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Behind the scenes of 606 with its first ever live studio audience

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Editor Jo Editor Jo | 12:21 UK time, Wednesday, 4 January 2012


The first ever 606 in front of a live audience was a pretty daunting prospect for everyone in the office – but one we were relishing. 

We decamped to the BBC Philharmonic Studios across the plaza in Salford with Mark Chapman hosting affairs alongside Jason Roberts – who just about made it from Blackburn as the clocked ticked to 6.06pm – and joined by 250 audience members.

As part of Celebrate Sport our listeners watched and contributed to the madness of a live 606 show.

And contribute they did!

From Brian the Everton fan who felt it might be time for David Moyes to go, to Gary and Peter the City and United fans whose son and daughter are getting married in June (title party for who?) to Tom the Grimsby Town fan who wants an investigation into the performance against Salisbury.

More importantly there was a lot of waving of red and yellow cards which we had dished out to the audience to show their agreement or disagreement with points made during the show by callers, other audience members and of course Mark and Jason.

Mark Chapman even donned a jacket for the show so we knew it was an occasion. But the man who claims to love his clothes, Jason Roberts, rocked up in his Blackburn/space traveling kit.

We are already busy planning the next live show - where do you want us to visit?

But to get a teaser of things, this video sums up what went on.


  • Comment number 1.

    Great evening of banter and football debate. Definitely worth going to watch. Chappers and Jason were in fine form and the audience were in fine voice all evening. Added a great dimension to an already great show on the radio. The callers reacted well to the crowd and the crowd participation with the red and yellow cards was an amazing aspect to it. Chappers was hilarious, Jason taking Spock to heart, the video replays being shown was great too, and of course taking the Mick out of some of the numpties that call into the show. BBC shown definitely do one off audiences again!

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