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Radio 2 / Re: 1970s comedy shows on Radio 2
« Last post by Telstar Boy on October 02, 2016, 09:45:21 PM »
Thanks for the confirmation, Albert!  I'm pleased to know that you and your brothers spotted her too.  I agree, it was annoying (at least at first), as this lady use to laugh at almost ANYTHING, which is why I wondered if she was indeed a "plant" in the audience.  It's my understanding that plants are used in certain circumstances to help "enliven" an audience.  It did indeed become a bit of a game to see when her laugh would be heard.

Interesting also that although Radio 2 was aimed at a much older audience at the time, both you, your brothers, and myself were listening at our young ages!  They did have some good comedy on there at the time.  RIP Hello Cheeky and the other great shows :)
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It's been a good three months, so I reckon it's time I got back in touch and updated you on how this bizarre issue has progressed...
 
September's nearly over, but there's been nothing from Mr Jennings. Not one email. Clearly the concerns of licence-fee paying listeners in his region are of the utmost importance to him, aren't they? Northoftheborder was correct!

I told you so, Ali! In my book, Jennings displays the depths of his arrogance. Cannot bother acknowledging a concerned e-mail. Mind you, perhaps the reality of his staff's behaviour has rendered the ultimate boss of BBC West Midlands speechless; they say that the truth hurts, don't they David? Another question which you cannot answer??

Maybe you ought to e-mail David Jennings, reiterating your concerns Ali? After all, you've related how events have now taken a distinct turn for the worse:

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In actual fact, a further two listeners have now had their ability to email this show blocked. Last Sunday, my friend's niece politely pointed out that it was "time this was all sorted out". This weekend (when she tried to request, I'm sorry suggest, a well-known song) her email bounced back, with a standard "Sender Denied" message. The presenter never bothered to address her concerns, nor did he ever warn her of the possibility of this action taking place.

Back in June (when we'd both become aware that this presenter had blocked our emails) a former work colleague volunteered to help us out. He'd had to stand down from his job a while ago owing to poor health, in fact he's not at all well. But as he'd kindly offered to assist us both, he emailed the show explaining simply that it was his first ever request - on behalf of two friends. But his message was completely ignored, as were the following two emails.

Having waited a while, he recently tried to email the show once again. This time, his email generated a response. Yes you've guessed it, a message stating "Sender Denied". For goodness sake, what has BBC Midlands come to?

I'll tell you what. Bullying listeners into submission, that's all it is. Abhorrent, inexcusable behaviour, that wouldn't be tolerated in the 21st century workplace. Somehow though, BBC West Midlands reckon it's acceptable to exclude (seemingly permanently) any listeners who dare to fight their own corner, conveniently forgetting who pays.

But you're wrong, claiming that only four listeners have been blocked from e-mailing this particular presenter. I know of at least one other listener who's had this treatment meted out to them, after trying to extract the reasoning behind his discriminatory treatment of her politely-worded e-mail suggestions. This began at the end of last year.

I'll refrain from giving any more details as I intend to fully support this listener, in her campaign to unearth a credible answer from the management of BBC West Midlands.

Sounds like fighting talk, but I'm not expecting any more progress than you've had, Ali! However, the more of us that stand up for ourselves the better, wouldn't you say?

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You may contend that the BBC are only reacting to my posting on this public forum. Giving them a bad name, you might say. But I was only forced into doing that, after they blocked my friend - who'd previously sent a variety of successful requests to this presenter. Then they blocked me, after I'd sent my first ever request to this show. Now they've blocked my friend's niece, plus our friend who's very poorly indeed. How many more of us will be blocked?

Where will this all end? Every one of us was only trying to stand up for ourselves, or for friends that we cared deeply about. Well you would, wouldn't you? What on earth ever happened to "Be Part Of It"?



Please don't despair, Ali. Now is not the time to give up. I've only just heard someone play Bob Marley's song Get Up, Stand Up. As Bob sang: "don't give up the fight"...
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It's been a good three months, so I reckon it's time I got back in touch and updated you on how this bizarre issue has progressed. Just a quick reminder of something I wrote, back in mid-June:


With some help I then found the email address of David Jennings, the Head of BBC West Midlands. Yesterday I emailed him, asking him to explain this astounding treatment of a loyal listener. I am still waiting for an acknowledgement, never mind any kind of reply.

September's nearly over, but there's been nothing from Mr Jennings. Not one email. Clearly the concerns of licence-fee paying listeners in his region are of the utmost importance to him, aren't they? Northoftheborder was correct!

Not too long after my first ever forum posting, there were a few "interesting" changes to the Sunday afternoon show. A much greater number of listeners got to choose music, during the final part of the programme. Strangely this last hour is no longer referred to as "The Jukebox". Instead the presenter tells us: "Now it's time for a few of your suggestions". Who knows, is this the 21st century way of referring to what we all used to know as "requests"?


Each of our emails remain blocked by this presenter, with very little likelihood of any progress. What did we ever do to deserve this?

When I last checked (a week ago) this was still the case, so my assertion that there wouldn't be any progress has also proved to be the case. Over three months later, it looks highly unlikely that we'll ever be unblocked, doesn't it?

In actual fact, a further two listeners have now had their ability to email this show blocked. Last Sunday, my friend's niece politely pointed out that it was "time this was all sorted out". This weekend (when she tried to request, I'm sorry suggest, a well-known song) her email bounced back, with a standard "Sender Denied" message. The presenter never bothered to address her concerns, nor did he ever warn her of the possibility of this action taking place.

Back in June (when we'd both become aware that this presenter had blocked our emails) a former work colleague volunteered to help us out. He'd had to stand down from his job a while ago owing to poor health, in fact he's not at all well. But as he'd kindly offered to assist us both, he emailed the show explaining simply that it was his first ever request - on behalf of two friends. But his message was completely ignored, as were the following two emails.

Having waited a while, he recently tried to email the show once again. This time, his email generated a response. Yes you've guessed it, a message stating "Sender Denied". For goodness sake, what has BBC Midlands come to?

You may contend that the BBC are only reacting to my posting on this public forum. Giving them a bad name, you might say. But I was only forced into doing that, after they blocked my friend - who'd previously sent a variety of successful requests to this presenter. Then they blocked me, after I'd sent my first ever request to this show. Now they've blocked my friend's niece, plus our friend who's very poorly indeed. How many more of us will be blocked?

Where will this all end? Every one of us was only trying to stand up for ourselves, or for friends that we cared deeply about. Well you would, wouldn't you? What on earth ever happened to "Be Part Of It"?

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Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« Last post by Petejackson on September 12, 2016, 11:57:12 AM »
Thanks Albert! Not sure about broadcast dates yet but hoping to record sometime early next year. I'll keep you posted.
Pete
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Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« Last post by Albert on September 09, 2016, 09:35:33 AM »
Pete, this is fantastic news.

When is/was the new series being recorded/due for broadcast?

Can't wait!

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Radio 2 / Re: At last Ed Stewart back on BBC Radio 2
« Last post by Albert on August 30, 2016, 08:52:22 AM »
I noticed this and thought it would be appropriate to add another.

Not long after this post Ed Stewart died.

I'm sure he accompanied many readers of this forum through childhood weekends with Junior Choice. If Christmas fell on a weekday it was a real bonus to have an extra show.

Ed Stewart wiki article
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Stewart
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Radio 2 / Re: 1970s comedy shows on Radio 2
« Last post by Albert on August 30, 2016, 08:43:13 AM »
My brothers and I used to notice this too! Thanks for the remnder. It became annoying at first but we learnt to just laugh with it and see who was first to spot her.. Children can be very capable of detecting laughter that is perhaps faked to an extent.
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Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« Last post by Petejackson on August 26, 2016, 04:11:53 PM »
Hello all, very pleased to say that we've been given a third series of Love in Recovery. Hope you tune in! Pete
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The Afternoon Play / On the Road Not Taken
« Last post by Albert on August 24, 2016, 03:15:21 PM »
On the Road Not Taken - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07pj1dt

Ahh - Paul Dodgson. I thought I recognised the name and the voice from this play: You Drive Me Crazy
http://www.bbclocalradioforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1100.msg6698#msg6698

I enjoyed this Afternon Drama, right from the start. That was probably due to the many life similarities and juxtapositions of my own experiences. There was a fair bit of social history tied up in this tale too, enough to make it interesting for anyone.

Hash tags and phrases: Platform shoes, Top of the Pops, youth club discos, guitars, 1970s.

and lots of personal nostalgia.

Thank you Mr Dodgson. I enjoyed.
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5Live / Commentaries
« Last post by gronline on August 19, 2016, 11:13:57 AM »
John Murray the most nauseating commentator with a voice to go to sleep too?
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