This weekend saw Radio 1 and Radio 2 celebrate 50 years of broadcast. Wow I'm nearly as old as BBC Radio, I just missed the launch by three years but have been an avid fan ever since I could listen to the radio. On 30th September the BBC light entertainment programme split into two, the younger listeners were treated to Radio 1 and an older audience would tune into Radio 2. That's the way it's always been hasn't it? When Radio 1 had it's major overhaul a few years back I then realised I had probably hit the Radio 2 age, I can't even listen to Radio 1 anymore - it sounds all the same to me......oh yes! never thought I'd say it.
It's funny though, I did grow up on both stations. My mum always had R2 on with her favourite shows being Terry Wogan and Jimmy Young and then upstairs in my room would be belting out the current tunes of R1. I remember listening to the charts on a Sunday evening, never taped it though eh? None of us did such a thing, yeah right. The Radio 1 roadshows were the highlight of the summer, taking part in the quiz 'bit's and pieces' and having a cry with Simon Bates's 'Our Tune'.
Radio 2 was always the oldies station wasn't it? It was the one mums and dads, granny and grandads listened to. Well I'm a mum now so it only seems fitting that I made the leap. Think we were all forced really. Radio 1 became too old fashioned would you believe, a lot of the presenters went over to Radio 2 and a new younger, modern Radio 1 was formed.
I don't actually mind, I got the chance to listen to Wogan again and I actually like Radio 2 as it is, there is a good mix for all ages so goodbye and good riddance to ageist listening. I actually prefer the radio and listen to it a lot, I don't really listen to cd's and my downloaded music much as I prefer the music, chat and the odd go at Popmaster with Ken Bruce. You'd think it would be a thing of the past with all the technology around today but radio is still popular today as it's always been. To be honest sometimes it's a lot better than anything on the tv and with all the stations available there is always something for everyone to listen to.
So thank you for the past 50 years BBC Radio, thank you for all the good memories and may it all continue for the next 50 years and beyond.
Thanks for reading and I will be back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday.
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