The very latest from batemanbroadcasting.com appears tonight. Listen now or catch up over the weekend. It’s relaxing stuff because we just don’t rush it. Instead we let the conversation flow and – our unique selling point – we let the interviewees speak. This is a Jim Naughtie-free zone. We have our discussion on the aftermath of the Salmond-Darling debate with Maurice, myself and Kevin McKenna who tonight cannot believe his jammy luck as Celtic stay in the Champions League. It has been available for a couple of days now. But added to that we have Maurice Smith’s packaged report on an evening with both camps watching the debate in the home of a well-know Labour figure. (I’m told the house is vast and is located deep underground on the south side of Glasgow protected by high tech electronic equipment and muscular guards in gleaming outfits).
One of the joys of being both the presenter and the power behind the programme – as the team know me – is that I get to speak to some of my favourite people. One of them is Ayrshire’s Bill Kay, long since a Tayside emigre, who encapsulates everything a good Scotsman should be. Billy Loves Scotland. I know we all say that but it shines from his eyes and forms the words in his mouth as he relates tales of our history and the great characters who made it. Some people think of him as only a Scottish voice because of his programmes and books about us and our language but he is for me the embodiment of our country in that he is not what he seems at all. He is a true internationalist who speaks different languages, married a Portuguese and can relate stories of how Scots made their mark across the world. He is also a wonderful broadcaster with a voice people like me would die for. If it were a taste it would gently warmed armagnac. And he gifted me a signed copy of his book Knee Deep in Claret. And me a Burgundy man! I ask him what a Yes vote would mean for him and he has one word – Joy!
Listen and enjoy. it’s at batemanbroadcasting.com and, as special treat (note the irony here) it’s also on video so can see one of my programmes being made. Billy is the good looking one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QjW0WYAfyk