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Re: On the Radio

Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:14 pm
by davidjay
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.

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:32 pm
by MisterMuncher
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.

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:05 am
by youngian
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.

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:34 pm
by Boiler
Enjoyed LNOTP tonight without the audience. Pity the RAH aircon seemed to almost drown out Lark Ascending at times.

Still dislike Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia though.

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:01 pm
by Boiler
Have just caught the end of a series of programmes on Radio 3 entitled Nordic Sounds. I feel it warrants further investigation.

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:09 am
by Oblomov
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.

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:14 pm
by MisterMuncher
Boiler wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:01 pm
Have just caught the end of a series of programmes on Radio 3 entitled Nordic Sounds. I feel it warrants further investigation.
Gothenberg and Norwegian Black Metal?

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:44 pm
by Boiler
I've not downloaded them yet, but it's Radio 3 so these days, anything can happen... :lol:

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:55 pm
by The Red Arrow
Better be some chuffin' Grieg in there. I love this. I'm not joking. Maybe it's the birdsong.


Re: On the Radio

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:01 pm
by Boiler

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:08 pm
by The Red Arrow
Cheers, old chum! :)

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:47 pm
by Boiler
Grim, but compelling; "The Good Germans"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ncqv

Re: On the Radio

Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:32 pm
by Kreuzberger
Aye, I "enjoyed" that. Had a conversation with the Kreuzette over dinner about the fate of von Stauffenberg. Whatevs, his letter to his wife had me very close to tears.

Great radio.