Continuing my top five gadgets – inspired by the work Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest gadget list.
My number two is the Radio. Mr Fry is a self-confessed radioholic. He has the radio placed at number 12, I have it at number 2.
The radio is for me the ultimate entertainment device. I can listen to documentaries, science programming, music, sport even the odd (and they mostly are) phone-in.
I have a radio in every room of the house. Without the radio I cannot wake up in the morning. My radio alarm goes off and John Humphries comes on. Mr Prufrock may have measure his life in coffee spoons, I measure mine in episodes of I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue, or Material World. I love the way that no matter what you r emotional state the radio can match it, sooth it even offer therapy to get you out of it.
The oft-repeated comedy radio scene – brilliantly evinced by Jeff Goldblum in the Tall Guy – where a romantic mishap is played out in the form of love songs illustrates this perfectly.
There are broadcasters on the radio who are more liberated than any of their TV counterparts – I point you in the direction of Danny Baker or Adam Buxton.
The radio is marvellous, and it could have easily been my #1. But it didn’t quite make it.
Coming next: My Number one