Rank #1: 1516: First Eddie Mair LBC show - 2018
A few chosen moments from Eddie Mair on his first show in his new home at LBC as he returned to commercial radio - after many diligent BBC years - on 3rd September 2018.
The worst thing about a new show is hitting the junctions - Eddie clearly was not over worried about that here though. More importantly, this was a fresh, re-invigorated Eddie, sounding thoroughly relaxed and, rightly, warmer, than the Eddie the BBC paid for. As ever the beauty of Eddie is what he doesn't say - but you know he's thinking. This is a great LBC move - and good to hear Iain Dale's professionalism about his move from the show, justifiably repaid in spades.
Sep 03 2018
Rank #2: 1480: First Dave Berry Breakfast Show - Absolute Radio June 2018
Jun 04 2018
Rank #3: 1667: Australia fires - January 2020
Jan 01 2020
Rank #4: 1589: Final Top 40 on Radio 2's FM frequencies - March 1990
Mar 17 2019
Rank #5: 1599: Country Hits Radio - Launch 2019
Apr 05 2019
Rank #6: 1631: The moon landing on The World at One on Radio 4 - 1969
Jul 14 2019
Rank #7: 1510: BBC Radio Durham closes - 1972
Aug 25 2018
Rank #8: 1664: Radio 1's new Christmas presenters - 2019
Hannah Sackville-Bryant and Joel Mitchell
Nakia Oliver & Fabienne Oliver
Holly Palmer & Rhys Gunter
Fat Brestovca and Kathryn Wilson
Gabriel Green and Joe Pilbrow
Dec 26 2019
Rank #9: 1633: First Tony Blackburn BBC appearance - BBC Light Programme - 1967
Jul 31 2019
Rank #10: 1628: Last Jane Garvey/Peter Allen 5 Live Drive - 2007
Jun 29 2019
Rank #11: 1520: First BBC Radio 4 Extra live programme - Jake Yapp
As the audiences to digital stations grow, so does the content. After some live moments on special occasions, BBC Radio 4 Extra went live properly for the first time on Saturday 8th September 2018. Jake Yapp hosted the programme, with superb intervention from Kathy Clugston, more usually heard on continuity announcer or newsreader duties. As can be heard, she rather enjoys herself.
Sep 10 2018
Rank #12: 1497: Jo forgets she's on Gem
It's happened to us all. We move from station to station. And we usually remember where we are. But just maybe on the odd occasion, we mess up. A station name, frequency or phone number from a former life spurts out your mouth. Or even your own phone number.
Jo Russell was on Trent for a lifetime - but a full ten years after leaving - and having been through Absolute, BRMB and Free en route to her current home at Gem in the East Mids - for some reason the word 'Trent' came out. Maybe it was just because she was back in her home city. The brain is a funny old thing.
Jul 27 2018
Rank #13: 1668: Tony Blackburn chart show confusion - 1981
Jan 10 2020
Rank #14: 1482: Georgey Spanswick returns to BBC York breakfast
Jun 04 2018
Rank #15: 1626: Jonathan Dimbleby's first Any Questions - 1987
Jun 28 2019
Rank #16: 1503: Final Nick Grimshaw breakfast show on Radio 1
At almost six years, Nick Grimshaw enjoyed the second longest spell on BBC Radio1 breakfast. Like just a few others, his breakfast tenure was to be followed by another daytime stint. These are excerpts from his last show on 9th August 2018.,
Aug 10 2018
Rank #17: 1655: Radio 2: Round Midnight; Sounds of the 60s; Peter Clayton - 1983
Nov 01 2019
Rank #18: 1660: Banbury Sound, Rugby FM, Touch closes - 2019
For the industry, it was a move which might have been predicted some years ago. The rationale is well-rehearsed and the evidence for change reasonably solid in a fast-changing world. Powerful radio brands are one of the reasons why UK commercial radio is in good health with both audiences and revenues.
"I suppose it is a 'Black Friday' for me..."
Nevertheless, for those who grew up with the stations - and for those who have appeared on them, it is of course a hugely sad moment. Here, enjoy some of the goodbyes from the presenters. Hats off particularly to Kirsty with her heartfelt farewells - played in split and tailored for each area. Doing it once is painful enough. Well done Kirsty.
"I've enjoyed nearly every second of it"
"It's been an honour to be in your life"
"Thanks to my family listening in to my last show..."
Hear too the eerie ten seconds of silence before the warm-up for Capital begins and the legal moment of the start of the brand licence kicks in. Under Capital, the stations will originate a joint regional drive show, providing a new opportunity for Ollie and Simon from Touch, and localised informational segments.
107.6 Banbury Sound (Banbury, Brackley & North Oxfordshire)
107.1 Rugby FM (Rugby)
96.2 Touch FM (Coventry)
102 Touch FM (Shakespeare’s County & The Vale)
107.3 Touch FM (Warwick, Leamington & Kenilworth)
101.6/102.4 Touch FM (Tamworth, Burton & Lichfield)
Nov 30 2019
Rank #20: 1477: Words from Windsor Castle
Reflecting on the relationship between the Monarchy and Windsor Castle - as registered by the key broadcast moments. Produced by me for BBC Radio Berkshire.
Jun 03 2018