Last night there was lots of TV on the radio.
That’s TV as in Twitter Voodoo as someone went on a Joey Barton keyboard Tourretts assault on the internet. It was a Twitter meltdown from Huey Morgan, the ”Ëfun loving criminal’ who was either having fun or being criminal when he started commenting on the Sony radio awards, claiming he didn’t care about the awards ceremony before slagging off colleagues with a passion that proved that he probably does care. A lot. And also didn’t win anything. Which may have triggered the frantic typing.
He first had a pop at award winner Fearne Cotton, who bizarrely won an award for her show, her fizzy enthusiasm and photogenic appeal is undeniable but her interviews are legendary for their lightweight gassiness. He then had a pop at Lauren Laverne claiming she she didn’t choose her own music on her 6music show.
Apart from the fact this could make things a bit uncomfortable around 6music towers when the two collide, there was no justification in the attack. Lauren Laverne does choose her own music and her intelligence and sharp sense of humour make her one of the best presenters on national radio.
No-one listens to daytime 6music expecting alternative music,ÃÂ at it’s best it’s like a Radio 4 with some good records and Lauren Laverne enscapulates this with a witty, intelligent show. If you want alternative music you got to Dandelion Radio or other less funded stations.
Speaking of which the upcoming Amazing Radio has left DAB which means that it will only be available on the internet, there has been some sort of contractual dispute for the fast rising station which operates ”Ë6 clicks along from the BBC 6music’ both in real radio terms and in musical terms. It will be interesting to see how it can survive in the world of Apps and internet where there a thousand truly alternative stations to compete with.
The whole of radio is changing. With the internet there is less need for the John Peel type who breaks band after band. Many bands already have a following from internet buzzes and bloggers. Alternative radio isn’t really that alternative and plays a narrow band of indie music. Some stations that get a license to broadcast alternative music seem to do anything but and have turned into Radio One without the black music and the rock music as anything that is slightly noisy gets shunted aside in favour of nice boys playing indie.
What do you think of the state of radio?
Great- with lots of choice? or frustrating?