Author Archives: Karin Ridgers

About Karin Ridgers

Well, I still have the recordings somewhere from when I was about 5 of me interviewing my sister who was about 3. I wouldn’t let her get a word in really and I really believed I was making radio programmes. When I was a teenager I used to love listening to Annie Nightingale and Janice Long who played such cool music. The chart show was on a Sunday evening and this was followed by Essex Radio playing their late-night problems show and I used to try to keep awake and secretly listening to problems that didn’t really even make sense to me. But it was exciting to hear! For many years I enjoyed being one of Sadie Nine's Loud Women on BBC Essex, so I had my radio fix without the stress of planning the show and operating the desk. I love Sadie and learnt a lot. She is a brilliant natural presenter who makes it all looks easy! I'm back on Phoenix FM which is quite surreal at times as I was one of the founder members when the station launched in 1996. As a huge 80s fan I am playing some of the same music too! I feel more confident with myself as most people do from their 20s to their 40s, so my show is different now to then. I have some incredible friends, clients, celebrities and experts who have come onto my show, including Rozalla, Baby D and Phil Fearon, Vicki Michelle, Wendy Turner Webster, Rick Hay and many more. I am so excited as I get to chat to these wonderful guests and they have the opportunity to tell their story too.

House of Fun with Stephanie Jeffs

Tonight’s guest was the lovely Stephanie Jeffs discussing the ‘Explore Raw’ diet!

Click here for the official Explore Raw website

    The show track list

Madness – House Of Fun
Oasis – Live Forever
3 Of A Kind – Baby Cakes
ABC – All Of My Heart
4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
Belle Stars – Sign Of The Times
Cameo – She’s Strange
Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
Space feat Cerys Matthews – Ballad Of Tom Jones
Stereophonics – Have A Nice Day
Catatonia – Dead From The Waist Down
Kool and the Gang – Celebration
45 King – The 900 Number
Shirley Bassey – Big Spender
Shakin’ Stevens – Oh Julie
Rozalla – This Time I Found Love (Ollie J 7 inch mix)

House of Fun with Alex Coulter, Jared Coulter and Dr Ro

This weeks guests were the lovely Alex & Jared Coulter discussing VGang, and their alternative vegan friendly Valentine’s Party as well as the incredible Dr Ro talking about keeping your relationships alive.

A super playlist tonight…. focusing on your ultimate school disco track 😀

Madness - Wings Of A Dove,
Adventures Of Stevie V - Dirty Cash (Money Talks),
Elton John - Crocodile Rock,
Bros - When Will I Be Famous_,
Rose Royce - Car Wash,
Jeff Beck - Hi Ho Silver Lining,
N-Trance - Stayin' Alive,
Irene Cara - Fame,
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall (part 2),
Maroon 5 - This Love,
Whigfield - Saturday Night,
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough,
Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up,
Rozalla - Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) (Radio edit),
Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty,
Soft Cell - Tainted Love,
Blondie - Heart Of Glass,
Robin S - Show Me Love,
Wham  - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,
Chumbawamba - Tubthumping,

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Click here for the official VGang UK website

Click here for our fun Facebook live! 

House of Fun – with Rozalla and Russell Quirk

Tonight’s show:

A big thank you to our two guests tonight!

Firstly, ROZALLA came down to chat about her career, her songs old and new and some great stories about some famous people she’s met along the way.

She also sang her 1992 smash hit Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) live in the studio and you can see that below!

Secondly my old friend RUSSELL QUIRK, founder of online estate agency eMOOV came in for a chat about what he’s up to at the moment. You can hear the whole show again by clicking the link at the top of the page.

(Rozalla starts at 29:00, Russell starts at 1:34:00)

Tonight's super play list - including Rozalla singing LIVE is.....

Madness - House Of Fun
ABC - Tears Are Not Enough
Police - I Can't Stand Losing You
Mel C - On The Horizon
Darkness - Friday Night
Princess - Say I'm Your Number One
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Billy Ocean - Caribbean queen
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Nomad - (I Wanna Give You) Devotion
Kylie Minogue - Everybody's Free (To Feel Good

House of Fun with Gabriela Lerner and Neil Baird

Tonight I was joined by the lovely Gabriela Lerner, raw foods expert and coach talking about being radiant on raw as well as Neil Baird, the amazing photographer!

Click here for Gabriela’s official website

Click here for Neil’s official website

    Track List

Madness – Embarassment
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Debbie Harry – French Kissing In The USA
Beatles – Ticket To Ride
Spandau Ballet – True
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Toni Basil – Mickey
Snap – Rhythm is a dancer
Snap – The Power
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Gap Band – Oops Upside Your Head
Prince – Purple Rain (single edit)
Desmond Dekker And The Aces – Israelites
Jam – That’s Entertainment
S Express – Theme from S Express

House of Fun with Isobel Hutchinson, Chris James and Ruth Jackson

Tonight Karin Ridgers was joined by Isobel Hutchinson, Director of Animal Aid, Chris James of Mind Body and Soul as well as Ruth Jackson from Lumie who joined us for a telephone interview about light therapy and Blue Monday.

Click here for the official Animal Aid Website

Click here for the official Mind, Body and Soul Website

Click here for the official Lumie website

Tonight’s Awesome Playlist! 😀

Madness – Baggy Trousers
Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In The Country
Blondie – Rapture
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
Colourfield – Thinking of you
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
David Bowie – Changes
D-Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
Damned – Eloise
Smiths – This Charming Man
Cure – Let’s Go To Bed
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart

House of Fun with Juliette Bryant

Tonight’s guest was Juliette Bryant. We were talking about Juliette’s kitchen and the best/worst resolutions!

Click here to visit the official Juliette’s Kitchen website

    Play List

Madness – Michael Caine
Abba – Knowing Me Knowing You
Pretenders – Talk Of The Town
4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Soft Cell – Torch
Suzanne Vega – Luka
The Jam – Town Called Malice
Alexander O’Neal – Criticise
Rozalla – Everybody’s free (to feel good)
Nomad – (I Wanna Give You) Devotion
Lets Go Home by K-9 Angels

Christmas 17 House of Fun with Karin Ridgers

Tonight’s show was all about you… my wonderful listeners!

We were talking Christmas, the best and worst presents as well as amazing music!

Tonight’s track list:

    Madness – House Of Fun
    Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
    Lets Go Home by K-9 Angels
    Cure – The Love Cats
    Jingle – 3 Sec Vocal
    East 17 – Stay Another Day
    Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
    David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
    Tears For Fears – Pale Shelter
    Wham! – Last Christmas
    A Flock Of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
    Pretenders – 2000 Miles
    Aztec Camera – Oblivious
    Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
    45 King – The 900 Number
    Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
    Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
    Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Jam – Going Undergound
    Muse – Plug In Baby
    Pigbag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag
    Jingle – 3 Sec Vocal
    Squeeze – Pulling Mussells From A Shell
    XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
    Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night Together
    Tom Jones feat Cerys Matthews – Baby It’s Cold Outside

House of Fun with Nadia Wyatt and Lucy Wyatt

This weeks guests were the amazing Nadia Wyatt of Goals Solution, counselling and psychotherapy. I was also joined by her amazing daughter, Lucy Wyatt. At just 8 years old, Lucy is in remission from Leukaemia and has sang in the ‘Ray of Sunshine’ choir charity single with Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. This was also the charity that helped Lucy during her illness.

Click here to visit ‘Goals Solutions’ official website

Click here to visit ‘Rays of sunshine’ official website

We also had the radio exclusive for the super K 9 Angels and their new stunning single to support rescued dogs. 

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Tonight's playlist.... of super music! 

Madness - Wings Of A Dove
Wham - Bad Boys
Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Big Country - Wonderland
Lets Go Home by K-9 Angels
East 17 - Stay Another Day
Wet Wet Wet - Angel Eyes
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
Wham! - Last Christmas
Nomad - (I Wanna Give You) Devotion
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Primitives - You Trashed My Christmas
Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe With The Rays of Sunshine Children's Choir and Friends - Bring Me Sunshine
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Wonder Stuff - Golden Green
George Michael - Faith
Felix - Don't You Want Me

House of Fun with Brian Jacobs and Zane Zalite

Tonight’s guests were Brian Jacobs, hypnotherapist of Hypnotic Solutions and Zane Zalite, founder of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Salon & Spa, Shakti Veda Spa.

Click here to visit the official website of Hypnotic Solutions

Click here to visit the official website of the Shakti Veda Spa

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This weeks brilliant play list is.... :D 
Madness - Driving In My Car
David Bowie - Changes
Queen - A Kind of Magic
Bryan Adams - Run To You
Blondie - Sunday Girl
Carly Simon - You're So Vain
Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
Blur - Parkife
Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic
Curiosity Killed The Cat - Down To Earth
Beatles - Yesterday
Elton John - I'm Still Standing
Damned - Eloise
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
Sugar Bear - Don't Scandalize Mine

House of Fun with Matt Adlington, Amanda Woodvine and Emalene Grove

Tonight’s guests were Matt Adlington talking about Comedy Fest, Amanda Woodvine talking about Vegetarian for life and Emalene Grove talking about WPR Beauty Spa and Cosmetics.

Click here to see the Comedy Fest Facebook page

Click here for the official Vegetarian for life website

Click here for the official WPR Beauty Spa and Cosmetic website

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House of Fun with Kim Wymer and Giles Bryant


Tonight’s guests were Kim Wymer and Giles Bryant talking about the World Healing Project, Juliette’s kitchen and Kim’s Happy Days coaching!

Click here for the official website for Juliette’s Kitchen

Click here for the official website for World Healing Project

Click here for the official website for Kim Wymer’s ‘new home’ coaching

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House of Fun with Vicky Kelly, Charlotte Auclair and Nynke Brett

This week I was joined by Holly O’Leary and Charlotte Auclair, talking about the amazing Screen4paws festival. I also had a lovely chat with Nynke Brett from Made in Hackney!

Click here to see Vicky Kelly’s official website

Click here to see the official Screen 4 Paws website

Click here for the official Made in Hackney website

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House of Fun with Holly O’Leary and The Conscious Feminine

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Tonight’s guests were Holly O’Leary discussing being a vegan artist, how to encourage a plant based diet, my new dance and street wear collaboration with Made in London factory Contrado & – music of course! We also had The Conscious Feminine.

Click here for the official website of Holly O’Leary

Click here for the official website of The Conscious Feminine

House of Fun with Victoria K-9 and Jason Burrill

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Delighted that on tonight’s radio show we have the inspirational K-9 Angels AND Big Brother WINNER Jason Burrill!!
Talking about lots of interesting stuff…. animals… food… glamour… behind the scenes…. rescuing dogs and playing the best music you have heard all week!

Karin Ridger Jason Burrill Newspaper

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Click here to see the official website of Jason Burrill

Wetnose Day!

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On this week’s House of Fun with Karin Ridgers we were talking about Wetnose Day with Wetnose Animal Aid  Co Founder Andrea Gamby-Boulger, Wildlife TV Presenter Anneka Svenska and TV personality Karen Chamberlain.


Musician and environmental campaigner, Sir Paul McCartney has released a new picture of him “Posing with his Nose” in aid of Wetnose Day – along with much loved actor and dog lover Tom Hardy. 

Wetnose Day will be taking place across the UK on September 29th – October 1st 2017 to help promote the issue of animal welfare and to raise much needed funds to cover essential food and medical treatments for animals in desperate need in the UK.

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Wetnose Day aims to encourage schools, workplaces, vets, groomers, dog clubs, in fact everyone to pose with their nose and raise over £100,000 for dedicated rescue centres nationwide and the animals they care for.

Wetnose Day was established in 2000 by founders Andrea and Gavin Gamby-Boulger.  Andrea said,

“I was delighted to hear Sir Paul McCartney wanted to support Wetnose Day and pose with his nose!

Over the last few years Wetnose has been delighted to have fabulous endorsements and support from leading celebrity and animal campaigners including Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden, Brian May and many, many more.

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Frontline Plus, the flea and tick treatment providers and main sponsors of Wetnose Day stated “Animal welfare is at the core of our business, so we are delighted to endorse, alongside Sir Paul McCartney, Wetnose Day. The UK has hundreds, if not thousands of hard working volunteer rescue centres, and it’s essential their work is supported to ensure animals are cared for in the manner they deserve, namely with respect, love and compassion.”

Nathan Flatman from Animed Direct, the UK’s leading online animal pharmacy, stated “We are delighted to be supporting Andrea and her team in promoting Wetnose Day, raising the issues of animal welfare awareness and pet ownership. As pet owners ourselves, who serve thousands of pet customers every day, this campaign is essential and we urge everyone to pose with their nose!”

Phoenix FM

Karin is proudly one of the original team of Phoenix FM and presents House of Fun evenry Friday from 6pm to 8pm with super guests and a mix of 80s and 90s music.

Karin also runs VeggieVision TV.