I WRITE in support of Mr Hastings' letter (South China Morning Post, May 31) regarding RTHK Radio 3's programming.
The new format for popular music, which I believe was implemented by Larry Ottaway, relies on churning out hits from the '50's and '60's, with the disc jockeys operating as a mere appendage, showing no individuality.
Their line of patter seems to vary from the mundane to the banal.
Let's hear it for the specialist music programmes, which RTHK, in the past, was happy to promote.
These gave the listeners variety and, all told, made RTHK Radio 3 a very credible station, comparable with good radio anywhere.
Marshall Hughes (folk programme) and Ric Halstead (jazz programme) provide much needed respite from the normal clap-trap we now hear from Radio 3, with good music and intelligent narrative.
These programmes should be aired at a time when listenership is high and not be relegated to undesirable 9 pm slots.
Furthermore, how about broadening the music horizons and giving us much-starved listeners programmes of country music and blues - two genres sadly under-represented on Hongkong radio.
PATRICK HURLEY Deep Water Bay