This morning I’m not going to share my closet obcession with Freddie Mercury, nor the fact that I love Queen, or in fact that I first was moved by Queen and became a fan when watching Freddie command the entirety of Wembley Stadium at Live Aid, whilst singing Radio Gaga (where this picture was taken). No, I’m lamenting my lack of Radio love right now, since the exit of Chris Moyles from Radio One.
Image from BrianMay.com
For my whole career, as long as I’ve been driving to work (and probably earlier when I was driving to hospital placements,) I listened to Radio One. I hate local radio and the inane or overly serious banter that is often their style and although Chris Moyles is like radio Marmite and there were times I felt so irritated by him that I wanted to switch off, I persevered. I liked the music, I slowly grew to like him, and frankly, there wasn’t anything better on. As he got older, I felt he mellowed and matured. It’s amazing how attached you get to people when they are part of your daily routine, then it’s suddenly broken.
It’s a source of great mickey-taking in our household that Pete switched over to Radio 2 at least 2 or 3 years ago. Consequently he’s way behind the times on current music and the subject of many jibes from me about his age getting the better of him, (he’s only 4 months older than me.) So when Chris left, I feared the worst – I might become a Radio 2 listener…
I decided to stick it out and give Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One breakfast show a try, but I’m holding my hands up now – I can’t do it. As a Northerner who lives in Manchester his accent is still so grating and despite the fact that I know Radio One are on a quest to gain younger listeners, their parade of Justin Bieber and One Direction last week has lost them an older one now and I joined Pete on the dark side last week.
The problem is, I haven’t yet tried Chris Evans, he’s on holiday so I’ve been flitting between Zoe Ball, Nick back on R1 and a new guy this morning who I don’t even know. My mornings are out of kilter and I’m not going to feel myself until I have a new home on the radio.
So readers, I wondered if you could recommend a new radio show for me – do you listen to Radio One still or was Chris too much for you long ago? Have you been a Radio 2 listener like Pete for ages now or like me are you now bereft and awaiting fresh inspiration? I’d love to hear your thoughts.