November 5th, 2005 at 03:32pm
Weekends on 2CC are now the realm of Mike Frame it would seem. The word is that Kane Bond is (eventually) leaving 2CC, and indeed there was an ad on radioinfo.com.au a few weeks back for the Drive show Producer position.
On the topic of weekends, 2CC seem to have handled the sudden 2UE change reasonably well. They have introduced a new “Weekend Magazine” program from Midday-2pm on Saturday and Sunday, presumably to avoid the sydney centric gardening and real estate shows…or segments of shows as they should be known. The first issue of Weekend Magazine went fairly well, although it did seem to struggle for callers in parts.
Mike didn’t seem entirely convinced that Weekend Magazine would survive through to next week, and I think he may be right if it continues in its current format. It has dawned on me that the thing which was missing from that show was interviews. I suppose that they might not have had time to arrange any interviews, but for goodness sakes, get somebody from the art gallery or the mueseum or the zoo or even the weather bureau on the phone, they will be able to enlighten us with information on happenings that we might not have otherwise know about. Maybe they could get somebody from one of the many local markets on the phone. There is so much that heppens in Canberra on the weekend that we never hear about on the radio, and this is 2CC’s chance to grace the airwaves with some of it.
However, the jury is still out on Glen Wheeler’s weekend afternoon show, which so far has not been as entertaining as George Moore and Paul B. Kidd’s afternoon show. It sounds like 2UE are trying to copy the 2GB afternoon formula of having various subject segments scattered throughout the show, which is strange considering that people in general chose George and Paul’s show over the 2GB show. I was very concerned when I turned the radio back on earlier to find that there was a discussion about mothballs and dining rooms between Glen and his guest, who I later found out was Monica Trapaga…I think. It is very concerning when you can listen to a conversation for 3 minutes and still not know what they are going on about.
To that extent, I really think 2CC can take weekends by storm if they move the local programming to the Midday-6pm slot and let George and Paul, who command an audience of their own in the same way John Laws does, take the morning slot. Having a show like the one George and Paul present in the morning will put 2CC in a much better position to tackle ABC Local Radio’s “Macca On Sunday” show, which is a very light conversational show, and bring a whole new level of interesting programming to afternoons.
Sure, keep running Weekend Magazine, even in that timetable I came up with yesterday, give it some interviews with local the people behind the places and events of Canberra, and let George and Paul sail the good ship of radio ratings in the morning.
On reflection I think that having Weekend Magazine at 2PM-4PM and the Travelling Fisherman and the Toyota Outback club at 4PM-5PM would work better than what I said yesterday.
I suppose it is just a matter of waiting and seeing what happens.