From the Studio:

The Rhodcasts

This Venus of podcasts rose from the Covid waves at the start of July 2020. What began as a homage to performing artists compensating for the absence of audiences and embracing the digital age has evolved into an occasional essay on things that catch my eye. Much like the agenda for Up All Night, an impulse or whim can often have broader appeal – at least I hope it does. Freed by the earthly magic of mass vaccination from conducting every interview “down the line” I take pleasure in seeking out face to face encounters where I can, and, in the latest series, presenting Our Town equally to people who who have never heard of it and to those who are lucky enough to know and love it.

Back on your Wireless!

Every other Tuesday at midnight (7PM Eastern) from July 6 2021 with Carole Walker on Times Radio. Even in the digital age it’s nice to see all the UK first editions and watch the next day’s news agenda taking shape.

From the Scrapbook:

Scrapbook

The greatest of all TV reporters Martin Bell gave me an excellent piece of advice not so very long ago. It’s a pity now I didn’t follow it. Martin said I should sit down and write 500 words every morning and pretty soon I’d have a book. Which is why I need this picture of a clearly hyper-talented child playing a plastic saxophone to pad things out. Do drop in from time to time and see how my recall is going. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.

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Listener June Currie

“Your abrupt departure from Radio 5 annoyed me way more than I expected and I was delighted to find your new podcasts appearing last year. I've never written to anyone in this way before ... but I just wanted to add my small thank-you to all the others you will no doubt have received, and ask that you keep providing us with your unique and absorbing podcasts for a long time to come.”

Listener June Currie

Bill Nicholson

"Working with Rhod Sharp was a highlight of my years at USA Today. He’s super-smart, funny, a natural broadcaster and a true gentleman."

Bill Nicholson, former night editor, USA Today

Lord Hall

“There’s so much I admire about what you do and the way you do it. You inspire the loyalty and trust of your listeners. You’ve become their companion over the years – and that’s a very special achievement.”

Lord Hall, Former BBC Director General

Fred Barbash

“For example, the BBC’s Up All Night program - the best English language all nighter in the world, which I came to love while living in London."

Fred Barbash, previously London bureau chief, The Washington Post

Listener Heather Martindale

“Thank you so much for all your wonderful radio life, I cannot tell you how much Heather here in Epsom will miss you.You are a true radio legend."

Listener Heather Martindale

Len Sellars

“He arrived on day one with the professionalism and care that made his program one of most award-winning channels on the BBC. What unfolding time has done is create a global respect, and trust, that is without equal. For more than a quarter century I taught journalism to university students, and I often used Rhod as an example of how it should be."

Len Sellars, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University

Heidi Dawson

“Rhod is a 5 Live legend. In 25 years of broadcasting, he has defined overnight radio in this country."

Heidi Dawson, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live

Chris Cramer

“He immediately established a huge audience for night time news-talk in totally untried territory for the BBC. That Rhod has continued to hold onto this prized position is a testimony to his longevity, his recognized expertise and his audience who love him."

Chris Cramer, formerly BBC Head of Newsgathering and Managing Director, CNN International

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