Get Shortle!

Get Shortle!

Get Shortle!

First published in Letters by

WHAT a pleasure it used to be to listen to BBC Radio York on a football Saturday afternoon and hear the unique presenting style of Barry Parker, alongside former York City striker Chris Jones, backed up in the studio by Sharon Shortle.

How disappointing it was last Saturday to find the programme format had changed (although fortunately Chris Jones remained). No explanation was given during the afternoon that I heard and no acknowledgement of the work done over many years by the other two, who have been replaced. I consider this grossly disrespectful.

It would be worthwhile to know why a successful formula was altered. I did first seek an explanation on Saturday from BBC Radio York, who promised to phone and explain but at the time of writing, no call has been received. I would want them reinstated.

Chris Wilks, The Village, Skelton, York.

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10:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

The Great Buda says...

Parker is an awful commentator.
Parker is an awful commentator. The Great Buda
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

non pedalling pete says...

Bring back Bazza.
Bring back Bazza. non pedalling pete
  • Score: -7

12:25am Sat 16 Aug 14

calmdownyork says...

The Great Buda wrote:
Parker is an awful commentator.
When 'Bazza' was axed by the BBC a few years back, there was a robust campaign to bring him back. I personally wrote to Radio York and asked for an explanation, to which I received a long-winded and utterly meaningless reply. Dissatisfied with the response I hijacked a live broadcast from Parliament St with the words 'bring back Barry' beamed across the airways of North Yorkshire. Needless to say our campaign was a success and Barry was reinstated after a few weeks on the subs bench. I do hope they see the light again soon. Yes, he's awful as a football commentator, but that's the charm of the man. Forgetting who we're playing and rambling on about vintage buses and northern soul. What a legend. Bring back Barry #2
[quote][p][bold]The Great Buda[/bold] wrote: Parker is an awful commentator.[/p][/quote]When 'Bazza' was axed by the BBC a few years back, there was a robust campaign to bring him back. I personally wrote to Radio York and asked for an explanation, to which I received a long-winded and utterly meaningless reply. Dissatisfied with the response I hijacked a live broadcast from Parliament St with the words 'bring back Barry' beamed across the airways of North Yorkshire. Needless to say our campaign was a success and Barry was reinstated after a few weeks on the subs bench. I do hope they see the light again soon. Yes, he's awful as a football commentator, but that's the charm of the man. Forgetting who we're playing and rambling on about vintage buses and northern soul. What a legend. Bring back Barry #2 calmdownyork
  • Score: 4

9:26am Sun 17 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

Can't honestly say I'm too bothered one way or the other about Barry Parker, but I appreciate he excites passions both for and against from others.

I'm more concerned about the disappearance of Sharon Shortle from the match day broadcast. She did a very professional job for years and her reward is to be dumped unceremoniously with not even a word of thanks.

The new format and presenter are ok but nothing special, and I'd have to question whether this represents value for money. I also wonder what will happen when the link to the ground fails as it inevitably does from time to time.

I'm afraid the changes to the programme reflect other changes happening at the station - the replacement of Adam Tomlinson by the garrulous Georgey Spanswick (another Radio Leeds import) on the breakfast show has sent me scuttling back to Radio 4 for the first time in 20 years.

And now we learn Julia Booth is making way for the overbearing Kathryn Apanowicz.

Of course things can't stay the same forever, but it seems to me the changes at Radio York are ill-considered, and that we're in danger of losing the station's truly local flavour in favour of another stations template.
Can't honestly say I'm too bothered one way or the other about Barry Parker, but I appreciate he excites passions both for and against from others. I'm more concerned about the disappearance of Sharon Shortle from the match day broadcast. She did a very professional job for years and her reward is to be dumped unceremoniously with not even a word of thanks. The new format and presenter are ok but nothing special, and I'd have to question whether this represents value for money. I also wonder what will happen when the link to the ground fails as it inevitably does from time to time. I'm afraid the changes to the programme reflect other changes happening at the station - the replacement of Adam Tomlinson by the garrulous Georgey Spanswick (another Radio Leeds import) on the breakfast show has sent me scuttling back to Radio 4 for the first time in 20 years. And now we learn Julia Booth is making way for the overbearing Kathryn Apanowicz. Of course things can't stay the same forever, but it seems to me the changes at Radio York are ill-considered, and that we're in danger of losing the station's truly local flavour in favour of another stations template. Fat Harry
  • Score: 4

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