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Request Charts Blog
15/1/2019

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.

 

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Hi Mark,

Thanks for putting the work in on this. I know how much effort goes in to such a production.

Not a surprise in Frank Sinatra s No.1 - the number of requests is - a few years back we would get well over a hundred a year for this one.

We notice this year that we are getting a much greater range of requested songs. I think next year we might look at doing favourite artist rather than song for our top 40.
Elvis would be No 1.

Cheers
Bill

Posted by Bill on Thursday, 24.01.19 @ 17:21pm | #8712

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Posted by Mark Snowdon on Tuesday, 15.01.19 @ 15:58pm | #8711

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