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.

End of year recommendations

Happy new year to you all, I hope your enjoyment of radio goes from strength to strength.

Here are just a few recommendations in case you’re at a loose end over the next day or two.

Erin McKeown has a new album out and it is terrific. It was crowd-funded and well worth the eight-month wait. She deals with some important isues of the day, but even apart from that, the songs just sound good.
NPR – First Listen – Erin McKeown – Manifestra

As mentioned previouly, Mike Harding has a new weekly Folk Music programme, now on the internet. Last night at 5pm, 27,000 of us logged into The Mike Harding Show – and promptly crashed the server! Apparently, it’s all fixed now, and his Podcast #1 is avaialble for your enjoyment, an hour of good music uninterrupted by news, weather, sport, traffic and trails.

On a totally different note, the Today programme on Radio 4 a couple of days ago included a fascinating discussion between presenters John Humphrys and Ed Stourton with guest editor Dame Ann Leslie about their religious beliefs and experience. It will be on the iPlayer until 5/1/2013. Skip to 42 minutes.

And on a lighter note, Danny Baker with Baylen Leonard presented a show of songs from Broadway and beyond. It was a fun listen, a one-off show on Radio 2 but, who knows, maybe there’ll be another show when the next holiday season encourages the regualr presenters to take a break 😉
Danny Baker on Radio 2 available until 4/1/2013.

New year’s resolutions are all the rage. Well, mine generally tend to be variations on “be more tidy” and “be more organised”. My “list of things to do” is quite long, so if it’s shorter by the end of the year, that’ll be a bonus. And I must try harder not to squeeze everything in. There really isn’t time to read all the newspaper articles I want to, there isn’t time to read all the books I want to, there isn’t time to listen to all the radio, watch all the TV and films I want to. So my resolution is to (at least try) not to feel guilty about the things that go by the wayside. Good luck to you with any changes to your lifestyle and besst wishes for 2013.

Mike Harding is off air. Long live Mike Harding.

First of all, apologies for the last minute message here.

But the good news is, that within 40 minutes of me writing these words, Mike Harding’s first on-line Folk, Roots and Acoustic show will be broadcast. Online. On the internet. He’s been working very hard over the last few weeks to set this thing up.

So, for now, here are the links:

The Mike Harding Folk Show. <listen to the show here.

Show your support by LIKEing the Mike Harding Folk Show Facebook Page.

PS The broadcast failed becaue the server couldn’t handle the 27,000 people who ‘tuned in’ at 5 o’clock. That is a terrific number of supporters for the first week, during what is still a holiday period for many of us. I suspect 27,000 is more than a number of BBC radio shows manage to attract…

The latest news

I’ll be going through the listings soon to plan my Christmas-time radio listening. I do know that Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial Champion (not to mention Sports Personality of 2012) Bradley Wiggins will be on 6 Music with Paul Weller.

Danny Baker is the new Elaine Paige. Yes, together with Baylen Leonard, the Candyman will be playing music from the shows on Radio 2, sometime over Christmas.

Mike Harding’s final show on Radio 2 will be broadcast on December 26. But then, just a few days later, he’ll be producing a weekly one-hour long podcast online – there’s not much information as I write, but I anticipate this will be very similar to his RAdio 2 show: music, chats and gig lists. But no trails. And no news. Might as well bookmark the site.

And finally for now, it was announced today that in the new year, Jon Holmes will be presenting the Breakfast Show on Xfm.

Here’s the full story.

That’s it for now: I thought I’d drop in and see how the old blog’s holding up, I’ve been away for a while.

 

Happy 90th Birthday, BBC.

Well, yes, let’s celebrate the BBC, the good bits, the radio, the entertainment, the information and the education. Never mind the recent shambles, Savile, Newsnight, pin-headed weasels that pass for middle management, DG’s working for a couple of months for a full year’s pay.

BBC Radio 4 Extra have put together 90 short programmes, funnily enough. just 90 seconds each,all memorable moments.

90 by 90. they will be broadcast but thank goodnes the iPlayer is working its butt off to bring us all this fascinating stuff.

I’m sure there will be plenty of memorable moments that won’t appear in this series: I would love to hear Andrew Sachs’s play, The Revenge, one more time, for example. I heard it at the London Hospital when it was first broadcast. No, I wasn’t ill, I was visiting my then girlfriend and wife-to-be, Sarah, who was training there. If I remember correctly, there was no dialogue, the story was told using sound effects only.

And I would love to hear my Mum singing along to Housewife’s Choice again.

At 17:33 GMT, every BBC radio station in the universe will be broadcasting a very special programme simultaneously. No getting away from it. The three-minute transmission will be based on recorded messages from listeners around the world on the theme of the future. Each of an estimated 60 BBC radio stations will choose one message and many of them will then be mixed together and set to a musical score specially composed by Damon Albarn, the Blur frontman. I suspect this is one to keep for the grandchildren and whoever else is around in another 90 years’ time.

Radio Reunited – a global simulcast.

Also tonight, the results of our donations will begin to come to light. Yes, all those old tapes and cassettes that the great British public found in the loft and down the back of the sofa and then taken to the BBC in a kind of ‘amnesty’ have been processed by a team of audio experts and the results will be aired in a series starting tonight, BBC Radio 2, 10pm.

The Listeners’ Archive.

In other news: Danny Baker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame last night. I was hoping the Radio Academy might put up a recording of the speeches, but until they do, there’s this, which isn’t top quality, skip to 7m30 for Peter Kay, who presented the award to the Candyman.

(Later: ) Here is a better quality version on YouTube.

Save the Treehouse – continued

Danny Baker’s BBC London show axed, shock, horror (part 2).

Well, who knew this 2 hours of radio would be so… interesting … to the rest of the world. Yes, world. For a while on Twitter, apparently, ‘Danny Baker’ was trending worldwide. Along with ‘Christmas.Blimus.

But the news made it to Radio 4’s PM programme two days running, catch the shows here:
Thursday 1st November from about 55min10sec.
Friday 2nd November from about 43min00sec.

The latter is a very short extract from David Robey’s appearance on Vanessa Feltz’s morning show on BBC London. The whole half hour segment can be heard here:
Vaness Feltz on BBC London from about 2hr26min00sec.

David Robey is the Managing Editor of BBC London 94.9. After all these years, he still has the knack of talking down to the listeners but not listening to what they’re actually saying. And he seems proud of the fact that he doesn’t talk to Danny Baker himself, he speaks to Danny’s agent.

And on the Today programme, the lads had a jolly good laugh at the goings-on. Not sure Justin Webb entirely understood what was happening, to be honest.
The Today programme from about 2hr24min00sec.

As ever, these programmes are available on the iPlayer for 7 days after broadcast.

Here’s a fascinating discussion on DigitalSpy.

Not convinced by this Independent article which takes the story in a different direction.

Daily Record.

How NPR reported the furore, some say contretemps, some say brouhaha.

I’ll miss the afternoon show, that’s for sure. But he was back on air this morning as usual, BBC Radio 5 Live.