Christmas radio. And things.

Over the Christmas and New Yea period, I’ve been listening to a lot of Resonance FM via Windows Vista’s UK Radio Sidebar. Heard some wonderful shows, but it’s all been very perplexing. Being a bit of an email junky, I find myself drawn to my PC several times a day, and I usually end up sitting in front of it for far longer than I’d intended, and firing up the radio player to occupy me.

Over Christmas, Resonance have been filling entire days with multiple episode of a single programme. The odd thing is, whenever I switch on the radio player on any given day, nine times out of ten I arrive at exactly the same point of the same show, to within a few seconds, as I did when I last tuned in. The effect can be quite surreal. Last week I switched on the radio four times over the course of a day, and each time heard the phrase “our guest today is the writer Howard Jacobson”. At first it was quite charming, but the novelty is wearing off. Bizarre serendipity, software glitch, or the result of some hidden pattern within my email-collecting/radio listening habit? Perhaps I’ll never know.

Still on the subject of radio, please check out my Christmas family radio show (if you haven’t already): on Christmas day I dragged Gill, Rowan and Lola into the SheffieldLive! studio with me, made them choose some choons, the girls opened presents, Gill and I chatted away, and my extended family got in on the act via the SheffieldLive! chatroom. It was the most fun it’s possibly to have on Christmas morning without involving a team of reindeer, and you can “listen again” here.