R4X upload: The Curse of the Cassette (feature, 1997)
In the middle of last Saturday's 3-hour special on R4 Extra, there was a 1997 programme about the cassette that I found rather entertaining. Here it is, with the R4X continuity from the same presenter, for those interested in revisiting attitudes toward the cassette when it still seemed a commercially viable medium.
File: The Curse of the Cassette - 1997-03-08 (R4X 2019-11-16).mp3
The Curse of the Cassette
Kaleidoscope Feature, Saturday, 8 March 1997, 19.20
Repeated Friday 9.30pm
Rebroadcast on R4 Extra, Sat 16 Nov 2019 as part of 'Hardware, Software, Anywhere'
Nick Baker discovers the downside of a design classic - the Philips audio cassette. Industrial espionage, audio piracy, romance and lost sticky labels in a tale that fits neatly on one C60. With Tony Benn, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and a real woman who could have stepped out of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity.
Produced by Nigel Acheson