Request Charts Blog
I've decided to write a blog whilst I'm listening to
the first playout of 2018's National Request Chart at
radiogeneral.co.uk to consider some of
my thoughts whilst producing this programme. I would love to hear
your feedback and thoughts about the production of the programme using
the form to the right.
This year's production was challenging due
to the inclusion of two very long tracks. Queen - Bohemian
Rhapsody and Eagles - Hotel California. The structure of the
programme for the past few years has been to still run with a Top 15
format, but with a shortened 15-11 sequence. This year pushed the
limits of this 15-11 sequence to its bare minimum in order to accomodate
the two aforementioned long songs in full. Normally, I'd pad out
the 15-11 sequence to allow some of the chosen songs some airplay, but
there just wasn't any time to do this for this year.
I'd love to
hear thoughts on how best to represent the programme for 2020. A
new decade should see a new format, and I'd really like your input on
what your listeners would want to hear from a chart show. What
format do you use? Are the two features on No.1's around the
hospitals, and this year's breakers, useful? Do they mean anything
to you to know that John Lennon was number 1 in Clatterbridge Hospital??
In the first few submissions I was starting to see Ed Sheeran at
number 1 giving me some confidenc that maybe Frank Sinatra can be
toppled. In the end, My Way got a count of 288 requests (up from
249 in 2017) and Perfect got a count of 240 requests so there was some
distance between them.
Am I missing something from the chart? Is the repetition of
Frank Sinatra at number 1 becoming boring now? Is a chart recap at
the end necessary?
Let me know in the comments on the right!
Regards, Mark Snowdon.