BBC Radio 2 - Listen to the band has been axed :(

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by GrowlingDog, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. GrowlingDog

    GrowlingDog New Member

    Just seen on the BBC website that Listen to the Band is being taken off the air.

    Thats one of my weekly regulars.
  2. 4th Cornet

    4th Cornet Well-Known Member

    Sad news for brass band fans, but understandable.
  3. Fettler

    Fettler Member

    Good. Long past its glory days of a live studio recording of a good band every week. Lately more of a CD review/talkshow. Shame, as frank Renton is a great presenter and I'm sure would gave preferred the old format.
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  4. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
    I agree. There were some cracking live broadcasts over the years. One by Grimethorpe stands out that included a performance of Comedy; another by the ISB in December 1979. Pity they were never made permanently available.
  5. rootertooter

    rootertooter Member

    Was inevitable
  6. Fettler

    Fettler Member

    Now gone from the thin end of the wedge to the thick end. Hard to believe that as recently as the late 80's/early 90's there was the serious midweek bandstand slot on r3 with really good bands playing a couple of test pieces or commissions and lttb recorded every Tuesday for the Friday broadcast. If it wasn't for Paul hindmarsh and Frank Renton I think bands would've been gone from the airwaves completely.
  7. Repman

    Repman Member

    There appears to be a 2 hour show on radio Leeds Sundays 1-3pm, I plan to listen to the podcast before I rush to judgment
  8. Sue Hooper

    Sue Hooper New Member

    As a registered blind person who has myself played in a number of brass bands, I always look forward to hearing Frank Renton on a Tuesday night. This programme is a great way for me to keep in touch with things that are currently going on in the banding world. If it is to be axed, I think this would be a great shame, and another nail in the coffin for the variety and scope that Radio 2 has always prided itself in. Along with Nigel Ogden's The Organist Entertains, these programmes are two little gems, in my radio listening week.
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