One of BBC’s radio stations will be starting off the new year on the right foot by dedicating January 1st to vinyl. An article in the Guardian reports that the DJs at Radio 6 Music will spend New Year’s Day playing only vinyl records. Although playing vinyl is not a rare act for a lot of sensible college and community radio stations, it is pretty astonishing to hear that a radio entity as big as the BBC is taking this beloved format to heart.
The station is already known as a source for new and alternative music, regularly playing artist like Black Lips, Bon Iver, Bombay Bicycle Club and White Denim. However, the New Year’s Day celebration will include special programming, such as, an hour-long show with singer-songwriter Richard Hawley speaking with members of Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead about the recent resurgence of vinyl. In addition, musicians Jarvis Cocker and Elbow’s Guy Garvey, who already host shows on Radio 6 Music on a weekly basis, will be playing some of their favorite songs on wax.
Sadly, Radio 6 Music broadcasts only in a digital format, so it might defeat the purpose of playing the higher quality of vinyl. I’m not sure how the quality translates over, but the other than the actual feel of the music, another charming aspect of planning a show of only vinyl is that it requires extra thought and skill. Maybe this idea will extend to more than one day and inspire other radio DJs to incorporate more vinyl into their shows.