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Ken Bruce (clip) BBC Radio Two 16th October 1989

Ken Bruce (clip) BBC Radio Two 16th October 1989

Playing tracks by

Carpenters and The Ames Brothers.

This is just a brief clip of Ken Bruce presenting the mid morning show to which he still has tenure today. In fact, I believe he took over in the mid morning slot around thirty years ago after joining Radio 2 in 1984 to initially take over from Wogan who was going to the telly. A hard act to follow, which he didn't quite achieve, but after a couple of years presenting the late show he started hosting in his current slot. Here he is two years into his tenancy. Just 20 minutes, but it gives us a flavour of the rather 'geriatric' playlist of the time, but the ready wit we all so love, I am pleased to say is still with us today.

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Robin Carmody

To be precise, KB's late-night tenure was after this - throughout the 1980s Brian Matthew's 'Round Midnight' was ensconced in the late slot. He did an oddly late (8.00-10.30 am) show in 1985/6 billed as the breakfast show - by all accounts everyone expected it to be either Ray Moore or David Hamilton and him replacing whoever got it, and he was as surprised as anyone else to be offered it. Seemingly the late start was as compensation to Ray Moore, letting him go on until 8am. In April 1986, when the daytime playlist went older, KB's show was shortened to run 9.30-11.00 am - apparently the original idea had been for him only to have an hour, with Derek Jameson running 8-10, until KB complained to management. KB stayed in this slot until the spring of 1990 when Round Midnight ended and he was scuttled round the schedules for a bit, going to 10pm for a brief, not very happy stint - which failed to raise the audience as Frances Line had hoped - and then 6-7.30 am (swapping slots with Chris Stuart) during 1991. From January 1992, when the amount of pre-rock'n'roll popular music played was already reduced considerably, KB returned to 9.30 am and, as you say, is still there now - now the only surviving daily presenter from before Jim Moir effectively created the current station.

Robin Carmody

Compare this to the 1992 Late Spring Bank Holiday show also available on here, which is already much poppier and much closer to the latterday station, with the Stones & Squeeze. You note that, at the start of 1992, Radio 2's Sunday afternoon output (Desmond Carrington, Benny Green, Alan Dell, Sing Something Simple, Charlie Chester) was specifically branded as "Vintage Years" - a sign that they were already phasing out a lot of the really old stuff from weekday daytime output.

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Wonderful slice of old-school Radio 2