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Mary Anne Hobbs broadcasts final show on BBC Radio One


{Mary Anne Hobbs plays Decibel Festival for dB in the Park on Sunday, September 26 at noon.}

For more than thirteen years, until literally last night, Mary Anne Hobbs has been an influential on-air host on BBC’s Radio One, and before her radio career, she was a music journalist and an editor at NME. During that time, few have had their ears closer to the ground. She has been ahead of the curve of countless artists and genres like grime and dubstep, or as her twitter bio calls her, an “underground music evangelist.” Hobbs said that she listens to about ten hours of new music daily and her show regularly featured experimental electronic music; it has always been innovative and forward-thinking.

For her final BBC Radio One show, Hobbs put together a mix with the reclusive dubstep producer Burial and Kode9 to create a mix for the show. Of the entire two-hour program, The Los Angeles Times said “it provides an ideal two-hour survey of the last decade-plus in electronic music, a tenure in which Hobbs was one of the genre’s most vaunted taste makers.” I also loved the way she ended the program, playing an uncensored Ms. Dynamite/RSJ track and telling the audience if they would be offended “don’t write letters, just switch off.”

I’m really anxious to see what she spins during her set Sunday afternoon as part of “DB in the Park” at Seattle Center.


Chris Burlingame is the editor of Another Rainy Saturday.