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To find James O'Brien LBC presenter a condescending twat

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Movingout · 29/05/2013 10:36

Am I the only one that finds LBC radio presenter James O'Brien infuriating. Whilst he has the face for radio he does not have the voice; but worse, I hate the way he patronises callers that are obviously less educated and less articulate than he is. He sounds like a patronising bully and it makes for uncomfortable listening. Unlike Nick Ferarri he has zero charisma.

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CaptainTripps · 03/02/2014 21:27

Haha Jojolil - Mrs OB totally wears the trousers in that household.

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Idotry · 29/03/2014 21:15

Oooh slug do tell more... The description of the sons you gave is just how I envisage them.
I like James OB I think deep down he's a decent, compassionate chap.
Julia HB is a hard judgey cow and I get the impression she gets excited and turned on by the sound of her own voice. I also feel sorry for daughter.

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UhOhChongo · 29/03/2014 21:44

It's funny you should post this OP as I've been wondering myself if J'oB has recently been given instructions to ramp up his shock jock factor as I've gone from listening to him quite appreciatively, if not always agreeing with him, to becoming really irritated with his overtalking when introducing a topic, and his cringey attempts at humour/banter when I'm more interested in what the caller has to say and he's put them off their stride.

Anyone else remember Ian Collins and the Creatures of the Night?

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WeBelieveInLove · 29/03/2014 21:50

If James O'Brien is on the radio I change
the channel. I can't stand him :)

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Bearcat · 29/03/2014 22:43

I am a bit of a LBC addict, but quite often don't listen to whole conversations.
I work 4 days a week & often listen to Nick in the mornings, but find often that a topic I might be interested in has no real substance because of ad breaks, news breaks, travel updates.
I do like JO'B. He is very bright, articulate and gets to the nitty gritty, unlike Nick really. I think he is much brighter than Nick ( and yes, Nick did make inappropriate comments about his ex wife - god knows what his sons thought about it - but he seems to have stopped doing that these days).
I did like James Max. God knows why he was replaced by Andrew Castle, but he's gone now too.
I was a James Whale fan too, but he's gone now but Iain Dale has grown on me.
For me it is often background noise, but some topics really grab you. I hate it when we drive north to see family & we lose it an hour after leaving London.
Just need a new car with digital radio now that LBC has gone national!

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Nennypops · 30/03/2014 08:58

Celebrations round here when James Max went, I just thought he was incredibly stupid.

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dustwhatdust · 30/03/2014 11:23

I love LBC too, but someone there is making some poor programming and presenter decisions !
I thought Andrew Castle was great on weekends and am sad to see him go .
James O'Brien - certainly bright, but a real hypocrite, such a BULLY BOY to anyone who calls to put an contrary opinion to his . I am amazed how he seems to get away with it daily...
I must say, this new Kay burley and Stig whatever show - doesn't work for me, dire !

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Trojanhouse · 30/03/2014 16:10

Nick Ferrari proves that you don't have to be bright to be on the radio.

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geepeegee · 17/05/2014 01:56

Love LBC 24/7, but some presenters are extremely irritating: J.O'B, Cristo, both a bit 'up themselves' and Cristo whines on too much about his depression, his childhood etc. Comes across as a person who continually feels sorry for himself, bit of a hypochondriac, been there, done that, got it, had it, getting it next week! Duncan Barkes comes across as a bit harsh, moody perhaps. Gets irritated if anyone accuses him of being a bit of a 'devil's advocate', but is very argumentative, as are the aforementioned. I have always thought along the lines of that is pretty much what a phone-in host's job!

Best presenters Nic (yes, Nic no 'k') Abbot, Steve Allen, Olly Mann, Ian Collins (not quite as good as when it was 'Ian Collins & the creatures of the night. His CD & book are both BRILLIANT.

LBC's DAB signal is weak, although I'm not technically qualified, so it could simply be that DAB in general is weak in my area (Suffolk, UK.) I listen via 'Sky'.

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ComposHat · 17/05/2014 06:25

I had never heard of him (or LBC, is it the BBC local station for London?) until yesterday when someone sent me a clip of him tearing Farage a new hoop. Quite impressed with the job he did of showing up some of his more ridiculous claims.

I suppose the radio must be very popular down in that London village, what with you not having TV or anything much else to do in such a rural backwater.

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hanwil56 · 19/05/2014 12:19

Yanbu

He thinks he's so much smarter than everyone.

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claig · 19/05/2014 12:30

YANBU

He is a luvvie on the make. He is a bit like a creep who sucks up to the powerful and politically correct in order to climb the greasy pole.

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4colour · 26/05/2014 13:54

O' Brian is not a twt , they are nice, handy and appreciated, which cannot be said for him.
I am lucky enough to have a job that starts at 4am to hear Steve Allen and continues till 10am with Nick and then I can switch off before that self–centered pr
ck starts. Then at 4pm , the radio goes baack on.

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gadgeladyZO9 · 01/07/2014 14:22

Do not usually listen to J.O, he is a condescending moron, but to-days prog was on in a public place so I had no option. I have heard a load of Bull from him in the past but to-day takes the biscuit. theme was, you cannot judge people by where they come from or their nationality, YES YOU CAN O;Brien, your parents, your school, the country you were brought up in influences the way you live and your beliefs. If you come from a country that has no value for life, human or animal, then you know no different, few can change but not many. If you come from a country where women are 2nd class citizens you will always see them as that. You have your cushy presenters job because of your upbringing, not because you were born a know it all.

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Stimpy2Stimpy · 05/07/2014 02:16

He's been on there for years and he started of as a wet left of centre type - like the guardian reader sort. Fr some reason his ego has exploded and now shouts opinions, traps people via their option and cannot find halfway lines. I wonder if he wants to be a national form of George Galloway.

Well, it doesn't work.

It's almost as pointless as Cristo (not just his show :-) ).
The 'almost' saves him!

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Doubtfuldaphne · 05/07/2014 06:08

mercury7 yes I remember nanna rayeburn! A fiend of mine was an lbc presenter at the same time and they famously loathed each other. It was hilarious to hear them on air.
Anyone else love Larry lamb?
I agree james OB is a bit condescending but it's entertaining to listen to.

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PseudoBadger · 05/07/2014 07:03

I've found myself dabbling with LBC recently, it's a guilty pleasure and I enjoy the pasting that it gives to my blood pressure! I am surprised at the range of callers and opinions, and that not everyone is a ranting racist fool.

I've only managed to catch James OB, Ian Dale and Julia HB (who grew up locally to me). Don't really like her.
James I quite enjoy so far.

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TheLovelyBoots · 05/07/2014 07:18

I don't mind James O'Brien, although sometimes I feel he's too eager to define himself as the anti-Daily Mail person on LBC.

Petri Hoskings. God that woman is a moron. She has an inventory of platitudes that can be plugged into any conversation with a consistently annoying delivery. It's nearly an art form.

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TheLovelyBoots · 05/07/2014 07:18

Julia HB is a moron too.

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WeBelieveInLove · 05/07/2014 07:23

YANBU I can't stand him either.

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Ceasre · 05/07/2014 08:12

Wow amazing the different views. I have listened to LBC for too many years than I would care to admit. Used to like James but he can irritate me a bit nowadays. However I like the way he does change his opinion sometimes during the show. He was also very nice when I met him in real life. I like nick f and love Petri. Don't like Julia H B totally up herself. Steve Allen is hilarious but don't like Kay or Stig. Like Ian Dale a lot. Miss Iain Lee as he really used to make me laugh. Also miss Sandi Togsvik.

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SanityClause · 05/07/2014 08:19

DH listens to LBC.

I just can't stand it. It just infuriates me so much!

I listen to either radio 2, or if i'm finding it a bit inane, radio 4. (And switch back if it's the archers or something else I'm not interested in.)

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Thefishewife · 05/07/2014 08:56

I agree he's a champagne socialist


He condescends about immigration yet it doesn't touch him as he lives in the whitest part oh H&F he can gleefully chirp about about not Immigration not being as issue as he lives in H&F and gives the allusion of living a very multicultural life very guardian however when you look behind the bull shit he lives In a very middle class white end of town
Knows not very much of the challenges people who live on streets that aren't very white and middle class face


He hates grammar , free schools and private but has admitted his girls likely will be going to that FREE to hook in hammersmith or likely private when he sees the state of the high schools in hammersmith

He also condescends so any one who feels displeasure with the way the welfare system is structured but whilst living in 600k + home I can't really take his views on that seriously when it's unlikely that any one on his road comes from the social background that he simply doesn't believe exist.

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PseudoBadger · 05/07/2014 09:17

Didn't his wife write the Top Bananas Mumsnet Recipe book?

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LondonRocks · 05/07/2014 10:01

I like him, but not when he simply rides roughshod over callers. That's lazy. All too easy.

I used to love Saturday mornings with carol mcgiffen, jenni eclair and jenni Barnett. And Clive Bull, before his absence, was so funny. They've obviously changed the brief.

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