Sunday, 27 March 2011

Retrospace Top Ten Sundays: Gentleman Broadcasters

After a few weeks off, Retrospace Top Ten Sundays is back with it's first guest top ten.

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: 
  1. David Jacobs – dapper DJ who each week invites you to listen to “our kind of music”
  2. Roy Plomley – long-time presenter of ‘Desert Island Discs’ whose unchallenging approach was more akin to an after dinner conversation than an interview
  3. Richard Baker – avuncular newsreader and presenter, well-versed in classical music (‘These You Have Loved’ and ‘Face the Music’)
  4. Alistair Cooke – the master storyteller who held listeners rapt with his weekly ‘Letter from Americabetween 1946 and 2004
  5. John Dunn – the definitive radio all-rounder over 40 years with the BBC: DJ, quiz master, concert presenter, sports presenter and newsreader
  6. Alan Whicker – well-travelled broadcaster best known for ‘Tonight’ and his ‘Whicker’s World’ and occasional radio presenter
  7. Desmond Carrington – no commute to work for our Desmond who broadcasts ever week from his home in Perth
  8. Robert Robinson - erudite quizmaster on ‘Ask the Family’ and ‘Brain of Britain’ (“This next question is for Mr Jones”)
  9. Hubert Gregg – who at the end of ‘Thanks for the Memory’ on “Wireless 2” would remind  listeners to tune in again in a “sennight”.
  10. Humphrey LytteltonEton educated 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

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