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To still listen to BBC radio 1 in my late forties?

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DisgruntledWife Mon 08-Aug-16 20:20:09

I know I'm definitely not the right demographic but I've listened to radio 1 since I was around 12. It's habit! Tried radio 2 and local stations when I felt like perhaps I should grow up but they're pants! (Sorry R2) So I still put on R1 when I'm working in my kitchen - I work from home so in there a lot! I love it! Love chart music, love Scott Mills, Clara Amfo, Greg James. Kind of feel a bit like I'm doing something taboo though 😈 Anyhoo, anyone else feel naughty because they're "too old" for R1?!

ppandj Mon 08-Aug-16 20:28:50

YANBU! I, however, am supposedly the right R1 demographic yet constantly switching over to R2 and <whispers> R4.

meridithssister Mon 08-Aug-16 20:29:41

Had a long drive with the kids yesterday morning. They wanted radio 1, and I loved it. Lots of club classics I had forgotten from my youth.

NavyandWhite Mon 08-Aug-16 20:31:43

Up until a year ago I listened to it then all of a sudden I couldn't cope with it. The noise, music, chattering. Now I'm radio 2 or 4 or a local station, much to Ds (10) dismay.

Is Nick Grimshaw still on in the morning?

gingercat02 Mon 08-Aug-16 20:32:25

I'm 47 and still do too. Now it's down to Scott Mills, Greg James and Annie Mac. I've defected to Radio X for Chris Moyles. DS is 8 and loves Heart old before his time

DisgruntledWife Mon 08-Aug-16 20:37:05

Grimmy is still on but I'm not up early enough at moment with hols to listen to him. He's ok but I loved Moyles too! Morning show hasn't been same since sad

ShatnersBassoon Mon 08-Aug-16 20:37:16

I find the chat too inane on R1, and I don't understand a lot of the things they talk about. Give me Ken Bruce any day. Dermot O'Leary on R2 has me pressing for R1 though - soooo dull.

timelytess Mon 08-Aug-16 20:38:17

If you can tolerate it, why not?

NavyandWhite Mon 08-Aug-16 20:38:33

Yes I preferred CM too.

GunnyHighway Mon 08-Aug-16 20:40:18

Hi give to radio 4 listeners. Love the infinite monkey cage, sorry I haven't a clue etc etc.

Helen1966 Mon 08-Aug-16 20:41:56

I confess I don't listen to radio 1 and I don't like the chatter, but I listen to Capital and that has all the 'modern' music and club music on it. Have to put up with ads though. (I'm nearly 50)

gingercat02 Mon 08-Aug-16 20:42:21

If you have DAB or decent broadband CM is on Radio X breakfast

Dragonglass Mon 08-Aug-16 20:43:18

I'm 41 and do sometimes but mostly listen to Radio X now. No DAB in car so still stuck with Radio 1 in there.

JellyBelly89 Mon 08-Aug-16 20:44:42

What is their demographic, apart from 'youngish'?

I love Grimmy, and Greg James. Was very surprised to discover Grimmy is a brunette. You know when you picture someone and then see them in real life and they're completely different..? Greg James has a beautiful voice. I would marry based on the voice swoons

Hariasa Mon 08-Aug-16 20:46:24


I know lots of people in their forties who listen to Radio1.

I never listened to it, even in my teens.

Listen to what you like.

GunnyHighway Mon 08-Aug-16 20:46:35

I used to love XFM but radio X boot in Chris Moyles, Vernon Kay, Johnny Vaughn and lost me. Listen to absolute radio/ planet rock for the music and R4 for the info and comedy

MrsJoeyMaynard Mon 08-Aug-16 20:52:58

Does it matter whether you fit their demographic? It's not like you'll get locked up for listening to a "too young" radio station.

Although I never liked Radio 1 much. Too much chatter and not enough music. Local radio or Radio 4 has generally been my choice for years if I want to hear talking on radio. I had one particularly annoying colleague who tried telling me I couldn't listen to Radio 4 as I wasn't old enough for it hmm

ChrissieS79 Mon 08-Aug-16 20:54:09

I think the BBC totally let's people in the 30-50 bracket down. R1's shite (sorry Op) and R2 is way too old, sounds of the sixties ffs. Really need a R1.5 covering stuff from my my yooof

Bee182814 Mon 08-Aug-16 20:55:52

I'm the total my late 20's and listen to radio 2 confused Yanbu though, listen to what makes you happy!

AveEldon Mon 08-Aug-16 20:57:54

listen to what you like
I'm in my 40s but I prefer Capital or Kiss
I listen to Radio 4 when we are out of town and I want to hear the news

DisgruntledWife Mon 08-Aug-16 21:00:51

I think demographic is 15 to 30. I'm only 6 years older than Scott Mills so maybe therein lies their problem, if they see it as one.

NatureCreatesFreaks Mon 08-Aug-16 21:01:17

Im 32 and mainly listen to R6 at home, love Marie Ann Hobbs, Cerys Matthews & Jarvis Cocker.
Listen to R2 in the car. Although not on weekends.
Can't stand weekend R1 too. Matt Edmunson is shite!

tootsietoo Mon 08-Aug-16 21:06:18

YADNBU! But I think maybe the powers that be at Radio 1 would not be happy, because they do have a target demographic don't they? And if there are too many 40 somethings listening then they are not doing their job! I don't know if that sort of categorisation really works anymore with the internet, the teenagers listen to everything online anyway, and we've all got such easy access to everything so I think everyone's tastes are becoming more varied and less easily categorised.

I like 6 music, Radio 4, Radio 1 and Kisstory. Love Kisstory! (I'm 42)

Mouikey Mon 08-Aug-16 21:06:41

Gave up on R1 when CM left and they made a point of fully targeting their demographic. Never liked Grimmy. Went to R4 and LBC (I know, I know!) but then Radio X appeared and I'm a happy bunny again!

HaslandMum21 Mon 08-Aug-16 21:06:53

My friend and I discuss this - we think the best thing about turning 30 was not having to force ourselves to listen to R1 anymore! R4 all the way here!

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