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Shows & Hosts

0600-0700: “Early Breakfast”

0700-1000: “X for Breakfast” – Chris Dickins

1000-1200: “More music mornings”

1200-1400: “Lunch In The City”

Alex Weston (Monday – Thursday) / Richard Harris (Friday)

1400-1500: “Radio X Replay” **

1500-1800: “Home-time” – Lee Middleton

 

**Another chance to hear some of your favourite Radio X shows

Monday -The Xlist

Tuesday – The Only Alternative

Wednesday – Big Picture Science

Thursday – A Way With Words

Friday – eTown

Monday

1800-1900: “Xposure”

 A local look at art and culture, music, life and events around Brussels

1900-2300: “Music marathon”

2300-0600: “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Tuesday

1800-1900: “Big Picture Science”

 Science… but made entertaining!

1900-2300: “Music marathon”

2300-0600: “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Wednesday

1800-1900: “A Way With Words”

 A fun look at the English language and how we all use it

1900-2300: “Music marathon”

2300-0600: “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Thursday

1800-1900 “The Joy Of Brussels”

Joy Jouret explores the expat experience with a live studio guest

1900-2300: “Music Marathon”

2300-0600 “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Friday

1800-1900:  “The X List”

 An hour of the newest and coolest music from the Radio X playlist

1900-2100: “The Friday Night Playlist”

Graham Peel brings you the perfect music mix for you Friday Evening

2100-2300: The X Sessions”

 Start your weekend with 2 hours of the funkiest tunes around

2300-0000: “MiXology” 

 Dave Aura in the mix with the biggest club hits across Europe

0000-0800: “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Keep checking back for exciting additions to our weekday schedule

Saturday:

0800-1100: “Weekend Lazy breakfast” – Sonya Mac

1100-1400: “Weekend Brunch” – Lee Middleton

1400-1500: “The X List” – Another chance to hear this week coolest new music

1500 – 1600: “Big Picture Science”

1600-1800: “Hollywood 360′” – Carl Amari

1800-1900: “ETown” – Live music and chat from ‘E-Town Hall’

1900-2000: “Xposure Live” – Live sets from Brussels live music scene recorded EXCLUSIVELY for Radio X

2000-2100: “The Only Alternative” – Owen Stafford

2100-2300: “Radio X Legends”

2300-0800: “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Sunday:

0800-1100: “Weekend Lazy breakfast” – Sonya Mac

1100-1400: “Weekend Brunch” – Linden Wade

1400-1600: “Little Stevens Underground Garage'” – Steven Van Zandt

1600-1800: “Hollywood 360′” – Carl Amari

1800-2000: “Acoustic Cafe” – Rob Reinhart

2000-2100: “At The Crossroads” – An hour of the best in Blues

2100-2300: “Best Smooth Jazz” – Rod Lucas

2300-0600: “Late Night – Laid Back”

 

Christmas & New Year On Radio X

Radio X will be bringing you a series of special shows over the festive season and into the new year

 

Christmas Day – 25th December

Let the Radio X team provide the perfect soundtrack to your Christmas with non stop festive favourites and stories of Christmas around the world from 6am to 6pm.

06:00-09:00 Lee Middleton

09:00-12:00 Paul McNally

12:00-15:00 Sonya Mac

15:00-18:00 Paul McNally

18:00 6 Acts In 1 Christmas Night – Join Andrew Mavin & Karen McHugh for a special night of live music

 

Boxing Day – December 26th

06:00 – 18:00 The Best of The X 2014 Part 1

Join the Radio X team throughout the day as we pick some of out favourite interviews, features and live sessions from the last 12 months

18:00-19:00 The X List – Lee Middleton

19:-00-21:00 The Friday Playlist – Graham Peel

21:00-23:00 The X Sessions – Giggsy

23:00-00:00 Mixology – Dave Aura

 

December 27 – December 30th

Normal Programme Schedule

 

New Years Eve – December 31st

07:00-10:00 X For Breakfast – Chris Dickins

10:00-12:00 More Music Morning

12:00-14:00 Lunch In The City – Alex Weston

14:00-15:00 Big Picture Science

15:00-18:00 The Hometime Show – Lee Middleton

18:00-22:00 The New Years Eve House Party

4 hours of the finest house music to get you ready for the end of year celebrations

22:00-00:00 The X List – Best Of 2014

Lee Middleton takes a look back at some of the best music released this year

 

New Years Day – January 1st

06:00-18:00 The Best Of The X 2014 – Part 2

Join the Radio X team throughout the day as we pick some of out favourite interviews, features and live sessions from the last 12 months

 


 

Hosts

Chris Dickins:

He’s our man of the hour, well, more like all three hours between 0700-1000 weekday mornings on our flagship ‘X for Breakfast’ show as he wakes up Belgium in the English-language. Chris is our very own dynamo and ever-present ray of sunshine in the radio studio. A seasoned traveler and always chirpy, Chris will wake you up and get your weekday off to a flying start, with great conversation, local and international news and of course some of the great music that Radio X has to offer. Make sure you’re tuned to “Dicko”, well that’s what his friends call him, so feel free to use it too! (If it was down to us, said ‘nickname’ would be something different!).


Lee Middleton:

When it comes to pushing buttons, Lee is right up there with the best. Open the microphone and he doesn’t sound too bad either. His eclectic taste in music as well as over 10 years sat in a radio studio (not the same one for the whole 10 years we did let him out once) make Lee a must listen as he steers the ship, weekdays on the home-time show. Taking care of the roads, planes, trains, trams and buses too every weekday afternoon plus a good dose of local and international headlines, Lee will not just keep you entertained, he’ll also keep you informed too! And if you thought you could get rid of him at a weekend, sorry, no chance – you’ll find him doing his Saturday and Sunday mid-morning show from 11am too. Having worked on Ex-pat based radio stations in Italy, France & Spain he brings a wealth of European experience to the heart of the continent. Born in the UK , he is well traveled and hasn’t had the recommended amount of sleep since 1998.


Alex Weston:

What can we say in just a few words about Alex, your “Lunch in the City” lead presenter who is in the studio weekdays from midday? Cuddly, friendly, charismatic, fantastic in the kitchen, an excellent host, and a really nice guy for starters… He’s a real Expat living the dream at the heart of Europe and his show, with daily special guests and co-presenters, make lunchtimes a lot more lively.


Tony Simon:

Tony made his debut as an Expat in Brussels on radio ’80’s… and now returns to the capital of Belgium for his new gig with Radio X ! Another experienced broadcaster, understanding your environment –  Tony’s a cool guy! Listen out for Tony Simon returning to Radio X very soon.


Sonya Mac:

Not everyone wakes up after graduating school, college or university and walks straight into radio… Take Sonya, a school teacher in a past life, now professional radio personality. With over a decade working full time in the industry, Sonya has a friendly, conversational and engaging style that is perfect for your lazy weekend wake-up with her.


Richard Harris:

Where do we start with such a seasoned TV and Radio professional? Richard Harris is one of few who can claim both being American and Belgian. Having spent many years both sides of the ocean, Richard calls Brussels home and is fully integrated into his Belgian life, and speaks fluent French too. A font of all knowledge? Well, that’s not that far from the truth as Richard has a great love for culture, the arts, music, food and drink, where to go and things to experience. Tune in to hear Richard’s weekly ‘What’s Going On’ feature at the end of the week, and also from time to time on special reports and features that he’s popped up at on behalf of Radio X.


Linden Wade:

Join Linden every weekend live from 11am for his ‘Sunday brunch’ show – 3 hours of great music, chat, what’s on, where to go, did you know… that kinda thing! It’s the perfect way to enjoy your lazy Sunday.We like to be the champion of natural talent, and there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to offer someone who wants to entertain, inform and engage, a chance to show what they can do on the radio.


Dave Aura:

A club DJ with over 10 years deck time, Dave D has worked for some of the biggest names in club culture, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi and has also hosted a party for Smirnoff with a mere 7000 guests! His CV reads like a who’s who of dance music having worked alongide the likes of Calvin Harris, Example, Chase & Status and Labrynth to name but a few. When he is not in the clubs or on the radio he can be found in Ibiza hosting parties on his boat.


Graham Peel:

Join Graham Peel every Friday on Radio X, from the heart of Brussels, to kick-start your weekend from 1900 hours. With the perfect ‘apero-music melange’ to get you in to that weekend mood, Graham’s love in mixing some of the finer and more discerning weekend tunes of the moment really shines through between 1900 to 2100 hours. Graham’s from Scotland originally, and has worked, produced and DJ’d in several European countries before coming to Belgium. Fridays from 1900 hours – It’s the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks with friends, or for the start of your night out!


Tom Meyers:

We’re delighted to have a resident Radio X stress coach and wellness specialist, Tom Meyers. He’s one of Belgium’s finest, and we’ve got him and his sessions for free, just for you! Tom is a real, practicing professional who has just one goal in mind – that’s to help English-speakers like you feel good in yourself and be happy in Belgium. We all know that life is full of ups and downs, and, sometimes, especially when you’re in a foreign country, knowing where to turn for any kind of help can be kind of difficult. So, if it’s about you, about your wellness, your mind and body – you can turn to Tom; he’s all ears.


Andy Lawson:

Andy is also another one of our team who is a bit of a sports fan and delivers a weekly look at the sporting calendar from his own unique angle with his feature “World at Play”. Be sure to it check out every Wednesday here on Radio X!


Radio X Legends:

Saturdays from 21:00 we play you some of the finest hits that have stood the test of time, and still sound as good today as they did when they were first released. Music of this caliber reaches ‘legendary status’, and, hence “Radio X – Legends” was born! Join us for our ‘nod of recognition and appreciation’ to those who’ve helped shaped the musical map – new and old.

 

 


 

Syndicated Shows

 

Radio X is very proud to be able to showcase some of the best radio shows from around the world. We hope that our line up of syndicated shows appeals to the many nationalities and cultures as well as the variety of musical tastes of the people who now call Brussels their home.

e Town:

eTown is a weekly radio show broadcast from coast to coast across America and now comes to the heart of Europe on Radio X. Every eTown show is recorded in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today’s top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. eTown – building a better community through music. Why not take a virtual visit to eTown and visit them online


Acoustic Cafe:

Acoustic Café is a two hour weekly radio show, and an independent media production of RDR Radio, LLC. The program is produced and hosted by Rob Reinhart, who started the show in 1995. Each week, listeners around the globe tune in to Acoustic Café to hear the latest from today’s great songwriting talents. It’s hard to put a definitive label on Acoustic Café’s music selections. After all, a good song is a good song… any individual set of music could contain a bit of country, rock, blues, folk, pop… and more! You can find out more about the show by visiting the Accoustic Cafe Website


Big Picture Science:

The Big Picture Science radio show engages the public with modern science research through lively and intelligent storytelling. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about this program is the humor. Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.Find out more by visiting the Big Picture Science Website


A Way With Words:

A Way with Words is an upbeat and lively hour-long public radio show about language examined through history, culture, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. They settle disputes, play word quizzes, and discuss language news and controversies. The show is heard by more than a quarter-million listeners each week over the air and by podcast.Find out more about the show, the hosts and how you can contribute at www.waywordradio.org


At The Crossroads:

The Blues is made up of many different style of music, Soul, R&B, Swing, Delta, Zydeco to name but a few. With almost 25 years experience behind the microphone, host Brant Zwicker, is more than aware how popular the genre is becoming. Each edition of At The Crossroads includes a dozen tunes, a two-song spotlight on a brand new CD release, a classic blues cut or artist, emphasis upon independent artists, and as much useless trivia as Brant can squeeze in. Artists in the show range from Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt to Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith. The over-riding goal is to attract new listeners to the blues, while at the same time satisfying purists and long-time aficionados. More details can be found on the ATC Website


Best Smooth Jazz:

Direct from London join Rod Lucas as he plays a mix of instrumental Smooth Jazz from rhythmic and tuneful piano, to saxophone, guitar, trumpet and vibraphone too. Not forgetting Smooth Latin vibes mixed in as well. Best Smooth Jazz is a rich mix of tuneful, pleasing melodic & exciting Smooth Jazz with passion. Music that simply makes you feel good as if it’s touching your very soul. Get involved with Rod and the show through the Best Smooth Jazz website


Little Stevens Underground Garage:

Steven Van Zandt is a musician, songwriter, performer, arranger, record producer, actor, writer, human rights activist, and international radio DJ. He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and an original principal cast member of The Sopranos.Each week Little Steven takes you on a two hour trip down the path of what was cool in all six decades of Rock and Roll, a celebration of Pop culture, and features the best emerging new bands worldwide.Want to know more? Visit the Underground Garage Website


Hollywood 360:

Hollywood 360 is the show about all things entertainment with your host Carl Amari, who has spent 30 years as an award winning TV, Radio and Film producer. Each Saturday evening, Carl presents classic shows from radio’s golden age Plus, Carl interviews actors, directors, writers and producers and gets the inside scoop on what’s happening in the world of entertainment. Carl’s weekly contributors include Co-Host Lisa Wolf, movie reviewer Sarah Adamson, Showbiz-whiz Melissa Michalak and Hollywood 360 Executive Producer Mike Gastala , who offer their unique perspective and pulse on Hollywood. Find out whats on this weeks show by and check out the Hollywood 360 Website


 

Journalists / Reporters:

Paul Heath:

With a mix of BBC Radio and UK independent local radio experience spanning 20+ years, Paul is another voice and name to enjoy and follow.


Paul McNally:

Paul is our British-by-birth ‘Head of News’ and has lived prior in France and Monaco before moving and residing now in the heart of Europe. Paul is a dab hand at delivering your daily slice of Belgium life in the English language during his weekday and weekend news bulletins.


Noreen Donovan:

Originally hailing from Ireland, then having met a Belgian many years ago, she moved over to the country – the rest as they say is history. Noreen is a ‘Mum’, she’s got an eye and an ear on a diverse range of topics and loves chatting with people, especially when there’s a microphone involved. Listen out for some of her pieces and features on Radio X soon. A true Expat living and sharing the ‘Belgian way’ with us. Noreen is also the associate producer on the X for Breakfast show


Owen Stafford:

Hails from Ireland, lives in Brussels, and has a keen journalistic eye on the world of politics and policy making… so where better than the heart of Europe to base yourself surrounded by the European Parliament, European Union and Council? If you want to know what’s what in the world, and how it relates to you, listen out for Owen’s updates and reports here on Radio X.

Emilija Jovanoska:

One of our interns here at Radio X,  we are delighted to give opportunities to really motivated young people who have great potential such as Emilija.  

 


All our team are driven by one common goal; a love of radio – from news gathering and delivery to local events, live music and the ability to play some great tunes too. We’re here to help you also feel more connected with city living, whether you’re in or around Brussels, Waterloo, Leuven, Antwerp, Aalst, Ghent, Ath, Chievres, Mons/Bergen or somewhere else…

If you’ve got something to share with us which will help others – then let us know! If you’re looking for something, need help finding it or have a question we can perhaps help with  – let us get the message out on the radio for you. Radio X – Xpressing city life in your language.