Keeping the nation smiling: the week in radio

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We’re currently living through challenging times. Whether you tune in for the news, entertainment or a bit of companionship, it’s never been more important for radio to support its listeners.

You might be working from home, social distancing, or on the frontlines. Radio offers audiences a few moments of distraction, a voice in the room, and a bit of joy in a time when it’s needed more than ever. Some good songs, funny content and a few moments of collective positivity can all have an impact on your day.

Every week, we round up some of the best moments in commercial radio from the last seven days for your enjoyment. Whether you caught them live or want to listen back, check them out below.

 

A royal appointment

In a very special two-part series at the start of the week, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales appeared on Classic FM to share his love of classical music and live performances, the difference music can make to our wellbeing, and more.

 

Raves for days

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, KISS FM brought the vibes of the White Isle to the UK with KISS Ibiza, with exclusive mixes from the likes of Tiesto, Craig David’s TS5, deadmau5, and more getting listeners dancing along.

 

The bees still buzz

Last week, on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack three years ago, the XS Manchester family joined with poet Ryan Williams to remember those who lost their lives with an emotional rendition of Ryan’s poem, And The Bees Still Buzz.

 

Good news everyone

Ellie Kumar, a newsreader for Metro Radio and TFM Radio, has been providing listeners with a regular Good News Update. Some of the uplifting and fun stories this week included giant Burger Kings crowns in Germany, support for people affected by coronavirus, and a citywide singalong.

 

A live surprise

In a lesson for stars to always turn up to their interviews on time, Alan Carr appeared on The Chris Moyles Show to chat about everything from life in lockdown, to birthing lambs and his new show Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – but didn’t realise he was FaceTiming in live!

 

Has your station launched a new segment, had someone interesting on a show or done something else great this week? Let us know by contacting coral.williamson@radiocentre.org

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