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.
Deck the halls
Fleur East’s latest Rap Roulette looks at the official guidance around Christmas celebrations this year… with a very special guest offering Govt advice.
— Hits Radio (@hitsradiouk) November 27, 2020
We’ll have a ball
Capital will be airing the Best Of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball next month. Speaking to Roman Kemp, pop star Shawn Mendes announced the news, with the promise of something “very special” to come from him.
— Capital (@CapitalOfficial) November 26, 2020
Manchester’s got it covered
Will Joseph Cook joined Jim Salveson for the XS Evening Show this week to talk new music and play a couple of songs in an exclusive session, where a special Manchester cover saw him play a stripped back version of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.
What a session from @WillJosephCook!!!
Want to hear it again (including that awesome Joy Division cover for Manchester: Covered)?
— XS Manchester (@XSManchester) November 25, 2020
Have a holly Dolly Christmas
Magic Radio began playing nothing but Christmas songs this week, marking one month to go until the big day itself. The iconic Dolly Parton was on hand to help Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott count down to the switchover.
Thanks @DollyParton ? ?
From Mariah Carey to WHAM!, and Michael Bublé to Bing Crosby. We've turned 100% Christmas playing more of the songs you love!
Listen on our app, on DAB nationwide, on our website, or ask your smart speaker to ‘Play Magic Radio’ ? https://t.co/5HhjyZf1ky pic.twitter.com/UyuLNPwvgC
— Magic Radio (@magicfm) November 25, 2020
Reviewing the spending review
Chancellor Rishi Sunak spoke to Nick Ferrari on LBC the day after his spending review, explaining how his priority is to protect jobs amid ongoing uncertainty.
Watch LIVE: The Chancellor speaks to Nick Ferrari on LBC. https://t.co/qX5SRNi7Bn
— LBC (@LBC) November 26, 2020
This is our last Week in Radio – we hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating the great content commercial radio creates every day as much as we have with this series. Follow us on Twitter to see even more celebrations from next week, as we look back on some of the best moments in radio through 2020.