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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 19:00, Friday, 30 October 2009

John Wilson recording Front Row in Maida Vale studio 5

1900 Studio MV5, Maida Vale. All around me is the organised chaos of the studio's 75th anniversary celebration. We're on-air in 10 minutes. Bill Paterson, soprano Jane Manning and composer Anthony Payne are in the studio already.

1910. Listen live to the programme here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nds0r.

1915. On air. Presenter John Wilson is walking down from the street talking into a mike. We expect him in the studio about...now.

1918. Poet Paul Farley arrived carrying a sheaf of notes - he claims not to have finished the poem yet!

1924. If you're tweeting about the event, use the hash tag #maidavale.

1930. In the next studio, a funk act is playing for Craig Charles' 6 Music show. Pic here.

1936. We're listening to a tape about the Radiophonic Workshop. Bill Paterson, Jane Manning and Anthony Payne are remembering Delia Derbyshire. "What a character she was..."

1940. Paul's poem is hand-written in a big blue manuscript book.

1943. An incredibly evocative tape of Maida Vale history. Joy Division, Ivor Cutler really stood out for me - my Peel legacy.

1945. Paul Farley tells me he's only feeling the stress of producing his poem now. He looks exhausted.

2012. In the green room. Production team and guests winding down. Taxis arriving. Not sure if live blogging a short programme like Front Row really works. What do you think? Is it worth doing again?

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

  • Front Row is Radio 4's nightly arts review programme - on at 1915 Monday to Friday. Listen again to the Maida Vale special. And scroll to the bottom of this page for a short video of John Wilson at Maida Vale.
  • Maida Vale's 75th anniversary was pretty busy. The hash tag was #maidavale


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