Well as does 3AW which has been superior in OBs for the past two decades. Great to hear 4BC has done them well but overall a good production should just work and be slick without it being it having to be a praise exercise.
The choice of music on 4BC has been repeatedly difficult throughout Thursday.
The shock suicide of Paul Green has been a difficult topic with on air talent Peter Psaltis, Neil Breen and others knowing Paul very well.
Some of the songs scheduled in the vicinity of discussion included ‘I will survive’, ‘Downhearted’ and ‘Don’t stop me now’.
This is a difficult week with staff at the Cannon Hill studios and program staff at the Ekka (Brisbane Ag Show). Perhaps when all under the one roof, program director Max Dudley would ask music director Brent James to schedule alternative tracks that don’t clash with breaking news topics.
Drive host Neil Breen chose not to acknowledge the tracks, probably the best way to professionally handle the matter without descending to Hadley territory.
Speaking of which, here is an article on Ray’s dummy spit earlier this week:
Yes you always have to be on standby to adjust or reschedule if tracks don’t fit with the news situation of the day. On the day the Queen Mum died, a friend working at a UK station was called in to review the whole tracklist for the overnight automation that night and remove/replace any that were no longer appropriate, as well as generally tone down the overall tracklist so that it didn’t sound too happy!
I suspect Hadley might have been instructed to apologise and stay in Brisbane. He no longer has the kind of influence he had in the Singo days when this sort of behaviour seemed to be positively encouraged. Nine has a much lower tolerance level. Very unprofessional to be slagging off engineering and other staff on air anyway, you’re all part of a team and you should act as such to listeners.
AFL Record editor-in-chief Ashley Browne filling in for Sam McClure on Sportsday Victoria tonight. Ashley normally appears on the second hour of Thursday’s show talking about issues related to footy and the media.