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  1. I wasn't really listening these shows because I'm just sick of anthems, but I've heard yesterday's chart show. The duo got a lot of praise from texters and rightfully so. Introducing almost 40 Christmas songs on New Year's Day is probably not the most grateful job ever, but they nailed it. Alex & Numi get a thumbs up from me.
  2. Finally someone at R1 realised how confusing Friday "Weekend" Breakfast was and let Greg have the slot. Great news! I'm also really happy for Arielle, I was afraid she will just disappear after weekend early breakfast has been practically axed. I'll probably hear her live more, when apocalypse times are over and I have to get up earlier again. Dev's and Phil's announcement was unexpected, Huw's not so much, he's rather been a 6music presenter lately. As for the future I hope they tone down anthems a bit, now it feels like every third hour is an anthems block of some kind. And filling the schedule with lazy dance hours just to be able to repeat them endlessly on a new stream is just pure insanity.
  3. I know he's still on, but: Phil Taggart. Him getting 10 PM with Alice was fine, then they gave him one hour per week, got moved to 3 AM, and now he has The Chillest Show on Planet Earth, which is decent show in a fitting timeslot, just doesn't fit him at all. For example I'd trade 9 PM RMC for a Loudest Show on Planet Earth with Phil any time.
  4. Thank you for the grid, the best parts at a quick first glance: No one gets axed. Scott is still on Mon-Fri. Earlier Jack & Annie. Jordan getting his well deserved 3 shows a week. The worst changes: 1. Weird and inconsistent timings and show lengths. It will be really hard for a casual listener to remember who's on when. Should've gone with 6-9-12-15h instead (possibly with the lunchtime newsbeat at 11:45). Random anthem shows everywhere (especially the party anthem hour at 3). Weekend evening shows inconsistently still start at 7pm instead of 6. 2. Arielle losing weekend shows. Maybe weekend early breakfast wasn't successful enough as a slot, but at least they could let her have Fri 6-7. 3. Friday. Is. Still. Not. The. Weekend.
  5. I'm also sad to see her leave, Dev & Alice has become my favourite weekend show, at least after they got moved to afternoons. They were fine on their own before, and felt really forced at the time to pair them up, but somehow 1 + 1 became 3. And now they've had like 1 or 2 weekends on air as a duo this year, Alice was mostly off to do other comedy/podcast stuff (probably this is what she had to gave up radio for), even after Maya left they've got split up for some unknown reason. I don't know what's next for Dev, he probably stays on, I've got nothing against him, it's just a step backwards. Maybe a Dev & Arielle could work? Phil & Alice was also a favourite of mine, though it didn't last very long (1-2 years maybe?) and no one remembers it today. At least Alice does. I wish the best for her for the future.
  6. I'm really happy for Arielle but still find the "Friday is weekend" thing confusing, now more than ever. Just have 3 different schedules for weekdays, Friday and weekends, easy as that.
  7. Wow, this sounds amazing, I've been waiting for something like this since 2013.
  8. Though I'd prefer more new music and a longer playlist, I like this kinda shows, I'm a regular listener of Jordan's one on Sundays for months now. My main criticism is the selection. They tend to pick the same one hit wonders again and again in every few weeks, or stick to the one or two most famous tracks of each artist and ignore the rest. It feels like having a D list, which never changes. (If have have to listen to "Teenage Dirthbag" or "Rude Boy" again with the introduction "What a banger, I haven't heard this in ages!", I'm gonna cry...) I also have mixed feelings on the mix format (pun intended), sometimes they just play 30 seconds of each song just to sqeeze in more, I'd rather listen to fewer tracks in full. How would I change it? First of all, if they want to have it on daily, that's fine, but half an hour would be enough, that's ~7 songs in full (like Adele's Best New Pop). Don't be afraid to pick more obscure but good songs, almost 3 decades of should be enough to fill a few months without repeat. Personally I'd play the original versions of recent hits more just for educational purposes. Maybe do some feature or game around the songs, like Matt and Jordan did with Heaven or Hell. ("Who ripped off this one? Pitbull or Flo Rida? 81199!") A radnom idea: Recently they started to use themes, which is a step in the right direction, but they should come up with more interesing ones. When I hear "Classic RnB and indie bangers", I already know what songs I'm gonna hear and there's a 70% chance I just turn it off (see selection problems above). But what if the theme is "songs with a specific word in it", "songs about a specific topic" or "songs that don't sing their title", etc. any you can guess which song could be played next. I saw something like this on a music TV channel (WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO), and loved the idea, I'd like to hear it on radio.
  9. A new one from yesterday: "The one for the unemployed!"
  10. I love the new introductions which get played sometimes at 1 right after the news: "The one for fake tan" or "The one after *callers voice* neeewsbeat". I usually miss the first few minutes of the show so these might have been on for ages. Reminds me of Grimmy's status updates from his nighttime show ("Status update: Nick Grimshaw *singing to the ABBA tune* is Grimmy-Grimmy-Grimmy, the man before midnight!") or when callers introduced Scott's show.
  11. This one has a lot of great ones too. Luckily I've heard most of these at the time, seems like i was destined to find R1 sooner or later.
  12. Podcast as a genre is a hit and miss for me. If I want to listen to something, it's mostly live radio, or if there's nothing good on, I just look up an older show i missed, or just listen to offline music. I do this when I'm busy with something, and neither of these demand full time attention. And if I do pay attention to something, I pick a movie or a video instead. I also don't understand why did they air podcasts on radio now. Who would listen to them live (especially at 3 AM) when you can just put them on whenever you want and listen from beginning to end. It just takes away airtime from actual radio shows.
  13. "U okay hun?" Any more details of his recent R2 activity would be nice to hear. His thoughts about the LOLathon or doing a marathon show in general. Still about the LOLathon, but not quite: would he ever accept a regular late night slot where he could be as rude as that was in the late hours?
  14. That's a tough one, my memory is not that good to remember exactly what was played when, I'd have to wander around on the web archive first. The only one I know by date is the first one I ever heard (sadly that wasn't cached so here's the one from the week after): https://web.archive.org/web/20110119165600/www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/playlist/. Looking back at it now it still had loads of crap ones, but I only remember the best of it like Crush, Jump Into The Fog, Me & You, Skinny Genes, Bigger Than Us, Hot Mess, Fighting Fire (just to mention the least known ones). These defined me R1 for a long time. For me, the playlist quality always followed a normal distribution: a few really good songs, lots of okay/indifferent ones, and a few really bad or boring ones.
  15. And they did it again. (I'm in CEST, an hour ahead of the UK, they had it up by 17:45 UK time.) On a scale of 1 to 10 this is a 0.1 level spoiler.
  16. I still find it confusing to this day. Usually tune in to hear Greg and always get surprised by Matt & Mollie. At least it reminds me to listen to the chart on the way home. I'm not fully against a different Friday schedule with a "Friday breakfast" or a "Friday afternoon", but if they'd stop calling it weekend, that'd be great.
  17. I still have an FM radio as alarm clock if that counts. (I just find it more reliable than a phone.) It's funny though how FM is actually less accessible (at least for me) since most phones no longer have it and internet became cheaper.
  18. I would've bet that she'd come out with something new by now, and after the overplay treatment she gets relevant again by the time Big Weekend is here. Guess I was wrong. (Or it will be a last minute stunt.) (A bit off, but in my eyes, "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" changed her from disposable celebrity to actual talent worthy of attention.)
  19. I agree that popular stuff should be on the playlist, but R1 should at least try forming the trends instead of just following them, especially with the nighttime shows. It feels like to me they don't utilize 1xtra as they should: playing the same stuff on two stations at once is pointless, so are regular takeovers. R1 should have more experimental, interesting songs with chart hits (like that country-trap weirdness which skyrocketed in popularity last week, whatever I think of it, it's different, distinct, interesting) while 1xtra could stick to the most popular genres (including those same-beat-same-mumbling-lyrics tracks which still have their audience). And it needs regular cross promotion as well: "Wanna get more of the trend? Head over to 1xtra." (these existed at some point) / "Bored of the same style? R1 is for you." As I take a look at the current playlists, this is not that far as it might feel like, especially since the 8th (daily takeover, wtf) is out of the picture.
  20. The part with Fearne is perfect, I'd totally listen to that! But Jo Whiley's Shortest Show Ever sounds interesting too.
  21. Unless you're called Annie Nightingale or Pete Tong, you can't stay on R1 forever and it's comforting to know that whenever Scott leaves he hopefully moves no further than R2. I think he has at least 3 years on R1 afternoons, and even after that he could stay on the chart alongside having an R2 show and make it to 25 years at R1. (At least I hope so because he's also the best chart presenter R1 had in a really long time.)
  22. I'm normally listening to Dance Anthems this time, I'm not that familiar with Radio 2 or this show, but on his own right he's great as always. And until around 5:40 he managed not to say Radio1 instead of 2, that impressive.
  23. I've read they had a breakfast show for 10 years before this, that's impressive, and kinda explains why they didn't introduced themselves that much yesterday. As someone who has never heard them before, the first impression was not that great, but overall positive. I also expected much longer links, especially after the "we can talk longer than 20 seconds" promos. The big downer is the music: mostly playlist songs (why...) and 8th style depressing mumbling rap (please no!) so it's still miles behind Annie or Jack.
  24. Usually it's the other way round. Whenever I hear the first seconds of Touch by Little Mix, Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo...? Chris Brown...? (ah, who cares), or almost anything by Bieber*, I switch the stream off instantly and usually forget to turn back on. A song that I used to like, but thanks to overplay I now hate it with a passion: Coldplay - Paradise. Nowadays this doesn't happen much. Overplay mostly kills songs for me that I didn't even like that much to begin with. A current example: Tom Walker - Just You and I. It was boring the first time I heard it and it won't get better. The Lolathon was a tough one to get through without skipping songs, but I consider myself lucky, cause I was straight up obsessed with some of the most played songs: Harmony Hall, Longshot, Don't Call Me Up, Giant, Someone You Loved, bust most of all, Exists. I got genuinely angry when Exists came on for the bleventeenth time that day and the stream started buffering halfway through the song... It's unhealthy... I know... *I know it's no longer cool to hate him, but his voice is like nails on the chalkboard for me.
  25. Surprising to read this, I became a regular breakfast listener for the first time... maybe ever (not counting Scott's covers). Even if I tune in just for 10 minutes it makes me forget if it's Monday morning and sucks being awake. No boring celebrities every other day, no forced group laughing on jokes weren't even funny to begin with. Just a friendly voice being actually entertaining and (mostly) worthwhile current music. Might be just an age thing (I'm 30), but I've hated obnoxious and loud breakfast shows since I was like 10. What I absolutely agree with is that the show really needs someone like Chris Smith was. Roisin is cute but doesn't even get involved that much, and hearing how awkwardly she reacts sometimes to Greg's random stuff, probably wouldn't fit to that role. The "listeners first" approach is not the problem here, but it shouldn't take over the whole show, I really doubt that for example someone like Maya or Cel replacing Greg and just interacting with listeners would be the same quality. I couldn't say anyone at R1 who deserved this promotion more than Greg. (Maybe Scott, but that's another story.)
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