What did I listen to in 2015?

We’re now 3 months into 2016, and I thought I’d revisit an old blog post that I wrote at the close of 2015. Interestingly, none of my listening habits have really changed that much, despite the launch of new stations in the UK.

Anyway, back to December 31 2015…

It’s New Years Eve, and in a few hours, we’ll be in the Year 2016! The last 12 months have been eventful for a number of different reasons, but one of the constants throughout 2015 has been radio, and for me, the shows I listened to. I thought it’d be interesting to write down what I’ve been listening to.

The Dan & Maz Show

  • Station: 2Day FM
  • Market: Sydney, Australia
  • Podcast: Daily
  • I tuned in via their iPhone app. The show was the replacement breakfast show on 2Day after their first attempt to replace the Kyle & Jackie O show after K&J moved to rivals ARN. Dan & Maz had previously presented the Hit Network’s national drive-time show, so it wasn’t an all new show, but rather, an all new location, this time targeting Sydneysiders. The show was brilliant, funny, and their social media presence was great. I’ll go as far as to say Aussie radio do social media very well, and this show was no exception. Sadly Southern Cross Austereo (the parent company) called time on the show in October after the ratings didn’t jump up. From their PR release, Dan and Maz will be back in 2016, and I look forward to their return.

The Kyle & Jackie O Show

  • Station: KIIS 1065
  • Market: Sydney, Australia
  • Podcast: Daily
  • Kyle and Jackie O’s radio program has stood the test of time, first on 2DayFM, and now, on KIIS 1065 since January 2014. The show is typical hit music format, with mainstream chart music, and celebrity chat. The podcasts are superb, the entire show seems to be stripped of music and news and released a mere 4 hours after the show has finished airing, which means that if you’re on the other side of the world (like me in London!), you can listen to the Tuesday morning KJ Show on Tuesday as the podcast would have downloaded in time!

Hamish & Andy

  • Station: 2Day FM (but broadcast nationally from Melbourne’s Fox FM)
  • Market: Australia
  • Podcast: Daily
  • Hamish & Andy’s show was one of the most hotly anticipated comeback shows of the year. The duo previously hosted national drive across Australia before TV commitments meant they took up other time slots — in 2014, they were hosting a daily 1 hour show. They returned to national drive in July (the show was previously airing a re-broadcast of Dan and Maz’s Sydney breakfast show in non Sydney markets), and they started with a bang with Andy being fired from a canon. The podcast is legendary in itself, and is well worth grabbing.

I listened to a lot of Australian radio in 2015, but I’ll be the first to admit that when the new Radio X launched in September, this all changed. Which leads me nicely onto the next listing:

The Chris Moyles Show

  • Station: Radio X
  • Market: UK
  • Podcast: Weekly
  • Global radio re-launched XFM as Radio X, with a new presenter line up, including a certain Mr Moyles at breakfast. I’m absolutely loving this new show, with some old familiar voices. It’s been 3 months since the show started (or re-started) and I’m sure I’ve tuned in on average 4 times per week. The music is very listenable too, with some classic rock tunes thrown in, and the odd electronic track added into the mix too. The podcast is a weekly “best of” which actually works really well as I’m never able to listen to each show in its entirety.

Radio Harrow Breakfast

  • Station: Radio Harrow
  • Market: Harrow, London
  • I’m slightly biased here as it’s the organisation that I volunteer for, but it’s a brilliant show. Gary Walker, hosts the show every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and it’s a great listen. I’m a bit of guilty of not always being able to tune in on the Saturdays (hey, Friday evenings were meant for partying!), but I think my attempts at the BrainBuster are getting better. But in all seriousness, the show is a great local success, with relevant content to help you on your day — I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been walking to get a train to hear on the show that there is a bad service, which meant I could change my route into central London with enough time to spare. Oh and in case anyone else is wondering, on Thursday & Friday, I miss a large part of the Radio X breakfast show as I’m busy trying to figure out the BrainBuster and the Who Is It.

Late Nights with Ian Collins

  • Station: LBC
  • Market: UK
  • I enjoy listening to Talk Radio, and the last 12 months have certainly provided plenty to talk about. I’m more of a listener than a contributor though, but this show in particular is one of the better shows on the station in my opinion. I usually have LBC on before I turn in for the night, and it’s quite interesting hearing other people so awake at that time of the evening!

Note: The shows listed above are shows that occur at least 2 times per week. There are some brilliant shows that air once a week, I’ll cover those in a separate post.

What are your most listened to radio shows? Let me know!

Originally published at blog.shreypuranik.co.uk on December 31, 2015.

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