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Looks like the old thread has dropped off the perch, so here's a new one.

Available to listen to right now, Vanilla Ice investigates the disappearance of Shergar.

And no, I'm not joking. Click the link.

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"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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I remember Derek Thompson telling that story and his role in it , including the IRA and armed police in balaclavas .  He never mentioned Vanilla Ice though 

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11 hours ago, DavidM said:

He never mentioned Vanilla Ice though 

Some things are best left never said.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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Oddest broadcasting team of the year? On Radio 4 right now, Count Binface and Barry Davies explain democracy.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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This was my favourite radio team, Mike Graham and Mike " porky" Parry. This is the porky quiz, this edition about ducks. Parry tries to name the Marx brothers and comes up with Beppo and Bonio.

And a highway code quiz.

 

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Like appearances of Halley's Comet, Kate Bush interviews are rare and widely-spaced.

But she's going to be on Radio 4's Women's Hour tomorrow (programme starts at 10am)!

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radio2 must be panicking now haemorrhaging inteligent older  listeners to boom radio- they have booted Steve Wright from his worn out afternoon show (hes been stealing a living for at least 20 years ) replaced though by the dreadful Scott Mills who is dire at sitting in for king ken - no doubt more pap pop on the way then 

a closed door is no object to FLAT STANLEY 

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I mainly listen to BBC Radio 4 Extra and Radio 3 on demand on BBC Sounds these  days, plus a range of their podcasts. Some decent ones, such as the one on Ruja Ignatove Onecoin cryptoponzy and Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics,  Counterpoint, Jazz Record Requests. Classic FM too. I have to work hard with BBC Sounds to find interesting stuff. No Radio 2, though. Occasionally listen to Naga Munchetty live on Radio 5 but NEVER Nicky Campbell and NEVER EVER Rick Edwards.

Plus I listen to local radio rugby league match commentaries,  of course.

I'm interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it's quite a satisfying thing to do, isn't it?

J. K. Rowling

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10 minutes ago, JohnM said:

I mainly listen to BBC Radio 4 Extra and Radio 3 on demand on BBC Sounds these  days, plus a range of their podcasts. Some decent ones, such as the one on Ruja Ignatove Onecoin cryptoponzy and Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics,  Counterpoint, Jazz Record Requests. Classic FM too. I have to work hard with BBC Sounds to find interesting stuff. No Radio 2, though. Occasionally listen to Naga Munchetty live on Radio 5 but NEVER Nicky Campbell and NEVER EVER Rick Edwards.

Plus I listen to local radio rugby league match commentaries,  of course.

I'm mostly on Radio 4 during the working day, but there have been a couple of increasingly disturbing tendencies in the last couple of years.

1. Intrusively close-miked voice-overs. The most unbearable of all is Josie Long on Short Cuts.

2. British folk music of the most affected, finger-in-the-ear variety. There is clearly a fan of this sort of thing high up in the station's hierarchy, because it turns up pretty much everywhere it can be shoehorned in.

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I occasionally dip into Radio 3, usually whilst I’m driving. This week’s composer of the week (12:00pm til 1:00 pm) was Billy Strayhorn a name I wasn’t familiar with. He was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked almost exclusively with Duke Ellington. If you get the chance have a listen, his music and arrangements for the Duke Ellington band are superb.

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4 minutes ago, Moose said:

I occasionally dip into Radio 3, usually whilst I’m driving. This week’s composer of the week (12:00pm til 1:00 pm) was Billy Strayhorn a name I wasn’t familiar with. He was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked almost exclusively with Duke Ellington. If you get the chance have a listen, his music and arrangements for the Duke Ellington band are superb.

Radio 3 is a fair bit less talky than it used to be, but I still check the schedule before tuning in. Once bitten, etc.

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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2 hours ago, graveyard johnny said:

radio2 must be panicking now haemorrhaging inteligent older  listeners to boom radio- they have booted Steve Wright from his worn out afternoon show (hes been stealing a living for at least 20 years ) replaced though by the dreadful Scott Mills who is dire at sitting in for king ken - no doubt more pap pop on the way then 

Steve Wright gone !, dear dear Stevie, dear dear dear Stevie. 
I can’t stand the fella even way back to his R1 days he is Mr Tacky. 

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45 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Radio 3 is a fair bit less talky than it used to be, but I still check the schedule before tuning in. Once bitten, etc.

It has massively improved a few dud areas in the past few years even though it remains really unsure what it is trying to do in the 9am-12noon slot despite having some good presenters in it.

It's sad to see how diminished Drama on 3 now is - capable of some superb productions but the number now so massively reduced from previous years and decades - but that's part of the whole BBC walk away from that kind of content.

I go in phases but I find Night Waves (or whatever it's called now) mostly unlistenable at the minute. That's probably just me though.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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1 hour ago, Moose said:

I occasionally dip into Radio 3, usually whilst I’m driving. This week’s composer of the week (12:00pm til 1:00 pm) was Billy Strayhorn a name I wasn’t familiar with. He was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked almost exclusively with Duke Ellington. If you get the chance have a listen, his music and arrangements for the Duke Ellington band are superb.

Strayhorn was legendary. Lotus Blossom, Take the A Train, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, Satin Doll and more.

I'm interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it's quite a satisfying thing to do, isn't it?

J. K. Rowling

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23 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I go in phases but I find Night Waves (or whatever it's called now) mostly unlistenable at the minute. That's probably just me though.

Night Waves sounds like a late-night Skinemax soft-porn serial.

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11 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Night Waves sounds like a late-night Skinemax soft-porn serial.

"And here's Julie Bindel to discuss the aesthetic of soft-porn serials in relation to the ongoing dehumanisation of women in twenty first century England ..."

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"And here's Julie Bindel to discuss the aesthetic of soft-porn serials in relation to the ongoing dehumanisation of women in twenty first century England ..."

...with Jeff Conaway (who used to be in 'Taxi') and Julie Strain (author of 'Six Foot One and worth the Climb').

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1 minute ago, Futtocks said:

...with Jeff Conaway (who used to be in 'Taxi')

I have some bad news for you.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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1 minute ago, gingerjon said:

I have some bad news for you.

Yeah, R.I.P. Jeff.

I actually liked his "Danny" character in Taxi, but the writers were probably right that everything he did could be covered by another existing cast member. Given the career boost the show gave to so many others, I can also understand him being a little sour about it.

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I only listen to radio in the car XS Manchester is the default station.  Plays most of the music I like. Most radio stations just don’t float my boat anymore

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