Mary Anne Hobbs
7AM, BBC 6 MUSIC
It’s the first-ever National Album Day today, marking the 70th anniversary of that format. BBC 6 Music will feature major albums on shows throughout the day, and Mary Anne will devote a good chunk of her programme to David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. She’ll play it in full, and will hear from Jonathan Barnbrook, Bowie’s graphic designer; then, the poet Lavinia Greenlaw reads a tribute to Bowie.
8AM, RADIO 2
Ricky Wilson is in charge of Dermot O’Leary’s regular show, and he will be joined by Matt and Luke Goss. The Goss twins, as members of Bros, dominated the charts in the 1980s, but the pressures of touring, recording and money problems drove a wedge between them. Now, they’re working together again, and are the subject of a documentary
The Changing Sound Of Radio
9AM, 7PM, RADIO 4 EXTRA
The award-winning sound recordist Chris Watson was given his first tape recorder back in 1967, and has been obsessed with sound recording ever since then. In this programme, he looks at all the technological advances that have changed the sound of radio. Chris plays some examples of these advances, as well as digging out some classic archive recordings.
10.30AM, RADIO 4
Radio 4 does its bit for National Album Day with a two-part series on the albums of Elvis Costello, presented by Mr Costello himself. He’ll take us through a career that spans five decades, homing in on his first album, My Aim Is True, which is constantly featuring in lists of all-time great albums.
9PM, RADIO 4
Drawing on diaries, letters, war reports and archive material, this repeated edition of the First World War drama series follows events in the Middle East in the November of 1917, including the Third Battle of Gaza.
Ricky Wilson (8am, Radio 2) called After The Screaming Stops. The Goss brothers join Ricky to talk about the current state of their careers and relationship.