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Cream of BBC radio relegated to the graveyard shift

September 17, 2008
Music for Grown-Ups highlights BBC radio’s varied output and spares few superlatives in praising the best of its programmes.

Two particular favourites here are Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour (series 2) and Jazz Library. There have been few radio series as good as these – ever.

Until recently, both series were broadcast from 10pm on Friday night: I know I’m not the only listener who regarded them with gratitude as the reward for a week of toil.

So what did BBC radio do? Moved them both to midnight – Theme Time Radio Hour on a Sunday (BBC 6 Music), Jazz Library on Saturday (Radio 3).

Who in their right mind will listen to them in those slots? I’d wager that the small audiences for this delightful pair of programmes has dwindled to virtually zero. I’m an enthusiast, but even I forget to tape the bl**dy programmes at these times.

Anglo Dylan/jazz fans are badly served by these new schedules.

Gerry Smith

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FREE! Music for grown-ups on air in the next seven days

May 7, 2008

Over the next seven days, I hope to catch/record some wonderful music for grown-ups on TV/radio:

 

Wed 7 May

1200/2045 Schubert’s later work, Composer Of The Week – BBC Radio 3

(3/5, continues Thurs-Fri)

 

Fri 9 May

2100 Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan (Series 2) – BBC 6 Music

2200 Kings Of Cool – The Classic Crooners – BBC Four

2230 Jack De Johnette, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3

2330 Bill Frisell, Jazz on 3 – BBC Radio 3

 

Sun 11 May

1300 Bach In Leipzig, Early Music Show – BBC Radio 3

 

 

Gerry Smith

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March 25, 2008

Over the next seven days, I hope to catch/record these tempting TV/radio broadcasts: 

Wed/Th – nothing 

Fri 28 March

2000 Sacred Music (2/4) – BBC Four

2230 Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3 

Sat 29 March

2000 Buddy Holly, Icons Revisited (1/10), BBC Radio 2 

Mon 31 March

2045 Manuel de Falla, Composer Of The Week – BBC Radio 3 (1/5, continues Tues-Fri)

2230 Karita Mattila (Finnish soprano), Artist Focus – BBC Radio 3

(1/4, continues Tues-Thurs)

2300 Maths And Music – BBC Radio 3, (1/4, continues Tues-Thurs)

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March 19, 2008

Over the next seven days, I hope to catch/record these tempting TV/radio broadcasts: 

Wed 19 March:  2045 Schoenberg, Composer Of The Week (3/5) – BBC Radio 3

(Plus programme 4 on Thurs, 5 on Fri) 

Good Friday 21 March: 1830 Bach’s St John Passion – BBC Radio 3

2000 Sacred Music (1/4) – BBC Four (repeated Sat 1900)

2230 Anita O’Day, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3 

Sun 23 March:2030 Sacred Music – live concert – BBC Four 

Monday 24 March:2230 Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour (Instruments) – BBC Radio 2   

Gerry Smith