An Ode to Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James

Or #Agreatwaytostarttheday

Meditation is the way some people start their day and some go for a walk so they can pretend they have commuted to the office which is also their bedroom.

Some shovel slightly mushy Weetabix into their mouth while regretting their life choices.

Greg James is sitting with Florence from Florence and the Machine and is holding her handbag
Greg James pictured with Florence, when she came in to the breakfast show to promote the latest Florence and the Machine single (Picture is from Greg James’s Twitter page)
This is a video so you can watch it – innit

For me the day doesn’t properly start until the 10 minute takeover on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show with Greg James.

(It obviously officially starts when I wake up but doomscrolling and showering doesn’t really count as the start of the day.)

For those unaware of the concept, for 10 minutes at 9am every weekday Greg plays classic songs which have been requested by listeners.

Usually there is time for three and, most of the time, they are great choices.

I’ve never been brave enough to request Salad and Kenickie but did particularly enjoy it one Friday when someone selected Nirvana.

I’d love it if Greg James played this on the Ten Minute Takeover
And it would be great to hear some of these tracks from Kenickie (I have this gig on tape somewhere)
And this would be great first thing on a Tuesday morning

As someone who always depends on the kindness of strangers, these 10 minutes are like the nation coming together to enjoy what someone has put on the jukebox.

They definitely spark joy but that’s just a small part of the joy from the show.

It’s not an unpopular opinion to say there are so many regular features and listeners to enjoy – from WrongUns and Animal News to a bus enthusiast, and so many more including Unpopular Opinion.

As a 42-year-old man I’m definitely not the target audience for Radio 1 (and am trying to work out if anyone ever listens to Radio 3) but the breakfast show seems like a party for all ages, with Greg as the host who makes everyone feel welcome.

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Here be Roisin Hastie at Christmas – and Christmas is a bit like a party

A special mention must also go to newsreader Roisin Hastie for not only delivering the news in bitesize chunks but also for seeming like another essential part of the breakfast party.

If Greg is the host with the most ensuring everyone’s glasses are topped up with the drink of their choice then she is first to arrive at the event and is in charge of snacks and taking coats.

If you’re a regular listener to the show then you’ll know what I mean.

If you’re not then give it a try – you might just love it.

Stay safe for another week!