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GUEST,eliza c Review: Another grumble about the Mike Harding P (37) RE: Review: Another grumble about the Mike Harding P 24 Oct 04

The problem with a serve-all, popular-by-sheer-volume station like Radio 2 is that it can try to serve everyone but it never will. I couldn't vote, not because I don't have a mobile but because I live in a rural area with no reception (I'm under 30 still and never would have voted for Fotheringay-not because they were folk-rock, but because I've never heard them. Although I know that I may be biased here and not the best example. If they had asked for a vote for a ten-minute track that I did like over Dad it would have been a toss-up, honest!:-) ).
The issue as always, is not the Mike Harding Show but the lack of other shows, lack of choice. The MH show is patently not the folk music show we want it to be. Fortunately they do play some folk music, they are pretty much the only show on R2 that does. It's not an ideal situation by any means.
For what it is worth, keep lobbying for a dedicated folk music show and for inclusion of more folk music in the other, "mainstream" shows on Radio 2. I just can't see how whining about Mike's show, the only one that plays even close to what we like, is helpful. John Leonard was very excited about the possibility of showing the people at Radio 2 once and for all that ten-minute rendiditons of folk songs on Mike's show was what some people wanted to hear and I do appreciate it. Cut the poor man some slack and direct attention to the BBC's genuine deficiency in overall programming policy.
What would happen if Mike's show was cancelled due to excessive complaints about its content? Do you think they would replace it with something that would make us happy, or do you think they would put on a sport show, like they have done with most of our regional folk programmes?
eliza x

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