The greatest broadcast medium in the world, played to it’s strengths today in bringing
many listeners together in response to the untimely death of David Bowie aged 69.
Many having to make big changes to already planned running orders,
certainly in the case of Radio X, with Chris Moyles and the team back
for their first live show after Christmas.
And what a great display of just being natural on air, not being too over-dramatic,
but being able to convey the story in a way that the listener would be feeling at home.
There’s not a great deal I can add that hasn’t been said already, but in a climate
of heavily defined formats and brands, stations in the UK and overseas broke
from their comfort zones to pay tribute.
From Classic FM digging out Bowie’s retelling of Prokofiev’s “Peter And The Wolf”,
to Radio 2 bringing their Friday request slot four days early, for listeners to share
their memories of Bowie.
The most requested song being “The Laughing Gnome” from 1967, made even more
poignant following the death of Ed Stewart on Saturday, who played it regularly
on Junior Choice.
Here’s a few other examples of how radio celebrated the Thin White Duke.
Wave 105 Tribute (Hampshire)
UKRD Tribute (Adam Venton)
And possibly the most poignant moment of all. Rick Wakeman
who played piano on “Life On Mars” performing a piano-only
arrangement to finish off Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Drivetime show.