As I may have mentioned before, I spent a weird adolescence listening almost exclusively to Radio 4 rather than BBC or commercial music stations.
So whilst I blink vacantly at a lot of late 70's and 80's pop culture references, I did gain a huge amount too - especially from the drama and comedy. From Earthsearch and Lord of the Rings to Radio Active, Injury Time and Weekending, the output was simply superb.
My favourite show of all, of course, was and is I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, "chaired" by Humphrey Lyttleton, whose death was announced yesterday. I've been meaning to try and get along and see a live recording of the show for a few years now, but kept putting it off - encouraged by Humph himself, who seemed ageless. And now I've missed my chance.
Still, there's years of classic episodes to treasure, particularly before the untimely death of Willie Rushton. The best part of the show was often the introduction, where Humph, in a deadpan manner, would tell us about the city in which that episode of the show was being recorded - often getting away with jokes more risque than anyone else would try. And here's the best of the lot: -
"Nottingham is a fine city with a fascinating history. It's well documented in official records that the city's original name was 'Snottingham', or 'Home of Snots', but when the Normans came, they couldn't pronounce the letter 'S', so decreed the town be called 'Nottingham' or the 'Home of Notts'. It's easy to understand why this change was resisted so fiercely by the people of Scunthorpe."