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  • A sad day for Radio One (UK)

    From the BBC Radio One website:

    "After ten magnificent years at Radio 1, Mark and Lard are to leave the station in the spring. Mark Radcliffe will be joining Radio 2 later in the year, and Marc Riley will join digital station 6 Music in April. The Manchester duo hosted the Breakfast Show in 1997 and currently present 'the biggest show' between 1pm and 3pm. A spokesman for Radio 1 said: "Mark and Lard have had a fantastic 10 years on Radio 1. We wish them well in their new homes on Radio 2 and 6 Music." Their replacement will be announced in March."

    Now, this might not mean much to most of you, but these were the chaps I used to listen to while I needed a distraction from my coursework, or when I couldn't get to sleep because I was worrying about my coursework. When they moved from the "graveyard shift" to an afternoon slot I took the news very badly, but now they're leaving the station completely? They were the only ones who ever managed to sneak actual music (Hendrix, Ramones, Zeppelin) onto the daytime playlist, and they are the only "deejays" (besides the mighty John Peel and newcomer Zane Lowe) who have anything to talk about besides their own navels. All we'll be left with are the screeching, celebrity-obsessed, lo-slung denim Londonites. I believe I'm right in saying that they were the only presenters on the music station who could actually play an instrument... does that matter? Probably not.

    Unless they announce something bloody spectacular in March, I doubt I'll be listening to the station at all before 8pm anymore. Damn them all.

    D...
    "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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    Nice work on the avatar.
    The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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    • #3
      Poor Deecrow...

      Yes, Mark&Lard are pretty much the only ones who do a decent show on Radio 1 (They did a biggety biggety bong for my dad once when I emailed them, teh heh) But I long ago gave up on that station. If it wasn't for people like Eminem, who do a new song every three weeks or so, then the playlists would never change. It must be a bit like the end of time up there, every week made up of recycled time, except without the cool aliens or flags. They've even started to change the way they do the charts so that only the tracks that are on their playlists get played. I think it's a conspiracy to convince more people to get digital radios. Even local *spits* stations are getting better music than them.

      Oh, well. Just letting you know that someone else besides you cares. Love the avatar. So you noticed the star of chaos in the union jack? It's a small multiverse you know...

      -Eva

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      • #4
        Thank you, Forever, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who will miss Mark&Lard. I'm obviously at a strange age where the "youth" station is too young for me (although technically most Radio 1 DJs are older than me) and Radio 2 is still a bit too old and smug for me. I've realised now that my only option is to resort to Radio 4, where I might actually learn about current affairs and such! To think that it has come to this...

        Also, thank you both for noticing the avatar change! I only spotted the similarity between the star of chaos and the Union Jack a couple of days ago, and immediately had to draw something to see if it actually worked on paper... and it does! I call it the "DisUnion Jack", but I've always loved a bad/good pun.

        D...
        "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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        • #5
          Forgive my ignorance but are the radio stations designated "Radio 1, 2, 3, 4..." or are these just names they are commonly called?

          In the US, radio station names have a four letter callsign and the number where they can be found on the "dial" - WXRK 99.7. It can be confusing.

          Oh well, I just moved to Houston Texas and can't get Howard Stern here. You may not know him but, I think he's funny as hell (many others do not). It sucks. Freakin' Texas man! :x
          When they had advanced together to meet on common
          ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
          and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
          each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
          mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
          killing, and the ground ran with blood.

          Homer, The Illiad

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          • #6
            Well, *clears throat* first there are the BBC stations, which are designated numbers (BBC radio 1,2,3,4,5,6,7) and are referred to as radio 1, radio 2 etcetera... Which are the ones broadcast nationwide and most widely listened to. Then there's world service, which is BBC, but only forgien people bother to listen to it, because we Englishers have (BBC) Radio 4 which is as good if not better and boadcasts much of the same stuff. (Also BBC Radio 7 is supposedly quite good, but it is a digital station and should therefore burn in hell for all eternity.)
            Then there are the non-BBC stations, like Virgin Radio and Classic FM, which are national, and various local stations. Quite a few of them include the FM/LW frequency in the name. But basically it's only the BBC stations that are referred to by the word 'radio' followed by a number. This is because if someone here says 'BBC 1', it is immeadiately assumed that the person is talking about the television station, rather than the radio and much confusion and chaos would inevitably follow.

            I hope that makes sense...

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            • #7
              Perfect sense. Thank you! :D

              Wonder if there's a way to get that BBC radio 4 here. I love news from elsewhere, seems more honest.
              When they had advanced together to meet on common
              ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
              and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
              each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
              mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
              killing, and the ground ran with blood.

              Homer, The Illiad

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              • #8
                Originally posted by VonWeiner
                Wonder if there's a way to get that BBC radio 4 here. I love news from elsewhere, seems more honest.
                You can listen to Radio 4 online (live streaming!) at:

                http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/

                I've been listening to the station all day long and now know far more about world events than I every wished to... terrorism, police violence, rail deaths and the move by doctors to prescribe maggots to patients with infected wounds... it's all rather bleak really, but it's still far less depressing than listening to a grown man boast about spotting Jude Law in Starbucks.

                D...
                "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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                • #9
                  Hmmm, they use RealPlayer for streaming. Hate that realplayer. It is like Quicktime. (a pox on all their houses!)

                  The site did mention it some cable companies carry it and my cable does offer many radio channels (some intl). I may have ot look into it. Or I could just break down and install real player.

                  Thx for the info.
                  When they had advanced together to meet on common
                  ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
                  and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
                  each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
                  mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
                  killing, and the ground ran with blood.

                  Homer, The Illiad

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately I hardly ever get to hear Mark and Lard (even less now, since they're going) but on the odd day when Im off school they kept me oh so entertained. I bet they get replaced by Scott Mills *plugs ears* If you get withdrawal symptoms or anything then you can always listen to a Shirehorses CD, eh? Theres hope yet. Radio is getting almost as bad as tv! nooooo... :(

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                    • #11
                      Hello Wikey! Just in case no one else has said it yet, welcome to the forum!

                      Originally posted by Wikey
                      Unfortunately I hardly ever get to hear Mark and Lard (even less now, since they're going) but on the odd day when Im off school they kept me oh so entertained. I bet they get replaced by Scott Mills *plugs ears*
                      That would seem to be what Mark&Lard were hinting for the last few weeks (they kept talking about how well he does when he stands in for them and how he should have his own weekday show).

                      Originally posted by Wikey
                      If you get withdrawal symptoms or anything then you can always listen to a Shirehorses CD, eh? Theres hope yet.
                      I have them both! Great stuff. I even have a poster on my door, because I really am that tragic.

                      D...
                      "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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                      • #12
                        Sorry to dredge this thread up from the depths, but today was officially the last Mark & Lard show on Radio One... EVER!

                        Despite being a grown man, I almost felt a tear in my eye when they said goodbye and played the "squeaky door closing" sound effect for the last time. Now popular daytime radio is exclusively in the hands of culturally in-bred London media types with expensive haircuts and... blah, blah, blah. I'll keep my country yokel prejudices to myself, but Radio One just won't be the same from this point on. Sniffle.

                        Mark Radcliffe and Marc "Lard" Riley, you were the best of us.

                        D...
                        "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Forever The Stranger
                          Then there's world service, which is BBC, but only forgien people bother to listen to it, because we Englishers have (BBC) Radio 4 which is as good if not better and boadcasts much of the same stuff.
                          I must here leap to the defence of my beloved World Service! :D

                          The BBC world service carries music programmes in the early hours of the morning that would air no-where else on the network. Whilst not a regular thing I have tuned in to programmes on noise industrial music (there's no place like drone!) and to a programme interviewing Anthrax and Public Enemy on the social implications of their joint projects bringing together white and black working class communites. (If this programme had been aired on one of the music channels the questions would have been a lot less mature and the debate less interesting).

                          I have listened to clips from Zambias main radio station, and listened to reports from correspondents not just in the worlds flashpoints and hotspots but in the midst of normal local life which can be so much more interesting.

                          Finally the World Service broadcasts to people across the globe, fair and impartial news in their own languages (I say, do any of you foriegn chappies speak English what?) giving my country a much higher reputation in the world than it deserves.

                          and all Tony's bunch can do is cut back on its funding!
                          \"It got worse. He needed something to cure himself. What? he asked. M-A 19 he answered.\"

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                          • #14
                            Dee - Radio 2 isn't all bad, already got Mark Lamarr and some good documentaries, although most of the DJs still get on my nerves. It is a shame but hopefully they'll give him an evening slot on Radio 2 like the old Radio 1 show. And as he said 'hopefully I won't hate the records I'm playing quite sho much'. I think BBC are trying to make a clearer split - Radio 1 for under 25's, and Radio 2 for over - and fair enough, better than enforcing our taste on the under 25s (as we had to put up with in the days of Smashy and Nicey). And they're welcome to Chris Moyles and Sara Cox . . . (proof that London doesn't have a monopoly on fools).

                            Radio 6 is well worth a shot via digital, cable or Internet - less 'alternative' than XFM, sort of Mojo magazine on air, lots of good specialist shows. . .

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jules
                              Dee - Radio 2 isn't all bad...
                              That's exactly what I'm listening to at the moment. My favourite part is where the travel announcer has to read out people's "screen names" while reporting their analysis of the traffic ("And SlimShady says there's a nasty bottle-neck on the A345"). Tee hee. I do enjoy the broader range of music... it's always nice to be surprised by some random song from the 50s you'd never have heard otherwise. Sadly too many of the presenters seem to read The Daily Mail, which is a worrying sign.

                              Mark Lamarr, obviously, is fantastic, and once Radcliffe starts on the channel, it will be my new favourite.

                              Originally posted by Jules
                              Radio 6 is well worth a shot via digital, cable or Internet - less 'alternative' than XFM, sort of Mojo magazine on air, lots of good specialist shows. . .
                              Sadly I live in a part of the country where we can't get digital signals... or Channel Five on our televisions... or Broadband internet. We've only just stopped sacrificing goats to appease the sun gods.

                              D...
                              "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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