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Saint Francis Hospice’s Big Yellow Quiz breaks records

Saint Francis Hospice is thrilled with the backing for this Friday’s (23rd March) Big Yellow Quiz at the Brentwood Centre.

Phoenix FM’s Chris Hood will be hosting the event and Eat My Brunch host Michelle Ward is providing the musical entertainment.

Barry, Beth, Keith, Kevin and Chris from BBC’s Eggheads will be there each with their own speciality round.

Sarah Williamson, Head of Community, Corporate and Events Fundraising with the Hospice, said: “We are so grateful to our amazing supporters. This year all previous hospice records have been broken with 820 sign ups so far.

“Our aim is to make it to 900 quizzers, so if any Phoenix FM listeners are free this Friday evening from 7pm and want to come along please call the hospice events team on 01708 771431 we would be delighted to hear from you.

“Our quizzers are really going to enjoy the music round – the wonderful Steve Davis, snooker legend and music buff is asking the questions for this one.

“This is a really fun evening; whether you’re a hard core quizzer or a trivia buff, get a few friends together, bring your drinks and snacks, come along and have fun whilst supporting a really deserving local charity.”

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Saint Francis Hospice is a registered charity that employs 150 nurses, doctors and specialist healthcare staff who are supported by 800 volunteers. Together they provide care and help to more than 4,000 people across the boroughs of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Brentwood. Saint Francis Hospice provides all of its services free of charge to support patients from our local community with any life-limiting illness including cancer, heart, lung or motor neurone disease.

David Gold scoop: “It’s important that I speak directly to the fans …”

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

We had what could possibly be our most-listened-to interview ever last week when we welcomed David Gold to the Phoenix FM studio for an exclusive in-depth interview.

David Gold is one of the joint owners and chairmen of West Ham United, and he came down to talk for two hours to our West Ham Way show presenters Dave Walker, Kevin Slade and @exwhuemployee.

He hasn’t given many interviews like this for a long time, but chose to come on our show to answer fans’ questions.

He started the show by saying, “I believe that it’s important that I speak directly to the fans. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had many requests to go on different radio shows, but I’ve decided to go on this show as I feel that this particular show goes directly to West Ham supporters”.

As a lifelong supporter of the club, I’m used to suffering the highs and lows – and there are many more lows than highs! I found it very interesting to hear his thoughts in response to concerns about the new stadium, club finances and transfer policies.

We’re obviously very proud that David came to Phoenix FM over much bigger organisations and even after being full time for 11 years it shows that our reputation is continuing to grow, and that we’re getting more and more people’s attention. Naturally we’d like to thank David for coming down and his daughter Jacqueline for making it all happen.

The interview can be heard again at, and at the time of writing it had been listened to over 5,000 times in the first four hours of it appearing on our website, so we’re expecting it to be a record breaker for us.

Football – no matter at what level – is a big part of any English community and West Ham United are still, of course, the most popular club in our area. Other clubs are available though and we do feature them on air too!

* We’ve got lots more coming up in the next seven days. Alex Thurgood and Victoria Copeland will be talking about running the 3 Peaks Challenge for local charity The Maddi Foundation, Jake Dipper from the BOSSY Theatre Group will be talking about his new shows and Claire Mackaness will be chatting about how Brentwood residents can get free crocheting lessons!

* We’ll also have live music in the studio from Jessie Dipper, the Young Machetes, Josie Tullett and Red and Orange Chips.

Cultura Brazil – show 186

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show we look at the partnership in science and innovation between Brazil and the UK.

You can hear the show every Sunday evening at 2200 UK time.

Playlist for 10 Mar 2018 (AOTW: Moaning – Moaning)

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This week’s album of the week is the debut from Los Angeles post-punk trio MOANING. It’s out now on Sub Pop Records and you can find out more about them here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Salad – Kent
Moaning – Don’t Go
Fontaines DC – Boys In The Better Land
Planet – Save.Sold
Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
Blur – Go Out
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Jesus Jones – Suck It Up
Kills – List Of Demands (Reparations)
Shame – Lampoon
Moaning – Tired
Altered Hours – Open Wide
Fernweh – The Liar
Say Sue Me – Old Town
Monochrome Set – Stage Fright
Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
Lovely Eggs – Wiggy Giggy
Ride – Pulsar
Goat Girl – The Man
Moaning – The Same
Kenickie – In Your Car
Hookworms – Static Resistance
Danny Goffey – Ancient Text
Shed Seven – Speakeasy
Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Belly – Seal My Fate (US Radio Mix)
Presidents of The United States of America – Lump
Franz Ferdinand – Feel The Love Go
Dream Wife – Kids
Kula Shaker – Grateful When You’re Dead
Super Furry Animals – God! Show Me Magic
Devlins – Waiting

Determined guests braved the snow to help keep local airwaves alive

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

Despite the snow chaos last week it was pretty much business as usual at our Brentwood studio!

We had our usual crop of interesting guests in last week including Tony Tiyou and Girard Newkirk . Tony is a renewable energy specialist who runs local company O&TT Smart, and has also recently published a book on The Wind Energy Outlook in Africa.

Gerard is the CEO of KWHCoin, a new cryptocurrency which backed by units of clean, renewable energy. It’s the most unique subject we’ve had on air in a long time but it’s also a fascinating listen, hearing how two concepts which have a big future – clean energy and virtual currencies – can come together to help businesses prosper. The interview can be heard again on

I had the smart idea of getting them to pose in the snow instead of the warmth of our studio, just to prove that they’d managed to brave the elements too.

Our daytime team of Mike Porter, Michelle Ward and Charlie Davy kept the airwaves live by getting in each day either on foot or by car, as did many of our evening presenters too.

One of the great things about community radio is the service it can provide when the weather goes haywire. We spend a lot of our time with updates about school closures, travel news and bulletins from the emergency services. Not everyone has the internet and a lot of local people rely on what they can tune in to over the airwaves. It’s just not as much fun recording it – the joy is in doing it all live!

* Guests coming up on Phoenix FM this week include local solicitor Brian Hughes from Rainer Hughes talking about legal matters, local singer Lydia Lucy who will be chatting to Vicki Michelle about her appearance on The Voice, and West Ham United co-owner David Gold.

* We’ve also got live music in the studio from Spencer Carter, The Mighty Fallen and Stray Feathers.

Billericay Town: Glenn Tamplin’s season update

We were at the AGP Arena to watch the efforts of Billericay Town’s staff and volunteers to get the pitch ready for their league match against Staines Town – all sadly in vain due to the heavy downpours this week.

We still had a chance to chat to owner/manager about the club’s form, how they are coping with the massive backlog of games and also Glenn’s recent appearance at the TLG Awards.

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The Brookings are Saint Francis Hospice’s latest big name signings

Sir Trevor Brooking and his wife Hilkka have become patrons of Saint Francis Hospice.

Pam Court, CEO of Saint Francis Hospice, announced the news today. Whilst Sir Trevor and Hilkka are longstanding supporters of the hospice – attending golf days and the annual ladies lunch this past year – they have now dedicated even more time, officially opening the hospice day services Pemberton Place following a relaunch.

Sir Trevor also agreed to start off the runners at the annual Santathon fundraising event in Dagenham in December, but heavy snow led to the event being postponed until March 25th. Sir Trevor has agreed to honour his commitment and will start off the 500 Santas signed up to attend.

When asked why they had chosen to become patrons, Sir Trevor said, “the hospice is fundamental to everyone who lives in the area and with people living longer I am very conscious of the challenge and the need for Saint Francis Hospice Services.”

Hilkka continued, “a lady who worked for us a few years ago came here. She was extremely well taken care of and that was the first time I visited here and I must be honest I was in awe of what I found and how well she was cared for. The place wasn’t as daunting as I thought and that’s where my interest started.”

Pam Court said “I am thrilled they have decided to become Patrons. Sir Trevor and Hilkka are such genuine, lovely people they have such an affinity with the hospice and they have a genuine interest and they have already committed time which to us is priceless. A huge thank you to both of them for getting involved.

“When Sir Trevor and Hilkka come to the hospice, staff, volunteers and patients are always excited to see them. Sir Trevor is so obliging coming in a number of times to sign memorabilia as he had so many requests.”

When asked if he was surprised by the amount of attention and interest he receives he said, “I am very lucky because even though I finished playing football a long time ago I’ve had various roles that have kept me in the public eye and we’ve always lived in this area. It seems 80/90% of the people are West Ham Fans.”

Hilkka says she is not really surprised because West Ham fans are really very loyal. “I have always said in our marriage the third person is West Ham United and at least I can say I love her.”

Morcheeba among new names added to Standon Calling

Standon Calling has announced more names taking part at this year’s event, including legendary electronic band Morcheeba.

The London band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and singer Skye Edwards has also performed on two massive no 1 singles including the Children In Need song Perfect Day in 1997 and Band Aid 20 in 2004.

We spoke to the band’s Ross Godfrey about this year’s event, and their plans to release a new single and album and undertake a massive world tour. You can hear the interview again below:

A number of new additions to the Standon Calling line-up have been announced today. Along with Morcheeba, ex-Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been added to the music stages, while Seann Walsh, Lucy Porter and Kerry Godliman headline the comedy tent.

There’s a great late-night electronica line-up announced too, including 2ManyDJs and the Hot Chip Megamix.

For more information about the event, which runs from 26-29 July, visit

Tickets are on sale now, and are available from

Phoenix FM is an official media partner of this year’s event.

Playlist for 03 Mar 2018 (AOTW: Grace Vonderkuhn – Reveries)

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This week’s album of the week is REVERIES from Wilmington, Delaware’s Grace Vonderkuhn.

The album is a wonderful mix of garage, grunge and 90s-style alt rock – let’s hope she makes it over to the UK in time for festival season.

Today’s playlist:

Art Brut – Alcoholics Unanimous
Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
Horse Heads – Questions
Dream Wife – Kids
Monochrome Set – Stage Fright
Men – Rose On Top Of The World
Say Sue Me – Old Town
Fernweh – The Liar
Blossoms – I Can’t Stand It
Divine Comedy – Love What You Do
Grace Vonderkuhn – Candy Buttons
Franz Ferdinand – Feel The Love Go
Garbage – Dumb
Ladytron – The Animals
Olden Yolk – Cut To The Quick
Blur – Turn It Up
Katalina Kicks – Waterfall
Goat Girl – The Man
Sloan – The Day Will Be Mine
Bilk – Give Up
British Sea Power – Remember Me
Mega City Four – Ticket Collector
Grace Vonderkuhn – Cellophane
Whenyoung – Pretty Pure
Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me) (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Omni – Wire
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
Maximo Park – What Equals Love (acoustic version)
Ash – Buzzkill
Pinkshinyultrablast – In The Hanging Gardens