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Lyric fm wtf is going on??


macdarawhitfield

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LyricFM lately is not a relaxing place to be.George Hamilton barking at me is bad enough.Then Marty Whelan playing the sort of stale fart golf club muzak that Punk is really the only antidote for.And the Blessed Gaybo and his sermonising about jazz as was.Besides these old geezers get in the way of the music,not as much as Ryan ,but still.

Don't they have some sort of remit to play classical,choral and a bit of international folk? Not 'hey look what was cool when I was a lad'. Its like a horrible Tardis ride to 1958 without rock n roll.There - end of moan.
 

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George Hamilton's show is generally excellent and he is actually a classically trained cellist who took up journalism later. He tends to mix his knowledge of music with his knowledge of place, gained from his extensive travel, which puts composers and their music into context, which is very important in terms of understanding the overall scheme of a piece. In terms of bringing understanding to the 'lay' listener, who most listening would be, it is a very good programme generally.
 

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Perhaps they are turning Lyric FM into a retirement home for those who are too old or talentless for RTE1. The weekend always seems to be a strange time with Lyric though I haven't listened to it for a few weeks. What is irritating is assh0le DJs who think they are more important than the music. Looks like Lyric may have been infected with them too.

Regards...jmcc
 

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George Hamilton's show is generally excellent and he is actually a classically trained cellist who took up journalism later. He tends to mix his knowledge of music with his knowledge of place, gained from his extensive travel, which puts composers and their music into context, which is very important in terms of understanding the overall scheme of a piece. In terms of bringing understanding to the 'lay' listener, who most listening would be, it is a very good programme generally.
Is this the same gobsh1te who plays lollipops and tries to put on funny accents? I stopped listening to that kind of crap years ago. And as for "musical knowledge", Wikipedia isn't "research".

Don't get me started on the "it's American so it must be good" crap that Marty Whelan plays.

I never thought I'd say it, but bring back Eamon Lawlor's afternoon show, "The Full Score". I used to joke that it was by far and away the best sports programme in radio.
 

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it's a very, very poor response to Classic FM.
 
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LyricFM lately is not a relaxing place to be.George Hamilton barking at me is bad enough.Then Marty Whelan playing the sort of stale fart golf club muzak that Punk is really the only antidote for.

Give it time and there'll be 60 year old men playing The Lurkers or The Cockney Rejects and banging on about how 'authentic' it was...
 

macdarawhitfield

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George Hamilton's show is generally excellent and he is actually a classically trained cellist who took up journalism later. He tends to mix his knowledge of music with his knowledge of place, gained from his extensive travel, which puts composers and their music into context, which is very important in terms of understanding the overall scheme of a piece. In terms of bringing understanding to the 'lay' listener, who most listening would be, it is a very good programme generally.
Yes and he speaks German too for good measure.But there's no need to shout,even if you are introducing a march by Souza.It's not a last ditch equaliser in the FA Cup semifinal.Lyric used to offer a refuge from the clapped out RTE glee club.Tis back to R na G lads.Or BBC Radio 4.Quite a contrast,but at least it's an escape from the South Dublin feedback loop.And don't get me started on Jorg Friedrich Handel.Did you know the cheerleader of Hanoverian Loyalism gave Messiah its debut in Dublin.Fishamble Street ,you know.This fact is relayed on Lyric about 94 times per day.So if you're ever in a pub quiz like.........
 

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it's a very, very poor response to Classic FM.
I disagree! There are some excellent broadcasters on Lyric, Niall Carroll springs instantly to mind (and I've often wondered why he hasn't been headhunted by the larger chequebook wielders across the water). Recently they've ditched nearly 10 years of audience building with a complete change of tack, particularly at the lunchtime slot. OK, the sextet from Lucia and the Bryn CD's may have showing signs of wear but to ditch them for a geriatric DJ whose musical knowledge begins with Ella and finishes with, well, Ella.
 

macdarawhitfield

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Give it time and there'll be 60 year old men playing The Lurkers or The Cockney Rejects and banging on about how 'authentic' it was...
I wouldn't object really! One day - when I'm even older - digital radio will enable me to hear decent stuff and inform myself too.Bob Dylan's show is said to be good,havent heard it though.Wayne County and the Electric Chairs,Rochester Castle ,Stoke Newington.Plastic pint glasses and a skirmish at the end.?Ah yes.Can't see our Marty slotting it in though.I wonder if someone could hack into the playlist for Marty or Gaybo.So instead of 'When I fall in love ' by Nat King Cole we hear 'Hurry up Harry!' by Sham 69 or 'Jilted John' by Jilted John.You never know, I mean what's the internet for,eh?
 

macdarawhitfield

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I disagree! There are some excellent broadcasters on Lyric, Niall Carroll springs instantly to mind (and I've often wondered why he hasn't been headhunted by the larger chequebook wielders across the water). Recently they've ditched nearly 10 years of audience building with a complete change of tack, particularly at the lunchtime slot. OK, the sextet from Lucia and the Bryn CD's may have showing signs of wear but to ditch them for a geriatric DJ whose musical knowledge begins with Ella and finishes with, well, Ella.
Don't be rotten! He plays Louis and Billie too.Tack is the very word, FakeViking.Like yourself I thought the old lunchtime show was ok.I mean it's lunchtime: you don't expect to hear 'Some notes from a piece by Harrison Birtwhistle,which have been re-arranged into a tune..' to recycle an old Private Eye cartoon.But this is ridiculous.
 

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Whilst I stated above that I believe Hamilton to run a good programme, and I maintain that, I suspect the reason for the rehashing of RTE presenters onto Lyric is a financial thing. I would suspect that Lyric is not particularly viable commercially and the only way they can finance it is by getting people already under contract at RTE to present.
 
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I wouldn't object really! One day - when I'm even older - digital radio will enable me to hear decent stuff and inform myself too.Bob Dylan's show is said to be good,havent heard it though.Wayne County and the Electric Chairs,Rochester Castle ,Stoke Newington.Plastic pint glasses and a skirmish at the end.?Ah yes.Can't see our Marty slotting it in though.I wonder if someone could hack into the playlist for Marty or Gaybo.So instead of 'When I fall in love ' by Nat King Cole we hear 'Hurry up Harry!' by Sham 69 or 'Jilted John' by Jilted John.You never know, I mean what's the internet for,eh?
Yes, if only Gay Byrne would do the honours... How many times I sang that song when I was a sta-prest trouser wearing 6 year old...

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-shDMDs23I"]YouTube- Jilted John by Jilted John (gordon is a moron!!)[/ame]
 

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it's a very, very poor response to Classic FM.
Up to a couple of years ago, it was better. Unfortunately, as far as I can see, there was a listenership survey that showed Lyric as having a much larger listenership than RTE had thought - and so the big ageing beasts of RTE's jungle must be given their share of it.
 

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Try requesting an Elvis Presley song.........even one based on a classical music melody :)

On "retiring! Gaybo said, "I may have been wrong about Elvis".

My wife Maureen listens to lyric and says they play far too much jazz and cater fot their own, with a lot of Sinatra and company. Not much of the great romantic composers but plenty of very obscure classical stuff to show off with.

That'll bring young listeners!!! :)
 
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LyricFM lately is not a relaxing place to be.George Hamilton barking at me is bad enough.Then Marty Whelan playing the sort of stale fart golf club muzak that Punk is really the only antidote for.And the Blessed Gaybo and his sermonising about jazz as was.Besides these old geezers get in the way of the music,not as much as Ryan ,but still.

Don't they have some sort of remit to play classical,choral and a bit of international folk? Not 'hey look what was cool when I was a lad'. Its like a horrible Tardis ride to 1958 without rock n roll.There - end of moan.
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It appears to be RTE's elephant graveyard

I nearly crashed the car one day upon hearing Marty Whelan utter

'that was a piece by eh, Yo-Yo Ma, lovely, I hadn't heard of him prior to working here but I like that'

How on Gods earth do you get a high paying gig on a National Classical music radio station without knowing who Yo-Yo Ma is?
 

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It appears to be RTE's elephant graveyard

I nearly crashed the car one day upon hearing Marty Whelan utter

'that was a piece by eh, Yo-Yo Ma, lovely, I hadn't heard of him prior to working here but I like that'

How on Gods earth do you get a high paying gig on a National Classical music radio station without knowing who Yo-Yo Ma is?
Who's this yo-yo fella?
 

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I think John Kelly does a good job.

Why are RTE so afraid of intelligent young people? They could wander into a music Master's programme in any Irish University, pick ten "DJs" from the class at random and triple this stations listenership over night. Much like everything in Irish public life. The station is peopled by overpaid old men with no real love or interest for what they're doing.

Gay Byrne on Jazz? It's supposedly his specialist subject and he thinks Acker Bilk is the vanguard of the art form. Give me a break.
 

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