A good radio program will create its own world, by any means. There is no formula, you only know it when you hear it, and sometimes a line can do it too. “Have a reading list to go with it” is one such line.
elvyn Bragg says this in his classic BBC Radio 4 series In our times (BBC Radio 4, Thursday, 9 a.m.), in which very smart people share their knowledge on topics, which may include works by Dylan Thomas, or cave paintings of prehistoric peoples, the adventures of the Knights Templar, or the ancient temples of Cambodia.
They do this at 9 a.m. Thursday, which in itself makes a lot of sense. It tells us that those who speak seriously of such esoteric disciplines will not be banished to the dead of the night. On this station, they are the ideal way to start your day.
And there’s a reading list to go with it. I mention this again because Bragg said it casually, in the relaxed style another presenter might tell you there’s this new thing on Netflix that’s supposed to be pretty cool. Indeed, the fact that Bragg is there is very important, as he has just turned 83 but still “gets through” a bunch of these themes.
Unlike RTÉ, which decided that hugely popular celebrities like Mary Kennedy or John Giles weren’t enough of a certain age, Radio 4 shows merit in retaining a legendary talent. phone. Val Joyce, indeed, who passed away last week, doesn’t seem to have done much wrong when RTÉ retires him Late day.
With his very long lifespan, Bragg adds an important layer to the world created by his program – In our times is the sound of centuries of civilization.
He let his wife Caroline believe they won £3.2 million in the lottery
You can hear a world being created, without necessarily wanting to live in it, which may be part of its charm. In Roderick ‘Roddy’ Collins’ interview on Brendan O’Connor (RTÉ1, weekends, 11am), sometimes I feel that I don’t want to live the life of a football man and a businessman in general. Yet I could listen to him talk about it all day.
He was in the studio because The Rodfather; His life stories, written by Paul Howard, amusingly entertaining while also evoking inconsolable pity for humanity’s sufferings – and that’s just the part about time. Roddy’s time in Mansfield Town.
He shared with Brendan the incredible story of the time he let his wife Caroline believe they had won £3.2m in the lottery – it was the kind of crazy joke that got out of hand, with Roddy missed the moment when he could have stopped it. .
Driving to work that day, he persuaded a colleague in the passenger seat to call Caroline to see if “the coin has dropped.” Colleagues can hear the sound of an impromptu party being held, with friends and relationships singing ‘Congratulations’. The coworker handed the phone back and said, “Whatever’s going on, you’re your own, Rod.”
Roddy was forgiven for this, in time, although Caroline insisted he was indeed “going to the head”. He jokes with Brendan that Caroline is there for him so often, he wonders if she’s a jinx?
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And he brings us back to the perspective of a lost world in Cabra, in which Dickie Rock’s father is walking his Corgi dog past wild young Roddy. “What kind of breed is that, Mr Rock?” he asks. “It’s a better breed than you, son,” replied Mr. Rock.
However, no one has written a book about Dickie Rock’s father, he is just a small player in this picnic story.
Another attraction of Roddy, or indeed of his country brothers The 2 Johnnies, is that they didn’t get to where they are today because of their family background or because they were related in RTÉ or had the Irish are better than their competitors.
Once again in Drive it with 2 Johnnies (RTÉ 2FM, weekdays, 3pm) they create this world that can give anxious visitors a burst of energy. So they’ll talk about “the cool stuff you own”, such as these drum skins signed by Fun Lovin’ Criminals, then the story of a Tipp nightclub that once had these the front door pelt was signed by Larry Mullen – until one night some guy from another band swapped out the skins for his own, and for many years after that no one ever exchangeable.
With this program, there is no reading list.
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