First, I invite you to read this article.
I thought that was easier than me trying to regurgitate all that news!
But it all looks good to me. I remember listening to Gilles Peterson on the old, original Jazz FM, in the 1990s. When it played jazz, and when it was actually on FM! I think he and Jez Nelson had a late night show called Somethin’; Else – which is, of course, now the name of his production company. Taken form a Prince song, if I remember.
And it’s interesting that one of the commenters has mentioned that Gilles’s show is up against Peter Young playing the same kind of music on Jazz FM, which is no on DAB and online only.
And said Peter Young I remember listening to especially on the overnight show on mid to late 1970s Capital Radio, when I was a computer operator working nights. I think his must have been one of the first phone-ins. By heck, he got some strange people phoning up.
Later on, I caught up with Peter Young on my really local radio station, the one for Southwest London, radio Jackie – although come to think of it, it may have been called Thames Radio at the time.
But back to the schedule changes at 6 Music. I don’t listen to all of the shows mentioned, although I have heard them all from time to time. Obviously, I’d love to listen to 6 Music all day and all weekend, but there aren’t enough hours in the day. Plus, I don’t have DAB and internet installed everywhere I need to be!
I feel bad that Chris Hawkins is moving away from London after 15 years. I still owe him a pint from when we met several years ago, so the chances of me buying that pint are now even more remote. I first heard him on the old GLR early breakfast show, although he had previously worked as the DJ in the Capital Café in Leicester Square. This café no longer exists, although the radio station is still located in that building.
I hear some of ;’The Hawk’s’ 6 Music show in the mornings before work sometimes, so only about half an hour of it. Even though I can’t join in with his fun and games, I’m really pleased that so many other people do so.
But Saturday afternoons will be different. The humour of Jon Holmes has been a great accompaniment to messing about on the computer: emails, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, all the usual suspects, so it will be interesting to see how Gilles Peterson’s mix of music works at that time of day. Even though he’s been on Radio 1 for 13 years, I still have this mental image of him on the old Jazz FM, in a smoky room, playing some great jazz, late at night.