Due to the popularity of Question Roulette the past few years, I thought it was time to jump to another book with lots of questions. This time the book is called Music Madness Mayhem – the book covers everything from film, television, music, and much more! So every week we will be covering questions from the book until we run out! I am not going to number them this time as I am going to be doing the book in a random order!
Topic of the week – Your Radio Station
What would make your perfect radio station? What elements make you want to listen to radio in a time where other medias are more powerful and easier to access? I can’t remember the last specific time i listened to the radio but I know I did at some point in the last year but a lot of the time I listen to podcasts. However, growing up I used to listen to a lot of radio (and like a lot of people use it to record songs off onto cassette) so I thought today’s subject was a pretty interesting one. Here are a few things i feel make a great radio station.
Have good music
I mean this is the most important thing for any radio station is to have good music. I personally enjoy radio stations these days that focus predominantly on rock but I used to like ones when I was younger that focussed more on the charts. I guess a show here and there about pop music would be good and also be different as it will be the ‘alternative’ music and not the rock music. I love stations like Kerrang! That really bring lots of great well known tracks and new songs together and a big chunk of songs at one time as well.
Have good interviews
If you are going to have a radio station you need interviews with musicians that are fun are also really interesting. I think Radio 1 is a great hub for this as they play lots of unusual games with their acts they interview. I used to really like Zane Lowes rock show as he used to have really in depth interviews with musicians. I remember staying awake late in 2004 to listen to Blink-182 talk about their new album. It was such a good interview and I was desperate not to miss it (i also recorded the songs from the chat)
Have live music sets
Live music sets are fundamental to a radio station and I used to really love listening to live music on the radio growing up. Whether it is a set in the studio or live streaming from a concert, I think both are important. I really like the Live Lounge where acts do a cover of a song that isn’t theirs. It is so clever and works so well that I would like that sort of think – maybe they have to be punk rock covers of songs only.
Fun and comedy
I think the reason I really liked XFM and Radio X is because of the comedy and the fun that the presenters have. This is super important, you don’t want the conversation between songs to be, well, boring, It should be a lot of fun, Ricky Gervais and Josh Widdicombes shows were my favourites for this they were both just so hilarious.
A good morning show
You need a good morning show, there is no argument about that, you need on that is funny, fun, entertaining and with lots of good music. Chris Moyles was the king of morning shows when I was at school and used to listen to him loads on the way to school.