Six weeks of Savage on 606
Jo Tongue, the producer of 606, writes:
Six weeks into the season and the new 606 partnership between Mark Chapman and Robbie Savage is settling down nicely - even if the ribbing between them is not. I think the current chart on one-upmanship lies in Chappers' favour but with Robbie's competitive spirit, be in no doubt that he'll soon be back on level terms.
It's been a hectic start to the season, not just on the pitch and on the phones, but also sorting out the logistics for the programme. So far Robbie has presented from Pride Park, Elland Road, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Sheffield - that's on top of captaining Derby until 5pm every Saturday.
Mark also has 5 live Sport and Football Focus commitments so getting the two of them, and Darren Fletcher who is always at our 5.30 game - together on the right lines by 6.06pm means my stress levels at 6.05pm are probably a little like Arsene Wenger's were in the 95th minute last Saturday. I do try not to shove the production team about though...
Last Saturday Robbie was playing away at Barnsley (I say "playing" - he was actually on the bench). There was a lot of traffic between the ground and BBC Radio Sheffield. Cue Robbie abandoning his car and running through the streets of Sheffield to the radio studio to get on air by 6.06. He needed the exercise anyway.
Robbie always warms down and has a debrief with his teammates after games, then changes and heads to the studio. His attire has ranged from club tracksuit to crisp white shirt, trousers, shoes and a jacket. It's only radio but he likes to make the effort.
Once we're into the show, it's two hours of madness as the calls start piling in and Robbie and Mark take listeners - and each other - to task. Mark and Robbie have brought a different edge to the show this season. They're both sharp and quick-witted, so the gallery is always an entertaining place to be. Hopefully, it's the same in cars and houses around the country.