Well only one place to start and that is the death yesterday of David Jacobs. What a gent, what a radio legend. He's one of that generation of broadcasters who has always been there, an ever-present in our lives, a man who's love and knowledge of music shone through every show; every week I saw him locked away with his producer, meticulously selecting each track for that week's programme. He was always the the jauntiest man in the building, a twinkle in his eye and witty comment at the ready. I only met him when I moved to Radio 2 but always looked forward to bumping into him. I sat opposite him at a showcase that Harper Simon, Paul Simon's son was singing at and it is fair to say that the American was less than impressive. David leant over to me and whispered-though everyone on the table heard- 'Just as well his dad's famous!'. It was pretty much what we all thought but hadn't dared to say. Our condolences to all his family.
Today we welcome James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers. The Manics are starring at our Hyde Park gig on Sunday and have a new album 'Rewind The Film' out this month. They're one of the best live bands out there and one of the many must-see acts this weekend.
And I think BACK TO SCHOOL oldies will capture the moment perfectly.
Have a golden, sun-kissed Tuesday, see you after 5.

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