Before we do get off the subject of Havoc's show, I do actually want to blow some smoke up his arse. For me as a total outsider but very loyal listener, he's provided some seriously electric radio over the years. Yes, it may be time for change but I think Mike Havoc is a blindingly good radio talent who manages to serve up a daily mix of passion, politics, intrigue, energy and what-the fuck's-coming-next without missing a beat. He may be a tardy chap but I'm always blown away by his ability to deliver the level of energy he does on a daily basis. I think that shows a level of professionalism that many would punch their mums for.
Obviously, it's good that change is afoot but I'm scared for The Wire and I don't like the idea that four or five drive announcers will lose their shows to make room for one announcer and I wonder why Morning Glory is being expanded - it's not exactly hard-hitting is it? I like Charlotte, she's great but it seems more like bFM's foray into easy-listening. Has bFM softened up and gone smooth?
bFM has always been a place to find new stuff and hear new voices. I'd love to see them put someone new and relatively unknown in Mike's place - since when was b about advertising dollars and dividends? Surely it just needs to break even to justify it's existence? I think Ritchie Hardcore would be an awesome choice. Or the girl who's on before Mike in the morning.
In any case, whatever happens I'll still be listening. The alternatives are unbearable. I heard a show on some station this morning while I was in a shop. The jocks were giggling madly about colonic irrigation. It was hilarious...
It's awesome to see such passionate responses on this thread because it shows how important a station like bFM is. bFM has provided the soundtrack for much of my life over the past twenty years and Mike's been a big part of that so respect to him.
And how the hell will Troy's show (Rock and Roll Wire) work without music?