Wednesday, 9 February 2011

My Little Secret.

Radio 4.

I tune in to the Today programme as I get dressed for work, get in to bed at night listening to the 'Book At Bedtime', the ever relaxing 'Sailing By' and then fall asleep listening to the Shipping Forecast.

There. I've said it.

And today I am in mourning for what is to come. I knew the day would eventually arrive - the day when the station is told to get young black northerners listening in.

Now, there's nothing wrong with inviting the young and the ethnic (oooh, me! Hello). I'm just worried they'll do something stupid like replace the pips with a 'beat' or something reprehensible like ditch the anthem because it is 'jingoistic'. My. Back. Side. I’m not overly patriotic but I don’t like change. Not when it comes to my beloved Radio 4.

My soul is still aching from when they stopped playing the UK Theme and that was all the way back in 2006. Actually, I'm being perfectly serious.

Now, to my problem... While I do want the station to remain as it is - that is the English uncle I never had - I need it to reach new listeners. Because, to put it bluntly, most of their current listeners will be dead in a few years they're that old and where will that leave me?

So it is with a heavy heart I guess that I concede that I SUPPOSE Radio 4 must do what they must; pimp themselves out. Get themselves a wonderbra-esque lift of some sort. Perhaps they can get Tinie Tempah to do a few jingles or install Cheryl Cole as a new announcer... Oh I don't know. I won't pretend to understand the yoof these days - I listen to Radio 4.


  1. Oh my lord.
    I dont believe this! I was a mad radio 4 listener back in high school. Literally like you described in your first paragraph! I was glued to the radio. Listened to the archers and all. You listen to them?
    I still listen to it here and there but not like before.
    This has got me rolling down memory lane now.

  2. Haha! Yeah same and people found it weird I wasn't hooked on Kiss FM or Capital or whatever lol it was worse then, cos I literally couldn't sleep without having the Shipping Forecast on in the background...

    I tune in to the Archer's as and when I can lol I don't have radio on my phone anymore so I can't listen to it on my home from work, when all the funny shows are on!


  3. I swear I LOVE reading your posts, the giggles come immediately! It's your way with words, classic lol honestly I've never listened to radio 4 *blush* but I had blackadder on casette as a kid :S and i'd listen to that when I went to bed...OOO OOO and that story the man by raymond briggs, had that on cassette too!

    I'm also suuuper glad I know you! I'm your biggest fan haha it would be so sick if you lived 5 mins away, I could do with a real life friend lol huge hugs my dearest roland xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. AWWWWW CARMENNNNNN!!!!! I'm sorry about the late response (my email alerts are messed up!!!!)

    Hahaha I had Tess of the D'Urbervilles on tape. It was read by a really elderly shakey sounding man, but oh so relaxing lol

    REAL LIFE FRIEND!!! hahhaa you crack me up. Thank you so much you really do brighten up my day (is that sad???) lol i dont know but I love it xxxxxxxx

  5. haha, knows the feelling! Radio 4 puts me to sleep every night, brightens up revision sessions and gives me some sound to knit to. this is no joke. I am also 16.