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By davidjay
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In 1974 BRMB started broadcasting out of Birmingham. They also did innovative local programmes, including the legendary Tony Butler, whose football phone-in was the inspiration for Danny Baker and everyone who came after him. Another notable on BRMB was Robin Valk, whose evening rock show featured sessions from new acts such as UB40, Dexy's & Ruby Turner. They also did an annual open air gig that one memorable year was headlined by Steel Pulse & the Specials.

46 years and several owners later they're called Free Radio Birmingham. Their local output is a daytime hourly news bulletin during the week.

On the other channel is Radio WM, again a formerly innovative and quality broadcaster whose presenters now seem to be comprised of wannabe shock jocks and hospital radio escapees. Take out the traffic updates and they could be broadcasting from anywhere in the country.
 
By MisterMuncher
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Commercial radio, outside of specialist stations, really can't do specialised music programming any more. It has to be short, proven and unchallenging so that the audience doesn't switch off. It almost requires a BBC type organisation without the commercial imperative to cover niche interests.

Which makes it all the more frustrating that Radio 1 and 2 are along the commercial model almost entirely.
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By youngian
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Which makes it all the more frustrating that Radio 1 and 2 are along the commercial model almost entirely.

Like Saturday evening light entertainment they do it slightly better than commercial rivals. The BBC is what it is by giving you Terry Wogan and Chris Evans as well John Peel and Stockhausen played on wine glasses over at Radio 3. Tony Blackburn once observed that his audience was captive; Drivers and convicts.
 
By Oblomov
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MisterMuncher wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:32 pm
Commercial radio, outside of specialist stations, really can't do specialised music programming any more. It has to be short, proven and unchallenging so that the audience doesn't switch off. It almost requires a BBC type organisation without the commercial imperative to cover niche interests.

Which makes it all the more frustrating that Radio 1 and 2 are along the commercial model almost entirely.
I couldn't just switch either of them on now and whittle away a few hours casually listening. But they do both have specific genre shows that I either try to catch live or on catch up. Actually there's a lot of those across the stations, I will miss them deary when the new Tory stooge in charge starts cutting programming like that.
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