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Thread #66508   Message #1104972
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
30-Jan-04 - 04:39 AM
Thread Name: Kate Rusby and Radio 2 playlist
Subject: RE: Kate Rusby and Radio 2 playlist
Well let's face it, the Togmeister practically single handedly got Eva Cassidy the wider recognition she has now, because I for one would never have heard of her if I weren't a Tog.

He's doing the same now for another artist, whose name temporarily escapes me (possibly Katie Melua) and this morning he credited his assistant Paul Walters for introducing him to both her and Eva.

Log on to the Radio 2 website and have a look. Better still, ask him to play Kate Rusby again! He has been known to play 'Show of Hands' as well. He does rather take the mickey but sometimes he's deadly serious. For Wogan to say something is quite nice, means it stands a fair chance of getting played again!

I think part of the problems is the inverted snobbery that surrounds the folk world. Some performers want to keep music live, but need to sell CDs to survive. They won't send free CDs to radio stations because they want the income, but they won't get the income unless people know who they are. A radio station will reach thousands of people at one time, rather than the few hundreds (and frequently the same few hundreds) that go to festivals or clubs.

See the circular nature of the problem?