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Radio Sadness

Radio Sadness

Hello Dear Reader

2016 has started with some what of a downward trend even before it got going. Each day it seemed that the news of well-known people just became longer and longer. For me, I kept reading about some of my great hero’s and influences, yet holding onto the knowledge I could listen or watch them again and again.

Just when you thought it might settle down (it never will), there was announced the passing of Terry Wogan. I had already planned to write a small blog before this news but now it makes even more sense to put down my thoughts.

There have been many tributes to all those who have passed recently, it seemed almost difficult to keep going. I heard the sad news of Terry’s passing as I drove to archery. My first thought was I had to listen to Elvis Presley’s version of ‘Are you Lonesome tonight’, where he sings the wrong line. Terry found that many years ago and played it so many times. Straight away it made me smile. Like millions of others (8 million plus), I used to wake up to Wogan and enjoy that relaxed calm, easy way.

He just made the morning work. As I got older, I listened to more of the music he chose for the shows. The discoveries he made were brilliant. He knew what the listener wanted. Take Eva Cassidy for example and ‘Over the Rainbow’. That is just perfect. I brought the CD and the remaining songs were just spot on. Thanks to Terry.

Then there was Janet and John. At least one time, if not more, did I forget a turning, miss the motorway exit or just have to stop due to tears of laughter. Again, I brought the CDs.

Eurovision was gold dust for him. Terry told it like it was, warts and all, often 100% right. Eurovision might not have liked it but they could never get rid of Terry until he decided to leave.

As a sort of keen sometimes golfer (not anymore), I used to watch the BBC pro-am program. Again Terry Wogan gave us all a memory from such a simple show. He still holds the record for the longest televised put, 100 feet I believe. It was magical.

Terry Wogan was and will be part of the fabric of life, you can not change that. I suspect that a certain tune might just make it back into the charts to help his other beloved cause, Children in Need. I never met him, would have liked to if I had the chance. To those who take over from him I am sure they know he would and did back them all the way. Chris Evan’s was clearly affected by the both the news and the event let alone all the others in radio and television.

They say all good things must end, I would question why? I know why really since the odd one or two things get in the way. However, here once more we have a lifetime of memories to keep repeating. Just like the others who passed away, too early for many, we the loyal listener can listen and watch again.

Terry will never be forgotten.

Tagline: ‘I think the radio just shed a tear’

Sporting Rant

Hello Dear Reader

Sporting Rant.

I must warn you that these are all my own thoughts.

In the past few months and weeks, there have been a number of high-profile changes to televised sporting events. The last most notable one was the Open golf championship, held here in the UK. This has moved from the BBC (free-to-air) to pay-per-view.

Why? It is certainly not for coverage these days as free-to-air reach as many homes as cable and satellite, I would argue. Given the advances in televisions, set-top boxes and the interweb, you no longer need the old fashioned ariel to see these channels. There can be only one motivation in my view, money.

Now we hear that one of my most enjoyed competitions, the rugby union 6 Nations is to be split between BBC and ITV. This,they say is a good thing. No it is not. Not for me anyway, The last time ITV took over one of my favoured sports was F1. That was a disaster given the so-called conditions they claimed they would show F1. ITV cannot exist without advert breaks, hence F1, a live moving, changing sport, would come complete with advert breaks. However, they would be sensitive to the action, make sure you never missed anything and be better than the Beeb. What rubbish. There was one notorious moment when in the British Grand Prix of all places, Hill was about to overtake Schumacher. It was amazing driving, wheel-to-wheel, Hill was fighting to get past, you could his front tyres level with Schumacher’s rear. Then he was almost level, the left hand of corner coming up, Hill would take the lead or they would crash or the box for soap power would make clothes all cleaner?

I sat there for seconds thinking I had changed channel, what was I doing? But no, ITV had gone to an advert break because it was half past the hour and no make what the advert break had to come before the amazing action. It took me almost an hour to get through to ITV to explain to a very fed-up sounding person, how the idiots had been allowed to ruin the race. Not only did they cut at the action point but they rejoined at a point where clearly Hill had finished his move and was well clear. They lied. At no point did they ‘freeze’ the action and come back as though we missed nothing. F1 went into the dustbin for me.

This is why I am so against ITV with my favoured sports. Currently, highlights of Premier Rugby Union (once on BBC 2 Sunday evening) can now be found, well only if you really really look, somewhere on an ITV channel at midnight or 1am.

At a time when we need to get people into sport, when people need to enjoy sport or just have something to look forward to rather than soaps, why does this country allow the removal of sports from good broadcasters? Don’t forget, the BBC showed paralympic long before channel 4 did. Their coverage of the London games was poor in many places.  They missed 90% of the marathon just about, they missed a gold medal archery match between two, TWO, Brits. BBC did a far better coverage. Now the Olympics is under threat and guess who will clearly want to bid.

We need money in sports, but not at the expense of good coverage to boost interest in the young. Cricket, now almost gone from free-to-air often struggles to get people into grounds. Golf, may well suffer the same fate as less will see it. Many years ago, the RFU had all the England 6 Nation matches on Sky for one year. It nearly cost them more than just a few pennies.

There needs to be a change in how free-to-air is financed in order to keep sporting interests alive. Remember when athletics went to ITV, they disappeared and nothing from overseas was shown. However,the BBC (again) brought coverage from the overseas meetings.  I wonder if interest went down in the sports then? Like wise, when the BBC showed the Olympics in my sport, archery, numbers went up. Maybe that is just to simple. There is in some countries what is called the ‘Crown Jewels’, those sports that must remain free-to-air. It is said by Sky and BT that they have enhanced certain sports by taking them away from free-to-air, but for me at what cost. You can read more of this at the BBC here; http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33357440

So now I have to consider watching England rugby 6 Nations matches with adverts and annoying bits. Humm.

Tagline: ‘Can someone tell them the match started’