Radio 4 listeners are you here ?

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Helenluvsrob Fri 17-Jun-16 11:55:14

Discussing with ds

Who listens to r4 and your demographic. Me now typical middle aged middle class but I have listened since teenage in my own right.

How about you ?

Hrafnkel Fri 17-Jun-16 11:56:37

I listen all the time to nearly anything. Podcasts when running. Saturday live a favourite smile

Am 39 and began listening all the time, having switched from r1 about 5-6 years ago. Occasionally listen to the archers so I can chat about it with mum.

Enb76 Fri 17-Jun-16 12:00:05

Me, 39, middle class. My parents always had it on and I've listened in my own right since my mid-twenties.

whifflesqueak Fri 17-Jun-16 12:01:37

devoted r4 listener.

25. have listened all my life. like me, my parents always had it on.

confusedandemployed Fri 17-Jun-16 12:02:14

Me, 43, middle class I suppose. Have listened for a good 15 years though.

rembrandtsrockchick Fri 17-Jun-16 12:03:38

64
Middle class.
As a child it was Home Service!

beeny Fri 17-Jun-16 12:03:47

45, muslim barrister. I listen all the time been listening since my teens. I find a lot of the comedy a bit rubbish.

calisha Fri 17-Jun-16 12:03:49

I listened to radio 4 as a child because my mum always had it on....I started listening on my own account as a teenager too. Now it's always on somewhere - in the car, around the house, go to sleep listening to it, wake up listening.....you get the picture !

My grown up kids tell me that coming into the house with radio 4 on in the background makes them feel as if they are properly home, safe and all is well

soggyweetabix Fri 17-Jun-16 12:05:10

I'm a 44 year old teacher.

I have progressed, since teenage years, from r1 - local radio - r2 - r4 (about five years ago I switched permanently).

I love waking up to John Humphrys every morning.

Scarydinosaurs Fri 17-Jun-16 12:06:02

I've always listened to radio four, ever since college and I started to drive! I'm now early 30s and listen every day.

cecinestpasunepipe Fri 17-Jun-16 12:09:13

I love radio 4. Listened to it my whole life, from when it was the Home Service. Love From our Own Correspondent, File on Four, Any Questions, Desert Island Discs, Woman's Hour, the News Quiz, Quote Unquote, some dramas (usually book adaptations eg The Kraken Wakes).
Hate some dramas, especially "comedies". I have a love/hate thing going with the Archers, but the theme tune makes me feel "safe".

birdsdestiny Fri 17-Jun-16 12:09:23

I am 45 and work part time. Middle class. Like most other posters grew up listening to radio 4. When my son was a baby he used to dance in the back of the car to the theme tune of the archers. I love today, womans hour pm and the archers.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Fri 17-Jun-16 12:20:15

54yo, middle class, have listened to Radio 4 all my life (alongside a lot of Radio 3). Utterly obsessed with The Archers. Also love Cabin Pressure and anything else John Finnemore does, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, The Now Show, The News Quiz, Ed Reardon's Week, the PM programme, All In The Mind and the other health programmes, Desert Island Discs, Soul Music and most of the quizzes. I like the documentaries and history programmes too. Drama is a bit hit and miss. New comedy is often awful but I try not to write it off too soon unless I miss some great gem.

Today programme is a bit shouty for me, so I listen to Radio 3 instead.

massivearse Fri 17-Jun-16 12:23:20

41, Travelling engineer.

Listened for the last 12 or so years to pretty much anything. Started tuning in because I couldn't be bothered channelhopping to avoid annoying music and ads- Got hooked.

The Now Show ain't what it used to be.

Playduh Fri 17-Jun-16 12:46:46

36 middle class degree educated SAHM. Been listening for a couple of years because it's that or radio one on the car stereo.

Love everything except the smug comedy and the overwrought melodramas.

Given the choice would listen to radio six more, but they must realise this as there is an increasing amount of cross over.

Tinklypoo Fri 17-Jun-16 12:50:03

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LeaveTheRoundAbout Fri 17-Jun-16 13:44:29

Love it - 48 year old fairly typical female they'd expect to be listening - so not a new demographic for radio 4.

Often listening in car and then plug in to earphones to finish listening something that caught my attention. Enjoy Jim Al-Khalili.

Would say I dislike the dramas in general - except I will now and again come across ones I love - generally the ones based on some sort of real event rather than just "family life" style - Mary Toft hoax of 1700s giving birth to rabbits.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Toft

FellOutOfBed2wice Fri 17-Jun-16 13:51:03

Female, 30 and husband male, 28. Both teachers from lower middle/working class backgrounds. White, Athiest, left wing. I started listening to it as a student, husband always liked talk radio like LBC and started listening to it when he met me at 22 and it would be on in the car.

Love it. One of the best things about this country. Always something interesting on.

deepdarkwood Fri 17-Jun-16 13:55:58

I suspect I am classic demographic for them - mid 40s, listened on and off all my life via parents (with flirtations ongoing with R1, R3, XFM). My listening peak was when my two were little and I was working less - can't listen when I'm meant to be working as I would be constantly distracted. My dcs are getting indoctrinated (Me and ds had a lovely trip to listen to junior just a minute being recorded. I was a bit star stuck seeing the Real Nicholas Parsons, Jenny Eclair and Josie Lawrence in one room blush)

Shallishanti Fri 17-Jun-16 14:02:17

Gasp, I am your twin!
stuck at home with tedious illness I'm hitting the R4 low of hearing the same programme twice in a day.
Delighted today to realise JF's souvenir programme is back.
Must use iplayer more, I have been listening to 'Never Let Me Go'.
So I am their cor listener I think- of my adult DCs, one listens to the Archers but I think on the whole they see broadcast radio as a bit old school, they listen to podcasts

Shallishanti Fri 17-Jun-16 14:04:39

R4 extra is OK when R4 has extensive godliness (sunday am) (or if it's You and Yours) and if that is too impenetrable, go to the world service

SeekEveryEveryKnownHidingPlace Fri 17-Jun-16 14:06:04

Me, 38. DD 15 and her friend were teaching other friends how to play Just a Minute at school yesterday. Dd 19 at university often texts to ask if I've been listening to whatever she has.

iamEarthymama Fri 17-Jun-16 14:09:50

Middle aged, working class leftie, I have listened since I was tiny.
I was put down for my nap with Listen with Mother in the background.

I struggle these days as I feel there is a right wing bias in BBC News and I can no longer listen to the Today programme.

Many things to love though, Clare in the Community, More or Less, Jim al-Khalili, Afternoon drama, Poetry Please, From Our Own Correspondent etc.

For the pp who is listening all day, try R4extra on iPlayer.
Richard Briers as Bertie Wooster on there at the moment...wonderful!

Sellotapewillfixit Fri 17-Jun-16 14:12:13

I remember Listen with Mother! Late 30s, have listened all my life.

SeekEveryEveryKnownHidingPlace Fri 17-Jun-16 14:13:49

Oh and I forgot to say - fairly middle class and definitely left-wing.

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