This is one of those silly blog posts that is going to seem as though I have been paid to write it, because I’m going to gush, but I really haven’t (as far as I know, the BBC don’t go in for paying bloggers to gush).
I’m a big radio listener. I always have been really; I grew up in a house where the radio was always on. My mum had a radio in the kitchen from as far back as I can remember, and it was always tuned to Radio 2. At least, it was in my living memory. When I was a teenager, I went through a phase of thinking that Radio 2 was really uncool, because they never seemed to play any music that had been produced in recent memory. That phase didn’t last particularly long, because I came to realise that the joy of Radio 2 is that they play all sorts. It’s true that you’re less likely to find a chart hit there than you are on Radio 1, or a commercial radio station, but they do play current music, just as long as it’s good current music. No Robin Thicke here, no sirree. Additionally, you get to hear all the oldies that you adore.
Anyway, the long and short of all of this is that I still listen to a lot of radio. My station of choice is still Radio 2, but there’s often some Radio 4 or Five Live in there for good measure (I even listen to the World Service if I’m awake very late). I listen on the DAB radio in the kitchen, I listen through the television, and I listen through my tablet. When I was younger, I used to hate it when you would hear a song that you loved, and you’d wait until the end of the song to hear what it was called, and the DJ wouldn’t say it. So frustrating!
This is why I am now completely enamoured with the Playlister function on the BBC iPlayer Radio app. (And this is where it starts to sound like a sponsored post!) While you’re listening to the radio through the app, if you hear a song that you love, you can click a little button, and the song is added to your own personal Playlister. When you’re ready, you can export this list to Spotify, YouTube or Deezer, and listen to your heart’s content. I’m listening to my playlist on Spotify now; I have the likes of Johnny Cash, Mike Oldfield, Lindisfarne, and Van Morrison on my list, not to mention the latest John Legend song, which I adore. If you have any inclination to do so, you can check out my playlist here.
The Playlister function is honestly one of my favourite things ever. I’m fairly easily pleased.