I know I promised a posting on Jeremy Clarkson next but I’ve got a bloody tune that I can’t get out of my head and I’m hoping this post will clear it. It’s by the guy pictured above, Gregory Porter, and despite wearing daft hats he’s a bit of a cool jazzy singer.
So this Easter weekend we headed to our old friends L&S up in Wetherby to help with the re-laying of their patio. Hard work but it turned out pretty well and we had a swell time as ever. Anyway it was a longish drive and we didn’t get away until after 4.30pm as daughter R has landed herself a great little work experience project in a famous little cafe/restaurant overlooking the river (very proud parents). I love to drive with the radio on and it has to be talk-based for me but the girls hate it. So after an hour or so of 5 live and a bit of Radio 4 I had to bow to the inevitable and tune in to something, anything, music-based. Groan.
Did you see last week’s Rajar figures covering radio listening figures for Q3? Radio 2’s Wogan show was down around quarter of a million listeners, J Ross down around 200k and Radio 5 Live’s overall results the lowest for 7 years. So a bad day at the office for the increasingly pressured BBC. But nothing gave me a warmer feeling than to see that the self-proclaimed ‘saviour’ of Radio 1, old potato-head Moyles, had lost 280k listeners in a single quarter. He’s been on every day time chat-show around over the last couple of months too which makes me smile even more. For 3 months at least, every critic of his will be spared those late night messages from Qwerty 08 reminding us that farmers pants Moyles was attracting no less than 8M listeners to his Radio show and demanding that we ‘do the math’. Well you’re going to have to change that line CM. Over 7.71M listeners is still good but it’s not as snappy now eh Moylesey?
I’m not sure why I’ve reverted to French there in the headline. But tonight the Moyles was a guest on the Jonathan Ross show. He was the sandwich filling between A1-ish Hollywood film stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Ewan Mcgregor, and his motor bike mate. Now I don’t normally watch JR; I don’t find his sense of fun/talent to be worth anything like £18m of licence payers’ money to be honest. Is it just me? I know this sounds like I don’t like anybody at the BBC but that’s simply not true. There are many great presenters, and I’ll get back to you with my list.
Is it just me or has Chris Evans really turned into a beezer radio broadcaster. I’ve been catching his drive-time programme on Radio 2 and it’s bloody good. He’s funny, interesting, lively, upbeat and has dropped that posse or zoo format, whatever they call it, with loads of so-called mates piled into the studio to create a false blokely atmosphere. It ruined his earlier spell at Radio 1 and Virgin I reckon. Having a bunch of sycophants around just seems to create misguided illusions of the presenter’s talent. On his current programme Evans drives the show single-handedly – apart from the production team and traffic/sports etc guys – and he is far better flying solo. In fact he’s a revelation, chatting to callers and seeming to be really interested. Continue reading