Mary Katherine presents @EastLondonRadio

Now Mary Katherine has to be applauded for commitment alone; every week without fail she’s off to East London Radio studios to give of herself in her magazine show

“Lifting Yourself Up To Good Living”.

E v e r y  week. She’s full of positivity and uplifting ways. It’s her main business.

She targets seniors likely from 70 years and  upwards judging by the age-related music. eg Bing Crosby, Andrew Sisters, Bob Dylan and Thin Lizzie. It’s all silver sounds and golden oldies except when she slips in a moany Cassidy or worse, Adele. There’s an overload of male artistes anyway but hey that’s the sub conscious push of radio and music in its maleness. MUSEFest is addressing that big time.

Back to admiring a senior in her glorious years. You know on BBC radio 3 you can hear the announcers (never djs) reading their scripts sounding all knowledgeable about Wagner or some obscure Latvian composer (male mais oui). Mary Katherine reads no scripts and holds interviews very well in rushed time and space. She’ll make grand faux-pas but really who cares? It’s community radio and we’re not out for an Oscar ..yet. Her guests are always at ease and need to keep up with Mary Katherine as she bludgeons them for contact details for her listeners all poised with pencil and paper.

The texts that come in fast and furious and the ones she reads are hilarious what with Doreen of Leytonstone asking for Frankie Vaughan and Danny from Hackney Wick never failing every Thursday to ask for any Elvis because he saw him in Vegas you know!

Mary Katherine adds in her researched quotes to match the topic of the session: More often than not some revered old biddie statesman  or a poet we long abandoned at the school gate. There’s always a featured artiste and lo and behold a prayer mat to Joan Armatrading as Mary takes every opportunity to share her love for the old Shetlander. Mary Katherine did a phone interview a couple of years ago with the not-in -love one. What a coup.

Today’s guests were special and needed to be heard. Two Miracle Charity staff were promoting an art exhibition to highlight the way children live in dire straits in Canary Wharf’s shadow. It’s a disgrace that children are hungry in a London borough. Shame on you any government.

Tune in, if that’s how we say it now. Every Thursday at 11 am for ninety minutes.

Mary down The Rabbit Hole

Mary Katherine of  East London Radio was at the Rabbit Hole today in Maryland Stratford E15 checking out the venue, meeting the owner and seeing RAGWORKS up for see and sale.

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And then she went next door to meet the staff at Afrobeat  94.0 Radio aka Voice of Africa and to investigate whether there were a niche for her behind the controls on the Myriad board, in the live studio in that great space. What a great chat she had with the manager, the assistants and the reception staff. New management has taken over the radio station which has been around since 2000 and was based in Plaistow. Maryland is the place to be what with coffee outlets, grocers and the Maryland Station all rising in flower decorated  roads next to the railway lines and the curiously-named Mamby Grove.

The sun was hot

.mary in her element


Mary quizzed the manager about Afrobeat’s current mission. The station is for everyone. She, the other presenters and the management team speak the same language. Community Radio exists to engage with and utilise the skills of local people. Mary is highly trained and experienced having been with Streetlife Radio once known as StreetlifeFM for seven years.015A StreetlifeFM guest, from back in the day, sups from their success.

Today’s station’s guests, musicians off to rehearse for the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday, came out of their own DJ led interview and introduced themselves to Mary. That gesture added to the already warm welcome at Afrobeat.