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Great potted history but poorly written.
on 6 January 2010
There are two ways of looking at this book. One is as a fan of this great radiostation and one from a literary point of view. Lets start with the second.
This is a poorly written piece of work. The writer is clearly not used to this sort of literature. The narrative is disjointed and mixed, grammar is questionable. Time-lines are impossible to follow and from one paragraph to the next you can jump several years and back again. This makes the experience quite hard at times and you really already have to have a good knowledge of the presenters and history of the station to fully cope with this flow. There are a few facts I would dispute and there is a remarkable bias to one particular presenter (which is fine as he is iconic but also frustrating.) With the history not flowing well it is hard at times to appreciate how the station evolved. Whilst the breakfast show is well charted (excessively so) the mid-morning show is almost lost. Mike Dickin for example barely gets a mention until quite late which I feel is an insult to his memory. H&J don't seem to figure much either. I find it also frustrating that "Talkradio" is not covered strongly as I have fond memories of that and do feel its history is tightly woven into Talksport.
But lets off-set this with the first point. Talksport is by its nature chaotic and, lets face it, only avid talksport listeners will want to read this so it is easier to cope with the potted history. There are lots of great tales within this (even if it hard to work out their timeframe.) Finally I know how the mose was named and the truth behind Brazil's disappearance. I never appreciated how off the wall Rodney Marsh was either until I read this. Some of the early sports event coverage is remarkable to read. haven't got to the Gaunty bit yet but I hope they have not censor red his exit. (I do think there has been some doctoring of history in this book.)
Overall despite the struggle to "read" this book a true Talksport fan will still get enjoyment from this and would make a worthy present for him. At 50% off as well I certainly did not complain. Only thing is it wont stay on the shelf once finished. Sorry.
Unforgivable though how Mike D seemed to be glossed over along with all the less sport-orientated shows. That is the one big failing and is really a shameful one. Mike - RIP - your health is still not in question.