I heard it on the radio
Thought-provoking, comforting and entertaining, Radio 4’s inspired programming– from Today to Book at Bedtime via The Archers and Just a Minute–provides great company and a rhythm to the day, says avid listener John Lewis-stempel
It’s there at the beginning of the day, it’s there at the end. If it ever fails to function, it signals the smokingruins of British civilisation, when commanders of trident submarines are allowed to open their ‘letters of last resort’, authorising them to launch a retaliatory nuclear strike against the nation’s enemies. the monarchy? Parliament? No, I speak, of course, of Radio 4.
I’m not bragging when I say I’m an expert on Radio 4, although my know-how is not entirely voluntary—the radio in the roof of my International Harvester tractor can only pick up one frequency. Age has not changed the station since it was founded in 1967. What comes out of a teensy-weensy DAB tuned now to 92.5–96.1 FM is reassuringly similar to what my parents’ hulking, glowing-bulb Bush emitted on LW 1500 almost 50 years ago.
thankfully, whoever devised the schedule was a fifth columnist from the sticks, as its daily rhythm accords so serendipitously with that of country life. Our mole in Broadcasting House also slightly and seditiously skewed Radio 4’s output towards things rural and traditional.
Come with me for a day, the dial on my tractor radio stuck on 92.5 FM, and you’ll see what I mean.