After numerous conversations in our office about why you don’t hear Mark Lamarr these days (see the weekend’s news, sadly), I got to thinking about all the music shows that have shaped my tastes. So here they are in broadly chronological order, and I’d be interested to read yours.
John Peel, BBC Radio 1
The Friday Rock Show, Thomas “The” Vance, BBC Radio 1
On the Wire, Steve Barker, BBC Radio Lancashire
The Stereo Sequence, Johnnie Walker/Roger Scott, BBC Radio 1
Persons unknown, late nights, Radio Caroline*
Out on Blue Six, Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 1
Mark Radcliffe late weeknights, BBC Radio 1
Solid Steel, Coldcut, BBC Radio London
Ross Allen, BBC Radio London
Sean Rowley, BBC Radio London
James Addyman, BBC Radio Leeds
Downtown Soulville, Mr Fine Wine, WFMU
Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s, BBC Radio 2
Sounds of the 60s, Brian Matthews BBC Radio 2
Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1
Pete Paphides, Soho Radio
If There’s Hell Below, Rob Morgan and Callum Eckersley, podcast
* Re Radio Caroline, in among the wayward MW reception and Loving Awareness stuff, this was briefly the place to hear hip US bands of the mid 80s (REM, Lone Justice, Del Fuegos, Del Lords, etc), and to my ears an influence on the early days of GLR.
Also, I’m aware that this list is something of a sausage party. Much as I like Annie Nightingale, Lauren, Cerys and Cosmo Murphy too, they’ve just never been appointment listening for me.