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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.


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.

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