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John Govier's Late Night Radio Show (BigJG)

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Message 1 - posted by Hana, May 6, 2006

New Show ... so a New Thread!
Let's share our views and news.

Hugz Hana
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Message 2 - posted by U2448401, May 6, 2006

He performs as though he's addressing a room of low functioning 5 year olds.Patronising isn't a strong enough adjective.
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Message 3 - posted by devonian, May 6, 2006

I've never liked him when he's filled in for other presenters. I usually switch off!

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Message 4 - posted by U2448401, May 6, 2006

But they had some other sickly late night presenters before him.What ever became of Chris Robinson? At least he seemed to know something about the music he played.
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Message 5 - posted by devonian, May 6, 2006

Still doing his painting I guess!

I usually go to bed around 10.30 so I don't tend to listen anyway.
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Message 6 - posted by U2448401, May 6, 2006

He does a double page history spread in the Herald most sats and he was all over the TV recently on some ITV thing about paintings and grand gardens. A bit of a jack of all trades.
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Message 7 - posted by JG, May 7, 2006

Hi all,

Thanks to Hana for starting this thread - and thanks to everyone who has taken the time to offer feedback.
You can rest assured that I'll be taking note of all constructive criticism about the programme - but I'm not sure there's much I can do about people just not liking me or my presentation. I guess you can't please all of the people all of the time - and what a boring world it would be if you could.
Thanks to all those people who have also emailed, text and sent their best wishes about the programme - and especially to those who phoned in on the first night to say they didn't like the new format, but then phoned back later in the week to say they had changed their minds.
It's great to know that Radio Devon listeners are so passionate in their views about their local station.

Cheers All

JG
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Message 8 - posted by U2448401, May 7, 2006

A polite post but a clear example of the sychophantic blandness that makes the show so awful.
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Message 9 - posted by U3508276 - alt id 4, May 7, 2006

Some people just want an untaxing benign experience especially late at night when they can't sleep.
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Message 10 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, May 7, 2006

Why not just just broadcast hypnotic platitudes for airheads?
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Message 11 - posted by Dauntless, May 8, 2006

I'm enjoying John Govier. A big improvment on Trevor Fry who spoke down to everyone and wasn't interested if you were under 65. The best late night presenter they ever had was John Coates who was ousted cos Trevor Fry said he wanted to come back. But give John Govier a chance, he's only been at it a week and he's trying new things. A brave bloke too, must be taking a lot of stick from Fry fans. Don't judge him till he's been at it for a few months.
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Message 12 - posted by Storytime, May 9, 2006

If you have only lost one presenter, think yourselves lucky! Southern Counties Radio axed all our daytime presenters in one fair swoop on 1st April and the new ones are of the same ilk. Talking at you instead of to you. All sound like a commercial radio station from which there are many to choose. It has reached the stage that meeting are being set up here to try and give the listeners their say, but which could have been done before the changes took place!! Sadly, too late to get those we lost back again.
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Message 13 - posted by shazza31, May 9, 2006

I think that it is nice to have John back on the radio I use to enjoy his early evening show. I have a young baby so can only hear the first part of the show before I fall asleep.
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Message 14 - posted by James Vertigan, May 9, 2006

I'm sorry, but in my opinion, Trevor Fry did NOT "talk down" to his listeners... In case it hadn't escaped your notice Trevor Fry actually CARED about his listeners. If you ever listen(ed) to him signing off you'll see what I mean, he thinks abou all his listeners, whether they're living on their own, ill in hospital or bereaved.

I mean sure the BBC probably wanted to keep things as local as possible on their stations (Trevor's show actually coming from Bristol), but Trevor actually had some class. From what I've heard of John Govier's show, it seems to be almost like the london radio station LBC, just talking to the late night life of places like Plymouth (eg taxi drivers) all the older listeners seem to have disappeared.

Quite frankly, I'm not one to care where the programmes come from, I mean Trevor was only broadcasting from the next region, it's not like he was broadcasting from Leeds or somewhere like that (like certain other "local" stations do at night) but Duncan Warren followed by Trevor Fry was really the best combination in the evenings, I do hope the BBC consider re-instating Trevor's show sometime in the future.
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Message 15 - posted by jannerchic, May 9, 2006

I have to agree with you Dauntless. Trevor Fry was really there for the oldies. He played music from the 40's onwards for goodness sake. Many of us weren't even born then! I love John's new show it's great. Great chat, music & fun. He's only been doing it for just over a week so I think people should give him a chance. I for one enjoy listening to Duncan then John. Trouble is many people don't like change - I think the schedules were stale & in need of an overhaul.
I'm enjoying John Govier. A big improvment on Trevor Fry who spoke down to everyone and wasn't interested if you were under 65. The best late night presenter they ever had was John Coates who was ousted cos Trevor Fry said he wanted to come back. But give John Govier a chance, he's only been at it a week and he's trying new things. A brave bloke too, must be taking a lot of stick from Fry fans. Don't judge him till he's been at it for a few months.

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Message 16 - posted by U2448401, May 10, 2006

I'm still trying to find the redeeming features but they are not there or very slow in coming.
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Message 17 - posted by Hana, May 10, 2006

Each to their own ...... I do miss Trevor Fry some, but John is doing OK and is very flexible in his outlook.

It can be a daunting prospect to launch a completly new show ... and John certainly put a great deal of thought into the project. He has included a variety of items, and is quite happy for the listeners feedback and suggestions.

I only listen to the radio, I refuse to pay for the TV. My only request would be for more 30's, 40's 50's music over the entire spectrum. No I am not THAT old ..... but I like the music.

All the best John and Kev ........ and hope that you will join in our discussions here on the board.
Hana
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Message 18 - posted by Dauntless, May 15, 2006

Well, this will be John's 3rd week on the late show, and I think it is getting better all the time. Still room for a few more 60's records I feel, but in the scheme of things that's here nor there. Kev's a scream. Someone should teach him to tell the time or buy him a decent watch. John and Kev work well together.
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Message 19 - posted by JG, May 15, 2006

Hi all, I just thought you might like to know what we've got planned this week (15th- 19th May):

Monday's guest is Sonia Francis Mills - the director of Devon Racial Equality Council.

On Tuesday we're joined by Wincey Baxter; a wife and mother but also a psychic medium.

Wednesday's guest can offer advice on reaching our goals...Mary Lunnen is a Life Coach from Wadebridge.

On Thursday we'll take a look at your stars with Astrologer Alan Jones and on Friday it's live music from Dan Church from Exmouth.

All week the music in our Up The Workers feature is chosen by a group of late night workers from Jersey, Kev's Club of the Week comes from Guernsey, the whole region will continue to battle for the crown in The South West Challenge, and Natalie Cornah will be taking a look at the entertainment scene.

Check out the webpage for the Night Owl photo gallery and links to some of the past couple of weeks' interviews and live music.

Thanks for the hundreds of lovely emails, texts, phone-calls and letters that continue to arrive. I hope you'll join Kev and I for another eclectic week of fun and entertainment.
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Message 20 - posted by U2448401, May 16, 2006

Lets see how it goes. Better I hope.
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