Happy 10th birthday, BBC 6 Music

Alexis Petridis, writing in The Guardian on ‘The fall and rise of BBC 6 Music

There is a sense that the threat of closure was the best thing that happened to 6 Music, and not merely because it raised awareness of its existence among a public who seem to have liked what they heard and stuck around.

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s (almost) gone? I’m certainly one of those who never really paid much attention to 6 Music until it was nearly killed off. I had accepted my move into middle age and started listening to Radio 4 during the day but it feels like 6 Music is run for for music lovers like me. Alexis Petridis again: “There remains a perception that 6 Music caters primarily to a certain kind of male listener in their late 30s.” (Mind you, I’d argue that while I’m male and in my late 30s, my music tastes aren’t typical for that demographic.)

My move to 6 Music was cemented by the shunting of the Radcliffe & Maconie show to 6 Music in an office-friendly 1pm–4pm slot, although I must admit that I find the playlist somewhat more repetitive than on their old Radio 2 slot, probably simply because they’re on more often (which is definitely A Good Thing).

So now 6 Music is the soundtrack to my working day: the first thing I do when I get into the office is switch the DAB radio on and it stays on pretty much all day.

Happy birthday, 6 Music. Here’s to the next 10 years.

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