Top 10: radio stations

Martha's Vineyard Radio

Prog-rock station for those who left on a ferry for a weekend clambake in 1973 and never came back.

5 Live

Comfortingly nutty flannelling during lulls in coverage at Aintree.

Rinse FM

For its new "chatty" breakfast show with DJ Scratcha, talking exclusively in London pirate DJ slang.

Radio City (Delhi)

Spine-tinglingly violent city hall slagging during monsoon season.

Radio 1

Grudging respect due for its dogged refusal to accept that it's not broadcasting to any "massive" or "crew', but to the sixth form of Camden School for Girls.


The weekend show Fisherman's Blues calls sweetly, Fungusishly, to mind the car park by Stanmore Lake.

Two Lochs Radio

This community-run station in Wester Ross is magnificent.

Radio 3

Deserves three entries on the list, for every second of its output, including the names of its presenters. Take Sara Mohr-Pietsch of the breakfast show.
Says an enraptured friend: "Sounds like Sarah Moore-Peach - poss a freckly, highly improper 15-and-a-half-year-old. A vg example of why radio allows us to dream and telly is not so interesting."

Antonia Quirke is an author and journalist. She is a presenter on The Film Programme and Pick of the Week (Radio 4) and Film 2015 and The One Show (BBC 1). She writes a column on radio for the New Statesman.

This article first appeared in the 14 December 2009 issue of the New Statesman, The Muslim Jesus