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About Naomi Sayers

Presenter of Feelgood Saturday, 10-12 every, err... Saturday! Join me on PhoenixFM for upbeat music and chat to get your weekend started right.

A Brentwood bonanza

On this week’s #FeelgoodSaturday we had a Brentwood bonanza. I was joined by not one, but three guests in the studio, representing some of the finest businesses Brentwood has to offer.

First up was Tref Griffiths, creator of Clued Upp, a virtual murder mystery game that you play on the streets through an app on your phone. After success all over the country, he’s bringing it to Brentwood next month (on 10th February).

Listen back to our chat to find out a bit more about CluedUpp Brentwood, how you can play and where to get tickets. Tickets are on sale from Sunday 14 January so don’t miss out!

Then, after eleven I welcomed back returning guest Jacqui Duly, from Pussycat Lodge Trust. She brought with her this time, Dave, who looks after the lovable population of ferals at the Brentwood-based cat and kitten rescue charity. We chatted all things feline – from why it’s so important to neuter your cats, to the things you should think about if you’re thinking of getting a cat. So listen back if you’re interested in cats or in the great work this charity does.

You can also follow Pussycat Lodge on facebook and twitter, which I’d recommend if you like to look at pictures of cute cats.

To hear the whole Feelgood Saturday Brentwood bonanza you can listen again here:

A full track listing is shown below:

  • More than a woman by Aaliyah
  • The reflex by Duran Duran
  • Turn the music louder (rumble) by KDA feat. Tinie Tempah and Katy B
  • Message in a bottle by Police
  • Strangers (Franky Rizardo Remix) by Sigrid
  • Boombastic by Shaggy
  • Sultans of swing by Dire Straits
  • Rock the boat by The Hues Corporation
  • Lovecats by The Cure
  • Crybaby by Paloma Faith
  • Are you gonna be my girl? by Jet
  • Freak like me by Sugababes
  • Wake up Boo! by Boo Radleys
  • Filthy gorgeous by Scissor Sisters
  • I knew you were waiting by George Michael & Aretha Franklin

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Get the tinsel down!

On the first Feelgood Saturday of 2018 we thought we’d delve into the murky world of finance. This time of year we’re often thinking about how we can be better with money – because of a New Year’s resolution we’ve made or due to Christmas over-indulgence.

My guest today was on hand to help us through it. James Blower, founder of the Brentwood-based financial consultancy – The Savings Guru – was full of tips for getting your money in order, the best ways to save and even helped us understand what on earth a bitcoin is. You can hear the interview with James below and to find out more about the Savings Guru, visit their website here – where you’ll also find advice and a way to ask them any other questions you might have.  You can also follow them on twitter.

Elsewhere in the show, we looked forward to some very significant events and anniversaries in 2018, checked in on events in the local area and got a bit of an eyeful in the entertainment news…

LIsten back to the whole thing here:

And a track listing is below:

  • Heaven must be missing an angel by Tavares
  • You got the love by Florence and the Machine
  • Pinball wizard by Elton John
  • Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce
  • I don’t feel like dancing by Scissor Sisters
  • World in motion by England New Order
  • Hey Jude by Beatles
  • Livin’ on a prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Gorgeous by Taylor Swift
  • Everything now by Arcade Fire

Aaaaannnd I occasionally tweet about stuff other than radio – here… 


See ya 2017!

For a one-off Feelgood special I was back on New Year’s Eve – playing your requests for a great start to your New Year’s celebrations.

We all have that one song that is guaranteed to get us on the dancefloor – this show was two hours full of them. Full track listing is below and you can hear the whole show back below too…

  • 1999 by Prince
  • Rhythm is a dancer by Snap!
  • Gettin’ jiggy wit it by Will Smith
  • Sussudio by Phil Collins
  • Jumpin’ jumpin’ by Destiny’s Child
  • Let’s go round again by Average White Band
  • Common people by Pulp
  • Love shack by The B52s
  • Cola by CamelPhat & Elderbrook
  • Push it by Salt-n-Pepa
  • Livin’ la vida loca by Ricky Martin
  • Everybody needs somebody by Blues Brothers
  • Dancing in the moonlight by Toploader
  • Mesmerized (Freemasons radio edit) by Faith Evans
  • Perfect (Robin Schulz remix) by Ed Sheeran
  • Gimme some lovin’ by Spencer Davis Group
  • Like a prayer by Madonna
  • Proud Mary by Ike & Tina Turner
  • Moves like Jagger by Maroon 5
  • Dancing queen by Abba
  • Good times by Chic
  • Hey ya! by Outkast
  • I feel for you by Chaka Khan
  • Fireball (feat. John Ryan) by PItbull
  • Rhythm of the night by DeBarge
  • Beggin’ by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  • I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston
  • Set you free by N-Trance
  • Real life (feat. Naations) by Duke Dumont & Gorgon City

Happy New Year!


The In-between

It’s that funny time of year between Christmas and New Year where you’re not quite sure what day it is, what meal you’re on, or whether you’re coming or going generally.

This week’s Feelgood Saturday is the perfect anecdote for those in-between blues – two hours of great music (if you don’t believe me, check out the track listing below), entertainment news and gossip. Topics covered included the New Year honours (arise, Sir Ringo!), why I’m taking a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions – and some of the other ways to spend the days in-between crimbo and January 1st.

  • Finally by CeCe Peniston
  • Reggaeton lento (Remix) by CNCO & Little Mix
  • Should I stay or should I go? by Clash
  • Laura by Scissor Sisters
  • Another one bites the dust by Queen
  • Havana by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
  • Chain reaction by Diana Ross
  • Disco 2000 by Pulp
  • Children of the revolution by T Rex
  • Hungry like the wolf by Duran Duran
  • Mr. Brightside by Killers
  • Roll with it by Oasis
  • Don’t upset the rhythm by Noisettes
  • Dr. Pressure by Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine
  • Night fever by Bee Gees
  • Hips don’t lie by Shakira
  • Hot and cold by Katy Perry
  • Kinky afro by Happy Mondays
  • Yellow submarine by Beatles
  • She loves you by Beatles
  • Love don’t live here any more by Rose Royce
  • My my my (remix) by Armand van Helden
  • Can we dance? by The Vamps
  • Starry eyed by Ellie Goulding

You can listen back to the whole thing here:

And as always you can get involved on twitter – @naomisayers.


Christmas Eve Eve

‘Twas the day before the day before Christmas and all over the studio

Naomi was playing hits from the last five decades (but sadly no Sussudio)

With showbiz news, travel and weather on the hour

This festive edition of Feelgood Saturday was really a “Wow” -er!

If you missed it, don’t fear, you can hear it below:

Or take a peek at the songs that were played in the show:

  • Little L by Jamiroquai
  • Happy Xmas (War is over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band
  • Seven wonders by Fleetwood Mac
  • Reggaeton lento (Remix) by CNCO & Little Mix
  • 2 become 1 by Spice Girls
  • Grace (We all try) by Rag n Bone Man
  • Don’t you want me baby by Human League
  • The most wonderful time of the year by Andy Williams
  • Sound of the underground by Girls Aloud
  • Alright by Supergrass
  • Love on my mind by Freemasons feat. Amanda Wilson
  • All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey
  • Bad boy by Miami Sound Machine
  • Dancing in the moonlight by Toploader
  • Last Christmas by Wham!
  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  • Born this way by Lady Gaga
  • Rockabye by Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie
  • Smooth criminal by Alien Ant Farm
  • Little St. Nick by Beach Boys
  • Sweets for my sweet by Searchers
  • Baby give it up by KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Stay another day by East 17

Celebrating women in music

As a one-off special I took a look at some of the most successful women in music – thirty of the best female singer/ songwriters.

Celebrating women in music

You can listen back to the whole show here and a full track listing is below:

Girls just wanna have fun by Cyndi Lauper

Talk to me of Mendocino by Kate & Anna McGarrigle

I do not want what I haven’t got by Sinead O’Connor

Heart of glass by Blondie

Coal miner’s daughter by Loretta Lynn

Chuck E’s in love by Rickie Lee Jones

Strange fruit by Billie Holiday

Diamonds and rust by Joan Baez

Drop the pilot by Joan Armatrading

La vie en rose by Edith Piaf 

This is love by P J Harvey

The way we were by Barbra Streisand

Born this way by Lady Gaga

The music weaver by Sandy Denny

I knew you were trouble by Taylor Swift

Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks

Fever by Peggy Lee

Ray of light by Madonna

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin

Play dead by Bjork

Back to black by Amy Winehouse

Hello by Adele

Feeling good by Nina Simone

Brass in pocket by The Pretenders

There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis by Kirsty Maccoll

It’s too late by Carole King

Jolene by Dolly Parton

Because the night by Patti Smith

Running up that hill (a deal with God) by Kate Bush

Big yellow taxi by Joni Mitchell


A mindful mince pie

Part of feeling good is sometimes taking the time to take stock and savour what you’re doing – so on this week’s Feelgood Saturday I invited local mindfulness expert Andy Powell in to the show to do just that.

Andy has been practising mindfulness for 15 years and had some really useful tips for helping us enjoy being present and get a little mental calm. Particularly important in the run-up to Christmas when we can all get a bit frazzled by all the shopping, parties and dashing about like a headless chicken (or should that be turkey).

Andy Powell

To hear my full interview with Andy, on why mindfulness is important, who can do it and how to do it – click the link below:

He also guided us through a quick three-minute starter session – a great taster for what it means to be mindful. You can listen back to that below:

For more tips from Andy make sure you visit the Brentwood Mindfulness facebook page, or his own website: andypowellcoaching.co.uk 

Elsewhere on the show we covered the Entertainment news, crowd-sourced some ideas for how I can spend my time off work over Christmas and also I predicted the winner of Strictly 2017! (I was right by the way!).

Listen back to the whole show here:

Full track listing is below:

  • Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for Fears
  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  • Hey ya! by Outkast
  • The heat is on by Glenn Frey
  • ET by Katy Perry
  • Virginia plain by Roxy Music
  • Step into Christmas by Elton John
  • Ain’t nobody by Rufus & Chaka Khan
  • Sign of the times by Harry Styles
  • Galvanize (feat. Rejjie Snow) by Pete Tong, Jules Buckley & the Heritage Orchestra
  • You make my dreams come true by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Once more around the block by Badly Drawn Boy
  • Cry baby by Paloma Faith
  • Never forget by Take That
  • Golden slumbers by Elbow
  • Take me in your arms (rock me) by Doobie Brothers
  • Human nature by Michael Jackson
  • Reggaeton lento (remix) by CNCO & Little Mix0
  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Sam Smith

As always you can tweet along with the show by following me @naomisayers.


Keep the change… ya filthy animal!

Saturday 9th December equals just over two weeks until the big day! And to help us get into the true spirit of Christmas I invited Andrew Schrader – Billericay local film buff (and self-proclaimed geek) onto Feelgood Saturday to talk festive films.

He has some pretty controversial opinions and some pretty tasteful knitwear, so listen back to the interview to hear his top three pick of Christmas films and why he thinks those movies are so important to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

You may also have a view on who emerges victorious in the battle of the festive knitwear – although I’m more John Snow than let it snow! Festive film fun with Andrew Schrader

Elsewhere on the show, there was jive talking, a tribute to Billericay’s most tragic resident and we found out who was the most streamed artist of 2017!

Plus loads of feelgood music (and an increasing number of Christmas songs creeping in).

Track listing is below and you can listen back to the whole show here:

  • Let’s dance by David Bowie
  • Troublemaker by Olly Murs
  • Body talk by Foxes
  • Livin’ on a prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Diamonds by Rihanna
  • Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Rockin’ around the Christmas tree by Brenda Lee
  • Sundown by S Club 8
  • Perfect (Duet with Beyonce) by Ed Sheeran
  • Dimelo by Rak-Su (feat. Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy)
  • I’m so excited by The Pointer Sisters
  • Sexy chick (feat. Akon) by David Guetta
  • Everybody (Backstreet’s back) [extended mix] by Backstreet Boys
  • We have all the time in the world by Louis Armstrong
  • White Christmas by The Drifters
  • The giver by Duke Dumont
  • Anywhere by Rita Ora
  • You don’t know me (feat. Craig David) by Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley

As always you can follow me on twitter (or talk to me if you’d like) on @naomisayers 


Peter the spider?

This week’s Feelgood Saturday was fairly therapeutic as it helped me come to terms with the terrifying arachnid just outside the studio door. He’s there every week – lurking – at once my most loyal listener and my harshest critic!

We crowd-sourced a name for him and Peter was the winner! Here he is in all his glory:Peter the spider

Elsewhere on the show we had the entertainment news, a royal Headliner and we checked out the Charleston ahead of Strictly. So if you’ve ever wondered what “swivel” is and how to do it -you need to listen back to the show at the link below:

Full listing of all the tracks I played is here too (only a couple of Christmas songs snuck in…):

  • Don’t mess with my man by Lucy Pearl
  • Radio by Corrs
  • Sleigh ride by Ronettes
  • I predict a riot by Kaiser Chiefs
  • Sweet dreams my LA Ex by Rachel Stevens
  • London calling by Clash
  • Rude boy rock by Lion Rock
  • Atomic by Blondie
  • Love me do by Beatles
  • Big when I was little by Eliza Doolittle
  • Santa baby by Kylie Minogue
  • Keep on movin’ by Soul II Soul
  • Reggaeton lento (remix) by CNCO & Little Mix
  • Girls on film by Duran Duran
  • Despacito (remix) by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by Cast of Mary Poppins
  • Boombastic by Shaggy

Keep up with my antics between shows on twitter here


I heart BCN

ilovebcn

On this week’s Feelgood Saturday we had such fun! I made a bid to get the show sponsored by the city of Barcelona, shared the pleasure and pain of my Christmas shopping experience and learnt about a ballroom dance that sounds like it’s made by Sunpat! And we also played Headliner – which was fun for all involved!

All that was, of course, interspersed with some classic feelgood tunes – just take a look at the track listing below if you don’t believe me:

  • Jump by Van Halen
  • Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
  • Hot right now by DJ Fresh
  • Sussudio by Phil Collins
  • Get it on by T Rex
  • Stay by Eternal
  • Open your eyes by Snow Patrol
  • Never too much by Luther Vandross
  • Havana by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
  • She will be loved by Maroon 5
  • Good times by Chic
  • National express by Divine Comedy
  • Love on top by Beyonce
  • In the summertime by Shaggy
  • Beyond the sea by Bobby Darin
  • All this love by The Similou

And you can listen back to the whole shebang below:

Remember you can keep up with my antics during the week by following me on twitter @naomisayers.