On Top of Your Game

If you are a frequent viewer of any of the triumviRAte sites (RichardArmitageNet.Com, RichardArmitageOnline, or RichardArmitageCentral), then you probably know about Richard’s reading of Wordsworth today on BBC 3. If you haven’t been reading as much lately, then know that it will be done here at 10:45pm London time.

If some of you are like me, you won’t be around to listen to this live. Don’t fear. You can listen to it on the BBC iPlayer at a later time, but usually only for a limited number of days. If you would like to do this, you can search the archives for this show. I’ve done the search on ‘Words and Music,’ which is the name of the program, and you can run this link to do your own search later. update: To listen on the iPlayer, go here. second update: but if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, bccmee has provided only RA’s parts. I recommend listening to the entire broadcast the first time around.

But if you’re also like me, listening to it on the iPlayer will not be enough. You must also have a copy for your stash. Good news for those of you who have a PC and have not already read A Little Sweetner. There is a way. It’s called Radio Downloader, and if you read that post, it explains what it does. Just so you know it’s very easy to download the program, and it doesn’t take up much space. You can then browse the BBC for “programmes” and subscribe if you like. But beware of subscribing as this software will download dynamically to your system, i.e., you can start to fill up your storage if you’re not careful about your subscriptions. Other than that caution, this software has been wonderful to manage not to mention facilitating the enjoyment of several more performances of RA using that voice that is God’s gift to women.

And it’s been so much more than that. I’ve become a major fan of British radio, and ‘Words and Music’ is one of my favorites. I’m SO SORRY I didn’t listen to British radio sooner. I missed out on the Chekhov celebration earlier in the year. Blast! If anyone has any of those recordings, please let me know.

Now we just need to get a program this easy to manipulate that runs on a Mac!!

Not into radio? Well, next up is something you might find interesting.


  1. I am so looking forward to listening to this latest programme . . . the voice (heck, everything about him IMHO) is God’s gift to women . . . BBC Radio is pretty wonderful, isn’t it? The theatre of the mind . . .

  2. THE voice is the best part, for everything else I can use my imagination, well perhaps I leave that to you Angie! I still got the buckle of that pic on the brain!

  3. I like all the other parts too, but the voice is indeed the best part.

  4. @izblue,

    I sometimes think I have enough imagination for a least a couple of people–which is good and bad.

    His voice, ah—he could make an excellent living as a advert voice-over artist , audio book reader and programme narrator. I would love to listen to him read the phone book, frankly.
    Everything else is the delicious icing on the cake. It still amazes me so much is packed into one human being, talent, grace, beauty, charm and character-wise.

  5. Oh, you and me both, Angie. He is something else. I honestly have never been a fangurl. I’m not kidding when I say that. It is still a little crazy that I’m even talking about this, and I have a blog too! What?! LOL!


    I’ve updated this post with a couple of links to RA’s readings. See the end of the second paragraph.

  6. I’m not kidding when I say, me neither, to the whole fan girl thing BRA (Before Richard Armitage).

    A few years ago I didn’t even know who Richard Armitage the actor was. And now–well, stacks of DVDs, audiobooks, lots of downloads to my laptop and dozens of AU fan fics later, it’s kind of hard to imagine life without a regular dose of Mr. A. I have to give him full credit for kick starting my fiction writing and giving me (and apparently quite a few others) so much pleasure in doing so.

    I think it speaks volumes of Richard that he drsws as fans folks like us–not prone to go gaga over just any handsome face and physique that comes along. He is soooo much more than that. And aren’t we glad?!

  7. Nothing better than having this stuff double!! Thanks to Queen B’s & RAC I can just loop it! Love that Sweet treat btw and can see the danger in more collecting for me. Still have to figure how to get the content on my iPod. I know I will want to listen to the whole thing and definitely last weeks to. I’m hoping I can without having to record it right?

  8. Those are mp3s, so you should be able to add them iTunes with no problem.

  9. […] mastered Radio Downloader, again thanks to RAFrenzy, now have own copies of Symphony of a City and interviews on the Greg James Show and Loose Ends. […]

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