Sunday, 9 December 2007

Radio daze

With a few exceptions, Mr G's attitude to television programmes is one of languid indifference.

But radio is a different matter.

Consequently, he's a massive fan of his HB's rather spiffy digital radio.

Crystal-clear reception and all those extra channels. He's going to get around to exploring them as soon as he can tear himself away from the pleasures of digital-only Radio 7.

Mr G, unsurprisingly, is a Radio 4 chap. But he's a frequent visitor to 5 Live, Radio 3 and Radio 2.

Classic FM? He has tried - valiantly. But he doesn't really 'get it'. Music as fridge magnets, he murmurs.

Currently giving him wireless pleasure:
  • Intriguing daily documentary focusing on rural life in south-west Midlands - the HB has suggested that this is, in fact, a scripted drama. Naive, or what?
  • 5 Live presenter Rhod Sharp's world-ranging Up All Night. Mr G thinks of Rhod as a friend....
  • Sean Rafferty's life-enriching bletherings on Radio 3's In Tune.
  • Garrison Keillor's Radio Show - woe, be gone! (Radio 7)
And much, much more....

Apologies to non-UK readers for whom this post may be a wee bit opaque.


Barrie said...

Opaque? Thank you. I thought it was cataracts!

Mr Gnome said...

Oh dear!

Mr G is distraught.

He will be more non-UK-friendly in future.

Barrie said...

Question from over the pond: do you have to pay a subscription/fee for digital radio? I'm trying to figure out if it is similar to Satellite Radio over here with about 5 zillion channels and a heafty dent in your wallet each month. Luckily we can get Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion on our local NPR station - always a delight! As is This American Life with Ira Glass - (also at a veritable public radio gem.

Mr Gnome said...


Thank you!

All the digital radio channels here are free. They are either BBC (funded by the licence) or commercial, funded by ads.

All you have to do is buy a digital radio - and live in an area with good reception.

The digital telly channels are another matter.

They are all subscription-based. But not sure about the BBC ones.