Friday, 03 March 2017

Radio Review: 3 March

Louis finds himself in tune with BBC Radio 1

Written by Louis Barfe
Last Sunday, I surprised myself. While refurbishing a vintage tambourine in my shed (that’s not the surprising bit, it’s entirely in character), I found myself listening to Radio 1Louis-Barfe-colour-176 for the first time since my late 20s. Everything else was football, the sort of oldies I wasn’t quite in the mood for or Elaine Paige’s honking laugh. 

I caught the end of Matt Edmondson’s show (Sundays, 10am-1pm) and felt sufficiently heartened to stick around for Alice Levine (1pm-4pm). Despite not having been in the Radio 1 demographic for a while, I’ve always been glad it’s there. Never more so than when I catch commercial stations like Heart, which aren’t too strong on music variety or presenter freedom. To find it was listenable to my old lugholes was the big surprise, not least Stockport’s own Blossom in session combining George Michael’s Careless Whisper with In Da Club by 50 Cent.

Just one thing saddened me slightly. Levine was fielding calls from listeners about signed celebrity photos in restaurants and cafés. A fine subject, but she made no mention of Efes on Great Titchfield Street, a Turkish restaurant I adored and which at one time was effectively the Radio 1 canteen. It celebrated this connection gleefully with a wall of signed publicity shots from top jocks, but seemed to have fallen out of favour with newer presenters.

Whenever I was London, I tried to pop in, because the food was always great and the staff lovely. Dining there a few years ago, I noticed with amusement that operation Yewtree had resulted in a few gaps in the display. And late last year, I was distraught to turn up and discover it had closed permanently. That was emotional enough, it being part of ‘My London’, but now I feel sad Ms Levine will never get to have her picture on the wall there alongside Adrian Juste and Simon Bates.

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