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Radio 2: The Hosts


Adjust that webcam, Des!!LONG-SERVING wheel-taker of Two’s Bisto-centric Sunday lunchtime inspiration-freeness All Time Greats, maintaining similar slightly over-concerned patter no doubt perfected in his days with Forces Radio, and probably delivered to the exact same audience too. Now broadcasts live from customised (ie it has a webcam) shack in the Grampian Mountains; recent polling revealed the most played ‘Great’ to be, not surprisingly, Begin The Beguine. The Radio Times once printed a letter from a concerned correspondent worried about the effect of a gruelling three-hour stint on Des’s health. He’s only playing records!



  1. Adam Gray

    December 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Classic old-school Radio 2 fodder. Reminds me of teas at my grandparents’ house and therefore, rather like when locals protest at the bulldozing of a church with only two remaining members, I’d be gutted if Des was pulled off the air despite never listening to his shows.

  2. Matthew Harris

    August 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Finally retired in late 2016 minutes before dying at the age of about 938, in between his good friends David Jacobs and Your Old Mate Brian Matthew doing the same. “From home in Perthshire!”

  3. Richard16378

    August 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Alistair Cook was another BBC radio presenter who died not long after retiring.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    February 3, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Part of the old school Radio 2 Sundays where pop music didn’t exist and classical music, showtunes, brass bands, jazz and pre war music ruled the roost. Hard to believe, it wasn’t that long ago either, with Carrington’s Sunday show surviving until about 2004 and Melodies For You, that weird ragbag of opera, light classics, parlour songs and film excerpts, finally shuffling off in 2009.

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