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Stronger Together: Riverside Radio Keeping You Company Throughout Lockdown

Stronger Together: Riverside Radio Keeping You Company Throughout Lockdown

The COVID-19 outbreak has left the vast majority of people across South West London stuck at home in order to stop the spread of the virus.

It remains uncertain as to when life will return to ‘normal’, but what has kept going is our unwavering desire to continue broadcasting throughout the crisis.

There’s lots going on on Riverside Radio: here are some highlights to listen back, and look forward, to in the coming weeks:


As usual, our brilliant news team are continuing to bring you local news content through our Friday evening programme, Riverside Reports. With updates from all four boroughs, as well as special interviews with key figures locally in the Coronavirus crisis, Riverside Reports is the only place to hear about the most important news in your community. Riverside Reports broadcasts live from 6pm each Friday.

Listen back to this incredible interview from our Deputy News Editor Stephen Menon on Covalescent Blood Plasma Therapy trials occurring very close to home!


Our Sports Team have been working hard to change the format of their show so that you are still getting dedicated local sports content right to your ears! The new Sports Show Pandemic Podcast broadcasts Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3pm. Deputy Sports Editor Henry Thomas-Aldridge recently spoke to Surrey Cricket’s Amar Virdi about volunteering in lockdown, his early career at Surrey and life as a spinner in England – which you can hear here!

Henry and Charlie speak to Amar Virdi on the Pandemic Podcast


Our flagship Arts programme Artswatch continue to broadcast Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm. You may well be missing going out to the theatre or engaging in the arts, but never fear! Our Arts team are very much still engaging in the industry: here, Ian Barclay speaks to the Creation Theatre, who have added extra dates to their Zoom performance of The Tempest.

Riverside Radio ยท The Tempest from Creation Theatre and Big Telly


Our volunteers have been busy at home either recording their normal shows or diving in and creating new and exciting content for your aural pleasure. Local musicians have been ‘taking over’ the station from 5-6pm on weekdays, giving you a taste of their music and some of their favourites on Riverside Takeover (Mon-Fri 5-6pm).

Alice Amel keeps you in the loop on Tuesday evenings with some really interesting insight to the music industry, especially useful at this uncertain time in the field – there’s also some really good music on the show too! (Tuesday 9pm-10pm).

If rock/alternative is more your thing, we’ve got you covered: Jake Storer gives you Rockology Hour each week. If you’re not going to tune in, at least follow the Instagram account (@rockologyhour) for some decent meme content! (Thursday 8pm-9pm).

Not sure what music you want? That’s okay too – Micky Gwilliam will give you a whole host of songs on eclectica – no specific genre here, so you might learn a thing or too about your taste… (Thursday 11pm-1am)

Micky Gwilliam editing away in his home studio…

Struggling to keep the kids entertained? Fayon is here with The Kids Are Alright every weekend to keep them entertained (and to let the parents know what other kids are up to in lockdown!). This long-running show won’t be stopped by Coronavirus! (Saturday 11am-12pm).

Having a Sunday lie-in is definitely allowed during lockdown, so why not ask your smart speaker to play Riverside Radio at 11am on Sundays? Ian Barclay keeps you company with Barclay’s Brunch with music and interviews to ease you into Sunday afternoon. (Sunday 11am-1pm).

Plus a quick mention for some of our brand new shows…

  • Poetry Corner with Phoebe McIndoe takes you on a journey through poetry – excerpts from her favourite poems and regular guests, Phoebe brings a completely new approach to poetry in the lockdown. (Starts Tuesday 5 May – every Tuesday, 7pm)
  • What’d You Make of That? with Lucy Kenningham sees Lucy and her sister introduce each other to new sub-genres of music. From classic musicals to Balkan music, you’ll hear something new each week and get a sample of a perhaps rather niche sub-genre you haven’t heard before (Starts Bank Holiday Friday 8th May – every Friday 10pm).
  • Y.E.S. Show with Providence House After the success of the YES showcase on Riverside Radio, the Y.E.S. Show sees young local talent take to the airwaves to showcase their best bits with chat and performance. (Starts Friday 1 May, 8pm)
  • Stories in Song with Rachel Evans looks at music through literature, playing a range of music old and new with some link to some brilliant literature. It’ll bring out links you may not have thought of, or indeed have forgotten! (Starts Sunday 2 May, 4pm).


Our daytime presenters will keep you occupied throughout the day. Whether it is early breakfast with Mary Mandefield or Drivetime (though hopefully you’re not driving without good reason…) with Robyn Richford, we’ll keep you busy with music, chat and good vibes throughout your weekday!

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for continuing to produce fantastic content from home. Our most up-to-date schedule can be seen here.

Have you seen our new social media campaign? We’ll get through this South West London, as we are STRONGER TOGETHER.

Stronger Together

STRONGER TOGETHER: Today we hear from Ben, Hannah and Wayne on how they're coping in lockdown and their positive messages of support to South West London NHS staff and care workers and everyone staying at home in Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth. #StrongerTogether

Gepostet von Riverside Radio am Dienstag, 28. April 2020

May 1st, 2020

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