After a bit of a hammering on a crashing website, I managed to secure tickets to see the recording in Newcastle of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” (show page here). Rob Brydon’s chairing, with Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brook-Taylor and Colin Sell.
I am utterly over the moon as a consequence
After languishing in the bath listening to The Organist Entertains (a regular Tuesday indulgence that nobody else likes) I was really pleased to hear that Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour has returned to the UK.
Those of you who haven’t heard this – go listen. Originally broadcast on XM Radio the licence deal excludes it being available on Listen Again, but if you dig you can find torrents, downloads, and zips.
I’ve not caught much of season 2, but managed to listen to all season 1 – good work music, or just sitting on a night with a glass of wine finding some good music you never knew you liked…
I just heard this morning by word-of-mouth that Planet Rock is to cease broadcasting:
“…the owners are looking to shut their 4 DAB stations because they are losing listeners. According to the Guardian Planet Rock is continuing to add listeners while the others shed them. Surely, if GCap don’t want Planet Rock, someone else must recognise a good thing when it’s out there.”
Also in the cull is TheJazz, a ‘sister’ station to ClassicFM which I enjoyed as well.
- Station profile at GCap’s own site.
- Press release referring to closure of ‘non-core brands’ here.
- BBC article about it here.
- Reuters article here.
Thanks to John Popham on Facebook’s Planet Rock group for the first bits of info. Knowing how faithful the Planet Rock fanbase is, I can’t see this being a ‘going quietly’ thing, and I must admit I’ll be very surprised if it does shut down for good.
Update: Jon pointed out the Planet Rock Messageboard is full of threads about it, and noted that “…someone asked what the DJs thought about it – no responses (probably not allowed) but – ‘”Rocking In The Free World” immediately after saying “thanks for the huge number of emails today”… Subtle, but beautifully timed, I thought.”