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Blighty
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish? Reply with quote

Am I the only one who finds Absolute Radio a disappointment? I miss the old Virgin Radio service.

I think Absolute offers a very poor service; the quality of the playlists has deteriorated and I am not keen on the schedule changes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish? Reply with quote

Blighty wrote:
Am I the only one who finds Absolute Radio a disappointment? I miss the old Virgin Radio service.

I think Absolute offers a very poor service; the quality of the playlists has deteriorated and I am not keen on the schedule changes.


Yes, it's just "corporate radio" these days. Most of the UK's radio is now just packaged like the consumer goods we find on the shelves of Tesco, Sainsbury, etc.

I liked the original Virgin Radio. Absolute is junk.

Mind you, I listen mostly to Planet Rock these days. At least that is both owned and presented by people who care about their music!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have given up on Absolute (and I am not quite sure how well its audience figures are). Quite a few people in my workplace feel the same as I do about Absolute. The launch of the station last October was hyped up.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never listened so can't comment. I'm not a fan of commercial radio in general apart from listening to someone I know on one of them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I've heard of it.

Is there really other Radio Stations powerfull enough to get you to tune away from Radio 2? Gosh!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:
Is there really other Radio Stations powerfull enough to get you to tune away from Radio 2? Gosh!


For sure and, let's be honest, they don't have to work that hard either!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No.

To paraphrase colby's earlier comment, outside of what remains of any local input, they're all bland, like the "standardised, homogenised, pasteurised" milk now sold in plastic bottles. The local input, usually breakfast and teatime, commonly consists of a very unfunny double-act trying to out-shout one another, playing the odd chart track in between all that and the commercials.

I might be tempted by Classic FM if it wasn't for the intrusive advertising.

Not even in my confirmed-old-bachelor twenties did I want to listen to wall-to-wall Judas Priest/Metallica/Lynyrd Skynyrd, but if anyone does, and they want to join Rick Wakeman & co behind the bike sheds, there is always Planet Rock.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
Not even in my confirmed-old-bachelor twenties did I want to listen to wall-to-wall Judas Priest/Metallica/Lynyrd Skynyrd, but if anyone does, and they want to join Rick Wakeman & co behind the bike sheds, there is always Planet Rock.


To be fair, Planet Rock offers much more than wall-to-wall head-banging rock. If it did, I wouldn't listen. Since the "consortium of musicians" buyout the station has really found its niche.

In the last few weeks alone I've heard so much stuff from really good touring bands I haven't heard since my 1970s college days that I would never, ever hear on mainstream stations like R2. Not only is the Wakeman & Jeeves show full of good banter and great music (and a welcome antidote to the Woss-bore) but David Jensen's Sunday show is as diverse and entertaining as R2 is boring at that time. Jensen also knows his stuff.

Personally, I think Wakeman is one of the UK's best radio presenters at the moment - largely because he doesn't try to be a "DJ" and also because he's also a very funny raconteur.

Radio 2 can't compete with this - not in my mind anyhow.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:40 pm    Post subject: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish! Reply with quote

I don't mind Geoff Lloyd's Hometime programme, though I can live without the constant airing of Lily Allen's 'The Fear'!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish! Reply with quote

Absolute Radio sponsored ITV2's coverage of the Isle Of Wight festival this year.

A pity they had the useless Fearne Cotton and Rufus Hound presenting. The constant ad breaks were also frustrating in mid-song, like they were going to announce that the Queen had home made apple pie for tea or that Axl Rose's cat had been stolen!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:56 pm    Post subject: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish! Reply with quote

I am also sick of that Post Office ad where Ken (also the landlord in Early Doors) speaks to Chesney Hawkes on here. I waited for Bill Bailey's interview and the same bloody ad was aired about 6 times.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not been impressed by what I've heard of Absolute. It is hardly a Rock station now.
I think radio 2 is top quality. I tune into Magic for a change. Sometimes I tune into local station Jackie
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:43 pm    Post subject: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish! Reply with quote

I'm not impressed with the way they kept going on about the coverage of Michael Jackson's funeral.

I felt they should have added 'other dead musicians are available', because only ARFM's Solid Air programme mentioned the death of former Soft Machine member Hugh Hopper, and the same station's Soundscapes programme played ELO's 'Poker' and The Orchestra's 'The Fox' in memory of Kelly Groucutt.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been tuning into them on my phone on the train journey home. Their musical selection not too bad at times
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's too formulaic to me. Content is driven by record companies' ad agencies.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was off work today and tuned into Russ Williams this morning.

Great show with a good presenter and a great selection of music.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always liked Russ Williams actually. I used to enjoy the "Russ and Jono" breakfast show which, unfortunately, ended when that prat Evans took over the station and because he and Jono Coleman hated each other it was clear who had to go.

Russ Williams is very knowledgeable about music and it shows - in fact his music knowledge is as great as his football knowledge, and that's huge!

It still doesn't lead me back to listening to the recently re-branded station, though. The damage done by Evans has never been really repaired for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colby-Could not agree more re your comments on Russ Williams.

His style re informing the listener about the song /group playing is very similar to Richard Allinsons which I was why I like him.

I always get the feeling Russ/Richard see it as part of the role to engage with the listener on the back of imparting music knowledge. Their style is completely at odds with the likes of Steve Wright, Chris Evans, Sarah Kennedy and Terry Wogan who don't give a damn about the music-I actually feel that they actually feel the music gets in the way of their pointless unfunny (most of the time) ramblings.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:40 am    Post subject: Absolute Radio - Absolute Rubbish! Reply with quote

I'm absolutely sick of them playing Ian Brown's 'Stellify' every night now.
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