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666 Radio – is it all just inanities?

By 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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666 Radio – is it all just inanities?
creative_canberran 7:06 pm 16 Jan 12

When I listen to 666, it’s always for AM or PM. As soon as either finishes and it returns to local content, the difference is night and day. You can hardly believe it’s the same broadcaster.

Let’s be honest though, are any AM broadcasters in Canberra any better? Indeed is 666 any worse than the others? At the end of the day ABC Canberra has bugger all resources so they do their best.

miss molly 6:34 pm 16 Jan 12

I think conversations about best salad and other lovely little anecdotes is perfect for this time of year. Just like being at a friend’s house for morning tea. Would you rather the program be broadcast from Sydney like it was when John Faign was doing mornings?

Waiting For Godot 5:09 pm 16 Jan 12

Merle said :

I thought that was what 666 was for – people who LIKE inane witterings about gardening and salad and the best kind of seed for birdfeeders. Listen to Radio National if you want to hear interesting discussions.

“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.

Martlark 4:53 pm 16 Jan 12

I only listen to 666 for local news, but last few years what we have been getting is mediocre music, and inane prattle. Each time the weather guy comes on to babble about the weather is the TV cross promotion at about 5:30pm I wake up and turn it off. For a local radio station it often does not have much of local interest. It truly is shocking that the most amount of local news happens between 8:30am and 9pm and the rest of the day is fluff.

Deref 4:46 pm 16 Jan 12

The quality drops through the floor at this time of year. With any luck it’ll come good by February.

Alderney 4:10 pm 16 Jan 12

miz said :

Sorry that’s ABC 702 Sydney

The good thing about having the radio on the iphone is I can listen to ABC Darwin if I want. All for the same megabits (is that correct?) as listening to 666.

Listening to Ginger tell me all the way home what is coming up gets a little tedious though. Just get to it Ginger, I’m off the bike and in to the shower and a beer by the time what’s coming up actually comes up!

And, what’s so bloody interesting about the question ‘what’s the coldest you’ve ever been? Just because we broke a January low temp record. I mean, do we really need the deep freeze worker from Woolies tell us about the time they just ducked into the freezer without putting on that big green suit?

Merle 4:09 pm 16 Jan 12

I thought that was what 666 was for – people who LIKE inane witterings about gardening and salad and the best kind of seed for birdfeeders. Listen to Radio National if you want to hear interesting discussions.

miz 4:01 pm 16 Jan 12

Sorry that’s ABC 702 Sydney – podcast link here

http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/features/podcasttgifsydney.xml

miz 3:53 pm 16 Jan 12

Best ABC Radio of the week (during normal programming periods) is Richard Glover’s Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF) between 5 and 6pm. Usually Richard (a Canberran) has three comedic guests eg Anthony Ackroyd, one of the Chaser boys, Jean Kitson etc, to dissect the news of the week in interesting ways.

If I am lucky I can catch the last half of TGIF via the web after I get home. If I have driven to work that day for some reason, I put up with a bit of scratchy sound to get it on the car radio (I can pick up 702 pretty well). It is also podcast, but I wish the local ABC would syndicate it.

poetix 3:52 pm 16 Jan 12

Talk radio is an appalling thing. I haven’t listened to any for about 5 years.

Why would you bother when you can listen to music?

madamcholet 3:36 pm 16 Jan 12

I remember a few years ago they had Alan Brough standing in on a national basis. He was obviously not experienced at that stage on radio, and I recall a great attempt at an interview where the guest was not audible but no one realised for the whole interview – so funny, but mistakes aside he still managed to have interesting topics and guests. Seems these days they don’t bother trying to even be interesting.

But maybe I’m being a bit harsh and salad is all there is to talk about in January. For the record I do like salad and I do like a bit of fruit in my salad.

Primal 3:17 pm 16 Jan 12

I like my inaneBC. Otherwise I’d have no reason to roll over and hit the snooze bar a few times each morning…

Thumper 3:09 pm 16 Jan 12

johnboy said :

The only way to become an experience broadcaster is through being an inexperienced one.

The ABC career system appears to mean this time of year is one of painful learning curves for all involved.

And it is painful.

Very painful.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:58 pm 16 Jan 12

Inanity? Is Ross Solly back?

johnboy 2:32 pm 16 Jan 12

The only way to become an experience broadcaster is through being an inexperienced one.

The ABC career system appears to mean this time of year is one of painful learning curves for all involved.

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