Vanessa Feltz on “Blue Monday”
The start of the new year has brought a new sound to BBC Radio 2‘s early morning programmes.
Just after 5 this morning, broadcaster/journalist Vanessa Feltz opened her brand new Radio 2 programme with the phrase: “Good morning, my lovely listener” – one that is well known to listeners of her daily 3-hour show on BBC London 94,9, and not too dissimilar to Sarah Kennedy‘s “Good morning to one and all“.
I should point out that Feltz is of course still doing her BBC London show in addition to the new early morning shift, and that my alarm each morning is at 05:55, so having listened to the last half hour live, I admit that I used the BBC iPlayer to listen back to the first hour.
Vanessa takes over the programme vacated by long-term host Sarah Kennedy, who was last heard on air on August 13 – interesstingly, a Friday. (Is there something in that)!??
After a short burst of a track called ‘Keep Young and Beautiful’ (not sure who it was by), the opening record was Nik Kershaw’s ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’.
After this, Feltz informed us that Monday 17. January 2011 is infact Blue Monday – the day when everyone suddenly realizes that Christmas is over, and the next day off might not be for a long time. She asked for listeners to send in their reasons to be cheerful – and proceeded to play Ian Dury’s ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3′. There was also a track from Bruce Springsteen, and track about Bruce Springsteen (The Eagles’ ‘New Kid In Town’).
I have to say that it didn’t seem much like a “Blue Monday” to me. As the trail for the new show said: “I’m envisaging an atmosphere of optimism – at that hour, nothing has had the chance to go wrong“, and that optimism came across on air this morning. Perhaps its the way her excitement/enthusiasm at starting her new job was conveyed.
The usual features of Radio 2 featured on the new show – Roger Royle presented a live Pause for Thought at 05:45; Alan Dedicoat read the news at 5, 05:30 and 6; and Moira Stuart read the news at 06:30.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect – Feltz isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, she’s not the obvious choice for a music programme (the only music you’ll hear on her BBC London programme is that of the news and travel jingles).
In my view, the presentation style is very similar to that of Sarah Kennedy – she’s always got something to say. Both Feltz and Kennedy when on air seem to ramble on – in a way which I like, but not everyone does; as she explained in an interview with this lunchtime: “I’ve arrived at the Radio 2 studio at 04:05 this morning, and haven’t stopped talking since“!
I enjoyed Programme #1; I’ll be listening regularly in the future
BBC 6 Music
As many of you know, I listen to a lot of radio. Mainly, Radio 2. But I regularly tune in to the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Gloucestershire and BBC 6 Music. As well as various other ones via the Internet.
After college tomorrow, Mum and I are driving down to London (correction: Mum’s driving – I’m the passenger. I haven’t had any driving lessons yet). I think we’re staying with one of Dad’s sisters overnight – not sure which one.
The reason? We’ve got to be at the BBC 6 Music studio at 05:55 on Wednesday morning. As one of my 18th birthday presents, Mum managed to organize a tour. I believe we’re going to sit in and watch the last hour of Chris Hawkins’ Early Breakfast Show, before doing a tour of the 6 Music studios.
I first heard Chris’ show when he did the Sunday afternoon programme; the reason we’re going during Chris’ show specifically, is that when I was 11 I used to e-mail Chris each week with mini radio-reports for his show.
Seven years on, I don’t do the radio reports any more (I have my own weekly show for that now) but I still tune in to his show regularly – sometimes live, but more often than not, on the iPlayer when I’m doing homework on a Sunday afternoon.