Fiona Sturges is an arts columnist, interviewer, reviewer and associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University
04 June 2014 11:00 PM
When a documentary is introduced by its presenter as "one of the least known names in musical history", you might wonder if there is a good reason for this. Some people just don't have it so why pretend that they do? But it turns out the session musician and member of the fabled Wrecking Crew Carol Kaye not only had it, she had it to burn.
29 May 2014 05:30 PM
Grrrl power: life as a punk princess
The Week in Radio: Art historian Janina Ramirez proved that a painting can come to life on air even if you can't see it
28 May 2014 11:00 PM
Some subjects inevitably fall flat on radio. Nature can be a struggle – if the critter in question can't croak or coo engagingly into a microphone then, really, who cares? Cooking is far worse. It should be one of the Ten Commandments for broadcasters everywhere: Thou Shalt Not Fry, Bake or Chargrill On Air. Seriously, Woman's Hour, I love what you do, but unless you are prepared to courier one of those "perfect tapas" dishes directly to my doorstep then I don't want to know.
15 May 2014 12:00 AM
04 May 2014 12:00 AM
Alt-country couple The Handsome Family are making waves thanks to a certain hit HBO drama
30 April 2014 11:30 PM
16 April 2014 10:15 PM
I've made no secret of my struggles with radio comedy. I've searched long and hard for a BBC show that would make me crack a smile but to little avail.
16 April 2014 12:37 PM
Two years ago, journalist Laura Bates set up a website to log the sexist abuse she received on an almost daily basis and invited others to do the same. In a climate in which many believe sexism no longer exists, she wanted to assess the scale of a problem about which the majority of women stay silent.
09 April 2014 10:30 PM
"We'd heard it all before, done better," groaned the former music journalist James Delingpole to Radio 2's Jeremy Vine, referring to Blur and Oasis' respective love of The Kinks and The Beatles. The listeners were more generous. Dan in Cornwall admitted to shedding a tear at Suede's "Animal Nitrate" while David in London praised Britpop's celebration of the regional. Everyone seemed to agree that Northern Uproar were an abomination.
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