I love the radio. So many hidden treasures. At its best, unassuming, but still a thing of beauty when brash, confident in its use of timing and sound.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best practitioners in my time, but here are a few ideas of some of the best slots on the radio right now. If you didn’t read it, I recently blogged about my all-time favourite voices here.
Nick Abbot: LBC (Fridays & Saturdays, 10.00pm-1.00am)
Up All Night: Rhod Sharp, BBC 5Live (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings, 1.00-5.00am)
Jo Whiley: BBC Radio 2 (Monday-Thursday, 8.00-10.00pm)
Too much to single out, but including:
Don Letts (pictured, Sundays, 10.00pm-12.00midnight); Steve Lamacq (Monday-Friday, 4.00-7.00pm).
Josie Long: (pictured) Short Cuts, BBC Radio 4 (Various)
Phil Taggart is on BBC Radio 1 (Sunday nights, 10.00pm-1.00am) with a focus on new, and decidedly chilled out sounds from a wide range of genres, all delivered not only with a hunger for the new, but also a beautiful Norther Irish lilt. The show features a guest ‘Dusky Bedtime Mix’ each week.
I’ve then attached a link to my ‘Dutch Dozen‘ playlist on ‘Spotify‘. Try as I might to pick eight tracks for my ‘Desert Island Discs‘, or ten for my own ‘My Top Ten’, twelve is the least number I could distill my my choice of favourite tracks down to. I have not included any ‘Belle & Sebastian‘ or ‘Deacon Blue‘ since they have accompanied me all my life, and as I still love them, I need no further reminding of their delight.
‘DUTCH DOZEN’ PLAYLIST – on Spotify
Also available via a YouTube playlist by clicking through below.
MY OTHER YOUTUBE PLAYLISTS:
I’m in the midst of putting all my favourite videos on a series of ‘Playlist’ channels. Both for my ease of access in getting to them, and in case anyone else was curious, I thought I’d share them below. Please bear with me while I’m working through the laborious exercise of allocating all of the saved videos to the branded playlists:-
+COMMON: “Music which grabs me right there. Dirty, guttural influences on my soul, asserting the common passion we have for music – and named after the single most stirring thing about the place where I live – the Common.”
+SOURCE: “Released before my time. Retro, but something ‘smashing’.”
PLAYLIST: ‘FREE RADIO DUTCH’
+FREE_RADIO_DUTCH: “Music of my lifetime. Quality not assured, but they are the notes which helped create me.”
+SMASHING: “Miscellaneous stirring tunes not fitting elsewhere.”
+SOUTHERN: “Clips. Video. Non-music.”
+PR_WINDOW: “Clips and videos relevant to the PR and communications profession. Campaigns, case studies, media relations – and shocking performances.”
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I recently created a playlist for Citizens Advice Hart, consisting of tracks about help and securing justice about some of the issues the organisation deals with regularly – plus a sprinkling of optimism for change. Click through below for Citizens Advice Hart FM.