The ten-minute takeover

This evening, as I almost always do, I texted Greg James a few moments after 6pm.

You see, after Newsbeat, Greg “opens up the airwaves” to his listeners with the “ten-minute takeover”. Three random songs requested by listeners by text are played, on the proviso that (a) they’re in the database, (b) they’ve not been played on the show earlier, and (c) they don’t contain any naughty words.

Each evening, I text my request. It used to be Bucks Fizz’s Land Of Make Believe. (Part joking; part because it’s an underrated track.) After 54 such requests over a 108-day elapsed period, I switched my choice, fearing that it may not qualify under rule (a), or that maybe rule (c) might be invoked as a result of Greg’s reaction. And so last Monday, I switched to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.

Tonight, at 1801, Greg announced that the first song to be played in tonight’s ten-minute takeover was to be Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. When the song finished, Greg announced to his 5.8 million listeners that this was the choice of Dan from London. (That’s me.) I heard this in my car at volume 22, which is bloody loud. I sang along, again loudly.

I was giddy. Indeed I still am. It’s true: I could have selected it on my phone, plugged it into my Aux In socket, cranked up the volume and bellowed along with Gaga.

But for 5.8 million people to experience the same song, at exactly the same time, because of a text sent by me, well that’s something else.

Hope you all enjoyed it. Now, what to choose for tomorrow?


4 Responses to “The ten-minute takeover”

  1. Emma on August 20th, 2012 23:53

    I can’t believe I didn’t get a mention after 108 days of support for your quest 🙁

  2. alan on August 21st, 2012 07:08

    how do you know that you are the dan concerned?

  3. Rob on August 21st, 2012 09:15


    If you take Radio One’s current listener figures they claim 5,758,720 people as at the last RAJAR sweep and I think it’s safe to assume that the lion’s share tune in for drive time.

    Given that Daniel has been around the number 10 spot in popular UK names for the the last decade we can lose half of the 5.8 million for gender split and then apply a percentage derivation to arrive at a rough figure of 50,000 Daniels in the Radio One listernership.

    London makes up 13% of the UK population so, again very roughly, we can probably ascertain that 6,100 Daniels listen to Radio One in the London area. Call it 6k for simplicity.

    The only remaining piece of the puzzle is what percentage of those 6 thousand Dans would publicly request Lady Gaga…

    Taking *that* into account I think you’re pretty much certain to be the Dan in question and should be rightfully proud!

  4. Mum on August 21st, 2012 23:30

    Well done my son, great to be on the Radio isn’t it! x

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