Good cover choice for 6 Music

A few years ago, I encountered Jo Good hosting a report from some summer festival or other on one of the MTV channels. Her clear passion for the music combined with an intelligent and, most enjoyably, surreal sense of humour left its mark on me and I duly noted the name and resolved to keep an eye and ear out for her in the future. Her barely disguised ridiculing of some of the cheesier soft-porn offerings found in the dance music countdown, The Galaxy Chart, which it turned out she also hosted, was a refreshing alternative from the customary ‘that was… this is…. aren’t they both amazing?’ style of MTV presenting.

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Some time later, Good turned up at Xfm, having previously been networked around numerous commercial stations doing a live music programme sponsored by one of the big mobile phone companies. This struck me as a remarkably good fit, although her stint there didn’t last all that long in the end. As the playlist got ever more strict and depressingly predictable, it seemed that Xfm was determined to dispatch, or drive out, most of the decent on air talent and Jo’s show was shown the door.

Last year, she then popped up on her ‘local’ commercial station, Key 103, doing weekend lates, playing NOW albums on shuffle. But then, in a stroke of genius, the 6 Music chiefs opted to use Jo for some cover on the station and a perfect match was uncovered. With sufficient musical freedom to influence and shape the sound of the programmes and a core playlist of splendid stuff, it meant that you weren’t only listening for the bits between the songs. Whereas many DJs are criticised for not caring about the music or for not communicating honestly with their audience, Jo sounds like an intelligent, articulate, fanatical consumer of music who is simply speaking to like minded people and loving every second of it. Her approach to her shows on 6 Music so far has been hugely endearing, her genuine love of the station and its audience so audibly clear for all listening. She’s back on the station from tomorrow (Sunday 14th March) for six days solid, 10am-1pm, firstly filling the slot freshly vacated by Jon Richardson and then as part of a week of cover for Lauren Laverne. I suspect she’ll do the remaining couple of Sundays before Cerys starts in April, but I don’t know for certain. In light of recent news about the station, it seems a little odd to describe Jo Good as a rising star at 6 Music, but the controllers would do well to ensure that we get to hear more of her in the future. If you can have a listen at some point this week, I really recommend you give her show a go. Last time she was on, Jo caused me to buy the Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve remix of Midlake’s ‘Roscoe’ and an album by Margo Guryan, entitled Take A Picture’ and both are well worth a listen. In that sense, she fits in perfectly with the culture of the very best shows on 6 Music – Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, the Freak Zone – in that she’s a trustworthy voice in the wilderness of discovering music that’s new to you. Exactly what the BBC should do, no?

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4 thoughts on “Good cover choice for 6 Music

  1. Hello there. Plenty of people seem to end up on this page when searching for info about the marvellous Jo Good. Jo’s been regularly hosting weekend breakfast on the station since George Lamb left in June 2010. Those of you frantically searching now because she isn’t on at the moment should avoid any concern. Jo’s currently visiting her mum out in South Africa and will be back by the end of January. I repeat, she hasn’t left and the show is not over. Which is lucky, ‘cos it’s ace.

  2. Sadly, the time has come to announce that Jo’s temporary tenure on the Weekend Breakfast show will come to an end. With a new schedule kicking in in April, with the return of Adam and Joe and Radcliffe and Maconie taking over weekday afternoons, Nemone finds herself shunted over to this slot and, thus, Jo returns to being everybody’s favourite 6 Music cover jock. Sorry Mr Collins. Follow @jo6music on Twitter to keep up to date with what Jo’s up to and to find out when she’ll be appearing on 6.

  3. Jo continues to deputise at 6, currently doing Weekend Breakfasts again, all through the summer, for Nemone. Now and then you can also catch her filling in for Radcliffe and Maconie on weekday afternoons. Jo’s Twitter is now @MissJoGood. Feel free to browse the rest of the site now that you’re here, by the way, or join me on Twitter for general music chit-chat and tips – I’m @justplayed

  4. It was announced today that Jo will be returning to Xfm as of January 7th 2013. She’ll be resuming her old afternoon duties, 1-4pm in both London and Manchester. Apparently, Jo will still be on the subs bench at 6, although presumably not very often and mainly at weekends. Well done, Jo!

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