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Feb 23 Play for Yesterday

Play for Yesterday

Robert Weedon | Sunday 23rd February 2014

"The play’s the thing" said Hamlet in some play or other, and early media people would have agreed with him, but probably not now. The word 'play' appeared as a label for drama from the first broadcasts on radio through to the golden age of television. Now it's never heard except in theatre. But is it the end for the TV play?


Jun 22 Classic FM and market research

Classic FM and market research

Robert Weedon | Saturday 22nd June 2013

Robert looks at Classic FM, the only non-BBC national FM station, and wonders how market research has shaped their playlist and whether it's better or worse for it.


Aug 6 Music at London 2012

Music at London 2012

Robert Weedon | Monday 6th August 2012

As John Inverdale annoys Robert with a throwaway quip, Image Dissectors take a look at the music of the 2012 Olympics...so far.


Sep 22 Review: Soul Music

Review: Soul Music

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 22nd September 2010

Robert reviews one of Radio 4's hidden gems.


Sep 2 Audio Identities: Radio news themes

Audio Identities: Radio news themes

Robert Weedon | Thursday 2nd September 2010

As the Today programme dismisses the idea of having its own theme tune, Robert discusses why unlike TV, serious radio doesn't tend to have news themes, before looking at some examples from other national radio stations.


Aug 22 More or Less Gurning

More or Less Gurning

Simon Pitt | Sunday 22nd August 2010

Simon discusses BBC radio show More or Less, considers 'gurning', and wonders what makes good programmes do silly things.


Jul 24 Six Schmix

Six Schmix

Simon Pitt | Saturday 24th July 2010

There was a collective sigh of relief earlier this month with the news that BBC 6 Music was not going to be axed. People were pleased firstly because it was saved, and secondly because they didn't actually need to listen to it anymore. Simon examines the 6 Music saga.


Feb 17 Media Terms: The Car Park Test

Media Terms: The Car Park Test

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 17th February 2010

Definitions and explanations of new media phrases. The 'car park test' is a test of whether a play (or other radio programme) is able to hold your attention once you have arrived at your destination. Simon examines the origins and usage of the phrase.


Dec 24 The Future of Carols?

The Future of Carols?

Robert Weedon | Thursday 24th December 2009

Christmas carols are always heralded as an integral part of the season. However, with increasing secularisation and a suspicion of anything Victorian or traditional, how much longer will they survive? Robert looks at the annual service from King's College, Cambridge, and then, like a hooded harbringer of misery, discusses the future.


Dec 16 Audio Identities: Radio station themes

Audio Identities: Radio station themes

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 16th December 2009

Despite the increase of musical branding on the visual medium of television, on UK national radio, the opposite seems to be happening. Robert speculates about what's happening, and for nostalgia's sake looks at some old station musical themes.


Dec 11 Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Simon Pitt | Friday 11th December 2009

The fifth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Like this review, today's play was the last of a five part series. But with no series stacking and no way of hearing the first four parts now that they're gone, how will this episode fair?


Dec 10 Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Simon Pitt | Thursday 10th December 2009

The fourth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Today's afternoon play is another play that isn't really a play but leaves Simon thinking after it's finished.


Dec 9 Review: One in a Million

Review: One in a Million

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 9th December 2009

The third in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. One part maths whodunnit, one part tale of brotherly sacrifice and one part blatant documentary. Simon examines a rather mixed bag of a play.


Dec 8 Review: Winter Storm

Review: Winter Storm

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 8th December 2009

The second in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. After a dissapointing start yesterday, Simon's faith in the Afternoon Play is restored by this bleak but haunting tale or words and snow.


Dec 7 Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Simon Pitt | Monday 7th December 2009

The first in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Simon is unimpressed by the first Afternoon Play of the week; a mismash of three short plays by 'community writing groups' (putting the 'ew!' into 'New Writing').


Dec 6 The State of the Afternoon Play

The State of the Afternoon Play

Simon Pitt | Sunday 6th December 2009

Simon examines what BBC commissioners are looking for when they commission radio plays and begins an investigation into the current state of the Afternoon Play.


Nov 17 Asian Network's Soap Cancelled

Asian Network's Soap Cancelled

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 17th November 2009

The BBC have announced that the Asian Network's soap, Silver Street, will air its last episode in March 2010. It will be replaced by a run of monthly stand-alone thirty-minute dramas. Is this the beginning of the end for drama on the Asian Network? Or maybe for the Asian Network itself?


Nov 6 A Brief Guide to Radio Drama

A Brief Guide to Radio Drama

Simon Pitt | Friday 6th November 2009

Simon gives a broad overview of drama on BBC Radio and offers a few thoughts on its nature and popularity, before wondering why nobody knows there is drama on Radio 3.


Jul 11 FM Radio Switched Off by 2015

FM Radio Switched Off by 2015

Simon Pitt | Saturday 11th July 2009

DAB Digital Radio will replace FM Radio by 2015 when Analogue Transmitters will be switched off.


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