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JohnC

Anyone Listen to Late Night Radio 2?

I listen to quite a bit of late night radio at this time of year and at other times on the iplayer. Richard Allinson used to do the late nights at weekends and Alex Lester used to do the weeknights.

Richard Allinson who was a great DJ got binned a couple of years ago to be replaced with recorded programmes from daytime Radio 2 and now the sword is falling on Alex Lester and Janice Long (who I don't really like) to be replaced with more recorded stuff. Alex Lester is an acquired taste but I find his late night banter good fun and his music great and right up my street.

Radio 2 say they can't afford it! FFS take a few 100K out of Chris Evans salary and the same out of Steve Wright and it would all be paid for. I can't imagine that the salaries for Alex Lester, Janice Long and support staff (now restricted to 2 days a week each) would exactly be high.

The BBC seems hell bent on self destruction. The t*ss*rs at the top should have a long hard look at themselves and give the listeners what they want or they should step down (or divert some of their salaries)

Radio is so much more personal that TV and over the years you almost build up a relationship with the DJ's. I'm really pissed off.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Radio 2's not been the same since they culled "The News Huddlines" :-(
Roadsterstu

Another thing Radio 2 do is "pad out" their programming with adverts and repeats. They are bloody brilliant at advertising their own stuff incessantly and once there has been a big event, such as the live in Hyde Park thing, it's on e every day for the next 2 weeks.

That said, R2 has some genuinely good stuff on. Jamie Cullum, Mark Radcliffe and Jo Whiley's shows are first rate, add to that the in session stuff and it's excellent.
Nice Guy Eddie

Can't listen to Chris Evans in the morning and not much is better throughout the day apart from Ken Bruce.
Bob Sacamano

Late night radio always brings back happy memories of listening to James Whale's 70's phone in show Nightowls on Metro Radio in Newcastle. My great aunt Suzy was an alcoholic and would ring in regularly pissed off her head relating the most outlandish stories. You could almost hear Whale's heart sink as she uttered the words " hello James, it's me, Suzy.....".
Chris M Wanted a V-10

^ Didn't Peter Cook also used to phone in regularly to LBC's late-night phone-in show pretending to be a fisherman ?
Bob Sacamano

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
^ Didn't Peter Cook also used to phone in regularly to LBC's late-night phone-in show pretending to be a fisherman ?


We couldn't get LBC on our crystal sets in the post industrial North East.

However, you may be right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPJK2zKtAxQ
PG

Whenever I'm driving very late at night or very early in the morning, I always found the radio - and specifically Radio 2 - good company and better for staying alert than pure music. When I regularly did early flights to Europe, Alex Lester was great company on the road.

It's stupid to say that they can't afford to have live programming through the night. They just can't be bothered. Do they not realise that it is no longer 1953? People work shifts, start early, finish late, lead different lives. If you want to be a public service broadcaster, you need to provide the service.  
gonnabuildabuggy

PG wrote:
Whenever I'm driving very late at night or very early in the morning, I always found the radio - and specifically Radio 2 - good company and better for staying alert than pure music. When I regularly did early flights to Europe, Alex Lester was great company on the road.


And I thought I was the only person who was listening to him at that time of the morning.

Fortunately no more early morning flights for the last decade.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Bob Sacamano wrote:

However, you may be right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPJK2zKtAxQ

Thanks for the link; I had heard tales about the fish before but never heard the actual conversations before. Quite hilarious in places
JohnC

I listened to the last Alex Lester show last night - very sad. From now on it's just recorded stuff from midnight to 5am and until 6am at the weekend.
B*stards at the BBC obviously feel that the night time minority don't matter. These radio programmes get made with 2 people, 3 max so the cost would be a drop in the ocean in comparison to the star studded shows Radio 2 puts on in the day time. I'm sure 10% of the DG's salary would have funded the whole thing (or 1% of Chris Evans').
PG

JohnC wrote:
B*stards at the BBC obviously feel that the night time minority don't matter. These radio programmes get made with 2 people, 3 max so the cost would be a drop in the ocean in comparison to the star studded shows Radio 2 puts on in the day time. I'm sure 10% of the DG's salary would have funded the whole thing (or 1% of Chris Evans').


Quite right.

But of course I guess being the BBC, they can't just have two people in the building. So they would need at least a security team, a lawyer and a backup lawyer (in case), a manager to keep an eye on things, the managers's PA or two, several sound engineers, the maintenance team, a cleaner or two in case they drop anything, the PR team, the man who turns the red "on air" light on, his manager, his secretary, the Health and Safety team, the medical team, .... probably about 500 people needed to make that a "safe" broadcast.  
woof woof

For various reasons I'm often up late. I mostly listen to R5 but when they go on about sport I switch to R2 or sometimes Smooth depending what's on.

I agree with it being more personal.

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