The beauty of this post’s title is that it is stolen from a brilliant new radio show in Reading.
Reading Between the Lines is a local current affairs and politics show that airs on Reading4u. A friend of mine, Zofia Skrakowski, produces the show. It debuted this past Sunday from 12-2pm.
Another work colleague, Glenn Goodall, and I joined Zofia as guests on the programme. Glenn is a community councillor and I’m just an outspoken American!
Together, the three of us had a right good time of going through the weekly and Sunday press. Zofia’s idea is to discuss the headlines that take our fancy. We covered a new visa fast-track scheme, overcrowding on the Reading to Paddington trains and Reading’s bid to become a city, among other topics. (Not the least was Glenn’s brush with Hugh Grant while serving ice cream… You’ll have to get the full scoop off him!)
The show’s premise is smart: Explore a locally focused exchange of opinion and news, add a splash of Zofia-flavoured music from all eras.
Perhaps it was the opening song — a recent hit by Take That — or the closer — a classic Blood Sweat and Tears number — or maybe even the excellent bits of chat in the middle, who can say… but the show debuted as the No 2 most listened to show on Reading4U this week! (Just behind Readifolk and a notch ahead of Silver Surfers.)
Particularly for its size, Reading’s an exceptional place for media plurality. We have two newspapers that each produce two editions. We have a plethora of blogs and at least one dedicated lifestyle magazine, Berkshire Life. But nothing beats good ole fashioned radio, where anything can happen and anyone can have a say.
Zofia will be looking to make merry with a variety of guests in future programmes. Rumour has it she’s preparing an education-focused show for this coming Sunday and that she will invite a Chronicle friend of mine, Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, who covers education in Reading. I can’t wait to check it out!
My fellow Reading radio fans, click here if you want to comment on the show, request a song, be a guest, or simply act like a Reading Reveller on live air! The show airs on 87.9 FM and is also streamed online from 12-2pm on Sundays.