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Friday, June 17, 2011

Next Wednesday (June 22) BBC Radio 2 - 2day

BBC Radio 2 are currently planning for 2DAY, a special day of programming on Wednesday 22 June which is going to turn the normal schedule upside down, resulting in a 12 hour on-air celebration of the best bits of the network. including Jamie Cullum’s jazz programme, to name but a small selection.
Bebop Spoken Here has been asked to submit a few favourite memories of Radio 2 so here I go with mine.
Humphrey Lyttleton's The Best of Jazz surely set the standard for jazz broadcasting. Humph's impeccable taste made this essential Monday night fare. Still miss the music and his sometimes laconic comments. It has to be said though that, these days, Jamie Cullum also does a pretty damn good job.
And of course, thinking Humph, there's Sorry I'll Read That Again which I think set another high bar (and still does).
Sheila Tracy and the BBC Big Band provided more essential listening and the standard has been maintained by Clare Teal today.
Alan Dell, Benny Green, Russell Davies and the late Malcolm Laycock all kept lovers of jazz and quality popular music well served as did "Parky".
Full details of the 12 hour celebration which concludes with an hour long live broadcast by Jools Holland's All-star Band including Clare Teal and Jamie Cullum are on the link below and it would be interesting to hear other readers views on BBC Radio 2 past and present - long may it continue.
Lance.

2 comments :

Ron said...

Peter Clayton was one of my favorite bbc broadcasters as well.
Ron

Liz said...

"The mood of Sundays on radio 2" will be something I shall definitely be listening to on that day. Those Sundays were wonderful days with great continuation. Alan Dell, Benny Green , Parky, David Jacobs...it was the best of times for those of us who enjoy popular quality music. No matter how the week had gone, Sundays, often driving, with full volume & singing along will always have a special place in my heart.
Liz

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