The 7th of January this year was a big day for alternative radio and the BBC with the relaunch of their daytime programming on BBC 6 Music which included handing over the coveted ‘breakfast slot’ to Lauren Laverne after Shaun Keaveny had hosted it for a very well received 11 years! Lauren has been a staple in the BBC radio for many years with her last slot being between 10am-1pm. With excitement and apprehension at this announcement the internet debated whether Lauren would be up to the task taking over the much loved affectionately grumpy Shaun Keaveny; with Lauren’s show now donned with the prestigious accolade of ‘Radio Show’ award at Thursday’s Music Week’s 2019 awards we can safely say that critics and Underscore Part 3 feel BBC 6 Music did the right thing.
‘With Lauren Lauren Laverne’s show focusing on music rather than jokes and pranks whilst still being abstract enough to turn vacuum cleaner sounds into a feature we can’t recommend this show enough… and clearly Music Week can’t either.’
Not only was Lauren Laverne’s ‘Hello, Music Lover!’ a bold attempt by the BBC to change and freshen up their schedule giving a female presenter the slot they gave Lauren the ability to create a show that fitted her ‘music lover’. The lack of boundaries has led to a breakfast show unlike any other on radio, a show that focuses on calm conversation and music as opposed to the ‘normal’ hyperactive caffeine fueled breakfast shows across other airwaves. One of the shows most successful features has become Lauren’s ‘house music’ section where she has viewers send videos of everyday objects imitating popular music songs with Lauren proving how similar they are by playing them alongside the original. ‘House music’ began as a spontaneous piece with Lauren stating on This Morning that “I realised [when cleaning my children’s rooms that] the first sound that [my vacuum cleaner] makes as it’s kind of whirring to life, is basically the same as the opening bar – the glissando – at the beginning of Chic’s Good Times… It’s ironic because hearing your vacuum cleaner start up is never a precursor to any particular good times is it?” With Lauren Lauren Laverne’s show focusing on music rather than jokes and pranks whilst still being abstract enough to turn vacuum cleaner sounds into a feature we can’t recommend this show enough… and clearly Music Week can’t either.
5am-7.30am Chris Hawkins
7.30am-10.30am Lauren Laverne
10.30am-1pm Mary Anne Hobbs
1pm-4pm Shaun Keaveny