I'll admit I'm a little bit obsessed with Prince, he's an enigma. The man is clearly a music legend, he's sold millions of records and has an army of adoring fans across the world. I play a lot of his records on my Absolute Radio show, and when I do I always sit back and imagine what it must be like to be Prince in real life.
As a female I am clearly not in Radio X's highly publicised target demographic stated ahead of their launch a week ago; added to that the fact that I'm also nearly outside the upper age range of 25-44 years and you get the idea that Radio X is just not for me. Or that's what social media would have us think.
XFM has roots, it has history. The rumour circulating about the station's future indicates it's due to close and rebranded as Radio X on Saturday 21st of September with Chris Moyles pencilled in to host the Breakfast show. It's worrying and highlights greed and lack of creativity at the top end of commercial radio.
You sit back in your armchair, pick up the television remote control and click the screen on. After a moment of warming up, the picture displays itself into your house, with the volume slightly too loud from the last time you were watching telly, and you hurriedly press the minus key to try and get the sound to pipe down a bit. It only works after you smack the batteries on the back and jab a little bit of life into them...
As the football season draws to a close in the UK, it is time for fans, players and managers to take a break from the frenetic nature of the sport. It is also a time for many commentators to lay down their microphones and rest their voices for a few weeks. Football commentary is the radio job I always wanted to do. I used to run around the garden commentating as I kicked a ball into a makeshift net.
Most mornings I do almost pinch myself. I feel very fortunate to be filming a comedy on the BBC. It feels like a bit of a dream. However there's something missing - my first love. I know we can't have everything, but what I would give to be transmitted back to those hazy radio days for just a few hours.
Looking at today's Rajar figures is like a publisher only looking at the book sales from a high street bookshop, rather than taking into account how they are doing on Amazon. Or nearer to home, a singer who only looks at CD sales, rather than taking into account digital downloads, streaming and ticket sales. Young people still love music, young people still love hearing about what is important in their lives and young people still love Radio 1 - they are just consuming it in different ways. Radio 1 is the biggest radio station in the world on YouTube.
Why should a size 20 or 30 girl not be able to go out and buy the same clothes that her size 10 friends can? What good do we expect to come from it? We have had specialised plus size clothing stores for over a decade now. Has the world buckled and conformed to traditional healthy BMI standards? NO. Is the situation actually worse than ever now? Apparently so.