Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 13 December - Jon Holmes


Jon Holmes and team on Talk Radio's afternoon show dissecting the news in haiku and W.H. Auden poetry. Plus loads of topical Christmas cracker jokes from newsreader Victoria Bourne, old Now Show mate Pippa Evans, celebrity-spotting, a work experience pundit, the diversity paper review and a chance to win some meat.

This is how the show sounded on 13 December 2016. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 12 December - James O'Brien


Mid-mornings on LBC it's James O'Brien. Talking to Buzzfeed in 2016 about his broadcasting style James had this to say: "I set out to excite an emotional reaction, which I guess the shock jock does. But I would distinguish myself from most shock jocks in America by saying I do it by a telling the truth, speaking up for the people who don’t have a voice, rather than the kind of traditional shock jock, which is pretending that you’re speaking up for the people who haven’t got a voice whereas in fact you’re endorsing the loudest, most privileged voices – usually angry white men, isn’t it – claiming that they are somehow victims of circumstances when it’s never been a better time in history to be an angry white man.”

A year ago James was picking up on the issues of the cost of social care and the working conditions of Amazon employees. Some of those lengthy O'Brien monologues (actually edited here) and some calls too.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 11 December - Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross


If you've ever wondered what Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross is up to well the band are still touring and Ricky can be heard on BBC Radio Scotland as one of the presenters of the Sunday morning programme that is billed as "two hours of music and stimulating conversation from a faith and ethical perspective". The other presenters are Cathy Macdonald, Sally Magnusson and Richard Holloway.

A year ago Ricky's main guest on Sunday Morning with... was actor Gregor Fisher. Best known, of course, as street philosopher Rab C. Nesbitt but in December 2016 about to go into panto as one of the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella as Glasgow's King's Theatre. You'll hear that he now lives in France, just a little over an hour from me as it happens.    

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 10 December - Mel Giedroyc


I write most of these little bits of description about the Christmas Countdown audio at the time I record or edit them. So as I drafted this in December 2016 Mel, Sue and Mary have left GBBO apart from a BBC1 Christmas special yet to be screened. Whether the Channel 4 version hits the mark will, I assume, have been revealed by the time this all goes live.

Here's Mel with Andy Bush on her Saturday afternoon show airing on Magic on this date last year.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 9 December - Jamie East


One of the big radio news stories of 2016 was the reappearance of the Virgin radio brand as part of the Sound Digital D2 launch. Joining the team for the mid-morning show was Jamie East. Here's what he was up to a year ago today. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 8 December - Tony Blackburn


2016 wasn't a great year for Tony. He was dropped by the BBC in February, a sacrificial scalp following the Dame Janet Smith review into the Savile scandal. But commercial radio stayed loyal and he continued to broadcast on the Greatest Hits Network, KMFM and, from the summer, the new station Thames Radio, run by the Welsh-based Nation Broadcasting.

In December Tony spent a week broadcasting from Barbados, a promotional event managed by Tim Jibson's Adventures in Radio company. These broadcasts are all about plugging the competition -listeners were offered a chance to win a week's holiday at the Sea Breeze Beach Hotel - but I've edited out a dozen or so mentions of this. Tony speaks to a number of guests including Eddy Grant.

The competition was won the following day by Jeff Paden of North Wales. The programmes also went  out on Dragon Radio.  In June 2017 Thames Radio dropped all its big name DJs in a station 'refresh' and started to play non-stop hits.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 7 December - In Tune


Radio 3 was just coming to the end of a two-month celebration of 70 years since the launch of its predecessor the Third Programme when In Tune hosted this finale from the Goonhilly Earth Station on this day last year.

Joining Sean Rafferty are Will Gregory (of Goldfrapp) with his suitably space-aged Moog Orchestra, members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, composer Graham Fitkin, boys and girls of Truro Cathedral Choir, and award-winning Cornish folk group The Changing Room. 
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