Despite thoughts to the contrary, British radio is still full of surprises 

Flashes of insight: the Reverend Richard Coles as Carmen Miranda
Flashes of insight: the Reverend Richard Coles as Carmen Miranda Credit: BBC

Radio futurologists tell us that soon, very soon, the way we listen will change. Our radio will be “personalised,” offering programming on the basis of what we have previously chosen to hear. How will they know?  Because, as we listen more via tablets, smartphones and computers, our habits can be traced and, by algorithm, predicted. It’s the “if you liked that, you’ll like this” approach. I hate it.

It seems to rule out surprises, and British radio is full of surprises.

Like what? Like suddenly realising that James O’Brien on LBC can, once you get beyond his gale-force egomania, be quite rational. Or how a programme you’ve resolutely avoided for being bitty, sugary and soppy can, on re-acquaintance,...

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