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

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    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 Active Member

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

    Fettler Member

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    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

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    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 New Member

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    Was inevitable
     
  6. Fettler

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    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

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    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

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    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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