This is the By The Way podcast: true stories, unsolicited opinion and extra information from around Scotland. The By The Way podcast is a sound-rich blend of documentary radio that reflects the way Scotland sees the world and how the world sees us. John Boyd is grasping the thistle – eh, the microphone.
That phrase, “… by the way” has particular significance in the vernacular of Glasgow and the west of Scotland, where John spent his youth. In certain groups it often serves as an expressed full stop – sometimes with the perception of a rigid index finger jabbing the space below your clavicle.
It was one thing when the cosmos could be so easily defined by the 60 mile coastline of Arran. Having moved to Perthshire the island imperative holds less sway and it’s time for a reboot. John is re-shaping By The Way. The point of view may have changed, but the philosophy remains.
John says, “Radio is about the people; meeting them and hearing what they say, listening acutely and learning their truth. Oral stories are personal and intimate, they’re the oldest form of storytelling after all. They’re always subjective because of the immediate choice of words, the tone of voice, the inflection and the emotion.
“I’ve had a varied career, accumulated a bit of knowledge and a few skills. Even though home is now Perthshire I still love the smell of the sea, cooking for friends and a glass of malt in front of the fire of a nippy evening. There’s not much I like better than a good conversation and some people will tell you I like the sound of my own voice; but that’s not quite the same thing.”
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