Keeping the nation smiling: the week in radio


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.


Eurovision is Magic

Speaking to Magic’s Harriet Scott, Pierce Brosnan espoused his love for both Eurovision and Will Ferrell, who he co-stars with in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – with Netflix having partnered with Magic to launch a special pop-up station: Magic Eurosong.


Over the (honey)moon

Would-be honeymooners and key workers Beki and Sam had their plans scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic, so Capital stepped in to provide their cardboard cut-outs a holiday to remember in Australia – with daily updates from tour guide Tom.


Black Lives Matter in Devon

This week, Radio Exe launched a new podcast series, Devon Discussion, with its first episode providing space for host Nathan presenter Nathan Wallace to discuss the recent BLM protests across Devon with guests Maia Thomas and Kofi Yeboah-Aidoo, and their lived experiences of racism.


These songs of freedom

To recognise and celebrate Windrush Day, Smooth Radio’s Angie Greaves put on some Bob Marley while sharing how her own parents had moved from Barbados to the UK in the 1950s, and asked listeners to remember and celebrate those who came to the UK on the Windrush and other ships.


A standing ovation for two reasons

Throughout lockdown, Heart has been speaking to NHS heroes and celebrating the hard work they do. Final guest Dr Alex Aldren gave a rousing sign-off with a surprise for Amanda Holden, by singing a beautiful opera – which had been his job prior to the coronavirus pandemic, when he returned to medicine.


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