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.

 

Keeping it in the family

As part of Black History Month, Tyler West was joined on KISS FM by his dad Mark West this week, for a takeover talking experiences and change, with a couple of special tracks played along the way.

 

Championing diversity

Every Sunday, ‘Chi-chi’s Classical Champions’ sees renowned double-bass player and founder of the Chineke! Foundation Chi-chi Nwanoku shining the spotlight on Black, Asian & ethnically diverse composers and performers. Last week we heard music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, José Maurícío Nunes Garcia and more. Catch up ahead of this week’s edition of the four-part series.

 

In-depth and in tune

Earlier this week, Asian FX’s Selina Hotwani was joined by songwriter and singer Reewa Rathod, to talk about music, lockdown and new projects. The candid and insightful chat ended with a surprise performance of her vocal talents – no mic or soundcheck needed.

 

 

We just love hearing kids on the radio

Some mini Magic listeners were on hand to chat to baker Nadiya Begum around the release of her new book, with questions about baking with a microwave, her favourite cakes and more.

 

Say what?

The much-loved Lip Reading Game returned to The Chris Moyles Show this week, with the team taking it in turn to wear headphones playing distracting music while guessing what’s being said. But you’d think they’d remember to keep their guesses clean for the airwaves…

 

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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