So long, Radio 1 …

It has taken a while, but today was the day I have to admit to you that it’s over.

After the umpteenth time of rolling my eyes and saying to anyone within earshot, “Why are they SPEAKING like that? What is this cadence they are using? Why do they all sound the same?” I knew that was it.

Radio 1, I think it’s best if we call it a day.

It’s not just that some of your presenters could be old enough to be my children if I had been a very young mum (Dev, for instance was born in 1984; Greg James, 1985); it’s not just that your demographic is 15-29-year-olds, despite the fact the average listener is 32; it’s just that I feel there is now a rift similar in size to the San Andreas fault.

It’s been building up over the past year or so, but I’ve tried to ignore it as I’ve mum-danced to One Direction and The Wanted in the kitchen

But I admit: you’re way too youf for me now.

Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy listening to some chart music and I don’t mind listening to some daft banter on the airwaves, but, it’s gone too far for me and I think it’s time we parted company.

We’ve had some good times, you and I. Do you remember how I taped the Top 40 every week on my C90s so I could listen to it over and again during the week?

Do you remember that I even had a couple of messages read out on air! The thrill!

I loved the Radio 1 roadshow in Swanage. I thought I was really cool and despite the fact that it was Dave Lee Travis DJing and he was a miserable beggar to us after we’d queued for his autograph, it is etched in my memory as a brilliant, fun-filled day.

So, you see, it’s not you, it’s me.

But I think we part on good company. You’ll still be on in my kitchen when my children want to listen, but I’m going to have to look for new pastures when I want some musical entertainment.

I’ve tried BBC 6 Music and it’s OK for a while; I listen to commercial stations until the ads come on; I can handle Absolute 80s and 90s for short bursts, but I don’t want it to be my new radio beau. I have Radio 4 when I need something more heavyweight, but what now for music? I’m not sure I’m ready for Radio 2, though; it feels a step too close to comfy, beige, polyester slacks.

So for the next few weeks, I’ll be searching around, looking for a new home, although I’ll still sneak a bit of Scott Mills in every so often.

Thanks for everything, though, Radio 1. May you entertain the youf for a long time.

8 thoughts on “So long, Radio 1 …

  1. stymaster

    I mostly gave up on radio log ago. I’d outgrown R1 by time I was 30, commercial stations annoy me (adverts and morons), and from my parents listnening to R4 I cannot bear the continual blah of R4. Can’t bear ‘banter’either: seems to be shorthand for ‘moronic shite’. So, it’s R2 at specific times (weekends, driving home in the car), R6 at work (it’s the only thing we can agree on), and mornings it’s the sound of a diesel engine and little else.

  2. Mike Maynard

    Is Radio One still going? It was a poor substitute for Radio Caroline at the start. I think music changed over the years. I suppose they need something to play. My friend put the radio on in my car a couple of weeks ago, it was an awful noise. I put Mozart on, that’ll teach him to touch the radio! 🙂

  3. Antony N Britt

    The last time I listened to Radio 1, Dexys Midnight Runners were topping the charts. I still have my C-90s somewhere. God knows why when I can download anything I want.

    These days, as a lover of good old rock, if it ain’t on Kerrang! It ain’t worth listening to. 🙂


  4. smithy

    I completely agree. Radio 1 is too street innit for me and radio 2 is too cardigan for me. Do you think the bbc fancy a new radio station for 29 – 39’s with the banter and music we like but without the txt msg style conversations of R1 or the slippers and pipe of R2. Ps bring back scott mills at drive time.

  5. Paul Vincent

    Happily, having always (since the age of about 14 in the early 70s) been into “alternative” music (prog, punk, indie, electro, dubstep, etc etc) rather than chart music, I was never a fan of Radio 1. Apart, that is, from John Peel’s late night shows, Alan Freeman’s Saturday Rock Show in the mid 70s, and Annie Nightingale’s 80s request show. That’s why I’m a massive fan of 6Music, especially now it’s found its way again after a brief wobble just before the “Save 6Music” campaign acted as a wake-up call. Steve Lamacq’s weekday drive-time show, Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone, Huey Morgan’s rootsy Sunday show, Lauren Laverne’s weedkday show, and now a new Gilles Peterson Saturday show… its schedule is simply stuffed with great stuff. And Radio 3’s Late Junction fills in the corners of oddness left unexplored by 6Music. Nah, Radio 1’s always been an irrelevance to anyone really into current music. It’s for the teenies – always was, and still is. (Disclaimer: I am of course an old mid-50s fart now, but I repeat that I found Radio 1 just as irrelevant when I was in my mid-teens!).

  6. Marverine Cole

    Yep, I left Radio 1 about 10yrs ago. Too much noise and inane chatter! Classic FM is my best friend. Soothes me when I wake each morning and keeps me calm in the car 🙂

  7. Ed Moss

    My Radio 1 days ended when Marc and Lard left, where else (at that time) could you listen to the Fall and the Smiths in the afternoon and as an added bonus have Jamiroquai songs cut short?

    After playing a Craig David song….
    Silence-5 secs

    Marc “Appalling”
    Lard “Yer what?”
    Marc “Appalling, means we can get 5 across, Diabolical”


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