Sunday is a brilliant day for radio

I realised that Sunday is quite probably the single best day of the week on BBC radio. Here is a list of what I listened to yesterday ‘live’ and what I’ve recorded for future enjoyment.

12.00 midnight Radio 2 – Bob Harris

9.00am Radio 4 – Broadcasting House

A topical news-based magazine programme with a competition that I enetr once in a blue moon, when i know the answer. It would be wrong to say that I only listen, waiting for the return of Fi Glover.

10.00am 6 Music – Cerys Matthews

11.15am Radio 4 – Desert Island Discs

This week, the guest was Jonathan Agnew. For a 70-year old programme, it’s doing very well, going form strength to strength. Dare I say it: I think Kirsty Young is the best ever presenter.

1.00pm Radio 2 – Elaine Paige

Much of the programme is predictable, Lloyd-Webber, Les Mis, common or garden songs from musicals, but now and then, a great tune turns up. But if not, hearing Elaine’s unique chuckle/chortle brightens up even the dullest, greyest Sunday.

1.30pm Radio 4 – Lyrical Journey

This week, the subject was Eddi Reader’s song ‘Patience of Angels’, written by Boo Hewerdine. I remember when the record first came out in 1994(?): I’m sure Eddi Reader appeared on GLR many times to promite the record, though sadly, I have no such recordings.

3.00pm Radio 4 – The Real George Orwell

‘A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell’ – drama and stories written by and about George Orwell.

3.00pm Radio 2 – Johnnie Walker’s Sounds of the ’70s

4.00pm 6 Music – Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service

6.15pm Radio 4 – Pick of the Week

A good way of finnding some interesting programmes that I would have missed otherwise. I usually hear it in time to get something off the iPlayer, but there have been several misses over the years. They have played one of my suggestions, once. Although I suspect many listeners nominated the same item.

8.00pm Radio 4 – Feedback

Though I usually try to catch this programme on its first outing on friday evening. It’s the radio version of ‘Points of View’ only much better. Ancompliants about (or indeed praise for) the BBC and its output is welcome here.

10.00pm 6 Music – Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour

He read out one of my emails once and so immediately became my number one topmost favourite radio presenter DJ of all time, ever. But apart from that, this, along with all the other 6 Music shows today, quite easily ticks the box that says ‘they place the music you don’t know you want to listen to’.

11.00pm Radio 2 – The David Jacobs Collection

Old time records, most of the songs predate even my parents’ era, but every now and then there’s a real gem, and the fact that it’s 60 years old really doesn’t matter. I met hime once, at Kingston Readers’ Festival. He asked for directions to the lav.

I also caught bits of Paul O’Grady, Clare Balding, Michael Ball, Russell Davis, Mary Anne Hobbs and 1.5 seconds of the Archers theme tune, that being how long it takes to jump across the room the switch to 6 Music.

Pick of the Week

There’s not enough time to listen to everything I’d like to on the radio. So you’d think a programme like Pick of the Week would help fill in the gaps.

Well, it does of course, but equally, it just brings to light programmes I’ve missed and would like to listen to in full.

In other words. it increases the ‘want’ list rather than decreases it.

For example, the most recent edition whetted my appetite for Robert Winston’s Musical Analysis, this particular episode being about Tchaikowsky. Unfortunately, no iPlayer action.

Also, There is Business like Show Business – about musicals which we’ll never see perfomed but which served a purpose, promoting certain products, for instance. It’s not every day you hear a song where the lyrics include ‘appendectomy’ rhyming with ‘hysterectomy’. This one never appeared on the iPlayer either.

Dudley Moore’s World of Jazz was a Radio 2 show that I meant to record for future enjoyment but I forgot – even though I must have heard it railed on Radio 2 at least a couple of dozen times over the last few weeks. And now, it’s no longer on the iPlayer.

It’s a nice mix, Pick of the Week, but there is definitely a bias towards Radio 4, which is, I suppose, fair enough.

My claim to fame is suggesting a clip from BBC London from many years ago: Danny Baker talking to (the late, great) Ken Campbell about the art of ventriloquism. Obviously, this is one that I wish I’d recorded for posterity. Oh well.

Pick of the Week, Radio 4, Sunday 6.15pm.