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.


All we want for Christmas is more John Legend
John Legend appeared on Heart this week to get us into the festive spirit, singing the next lines of Christmas song snippets to the delight of everyone.


I dreamed a dream of cockroaches and castles
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here gained another radio star this week with Magic at the Musical’s Ruthie Henshall heading in. She chatted to Magic about her excitement to head to Wales and the advice her good friend and former contestant John Barrowman offered her.


Planet Rock
In celebration of AC/DC’s new album, Planet Rock changed its name to Planet AC/DC for one day only. Then to top it off, a two-hour My Planet Rocks: AC/DC Special on Sunday night saw legendary frontman Brian Johnson discussing the band’s first time making an album without Malcolm Young, the effect of the pandemic on their plans this year, and more.


Virtual switch-on
We thought the Christmas light switch-on would be a thing of the past during lockdown but at Smooth North East, Jane McDonald was on hand to officially start Christmas at the studio.


Studio sneak peak
Atmosphere’s Andrea Fox got to peak behind the curtain of the UK’s DJ/Producer Duo, Punctual’s meticulously decorated studio. Take the tour below.




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