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The power of the spoken word - radio programmes

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  • The power of the spoken word - radio programmes

    This thread showcases radio programmes which have the power to paint pictures in the mind.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    Life-changing phone calls

    BBC reporter "Dominic Arkwright meets people who have made life-changing phone calls. Alice Brooking was on the phone to her sister when an Air France Concorde crashed into her Paris hotel."

    The link is here:

    I wept as I hear this news - I recall working on the production line at the time. Not only was it a tragedy for those who lost their lives and for their families, but at a stroke it ended a technological era that I won't see again in my lifetime. Anglo-French Concorde for British Airways - and perhaps surprisingly less so for Air France - was a commercial project, a long-time symbol of European collaboration, cutting edge technology and the human spirit. An era ended abruptly and miserably due to a tiny human error.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      The 'butterfly effect'

      A very good example that makes me wish I had heard this programme. A tragic example of the butterfly effect.

      My example of picture-painting radio programmes is much simpler I'm afraid - it is drama. Particularly Nick Warburton's 'Snow Goose' on BBC last May.

      {Moderator's comment: we'll see if we can get a copy of this programme here.}
      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.