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Ken Bruce Leaving Radio 2 End Of March

 
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:32 pm    Post subject: Ken Bruce Leaving Radio 2 End Of March Reply with quote

Yes it was announced on his show today that he would be leaving at the end of March. He is going to Greatest Hits Radio on a 1000 - 1300 weekday show starting in April.

I didn't hear the announcement but I guess it was only to be expected after Steve's departure last year.

Ken is taking Pop Master with him as well!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Ken is taking Pop Master with him as well!'

According to an article in The Independent - ' This is due to the fact that he savvily bought the rights to the quiz when he first debuted it'

I was never a regular listener but on the occasions I tuned in to Ken I felt at home instantly - his easy manner was always welcoming.

Seemingly a thoroughly nice chap, who knew what he was doing. Hope all works out well for him.

Tried to comment this morning but the site wouldn't let me sign in. Tried quite a few times.

The avatars and smileys have all disappeared too but this happened a few weeks ago.

(Can't include any post in my reply either)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's me done with weekday Radio 2 now, I'll still try and catch SotS on a Saturday and dip into Sunday but as for the rest , thanks but no thanks, Greatest Hits or Boom look like the places to be. Congratulations BBC your long running suicide is going really well.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2023 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit of a quandary today on Popmaster. Someone got a 39 and Ken couldn't say the usual 'We'll see you back at the end of the year etc'. lnstead But I'm reasonably confident he will be on Greatest in December, along with anyone else who get 36 or 39 (there are three so far) though Ken said 'We will arrange something special for those who have qualified this year which won't take place in December this year'. Well, he couldn't say otherwise, could he?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2023 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's something I hadn't thought of Raver!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2023 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another 39 today!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2023 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turns out there's just one more week of Ken to go - his last show is on 3rd March!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2023 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon Mayo's drivetime was covered by Andy Crane yesterday - Simon was filming TV ads with Ken, so expect a campaign starting soon!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2023 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must make a point of listening this week.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2023 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the Beeb, in all of it's well known graciousness and gratefulness, have hastened Ken's leaving. They really do charm pretty well, don't they.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2023/feb/24/ken-bruce-says-bbc-has-hastened-his-radio-2-exit
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2023 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got to wonder whether Johnnie Walker will be there much longer
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2023 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fog on the Tyne wrote:
Got to wonder whether Johnnie Walker will be there much longer


I keep thinking that too. Makes you appreciate them everytime you listen now.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2023 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely even the Beeb wouldn't dare to get rid of Johnnie. He has two very good shows and a huge fanbase.

At least I would hope not!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2023 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again the BBC treat one of their most faithful employees in a disgraceful manner.

Ken Bruce
@RealKenBruce

I will be presenting my last show on Radio 2 next Friday. I had intended fulfilling my contract until the end of March but the BBC has decided it wants me to leave earlier. Let’s enjoy the week ahead!


https://twitter.com/RealKenBruce/status/1629188906112503809

They're not really helping Vernon as I'm sure some listeners will be resentful of him taking over.

It could have been done in a much better manner.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2023 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBC have always excelled in the disgusting treatment of people who are deemed to have served their purpose (just ask Sue Barker).

Ken will at least know now that he did the right thing in deciding to jump before being pushed. I would have thought that Johnnie Walker and Tony Blackburn would have cause to consider their options. Of course, someone may need to be retained as the 'token oldie' at Radio2, just to tick the box on the diversity spreadsheet.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2023 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fog on the Tyne wrote:
Got to wonder whether Johnnie Walker will be there much longer


The Beeb would be nuts to get rid of Johnnie Walker....but then they are given what has happened in the last year or so. He would be a perfect fit on BOOM RADIO though Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2023 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice little interview on Radio 4's Today programme this morning - Garry Richardson talks to Ken.

Selects two tracks of his years and has a little, good natured under the circumstances, swipe at Radio 2 (BBC)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2023 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here it is...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0f6hv3k
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2023 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh this really is The End.......

I've listened to Ken probably from 84 from time to time, work permitting and in the car. Jeremy's chats for 20 years, can it really be that long ago? He really is the best and I'll miss him!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2023 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A chap on Twitter (his name tells you whether he is to be taken seriously or not) has dragged Ken's name into the political arena this morning.

Sir Michael Take CBE
@MichaelTakeMP
Now we know Sue Gray was the evil socialist mastermind who plotted Partygate, we must now ask is she also behind:
Tofu?
Those shaved up the side hairstyles?
The sacking of Ken Bruce?
Angela Rayner’s legs?
Rod Stewart’s scanning units?
Tight crotchy leggings?
Vegan breakfasts?

🤔

https://twitter.com/MichaelTakeMP/status/1631573977079373825

😂😂

Love the record Ken chose to end with..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2023 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to switch off R2 Rolling Eyes Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2023 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Gosh this really is The End.......

I've listened to Ken probably from 84 from time to time, work permitting and in the car. Jeremy's chats for 20 years, can it really be that long ago? He really is the best and I'll miss him!

H


Even Gillian Reynolds has come out of hibernation to comment!

https://inews.co.uk/culture/ken-bruce-final-radio-2-show-reminded-talk-everyone-listen-too-2186957
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2023 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't keep the good ones silent for long Raver! Brilliant piece by Gillian as usual.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2023 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Switched on GHR this morning for the first time since Ken started his show (apart from hearing Popmaster on day one!) and it was great to hear him again.

I'd sort of switched out of his show unless I was in the car a while ago but I'll be listening more often.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2023 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There seems to be quite a lot of Queen, but generally the station is a good listen and Ken's fitted in nicely.

It must surely be sooner rather than later that Steve Wright is in the middle of a Bruce-Mayo sandwich.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2023 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I thought he sounded really at home on there Ian.

Would be good to have Steve back on weekdays.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2023 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a pretty good show. Ken's shoehorning a few 60's as well, Aretha etc, along with a couple of good features where a listener picks his three songs from a year. Ben Elton did one (predicably Queen based, due to We Will Rock You) and another listener picked 1970 and his three were All Right Now, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Let It Me. So he's settling in nicely.
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