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.

 

Isle of Wight in Downing Street

Isle of Wight Radio’s Oliver Dyer was given the opportunity to ask questions to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock and professors John Newton and Jonathan Van-Tam at the Government’s daily coronavirus briefing earlier this week. The insightful questions followed the news that a coronavirus app would be trialled on the Isle of Wight.

 

An Absolute-ly brilliant celebration

Absolute Radio 40s will be popping up tomorrow to recognise and celebrate VE Day, with 24 hours of music from the 1940s, special shows and exclusive interviews as we commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Ahead of the launch, listen to Dave Berry talk to Colonel Tom Moore about the important date.

 

A Heart-stopping moment

Heart’s exciting Make Me A Millionaire competition culminated in a final prize draw this morning, with listener Tommy Norton winning the £1 million jackpot. Both Tommy and his girlfriend are key workers whose lives will be changed by the win.

 

Classic studio pranks made even better with social distancing

This week on The Chris Moyles Show, Dom thought he’d have a go at introducing the next track, but he didn’t count on just how long it would take Chris to play it. And because of social distancing, even with the full team in the studio, Dom couldn’t hit the button himself.

 

When freezing is cold

Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter joined Fleur East, James and Producer Matt on Hits Radio Breakfast and revealed how she’s been getting on with dating during lockdown, with a great tip for getting out of video calls when you’re just not feeling a connection…

 

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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