Listening to the radio

Working at home on my own, I spend a lot of time listening to the radio. The radio is my friend. Specifically, Radio 1 is my friend, despite the fact that I’m nearly 45.

I never used to listen to the radio at home. I just had it on in the car on the way to work – Chris Moyles on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show – just because my old Beetle had a broken tape deck(!), broken by my eldest shoving 2ps into it. At home, I always listened to the music I like – mainly indie bands and pop bands from the 90s. We had a radio in the kitchen, but its sole purpose was for my husband to listen to all-important football matches and football news on Five Live.

But it was when we moved to this house and were faced with decorating an entire house in the space of a few days, that the radio really came into its own. And Radio 1 became a big part of my life. I still remember the songs that we listened to as we decorated – Lorde’s Royals, Katy Perry’s Roar and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be.

Not long after moving, I started working from home. Of course, I was busy, but I was alone in a big, quiet house, with no company. So the radio became my company. I didn’t have it on all the time – I can’t actually have it on when I’m working as I can’t concentrate. But as soon as I stopped working, the radio went on.

Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo, Scott Mills, Greg James… They became my friends. I laughed at their jokes, played along with their quizzes, cried along with their charity challenges. Like a total geek, I made sure I had the radio on at 6.30 on the dot for Greg James’s very first breakfast show. I sing along with all the songs. The songs that aren’t for people like me. The songs that are for teenagers and people in their 20s.

People ask me how I can bear that music. But it’s not really so different from ‘my’ music. If you listen to it every day, you come to enjoy it. Whether it’s Camila Cabello, George Ezra, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes or Dua Lipa. Yes, some of it is a bit crap. There was plenty of music that was a bit crap in my day too.  I do sometimes find myself singing a song about Jackie Chan and ordering sushi from Japan, which is ludicrous, but catchy. Radio 1 plays some more grown up, familiar music too, like Coldplay and The Killers. They have a greatest hits show at the weekend, which includes songs from the noughties and sometimes even the 90s. There can be few greater pleasures than listening to Arctic Monkeys followed by Girls Aloud, surely?

Listening to the radio brings my family together (well, apart from my eldest, who just spends his life saying things like: ‘I hate Post Malone/ Ariana Grande’). We all enjoy the music and the chat. We play the quizzes together. We speculate about who is going to be covering a show when a presenter is off. Will it be Jordan North or Adele Roberts? We’re still getting used to the novelty of the weekend presenters being on the radio on a Friday. And we love those weekend presenters. Seriously, if you haven’t listened to Dev and Alice on the Weekend Breakfast Show, you haven’t lived.

Listening to Radio 1 has brought me a lot of pleasure over the last few years. It’s filled the gap where proper humans used to be, when I worked in an office.

I could act my age and switch to Radio 2 and hear music from the 90s. But I can hear music from the 90s straight off the playlist on my phone. I’m going to be sticking with listening to Radio 1 for many years to come. Because I love it, it makes me happy, and that’s all that matters.

(But I really, really don’t like Drake. I don’t get him at all. I am definitely too old for Drake.)

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This made me smile. I’m exactly the same. I used to listen to Radio 1 in my youth then switched to 2 and thought 1 was dreadful – turn off that racket! Then about 5 years ago when my school run changed from walking to a car journey we started putting it on every morning and just stuck with it. The MANY journeys into town for after school and weekend activities have been brightened by the music and banter. I quite like knowing what’s at number one and enjoy being able to have a conversation about music with the kids – just don’t ask me what any of the singers and bands look like!

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    • I’m glad someone else gets it! I don’t know anyone else of our age (apart from my husband!) who listens to Radio 1. But I love getting to know the new songs and listening to the presenters. It’s a great way to bond with the kids, but they do groan and roll their eyes when the old songs come on and my husband and I get all excited!

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  2. Oh this is interesting. My husband always puts Radio 2 on in the car and I only listen to the car radio so I just leave it on Radio 2. I haven’t really thought of putting on the radio when I’m at home on my own and not working, I always work in silence too. I might have to start putting on the radio, especially as I have a lot of decorating to do in the coming months!

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    • Once you start listening, it becomes quite addictive. I’m at the point now where I switch it on as soon as I finish working – even if it’s just for five minutes while I prepare my lunch. x

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  3. Do you know what, I could have written this post? (That probably doesn’t surprise you after all these years). I’m older than you and I LOVE Radio 1, especially the breakfast show and the greatest hits show is my favourite of all. I love a wide range of music and if you look at my Spotify playlist there are songs from the 80s through to this week. I also hate Drake, he is the one artist I cannot get into and never will.

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    • So glad I’m not the only one who loves Radio 1. I’m a bit disappointed that the greatest hits show now only appears to be an hour of greatest hits, before reverting to the stuff they play the rest of the week!
      Drake really doesn’t make any sense, does he? He’s definitely not for the likes of us!

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  4. Have to say I am a lover of local radio, love the banter and it plays mostly 60’s and 70’s music with some up tp date stuff. The adverts use to irritate me but I have learnt to tune out to them.
    I join in with the quizzes and have been known to text/email and join in with the show.

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    • We used to listen to BBC local radio at work, which had a real mix of music – from the 60s right to stuff in the charts, and no adverts! I actually had one of my tweets read out by Fearne Cotton on Radio 1 once!

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