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MumBod Wed 17-May-17 19:44:43

Following on from the movie thread, has anyone else heard moments on the radio that have made them cry?

I had to pull over and sob when Terry Wogan retired blush

I had a wobble listening to Jeremy Vine on Friday, when a guy was talking about keeping his wife's body at home before her funeral, and then a woman came on to talk about her husband's passing, and revealed they should have been in Venice celebrating their wedding anniversary that weekend sad

When Brian Johnston the cricket commentator died they played the clip of him losing the plot and giggling over the 'leg over' gaffe.

And Radio 4 broadcast a play about Laurel and Hardy, where Stan Laurel is visiting Oliver Hardy after his stroke, and reminiscing about the old times. My dear old dad and I sat in floods.

Any other radio memories? Something about the medium gets me right in the heartstrings...

MilesJuppIsMyButch Wed 17-May-17 19:48:25

There was a particular bit in the Listening Project where a woman was talking about feeling overwhelmed whilst caring for her terminally ill, elderly mother.

Her mother saw this, and said, "come over here and be my little girl", and gave her a cuddle.

Still gets me.

CoolCarrie Wed 17-May-17 19:50:03

I totally agree with Terry Wogan, " Thank you for being my friend " and when his death was announced as well, same with Bowie, Victoria Wood and soo many more last year.

MumBod Wed 17-May-17 19:52:09

I remember that, Miles. Heartbreaking.

PotteringAlong Wed 17-May-17 19:52:36

I heard that listening project miles - haunting and beautiful

Makinglists Wed 17-May-17 19:53:17

When I heard that John Peel had died. I always loved Home Truths on a Saturday Morning and the bittersweet interviews- the way he seemed to able to communicate with the interviewees in such an uncomplicated and human way.

MumBod Wed 17-May-17 19:55:38

I remember hearing footage of Eva Cassidy's last live performance. The announcer described how she'd struggled to the microphone, very ill.

She gave the most beautiful, heartfelt performance of 'Wonderful World'.

I lost the plot entirely. Never been able to
listen to that song in the same way since.

MadameSzyszkoBohush Wed 17-May-17 19:57:08

I don't often listen to Eddie Mair doing PM so don't know the usual format, but I think sometimes they do in-depth interviews on particular topics. One day they were talking to a woman about how she really struggled with being a mother, not just after the birth but every aspect of parenthood etc and she was so open and frank about such a taboo topic. It was a real "sit in the car outside your house for 15 minutes when you get home" moment, I couldn't tear myself away.

Lampshadelegs Wed 17-May-17 19:57:49

When Atilla The Stockbroker read a long poem about his dear mum who had died. It was one he had written about her whole life and so utterly moving I was in bits.

Also recently when they were doing a programme on carers week about a woman who looked after her mother who was in the later stages of dementia. It was so beautifully done (radio 4) with an honest look at the conflict between the sheer day to day exhaustion of taking care of her mother and the suffering she had to witness and the fact that she would miss her so much when she eventually passes.

I love radio.

Lampshadelegs Wed 17-May-17 19:59:11

MilesJuppIsMyButch blush I think that was the one I cack-handedly tried to describe above!

Notonthestairs Wed 17-May-17 20:00:39

The Steve Hewlett interviews about his cancer on Radio 4's PM. I literally shut the kitchen door on my children when it was on and hoped they weren't murdering each other. The interviews were serious and flippant and very human.
I cried when they announced his death.

TSSDNCOP Wed 17-May-17 20:01:15

Terry Wogans retirement speech.

The show that Jeremy Vine does at Christmas where families phone their loved ones in the forces.

Also his show when an elderly lady phoned recounting the terrible ordeal of a childhood friend of hers who was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Ww2, she described how vital and fearless this lad had been and then sobbed out that this had infuriated the Japanese so much that they cut out his tongue. I sobbed with her and so wish I could remember his name.

On a more up note, I always choke up when the kids read their 500 words.

ghostyslovesheets Wed 17-May-17 20:04:46

R5's interview with the walker who has dementia last week - so sad and lovely

also the grandfather of the little girl killed by her dad (who went to court to get her back from the grandparents) being interviewed about her almost broke me - I had to pull the car over

and driving home hearing John Peel had died and then them playing Teenage Kicks

wherethewildthingis Wed 17-May-17 20:05:51

I heard a show on Jeremy Vine once about a soldier in world war two who saved the life of a girl who was dying, in a concentration camp- I think auswitchtz. Many years later they had found each other somehow and they were both on the show talking about their experiences. It was utterly enthralling, I was late for a meeting listening to it and sobbed in my car. Stayed with me a long time

leddeeburdee Wed 17-May-17 20:06:42

On Radio 2 when Caron Keating died. I can't remember who was presenting (I think Noel Edmunds?) but it was clear they were friends and he played Bridge over Troubled Water in her memory.

Also on Desert Island Discs when David Nott was on. His story was so incredibly moving.

theluckiest Wed 17-May-17 20:21:59

Most moving radio I've ever heard was a Simon Mayo Confession - it was about an Indian bloke (relevant) who had worked in a care home as a youth where many residents had dementia.

An old lady 'came to life' when she first saw him & said indignantly 'Where have you been?!' Long story short, she asked him if he could dance, he lied & said yes & they began having a weekly dance session - bloke's confession was that he had fibbed to the lady, couldn't dance at all so had secretly gone to dance lessons...

That's not the end though. He went on to uni & later returned to visit when he found out that the old lady had recently passed away. Her daughter asked to thank him - not only for the lovely dance sessions but bringing her mum back just for a short while every week.

The absolute killer part - her mum had had a love affair with an Indian soldier during WW2 who had tragically been killed.

No one could speak when Simon finished. Michael Morpurgo was on the show & said that sometimes the best stories were real. Why would you make something up when stories like that happened?

user1494670108 Wed 17-May-17 20:25:42

Jeremy vine did a series called Songs my Son loved - where mothers who'd lost their sone talked about them and played their favourite songs. It was the most moving thing I have ever listened to on the radio and I think I sobbed at all of them

munki Wed 17-May-17 20:31:33

I heard a programme where Michael Rosen (whose son died) was talking to children who had been bereaved about their experiences. The children were asking Rosen questions and suddenly one little boy just said to him 'are you ok?' Really choked me up. You can still download the programme here:, its very moving

MumBod Wed 17-May-17 20:32:49

These are all giving me goosebumps. Radio is such an intimate medium.

caitlinohara Wed 17-May-17 20:35:13

When Steve Hewlett died. Had spent months listening to his 'cancer diary' with Eddie Mair on PM and obviously he was dying but I actually stopped what I was doing and shed tears when the news was announced.

Hassled Wed 17-May-17 20:36:16

There's a Radio 4 series called Soul Music - they pick a song, or sometimes a piece of classical music, and experts talk about the music itself and various people talk about what it means to them. It's actually seldom that I listen to an episode and don't cry. The episode on Don't Leave Me This Way had The Communards talking about getting on stage in Madrid to perform the song moments after they'd heard one of their best friends had died of Aids. I was a wreck.

MumBod Wed 17-May-17 20:37:13

Of course there was the Richard Dimbleby report from Belsen in 1945. Still unbelievably harrowing, over 70 years on.

Hassled Wed 17-May-17 20:37:41

Oh yes Steve Hewlitt. I sobbed in the kitchen. He was such a nice man.

SingaSong12 Wed 17-May-17 20:38:43

I agree about the Steve Hewlett cancer interviews. I really like the Reunion on radio 4 and have teared up with a few of them.

indaba Wed 17-May-17 20:42:00

Just listened to S**T Town podcast (from the makers of This American Life and Serial). Fabulous, ground breaking radio.

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