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Stephanie Hirst - why still unemployed?

By Art Grainger
Posted 18 April 2015, 9.16am edt
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I'm giving up time on a sunny Saturday afternoon to listen to her. Isn't it about time she had a gig on a station (other than Global who don't seem to want to right now)?

Come on, this is one of the UK's best radio presenters that could be an asset for a station and its potential to increase its audience.

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PRO2 years, 5 months ago

Having heard her speak in interviews, I was really nervous about hearing her doing a radio show again. I found the voice - which she freely admits isn't there yet - too weak and just, well, strange. (I've known Hirsty for twenty years; though haven't met her in person post transition).

It took one link to get used to her new voice. On-air, she's got the power of her voice back; it's pitched a little higher but it's the Hirsty I know. I'm really relieved. She's a great broadcaster - as I type she's just "gone to open the post" and played a bit of vinyl she ordered from eBay. The sound quality, listening through my decent connected hifi, was brilliantly processed and sounded just amazingly good. She sounded high-energy and delighted to be back.

Her listening peak today online was 473 people. I suspect that is considerably more that many 'proper' online stations get at this time of day.

Of course it's time she had a gig somewhere - but the right gig. I'd settle for this show on a weekly basis for now. And if Tony Blackburn ever needs a deputy for Pick of the Pops, I think I've just heard who that deputy ought to be.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

Vinyl Revival has the potential to be a syndicated show, although I feel it works better live with the interactive element, than as a Gary King style pre-recorded show played out locally.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

Agreed. The little interactive elements really make the benefit of live radio shine. Lots of people saying how they were listening, where they were listening, etc. Someone contacted Hirsty to say that they'd just had a real barney with their husband and she's made her smile again. That's a nice story. And one you'd not get from a pre-recorded, sterile show.

(And, just now, a mention for some kids who didn't believe that it was live.)

2 years, 5 months ago

A perfect slot for her, for just now, would be the two Sunshine stations, which seem to give some freedom to shows like this in the weekends.

2 years, 5 months ago

Then again, Hirsty just oozes Yorkshire - so why aren't the other Yorkshire stations snapping her up?

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

As an aside - average listen time for the programme was 54 minutes. Statistics, eh?

2 years, 5 months ago

On a Saturday as well. Doesn't that just prove my point. More especially because the Listen Live link was quite hard to find.

2 years, 5 months ago

So I'm thinking that the Lincs FM group could be a nice fit, since they own one of the stations in her hometown. Pulse 1 or Pulse 2 perhaps? Maybe even the Minster/UKRD North group.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

For group networking potential, it's bang on target for the UTV AM'ers (Pulse 2, Swansea Sound, Signal 2), Bauer's City 2 and with a tweak on Gold without the 90s music and dancier tracks from the 80s.

However it works better with the 80s and 90s music in addition to the 60s, 70s and early 80s Steph played when she did the show on Gold.

2 years, 5 months ago

I reckon she will ultimately return to Radio 2. However, I think Global are missing a trick by not inviting her back to resurrect Vinyl Heaven. I think that would be a very low-risk strategy, but with a potentially huge reward.

PRO2 years, 5 months ago

CR station 102.5 The Bridge is repeating yesterday's show. A nice gesture from Stephanie.

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