Radio and broadcasting is something I'm fascinated in although perhaps you might not realise that from the number of posts in this section...
It was the day that some of us feared would never happen. But it has. Today BBC Radio 6music has reached the age of ten and it's going strong.
I've been listening to the station since day one - my first show being the mighty Gideon Coe who at that point was on the 10-1pm slot now occupied by Lauren Laverne. I didn't have a DAB radio at the time so initially my listening was restricted to putting on the headphones at work.
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I was about eight when I first stepped foot in the BBC's New Broadcasting House in Manchester. Having grown up in the area there was a tingle of excitment as we were given a tour of the building and shown the steps which John Munday and Stuart Hall walked up every night in order to watch North West Tonight. We weren't shown what was at the top of the steps, just the steps themselves.
Many years later the building had a buzz about it thanks to it being home to the seminal Radio 1 dynamic duo, Mark and Lard. As a member of the uk.media.radio.radcliffe usenet group, I attended many a meet in the nearby Lass O'Gowrie where we'd wax lyrical about our idols and consume plenty of ale.
Some years on I started working at the BBC myself, and in 2009 the first of my colleagues made the move from London to Manchester after it was announced that my department would be moved to Salford. Towards the end of that year I stepped foot inside myself, swiping my BBC pass on the entrance barriers as I headed up to the tiny second floor office that the initial team were based in.
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If you’re going to cover stories about London on TV and radio, you need to justify properly why you’re covering it
If there’s one thing that seems to provoke irie from the BBC’s viewers and listeners, it’s doing anything about London on air. Well unless said viewer and listener is in London. Probably.
Over on the BBC News website is a little video of Zoe Kleinman driving down the road playing with incar DAB radios. As someone’s who has had DAB for years in his home and loves it to bits, I was interested to see what the car experience was like but I confess that I watched that yesterday and thought bloomin’ hell.
Dave Pearce’s Dance Anthems? On BBC 6music? Eh?
Once a bad DJ, always a bad DJ…
The news that former Radio 1 Kevin Greening has died in his sleep, aged 44, is news that fills me with sadness. I have been a big fan of his since hearing him on his early weekend shows on Radio 1 in the early 1990s.
There’s not exactly anything I can say about John Peel that hasn’t already been said umpteen million times by friends and other fans of his worldwide. But say a few things I will because the death of John Peel - well it’s like losing an old friend.
I love Bush House and I will miss it when we leave.
The brand new Fancy A Brew site about Mark and Lard is now live!
So it’s week two of Rocket Science with Marc Riley on BBC 6music and it’s sounding good.
Get the wibbley wobbley time travel effects on standby - I’ve dug out (for no other reason than I can) a bit of history. Yep it’s my very first post on a newsgroup. Good old usenet eh?
Bye bye Mark and Lard.
Mark Radcliffe is heading back to a familiar sounding timeslot, abliet on a different station. But what will feature in this show that sits in a timeslot often known as ‘The Graveyard Shift’?
The news that Mark and Lard are to leave Radio 1 is sad, but not entirely unexpected. They’ve been the subjects of the internet rumour mill for several months no doubt surred on by their own on-air comments. It’s been as obvious as the fact that a carry on follows a stop.
Well I did have a whole piece written about Mark and Lard splitting - I did it in my lunch hour today - but it seems to have gone walkies and not made it home.
The BBC has launched News Multiscreen, and EMAP seems to have some big plans, but what they’re not saying. Interactive services on Freeview are really getting interesting.
The BBC stations on DTT/Freeview now have an updating text feed. It’s cool.
Transdiffusion launch a new MediaBlog.
Digital radio from a lovely little set.
Ogg streaming came to Virgin, The Groove and Liquid in June which is fantastic news!
Music and passion are always a fashion for this wonderful comic duo’s radio show.
BBC7 is a brand new digital radio station exploiting the BBC’s comedy and drama archives. And it’s rather good!