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Alan Reed


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“I loved Rhod’s setup monologues at the start of each show, as he gave us wonderfully evocative descriptions of the wider world we visited over the show’s three hours.  As they say, ‘the best pictures are on the radio’, and Rhod always painted them beautifully.  My favourite recollection has to be when we did a piece about Woodstock festival being rebooted on the original site.  I’d queued it up with the Matthews Southern Comfort version of the song, ‘Woodstock’.  The intro was too long, so the editor wanted me to fade it out earlier than I wanted,  but Rhod just picked up the chorus as the music faded and the words turned into poetry as he joined in for ‘we are golden, we are stardust.  And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.’  I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun working on the radio.  And so much of that is down to Rhod and the way he approaches things.”

Alan Reed, Senior Home Affairs Producer, BBC News