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Old 17-09-2012, 16:47
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While I think this will go down as well as a lead balloon I've decided to start a new thread for BBC WM as there are about 4 different ones.

Anyway, now Joanne Malin has left they've updated the website to show Charlie Jordan doing the lunchtime show this week until Thursday, Ed Doolan next Monday and Friday, then Mollie on the first week in October. I thought Caroline Martin was supposed to start at the end of September? Nice to see Mollie being used on weekdays again though.

Just hope this thread and post is still here the next time I come back!
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Old 17-09-2012, 16:55
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Samantha's Sunday Night Party was good.
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Old 17-09-2012, 21:03
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While I think this will go down as well as a lead balloon I've decided to start a new thread for BBC WM as there are about 4 different ones.

Anyway, now Joanne Malin has left they've updated the website to show Charlie Jordan doing the lunchtime show this week until Thursday, Ed Doolan next Monday and Friday, then Mollie on the first week in October. I thought Caroline Martin was supposed to start at the end of September? Nice to see Mollie being used on weekdays again though.

Just hope this thread and post is still here the next time I come back!
well caroline stll has 8 shows left at free radio and could have a 2 or 3 week break
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Old 24-09-2012, 18:54
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Malin has now made her presenting debut on the evening edition of Midlands Today tonight!
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Old 29-09-2012, 07:51
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I liked Suzanne Verdi on Midlands Today, her and Nick had a good on screen rapport.

Don't listen to WM much nowadays, only Ed's shows.
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Old 29-09-2012, 10:57
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Nick Conrad majoring on the EDL (& others) protests in Walsall this morning.
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Old 30-09-2012, 14:18
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I am very annoyed at the way Network Gold has been jumping around especially on WM. It's one of the rare treats for me and this week it's not on WM or networked stations due to football. It's a 2 hour show once a week, not much to ask really!
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Old 30-09-2012, 14:52
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I thought there had been a one hour version today?

Im surprised it ( & shows like it) have lasted so long?

With the cuts & result lack of slots, Im suprised it isnt being axed?
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Old 30-09-2012, 17:26
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I saw on Caroline's FB page she starts at BBC WM on Monday 5th November.
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Old 01-10-2012, 16:05
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Mollie Green back on weekdays this week.

Heard some of the show, still very good at connecting with the listeners.
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Old 01-10-2012, 17:16
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Mollie Green back on weekdays this week.

Heard some of the show, still very good at connecting with the listeners.
Probably all barmy as her!
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:37
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Does anyone know whats happening with the WM schedule from January, apart from 'BBC Radio Leeds' nationwide from then?

Ive gathered Nikki Tapper's going & Torrington will be on more stations!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:28
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Does anyone know whats happening with the WM schedule from January, apart from 'BBC Radio Leeds' nationwide from then?

Ive gathered Nikki Tapper's going & Torrington will be on more stations!
The shift around happens from this Sunday (Tapper's not going, she's just gonna co-host Chatback with Joe Aldred). Graham Torrington is starting on Sunday nights.

The only output that would be affected would be WM Sport
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:25
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Strange things happening at wm. Regular presenters "off sick" and we're seeing a mish mash of replacements. Is Danny Kelly part time now?
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Old 12-10-2012, 23:30
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Goldie covering Stephen Nolan on 5 Live this evening.
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Old 13-10-2012, 09:16
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Does anyone know whats happening with the WM schedule from January, apart from 'BBC Radio Leeds' nationwide from then?

Ive gathered Nikki Tapper's going & Torrington will be on more stations!
Just heard that the last Soul&motown show with jenny wilkes will be the 4th Jan 2013,!!
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Old 13-10-2012, 10:45
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Remember Malcolm Stent and Rosie in the 1980's?they did a show i think called 'The barmaid's arms?'if my memory serves me right.
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Old 13-10-2012, 13:50
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Remember Malcolm Stent and Rosie in the 1980's?they did a show i think called 'The barmaid's arms?'if my memory serves me right.
There was also a TV version briefly. Transmitted in the old Friday night regional slot. (Mid 80's?)
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Old 14-10-2012, 21:26
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Just heard that the last Soul&motown show with jenny wilkes will be the 4th Jan 2013,!!
well this most likey means that wm sport on the week day will be no long
and also most of the bbc local radio stations will not have a lunchtime show but with bbc wm bringing in caroline martin most people would think that they will have there own lunch show
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Old 14-10-2012, 21:36
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and also most of the bbc local radio stations will not have a lunchtime show but with bbc wm bringing in caroline martin most people would think that they will have there own lunch show
What on earth are you talking about?
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Old 14-10-2012, 21:38
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well this most likey means that wm sport on the week day will be no long
and also most of the bbc local radio stations will not have a lunchtime show but with bbc wm bringing in caroline martin most people would think that they will have there own lunch show
No.

Midweek sports commentaries will continue as now. Lunchtimes are not affected at all.
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Old 14-10-2012, 21:46
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well this most likey means that wm sport on the week day will be no long
and also most of the bbc local radio stations will not have a lunchtime show but with bbc wm bringing in caroline martin most people would think that they will have there own lunch show
It should be 'their' not 'there'.
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Old 15-10-2012, 19:49
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Midweek sports commentaries will continue as now. Lunchtimes are not affected at all.
It will be interesting to see how much room for manoeuvre BBC WM, and other BBC Local Radio stations who also have substantial midweek sports coverage, will be given when it comes to opting out of the networked evening programme. Hopefully it will be a case of WM not always being able to join Mark Forrest due to their live sports coverage rather than it being that WM are unable to do live sports coverage as often as they'd like due to Mark Forrest's show having to be prioritised.

Obviously commentaries on Aston Villa, Birmingham, West Brom and Wolves matches will be safe and with WM signing a ten commentary contract with Walsall (their only other Football League club) this season, I get the impression they did this to ensure they can cover that club whenever they play a standalone match (at times when the other four teams aren't playing) on Sundays and in midweek. This will also end the rather silly practice IMO of them having a sports host anchoring a music based programme with Walsall updates, splicing between the usual playlist, sports audio and game updates which surely pleases few listeners.

It's their coverage of minority sporting events they cover that could suffer. WM as an example cover the area's three local speedway teams really heavily with regular commentaries from the tracks, often two or three times a week at the peak of their season. Will this be allowed to continue in 2013?

As I type this, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra are broadcasting commentary on the first leg of speedway's Elite League Grand Final. I'm hoping that should this week's "experiment" prove successful, a similar thing could happen to local radio speedway coverage as has happened (IMO very successfully) with county cricket coverage - in that some of the local radio coverage and webstreams will be simulcasted on 5LSE on occasions when that channel would otherwise be off-air, thus bringing coverage to a wider audience, providing more minority sports coverage through 5 Live as the Trust has advised and helping to justify the cost of BBC Local Radio coverage of a minority sport.

But we shall have to wait and see how much leeway WM Sport is provided with. In my opinion WM Sport is a very strong strand at the moment and one of the best things the station has going for it, so I'd be very disappointed if it was particularly adversely affected with live coverage suffering in the advent of next year's networked evening programme.
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Old 18-10-2012, 22:38
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Apparantly WM has won a couple of Gillards, according to Midlands Today late bulletin tonight.

One for Goldie's show & another for the Olympic Torch coverage.

A step in the right direction maybe?
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Old 19-10-2012, 21:28
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Apparantly WM has won a couple of Gillards, according to Midlands Today late bulletin tonight.

One for Goldie's show & another for the Olympic Torch coverage.

A step in the right direction maybe?
I think so. From comparing BBC WM now to how it looked 12 months ago, I think it has made considerable improvements.

On the basis of my admittedly fleeting listens to the breakfast show, Pete Morgan seems to be a marked upgrade on Phil Upton. Bringing Adrian Goldberg back was a masterstroke, giving him a daytime slot was a great move and I think the move to an earlier timeslot - with him presenting a traditional mid-morning style debate programme - was sensible move too. While it was sad that Free Radio 80s had to lose her, Caroline Martin is another very good signing who should be an improvement on Joanne Malin - who I think most would agree is a better fit for the local television news bulletins.

I know it was prompted due to the imminent introduction of evening networking, but incorporating The Football Phone-In into Paul Franks' drivetime show seems to have given that programme a new lease of life, with it employing some of the more articulate local former professionals as co-hosts and allowing WM Sport to have more time for build-up on matchnights. The WM Sport strand is really strong at the moment - the commentary deal signed with Walsall, while only for ten games, was very welcome after a noticeable lack of live coverage of that club, their recent Non-League Special was a great listen, their commentaries on Warwickshire CCC didn't sound out of place on a national network when simulcasted by Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and I hope their excellent speedway coverage survives the evening networking.

While "Late Night Love" shows are not my cup of tea, Graham Torrington has a proven track record and seems like another good signing who will be suitable for a regional evening show on numerous stations. I also enjoy the Sunday morning schedule with Sior Coleman and Richard Wilford when I get chance to hear those shows. The only weekday programmes I don't particularly rate are those presented by Daz Hale, who as others have said is a bit too loud and in your face for early breakfast, and Danny Kelly in the afternoons. I would prefer Mollie Green in either of those slots but can appreciate that both presenters have their fanbases (and I'm more than happy to listen elsewhere at those times).

So yes, WM does seem to be moving in the right direction after receiving a lot of criticism in recent years - with some good presenters brought in and a few sensible scheduling changes, not all of which were prompted by network-wide decisions. Hopefully the next few sets of RAJAR figures will reflect this improvement.
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