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.

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.

The Today Programme

The Today Programme, or ‘Today’, has been broadcast to Radio 4, and before that the BBC Home Service, for as long as I can remember.

Jack di Manio is the first presenter I can remember. He would often get the time wrong, which was a handy excuse if I was ever late for school. Although, with the benefit of hindsight, I don’t think the teachers were fooled.

Today was the early morning show of choice for a period in the late ’70s to early ’80s. I still get goosebumps when I recall the day that Brian Redhead woke me up to inform me that John Lennon had been murdered.

I also remember the experiment of having incidental music during the programme. Not a great success, very unpopular, talented though Barbara Thompson undoubtedly is.

On the whole I don’t listen to this news and current affairs programme any more. Usually I’m at work, so can’t tune in anyway. I heard about ten minutes this morning which was OK, an item about the dangers of shisha smoking and some banter between the two presenters, Evan Davis and John Humphrys.

But I avoid it because I now find it too ‘loud’: there’s too much shouting. And the guests continuously have their answers interrupted by the presenters. Yes, I know, politicians want to say what they want to say, regardless of the questions actually being asked, but the interruptions are such a distraction, I have no idea in the end what the answers, or even the questions, actually were.

Plus, on what day was it decided that every issue is black or white, that every item on the programme has to have equal and opposite points of view?

“Trying to set up an artificial argument about The Ladykillers is typical of the dishonest, binary style of debate pushed by Today” says top writer Graham Linehan in this article.

I think this is my first (whatever the opposite of ‘recommendation’ is).

The Today Programme has its own site.