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BBC Radio 2 - Motown Weekend -This Weekend magazine cover

The current BBC Radio 2 schedule throws up a handful of motown radio shows over the upcoming weekend, billed as a Motown weekend to mark the 60th Birthday of Motown Records.

Lined up are 9 radio shows including a top 100 countdown from Craig Charles and Trevor Nelson, a Richard Searling Motown Northern Soul show, a Ken Bruce Motown cover version show and more. The current list of the BBC Radio 2 motown weekend shows follows below...

Saturday 03:00 am
The King Of Motown - Berry Gordy
Marshall Chess tells the story of Berry Gordon Jr. and the Motown "family".

Saturday Night 21:00
Motown At The BBC - Part 1
Tony Blackburn presents the first of two shows celebrating Motown at the BBC.

Sunday 03:00
Motown On The Mersey
Another chance to hear Craig Charles celebrate the heyday of Liverpool's Mardi Gras club.

Sunday 21:00
Motown At The BBC - Part 2
Tony Blackburn presents the second of two shows celebrating Motown at the BBC.

Monday 12:00
Motown Top 100 Countdown with Craig Charles - Part 1
Craig Charles starts Top 100 Countdown to celebrate Motown's 60th year

Monday 15:00
Motown Top 100 Countdown with Trevor Nelson - Part 2
Trevor Nelson continues the Top 100 Countdown to celebrate Motown's 60th year.

Monday 18:00
Motown Covered with Ken Bruce
Motown cover versions at the Radio 2 Piano and favourite choices presented by Ken Bruce.

Monday 20:00
Motown Loves Northern Soul
Richard Searling highlights the foundations of Northern Soul and connections with Motown.

Tuesday 03:00
Can't Slow Down: Johnnie Walker Meets Lionel Richie
Johnnie Walker interviews Lionel Richie in the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

More information on the shows can be had via the BBC Radio 2 website Motown Weekend pages...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007wk0/broadcasts/upcoming

 

 





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Monday 20:00
Motown Loves Northern Soul
Richard Searling highlights the foundations of Northern Soul and connections with Motown.

Hope it's great!

Ed

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3 hours ago, Tomangoes said:

Monday 20:00
Motown Loves Northern Soul
Richard Searling highlights the foundations of Northern Soul and connections with Motown.

Hope it's great!

Ed

TBH Ed, I'd love to hear some of the less obvious pieces, similar to his "Motown Sound"  series of 7" boxes, here's hoping......but looking forward to it nonetheless.........

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In Dickie we trust...

He has a story to tell, so it's likely to include chart and non chart.

The night?

Love machine?

Tell me it's just a rumour?

The anticipation..

Ed

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Fairly predictable, but did we expect anything else really?

Enjoyed it nonetheless 

Ed

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As Ed says, although I was pleased to hear the 4 unreleased items I,d previously unheard.

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Whilst predictable to us, to a mainstream radio 2 audience it probably wasn’t. 

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I thought he came across well, in terms of a mainstream audience. But I've been listening to Richard on the radio for a long time. His genuine passion an knowledge puts, that dick, Charles, to shame, it's so obvious he's clueless and just chasing the cash. 

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really enjoyed Richard's show, made some nice observations and great choice of sounds imo, also reminded me of what a fine LP "From The Vaults" is on Natural Resources, US

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Richard encompassed in one hour what Red Dwarf and Trevor Nelson failed to do in six hours. Still the criteria for their selection says it all "Top Motown 100 Streaming and Downloaded" a newcomer would think that Motown comprised of Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Boyz to Men lol.

Strange that nowhere in any show was a mention of Motown's first big chart success Barrett Strong's 'Money'

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7 hours ago, The Happy Hooker said:

Richard encompassed in one hour what Red Dwarf and Trevor Nelson failed to do in six hours. Still the criteria for their selection says it all "Top Motown 100 Streaming and Downloaded" a newcomer would think that Motown comprised of Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Boyz to Men lol.

Strange that nowhere in any show was a mention of Motown's first big chart success Barrett Strong's 'Money'

Have to agree radio 2 dj's should have at least done a little more background research, Ken Bruce talking with Tito Jackson about how gladys Knight took them to motown then plays midnight train to Georgia. Oops buddah release from 1973 not motown Ken. Richards hour was by far the most informative. You'd have expected more from the BBC dj, s

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1 minute ago, Speedlimit said:

Richards hour was by far the most informative.

yep still 3 Frank Wilson's out there 🙂

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19 minutes ago, Shufflin said:

yep still 3 Frank Wilson's out there 🙂

But one of the three is from a different plant, a test press too 

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49 minutes ago, Chalky said:

But one of the three is from a different plant, a test press too 

Someone has one in a bank vault

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listening to it now. A really good show and well put out by Richard Searling. It's not everyday you hear the lesser known Motown tracks on national radio. Good stuff

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12 hours ago, Blackpoolsoul said:

Someone has one in a bank vault

Probably just a rumour unless its the recent test press. There is one in 5the Jobete offices as two sent to Motown, one for the labels vault and one for Jobete. The publishing arm, so I believe. 

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I don’t think the show was too predictable.  Maybe a lot of info the mainstream MOR audience care little about but there was some good choices by Richard. 

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