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RADIO HIGHS: A all-day feast oflistening.

Byline: Mark Brittain

I'M not quite sure if I can cope with this.We're into the fourth and final day of the great Classic FM Hall of Fame Countdown featuring 300 of the most glorious sounds ever devised over the past 500 years and there's another programme at the same time in which a mother tells of her delight that her baby daughter can't hear.

I don't wish to be judgemental or appear unsympathetic,and clearly I'm not in a position to understand,but I don't think I will ever understand how Sharon Ridgeway, who is herself profoundly deaf,can say of her baby,as she does in A Different World (R4, 3.45pm): ``I did secretly hope she might be deaf.''Well,I shall give it a go - if the countdown hasn't got to too exciting a stage.

It's another sumptuous listening day for those lucky enough to be able to relax and enjoy the Bank Holiday doing as little as possible.

If you've wok en before 9 am and fetched this paper in time, apart from the Classic FM all-day feast, starting at 8am,I suggest you get that set tuned to Radio 3 for Composer of the Week.

Irving Berlin was one of the very finest American song writers (and that's saying something),but how did he get there from Siberia?

Lie back and enjoy this classic rags-to-riches story interspersed with numbers such as Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,and Alexander's Ragtime Band.

As an attachment,Stage and Screen (R4,4pm)concludes a two-part tribute to Berlin called,appropriately,Easter Parade.

Finally,if you fancy something different to wall-to-wallmusic,Book of the Week (R4,9.45)is Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes, author or Extra Virgin (olive oil, that is),and recounts her experiences in Liguria, north-west Italy, where she now lives, the lucky so-and-so.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2003
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