Thursday, 9 August 2018

Save Radcliffe and Maconie!

So those BBC mandarins have gone and made the most ridiculous decision of them all as a massive schedule change at 6 Music sees the relegation of the Radcliffe and Maconie show from weekday afternoons to a weekend breakfast show.


It really is an absurd move. Radcliffe and Maconie is not only the best show on 6 but the best show on radio, full stop. It's been a beacon of hope for listeners since 20011 (when it moved from Radio 2 weekday evenings after a successful four years there) and the decision to slash the pair's broadcast time from fifteen hours per week down to just six, shunted off from the 1pm til 4pm weekday slot to a 7am til 10am weekend slot is an incredibly short sighted one from the mandarins and not, it seems, one either broadcaster was looking for. Twitter has been overwhelmed by a mass pouring of protest and criticism at this decision. There's also a petition at change.org that I strongly urge you all to sign. You can do so here

12 comments:

  1. I could listen to Maconie all day; Radcliffe on the other hand...

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    1. Aw ya big grouch! Individually they're brilliant, together they're special.

      The current three hours five day a week schedule is more akin to listening to Stu all day than the projected three hours twice a week so my advice is to sign it - or I'll send the boys round! ;)

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    2. I like both of them. They are both legends in my book. Prefer Radcliffe though, but only just. They should not be moved.

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    3. Well said. Hope you sign and share!

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  2. Best programme on the radio. Great individually, but extra special together. I do like Mark Radcliffe's Folk Show on R2, but I'm not so keen on Stuart's Freak Zone.
    What's more, I absolutely HATE Shaun Keaveny's breakfast show and I refuse to listen to it - the most overrated and unfunny programme out there. And as for his sickeningly sycophantic interviewer colleague Matt Everitt, I would happily sign a petition to remove him. Both of them, in fact.
    I can't see myself listing to R6M in the early afternoons any more as my feelings are so strong.....
    Big mistake BBC.

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    1. Exactly, I couldn't agree more there. Radcliffe and Maconie are the masters...and Keaveny, well he's basically copied their kind of seemingly half-arsed, droll Northern approach for years and look what happens - they reward him with their slot! How is that fair?

      If 6 Music go ahead with this, I fear I can't see much of a future for Rad Mac. How long will they stick the breakfast show? They're going to lose so many of their old listeners with this move and, as I only tune in for them, I doubt I'll be listening to the station much either.

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  3. Supposedly this shuffle is to inject more new music. Don't they listen to RadMac? One of the most eclectic shows on any radio station. I love that they can jump from Aphex Twins latest to 60s psychedelia via 80s obscure techno. My definition of new music does not mean created in the last 5 minutes. New music is exposing the audience to all types of music from any decade and RadMac do that better than anyone.

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    1. Absolutely. Why don't they get rid of the likes of Liz Kershaw if they want more new music?

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  4. Just signed. You'd get a lot more if you used something else apart from change.org. The worst spam-20-click-to-do something-that-should-take 2 clicks-guilt-trip site in the world! Oh and of course you can send emails to my friends using my email account! Not really. Love RadMac though

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    1. It's not my petition, I'm just sharing it on here, but yeah I know what you mean :)

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  5. Signed the petition days ago and just looked and we still haven't reached 7,500 signatories. Unless this ball is kept in the air somehow then the musicless mandarins will simply get away with ruining weekday afternoons. How odd that Steve Wright In The Afternoon has hogged the R2 airwaves for 29 years - yet we BBC6 listeners seem powerless to save this show. Auntie always thinks she knows best. Maybe we should've tried 38 Degrees,com for a petition.

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    1. I know what you mean Roy. When this petition first launched a month ago it got immense traction in its first week, but when I last looked a couple of weeks back it was only on 5,000+. So it's taken a couple of weeks to get an extra 2,000? That's definitely signs of it dropping off :(

      As for the irritating Steve Wright, I totally concur. And when you think 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' was a thing in 1981 on R1 you realise this has to be the crime of the century! How can a show have a section called Non Stop Oldies yet contain him wittering on throughout it? Why does he read the Metro or some local rags into the mic? And don't even start me on his acolytes!

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