becky, I think Bauer are the company that run the likes of Absolute, Magic and Kiss

Right - thanks Foggy.
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