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Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:20 pm
The nation's favourite (once), now unlistentoable. Batesy, Mayo, Davies, Wright, Brookes, Goodier, Brambles, Read, Campbell, Greening, Travis, Edmonds, Radcliffe all gone. They made the momentous decision to aim it at 15-24 year olds in the mid nineties and lost about 75% of their listeners in the process. Used to love the Golden Hour (9-10am), not sure about Our Tune though. Don't know how the current D.Js sit through the drivel they have to play nowadays. Long live Radio 2.
Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 2:45 am
Radio 1 was forced into existence by the pirate stations (improved versions of Radio Luxembourg) with which it at first compared rather unfavourably.
It's difficult unless you remember it to appreciate the musical generation gap that existed between (more or less) the pre and post-WWII generations, the latter generally liking rock & roll, the former hating it. The former controlled the radio schedules in the 50's and confined rock & roll to two slots on the BBC Light Programme: Saturday Club (live music, 10 am) and Pick of the Pops (records, Sundays 4pm.) The BBC was a monopoly: the only other station until the pirates sprung up (paid for by advertising) was Radio Luxembourg (daily 6pm to midnight.) The pirates were killed off by making it illegal for British companies to advertise on them, but at least the BBC intoduced a full-time pop-music station in replacement. It just had to seem poor by comparison, whether it was or not. It was aimed at 15-24 year olds.
They also numbered their stations from that time: the Light Programmme became Radio 2, the Third Programme Radio 3 and the Home Service Radio 4.
For many years now I've listened to Capital Gold, which plays the sort of stuff I like. Sadly, there's far less of a musical generation gap these days: I really like at least half the music my son listens to, and can tolerate most of the rest pretty easily.
Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:58 pm
I still think it's sh*te.
Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:00 pm
Yep. I've grown out of it, too.
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:42 am
Why are so many of the "Gold" programmes only on Medium wave with cr*p reception.
Luckily we get Saga radio on FM but they chuck in Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis etc, it's not 50's, 60's pop.
Radio 2 is still the best option. Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Richard Allinson, Steve Wright, Johnny Walker and no bl**dy adverts.
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:52 am
Capital Gold's also on Sky - channnel 863. But I think they must think that old farts, for whom FM (or VHF as we used to call it) is new-fangled, can better put up with Medium-wave/AM since we were brought up on it.
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 5:35 pm
I think Radio 2 should consider giving Richard Allinson a proper daytime slot (weekdays). He is a true pro. His saturday show is great and he plays top music. He is wasted at weekends because most people have got more important things to do than listen to the radio. Stuart MacConie also must be chomping at the bit to get a regular weekday slot which he deserves. This man is a font of entertaining chat and trivia and like Allinson knows a good tune when he hears one. Come on you lot upstairs, give 'em a go. I think Wogan and Wrighty are getting a bit stale, (unthinkable as it is)
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:09 pm
Come on now! Fair enough, Wrighty is getting a bit old hat and cheesey, but Wogan is still the top TOG
Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:53 pm
Wogan should jump ship to Radio 4 where he will probably feel more at home. Not saying I don't like him 'cos I do, but he's been gracing the airwaves at 2 for what seems like an eternity. He doesn't want to end up being dragged kicking and screaming out of the building like Jimmy Young.
Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:48 am
How about this..................
Let's farm out Terry Wogan and Jeremy Vine to Radio 3 or 4 where their style is probably more appreciated
Get Steve Wright back on the breakfast slot followed by Stuart MacConie and get Richard Allinson to replace Sarah Kennedy
Bit lost now as to who should do the afternoon slot............sure you guys could think of someone there.......... maybe D.L.T - Simon Bates - Simon Mayo??
Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:13 pm
The last time I listened to Radio 1 it was on 247m (202m Poole and surrounding and area) and closed down at 11.00pm, has it changed then ?
Capital Radio was top dog in the '70's & 80's if you lived in S/E England.
I must be getting on now as I now listen to L.B.C. and Radio 2.
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:11 am
When I lived in London, Capital Radio ruled.
Do you remember Kenny and Cash for breakfast?
Then Captain Kremman?
Kenny Everett, sadly missed.
Then I moved to Birmingham and found Les Ross on BRMB.
The music was cr*p but he was brilliant.
His serial "Yesterday Never Comes" with Miss Stake and Lady Lord was always worth listening to. Nim, Nim, Nim.
He then moved to Saga Radio but upset the management and he's gone again.
I now listen to Wogan.
Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:34 am
Kenny & Cash, that was from the early days, I remember the classic line up of, Graham then Micheal then Dave and finally Red hot Roger Scott.
The quiz at lunch time was COD and they would have Simon Booker as the kind of judge on it.
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:54 pm
There was a local radio station where I live (now re-launched) that Alan Partridge would have felt very at home at. I used to listen to it at work sometimes if the signal was bad on Radio 1 (in the days they were on medium wave.) They used to have a phone in slot on the mid morning show and they'd get the listeners to ring in with their views on a certain topic of the day. Some days no b*gger would bother to phone up so the poor D.J used to play another record or two in the hope that someone would call. If they didn't he'd have to admit defeat and say something like, "Well obviously you listeners are quite happy to allow poor defenceless foxes to get torn apart by dogs so we'll say no more on the subject and we'll have another phone in tomorrow." Also they used to play the same records over and over again every day. We sometimes used to take bets on what record they were going to play next. The D.Js used to go sick quite regularly and the controller would have to step into someones shoes at the last minute totally unprepared and just muddle through playing records and reading snippets out of the paper.
Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 8:12 pm
just muddle through playing records and reading snippets out of the paper.
Sounds just like Steve Wright in the Afternoon