This week on the My 80s radio show my special guest willbe Jenny Colgan. The best-selling author of titles including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After, The Endless Beach and Looking For Andrew McCarthy (well, she is an Eighties’ girl after all) will be choosing her Favourite Five Eighties’ tracks and recalling some of her memories of the decade. So, if you want to hear Jenny’s fantastic five choices, and also discover who was the heart throb who adorned her teenage bedroom walls, tune in to Mad Wasp Radio from 7pm this Sunday.
You can also join in the Twitter conversations that accompany every show by using #My80s to tweet your comments and make requests for future shows. It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to chatting to you on the hashtag – I’m @MyEighties.
It has been a while since my last blog post as I have been kept busy with the My 80s radio show for Mad Wasp Radio. Following the popularity of the Christmas show’s Favourite Five, which was chosen by a listener, it was recently decided that more listeners should have the opportunity of sharing their choices. Therefore, starting this month, the Favourite Five in the last show of every month will be selected by a listener.
If you would like to share your Favourite Five 80’s tracks, and chat about them on air, just let me know what you think was the worst thing about the Eighties. It can be anything … fashion, music, TV, a world event … you decide, and let me know via Facebook, on Twitter or my website. Each month I will choose a listener to come on My 80s and talk about their Favourite Five and, of course, play the tracks on the show.
The only criteria for the songs you choose is that they must have been released during the Eighties, but they do no have to be Top 40 hits, and they can be album tracks. The rules may be simple but choosing the tracks is another matter. I know this from personal experience because this week I am choosing my Favourite Five.
This Sunday’s show airs two days before my birthday, so I thought I would treat listeners to my my five all time favourite songs from the decade. I never knew what an agonising, decision-making task it would be! Joining me on this week’s show, and turning the tables on me by interviewing me, is Owen Paul. So, to hear not only my top tunes but Owen Paul in the DJ seat, listen in from 7pm on Sunday.
Following requests from some of the My 80s listeners, the lovely people at Mad Wasp Radio have decided to trial moving the show’s main slot to Sunday evening 7-9pm, starting on 17th December. My 80s will then be repeated the following Tuesday (11am – 1pm), Thursday (9-11pm) and Saturday (1-3pm), and uploaded to Mixcloud the next Sunday before that week’s show airs.
The shows which fall between the final repeat and the new main slot (14th & 16th December) will feature re-runs of some of the earlier My 80s shows. Below are the main show and repeat dates for the rest of 2017. I hope you will join me for some of them.
It’s a massive thrill to have extracts from my dairies featured in Sarah Lewis‘s second 80s Annual. I love the way they’ve been illustrated and given a “scrapbook feel”. However it’s not just my diaries that make this a fantastic book!!
Here’s my review from Amazon.
Remember the eighties? And remember the annuals you used to get every Christmas? Well this is a perfect tribute to both! It’s bright and colourful, superbly illustrated and has a variety of content that will appeal to a wide audience.
It’s got some really interesting and revealing interviews with your favourites from the decade including Nik Kershaw (and yes, Sarah asks him about snoods!), Jason Donovan, Grange Hill’s Zammo, The (Bucks) Fizz (who are hilarious!) and many others. Sarah’s also included other writers to bring us ace features on Radio One and its DJ’s, ten reasons 1988 was great as well as…
Listeners to the My 80s show on Mad Wasp Radio will know that all the shows are uploaded to my Mixcloud page. From next week, shows will not be uploaded to Mixcloud until the Wednesday following the show’s first airing. Next week’s show, which goes out at 9pm on Thursday 16th November, will be available on Mixcloud from Wednesday 22nd November, and so on.
Thursday’s show is also repeated on Mad Wasp every week as listed below:
I have been fortunate to have some very talented musicians appear on the My 80s show, choosing their Favourite Five 80’s tracks. This week I can add an exceptionally talented artist to that list, because my special guest on this Thursday’s show is David ‘Gnasher’ Nash. Below are just a few examples of his work, more of which an be viewed on Gnasher’s website.
Illustrating how music and art can be mutually influential, Gnasher’s Favourite Five choices reflect not only his musical tastes but also the effect music has had upon him as an artist. Listen from 9pm this Thursday on Mad Wasp Radio.
Back in August, I interviewed Nik Kershaw for The 80s Annual Vol. II, which will be published next month. After our interview, he agreed to be a guest on the My 80s radio show, choosing his Favourite Five 80’s songs. We weren’t quite sure when that would be, as Nik had a busy couple of months ahead of him. However, I caught up with him towards the end of his tour, and we recorded Nik chatting about his Favourite Five ahead of his gig in Margate, at the beginning of October.
The interview will air on this Thursday’s My 80s 9-11pm on Mad Wasp Radio. It’s a good one, so be sure to tune in!
Backstage with Nik Kershaw at The Royal Theatre, Margate