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Radio Show Playlist Diary – Saturday 17th January 2015

My first guest on my radio broadcasts for 2015 was on today, North Manchester CAMRA branch Chair, Steve Davies, making his second visit to my show.

This was primarily to discuss the Manchester Real Ale & Cider Festival which runs through the second half of next week, and the state of the North Manchester pub & real ale scene.

Music wise, I opened with;

1Lietenant Pigeon – Mouldy Old Dough

2 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Here Homes The Sun

The latter track was ironic as it was snowing today in Manchester.

I mentioned Steve was with me and kept listeners in suspense for a few minutes by talking of food instead of beer, even playing;

3 Frank Sinatra – Mon Rover (from Breakfast At Tiffany’s)

4 The Cast of Oliver – Food Glorious Food

I played the studio promotional sponsored jingle the station is running for the beer festival, using that it to draw Steve onto the airwaves. We talked of real ale and the changes in Manchester’s beer scene since his last visit. Essentially, while city centre bars are flourishing and new venues are opening, urban and suburban bars are faring less well. Such centralization is something we need to challenge.

We talked of the local branch innovation to reward the most traditional (unchanged) pubs of the region, through The Neil Richardson Award.

On the festival itself we discussed the increased seating, more beers being provided upstairs as well as downstairs (meaning less traveling around the extensive venue) and improved disabled access over the festival.

In response to suggestions from valleysgirl right here on Persona Pages we talked of the rise of microbreweries with some due to attend the festival and new ones opening all the time. There is a fear that some may fold due to limited numbers of outlets to sell beer to compared to the sheer number of such small breweries now. The traditional pubs are often forced to compete with the smaller breweries too

Many women are indeed drawn towards real ales, often through the festival circuit and wider choices.

Flavoured ales are very much a personal preference with some loved more than others, often on a very subjective palate basis.

Tracks played between points discussed with Steve were

5 Oasis – Cigarettes & alcohol

6 Manchester Ska – Special Brew

7 Fairground Attraction – Perfect

8 Chic – La Freak

9/. Cat Stevens – Lady D’Arbonville

Steve left after the first hour, and I presented more general eclectic material including an Iron Man spoof; thus

10 Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills

11 Steely Dan – FM

I talked about footwear so I played

12 Adam & The Ants – Goody Two Shoes

13 Kate Bush – The Red Shoes

Discussing small things I played

14 Randy Newman – Small People

It was time then to hand over to a brand new presenter who had the show right after mine so my closing tracks were;

15/. Queen – Flash

16/. Chas & Dave – Snooker Loopy.

I chatted with other presenters and headed home, very happy with how today went.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Photo The radio station play-system, Myriad, taken by me

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MelissaE wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:20 PM

Well, it does sound like a festive show.

k2705 wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:24 PM

Sounds like a busy yet a good day for you.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 17, 2015, 5:19 PM

You don't say here, did you sample any of the brews? We have a lot of micro breweries around here and they work together to ensure they attend all festivals, fetes and potential sales opportunities. They are very active in the Medieval Christmas Fayre and do well in the historic festivals and music. They do really well on the farmers' market as well. I think that people are finally realising that the variety is important

MegL wrote on January 17, 2015, 5:53 PM

Sounds like a happy and productive day. Glad it went well.

WordChazer wrote on January 17, 2015, 11:31 PM

Some good tracks in there from all eras. Always partial to some Steve Harley. You need to work his amazing track Sebastian into one of your shows to see what people make of that.

arthurchappell wrote on January 18, 2015, 12:20 PM

Not allowed to have alcohol in the radio studio sadly mrsmerlin I will be going to the beer festival itself for some though on Wednesday - yes WordChazer I love Sebastian too though it is quite a long track for broadcasting

WordChazer wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:18 PM

I used to regularly play tracks of 8 or more minutes when I was on hospital radio. One Traffic track a week, and this would usually be the longest track on the show. I used to call it the Traffic Jam segment.

arthurchappell wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:46 PM

there are a few longer tracks I have listed to play, including The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot though I try to balance talk and music in my shows

trufflehunter wrote on January 18, 2015, 6:12 PM

I always thought Here Comes the Sun was by the Beatles. I prefer ale to beer too.

WordChazer wrote on January 19, 2015, 2:27 AM

Not heard that in a LONG time! I'm not good with talk radio, which is why I only listen to Classic FM or the internet radio station SceneSat these days.

arthurchappell wrote on January 19, 2015, 3:19 AM

trufflehunter the Beatles did it first but Harley did a great cover version of it