When one of our beloved, not so beloved, or known but not too bothered about, musician types passes away, the Media go to the same few people for comment.
But there will come a time when Paul Gambaccini and Bob Harris, and latterly David Hepworh and/or Mark Ellen, will be too old and infirm to comment.
The dulcet tones of John Peel are no longer available, and whilst you can’t deny his enthusiasm, Danny Baker rarely makes a successful jump from radio to TV or print
Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne appear to be gradually making inroads into becoming the go to mouthpiece.
Similar for Music documentaries – the same voices are being heard. OK, Nigel Planer has done a few, but you feel he’s reading the script rather than imparting his own passion for the subject.
And a lot of documentaries now are built as films and use archive footage to tell the story (with text blocks inserted to explain the context) – so there is less need for the narrator.
Gambo, Whispering Bob, Heppo and Tony Blair’s bass player can no longer be bothered to comment.
Radcliffe and Maconie withdraw labour due to be being shunted around the 6Music schedule, and Lauren Laverne is no longer available as she needs an early night.
Who’s doing the talking now?