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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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Radio 4 / Playing The Skyline - BBC Radio 4 meets BBC Radio3?
« Last post by Albert on August 15, 2016, 08:50:27 AM »
If one is of a particular musical bent, this programme was interesting enough, but I do wonder does it have a place on the BBC Radio 4 schedules. 

In much the same way that the BBC might tell their producers "go find some comedians", and then invent all manner of strange 'comedy' shows in which to showcase their finds, I thought Playing The Skyline was more about giving various musicians some exposure to our airwaves.

The programme is all very abstract, despite the musical scores and the apparently corresponding photographs being displayed on the BBC website.

There are many BBC Radio4 listeners who believe that music, in any form, should be banished from the channel's airwaves.

Sorry to sound critical, I have every respect for the musicans and their music featured, but my point is to query whether the programme is suited to BBC Radio 4.

As a concept, I do 'get it' but I wonder is it more BBC R3 meets Classic FM?


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07nppkx
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BBC Local Radio Board / Looking for any info: Auntie Kate on BBC Radio?
« Last post by Susie on August 07, 2016, 09:50:04 AM »
Hi,

This is such a long shot, but I wondered if anyone had any memory at all of someone called Auntie Kate on the radio. She was my great grandmother, and apparently told children's stories (written by her, I believe) on BBC radio, I think probably in the 50s or 60s.

I have so little to go on, but would love to find out more, so if anyone thinks they have any memory of this at all, please do let me know, either on here, or by email at susieteacake@gmail.com.

Many thanks for reading  :)
Susie
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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: BBC Norfolk - David Clayton to retire.
« Last post by JY on July 22, 2016, 10:31:13 AM »
David Clayton's Early Night 9pm to 12midnight a great little show. David has been Mr East for years. Its sad he has gone and have to say Treasure Quest on a Sunday morning on BBC Radio Norfolk has not been the same since he left back at the end of April. Norfolk could have some problems with him stepping down as editor.
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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: New BBC 3CR Breakfast Show Presenter?
« Last post by JY on July 22, 2016, 10:27:46 AM »
In true Family Fortune's style "Our Survey Said" don't bother yet another BBC 3CR failure. Breakfast along with 99% of the output is dire. Editor Laura Moss needs sacking.
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Radio 4 / 15 Minute Drama - Life Lines
« Last post by Albert on July 14, 2016, 10:49:46 AM »
Life Lines

This is the first one:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07jxsy5

I'm not quite sure how I can describe this one. It all seems too real and in places terrifyingly so, to call it a drama.

Another gem of radio.

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Hello everyone, this is my first ever post. Why I felt I had to do so is rather upsetting, so I will try my best to explain things to you all...

...she tried to email this programme, but her email bounced directly back, with a clear "Sender Denied" message.

During the week I stepped in on my friend's behalf, enquiring why she had had her email blocked. Their Editor was of very little help.

Subsequently I learned that the presenter had also blocked my email. As a "new contributor" I find this turn of events extraordinary.

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.

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

Ahh, David Jennings. We e-mailed him, exactly one year ago this week (see reply #4) and are still waiting to get any response from him. So don't hold your breath, girls...

In all seriousness though, welcome to the forum Alison (and friend) and I'd really love to wish you both the very best. It's a bizarre story, that borders on the unbelievable, but what you have to remember - above everything else - is that (when it comes to music) BBC Radio knows best. That's why so few genuine request opportunities remain.

I wonder if maybe this "experienced" music presenter resented receiving consistently good requests, many perhaps outshining music he put into the first couple of hours? You've given enough clues to help give me a good idea who this is, so I reckon I know whose show you mean. If I'm right, it's declined massively over the last six months.

One crucial fact (that we might never get to the bottom of) is this: Is this decline management-led (I believe it most likely is) or is it down to lax presentation/production?

Having read that a listener has had her e-mail blocked was enough of a shock to me. But when I then read, if I've got this correct, that her friend [Alison] then went to her aid - and got her own e-mail inexplicably blocked too - is incredible, quite beyond belief. Suppressing e-mail contributors? Just how low can BBC radio management stoop??
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Hello everyone, this is my first ever post. Why I felt I had to do so is rather upsetting, so I will try my best to explain things to you all.

Actually this has been done on behalf of a close friend, who assists me in a voluntary capacity. I manage a small team of counsellors, and have known my friend for close on five years. Over that period we often found time to discuss BBC local radio, so she soon made clear how much she enjoyed a cross-section of music spanning almost five decades. In spite of this, she is only still in her mid-forties!

To be quite honest the BBC does not serve our part of the world (East Cheshire) too well with local coverage, but I have managed to listen to Radio Stoke on some Sunday afternoons. As this is my only true day away from work, it's just nice to have something to relax with! The late afternoon programme does not come from Stoke, I think it's shared with BBC Shropshire and BBC Hereford & Worcester.

During the last sixty minutes of his show, the presenter has what he calls "The Jukebox". In 2015, most of this hour of music could still be chosen by audience members. So my friend began to contribute a handful of music requests to this show early last year. Virtually all of them were accepted without any question, simply because she varied what she asked for! When reading out her requests, the presenter gave the impression that he was entirely happy with this state of affairs. Other listeners also got to have their musical say..

As 2016 dawned, our Sunday afternoon enjoyment continued. But we noticed changes were occurring, in particular a subtle reduction in the amount of listener requests. Despite this, my friend continued to participate until half-way through March. After a request failed to appear, she resent it a week later. Again nothing, so she queried it (via email) with the presenter. In his reply he politely explained that there had been some email "problems" but that he could forward her request to the presenter (who was to be covering the next fortnight) or that she could email the female relief host her own direct request. She chose neither of these options, but thanked him.

The next two programmes (with the relief presenter) were not too good. The first two hours were wasted on asking listeners to guess what year the music was from. Although she still ran "The Jukebox" the music choices were noticeably more "watered-down" than the regular presenter. On a positive note, most of the final hour's music was actually chosen by listeners. Wisely my friend asked for more mainstream music, as this presenter had previously struggled to "find" her a Kate Bush hit - somewhat incredibly from a 1985 Top 20!

When the regular host returned, my friend mischievously requested Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin! He seemed happy to play it. One week later, she revisited the request from March, which of course he had invited her to resend. But now he had changed his tune, claiming it was obscure. Other listeners have had far more obscure material played. This is where things start to deteriorate.

A week later I attempted to do something new to me, requesting this same piece of music for my friend. The prompt email reply asked me to phone BBC Hereford & Worcester (in office hours) to discuss this. I never knew 21st century music requesting was this complex!

Owing to pressure of work, neither me (nor my friend) could spare any time to phone them. She has never had to phone them before.

The following Sunday she tried to email this programme, but her email bounced directly back, with a clear "Sender Denied" message.

During the week I stepped in on my friend's behalf, enquiring why she had had her email blocked. Their Editor was of very little help.

Subsequently I learned that the presenter had also blocked my email. As a "new contributor" I find this turn of events extraordinary.

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.

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