Catch-up with The Late Show’s World Radio Day special!

Written by on 16th February 2018

If you’ve never heard The Late Show before, you’ve been missing out. It’s Spark’s very own late night talk show, discussing anything and everything. From the most important stories of the day to the most bizarre things occurring in the world, plus the issues and events affecting you in Sunderland. Presenters Liam and Nathan are the guys keeping everything in check… just about. It’s often a surreal experience where anything can happen, whether you want it to or not.

This week’s Late Show was a celebration of World Radio Day. Spark spent Tuesday travelling the world to listen and speak to radio stations all around the world with an emphasis on sport. The Late Show decided to do all things Sunderland for anyone unfamiliar with our glorious city who decided to give us a listen. Among the guests was Sunderland Ladies captain Lucy Staniforth, ahead of their vital FA Women’s Cup 5th Round game against Aston Villa Ladies this weekend. She spoke about the positive steps the women’s football game has taken to get the recognition it deserves, and the way her international teammates were integrated into the dressing room and shown the North East way of living!

There’s also a chat with Michael Ganley, the founder of the Sunderland Fans Museum, which will be moving to the Monkwearmouth Museum building in the coming months. You may have seen his exhibits in Sunderland Library or The Bridges Shopping Centre, but the new permanent home promises opportunities for football fans that you won’t get anywhere else. Michael spoke passionately to The Late Show about his affection for the city and the football team despite their problems, and for his impressive football memorabilia collection.

Dr Paul Innerd is a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sunderland and advised on The Late Show that a lack of physical activity could be doing us serious damage and encouraged us all to participate in more movement across the day to keep the body active. The tips he provided are all part of his research which focuses on the accurate measurement of human movement, physical activity and sleep across the lifecourse using wearable sensors, as well as the effect of physical activity and sleep on mood, emotional resilience and mental health.

As part of World Radio Day, The Late Show spoke to Matt Reilly, the programme director of KUTX, a radio station in Austin, Texas. Matt shared his radio experiences, what makes him passionate and the way his station services his audience with their unique blend of music selections.

The Late Show also explored Radiogarden, a wonderful online tool which allows users to tune in to radio stations in all corners of the world. It’s an incredible way to discover music and conversation from countries with entirely different cultures and backgrounds to our own. This week’s Late Show dipped in on some interesting stations from various European countries, plus some in South Korea, where the Winter Olympics is currently being held.

There’s so much more but I would hate to spoil it for you! If it sounds like your cup of tea, click the Mixcloud player above. Make sure you tune in to The Late Show every Tuesday from 10pm on Spark and get involved… call 0191 515 3181 while the show’s on to have your say!

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