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Sunday Service 14th Jan 2018

A bit of a mixed bag on today’s show: Fraggle Rock, a scary night owl, snow being an inconvenience plus songs that sound like other songs…

First, I spoke about an owl that was outside my window the other night – and proceeded to do an impression of it!

Snow (and Christmas) just a major pain-in-the-bum, innit? When you are a kid or have kids, it’s great – but for a single guy with a car and places to go, people to see, it’s just a big bundle of “meh”. Valentine’s Day and Easter Eggs feature.

I noticed that Haim’s “The Wire” sounded like an old Eagles song…

Have you heard the “oh, oh, oh” that Graham Norton makes when he introduces a guest? I think I’ve found where the idea came from…

Paolo Nutini’s “Pencil Full of Lead” sounds like Jackie Wilson’s “Reet Petite”…

Finally, in an attempt to cheer everyone up, I tried to put a smile on people’s face by playing a classic TV theme…

There’s more shenanigans next Sunday from 10am…


Mark Searby Movie Review 12th Jan 2018

Friday’s at 3:30pm is movie time and our regular film guru Mark Searby was in to review Darkest Hour, a biopic on Sir Winston Churchill starring (an almost unrecognisable) Gary Oldman.  Also out this week is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a real emotional roller-coaster and billed as a “black comedy” despite the serious subject matter of the unsolved murder of a young girl.  This stars Fraces McDormand and Woody Harrelson.

For home-based viewing, there’s Detroit from Kathryn Bigelow about The Algiers Motel incident during the race riots of 1967.  John Boyega (Finn, from the recent Star Wars films) stars in this.  Finally, Good Time starring Robert Pattinson (off of vampires) as Constantine “Connie” Nikas who, along with his mentally challenged younger brother, decide to rob a bank in New York.

Factoid : Our movie man Mark is known for his dislike of popcorn and other such noisy sweets whilst at the cinema – as evidenced by the following clip and picture!

Mark Searby and the empty popcorn box!

You can follow Mark via his Twitter for more movie info and don’t forget our own PhoenixFMDrive Twitter which will keep you up-to-date with the goings-on with the show.


Mark Searby’s Best/Worst Movies of 2017

There’s somebody at the door, there’s somebody at the door!  Mark Searby was in on today’s Drive show to offer his views on the best (and worst) film offerings of this year.  It was a good year for comic-book films as well as the horror genre.

Keith Rogers was away (we know not where), so Charlie Davy was in the hot-seat (actually he was standing-up)…

Click the player above to hear Mark’s opinions on the best+worst films from 2017.

Charlie spent 3 minutes before the show looking at Wikipedia and offered the Top 10 grossing films of the year for Mark to offer a mini-review on…


Xmas Day with Santa

Today Phoenix FM had a special guest in the studio: Santa!  Taking to the airwaves 10am-1pm with help from Charlie Davy, some great festive tunes were played and a few presents were opened.

Gifts included a little treat for the Phoenix FM staff (essential kitchen items) plus useful training tool for the boys of our West Ham Way to pass onto their favourite football club.

You can listen again to some highlights by clicking the player above…

Songs played included:

Saint Motel – My Type
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain
Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
Elle King – Ex’s and Ohs
Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby
Elton John – Step Into Christmas
REM – Shiny Happy People
Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas
Harry Styles – Kiwi
Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Portugal The Man – Feel It Still

You can catch Charlie on-air Boxing Day from 1pm and Wednesday 27th on Eat My Brunch from 10am.


Charlie’s Sunday Service 3rd Dec 2017

Ho ho ho – the festive season is now upon us so there was much ranting about Xmas shopping, being dragged about the town by your other half and I asked the question: “Which one of our West Ham Way team sabotaged the overhead lines ahead of today’s game at Man City?”

The super-moon (aka: cold moon) got a mention, as did resisting the temptation to eat ALL the chocolates from an advent calendar in one sitting.  My summary of Christmas was proclaimed and will stand the test of time: Christmas is great if you’re a kid or have kids”... As a 37yr-old single bloke it is, quite frankly, crrrrap!

Click the played to hear the best/worst from today’s show!

Songs played included:

AZTEC CAMERA – GOOD MORNING BRITAIN
GEORGE EZRA – DON’T MATTER NOW
KASABIAN – YOURE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – GO ROBOT
GABRIELLA CILMI – WARM THIS WINTER
WOLF ALICE – BEAUTIFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL
LIAM GALLAGHER – WALL OF GLASS
TEMPLES – KEEP IN THE DARK
SUGAR RAY – EVERY MORNING
CONFIDENCE MAN – BETTER SIT DOWN BOY
ALANIS MORISSETTE – ALL I REALLY WANT
DAVID BOWIE – FASHION
PORTUGAL THE MAN – FEEL IT STILL
XX – ISLANDS
BLACK KEYS – LONELY BOY
IGGY POP – REAL WILD CHILD
DEL AMITRI – ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW
AVRIL LAVIGNE – COMPLICATED
PRINCE – 1999
FLEETWOOD MAC – LITTLE LIES
CURE – CLOSE TO ME [REMIX]
JOURNEY – DON’T STOP BELIEVING

Laters!


Mark Searby’s Film and DVDs for 1st Dec 2017

On today’s Drive show, our resident movie guru, Mark Searby, popped in today to talk all things cinema and DVD/BluRay should an evening at the flicks tempt you or perhaps a cosy night in with something on the idiot lantern…

Of course, there was a festive film in the mix courtesy of The Man Who Invented Christmas which features Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge.  Of the DVD picks this week is My Feral Heart, filmed locally in Rochford and one of the cast is our regular “Drive” host, Keith Rogers!

Click the player above to hear the audio…

Mark is on Twitter @Mark_Searby and is back next Friday at 3:30…


Sunday Service – 26th Nov

Today’s show was made all the better thanks to the delightful aroma of our new studio air-freshener – orange blossom/pomegranate since you ask – and not 1 but 2 rounds of TrumpTrumpTrump News…  There was mention of drones buzzing above our heads plus the new Liam Neeson film The Commuter

Click the player above to listen to the best/worst from the show!

Songs played included:

PET SHOP BOYS – ALWAYS ON MY MIND
ALICE GOLD – RUNAWAY LOVE
ALANIS MORISSETTE – HEAD OVER FEET
JAKE BUGG – LIGHTNING BOLT
TOVE LO – TALKING BODY
TRAVIS – TIED TO THE 90’S
PAULA COLE – WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE
CHARLATANS – HOW HIGH
PRIMITIVES – CRASH
WHITE TOWN – YOUR WOMAN
MACCABEES – PELICAN
ROLLING STONES – UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – HUNDRED MILE HIGH CITY
KT TUNSTALL – MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING
PORTUGAL THE MAN – FEEL IT STILL
MUSE – FEELING GOOD
SPIN DOCTORS – TWO PRINCES

Hey – I’ll be covering Drive 3-6pm this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so be sure to tune in for more assorted gubbins on Driveltime!


It’s the Sunday Service (12th Nov 2017)

Today’s show contained a little bit of Parp, a smidgen of Trump and was interspersed by some rather good music, too!

There was news of Apple’s “i” problems, World leaders calling each other “short and fat”, a rather squeaky chair, plus what does a single guy do with his Sunday afternoon?

We also observed the 2-minute silence as part of Remembrance Sunday.

Click the player above to hear the best/worst from today’s show!

Songs played included:

TEXAS – SAY WHAT YOU WANT
FOALS – MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES
HALL AND OATES – I CAN’T GO FOR THAT
CORRS – SOS
SIMPLE MINDS – ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID
KYLIE MINOGUE – LOVE IS THE DRUG
STRANGLERS – GOLDEN BROWN
CRASH TEST DUMMIES – MMM MMM MMM MMM
TEMPER TRAP – SWEET DISPOSITION
FLEETWOOD MAC – EVERYWHERE
DAVID GRAY – SAIL AWAY
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – THE ZEPHYR SONG
CANDI STATON – YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE
KASABIAN – FIRE
ERASURE – SOMETIMES
PAUL SIMON – YOU CAN CALL ME AL
NEW ORDER – REGRET
MANIC STREET PREACHERS – A DESIGN FOR LIFE
LEMONHEADS – MRS ROBINSON

…and if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be sitting in for Keith on tomorrow’s Drive 3-6pm, yes-yes oh yay.


Stuart Fryd Teacher/Author on Sunday Service

It was a busy show this week with not just the usual updates on local events and travel shenanigans (more buses, less trains) but we had news of Kanye West’s (invited) return to the stage, a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham plus the fact that it’s the season to be full of cold, cough and all-round “meh”.

Click the player above to hear the best (and worst) from today’s show…

Oh look, a guest…
After 11am, the cheeky banter and fart noises were put on hold as I was joined by local teacher and author, Stuart Fryd. We spoke about encouraging children to read, the types of book to choose and steps to take when they’re less than keen…

Stuart Fryd Author/Teacher

Hear the interview by clicking the player above…

Stuart also shared his top tips towards encouraging children to read (especially the boys!) :

  • They have to enjoy it – don’t force them or else it becomes a chore etc
  • Encourage them to read what they enjoy, eg: comics, magazines, even computer games
  • Computer game guide books, too
  • Popular fiction for boys include: Star Wars novels, Batman, Spiderman etc.
  • Computer game books: Sonic, Mario, Halo, Pokemon, Minecraft
  • NO SUCH THING AS A BAD THING TO READ!

“Read to them until they go to secondary school. Short books, chapter books, non-fiction books, etc. Introduce them to harder texts this way… Never too late to start”

Book/Author suggestions:

  • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • David Walliams – children love the humour – Gangsta Granny etc.
  • The Beast Quest books – lots of boys love them
  • Anthony Browne is great for children of all ages – so much depth and pretty dark. Amazing artwork – The Tunnel, Into the Forest etc.
  • Neil Gaiman: Coreline, the Graveyard Book, The Wolves in the Walls, Odd and Frost Giants – (leads well into teen and adult books too!)
  • Phillip Pullman – Dark Materials trilogy and now a prequel – Book of Dust – children’s book but so much depth – awful film but amazing book!
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter
  • Tolkien – The Hobbit

Stuart is on Twitter @stuartfryd and his details of his book (plus teaching resources) can be found on his website, The Lost and Drowned.

Songs played included:

A HA – TAKE ON ME
JAMIE T – RABBIT HOLE
ALPHABEAT – FASCINATION
LIAM GALLAGHER – FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
ROLLING STONES – JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH
WOMBATS – TOKYO [VAMPIRES AND WOLVES]
X AMBASSADORS – RENEGADES
LIBERTINES – DON’T LOOK BACK INTO THE SUN
LUTRICIA MCNEAL – AIN’T THAT JUST THE WAY
BLACK KEYS – LONELY BOY
INXS – NEW SENSATION
PORTUGAL THE MAN – FEEL IT STILL
BEATLES – TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
CHICAGO – STREET PLAYER
AMY WINEHOUSE – YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD
CHAINSMOKERS AND COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS
LIGHTNING SEEDS – YOU SHOWED ME
FRANZ FERDINAND – MATINEE

There’s more Sunday Service next week from 10am and if you didn’t get enough of me today you’ll be pleased to hear that I’ll be sitting in for Keith Rogers’ Drive show this Tuesday from 3pm.


Sunday Service (29th Oct 2017)

The Sunday Service returned (after an extra hour in bed) for another fun-packed 2 hours of music and assorted gubbins including a bit of Sunday Shame plus a game of I-Spy

Also – what happens when you run out of things to say near the end of the show?  It seems that trying the old Baywatch trick of running in slow-motion doesn’t work quite so well on the radio…

Click the player above to hear the best/worst of this morning’s show!

Song’s played included:

JAM – TOWN CALLED MALICE
AMY WINEHOUSE – YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD
CHIC – GOOD TIMES
BLACK KEYS – GOLD ON THE CEILING
DIVINE COMEDY – NATIONAL EXPRESS
LOST FREQUENCIES – ARE YOU WITH ME
MIKA – RELAX
EURYTHMICS – SWEET DREAMS
GORILLAZ – 19 2000
ROLLING STONES – GIMME SHELTER
KAISER CHIEFS – RUBY
PAOLO NUTINI – JENNY DON’T BE HASTY
ARCADE FIRE – CREATURE COMFORT
MOLOKO – PURE PLEASURE SEEKER
LAZLO BAINE – I’M NO SUPERMAN
FOSTER THE PEOPLE – DON’T STOP
MAXIMO PARK – GET HIGH [NO I DON’T]
MARIA MULDAUR – MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS

More fun and games next Sunday morning from 10am…