Why the title? ...........Well it's what my eighteen year old daughter calls my favourite radio station. How very dare she!!!!
Well...ok I suppose at her age I would have probably agreed but I am also pretty sure that when I was her age, Radio 1 (which is of course her choice of station) was a damn sight better than it is today!! Of course it might be my age but any more than ten minutes of Radio 1 gives me palpitations and not in a good way!
So back to Radio 2. I usually start the day with Chris Evans whilst I am on my way to work in the car. I love his style of presenting and think that the latest news of him gaining many many listeners from elsewhere are well justified!
Next, if I am at home or out and about in the car, I listen to Ken Bruce. I like the pop master quiz and he usually features a guest who picks the "Tracks of their years"
Jeremy Vine comes next and this is a mixture of music and debate where callers can join in with one of the three debates discussed daily. These can get very heated and cover everything under the sun but usually something topical. I think Jeremy does a fantastic job hosting this program.
An old favourite from Radio 1 does the afternoon show from 2pm till 5pm. Steve Wright in the afternoon.
If you liked him in the eighties then you probably still will. One of my favourite bits of this show is the "non stop oldies" part where a listener sends in some of their favourite tunes from the past. It throws up tunes you may not have heard for years and years and as I have quite an eclectic music taste, I really like this.
Lastly on my day of listening is another old Radio 1 favourite, Simon Mayo. I love this show and I only really get to hear a small bit of it on the way home from work but it really is worth a listen. A favourite part, and always seems to be on when I do happen to be listening, is "Confession" where listeners can send in their confessional stories from years ago about things they never owned up to and Simon and his team have to decide if they are forgiven or not. Some of these stories are hilarious and I believe you can get them on a podcast.
Of course, there are many other shows on Radio 2 that are on an evening and through the night but none I can really comment on as I don't listen often enough. I do know Dermot O'Leary does a weekend show and he features quite a lot of new music. The odd time I have listened I have really enjoyed.
Other presenters include Janice Long, Vanessa Feltz, Mark Radcliffe, Jo Whiley, Trever Nelson and the gravel voiced Bob Harris who hosts a "Country" session on Thursday evenings at 7 pm.
If you are sick of the same old, same old listening experience on Radio or are a listener over 35 then I would urge you to give Radio 2 a try. You won't be disappointed!
I listen to Radio 2 every day Monday - Friday - its brilliant. Chris Evans starts me off with his fab breakfast show and he's the best radio presenter ever! I walk the kids to school and when I get back I have half an hour left of Chris before Ken Bruce comes on. I look forward to pop master and I like it when a celebrity does their own record choices. I like the banter that goes on with Ken and his team and he's a great presenter.
Then it's Jeremy Vine. I love this show. I have texted and emailed my comments a number of times but they've never been mentioned!
Jeremy Vine's show covers stories that are happening today and people ring in to debate and voice their opinions. It's sometimes very sad and I have shed a few tears listening to the show.
Then at 2pm it's Steve Wright - Steve and his team are very funny - I love the factoids and when they have guests on. They once had Take That presenting with them and it was brilliant and very funny. I hate it when they are on holiday and Chris Tarrant stands in. Don't like Chris Tarrant on the radio.
Then at 5pm it's Drive Time with Simon Mayo. BRILLIANT! I love the confession at 545 - sometimes the stories have been very very funny.
I normally switch off at 7pm as it's not really my cup of tea then but now Jamie Cullen has a show which is brilliant and I've sometimes caught the Jo Whiley show and she's very good too.
I do miss Terry Wogan but his shows on a Sunday are very good and he is the best presenter ever (apart from Chris Evans of course!)
Radio 2 is the best radio station for me.
Radio for grown ups that is how I would describe Radio 2 a radio station that has the ability to appeal to all ages whilst also tailoring some shows to specific interests.
Available on fm 88-91 as well as on television and of course on line.
05:00 Vanessa Feltz
06:30 Chris Evans Breakfast Show
09:30 Ken Bruce
12:00 Jeremy Vine
14:00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon
17:00 Drive time with Simon Mayo
Evening has Jamie Cullum, Jo Whiley, amongst others
Weekends are also different on Radio 2 which I think reflects that lives are different at the weekend Saturday from 8 am is the sound of the sixties before Graham Norton at 10am I have to be honest since Jonathon Ross has gone I try to avoid listening as Graham Norton irate's me beyond belief!
Afternoon sees me tune in again for the fantastic Tony Blackburn and Pick of the Pops its amazing how many songs are older than you think! Then you have Alan Carr which is silly and rather daft but suits Saturday night.
I have not listened to any other shows on a Saturday so cannot comment but on the odd occasion of listening later I am always happy.
Sunday is another excellent day kicked off with Aled Jones for me a very enjoyable show and for me very important as I am unable to attend church on Sunday Morning this is my religious time.
Following Aled Jones with sit down to Breakfast with Steve Wrights love songs which surely by now must be an national treasure That tends to be my listening although I do catch a bit of the wonderful Paul o' Grady who really doesn't mind poking fun at himself!
My favourites are the Breakfast show although I have yet to get in the breakfast club I am always driving at the time! I have however had a Big screen Belter and was very happy driving along to Bryan Adams and Everything I do wonderful day that was!
I am also a fan of Ken Bruce and his incredibly funny pop masters quiz does anyone really know the scoring?!!
Steve Wright's old Woman and factoids brilliant although does make me laugh when Hubby pretends to wow with some fact and we all have already heard it!
Drive time who doesn't look forward to hearing those confessions!
I used to turn off at Jeremy vine and find some mindless pop to listen to however I am addicted and will often be arguing in the car with myself I have yet to ring in but often makes my blood boil and a good bit of intellectual time
I thoroughly recommend Radio 2 it caters for those that wish to listen to modern music with some classics as well as having big shows my Husband loves listening to Big Band special and Music night personally I find that less appealing and my Brother-in-law loves listening to Terry Wogan on Sunday whilst getting Sunday Lunch done personally Wogan makes me want to slit my wrists but that's the beauty of Radio 2 we all like listening to it and yet are tastes are all different.
So what are you waiting for tune in and find your radio 2!
I don't now if its my age but about fifteen years ago - at the tender age of thrity four - I switched from a commercial radio station to Radio two - and have never looked back! I just love the mixture of chat and good music - music both from the charts and from your childhood - fond tunes that bring back treasured memories.
I start the day with Sarah Kennedy - a wonderful warm mixture of "dawn patrolers" with her showtime tune at 6:45am and am now enjoying Chris Evans' new breakfast show. When I am home from work I enjoy the Jeremy Vines lunchtime phone in show where topical issues are discussed and, of course, Steve Wright in the afternoon is almost legendary.
To round the working day off I walk home to the new Simon Mayo drive time show which is bedding in well. Then again there are programmes from Jonathan Ross and Alan Carr - you are spoiled for choice
Radio two seems to offer a wide range of programmes to a wide range of ages and tastes. I grew up on radio one, now I am growing into middle age with radio two - long may they reign.
I remember when I was a child I always listened to Radio 1. On the other hand, my mother was a huge fan of Radio 2, which for me meant the Cliff Adams Singers and "Sing Something Simple", Vera Lynn and other music I couldn't relate to. Radio 2 was also the place DJ's went to when they got too old for Radio 1 - I well remember when Jimmy Young moved over in the early 70s for instance. Proof positive that Radio 2 wasn't for me was the fact my grandparents were huge fans too.
Well times change and here I am in my mid 40s an avid listener of Radio 2.
Of course Radio 2 in 2009 is far different to the Radio 2 I remember as a child. "Sing Something Simple" has long gone and these days much of the playlist is current chart music as Radio 2, the so-called "Nation's Favourite", wishes to attract a younger audience.
Much as I love Radio 2, I do wonder about its public service remit. Its daytime schedule is, with the exception of the Jeremy Vine Show, more about entertaining the masses than anything particularly worthy, but as radio stations go, the daytime presenters are amongst the best in the business which makes me feel churlish for even mentioning public service.
Sir Terry Wogan's breakfast show is probably an acquired taste. I first heard it back in the late 70s when I was a teenager and hated it. I heard it again in my 20s during the 80s and still hated it. However by the time I had reached my mid 30s I could begin to relate to Terry's Old Gits and the observations they sent to him. There's also the fact Wogan, whether you love him or hate him, is the consummate radio host - he has that rare knack of speaking into a microphone and making the listener feel he is speaking to them personally.
Ken Bruce is my favourite daytime host on the station. I like him because to me he is what a DJ on a music radio station should be - a lover of music. He is genuinely interested in the music he plays, in the celebrities he interviews and best of all, his show regularly throws up hidden musical gems from the past and the present. He has a sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humour which I often find makes me laugh out loud.
Jeremy Vine replaced Jimmy Young back in 2004 and I have to say I found him a vast improvement. The problem with Jimmy Young was he still retained a great interest in the political debates covered in his programme, but had no interest in the music he played. I appreciate this is a generational thing, but by the time Jimmy Young left Radio 2 he was past 80 and it showed.
Vine is both a political animal and a fan of modern music and I find his show can be absolutely riveting at times - his producers seem to have a knack for finding subjects that you want to hear discussed and he always strikes me as a fair and balanced adjudicator and a wonderful listener to those who phone in with comments and views.
Steve Wright's show which comes on after Vine's, is my least favourite of the daytime line-up. I quite simply have never liked him and I don't like his disdain for some of the music he plays (which can be quite blatant), his "posse" and the fact he is constantly reminding us everyone "loves the show". Well I for one don't - I find him cloying, annoying and not particularly entertaining. It may well be billed as "The Big Show" but for me it's completely overrated.
I also get mightily annoyed at Wright's inability to state what song he has just played, particularly if it's something that is new and has interested me. The only saving grace is the website handily tells you what songs were played on his shows for the past week.
Johnnie Walker used to host the drive-time show at 5.00 pm and there was some controversy when Chris Evans took over the reins when Walker stepped down in 2006. I have to say I think some of the critics were a little unfair to Evans who is a very capable and personable broadcaster and has managed to retain the flavour of Walker's show yet stamp his own personality on it too.
Walker still pops up regularly on the station to stand in for Wogan and he has his own show on Sundays specialising in music from the 1970s.
Weekends have a different flavour, with Jonathan Ross doing Saturday mornings, in a show I don't particularly rate. When Mark Lamarr stands in for him the quality increases tenfold however.
Ross' arrival at the station seems to have led to a gradual influx of TV presenters to radio and this is probably my biggest criticism of the station - Dermot O'Leary, Michael Ball, Paul O'Grady and Alan Carr all have shows and while their names may draw some listeners in, for me they have me reaching for the off switch. I shall exclude Dale Winton from this list as in fairness to him, he began his career in radio and is very good at it.
Over the past 10 years I have seen the true music jocks sidelined - Richard Allinson, Stuart Maconie and Paul Gambaccini had shows which were for true music aficionados and these are now becoming rare treats on the station, with Gambaccini's show just recently being moved back to a later slot to accommodate Alan Carr.
Ironically, Radio 1 have brought Vernon Kaye in from TV for occasional shows and he is brilliant on radio in a way few of the TV imports from Radio 2 have been, so it can work and I cannot deny that Ross' show in particular is very popular - but none of them have worked for me.
Now don't get me wrong - the station still has some excellent evening shows covering various different genres including folk, rock, country, musical theatre and gospel - and has some wonderful musical events and documentaries regularly aired, but the shows where I felt I was in the company of a person who loved music as much as me seem to be dwindling fast. Also, these shows are aired in the evenings, which isn't peak listening time for radio and it can be easy to miss them. The iPlayer does feature these shows for a week, which is a saving grace however.
I also find the general feel of the station is getting younger - and while I appreciate they have to pull in younger listeners to replace the older ones, at 45 I find myself hankering for oldies that were out more than just a couple of years ago.
Of course I am now in the situation my mother was in back in the early 70s - I have a daughter who is only interested in listening to Galaxy or Radio 1 and loudly complains whenever I put on Radio 2 when we are in the car, proclaiming it to be "the worst radio station ever".
For me however it's still the best out there - for all the changes it still manages to entertain me for at least a couple of hours a day with excellent presenters and a truly eclectic range of music being played - but I am surprisingly finding myself going back to Radio 1 to hear DJs who are true music nuts because luckily, they are not being sidelined over there, and in an attempt at keeping my daughter happy of course.
I am also mightily relieved to know I am not quite ready for Saga Radio yet...
Radio 2 can be found at 88 to 91 FM, on Freeview, DAB radio and Sky and online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/.
Yes, I admit it, I am a Radio 2 listener!
Radio 2 is available at 88 -91 FM, and also online and on digital. No longer just for old people, as used to be the rumour, it's for all ages now. Probably like most Radio 2 fans, I used to listen to Radio 1 a long time ago, but went off it a bit when the main DJ's starting leaving or getting the axe.
It was actually Steve Wright crossing over to Radio 2 that prompted me to try it, and I was hooked. I'd say it's exactly like Radio 1 used to be in the old days!
My review is based on the times that I personally have Radio 2 on: that's mainly in the week, and hardly ever at the weekends.
Most weekdays, I might catch a little bit of Wogan in the early morning on the school run, although I have to admit that's not my favourite: I like Terry and his gentle banter, but I wouldn't have the entire show on. Immediately following this, it's Ken Bruce, hmmm, not so good: I 'm not that keen on his show and I am usually doing something else around this time anyway. He does sometimes have live performances in the studio though, which I will tune in for if it's someone I like.
The first show of the day that I would tune in specially for is the Jeremy Vine show. Also seen as a television broadcaster and journalist, Vine took over this slot from Jimmy Young a few years back and has totally transformed it: Now it's a 2 hour current affairs discussion and phone-in, with guests in the studio and music in between. He might be discussing very serious subjects, then something light and trivial, there is always a good mix. It will always be topical and related to the news of the week or day.
I really enjoy listening in to this, hearing other people's opinions and views, although sometimes they take some believing of course! He also has regular slots at the same time each week, for example Friday's are Martin Lewis the moneysaving expert, and then a live broadcast from the show's allotment .... yes, this show has an allotment, somewhere in Wales, and the man who tends it will describe down the phone what he's been doing .... yes, it works a treat on the radio!! Okay, maybe not, but it's still amusing and informative.
My one criticism would be that Jeremy Vine does live in a bit of a middle-class bubble and sometimes seems quite naive and easily shocked, considering he is a journalist. However, his guests and speakers do balance this out, so it works well.
The news is every hour, on the hour, and the travel information is twice every hour throughout the day.
2.00 pm each weekday and it's time for 'The Big Show' which is what Steve Wright calls his 3 hour show. He no longer has The Posse, but he does still have a small crew of regulars to keep him company, namely Tim Smith and Janie Lee Grace.
There are also a couple of 'characters' such as 'The Old Woman' which is basically an old woman chatting but no-one knows her real name , and 'Ask Elvis' where someone pretends to be Elvis Presley answering general knowledge questions the listeners have sent in. I'm not sure about these myself, but they seem popular.
Personally, I like the chat and banter amongst the crew, and the type of music that is played: A mix of old and new stuff, with a section halfway through where listeners choose a list of their favourite oldies (I was horrified to discover that this can include songs from the 1990's!). I keep reminding myself to do my list, but it's so hard to choose!
If I had to criticise, I would say that this show does tend to rely on the same few old jokes to keep it going and is maybe sounding slightly tired now. But I keep listening for the comfort/familiarity factor.
There are also celebrity guests, which are always fun and interesting, and the show goes on until 5.00pm when it's time to hand over to Chris Evans.
I do really enjoy his show - there was a time when I really went off Chris Evans, as he was too much like Chris Moyles is now: I found him too cocky and the big-I-am. Now though, he seems to have really mellowed and I enjoy listening to him again, and his show is similar to Steve Wright, with celebrity chat, listeners ringing in and good music.
The only other show that I regularly listen to is Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie , who are on together Monday to Thursday, 8.00pm - 10.00pm. These two are really funny and witty together, and seem to bounce off each other verbally.
Again, it's great music and chat, where they talk about the news of the day which they form into a pseudo-newspaper headline, known as 'The Chain' and then it's mainly just them wittering on, but somehow they make it good!
Sometimes they are joined by such luminaries as Noddy Holder, who adds to the mix, and occasionally there is a special episode: For example, a couple of weeks ago, the whole show was dedicated to a one-off Morrissey special, running a new concert in its' entirety,which was a great night's entertainment.
All the shows are available to listen to online later if there was anything you missed.
Overall verdict: I will keep listening to SOME Radio 2 shows, not all: it's undemanding and cosy - which can be a double-edged sword: The recent Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand furore proved that even Radio 2 likes to break out of it's mould and get into trouble sometimes!
Having left work on maternity leave, I was desperate for some intelectual stimulation! I decided to give Radio 2 a try on the recommendation of a friend. I always thought Radio 2 was for old people (!) but having got fed up with being told what I should be listening to on Radio 1, and not enjoying local radio because of the constant adverts I decided to give Radio 2 a try.
I had previously listened to Jonathan Ross on a Saturday morning but had never given their weekday shows a go.
My day of listening usually starts around half 8 so I catch the end of Terry Wogan who I must admit I find quite boring, however, he is an easy listening early morning show. Then it goes to Ken Bruce who is slightly more interesting and has a good pop quiz halfway through the show, although I am too young to know many of the answers!!! Dinnertimes are Jeremy Vine and I think this is probably my favourite show of the day. His show mainly consists of debates regarding popular issues of the day, usually discussing around 3 or 4 topics each day having both regular listeners phoning in to give their opinion together with experts on the matter. I often find myself shouting at the radio - maybe one day I will phone in and have my say!
The afternoon starts with Steve Wright who does his regular "factoids" at various intervals throughout the show giving interesting little facts to the listeners together with having various guests (recently including Ricky Gervais, Roger Moore and Jonathan Ross). The end of my listening day ends with Chris Evans who also has various guests and his own regular features.
As I said this is where my listening day ends so cannot comment on the other shows, one day I will try and catch Russell Brand's evening show (or maybe not now then!)!
The music is not the best - I have been listening for well over a week now and they seem to play the same 10 or so songs over and over throughout the day - if I hear Tom Jones' new song again I may scream!
There are regullar sports, news and travel updates.
Having said this it is a good radio station and the repetitve songs do not bother me too much!
Although my children think I'm sad, I listen to Radio 2 every day simply because it is good.
I was 'there' when Radio 1 first started; it was fantastic - an instant hit throughout the land, gathering up enthusiastic listeners who had, until then, been listening to Radio Luxembourg - famously unreliable on our old transistor radios - and Radio Caroline, which constantly faded in and out. When I think of the equipment available today for something so simple as listening to the radio, I am amazed at what we put up with in the sixties.
Radio 1 lost its charm for me when the original excellent DJs began to leave; once Dave Lee Travis (aka the Hairy Cornflake) - one of the last of the old school to leave - had gone, I found it just wasn't the same. The new presenters were poor versions of their predecessors, seeming to think it was fine to shout even when the records were being played, and the low standard of English spoken appalled me. I have tried to listen to it in the years since; in fact, in my last job, Radio 1 was played all the time, and my views were confirmed. Radio 1 has a limited playlist and the presenters simply irritate, especially now that bad language seems to be acceptable. I can't even understand some of the current presenters. I used to let my children listen to Radio 1 when they were young - I certainly would not let small children listen to it nowadays.
Radio 2 has some presenters from the old Radio 1 so the voices are familiar and, most importantly, easy to listen to because they still speak 'properly'.
I first put the radio on at around 7am when Sarah Kennedy is on - I'm not too keen on her because she seems to witter on a bit but, come 7.30, the Terry Wogan show is on and that is very good. Terry Wogan is known for one of the finest speaking voices in the media today and he is a joy to listen to because his grammar and command of the English language is wonderful. He has a great sense of humour and his show is the perfect start to the day.
My favourite is the Ken Bruce show which starts at 9.30am. He has a terrific sense of humour and plays music which I like. He has a pop quiz every day which is very challenging. His show contrasts with the Jeremy Vine show which begins at 12 noon. Jeremy Vine, being a journalist, has a brilliant show with two or three topical debates every day in which members of the public are allowed to have their say.
I don't usually listen to the radio in the afternoon; I work from home and the afternoon is my working time so I need peace and quiet in which to concentrate.
One of the most important things about BBC radio in general is the lack of advertising. I have tried listening to radio stations with advertising and I hate it. Like TV, the adverts are always loud and so repetitive and I would rather not have my day interrupted by them.
All in all, I would say that, if you want decent music - and Radio 2 plays music from all decades including the current one - with no grating advertisements, well-spoken presenters who know their subject, excellent news, weather and travel coverage, then you could not do much better than Radio 2. Long may it continue!
I'll let you guess my age whilst reading this opinion. When you get to the bottom, you'll see just how old I am, but I bet you didn't guess it right! The youth of today pay far too much attention to making sure they buy the 'right' clothes, have the 'right' mobile phones and listen to the 'right' music. To enable that they keep to this mutually correct way of life, the 'radio 2 is naff' prejudice is still around. I have experienced many situations where a conversation has got around to talking about music/radio, and when I say "I don't like any specific genre of music, I just like what I like. If you want a more specific 'type' of music, then just listen to daytime Radio 2 on a weekday. I like nearly everything played on there." I get some of the strangest looks. Often it is commented 'how can you like that classical rubbish', or some slightly more controversial phrases. This is what annoys me most. These people have just presumed that R2 is rubbish, without listening to it at all. And some cast their prejudices onto me, which is even worse! Even though, I have to admit 'there's nothing on the telly', so I do carry a few R2 characteristics with me, but it still don't give ground for judging me on just that! If I am permitted to, I would continue to these people about what R2 is REALLY like, and it goes something like this: If you are not narrow minded, and like a whole range of music, am sick and tired of (what I call) 'noisy' music, and just want to stick the radio on and hear nice, easy listening background music, separated with comical, informative, interesting and non-intrusive banter, then you are looking for Radio 2. I would say that it is just the same as radio 1, just with better DJ's (a lot ex-R1 DJ's), and music that won't deafen or stress you. Radio 2 plays music that you like to hear. It doesn'
t stick to the boundaries of the top 40, even though it does include some of this, and the rest is new stuff that hasn't made the charts, and older music (never too old) that never ages, and you sometimes forget they were recorded so long ago. The presenters are more than just presenters. I could almost go as far as saying they are your friends. They talk to YOU. They crack a joke and, I have to admit it, on many an occasion I have laughed out loud and said 'ahh yea, that?s a good one', when there is nobody in the room! Many of the thousands of listeners (remember, the most popular radio station in the country, and possibly soon the world, thanks to the internet) phone, fax, text, write and email in with their own jokes stories and dedications, with only a small proportion getting read out (due to the huge amount sent in), but this is still quite a few. The DJ's are accompanied by their producers, newsreaders, traffic reporters and anybody else to do with the show. It isn't like some churches, all formal, with everything in its place. Everybody involved in any part of the show gets involved in casual banter all the time. Personally, I am not too keen on the weekend or evening radio. This is when it splits of into lots of small shows (with exception to Saturday mornings). These documentaries, biographies, comedies or other sorts o shows are extremely good, but due to my being tied to the PC, and the rest of the family watching TV, I can't really listen to these in the right order, so I can't get into them. I don't like Saturday AM radio, mostly just because I tried it, and didn?t like it. I know loads of people like it, so don't let me put you off. Jonathan Ross is a big hit with most people. Sunday mornings are great, with Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs. This is the perfect way to start a Sunday, with lots of well picked love songs, dedications and hearing about 'lost loves'.
I also like Steve Wright. He does an afternoon weekday show also, which is my favourite. One minute he's doing Radio, then its an interview, then a bit more radio, then a chat show, then about 45 minutes of 'golden oldies' picked by a listener, interrupted only by a traffic report with Sally Traffic and a news report on the hour. The show then continues with more radio, then a quiz, followed by guest appearances, and a website of the day and another feature. On Mondays this is horoscopes, Fridays it is the 'round table' with special guests and the whole team listening to some new music and judging it for hit potential (rate it on the website if you want). This show is just great. On the team are Steve, Old Woman on Mondays, and Janie Lee Grace and Tim Smith at various other times of the week (these are also DJ's on their own shows throughout the week). Late at night (22:30-00:00) is Richard Allinson, Monday - Thursday, and he does an afternoon show on Saturdays (right after Dale Winton and Pick of the Pops). I like this show as well, when I get to hear it. I think it is very much like Steve Wrights, but with a different format (if ya get what I mean). Terry Wogan rules the morning with his breakfast show. TOGs and TYGs (Terry's Old/Young Geezers) from all over the country Wright in with songs, stories, jokes (in different [kinda] languages from time to time) and other outlandish stuff. Once you listen to his show, you get hooked. The news/travel reporters take a large active part in the show, often having to sing along to wacky songs, or be embarrassed my odes to them. Some of the stuff may seem to be out of hand at times, but this certainly is not so -- they are up all morning rehearsing (so we are told)!! In the daytime is Ken Bruce with a quiz and general readouts (I don't hear his show often). Jimmy Young does a great Current Affairs show, which has good music with it, but beware. If you ha
ve this on, you may find yourself stop working to listen to the fascinating interviews he does. It'll be a great loss when he leaves next year :( Later in the afternoon, after Steve Wright is Johnny Walker. I don't get to hear much of his financial information, Mystery Voice, other current affairs and his and Sally Traffic's Adventures as the telly once again rules, and its time for Neighbours! But, no the whole, this show is really good also, and holds a great appreciation to a slightly different genre of music, and it really has a great appreciation of the music it plays. Lots of bikers and Truckers like this show, and if you are on the road at this time (17:00 onwards), then this show is a must, as it is updated with traffic news every 30 minutes, and this news is informed by listeners who are actually there (so if you want, you can rind in if you get stuck in a jam) Overall, I think R2 is the greatest. Of course, if you don't like the easy listening music, and really WANT to get a headache, then stick to R1. But, if you want easy listening, uninterrupted my adverts and want hourly News updates (Half hourly in the morning, along with the travel), which is another great thing about R2, then I think you should really give it a try - you'll find it waiting for you somewhere between 88-91 FM, this is Radio 2 from the good old BBC. And remember, you can hear it online (With the free listening software, Real Player) at the BBC's Radio2 website. You can guess the address, its obvious! And as to my age. Age wise I'm a TYG, even though I feel more like a TOG in my actions and opinions at times. Indeed, I'm 17. I wonder if you guessed it right?
The time has come to admit that for quite some time now I have defected to Radio 2. This rather than being something to be ashamed about is, in fact, something i'm quite happy to admit. Especially when recently it was reported that the average age of a Radio 2 listener is 26. What else is there to offer anyway. Radio 1 has never been the same since Dave Lee Travis and Steve Wright's day. Local radio stations spend half of their time talking and advertising. So why not Radio 2. If you haven't tried it, or been there and moved away then - GET BACK QUICK. Do I need to remind you of the frequencies, o.k 88-91FM. My conversion to Radio 2 came quite by chance. My husband being a long distance lorry driver, spends 3/4's of his life in a cab with just the radio for company. To wile away his hours he listened to Radio 2. I just thought he had turned into a boring old fart. But he started coming home and cracking jokes (totally out of character, funny as well), talking to me at some length about interviews he had listened too and telling me about all the classic (no, not classical) tunes he had heard. What was I missing out on I thought, let me in on it. Steve Wright in the afternoon was the reply. 2.00p.m to 5.00 p.m. monday to friday. I'm hooked, the only problem being that I only get to listen Tuesday's and Thursday's, so he fills me in on anything I've missed on the other days. My afternoons off have never been the same since the oldies on the Steve Wright show, between 2.45 and 3.15. A listener writes, e-mails or faxes in their favourite oldies (not ancient - but classic) favourites. Oh it takes you back. This coupled by the Factoids, old woman and the numerous guests make it something not to be missed. As if that isn't enough on Sunday mornings between 9.00 and 11.00 a.m. you have 2 hours of pleasure with Steve Wright's sunday love songs - NOT TO BE M
ISSED. What would you choose, the Mail on Sunday or the Male on Sunday (Steve Wright you fool). On second thoughts don't answer that.
Most of my life, I've been a Radio One listener, and I still put it on every now and then: Sara Cox if I want daftness, and Mark and Lard, if I want even more daftness. But, generally speaking, the music played on Radio One is so awful. And I hate the adverts and smarminess of commercial radio stations. Then earlier this year I started listening to Radio Two, after seeing their claims that they have more listeners than any Radio station in the UK. Now for me to turn to Radio 2 was a big step - necessitating sweeping years of anti-Radio 2 bias under the carpet. I was used to thinking of it as being the station where they played things like Liberace, Montavani, and lots of Country music, with Chirpy Chirpy Cheep being about as trendy as it ever got. I had years of listening to the Top 40 on a Sunday evening, when Radio 1 joined with Radio 2, and usually I'd tune to Radio 2 as the reception was better. At 7.00 pm you got plunged into "Sing Something Simple", a show when the Mike Sammes Singers or some such, sang old-time songs in a terrible, light entertainment kind of way. That, together with Jimmy "what's the recipe today Jim?" "TTFN" Young, meant I vowed always to avoid Radio 2. Anyway, it's changed completely, and, most of the time, it's the best listen on the Radio, if you're looking for a mix of decent music and chat. Yes, Jimmy Young still has a daily show, and Terry Wogan, which are still very similar to the old kind of show I used to hate - so I always avoid those. Johnny Walker's show is better. Nice, understated, relaxed, and it's the kind of show where I've heard new record releases that I actually may buy - something that is happening less and less with the music on Radio One, for me. Radio 2 is also championing many artists who don't seem to get the exposure that they deserve on Radio 1 - REM are the most notable example, but there's also bands li
ke Fun Lovin Criminals (whose single Loco they supported). Recently, I've heard a lot of the Cosmic Rough Riders, my favourite new band, on Radio 2. My favourite show of all is Stuart Maconie's. This man has excellent taste, and you can rely on him to play the very best of music - things like Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin, it goes without saying, but also more obscure artists, and plenty of gems that really deserved to be played. 9.00 to 10.00 pm each Saturday evening - on my unmissable list. I also really enjoy the Jonathan Ross show (Saturday morning), for the chat mostly, but the music's usually fine too. Another big name, Michael Parkinson (Sunday morning) plays old standards, mainly jazz - not always my cup of tea, but undeniably classy music, and Parky always gives us some good between-songs chat and interviews. Radio Two is actually very very like Radio One used to be about 20 or 30 years ago. In some ways the names of the DJs reflect this (Johnny Walker, Terry Wogan, Paul Gambaccini, Janice Long, Steve Wright), but, more importantly it's the attitude to music. Playing some chart stuff, but also the best of what else is new, and, on many of the shows, really GOOD music. Not the teen pop and boring dance music that's the mainstay of Radio One. Guess I've just got to face up to being middle aged.
Throughout my school days, my college days and now my present existence, I have been laughed at, told I’m stupid and my sanity questioned along with my “cool” factor. Why? Well, its because I like to listen to Radio 2, you know, that “un cool” station. It all began, like many here, thanks to my Mother having the station on before school, after school and practically whenever she was home. I vowed never to listen to it as I wanted to be hip and cool and maybe listen to Radio One and bang my head to wicked dance music. Then I gave in. Radio 2 has the best mix of music I think you will find. I like the older types of music, Chicago and Reo Speedwagon as well as the likes of Shaggy, Robbie and the rest. I can get this mix on Radio Two and that’s why I listen. Its easy listening music, all throughout the day. I do turn off at nighttime because the Jazz programmes don’t quite do it for me. I also like the presenters as well, they really are second to none and not forget the news readers and travel reports as well. Its actually FUN to listen to, a station that is fun and has the music I want that’s why I listen. Terry Wogan – The old man makes me laugh every single morning. He takes things to the edge and he’s not always politically correct and he doesn’t care. He plays a wide range of music, gets the banter between him, Pauly and Fern or Marshy. He also loves the interaction of his viewers who love him to bits. It’s a great way to start your day and puts a smile on my face. Ken Bruce – The cheeky Scottish chappy takes you all the way from Terry to lunch. With competitions including Mind the gap where you complete the headline with either the true answer or a humours answer to win prizes. Also, Popmaster, where two contestants answer questions on music and compete against each other. Steve Wright – This man takes you through the afternoon along with his t
eam, they offer an excellent afternoons listening. The Classic Oldies, a section where the listeners can choose 45 minutes of non-stop old songs that they love. The show also has competitions and the famous Fact-Toids that need to be listened to rather than be believed. Steve took over from one of my favourites Ed Stewart, who moved to Sunday evenings after presenting this slot for many years. Add to all of these guys Alex Leicester, Johnnie Walker and Richard Alison, you have the best radio station going. In comparison to Radio 1, it offers a much easier kind of listening, and in comparison with the likes of Radio 5, it offers more humour and music than could be found on there. Overall, Radio 2 is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is the most listened to Radio Station and with the audiences getting younger, I for one, will stay tuned to 88 – 91 fm, Radio 2.
All I would really like to say is that this radio programme continues to be top class - full of inuendoes, fun, clean jokes, and a brilliant microscopic examination of the best sitcom in life - life itself! I have been the proud recipient of no less than three Tog Sweatshirts for emails and letters that I've sent in, and there's no stopping me really. I am proud to say that at the age of 31, I'm a definite TYG. If you've never managed to stick it out with Terry for the morning, you haven't lived! I was first introduced to this show like most of the listeners - by their parents on the way to school, stuck in a car with no access to the radio control from the rear seat. I'm so pleased that it's still on now - it both makes me feel young again, reminding me of my youth, but also gives me a brilliant satirical start to the day. I'm doubly impressed by the website that accompanies the show, and can only give a 100% thumbs up to all those involved. May King Terry reign for ever more!
Hmm Radio 2. I am forced to listen to this at work every day from 9 until 5.30. At first I absolutely hated the thought of listening to it,I mean it's not what a 19 year old should be listening to is it!?! After a while, I didn't mind it, even grew to like it. Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce in the morning and Steve Wright in the afternoon. I think that Steve Wright is far the best as he plays a mixture of music and also his non stop golden oldies, although I must say I havn't heard of some of them and at times he churns out some total crap but they are still good to laugh at. Radio 2 isn't what I thought It'd be but it's not, still second to radio 1 though.
No! No! No! There is not another single radio station in the world that can even hold a candle to radio 2. I don't care how old you are or how young, someday YOU will learn to appreciate the humour and classic wit of the Grand Tog Master Wogan. Who else can turn one hours traffic chaos into a pleasure? Who else can make you dawdle on your way to work lest you get there too soon and miss some of his radio broadcast? Who else can make you sit in a traffic jam in tears of laughter while other drivers steam, fume, get irritated and play the steering wheel bongo drums wondering why you are so happy? Who else provides TOG stickers for your car? Wogan is the best way to start your day, he has such a way with him that you can't help but begin the day with a smile. The music he plays is superb, a good range to suit all, all that is apart from those breed of motorist that have a boot filled with sub woofers. Come on now, tune in and get TOGGED