One of the hardest things about moving to America was leaving my precious three DAB radios behind.
They don't work here.
Most of the stations only broadcast on FM or AM, but you can also get satellite radios (usually for the car). Anyway, as you can gather, trying to get my head around radio stations and modes of carrying them isn't something I've tackled successfully yet. I'll get round to it. I can't live without my radio.
However, plugging the big gaping hole in my heart at present are a whole raft of podcasts (there's a mixed metaphor if ever I saw one).
Here are my current top 10 favourites, including you'll notice quite a healthy dose of BBC ones to keep me sane-ish and less homesick than I'd be without them:
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
From BBC 5 Live - a weekly podcast, which their blurb describes as "lively, controversial and unmissable movie discussion" about the latest releases, plus the top 10 box office films of the week and plenty of emails and tweets from listeners about their views of the movies too. Oh and hello Jason Isaacs!
The Bugle - Audio Newspaper for a Visual World
It's not big or clever, but it is funny. Andy Zaltzman in the UK and John Oliver in the USA, jointly review the past week's events and anything else that comes to mind in a totally irreverent and often painfully childish manner. "Fully qualified Grand Masters of Satirical Jabber, bridge the watery rift through the healing medium of topical podcastry". From Times Online.
The Danny Baker Show
Probably the greatest radio broadcaster ever but I've got a horrible feeling this might have finished, I'm hoping Danny's just off for his summer hollibobs but you can never tell with him or the BBC..."Danny Baker brings his unique outlook to BBC 5 Live with 2 hours of weekly fun and frolics from his Saturday morning programme...expect streams of consciousness, along with Danny's trademark wit and repartee".
Yet another BBC 5 Live podcast this time that satisfies my love of sport and comedy. I was quite surprised the other day to see that there's something incredibly similar (probably the original concept) on ESPN TV called 'Around the Horn'. "A hilarious look at the volatile world of sport. Colin Murray keeps order as his guests compete for points with their sporting punditry. Colin rewards informed comments but penalises any witless outbursts".
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
This alternates between two satirical comedy shows produced for BBC Radio 4 - The News Quiz hosted by Sandi Toksvig and The Now Show, fronted by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. Both look the topical stories from the previous week with the help of top UK comedy talents (and occasionally some American ones too).
The Ministry of Burlesque's own radio podcast presented by The Decadent Gent (who I have to confess is one of my loveliest friends so I may possibly be biased). Each episode features an interview with one of the greats of the burlesque world. Podcasts so far have included Dirty Martini, Kitten De Ville, Catherine D'Lish, Kalani Kokonuts, Red Sarah, Missy Malone, Leyla Rose and many others.
The Burlesque Podcast
I'm including Chris Beyond and Lili Von Schtupp's Burlesque Podcast in my top 10, but it seems to have disappeared from iTunes at present. You can get back episodes from their website though www.burlesquepodcast.com) Interviews with mainly US burlesque performers (though the lovely Anna Fur Laxis puts in an appearance every so often) and news from around the burlesque scene across the USA.
Decor-It-Yourself - Easy Solutions to Your Nesting Dilemmas
Sadly this podcast is no more :( But you can still get lots of wonderful past episodes on iTunes. Meg Allen Cole shows that style begins at home and that your nest needs you. A whole load of diy projects that majors on up-cycling and earth-friendly design ideas.
Get-It-Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More
Short, friendly, funny podcasts to help you increase your productivity and happiness. They feature common sense ideas you'll wish you'd thought of before. A whole load of podcasts can be found on iTunes and also at www.quickanddirtytips.com
Chris Evans Breakfast - The Best Bits
A weekly round-up of sunshine and cheerfulness from BBC 2's Breakfast Show. "Hear the best stories and the biggest guests". A quality show that never fails to make me smile from Chris Evans, probably the world's 2nd greatest broadcaster(after Danny Baker). And Moira Stuart's on it too! What more could you ask?