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This is the comment that Hugo left on the latest JNLR figures. Where does he get the evidence on a surge in listenership for MITM?
Hugo:The rise in RTE Lyric FM's figures is very encouraging. It demonstrates that the station is in tune with the public mood. The shift towards a more broadly-based conception of public service broadcasting in the musical field is clearly paying dividends. The public now wants a warmer musical output in cold economic times, and gets it. The surge in listenership for Marty in the Morning is particularly pleasing. It's the foundation in the morning, building an audience to stay with the service throughout the day. Hoping for yet further increases.
Fair play to him. I like the comment left by someone after his, saying Hugo must be 'Jim Corr's brother'.
There was an increase in the MITM listenership to 25000 listeners.
That's up 6 thousand, year-on-year. Up 1 thousand, book-on-book.
Is that a surge?
It seems John Kelly increased his listenership to 35,000 playing Mongolian noseflute music and Leonard Cohen.
The daily programme with the highest listenership is Classic Drive - a show that seems to just play classical music with 57000 listeners each day.
Is there perhaps a lesson in this? Anyone?......Anyone?
Hugo is also practically a daily contributor to MITM at this stage with his observations on life and the antics of his erstwhile 'wife' Daphne. It is often quite amusing and pretty well written.
It's a pity he dirtied his copybook around here as I enjoyed his wind-ups...
Heard a few minutes of mitm today. I will never be a fan of mw but i was really disgusted to hear his snide comment after an advertisement for Gerry Godley's "Reels to Ragas" was played. Whelan's aside was "Well i'm convinced". Whelan we know that this genre would not be his scene but don't insult his audience please. Showed a lack of class and a nasty side to marty.
Later on in the day Whelan was doing a voiceover advertising the Met Opera's HD production of Verdi's opera "Ernani". Really beggars belief doesn't it.
What idiot though getting him to advertise an opera would actually help sales? It would be like David Norris advertising for the GAA.
I think that's a hilarious comment from Marty.
I saw Gerry Godley on The View one night a few years back. The guy took himself way too seriously.
Just happened on this thread today, Hurrah! I'm not going out of my mind. Someone else hears it too! I have just gone back to a commute in the morning the last month, and was happily listening to Liz for a few days, when Bammo, Marty Whelan comes on the scene. I thought he was a stand-in. But no, he is the permanent. Has lyric become a retirement home for those past their appeal on the other stations?
I am gutted. I used to love the Opera 'Cereal' segment ... where there would be a quick description of the opera and what was going on, and a short piece of music. I'm no aficionado by a long shot, so I felt I was getting a very accessible introduction to some opera, which I don't normally have time to listen to.
Some of the choices are ok, but I've heard them all before. Where is the adventure, the sense that I am hearing this for the first time in ages. The playlists are put together in a very disjointed way, and far too much Marty Waffle. Why does he put on voices and accents? Annoying.
A better indicator might be my passenger, who at 10 months old, waves and claps her hands on our commute to the music, which is all new to her, and screams blue murder when Marty starts to "speak".
(And I'm a grown adult! )
God I miss Hugo, he was hilarious. He got up so many people's noses off here, it was pure trolling genius.
So,it's hilarious to make sarcastic remarks on other presenter's shows. No, it is plainly rude. MW should be in sack-cloth and ashes. The temerity of this mis-fit is baffling. It demonstrates that he has no grasp on the importance of music in the lives of many people. Gerry Godley has introduced me to many artists i would not have had the opportunity of being acquainted with. MW and music are not even fourth cousins. Ronan Gilligan used to be a good boy on AA Roadwatch but he has fallen into Marty's wormhole of incessant tripe and natter. This morning he seemed to be obsessed with Neven Maguire becoming a father of twins. Who cares?
I know how she feels.
What you say about opera cereal makes a lot of sense. To introduce people to new music you don't have to package it with a gabby DJ or dilute it with a pile of MOR elevator music. An informed presenter who loves the music and wants to share the pleasure with others is way way better.
Years ago RTE1 used to have Des Keogh who presented "music for middlebrows". The man (incidentally way more talented and funnier than MW) loved the music and introduced a lot of people (including me) to it. It wasn't perhaps the most adventurous playlist but it didn't aim to be. For opera there was the wonderful O'Brien on Song playing truly great singers that will now never be heard again on Irish radio.
I wish Marty no ill. There is a place for his inane patter and easy listening music. Its called 2 FM and it has a much bigger audience. Maybe they can bring him home.
You have taken those quotes out of their context. I got fed up of Hugo trolling the thread so i said |"if you can't beat 'em, join 'em". I have always been against MW on Lyric but to give Hugo his due he certainly livened up things on here.
Well Maggie, it wouldn't be the first time that Hugo has carried on conflicting conversations with himself using two separate accounts........
I can remember when Lyric FM started a dozen years ago or so. I remember thinking what a pleasure it was to have lovely music and knowledgeable presenters (anyone remember that great guy from the US who used to present the original breakfast show?).
Now we’re reduced to RTE’s version of a cheesy game-show host playing Peter blessed Gabriel and Rod blinking Stewart interspersed with third rate witless Terry Wogan impressions .
I have literally given up: he’s driven me from Lyric completely.