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Apparently Moyles is planning to bring back an "old radio 1 feature" for a week in celebration as well, or 2 weeks if he can convince the bosses. Any idea what the "old feature" could be?

Celebrity Tarzaaaaaan!

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They should have got Zane + Peel together (virtually of course). Both INMWT figures in their own right, but with Peel as the world class leader. Shame the beeb to see fit to shaft what was their greatest ever asset once again, by sticking him on last thing on a Sunday night, at 5mins to dead.

Still, at least this celebration might mean a break free from the tedium that is the R1 playlist.

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I heard Bruno Brookes and Mark Goodier are involved in the chart show on 30th September. Could be a rumour though.

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Moyles also announced this morning that he's bringing back the Golden Hour (I think he said it would be starting Monday).

Also, Moyles will play the first of the cover version songs on Monday morning, then Jo Whiley will play the next one, then Edith, etc. They're starting at 2006 and working backwards.

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Moyles also announced this morning that he's bringing back the Golden Hour (I think he said it would be starting Monday).

Also, Moyles will play the first of the cover version songs on Monday morning, then Jo Whiley will play the next one, then Edith, etc. They're starting at 2006 and working backwards.

So basically set your computer for record for the next two weeks and no need to buy the CD.

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Radio 1 has a big birthday soon. It would like you to remember this, if not its actual age. Whisper it, but this month Our Nation's Pop Station turns 40. Or, as the current stings have it, 'Radio 1: established 1967'. (As someone who was also established in that year, I have some sympathy with this coyness. You don't get Tim Westwood - established 1957 - banging on about his lengthy credentials, do you?) As part of its celebrations, from Monday the station will host hour-long evening shows from the likes of Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani, Noel Gallagher, Norman Cook and Deborah Harry; and Chris Moyles will co-host with Tony Blackburn, Radio 1's first ever DJ, on 30 September, the actual birthday itself. It's all happening! So before all that, let's listen in to everyday Radio 1.

As with most stations, the flagship programme is the breakfast show. The Chris Moyles Show is a phenomenon, pulling in increasing numbers of listeners and - more significantly - influencing the rest of the schedule. It really is different from every other breakfast show out there, boasting strange guests (on Tuesday it was Paul McKenna), not much news, no reading-out-of-funny-bits-from-the-morning's-papers. Instead, what Moyles does, brilliantly, is create a club. His show feels like the laziest office in the world, a place where no one ever breaks off from gossiping round the photocopier to do any work. On Thursday the programme's very first exchange, at 7.09am, went like this:

Moyles: 'Hahahaha.' Cohort: 'What you laughing at?' Moyles: 'I'm laughing at the abuse Carrie's getting from all the Scottish.' (Carrie is a sports presenter, who, in the 7am bulletin, categorised Scotland's winning goal against France as 'flukey'.) Cohort: 'I know, when you said about McFadden's goal being a fluke, I heard it was a screamer.' Moyles: 'No wonder the Scottish hate the English... Morning everyone, by the way.'

This intimate, join-our-gang approach has become the daytime ethos of Radio 1. The station constantly refers to itself and its DJs. On Wednesday Scott Mills chatted about how he went to Hell's Kitchen with Jo Whiley, who kissed Angus Deayton because Chris Moyles dared her. On Thursday Jo Whiley moaned that Vernon Kaye never asks her out for a drink; Vernon Kaye phoned into Chris Moyles to explain a text he sent him; Chris Moyles's sidekick Dom chatted about how he interviewed Marco Pierre White, presenter of Hell's Kitchen. It's a never-ending, self-referential conversation.

The other aspect of Radio 1's daytimes is what we might call added value. Clips from the internet, mostly. Scott Mills, at drive-time, is cute at this, and his podcast is popular. On Tuesday he unearthed a bonkers Britney fan on YouTube. 'Britney is a humaaan being...' The next day the clip was YouTube's most requested. On Wednesday Mills had Keith Chegwin reading out texts (this after Moyles playing a Cheggers advert over and over on Tuesday: you can feel your world getting smaller). Mills has much of Moyles's relaxed technique, though he can be rather personality-free, and his habit of replaying 'funny' clips does recall the quack-quack-oops years. Still, Chappers, one of Mills's co-stars, is a fine foil.

With smooth Jo Whiley and chatty Edith Bowman (this week covered by the always great Sara Cox) in between Moyles and Mills, the combined effect is that of a Radio 1-led conversation. Did you see, did you hear, wasn't it funny when... This all changes in the evening, when the ghost of John Peel takes over and the station shows its musical credentials. No more fun, just serious music. But I've written about that in today's Observer Music Magazine. (That one-big-family thing can be catching.)

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2169982,00.html

Fair play to her this week, I think she has mastered what works about Radio 1 there. Good to see Chappers getting the credit he deserves about Scott's show, and backs up my feelings that the two should never take separate holidays. I'd also agree Scott has too much of a habit of repeating things, with the success of the podcast it proves listeners can download it all again and have online capabilities, and I don't think the need for repeated material is apparent these days.

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I'm not sure about the actual point she wants to put across with that. I do find most of what she says is true but I;m not sure if she trying to take the p out of it all because of the way shes written it.

But surely "the ghost of John Peel takes over in the evenings" is a bit OTT. Sure its more about the music in the evening but I dont think thats an accurate statement at all.

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I pretty much agree with what she has to say, and think it's a fairly good review all round. Mind you, although it does annoy me when Scott repeats stuff, I kind of accept it, because to be fair, most people don't listen to the show as much as people on here do - I expect most people only listen for maybe half an hour while they're in the car or whatever, so repeating things make sense from that point of view.

I do find it odd that she refers to Dom as Moyles' "sidekick", but refuses to even name Dave, just calling him "cohort" lol.

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