That's great, doesn't he sound different? I seem to remember that his last Saturday show that weekend wasn't quite the big send off they were expecting, things still very subdued even then*
I don't think his following was that big in 2001, a lot of his popularity came about when he was on Breakfast. I'm not really surprised that the 11/9/2001 show hasn't surfaced, i can't imagine there were many people who thought to record it and no iplayer to download it from then either.
TV and radio from days like those is always interesting, especially from those stations that weren't covering the story. There are lots of recordings online of news channels that day but not many of how other broadcasters reacted. I'd be interested to hear Mark and Lard from that day
*Incidently I seem to remember that that Saturday was meant to be Danny Baker's big return to BBC London, but that was deemed to be not such a good idea. It didn't stop them giving him their breakfast show a few months later, many news programmes got more serious or longer in the aftermath of 11/9...theirs got sillier
On the intro for the last Saturday show, Chris says he wants it to just be a normal show, to have a laugh after the previous week, but as you say I can still imagine it being slightly subdued.
My comment on his following was based on chrismoyles.net being around since he started early breakfast on Radio 1 (when it was called MoylesWorld) and the forum starting only a few years after that - indeed there’s a 9/11 thread on there and lots of downloads of full shows from around that time - but maybe saying he’s always had a
following rather than a large one would have been more accurate.