When Maria left her role as Executive Producer of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live to become Head of Programmes at Wise Buddah, Saturday Live poet Elvis Macgonagall summed her up on air in rhyme.
How d’you describe a producer like Maria?
How d’you paint a picture of a radio star?
Pulling all the wires with a golden touch
She’s the sine qua non, she’s the je ne sais quoi
She’s mighty fine, more mighty than the mightiest boosh
She’s ‘Saturday Live’ all over
She’s got more zap than Maria Von Trapp
More oomph than Maria Sharapova
Sing it loud and there’s music playing
(That ain’t Maria Callas, it’s Siouxsie Sioux)
Say it soft to the Beeb – she ain’t staying
She’s bound for a Buddha and bidding adieu
So as the punk rock vicar of Nibley
Takes her farewell bow
Suddenly a Saturday will never seem the same
Oh I could write her an endless sonnet
Wax lyrical right round the bend
But Maria likes a rhyme to be finished on time
Just a minute. That’s it. The end.
Elvis Macgonagall 24.5.2008