This post on Gentleman Broadcasters is provided by fellow blogger Andy Walmsley who's excellent blog Random Radio Jottings and Other Gubbins features lots of memories on radio broadcasting and programmes - so be sure to check out Andy's Blog after reading his Top Ten:
|David Jacobs - Gentleman Broadcaster|
"In recent tributes on BBC Radio 2 to the “veteran” presenter David Jacobs he was referred to as a “Gentlemen Broadcaster.”
This set me thinking: ‘What is a gentlemen broadcaster?’
He will be urbane, well dressed, well spoken - perhaps covering a trace of accent - have perfect manners and be knowledgeable about his subject. He will treat his guests with courtesy and respect. You can almost imagine them broadcasting from their club in a smoking jacket sitting in a leather wing chair in front of a vintage BBC microphone.
So here are my Top 10 of Gentlemen Broadcasters:
- David Jacobs – dapper DJ who each week invites you to listen to “our kind of music”
- Roy Plomley – long-time presenter of ‘Desert Island Discs’ whose unchallenging approach was more akin to an after dinner conversation than an interview
- Richard Baker – avuncular newsreader and presenter, well-versed in classical music (‘These You Have Loved’ and ‘Face the Music’)
- Alistair Cooke – the master storyteller who held listeners rapt with his weekly ‘Letter from
’ between 1946 and 2004 America
- John Dunn – the definitive radio all-rounder over 40 years with the BBC: DJ, quiz master, concert presenter, sports presenter and newsreader
- Alan Whicker – well-travelled broadcaster best known for ‘Tonight’ and his ‘Whicker’s World’ and occasional radio presenter
- Desmond Carrington – no commute to work for our Desmond who broadcasts ever week from his home in
- Robert Robinson - erudite quizmaster on ‘Ask the Family’ and ‘Brain of Britain’ (“This next question is for Mr Jones”)
- Hubert Gregg – who at the end of ‘Thanks for the Memory’ on “Wireless 2” would remind listeners to tune in again in a “sennight”.
- Humphrey Lyttelton –
Etoneducated ex-guards officer who was the convivial and witty presenter of ‘The Best of Jazz’ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’.
- Of course with only ten allowed on the list I had to leave off the likes of Brian Johnston, Alan Dell, Raymond Baxter and Ned Sherrin.
Thanks to Andy Walmsey