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666 Radio – is it all just inanities?

Madam Cholet 16 January 2012 51

I’ll get this out of the way early…I’m a listener to ABC Radio – namely our local 666. I listen to it in the car and in my office at work – it’s background noise and I tune in and out depending on what I’m doing at the time. I really appreciate the local angle. On most occasions I find the conversation interesting. It’s not always to my liking, either a bit daft or a bit out of my sphere of interest, but not too many of those occasions.

Of late though I have become aware of a noticeable reduction in quality. I know that this is mainly because of the national programming regime around this time of year, i.e. they cut to Brisbane for the morning and Sydney for the afternoon.

Recently however Canberra has been delivering some of those broadcasts and I have to say, the stand-in presenters, (usually program producers or other station staff who don’t have voices for radio), and the quality of the topics really seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

This morning as I was driving in to work, the stand-in presenter was discussing favourite salads, and talking to a woman who had obviously written some kind of recipe book. We got to hear all about their favourite ingredients and the fact that the presenter didn’t think fruit had a place in salads, whilst the guest clearly did.

Then they moved on to dressings – and the value of making your own over buying in the supermarket.

Their twitter conversation was apparently going mad on it, but I was driving along wondering whether I had accidentally tuned into Radio Womens Weekly.  It seems to be on-air the equivalent of Twittering!

Has anyone else become aware of this noticeable shift in the quality of broadcasting at 666?


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miz 6:29 pm 25 Jan 12

According to the attached (section 30), it appears that ABC journalists/reporters get six weeks paid leave per year – and radio presenters seem to fit the definition of journalist/reporter under section 11, which seems odd . . .

http://www.fwa.gov.au/consolidated_awards/ap/ap765752/asframe.html

Deref 1:32 pm 25 Jan 12

Waiting For Godot said :

“Interesting discussions”? Like Phillip Adams babbling on endlessly about the situation in Turkmenistan at the same time Kevin Rudd was being knifed and Gillard being installed as PM?

I can do without that kind of irrelevant, esoteric nonsense.

You’d undoubtedly find Alan Jones much more enlightening.

NoImRight 1:26 pm 25 Jan 12

Clear_waters said :

So it is now proved that you also dont make friends talking about salad.

LOL.

madamcholet 12:06 pm 25 Jan 12

creative_canberran said :

Looks like someone at ABC may have been listening: http://www.seek.com.au/Job/abc-content-maker-producer-local-radio-666-abc-canberra/in/act-act/21493007

They don’t seem to pay that well so maybe that’s why the content is on the downward slide!

creative_canberran 2:32 am 25 Jan 12
dpm 11:27 pm 17 Jan 12

Ello Vera said :

… They mention a topic then immediately ask people to phone, text or email their input. Who cares?

Hmmm, sounds amazingly similar to RA…

Ello Vera said :

…I would much prefer to hear interesting people telling me stuff than to hear some radiographic reproduction of social media…

…except on RA we’re all v. interested to read the posts of other ‘non-interesting’ people…?!? Hahahaha!

I-filed 10:03 pm 17 Jan 12

People who want serious topics can tune to Radio National instead of 666. Speaking of Radio National … does anyone know just where the ABC’s high-handed eight to 12 week shutdown originated? I’ve been back at work since 3 January, and I worked till lunchtime Christmas Eve. The ABC staff, on the other hand, have been on hols variously since November and early December, and don’t go back until next week! ABC radio, other than a “national” version of local radio, has been on summer repeats since early December, and the TV shows like Insiders etc closed down in November. Taxpayers are paying your wages, lazy ABC employees! Don’t expect sympathy when the razers are next wielded!

Overheard 9:48 pm 17 Jan 12

I’d happily cash in a stack of radio stations in favour of ABC DiG music radio. Consistently good music (which admittedly makes the very, very, very occasional dud stand out like dogs’ balls) and very light on the station IDs and other distractions.

Desert island radio.

I’m not a big listener of ABC 666 in the mornings but I was tuned in on Monday and yes, I reached for the dial before the salad discussion cranked up. But Laud love us, we’re all gloriously different and I was confident there would be a selection of the listening public that would be hanging on every syllable and lettuce leaf.

Probably the sort of people who post their evening’s menu on Facebook and have their friends answer, ‘Mmmmm, yummy. Can I have some?!’

Ain’t my glass of tea but happy for others to indulge. Which is why we have channel selector switches and CDs when it’s all too horrendous to our own tastes.

astrojax 2:11 pm 17 Jan 12

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colourful sydney racing identity 1:31 pm 17 Jan 12

Ello Vera said :

I have switched to Radio National unless the cricket is on. It seems that every time I listen to 666 they are asking the listeners to give them content. Continually.

They mention a topic then immediately ask people to phone, text or email their input. Who cares? I would much prefer to hear interesting people telling me stuff than to hear some radiographic reproduction of social media.

Same here, although I would have to add ‘/football’ after cricket and ‘ABC News Radio’ after radio national.

johnboy 12:55 pm 17 Jan 12

Ello Vera said :

I have switched to Radio National unless the cricket is on. It seems that every time I listen to 666 they are asking the listeners to give them content. Continually.

They mention a topic then immediately ask people to phone, text or email their input. Who cares? I would much prefer to hear interesting people telling me stuff than to hear some radiographic reproduction of social media.

+1

Ello Vera 12:52 pm 17 Jan 12

I have switched to Radio National unless the cricket is on. It seems that every time I listen to 666 they are asking the listeners to give them content. Continually.

They mention a topic then immediately ask people to phone, text or email their input. Who cares? I would much prefer to hear interesting people telling me stuff than to hear some radiographic reproduction of social media.

Grandstand 12:20 pm 17 Jan 12

I’ve given up on 666 and have been listening to Jorain (not sure how you spell his name) Gardner on 2CC. At least he get’s fired up & talks about local stuff

astrojax 11:41 am 17 Jan 12

well, i like it.

fond of louise maher’s 365 degrees of separation, though otherwise the music mix on 666 is pretty abysmal. but the relevance of being local is usually good – the opportunity to hear the local mlas going at each others’ throats is fun and when the world goes to hell in a handbasket, they’re always brilliant at playing a genuine community service role. plus, it’s my abc and i’ll damn well listen to it – or radio national when it isn’t too turgid…

RichRick 9:58 am 17 Jan 12

First, ABC Local Radio is not.

Ross Solly does some good work, often in interviews after 8.30 am. The 6.15 am attempts at new drivel records with Dan Craig are pathetic, why not get straight on to what’s in the papers.

The summer replacements obviously do their best and at least they are locals. Why not give them regular slots on Saturday and Sunday mornings in place of the unctuous Greg Baylis and um, ah Ian err McNamara? I switch over to ABC FM News on those days.

At 9 am I sometimes listen to Ray Hadley to see what’s happening in that world – it often annoys me as much as 666 does, so that balances things out. Humph.

murraythecat 9:49 am 17 Jan 12

And ALL of that, even the most inane prattle, sounds like intelligent discussion compared to Mark Parton.

Erg0 9:49 am 17 Jan 12

Tennis should at least be on an FM station, so they can broadcast it in stereo and create the proper head-turning effect.

switch 9:44 am 17 Jan 12

arescarti42 said :

That said Radio National have some pretty excellent programs on Saturday (e.g. Law and Health reports) and playback of programs from other networks (e.g. Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, BBC, NPR) which I really love.

I only wish they’d do more of that during the week.

Since some gargantubrain at the ABC has decided that Radio National needs still more news and discussion (“When too much news is never enough!”), despite the ABC running News 24 TV and Newsradio, you may get your wish. Looks like they have exterminated the music programmes on RN, as of 23/1/2012.

p1 9:30 am 17 Jan 12

gazket said :

why doesn’t the government sell the ABC and save us some money. The whole network is just dribble

The availability of radio stations without ads is totally worth the money the government puts into the ABC. Nothing I hate more then a short car trip with someone who listens to a commercial station, where you just happen to hear nothing but an ad break for the entire trip.

colourful sydney racing identity 9:29 am 17 Jan 12

Oh dear god, tennis on the radio? What next poker?

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