Posted by Andy Bell
“If you have been listening, thank you”.
Regular listeners to the Full Catastrophe would be familiar with those words which always hit the airwaves just before 11 o’clock on a Saturday night.
I wish the phrase was mine, but it isn’t.
It’s a variation on a phrase coined by a very fine broadcaster – which is a nice way of saying I nicked it.
Decades ago there was a short weekly program on BBC Radio 4 in which a guy called John Ebdon presented snippets from the archives.
It was a show jam-packed with serendipity and curiosity.
Mr Ebdon always finished it with “if you have been, thanks for listening.”
Those seemingly simple and obvious words struck a note with me.
And Ebdon’s emphasis on the word “have” was crucial.
Forget the email, the SMS, tweet or even the postcard, the greatest response and respect you can give a radio show is to listen.
And you have been listening of late.
A number of you have noticed another evolution in The Full Catastrophe.
There are two voices again and it is mighty fine..
Fleetwood, Lancashire & Mequon, Wisconsin have collided on a radio station in Melbourne, Victoria.
You wouldn’t read about it, but it is there to be listened to.
Already we are taking the show to new places, while maintaining its RQ (Randomness Quotient).
And that’s just as it should be.
Not standing still doesn’t mean moving away from what’s been before.
Au contraire say I (as befits this week’s Bastille Day edition).
It means looking & listening ahead, behind and sideways as you make your journey.
With your eyes and your ears open it can be quite a trip.
And if you have been, thanks for reading.