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Radio 2 Pick Of The Pops Review

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:02 pm    Post subject: Radio 2 Pick Of The Pops Review Reply with quote

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The recently tweaked weekend schedule on Radio 2 is a happier thing than it has been for a while. There's no longer the old incompatibility problem of Saturday and Sunday think Russell Brand on one day, Alan Titchmarsh the next and some of the newer signings are settling in especially well. Zoe Ball and Paul O'Grady, for example, sound made for the place.

But it's not all novelty. Older formats have been expanded and revivified. Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s is a fine counterpart to Sounds of the 60s, crammed with Walker's endearing anecdotes. Dale Winton now presents Pick of the Pops on Saturday lunchtime, replacing the comedy hour that never made anyone laugh.

POTP is a show that unashamedly caters for Radio 2's more traditional audience. It's long-standing, though it's been through makeovers and relocations, and is almost exclusively about the music rather than the presenter. Winton's input is smooth and deliberately light. Off-air, I'm guessing he's not that fascinated by titbits of pop history, but he bowls them into the mix enthusiastically. There are no catchphrases, pop pickers, just a reliable serving of music for those who like to look back a little a group that music radio too often neglects.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jul/27/pick-of-the-pops

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Quite right Pick Of The Pops is in the right place instead of the appalling Comedy Hour.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't quite unprogrammed from avoiding Comedy Hour yet and hence keep forgetting that POTP is on.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that Dale presents POTP so well. He gets it just right which means you don't care that it's pre-recorded.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwarburton wrote:
I haven't quite unprogrammed from avoiding Comedy Hour yet and hence keep forgetting that POTP is on.


Yes, I do too. It's always an iPlayer job for me on a Monday. I've given up with R2 on Saturdays after SOTS, I'm afraid, and I too have the so-called "Comedy Hour" hard-wired into my psyche.
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forget about it as well, but Saturday lunchtime has never been a 'listen to radio' time for me.

Just as well someone invented iPlayer!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen-By way of a reminder don't forget Allinson Albums goes out on Saturday lunchtimes on Radio York at 1pm- without doubt the best lunchtime show around.
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