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Rocknroll59
28th December 2018, 09:50 AM
Just been listening to an old Radio 2 Terry Wogan morning show on you know what (YT), and suddenly you realise what rubbish there is now in the quality of R2 presenters...is it me or am I just showing my age as my kids keep reminding me. Maybe.. but I find people talking over intro's and outro's plus cutting short tracks to blabber on about something completely stupid. :D:D:rolleyes:

Bikie John
28th December 2018, 10:59 AM
A bit off-topic I know, but there has been a really interesting series of short programmes on BBC Radio 4 all this week:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001qhy

It's called "The Gut Instinct" and is chatty documentary all about the significance of our digestive system and how this has been reflected through history.

So radio is not all a trivial load of bannocks :)

John

Naughty Nigel
28th December 2018, 11:02 AM
Just been listening to an old Radio 2 Terry Wogan morning show on you know what (YT), and suddenly you realise what rubbish there is now in the quality of R2 presenters...is it me or am I just showing my age as my kids keep reminding me. Maybe.. but I find people talking over intro's and outro's plus cutting short tracks to blabber on about something completely stupid. :D:D:rolleyes:

Terry Wogan didn't bring his children in to work on the show, and didn't go on endlessly about his wife's maternity and how she was today.

You would think that for [a reported] 7 million a year the BBC could have done better.

Wally
28th December 2018, 12:06 PM
--> You would think that for [a reported] 7 million a year the BBC could have done better.

Like far too much in life these days, it's quantity over quality. Unfortunately, the quality part of the equation is usually expressed in six figure notes even if only reading items from a piece of paper.


@ R n R. It's nothing to do with age other than the fact we are old enough to know quality, or the lack thereof, when we see, hear or feel it. 'Never mind the quality... feel the width' is the modernity of today. ;)

TimP
28th December 2018, 01:01 PM
I’d like to hear some old Steve Wright shows from the late 70s when he had lots of characters on. The music was crap but the banter was funny.
Same with some mid-late 70s Alan Freeman shows when he moved from the overblown, up themselves, stadium rock to the new wave, some great sessions from those times.
Johnny Walker doing Sounds of the 70s is often quite listenable on a Sunday pm now though.

OM USer
28th December 2018, 01:05 PM
I listened to Terry Wogan on Radio2 for many years and fully agree that the quality of presenters these days leaves much that could be improved.

Naughty Nigel
28th December 2018, 03:20 PM
[QUOTE=Wally;466951]Like far too much in life these days, it's quantity over quality. Unfortunately, the quality part of the equation is usually expressed in six figure notes even if only reading items from a piece of paper.

Radio programmes are all driven by 'ratings' and listener numbers now, even on the BC, so everything is dumbed down for the lowest common denominator.

Hence if you tune in to Classic FM you can almost guarantee that you will hear the same music repeated every hour of the day.

They dare not play anything different in case listeners with short attention spans switch channels, adversely affecting advertising revenue. :rolleyes:

The same applies to social media platforms who are reluctant to take down content involving violence, child pornography and other filth because it generates huge footfall. Yet they will ban a nipple on a photographic page because photography is a niche market.

pandora
28th December 2018, 11:43 PM
I have a pillow radio that helps pass the night. At 11:00pm the ABC switches to its broadcast partner the BBC. There are some interesting segments, The Science Show and Hard Talk for instance can usually keep me awake. The rest of the content is mostly dead boring snoring, punctuated with a plethora of station IDs. Female presenter: "This is the BBC, your World Radio Station", then a male voice: "This is the BBC, here is the news", scarcely more than a series of quoted headlines without in-depth analyses. "Breaking News" items feature acted voice-over interviews with refugees telling their stories to chilling background effects, screams, gunfire, babble etc. Long gone are my childhood days of the 1940s when the familiar 'bing bong))) bing bong))) - 'bing bong))) bing bong))) of Big Ben on our old Phillips walnut wireless set was followed by a resonant, "This is the BBC London Calling", amid the crackling static of short wave broadcasts of Winston's morale boosting commentaries while the Rats of Tobruk held back Rommel at Tobruk.

Naughty Nigel
29th December 2018, 10:44 PM
I have a pillow radio that helps pass the night. At 11:00pm the ABC switches to its broadcast partner the BBC. There are some interesting segments, The Science Show and Hard Talk for instance can usually keep me awake. The rest of the content is mostly dead boring snoring, punctuated with a plethora of station IDs. Female presenter: "This is the BBC, your World Radio Station", then a male voice: "This is the BBC, here is the news", scarcely more than a series of quoted headlines without in-depth analyses. "Breaking News" items feature acted voice-over interviews with refugees telling their stories to chilling background effects, screams, gunfire, babble etc. Long gone are my childhood days of the 1940s when the familiar 'bing bong))) bing bong))) - 'bing bong))) bing bong))) of Big Ben on our old Phillips walnut wireless set was followed by a resonant, "This is the BBC London Calling", amid the crackling static of short wave broadcasts of Winston's morale boosting commentaries while the Rats of Tobruk held back Rommel at Tobruk.

I remember "This is the Home Service of the BBC" spoken in Etonian tones, in the days when radio presenters wore suits and before it became 'Radio 4'.

Jim Ford
30th December 2018, 10:09 AM
Hence if you tune in to Classic FM you can almost guarantee that you will hear the same music repeated every hour of the day.

They dare not play anything different in case listeners with short attention spans switch channels, adversely affecting advertising revenue. :rolleyes:


I'm finished once and for all with CFM, since John Suchet stated the other day that Handel was the Lennon and McCartney of the 18th Century! :mad:

Jim

Naughty Nigel
30th December 2018, 03:11 PM
I'm finished once and for all with CFM, since John Suchet stated the other day that Handel was the Lennon and McCartney of the 18th Century! :mad:

Jim

I kind-of see his point in a dumbed-down sort of way, but comments like that only serve to illustrate how CFM sees its target audience. Its a bit like Facebook for radio. :(

Harold Gough
1st January 2019, 11:52 AM
Jbut I find people talking over intro's and outro's plus cutting short tracks to blabber on about something completely stupid. :D:D:rolleyes:

It was done back in the 1960s to stop amateur recording.

Harold

Naughty Nigel
1st January 2019, 03:49 PM
It was done back in the 1960s to stop amateur recording.

Harold

I remember that well Harold. :o

(Especially Pick of the Pops on Sunday evening.)

But how many youngsters are ready waiting with tape recorders today?

Harold Gough
1st January 2019, 04:26 PM
Id like to hear some old Steve Wright shows from the late 70s when he had lots of characters on.

The best entertainment ever on a radio music show was the Emperor Rosko show (Radio 1?) with clips from Hancock, Steptoe and many others edited in for hilarious results.

Harold