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I don't wish to start a huge argument about Chris Moyles again - let's wait for my "long-awaited" review of his show for that - but I can't resist reminding you lot about the show he's doing with Tony Blackburn this Sunday morning from 7:00am - 10:00am, as part of Radio 1's 40th Anniversary celebrations.

These last two weeks have been an excuse for Chris to indulge his radio geekness like never before (montage alert), and it's been an absolute joy - so this should be well worth listening to...

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There was a Radio 1 is forty thing in a magazine a couple of weeks ago (something packaged with The Observer, I think) and some of the comments in it from Moyles seemed to back-up your view of him. He had a go at the Radio 1 management in 1993 for "refusing to acknowledge the station's history" which made me applaud inwardly. He definitely came across as someone who cares about the medium and the Radio 1 in particular.

Also, whlist so many Radio 1 DJs seem to do it as a "side job" to increase their profile or are specifically passionate about the music they play (nothing remotely wrong about that last one, of course, quite the opposite) Moyles does seem to enjoy being a DJ because it means he gets to play jingles and play silly little quizzes. There is something likeably old-fashioned about all that.

By Zagrebo
September 29, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

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Being passionate about music doesn't do much good when the playlist's so tight mind you... :-)

But yeah, I can't be the only one that feels the tone of this 'Established 1967' thing has been partially informed by Moyles's constant reminders that radio nerdism can be a valid and popular part of the channel's appeal.

By Andrew
September 29, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

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Totally agreed, Zagrebo.

And yes, I really wouldn't be surprised if Estabished 1967 was very, *very* influenced by Moyles (in fact, I can imagine him banging his fist at meetings on the subject...) - I dread to think what it would have been like without his input. He had Simon Mayo and Rod McKenzie on yesterday, and it was just magical. It's wonderful hearing Moyles the radio geek going at full throttle - the sheer joy that comes across on the air. And the timing on his links is absolutely immaculate.

Mind you, whilst it's fair to say that this has been an excuse for him to go all out - he's ALWAYS like this, of course. Less old jingles, but still enthused about radio, more than any other DJ I know of. Especially revealing a few months ago was when he was complaining about Jordan being late for his show. This was NOT because he felt it a personal slight - it was because he's sick of stars treating radio as second best to telly - she wouldn't have dared turn up late for a recording of a telly programme. And in that one opinion, you get all you really need to know about Moyles' attitude towards radio.

The interesting thing about them using old JAM jingles is that Radio 1 suddenly feels like a REAL radio station again. Much as I like Moyles' Music 4 stuff, I can't help but feel that the best thing R1 could do in terms of its presentation is go back to JAM, and get them to do a custom package - with echoes of all the older stuff, but with a contemporary sound. (Much like WABC did with their 'Top News' package - using melodies that they've used for 30 years, but done with a more modern feel.)

By John Hoare
September 29, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

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God, that was fabulous. I want Moyles and Blackburn EVERY Sunday. And how wonderful to hear Chris playing Johnny Beerling some of the jingles he wrote the lyrics for, like a jingle nerd - and picking him up on the famous (amongst jingle nerds) "Glasgow Square" lyric...

Great to hear that they're thinking of bringing back The Golden Hour every Friday as well! Looks like Chris has enjoyed the last couple of weeks too much to let it go.

By John Hoare
September 30, 2007 @ 11:17 am

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Hooray - they're getting in all the old news presenters to read the news! And Zoe Ball and Sara Cox are currently being fabulous - just lovely, funny and entertaining.

This is brilliant. Only problem is I can't drag myself away to listen to Radio 2's celebrations! Lots of Listen Again later, I think...

By John Hoare
September 30, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

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I'm listening again - currently enjoying Calvin Harris/Minogue on Vernon's show; glad to hear that Ball 'n' Cox are worth catching, too - so far it's been pretty sexual.


I don't frequently catch much of Moyle's show, but I did hear the Jordan debacle. Very glad to hear him direct his irritation at Jordan's "people", too, rather than her (if I remember correctly). Not that I care one thrupenny bit for her, you understand.

By Rosti
September 30, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

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There was a lovely moment on the Annie and Annie show earlier, where Annie N followed 'Turning Japanese' with "Turning Japanese, there; not immediately obvious that it's about masturbation..." with Annie M gasping "What did you say? Masturbation?!".

I expect Annie N will take the other Annie into the corner later and give her some motherly advice... :)

By Tanya Jones
September 30, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

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