Peel Chhosing the Records himself?

ken garner ken_garner@...
Fri Dec 7 13:30:51 CET 2007

er, yes it was in the book, Stu, but spread out over the chapters 
where relevant as to when the arrangements changed. Producers always 
booked and approved the session bands, but from mid-70s onwards 
mostly at Peel's recommendations / requests. AS regards the records 
and the main running order, essentially I think it went like this:

Producers (Bernie Andrews, John Muir, John Walters, Chris Lycett) 
decided final running order and yes and no on individual records, 
while Peel (mostly) selected and chose/ recommmended the records. In 
first few months of R1 in late 67 and into early 68 Bernie selected 
and programmed most of Top Gear, with Peel having a stronger 
influence and input as the weeks went on. 

Jan-March: Peel did own running orders for first time under producer 
Trevor Dann

(walters again)
Peel drafted running orders, Walters revised and tweaked... and then 
sometimes on air Peel ignored his revisions!

Summer 1991 onwards
(producers successively Mike Hawkes, Alison Howe, Anita Kamath, 
Louise Kattenhorn)
Peel did own running orders more or less unedited / unrevised by 
remaining producers, who still of course coordinated the whole show 
including session and live elements, especially for outside 
broadcasts / live concert sets


--- In, Stuart Mchugh <stuart@...> wrote:
> > Just one point: a common myth, but Hermeet was
> > never actually Peel's producer, he was broadcast assistant, Dec 
> > - the end.
> I shall alter that error forthwith! I suppose that I'm of that  
> mindset which uses terms like Assistant, Producer and Engineer  
> interchangably - I always imagine that 'Producer' - in daytime  
> parlance at least - means that this person chooses the playlist for 
> show (when not bound by THE playlist, of course...)
> I think I'd be right in saying that for much of his career John 
> all the records himself... but then, Walters had input when he was  
> doing it, and Alison would have been heavily involved in sourcing  
> sessions and the like?
> This might well all have been covered in the book, but perhaps not 
> such detail that it'd have become dull enough for me to remember!
> Stuart
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