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Hackney Social Radio

A weekly radio programme for the young at heart. Broadcasting Wednesdays 11am-12pm on Resonance 104.4FM

Radio for the young at heart

Hackney Social Radio was created in April 2020 as an extension of our Theatre Exchange work with the over 50s. The programme addresses digital isolation amongst older people, creating a sense of community through the airwaves.

Broadcasting weekly on Wednesdays, programmes feature music requests, audience phone-ins, stories from the community, features from local artists, interviews and advice from experts with regular up-to-date information about where to access help and support. Programmes are broadcast on our host station Resonance 104.4FM.

The programme is made possible by funding from the Arts Council, The Fore Trust, The Henry Smith Charity and DCMS and support from our partners at Hackney Council and Connect Hackney.

If you are a local artist, community group or organisation and would like to be featured on the programme, contact us on 0207 923 8362 or email

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Listen to past programmes:

SERIES 2: Nov - Present SERIES 1: Jun - Sept

Read reports:

The Audience Agency Research Report

Evaluation Report

Coming up this week:

Wednesday 9th June 11am

This week’s show covers some difficult and sensitive topics. We speak to Dr May Cahill about how the NHS can support with bereavement, we discuss the difficulty of losing close friends, and we meet a young woman who lost her father to COVID. Plus, we hear the final episode of our ‘Through My Window’ monologue series.

Host Sue Elliott-Nichols is joined by regular presenters Janet, Sharon, and Judy, with music from our resident DJ Frank Kaos.



Last week’s programme:

Wednesday 2nd June 11am

We hear from Dr Cynthia White and Paula Shaw from City and Hackney’s Older People’s Reference Group, who have been influencing health and social policy and fighting ageism since 2000. Plus, we hear all about the Tower Theatre company, a non-professional company working to make theatre accessible to all, and we chat to the Posh Club Dance Club about their new online show Dancehall Flamingos.

Host Sue Elliott-Nichols is joined by regular presenters Janet, Sharon, and Judy, with music from our resident DJ Frank Kaos.



Join our Production Club!

Do you want to help us come up with ideas for future programmes, learn what goes into creating a documentary feature for radio & have a go at creating your own? Come along to our new online project for Over 50s!

You will be supported by experts every step of the way. No previous experience required - just bring your inspiration & you may find yourself on the show!


Email to find out more & join the group!

Sessions held fortnightly via Zoom. Next session: Tuesday 1st June 10.30 - 12.30

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