BBC Radio 6 Music – New Trail

Wow this has got to be the most exciting news today. The BBC have produced a new trail for BBC 6 Music. Well that’s terrific. The complaint a few years ago was that 6 Music wasn’t being given the publicity it deserved. Well, now that’s it has been ‘saved’ by us, its audience, and it’s going from strength to strength, does it really need these glossy adverts?

I was alerted to it by a tweet from Lauren Laverne, which is why I have chosen this link:
BBC Radio 6 Music – Lauren Laverne

I have no idea how much these things cost. But it does make me wonder how much spare cash there is sloshing around the BBC. One  day, they have to save money by running down all the local radio stations. Hence, we no longer have Danny Baker on BBC London, for example. Then this ‘cross-promotional’ budget seems to be a bottomles pit of our licence money.

And not only trails. I read the other day that following Mark Thompson’s ‘Delivering Quality First’ initiative, the number of ‘executives’ and ‘managers’ on six-figure salaries has increased rather than  gone down as was, I believe, intended.

Well, that’s my rant for the day. I’ll be back with something more positive later.

Meanwhile, I trust you like the new trail.

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Some that I missed

Despite my best efforts, I sometimes miss programmes that are on my mental playlist and sometimes I only find out after the event. Most of them will be repeated at some point, but that relies on me being fully on the ball.

I’m glad to say that the BBC does send out several email newsletters each week. But reading them all fully and remembering to act on the contents is a major project in itself.

Recently I missed a documentary on Radio 4 about the development of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. It was on before Christmas and has long since fallen off the iPlayer.

…But Still they Come.

I try to keep up with desert Island Discs but managed to miss the one with Dawn French. i’m not her biggest fan, but by all accounts, this was an especially moving edition of the long-running series. This was also first broadcast before Christmas.

But lo! Of course: Desert Island Discs is on the iPlayer for far longer than the usual 7 days. So I haven’t mised it after all!

Desert Island Discs wth Dawn French.

Talking about Desert Island Discs: Guy Garvey usually plays an excerpt from an old programme during the course of his weekly show on BBC 6 Music. In particualr, in tribute to the late Sir Patrick, he played a small snippet from Patrick Moore’s desert island selection, when he was interviewed by the programme’s originator, Roy Plomley. The programme was originally broadcast in 1963 so I doubt that I heard it then. I thought it might be online with the whole Desert Island Discs archive, but this edition is, as I write, not listed.

Desert Island Discs with Patrick Moore.

Desert Island Discs Archives.

And speaking of Guy Garvey, his weekly show on 6 Music is highly recommended by me. Another of those shows that plays music you didn’t know you wanted to hear.

Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour BBC 6 Music, Sunday 10pm to midnight.

The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe presented the first of his Folk Shows last night on Radio 2.

Listen to it here.

I don’t know if he was advised to or whether it was his own idea, but he spent a couple of minutes saying he’s still mates with Mike Harding, that he’s been in and played with folk bands and been to folk festivals and he’s played folk music on his other programmes. He acknowledged that not everyone was going to welcome him. His guests were Bellowhead, and it’s always good to hear them on the radio.

And to be fair, he played some good music. But the funniest thing was towards the end of the show when he ‘suddenly realised’ that an hour is just not long enough. Well, if he hadn’t read so many messages of support and adoration from the listeners, I reckon he could have squeezed in at least a couple more songs.

I’m sure a lot of people won’t listen to the show on principle. I don’t always like things changing in the radio world either. But I think in this case, it was the manner of Mike Harding’s departure which most people objected to. That, and the fact that anything Mark can do on a live show, well, so could Mike, if he’d been given the chance.

But now, we have two hours of folk music a week to listen to, Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2, Wednesday, 7pm and Mike Harding on his website.

Oh and don’t forget, Iain Anderson on BBC Radio Scotland each Monday to Wednesday at 10:05pm. I say ‘don’t forget’ because, sadly, I frequently do. And at two and a half hours, that’s quite a long show to fit in each week. there’s folk music but a wider range of music too.