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?