Thursday, 23 January 2014

Radio Review: 24 January

Think twice before calling a radio station – most don’t

Written by Louis Barfe
Louis-Barfe-newBWNormally, my clock radio is set to wake me with a burst of Radio 4. However, before I go to bed on Friday night, I tune it to Five Live, so I’m woken at 9am by the start of Danny Baker’s show. This week, as an experiment, I’ve left it that way, and been astonished by much of what I’ve heard. Not from the presenters. Nicholas Andrew Argyle Campbell is a fi ne professional and I’ve liked him ever since he did late nights on Radio 1 more than 20 years ago.

No, it’s the callers. I know I’ve been here before, and I shouldn’t be surprised any more, but it keeps happening. This morning, for example, during a discussion about taking children out of school for holidays, there was a numpty who seemed to be suggesting that airlines should put their fares up during the off -peak periods because he would personally be happy to pay more.

At least that’s what I think he was saying. People who call radio stations to off er their opinions rarely seem to have thought it through, or marshalled their argument adequately.

Unfortunately, in the cut and thrust of talk radio, there’s rarely the time to ask the blighters for clarifi cation.

The biscuit, however, was taken by a contributor to the debate over French president François Hollande’s alleged aff air. He informed Nicky that he was complementing his blissfully happy and emotionally secure marriage with an aff air arranged through a website. It really was the best of both worlds, he trumpeted smugly. He added that he would be ‘devastated’ if his wife ever found out about his extramural exertions.

An understandable concern, really. Hang on, you’ve just told the audience of a national radio station (6.04 million at the time of the last RAJAR sweep). Talk about not thinking it through.

Louis on Twitter: @LFBarfe or email: wireless@cheeseford.net


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