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Saturday Playlist

0700 - BBC Radio 4             - Today
0900 - BBC Radio 2             - Sounds of the 60s
1000 - BBC Radio 6 Music       - The Huey Show
1300 - BBC Radio 2             - Pick of the Pops
1500 - BBC Radio Asian Network - Official Asian Download Chart
1600 - BBC Radio 1             - Dance Anthems
1800 - BBC Radio 6 Music       - Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show
2100 - BBC World Service       - Newshour
2200 - BBC Radio 2             - Sounds of the 80s

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Doesn't look like you'll have time for anything other than radio today. :) I listened to part of "Sounds of the 60s", but that is likely to be all for today. My favourite radio programme at present is "Gloomsbury", which is on on Radio 4 on Fridays at 11:30am. (If "Gloomsbury" means nothing to you, then you can find out more on Wikipedia or - I assume - the BBC's own website.)
Haha! I always leave the wireless on in the background, regardless of what I'm doing - even if I've got sport running on the telly (like Wimbledon today). Having lived alone for the better part of thirteen years, it's been my most dependable and constant companion. Isn't Sounds of the 60s great? Brian Matthews was born to do radio. And thanks for the heads up about Gloomsbury! I had seen it on the iPlayer radio app while browsing through the list of comedies. Will give it a go and see if it tickles my fancy. I'm rather picky and tend to enjoy stuff like Cabin Pressure, Claire in the Community, The News Quiz and Dead Ringers. There were also two great new comedy series broadcast last year: Bad Salsa and Start/Stop.
Isn't Sounds of the 60s great? Brian Matthews was born to do radio.

He was. I can remember him from "Saturday Club" in the 1960s, which used to be on on Saturday mornings on the Light Programme. It would sometimes feature the Beatles playing live.

And thanks for the heads up about Gloomsbury!

Sadly I've now discovered that Friday's episode was the last in the current series, but I imagine that at least the most recent one should still be up on iPlayer.

I'm rather picky and tend to enjoy stuff like Cabin Pressure, Claire in the Community, The News Quiz and Dead Ringers.

I don't listen to much radio other than music, but I know of all those by repute. Jon Culshaw is a genius.
I can remember him from "Saturday Club" in the 1960s

Funny you should mention that. I heard Sounds of the 60s for the first time almost exactly four years ago in a black cab on the way to a wedding in central London. Because we were traveling from where I live, I was able to listen to quite a bit of it and I was hooked onto it immediately. Upon asking the cabbie if he knew what programme it was, it turned out that he was a big fan of Matthews and mentioned how he'd been listening to him since the 1960s. He also mentioned the bit about the live Beatles performances! John Pienaar on 5Live (who's actually on right now!) has a similar-ish voice.

but I imagine that at least the most recent one should still be up on iPlayer

Ah! I've just checked and the first episode of the current series isn't available any more and the second episode expires in an hour. But that's okay, you can usually join these programmes anywhere and catch up fairly quickly.

I don't listen to much radio other than music

Interesting! Are there any other programmes you particularly enjoy listening to for that?

And yes, Culshaw is a genius!
If you look on Youtube, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a few snippets from Saturday Club to be found.

ETA:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=beatles+saturday+club

There's a bit of continuity in the plot of Gloomsbury from one episode to the next, but not enough that episodes don't stand pretty well on their own.

I tend to listen to the radio mainly when I'm not listening to anything else, but occasionally when there's something that sounds particularly interesting I'll record it. I listen live to more of Chris Evans' breakfast show than anything else, not because I especially like it but because of the time of day it's on. (I gave up on "Today" the best part of twenty years ago. It had become altogether too doom-laden and confrontational for me at that time of day.)

Sometimes I listen to some of the county cricket commentaries on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra - though I can't do that at present because Wimbledon has taken over.

Edited at 2015-07-05 09:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! Listened to quite a few clips and the most noticeable thing is how different he sounded back then. I don't think I would've guessed it was him unless I knew beforehand. I like his voice better now. I also didn't quite like the format of the programme as it was then. Interesting how I prefer the present format better.

not because I especially like it but because of the time of day it's on

You and me both! When I get fed up with Evans I switch back to Today, which neatly brings me onto your next point. When I become utterly depressed with its doom, gloom and confrontation, I switch back to Radio 2. When both annoy me I change things up completely and listen to 6 Music or the World Service - but that is very rare during the week. I try to avoid 5 live during the day, unless it's a live sports broadcast or a sports special. With Today I tend to find it's marginally more acceptable when John Humphrys is not presenting. I can't wait until he retires but it seems like everybody else is leaving instead!

The county cricket commentaries are a hidden gem! I can't believe I only discovered them a couple seasons ago. I suppose that's why they're such an effective hidden gem...

I'm sure there's a good reason for it, but I'm surprised there aren't red button-type digital alternatives when there are several conflicts, like the past week with the Ashes, Wimbledon, the Athletics, F1 AND county cricket all at once.
I also didn't quite like the format of the programme as it was then. Interesting how I prefer the present format better.

"Saturday Club" was aimed at the teenagers of the day, who were the main fans of the Beatles and their contemporaries. (And of course it had a live audience, which made a big difference.) Nowadays "Sounds of the Sixties" is aimed at people who were teenagers in the 1960s. So I guess you have more in common with people in their sixties than with teenagers. :)

As for Brian Mathew's voice, I suppose it's not surprising that it's changed a lot in fifty years. If you listen to John Arlott clips from the late 1940s, he sounds very different from how he did thirty years later. Still the Hampshire burr, of course, be his voice was much "lighter" when he was young. I suppose all those years of drinking red wine had an effect. :)

I think the BBC have reached the point where they can't squeeze in any more to the multiplexes that they use on Freeview. And the audiences for red button radio services might be too small for them to justify the extra cost.If BBC 3 does go to Internet-only as expected, that would free up some space on a multiplex, but it seems that they may use it for BBC1+1 or something like that.
Lighter is a good way of describing the change in voice. That's exactly how I felt about the change in Matthew's voice. I should try to find some older clips of Arlott's. Love his Hampshire burr.

And many thanks for the Freeview explanation! Come to think of it, I would welcome a timeshift-BBC channel. Been waiting years for it, but I guess it's been held back by the multiplexes issue as well. Also, what exactly is a multiplex?
Quite a packed schedule there! I really don't listen to as much radio as I'd like -- I keep meaning to catch up with some of the vast Radio 4 archive, but it's always so hard to find the time...
Yes! I must admit I don't pay close attention to it most of the time. It's usually just a background soundtrack, keeping me company as I work through the day. But it's taken a while to fine tune it to the form it takes now. And I haven't followed it all today...like you, I keep meaning to catch up with the vast archive but we probably need another life (or two) in their entirety to do it justice! I have spent hours compiling lists and bookmarked links to those archived programmes in the sort of order I'd like to eventually listen to them. Eventually I realised there were well over 1000 episodes in the list at the point I stopped and just decided to stick with what I'd compiled and then leave the rest more or less to chance. It is scary just how much is actually freely available for the rest of our lives to access.