I am sorry to hear that Adrian is leaving. I always enjoyed his sports show, especially the live updates from around the grounds. I imagine the comedian Peter Kay could do a fantastic sketch of the amateur correspondents when they present their half time and full time round ups. Picture the scene; It is half time, Bert the correspondent is at Hyde United or Stalybridge Celtic, his heart is pounding and his brow drips with sweat in anticipation of the big moment, his big moment. The big moment is here, the cellphone rings and 'Studio' is the caller, Bert tells everyone around him to be quiet as he going on the radio live on air with the half time update, then he begins, Alan Green or Stuart Hall have nothing on this animated character. Peter Kay could finish off the sketch, but if you've ever heard the correspondents you will know where I am coming from, and I am not knocking them, they're great and add real character to the show.
The other great thing about Tameside FM is an afternoon show called The Bradshaw's. It's hilarious. I think it is set in the 1950's in a northern town and it has three main characters. Alf the stereotypical old school chauvinist northern male, Audrey his long suffering wife, and their son Billy. Really, this show is worth listening to. It is only five minutes long and is on every weekday afternoon around 3.30. If it was available on CD or as a download I would definitely buy it. Try listening one afternoon and you will see what I mean.
The video above is really an audio clip. A listener sends in a message to Adrian asking why he is leaving, Adrian can not answer as he would like to for fear of being dragged out of the studio by 'heavies'. It is all very intriguing and Tameside FM has lost a good asset in Adrian Trudgeon.