TAKE IT EASY 40 YEARS ON
There are very few radio programmes that are able to trace their beginnings back over 4 decades, but Take it Easy can! On November 27 it was exactly 40 years since John Rosborough hosted his first regular Sunday night show on Downtown Radio.
It is now in its 3rd series – the first ran until February 1990, then from November 2005 to June 2009 on U105, before returning to Downtown in September 2010.
And, uniquely, Take it Easy is an Independent production which can also be heard simultaneously on the new Community station Belfast 89.
The show has a loyal following, and a number of today’s listeners have been tuning in since the earliest days in 1976.
They will recall the features over the years - such as Sound Advice, when FM stereo was a brand new thing, Student Scene, Albumscope and the World of Radio, allowing a listen to stations elsewhere long before the Internet made that possible.
Take it Easy was also the programme to introduce then new acts such as Dire Straits, Gerry Rafferty, REM and The Eurythmics, and continues to fly the flag for artists producing quality melodic music.
The show on November 27 was a ‘Special’, a who’s who of the artists and a selection of the tracks that have become associated with the distinctive sound of Sunday nights over the years.
To quote the old line, ‘it’s the way to end the weekend’, and to mark a Radio milestone!
Here's the playlist:
Tom Paxton: 'The last thing on my mind'
ELO: 'Livin' thing'
Queen: 'Somebody to love'
New Seekers: 'Anthem (one day in every week)'
Randy Vanwarmer: 'Just when I needed you most'
Vangelis: 'Alpha' (Instrumental)
Stephen Bishop: 'On and on'
Dire Straits: 'Sultans of swing'
Eurythmics: 'Never gonna cry again'
Chris Rea: 'Fool (if you think it's over)'
Gerry Rafferty: 'Baker street'
Gordon Lightfoot: 'If you could read my mind'
Heart: 'Nobody home'
Harry Chapin: 'Cat's in the cradle'
Adventures: 'Broken land'
Steve Forbert: 'Romeo's tune'
Bob Seger: 'Still the same'
Gary Wright: 'Dream weaver'
Mr. Mister: 'Broken wings'
John Glover: 'Midnight over England'
Joan Armatrading: 'Drop the pilot'
REM: 'Everybody hurts'
REO Speedwagon: 'Can't fight this feeling'
Black: 'Wonderful life'
Chris de Burgh: 'Missing you'
Jennifer Rush: 'The power of love'
Murray Head: 'Say it ain't so Joe'
Joe Jackson: 'Steppin' out'
Blue Öyster Cult: 'In thee'
Suzanne Vega: 'Luka'
Vendetta: 'Somewhere in the night'