The 3RRR summer break is over, which means that the normal breakfast team is back. Which is a pity, because I much preferred Richard Watts' summer guest breakfast show.
Watts is a writer, spoken-word artist, DJ and regular of the Melbourne arts scene; when he spoke, it was thoughtfully, and about things from the arts to current issues. He had other RRR presenters stepping in to co-present, and they were similarly intelligent people like Alicia Sometimes. Though most of the show wasn't talk but music; the music was an eclectic selection, spanning decades, and I don't recall him playing the same track twice; the music was radio programming at its finest, in the same tradition as John Peel.
The three regular breakfasters, however, are the typical crew of professional buffoons, joking and guffawing about current news, sports and pop culture, in a marginally more intelligent way than on commercial radio. The volume of chatter exceeds that of music, and the music is repetitive: they apparently bring in a handful of CDs, choose one track from each and play that week in, week out. I cannot count the number of times I've heard, for example, Wolfmother's "Apple Tree" or Danger Doom's "Space Ho's" (which they played today again) on the show in the past few months. (Not that these are necessarily bad songs, but if I wanted to hear the same "alternative" tracks over and over, I'd buy a FM radio and tune into Xfm or something.)
I'm thinking of reprogramming my radio recording system to skip the breakfast show and wake me to different programmes.
Although I quite like the regular crew, I have to agree about the music. I'm pretty sure it's all chosen by Fi, and she seems to play the same tracks at the same time of day, as there are songs I hear all the time that my friend hasn't heard (he gets up later), and there are songs that they play "all the time" but I've never heard. I don't think I ever heard Richard play the same song twice!
That's odd. I think I've managed to completely avoid Wolfmother. Whatever. The new Augie March album out should out around March or April, so that should be alright.
Helen Razer's now doing slots here and there on 774, and that's both alarming and comforting that she's on the "grown up" station.
On January 30th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
hm. if i'd known RW was doing summer, i might've actually dug up the headset for my phone and tuned in again on the way to work. dang.
have you listened to Wake in Fright yet? it's the show done by the guy from Synaesthesia, 12am-2am on Sunday night / Monday morning.
Richard's a lovely guy, used to chat to him a bit when he'd be out at clubs. Once he was DJing at Abyss (I assume it was abyss, it was the Paladin) and was playing Placebos "without you im nothing" and actually openly crying in the booth. I thought it was very touching :/
Ah, the Richard. I love him as a DJ, but he's the wrong choice for me to listen to in mornings - he makes me want to just lie in bed and let his voice wash over me...
The regular Breakfasters aren't so bad - except for Sam, who I personally could do without. If they could replace him with Richard, and re-apportion the music selection tasks along with that, it'd be pretty damn close to the perfect radio show.