Category Archives: radio

THe great American novelist

Last week Radio 3 broadcast a fascinating interview with Philip Roth looking at his new novel in the main, but wide-ranging and covering religion and American politics among other topics.  The interview is now available for download for one week … Continue reading

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Danny Baker

When Radio Five started I listened for the football and other sport, and then heard Danny Baker – a broadcasting genius.  I stayed. Endlessly entertaining.  The ability to riff on phone calls/e-mails and take off in directions you’d never imagine.   I … Continue reading

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Danny Baker is back

On 6-0-6. Thank the lord.  He’s been much missed.

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Tomorrow’s radio today

The Bland leading the Blonde Victoria Derbyshire meets Jacqui (the black sheep of Linda’s family) Smith on tomorrow’s 5 live phone in.  Perhaps she’ll talk to her about those determined to have intimate relations with amputees as she managed to … Continue reading

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Have you ever had one of those nightmares?

You wake in a cold sweat from uneasy dreams your mind trying to form something from the collage of images flitting through.  Then sounds.  The sounds. And your eyes open wide – and you sit up: Victoria Derbyshire; and Stephen Nolan … Continue reading

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The sad demise of Radio 5 live

From the late Vincent Hanna in the evening with Peter Allen and JAne Garvey in the morning via Fi Glover and Adrian Chiles and Julian Worricker through Nicky Campbell getting the breakfast show to Victoria Derbyshire getting the phone-in and … Continue reading

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Radio Five Live

I’m working and listening to Richard Bacon (no sign of the operation yet) hosting a debate between Dr Evan Harries and someone else whose name has escaped me about blasphemy, and the good doctor’s proposal to decriminalise blasphemy.  There was … Continue reading

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Radio news – Throat surgery for Partridge.

As anyone who has heard 2 minutes of any of his recent broadcasts will know resident Radio 5 Live Alan Partridge-a-like Richard “disgraced Blue Peter presenter” Bacon (sample comment, during a “debate”(1) on global warming – “I’ll be dead in a hundred … Continue reading

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Diary of a madman

Unheralded, BBC7 will this weekend broadcast one of the great audio performances.  At 5.20 pm on Saturday Gogol’s Diary of a Madman starring Kenneth Williams will be repeated.  The recording – made for an animated film that came to naught … Continue reading

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Do music stations need presenters?

Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed listening to thejazz, the new DAB station.  This weekend they kicked off with presenters introducing a top 500 as voted for by the listeners (no idea if my preferences made it into the … Continue reading

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Charles Wheeler

Charles Wheeler is a wonderful journalist. I remember his aquiline features on Newsnight and Panorama covering various foreign stories and enjoy hearing him on the radio.  When Radio 5 live used to broadcast something decent on Saturday mornings (ie in the … Continue reading

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