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Member's Update - Happy Returns

Hi everyone!

We've had a grand return to the station! Thanks to everyone who's been a part of this, it's been so wonderful to see the first steps in rebuilding the physical presence of the station (even if it's more of a temporary solution). If you’d like to join the in-person schedule and broadcast from the temporary studio, drop us an email at [email protected].uk. If you’ve hosted a show in the studio, we’d love to share any photos you took in the next email! As for now, here’s Freya Barker, host of Archives alongside Max Roulstone, settling in on Tuesday. There’s also the hosts of Room 13 and The Simon And Alex Show in their Scooby-Doo themed crossover episode from Friday! Couldn’t tell you who the two on the right are, though…

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Highlights of the Week!

Because it’s been such an extraordinary week, we couldn’t just bring attention to only one show!

Last weekend, I was rendered utterly speechless when I saw that Emily Critchlow was promoting the upcoming episode of her show, Songs For Life, with the promise of featuring a special guest in the form of radio legend and television presenter Dermot O’Leary! Sure enough, on Thursday at 7pm I was treated to a compelling and highly entertaining conversation between the two, featuring songs picked not only by O’Leary, but by Emily from almost 10 years prior when she appeared as a guest on his show! The level of professionalism exhibited not only in Songs For Life, but by Emily herself at the age of 11, demonstrates a lifelong passion for radio, and we look forward to hearing more from her in the future! I highly recommend checking out Songs For Life, every Thursday at 7pm.


This week also saw the Newsfeed team hosting their 6th of May Local Election Special, providing an insightful coverage of the election results throughout Durham and the rest of the UK. Despite a delay in the announcement of many results due to COVID, the team managed to pack the hour with detailed discussion, engaging debates, and perhaps a slight off-topic tangent to discuss the recipe of Irn-Bru. We just wanted to congratulate the team for pulling together on such short notice to research and present this episode from the comfort of our new studio!


Message the DJ!

If you didn’t already know, listeners can click the “Message the DJ” button on our website when listening to a show to anonymously get in touch with whoever’s on air! We would love to see more broadcasters engaging with their audience in this way, so make sure you encourage listeners to join in on the conversation!

If you don’t know how to read the messages, go to, sign in with your usual remote broadcasting credentials, and click the bar at the bottom of the page when it’s your show slot.


And that’s it for this week! I just wanted to wish everyone the best of luck with your exams! They’ll be over and done with before you know it, just in time for summer! When chopping veg in the kitchen, use the rear part of the blade in a rolling motion, then use the back of the knife when brushing the ingredients into your pot or pan. To add onto this, a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one in the kitchen, as you’re more likely to slip and injure yourself if you’re struggling with it, so keep them sharpened!

All the best,


Simon Lake
Deputy Station Manager @ Purple Radio, He/Him, [email protected], [email protected]

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