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.

 

Fake news?

Singer Raye appeared on the Capital Breakfast show to talk all about her new single ‘Natalie Don’t’ and take part in an animal-themed Headline Game, where she decreed whether the headlines the team shared were real or fake.

 

When interviews go awry

Jazz FM Breakfast Show Host Nigel Williams was just wrapping up his interview with Terrace Martin, discussing latest supergroup Dinner Party, which also features Kamasi Washington and 9th Wonder, when producer Robert Glasper dropped in for a fun surprise appearance.

 

Perfect for the next heatwave

Union JACK Radio are searching for Britain’s Best Beer Garden – and listeners can win ‘beer for a year’ for nominating their favourite establishment. Sounds like a great excuse to visit your local.

 

Making celebrations still happen

A special one-off event to celebrate the Class of 2020, Hits Radio provided a night of great music and interviews with the likes of Becky Hill, James Bay and more in its Summer Prom. The event was also to support One Space, a charity for young people seeking support for their mental health.

 

A meeting of minds

A special eight-part series on Classic FM, Moira Stuart Meets… sees the presenter speaking to some of the best-known names from the worlds of the arts, politics, sport and entertainment, about the memorable moments in their life and career, as they also pick the classical music that has played an important part in their life. Catch up with the first episode, with Welsh superstar soprano Katherine Jenkins telling Moira about the music that inspired her during her childhood as a cathedral chorister and has accompanied her throughout her career.

 

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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