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When Charlie's away

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 7:55 pm
by Guest
Is there any possibility of someone else filling Charlie's show when he's on hols, away at festivals or picking up awards? The guy who usually sits in bores me witless. I've tried to give it a good listen when he hosts it, but can only manage 30 mins before I've changed channels, the whole tone of the show seems very monotone. Nothing against the guy personally, as I don't know him, just would like another presenter(s). Maybe we could get one of the posters on Charlie's site to give it a go, maybe Ian, Con or Howard?

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2005 11:25 pm
by RobHall
I believe that the person you are referring to is Gerry Lyseight. A quick Google search brings up this for Gerry:

"Dj, radio presenter, album compiler, founder of Deep South records.

Gerry presented "planet mambo" on BBC London Live 94.9 fm (and previously on GLR) from November 1996-September 2001.

During that time planet mambo featured guests such as Joyce, Afro Cuban All Stars, Ashley Beedle, Kirsty Maccoll, Snowboy, Rufus Wainwright, Mr. Scruff, Bebel Gilberto, Charlie Watts, Nitin Sawhney. Marcos Valle, Nathan Haines, Moreno Veloso, Raj Gupta/Block 16 and Lonnie Liston Smith.

Gerry was a co-founder and resident d.j. at the mambo inn which was a clubland phenomenon. At its peak it ran on fridays and saturdays at the Loughborough Hotel in Brixton, South London with a musical policy that stretched from latin to african to jazz and beyond, and had to turn away hundreds every night. Besides a host of live bands ranging from Ronny Jordan to anjelique kidjo the mambo inn featured guest djs from across the entire musical spectrum (minus house!). The Mambo Inn ran from 1987-1996.

DJ gigs UK
Glastonbury, V And T In The Park Festivals, Reading Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Big Chill, The Fridge, Jazz Cafe, Gran Gran Fiesta, Notting Hill Carnival, Womad.

And supporting Baaba Maal, Olodum, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jose Alberto, Tania Maria, Steve Winwood, Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin, Los Van Van, Ozomatli.

DJ gigs international
US, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Holland, Australia."

Not a bad CV in my opinon, and one that qualifies him very well to act as stand-in when Charlie is away. You may not like Gerry's presentational style but - if that is the case - why bring it up now? It's been a while since Gerry hosted and, looking at the list of forthcoming shows, I don't see that he is due for another session in the near future. Surely, if you have a problem with Gerry's presentation - or maybe his choice of music - then the time to raise any objection would be in the context of him presenting a show?

And if you really have a problem with Gerry presenting Charlie's show when Charlie takes a break, then this is almost certainly the wrong place to say so. I may be wrong, but I don't believe that it is within the powers of anyone involved in this forum to decide who presents the show when Charlie is away; I think you'll find that BBC London has producers and managers who decide these things. If you feel strongly about it, maybe you should direct your comments in their direction.

As for Forum contributors presenting in Charlie's absence, I think you underestimate the level of professionalism and experience involved in presenting a live radio show. I don't know for sure, but I'm not aware that either Con or Howard has experience of presenting a live radio show. Ian possibly has. However, I would be very surprised if any of them felt that they could do a better job than Gerry in Charlie's absence.

You say you have nothing personally against Gerry - fine - but I really think that you underestimate what it takes to keep a live show going. Gerry's style is different than Charlie's, but he does a good job and he doesn't need anybody to hold his hand while he's doing it.

Re: When Chatrlie's away

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 8:50 am
by Con Murphy
Anonymous wrote:Maybe we could get one of the posters on Charlie's site to give it a go, maybe Ian, Con or Howard?


Well, assuming you're serious, I'm flattered to be mentioned in such esteemed (not to mention adversarial) company, but I'm just an ordinary Joe with too many opinions about music who, like most people, is ten times more articulate with the keyboard than with the tongue. Could I have said all that off the top of my head on live radio? Not without an oral back-button, no.

As Rob intimates, the idea that someone like me could even remotely hope to emulate what Gerry does is to grossly underestimate the ability of presenters like Mr Lyseight. True, his delivery isn't ideal for radio, but he still gets the information across eloquently, and the music is always top-notch. Same goes for Ian Anderson, who may not have a warm Woganesque brogue but whose monthly online fRoots show* is always excellent and coherently presented.



* And can be found where Charlie's old programmes are archived:-

http://www.mondomix.com/en/radios.php

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 9:54 am
by howard male
There's not much to add to what Rob and Con have written - they've really covered all the bases between them.

The dance flavoured areas that Gerry tends to lean towards, make an interesting change once in a while. I also think recent Gerry shows have had a lot more light and shade - benefiting from shifting the focus away from generic Latin grooves - back-to-back mambos and salsas are great in clubs, but when you're at home on a Saturday night - recovering from Dr Who - such carnival intensity can be a little unnerving.

But as I say, Gerry's shows have become much more interesting of late - and for a way of getting a different perspective on the world scene - unbeatable.

Re: When Chatrlie's away

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 10:37 am
by Ian A.
Con Murphy wrote:As Rob intimates, the idea that someone like me could even remotely hope to emulate what Gerry does is to grossly underestimate the ability of presenters like Mr Lyseight. True, his delivery isn't ideal for radio, but he still gets the information across eloquently, and the music is always top-notch. Same goes for Ian Anderson, who may not have a warm Woganesque brogue but whose monthly online fRoots show* is always excellent and coherently presented.


I suspect that the problem the original poster has is that Gerry isn't Charlie and doesn't have his same style and idiosyncratic, occasionally infuriating choices of music and blunt statements of gross prejudice that we all admire so much. He's altogether a more laid-back presenter, but why not? I personally find that some of Gerry's musical choices pass me by, but that's my problem and I'm sure there are many others whose tastes are closer to Gerry's than mine. Anybody sitting in for Charlie isn't going to be Charlie: full stop. Either he's not allowed to take holidays or you need a bit more tolerance.

As a historical note, back in the days when I had a programme called World Routes (now where did I hear that name since?) on Jazz FM and Charlie was between shows, I asked him to sit in for me several times when I was away - for the very good reason that it would give people an alternative view and something different to what I might be expected to play (and sneakily I wanted to hear Charlie back on the air). I think Gerry does that perfectly well on BBC London, and since I don't think he has any other broadcasting outlets right now, why not? Could be worse - they might get in a mainstream "dance" or rock DJ, or worse, somebody who might play English f**k records ;-)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:47 pm
by ritchie too lazy to login
...I like Gerry's shows when he stands in so there....;-)

ritchie

PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:27 pm
by Martin_Edney
ritchie too lazy to login wrote:...I like Gerry's shows when he stands in so there....;-)

ritchie


Me too. I'd love to see him given his own show somewhere.

When Charlie's Away

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:47 pm
by Another Guest
Gerry Lyseight's shows are always superb. I look forward to the next time he sits in, or better still, gets his own show back.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:40 pm
by Guest
I agree with the responses here and I love Gerry's shows and wish he had a permanent slot on BBC London - I think its neat that he’s there when Charlie is on holiday because it gives radio listeners a chance to here a different slant on a similar vein of music, rather than the usual pop or rock shows, which on today’s overtly formulaic radio broadcasts is something to be admired.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 6:05 am
by mick crossan
Gerry Lyseight is the Dogs bar none . Buckley-Lyseight-Gillett on the old GLR - Great Music , Great Conversation Great Days !!! Hesus I still miss the the Mambo and Van Bailar on Mondays . I still meet Homeless Mambistas around , hankering for the old days in the Loughboro .

Subsitue DJ.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:02 pm
by Leon Parker
Gerry Lyseight was part of BBC radio London's very good roaster of Dee Jay's playing some great music. I understand that to some his selection might not be to to some people's liking but I like to hear what DJ's are playing but you can not do is much any more. As BBC radio went for more celeb chat which ten times more monotone (a guest felt about about Gerry's sit in) than Gerry. I stopped listing to radio London (excpet for Charlie's show). I tune into Resonance fm instead.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:57 am
by Adam Blake
Can I have a go? I'd play nothing but scratched up old blues records and a bit of T Rex for Howard... (sorry, lowering the tone again...)

tip of the day

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:09 am
by Guest
Adam,

There is usually a big knurly knob marked 'tone' give it a twist and it alters the sound. If it keeps on lowering, take it off I don't actually think it's needed, not like the 'bass' one.....,

this tip was brought to you from

Ritchie 'tone deaf' Forster {{d(-0-)b}}

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 3:02 pm
by Adam Blake
Aaaahhh... That explains a lot. I've got two Dansettes and one of them has, as you describe, one big knob for tone; but the other one has got two. This has been perplexing me more than a little. I will, however, apply your wisdom and observe the results...