Tico987 wrote:To me, the fact that the DJs named so far are all guys is irrelevant - I'm not inclined to switch off just because Sara Cox is on and I'm sure girls are the same when they here someone like Scott, Greg, Chris, Chappers or whoever. People need to move away from boys vs girls and just enjoy these shows for what they are.
It's irrelevant to me in practice, yeah. I would worry in theory if they were actively discriminating against women as presenters, artists or listeners - but I highly doubt that's the case, and as I said, if the shows were all 'lads lads lads' I'd quickly move away from the station, Moyles or no Moyles. If I'm looking for a presenter to listen to, their style, topics of chat, friendliness on air, features and technical ability are the things that matter to me, not their gender.
It's possibly easy for me to say as a guy, but I can't see why they'd actively not employ any females to their roster. I'm struggling to think of any experienced female DJs who are out of work - unless they're doing the mothering job a la Ferne Cotton. The likes of Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne, Sara Cox are all in work. The only one I can think of who would appeal to the 30 something audience would be Edith Bowman but I'm sure she does 6Music and the odd TV venture. I'm bound to be forgetting some, so forgive me for doing so. In any case, there may be some local DJs that they're picking up for the vacant slots that haven't been announced yet.
I think the era of "lad" is long gone. Moyles gradually moved away from that as the breakfast show went on. Vernon Kaye has never really been like that, he's been a family man for vast majority of his career, Jonny Vaughan is about 83 and I've never really known Ricky Wilson to be the type who is in tabloids for being a "lad" either.
I think it'll just be a good fun radio station with some relatively likable personalities. I never really got the hate for Vaughan - and quite like the stuff he did on the Big Breakfast.
It's a case of see what happens, but I'm really excited that Chris is going to be back - even though it's going to be impossible for me to listen live due to where I live and lack of digital radio in my old banger. Will just listen to catch up podcast instead.