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