Chris Moyles- the new John Peel?
One was the icon of new music whose radio show introduced generations to new sounds and had an eclectic taste that put the music first, the other was a big time breakfast DJ….
John Peel, who once referred to Chris Moyles as the new Dave Lee Travis, carved out the ten till twelve slot that introduced so much varying and eclectic music to people that it is ridiculous to think about it whilst Chris Moyles initially bumped up the figures with his laddish Breakfast slot- you can’t get two more diverse characters. With John Peel now dead and no-one ever having the talent and instinct to replace him the BBC has been missing a totemic new music presence – could Chris Moyles be that man?
It looks pretty mad on paper but someone at the BBC is apparently thinking that Chris Moyles may be the man to fill Peel’s hallowed 10 till 12 slot. Could it work?
We are not ones to quibble and Moyles may have massive interest in new music and music in general that he had to keep hidden in the world of personality radio. Hidden, because for some reason, music has little to do with daytime radio which makes this idea of Chris Moyles doing this slot a touch surprising but not impossible.
Also would Chris Moyles be interested in this so called graveyard slot? It’s not traditionally a mainstream place unless they change the formulae and dump the groundbreaking music and be turned into populist radio?
What do you think? Do you reckon Chris Moyles could pull this off? Do you think that it’s time late night radio was more fun and celebrity led? do you think all this new music stuff is overrated and that radio is really for talk and fun? Do you also sometimes wonder where they get the figures for radio listeners from? And what has radio got to do with music anyway? Why are we still bothered if we can hear music we like on the radio when for decades it’s ignored us all…