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 things I love listening to. If you didn’t read it, I blogged some time ago about my all-time favourite voices here
Nick Abbot: LBC (Fridays & Saturdays, 10.00pm-1.00am)
Always there for me. Love what Nick does on air. Wish he had more time on the schedule to show off. Genius use of sound effects.
Ritula Shah: The World Tonight, Radio 4 (weeknights, 10.00-10.45pm).
Listen every night. One of my favourite voices. Quietly, but authoritatively crept up on me.
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)
My biggest appointment to listen of the week along with Phil Taggart. She plays my kind of music, and it’s where I feel I keep abreast of the latest releases. She’s carved out a spot in the schedule that has enabled me to completely reject TV during weeknights.
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)
Big, big fan over everything Josie does. Her work is inventive in sound terms, and extremely human. Storytelling to another dimension – and a great voice.
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.
In a world that increasingly leaves me desensitised, Fiona Talkington, Max Reinhardt, Nick Luscombe and Verity Sharp on Late Junction never fail to surprise, provoke, confuse and delight. I would be lost without Late Junction.
Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales, weeknights, 7.00-10.00pm
New music, live music – just an over-riding passion for music. I was heartbroken when she lost her late night show on BBC Radio 2, so was made-up when she got an even better vehicle for her talents from BBC Radio Wales. You can tune in via BB iPlayer anytime!!
James O’Brien, LBC, weekdays, 10.00-1.00pm
Have grown to increasingly love how James has used the medium to strike a different furrow from most other daytime presenters. Fair play.
Rachel Burden and Nicky Campbell, BBC 5Live Breakfast
Great chemistry. Great rapport with their audience. Great voices too. I was lucky enough to have worked with Nicky for many years, and strangely feel like I have known Rachel for many years, even though we have never met. Great on-air partnership.