As I’ve said several times here, I listen to BBC Radio 2 in the mornings now instead of KGO after Cumulus destroyed that former talk-radio station.  I hear BBC’s live broadcast of their afternoon and drive-time shows, the Brits are ending their day as I begin mine.

Steve Wright in the Afternoon is the first show I hear when I get into the office.  He has a good mix of old and new music with some celebrity interviews thrown in as well.  Following Steve’s show is BBC host Simon Mayo.  I’ve posted some of his confession segments on this blog.  The episode podcasts of these shows are only online for one week so listen as soon as you can.  The confession segments are available on podcasts for download.  Once downloaded, you can listen to it anytime since you are not limited to a one-week restriction.

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Mayo’s guest cancelled.  Instead of finding a replacement he decided to play album picks that exceed the usual time limits for prime-time radio play.  Keeping to the BBC theme this month (Golden Age of the Album), he played three long tracks: ‘Comfortably Numb’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Scenes from an Italian Restaurant’ by Billy Joel and ‘The Last Resort’ by the Eagles.   It was a remarkable, nostalgic shared-moment for the listeners.  As of today, it’s only available for listening another four days and there’s no download on these episodes – so listen now before it’s gone!

Simon Mayo Drivetime Episode, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The longplay songs begin at 1:05:55 on the episode.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qdrmt

I just noticed that they do provide a text format of the daily confessions.  I’ll have to see if my favorite confession, Float On, has a transcript.

As I just mentioned, BBC Radio 2 this month is celebrating ‘The Golden Age of the Album’.  There is a list of the 100 Most Played Albums on their website and you can vote on your favorite album – through Friday, February 22, 2013.

Here’s the link if you want to vote:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/vote/top-albums/

BBC Radio 2, BBC Four, and 6 Music have all contributed to this theme:

Here’s a list of programs available highlighting the longplay album:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014q53m

More media about it:

Home Page: When Albums Ruled the World – BBC Four:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qhn70

TV Blog – When Albums Ruled the World: The LP’s Golden Age

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/posts/When-Albums-Ruled-The-World

By the way, Simon Mayo aired a confession on Thursday that included a bathtub and Neil Diamond underwear.  um, what?  You have to listen to it.  Here’s this week’s compilation of confessions:

It’s titled ‘Blinded By The Lights and other tales’ Friday, February 8, 2013

and includes:

“This week’s concise collection includes a sink satire, a petrol prank, a blind befuddlement and a terrible tub trauma. But will you forgive?”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess

It’s available to listen to online for 30 days, or you can download it and have it forever.

It’s great fun.  Why listen to radio that sucks on Cumulus-owned KGO?  Enjoy your listening time at BBC while waiting for the afternoon Len Tillem and Gil Gross shows on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM.

Here are the links to Len Tillem podcasts and Gil Gross podcasts (they include Lloyd Lindsey Young and Sebastian Kunz).  You can listen live or listen later to all of the archived podcasts.

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=tillem

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross

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By the way, if you voted for an album, let us know which one made your top pick!

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