Now Playing on 6Music (with a contribution from musicOMH…)

BBC’s digital radio station 6Music has seen quite a turnaround in its fortunes since it was threatened with closure last year. The station’s audience mobilized to protest against the decision, and five months after the original proposal to close the station, it was rejected by the BBC Trust.

It was an episode that demonstrated how strong an audience bond can be – and this weekend, that was demonstrated again with Tom Robinson’s new show, Now Playing.

Stemming from the ‘listener takeover’ back in August, Now Playing is a show with a playlist put together by listeners, based around a common theme of what’s been discussed on the ‘blogosphere’. It’s a fully interactive show, where you can tweet suggestions for the show during the week.

There’s also weekly contributions from various websites and blogs each week – which is where we come in. On the debut show, I contributed a short piece about the wonderful new album by tUnE-yArDs (read my five-star review here and look out for our interview with Merrill Garbus next week) and introduced a couple of tracks from what I think will be the album of 2011.

Have a listen on the Beeb’s ‘Listen Again’ feature here (my contribution is approx 1 hr 24 mins in, but I’d recommend you listen to the whole show, as it really is a great listen), and you can also read more about the show here, read their blog or tweet suggestions to @bbc6music, using the hashtag #nowplaying

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