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 Katherine interviews Joan Armatrading

The charm and appeal about Mary’s interview was the tone of familiarity between a community radio part-time presenter and a major musician from the seventies who is still performing, writing and maintaining a singing voice; Joan Armatrading.

Mary Katherine  is never shy and was overflowing with confidence interviewing a woman of her own age. The interview was all done remotely, recorded and uploaded today 1st September 2012 at

The “golden oldies” radio presenter put forward her own views and pushed audaciously a face to face critique of Armatrading’s current work right there and then off the cuff. Joan was able to come back in her reasoned slow pace and explore the personal reactions Mary put forward about “Back On Track”.

Both women were at ease; no doubt about that. Given Mary’s title  “Joan Armatrading, the Queen ” as an impulsive note  Joan took it all in her stride and had to justify to Mary Katherine all her raison d’etre. This was  a bold interview given to us in snippets interrupted nicely by Armatrading’s earnest songs at

Mary even promoted her community radio station based in Waltham Forest College E17 in a casual matter of fact conversation piece.

There was much agreement between the two women about shared mantras on “Living up to good living” the sub- text of Mary Katherine Present’s show on Saturday mornings.

Joan ‘s label is “Hypertension”, a German-based record promotions outfit. Mary Katherine probed all the whys and the wherefores.

Joan would like to continue working with musicians on her own show and never gave big names when Mary Katherine asked her with whom she’d like to work. Mary Katherine, relaxed as ever called Joan “love”. Crikey!

The juggle was that the  interview during “Culture Corner” was full of universal love and at the same time Mary’s morning show was all about addressing HATE.  Mary expounded the virtues of the new CD  “This Charming Life” with passion and a level of research.

Our informal hostess as Joan’s biggest fan told us the internet radio listeners that the star will be touring  Ireland , Scotland, Hastings, Southend ,then London 23rd and 24th November 2012. SOLD OUT.