….that WHYS first went on air.
Excuse the self-indulgence but it would be remiss of me not to mention this landmark.
To the right, that original team (pictured in DC after our first week on the road) of Kevin, David, Rabsy, Fiona, Peter and Ros (Anu had already gone home).
Still the best day’s work i’ve ever done getting that lot together.
This is Anu before i took her desk away in New Orleans – it was our first outside broadcast – the first of many that took us to places like Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Israel, Mexico , Italy, Iceland, Germany and all over the U.S.
When we started there were a few people here at Bush House who mocked us (you know who you are !) and a station in Salt lake City dropped the show after 4 days, describing us as “BBC Lite” and “irrelevant” .
I like to think we’ve come a long way since then, not just in miles. Our programme has been shaped by you – naturally – but also by our partner stations, particularly those in the U.S and Africa.
The blog moved from inside the BBC to outside , people working on the show have had weddings, babies and illnesses, left and come back, left and gone away for good.
We’ve been on TV and other interactive programmes have (flatteringly) come to us for help and advice. At least six university theses (if that’s right) have been based around what we’re trying to do.
We’ve been criticised (one “writer” with his own agenda likened us to Jerry Springer) and praised (one listener said we were the reason he got up every day!) and a bit of indifference in between.
Oh yes, and there was that Sony Award. A very proud moment.
Fiona (left) made us a cake yesterday and Ros jokingly started chanting “four more years”.
That would be nice.