‘I Started in Cov!’ – a Coventry Conversations session
The passion with which Jeremy Vine was talking about media, journalism and especially radio, was inspiring. While listening to him, I was constantly reminded of the film ‘The Boat That Rocked’ – a very good comedy about a pirate radio station in the North Sea in the 1960’s. He told about the first time he found himself in a radio studio when he was a boy, deeply impressed with all the recorders, microphones and the energy of radio broadcast. The same thing happened to me some years ago, especially when I first had the chance to work in a radio studio, so I could relate to the story and the emotion he has for radio.
Another story I was impressed with was the introduction to changes to BBC Radio 2 in the early 1990’s. It was literally ‘on his knees’ at that time, so the BBC decided to change its management and direction: ‘No more pipe and slippers’. Soon comments for the new change started appearing, such as: ‘You won’t believe what you can hear on Radio 2’.