THE HITFOOO AWARD
The text of the email I received from Sid on 29 October was:
Thanks to a rather splendid idea from Inga, it has befallen me to present you with an award. We decided amongst ourselves that we should mark the first anniversary of the Truckshunters Blog in a fitting manner. So with this in mind, I take great pleasure in presenting you with the Truckshunters HITFOOO Award. In the spirit of the BBC’s current policy, there isn’t actually a medal or certificate. Had there been one, it would have read: Presented to Ian Robinson - For Humour In The Face Of Overwhelming Odds. Well done, Ian - and thanks from all of us. Loud applause. Sid.
MY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
Ladies and gentlemen...
A few years ago, someone who has forgotten more about the skills and craft required to be an effective radio presenter than anyone else will ever know once called me The Compulsive Communicator - not altogether as a compliment, either. After all, by most standards most of what I have to say is almost unbelievably inconsequential, trite, trivial, unspeakably unimportant in the grand scheme of things and of questionable interest - even to those who, like me, have an undying curiosity about the world around them and about the other creatures with whom he shares it, coupled with an unquenchable sense of wonder at how jaw-droppingly awesome (and utterly inexplicable) it all is.
Nevertheless, the radio expert was right. To more-or-less continually communicate to anyone who is prepared to listen (or, of course, read) is what I have felt compelled to do since the day Jon Harle, as Acting Station Editor, was foolish enough to give me a six-week trial on-air in 1999.
You could therefore be forgiven for thinking that a silent Ian Robinson - speechless and somewhat lost for words - would be a comparatively rare phenomenon. Indeed, until fairly recently, I even thought so myself. You, however, have ensured that, for however brief a moment in time, my breath was taken in sharply and my vocal cords lay undisturbed and at rest. Not for the first time, the amazing community of truckshunters - The Nightshift’s worldwide family of listeners - has silenced me.
I have been singing your praises as individuals, and as a truly unique radio community, for many, many months now. For evidence, see almost any of the blogs I’ve written or - of course - listen to almost any edition of the programme itself, which invariable consists, to a greater or lesser extent, of contributions from you.
So, in accepting this (virtual, notional) Award, I think it is only fitting that I make a similar presentation myself.
For what I am convinced is the first time in radio history, I therefore take the very greatest of pleasure in bestowing up on you (sniff, sniff) this MAFOOL Award; you are indeed the Most Amazing Family Of Overnight Listeners. Ever.
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Ian Robinson, The Nightshift, BBC Radio Newcastle, Spital Tongues, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE99 1RN
Please bear in mind that the views expressed in this blog are my own and NOT the views of the BBC.