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Old 30-07-2010, 20:48
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Ken Bruce Show Week 16th August


"Whispering" Bob Harris joins Ken Bruce for a very special Tracks Of My Years as Bob celebrates the 40th anniversary of his first broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on 19 August 1970.

Bob picks 10 of his favourite tracks during the week and reveals the reasons behind his selection.

Bob's choices include the very first record he bought Paul Anka's Diana which he bought on 78rpm; Alone Again Or by Love which was gifted to him by John Peel; T-Rex's Get It On which brings back memories of the first T-Rextasy tour; and Steve Earle's Guitar Town which launched BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Country show back in 1999. And on Friday, Bob reveals his all-time favourite single.

From 11.50am on Friday 20 August Bob Harris's Tracks Of My Years The Directors Cut will be available on the BBC Radio 2 website bbc.co.uk/radio2 offering an extended version in which Bob offers more insight and shares stories about what makes these 10 particular records special to him.

Bob Harris can be heard on Radio 2 on Saturday nights between 12midnight and 3am and on Thursday nights at 7-8pm for Bob Harris Country.
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Such a fine broadcaster.
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Old 31-07-2010, 01:38
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I'll listen out for that. Sadly there aren't many around like Bob anymore and i still discover alot of new music through Bob's shows.
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Old 31-07-2010, 04:01
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Bob is a great example of how a few well chosen words are SO much better than endless waffle..........


also, its a credit to the guy that he is still so passionate about new music, and plays some real gems on a saturday evening [or should that be sunday morning now?]
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Old 22-10-2010, 12:10
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Enjoyed the show with Mary Chapin Carpenter last night!
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Old 22-10-2010, 20:46
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What can you say...a true pro.

Good luck Bob and best wishes.
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Old 24-03-2013, 01:29
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Thought I would add to this post from 2010

I would love to hear more of Bob on the radio in the day time or before midnight!
Surely the people at the beeb recognize what a talent they have ?
If there is no room at R2 then 6 music would be fine,
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Old 24-03-2013, 07:08
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I had a friend at Reading University (late 70s early 80s) and always tuned in to listen to him mid morning on Radio 210
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Old 24-03-2013, 12:00
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Thought I would add to this post from 2010

I would love to hear more of Bob on the radio in the day time or before midnight!
Surely the people at the beeb recognize what a talent they have ?
If there is no room at R2 then 6 music would be fine,
I think Bob had a show on 6 in the early days of the station. Not sure what happened to it?
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Old 24-03-2013, 12:14
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I had a friend at Reading University (late 70s early 80s) and always tuned in to listen to him mid morning on Radio 210
Didn't they have any lectures to attend ?
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Old 24-03-2013, 13:02
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Bob left the Sunday Afternoon BBC 6 Music to concentrate on a new Friday Night / Saturday Morning Show on BBC Radio 2 between 12.00 - 03.00. Bob took over from Sybil Ruscoe. Bob eventually gave this show to focus more on the Saturday night show and the country show on Thursdays. Mark Lamarr took over the Friday night / Saturday morning show.
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Old 24-03-2013, 15:00
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Radio 2 should be ashamed of the way they have treated him - his Saturday night show is superb but has been shunted from 9 to 10 to 11 to 12 - where next?
Move it back to 9 NOW!
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Old 24-03-2013, 18:31
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Radio 2 should be ashamed of the way they have treated him - his Saturday night show is superb but has been shunted from 9 to 10 to 11 to 12 - where next?
Move it back to 9 NOW!
Does he do the show live?
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Old 24-03-2013, 20:12
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Didn't they have any lectures to attend ?
multi tasking
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Old 24-03-2013, 20:23
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Does he do the show live?
he does and I'd like to listen to it live but at 9pm
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Old 26-03-2013, 07:01
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Multitasking wasn't invented until about 1994
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Old 26-03-2013, 17:14
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Hi! All
Yes Bob is a great broadcaster and I remember when he sat in on drivetime for Johnnie Walker on Radio 2 although only around Christmas time, but he should be on earlier although having said that he only ever did overnights on Radio 1 apart from Bob Harris on Sunday at 11pm.
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Old 26-03-2013, 21:40
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Good riddance (from a purely personal point of view). I've always detested the tedious old dad-rock that he's been inflicting on the airwaves since he was a 50-year-old-looking 25-year-old.
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Old 27-03-2013, 10:21
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Good riddance (from a purely personal point of view). I've always detested the tedious old dad-rock that he's been inflicting on the airwaves since he was a 50-year-old-looking 25-year-old.
What a ridiculous post, you must be one of those of likes to see their name of threads even when you have bugger all to contribute.

Why "good riddance"?, have you not bothered to actually find out what the thread's all about. You clearly don't listen to any of Bob's shows so why bother to add your pointless thoughts to it.

There are few shows like Bob's on the air these days, his two Radio 2 programmes are, for me, must listen shows. Rarely hear them live but I never miss catching up at some point. I couldn't begin to list the number of artists Bob has introduced me too, the number of new acts he gives airtime to, the influence he's had on spreading the explosion in fantastic country music, he certainly turned me onto it. His passion for the genre along with the likes of Simon Mayo and Danny Baker introduced me to some terrific acts and music I never thought I liked.

He is a true broadcasting great and deserves all the accolades his anniversary brings.
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Old 27-03-2013, 10:50
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Rarely hear them live but I never miss catching up at some point.
That's why the scheduling question raised earlier is a total non-issue.

Anyone who feels that strongly about it can listen the following Saturday and 'press play' at 9.

Time-shift is the future!!
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Old 27-03-2013, 19:41
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That's why the scheduling question raised earlier is a total non-issue.

Anyone who feels that strongly about it can listen the following Saturday and 'press play' at 9.

Time-shift is the future!!
The I-Player is a great tool, thats what I use to listen to Bobs show.
I Dont think its available in car yet.!

The interview and session with Fairport Convention a couple of weeks ago was superb, Bob seems to make his guests so relaxed and has a real feel and knowledge of his guests music.

Bob may like doing his show in the middle of the night, but I would prefer his show between 8 and 12 any night on R2 or 6 Music
I am sure he would get alot more new listeners or older listeners ( like me) who may not know that is still going strong!
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Old 27-03-2013, 19:59
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Good riddance (from a purely personal point of view). I've always detested the tedious old dad-rock that he's been inflicting on the airwaves since he was a 50-year-old-looking 25-year-old.
Your dad doesn't happen to some bitter punk who loathed hippies like Bob in the seventies. Usually Bob haters tend to come from this group, or people who hate decent rock music in general.
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Old 27-03-2013, 20:06
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who else remembers Bob doing Nightline on LBC.
by the way why isnt it called Nightline any more ( I know its been years)
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Old 04-04-2013, 17:13
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Bob is on Radio 2 Mon 8th April at the more reasonable time of 10pm
With a look at record producer T Bone Burrnet
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Old 13-04-2013, 18:38
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Re " Your dad doesn't happen to some bitter punk who loathed hippies like Bob in the seventies. Usually Bob haters tend to come from this group, or people who hate decent rock music in general."

I can't stand Bob's cloying obsequious style. I never could even when all my friends listened to him back in the early seventies. he reminded me too much of Dickens' Uriah Heep. I've always found him extremely irritating. I used to watch the Whistle Test and turn the sound down when he was on . I suppose he lasted so long because of the music he played although he contributed nothing to it. The T Bone Burnett documentary would have been miles better in the hands of Andy Kershaw
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Old 14-04-2013, 12:15
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First off people have different likes/dislikes with regards to music/presenters - I think each person should be allowed an opinion. I do therefore understand the last poster - you can dislike or like someone's presentation/show.
Hate is a bit strong!
I think in the case of Bob, and I feel this is true of alot of established R2 presenters, is perhaps they start to believe their own publicity.
I recall reading a piece from Bob in a 210 5th anniversary magazine (1981) where he decried DJs with egos whos links were full of "I" and "my" , nothing worse (to hear) I think he wrote!
For many years I was a big fan, from 210 (where he was excellent) through to R1 overnights & GLR (even better than excellent! ) but then the Radio 2 gig came along, perhaps he felt overly-grateful that his career was rescued after a break, then came flattering award ceremonies and being over-revered by some taste-makers following the death of Peel as the last protector of new music.
I say listen to his shows & check out his playlists. How much new music is really getting played these days? You be the judge. The writing is on the wall when you start playing Cilla Black and Jake Bugg.
Yes, Bob was brilliant on Drive doing cover (as was Noel Edmonds).
I agree, Andy Kershaw def. should be back on the radio, he was the one Peel intended the new music baton to handed onto (in my view).
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