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Simon Mayo joins Greatest Hits Radio

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:40 am    Post subject: Simon Mayo joins Greatest Hits Radio Reply with quote

...alongside Janice Long, Alex Lester, Mark Goodier and Paul Gambaccini!

https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/station/on-air/simon-mayo-ghr/
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been announced today that Simon will be taking over the Drivetime slot from 2 weeks time, with Matt Williams rejoining him. He says he has "unfinished business"
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome news! I'll have to listen with earphones while watching The Chase and Pointless with subbies on. Glad Dr Mosh is back with him.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He starts the Drivetime on 15th of March.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I missed the first hour but it's good to hear his voice and to have a lot more chat than I'm used to hearing!

Tomorrow is Tunes day and it's songs that last more than 5 minutes.

So good to have some to the old Drivetime features.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw his opening statement on Twitter, and he was as classy as always but I did feel a bit sorry for those genuinely local DJs who have lost their jobs in that slot in recent months and years. It's very weird that the station which once came from a church 10 miles from me is now a national station with Simon Mayo on it. I'm not entirely sure that's progress!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But I do think this is the first genuine competition Radio 2 has had for many years. Evans and Norton have gone to small stations, but GHR is potentially huge.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the competition Ian.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remembered to tune in, which is a miracle in itself. From 4 until 5, then 6 until 7. It was a bit weird at first, hearing him and Matt after all this time, but that soon passed. Nice choice of music as well. I don't expect it to be quite what it was...the adverts will see to that, but I'll get used to that as well. I've not been tempted by Chris Evans or even Graham Norton on Virgin, but good on anyone who has. R2 deserve to lose listeners. I see the latest ads on BBC TV for the R2 'family' touch and find it all a bit nauseating.

Today, I'll listen to the middle hour with earphones and put The Chase and Pointless on with subtitles!

Here's the afore mentioned ad, for those of you who may be either curious or masochists...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4fRyBizO4&t=20s
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a piece in today's Guardian on Simon's show. Very favourable. It also mentions Boom Radio, which I was totally unaware of. It has some old familiar names such as Roger Day, David Hamilton, Kid Jensen, Nicky Horne and on Saturday nights, David Symonds. Seems to be mostly 50's and 60's, with some 70's for garnish.

I've had it on for about 15 minutes and it's a fine channel.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/mar/20/boom-radio-simon-mayo-drivetime-greatest-hits-radio-penny-smith-scala-radio

https://www.boomradiouk.com/progs1/2021/03/20/
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reminder about Boom Radio Raver! I read a few articles that David Hamilton was mentioned in about a week or so before they started broadcasting then forgot about it. I think he was mainly criticising the Beeb for abandoning older listeners and of course he was right!

I'm going to record David Symonds later as I'll be watching TV by then. I always liked his R2 show in the early 80s, still got a few tapes I made up from stuff from his programmes.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listened to all 3 hours of David Symonds last night, H! Earphones while watching the rugby (sob!) and MOTD. That man has a voice that can melt icebergs. I always liked him, right back from when he was a Radio 1 DJ. He was well in with The Moody Blues at the time. They were massive back then, especially in the States. He penned the sleeve notes on Threshold Of A Dream, if I remember correctly. Anyway...yadda yadda...it was great to hear him again.

I was straight onto Boom this morning, too. Very much liking Les Ross, who I am not familiar with, but he's well known in Brum, so I read. And hardly any ads, which a huge bonus. The only gripe I had with the Simon Mayo comeback, was the amount of ads - though I guess they have to pay his wages somehow.

In the meantime, I'm quite thrilled with this Boom lark and look forward to more of the same. Roger Day later, who I haven't listened to for a few years, as his Radio Kent show used to be on after Dave Cash's Saturday evening old charts programme, but once Dave died suddenly a few years back, I couldn't bear to listen anymore. But before that, two vintage charts...1963 first up.

One last thing. The oldies they play are varied and not at all tired and predictable!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me again. Sorry Simon. I'm hijacking your thread again!


Of course, if it's 60's music that floats your proverbial, then there's only one station. Atlantis. It has the pirate feel, hardly any ads and very little talk, apart from a swift word or two as a link, every now and then. It rattles along at a wonderful pace and is just a real tonic, much needed in the present climate. Luckily, here in the south, I can get it on all of my 'receivers', apart from the old Roberts in the kitchen, which isn't DAB+1. But with all this Alexa stuff etc, that should present no problem.

https://www.atlantisradio.uk/
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for that suggestion, Raver.

I have just dipped in to Atlantis for half an hour or so. Their evening album show is mostly the big classic rock names, though not necessarily their biggest "hits", and it was nice to have Colin Blunstone and a lesser track from Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown amongst them. I shall have to try their daytime output.

Boom Radio has been mentioned in all of what used to be called the broadsheets. The list of presenters does make it look like the last station on the line before they hang up their microphones for good, but it is good to hear some of the people who drove the successful launch of independent local radio in the 1970s - Les Ross, John Peters, Roger Day and Nicky Horne - again.

Simon Mayo never did sound quite right on Scala. I'm sure the move back to his old slot, albeit on a digital only station with crass adverts, is a good one.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
Thank you for that suggestion, Raver.

I have just dipped in to Atlantis for half an hour or so. Their evening album show is mostly the big classic rock names, though not necessarily their biggest "hits", and it was nice to have Colin Blunstone and a lesser track from Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown amongst them. I shall have to try their daytime output.

Boom Radio has been mentioned in all of what used to be called the broadsheets. The list of presenters does make it look like the last station on the line before they hang up their microphones for good, but it is good to hear some of the people who drove the successful launch of independent local radio in the 1970s - Les Ross, John Peters, Roger Day and Nicky Horne - again.

Simon Mayo never did sound quite right on Scala. I'm sure the move back to his old slot, albeit on a digital only station with crass adverts, is a good one.


I've been listening to Atlantis for a while now and music wise I enjoy what I hear. As you say ,Ron,not always the biggest hits (daytime too) of the artists played which appeals to me.

There is a bright young thing ( Tosh Taylor) at the turntable from 1 till 4 who obviously was not there in the Sixties and plays records by 'Gary and the Pacemakers, Dave Dee,Dozy,Beaky,Mick and Tish and Bruce Channel ( said as if he was a body of water!!) They are just some of the ones I've heard.

I wish someone would have a word with her.

I tuned into Boom Radio and wasn't keen on the music I heard. it strayed from the sixties too much for my liking. Perhaps I didn't give it a chance.
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RockitRon wrote:
Thank you for that suggestion, Raver.

I have just dipped in to Atlantis for half an hour or so. Their evening album show is mostly the big classic rock names, though not necessarily their biggest "hits", and it was nice to have Colin Blunstone and a lesser track from Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown amongst them. I shall have to try their daytime output.

Boom Radio has been mentioned in all of what used to be called the broadsheets. The list of presenters does make it look like the last station on the line before they hang up their microphones for good, but it is good to hear some of the people who drove the successful launch of independent local radio in the 1970s - Les Ross, John Peters, Roger Day and Nicky Horne - again.

Simon Mayo never did sound quite right on Scala. I'm sure the move back to his old slot, albeit on a digital only station with crass adverts, is a good one.
Hi Ron. The last time I heard anything from there after 7pm, was a couple of years or so ago, when it was two stations - The daytime channel was Cyber Gold, which played the 60's stuff, while after seven, it morphed into Cyber Rock, which played er...Rock! I'd listen in the car on my personal DAB while my granddaughter was swimming for two hours with her club. The seats in the balcony were extremely unkind to the derriere, so it was a handy way to while away an hour of it (couldn't get the reception in there). I never thought I'd miss it, but what I wouldn't give to be doing it again, a couple of times every week!

I caught a brief few minutes of Roger Day earlier this week. It happened to be his birthday. 78, I think, so yes, the last station for him, I'd have thought. He was broadcasting from Spain, so I expect he's living out there now and having some warmth for his bones in his twilight years. I know he had the dreaded Big C a few years back, so I don't suppose British winters appeal very much. Especially when they last until April.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard Allinson has left Magic. Rumours are that he could be incoming at GHR.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Mayhew wrote:
Richard Allinson has left Magic. Rumours are that he could be incoming at GHR.


Funny that he's presenting between 7pm and 10pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday then............ Plus Magic Soul in the mornings.



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Quite right Helen, he has not left Magic.

In actual fact, if you want to be 100% correct, Richard presents a show on Magic Mellow on Sundays between 10-1pm.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for Richard keeping his slot in the latest reshuffle. Commercial radio can be ruthless.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Good for Richard keeping his slot in the latest reshuffle. Commercial radio can be ruthless.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian-Remember with quality, cream always rises to the top!

Richard Allinson is the best voice/DJ on the radio by a country mile, so any station that employs him are very lucky to have him on board.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another couple of stations I've learned of today (but not listened as yet).

Firstly, Caroline Flashback. I think it's available via the Internet and Alexa and a few other things. Roger Day pops up on here as well. What a day for a Day dream.

Sorry...

http://www.carolineflashback.co.uk/#schedule.html

It also boasts a Listen Again, so quite handy.

http://www.carolineflashback.co.uk/#listen_again.html?v=1

This one will be ambrosia to anyone who misses the old Radio 2/Light Programme . Especially on Sundays.

Serenade Radio

https://www.serenade-radio.com/
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a listen to those two.

Most, if not all, the shows on Flashback appear to be pre-recorded or repeats.
Roger Day's show on Saturday morning is at the same time as his My Generation (Sounds of the 60s) on Boom Radio.

Serenade is a bit too sweet and soporific, even for old Light Programme fans.
Monday to Friday they repeat the same six hours of programming four times through 24 hours. Again, one of the presenters is on at the same time as he's on Boom.
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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2021 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did listen to both for about ten minutes each, but they didn't appeal, especially Serenade, which is indeed, soporific. Dignitas would approve.

I hadn't noticed the Roger Day clash. I didn't even know he did a 60's show on Boom on Saturday mornings, until I saw a post from Angela yesterday and caught the last 20 minutes or so, but will give it a go from now on. Apart from Listen Again programmes - usually R2 or R4, 6Music (less and less) and Five Live for sport, which take up most of my listening, Boom has been my kitchen listening at times while I'm slaving away. I can't get Atlantis on the radio out there. Just as well, as I was feeling in danger of 60's fatigue. So avoided that completely for a couple of weeks.

There's been a lot of Lennon on Sounds and on TV though, which I will never tire of. Last night's offerings on BBC 2 were really good, if not the happiest programmes ever, while out of the Sounds offerings, this one from Archive on 4 in 2015 appeals to me the most. I don't think I've heard it before, but may well have!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06f4xm2?fbclid=IwAR3FALjdkz6iLbUqsV6gWLKbYV0ZbSjoaG8E_vFthoqPw24tPjLDTfnzyTk
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Congratulations to Simon Mayo who has become an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours.
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Yes!
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