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Radio Review: 666 ABC Canberra

The backlog is long, I’ve been slack, people have been pestering me, and after speaking to a “Pete” on the phone yesterday afternoon (he knows who he is…isn’t that a strange expression, of course he knows who he is, that why he was able to tell me!) who was particularly convincing…it’s time for the radio reviews to resume and 666 ABC Canberra just happens to be next on the list. The is their first radio review in the series, although I have previously reviewed them informally [1].

This is a review of 666 ABC Canberra from 5pm-6pm on Monday the 26th of February.

Advertising: 3 minutes and 22 seconds
News: 13 minutes and 16 seconds

News: It is important to note that this is the news bulletins and updates, not the chatter about the news. It was actually quite well balanced, which is much more than I can say for its TV counterpart, lots of detail and quite good. I was a bit concerned about the amount of dead air between stories and after audio clips, and that weird humming noise on some of the reports was very loud and disturbing, not to mention that the weather reports were overly brief and they had a few too many unattributed audio quotes. It was a good effort, but the problems have dragged the score down from what could have been a perfect five.
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Talk: Louise Maher has an amazing ability to only ever talk over the top of people she is disagreeing with, and not allow any consideration of ideas which differ from her own. She also seems fairly inept at interviewing anyone on anything outside of politics. The traffic reports fall in to this category as they were never mentioned in a news bulletin and Louise only ever made passing references, and never told people where the queues were building, not to mention there were only two traffic report.
The number of calls and text messages Louise received was fairly indicative of how interesting her program was.
Oddly, it could have been worse…that’s about the only thing that saved Louise from a worse score.
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Music: Tone deaf!
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Overall: A really bad hour on the ABC I’m afraid…even overly giggly Alex Sloan in the morning (see the informal review) was better than this tripe…the news was really the only thing going for the station. Whilst the average of those scores is closer to 1.5 than 2, I’m willing to give them a 2 simply becuase of the time spent on the decent news service.
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#1 Comment By John_Barnes On March 16, 2007 @ 10:46 am

haha….. not exactly a glowing endorsement of ‘666’ (formerly 2CN).

#2 Comment By Hamesucken On March 16, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”
But hey, I don’t really know much about radio so I guess you’re right Samuel.
How can we silence these fiends?

#3 Comment By seepi On March 16, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

I have a feeling you would like David Kilby on 666 – give him a try next time.

#4 Comment By Samuel On March 16, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

Not quite a glowing endorsement, but I blame Louise Maher for it mostly…I obviously don’t like her style…and as I said previously these reviews are my opinion. News was very worthwhile though.

Funny how often people mention that Hamesucken.

Seepi, unfortunately all of the review timeslots are locked in and were randomly generated, so I can’t commit to reviewing David Kilby, however I will take your suggestion on board and give him a listen at some stage.

#5 Comment By Bearded Clam On March 19, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

Hamesucken, dipping your radio in some holy water should silence it.

#6 Comment By Samuel On March 19, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

Just call an ambulance first!