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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Magic Breakfast with Ronan and Harriet

There was a time when I used to listen to the radio a lot. This was when I was younger and there weren’t any music streaming sites/apps that can let me choose the music that I want to listen to at any given time. When I found out that Ronan Keating (formerly of Boyzone and one of my favorite singers) was part of a morning show in the UK, I decided to give it a listen and I realized that if there was one thing that I missed about radio, it was hearing the banter from the radio jocks and the contests they had involving their listeners. 

The Magic Breakfast with Ronan & Harriet is a morning show from Magic Radio in the UK that airs every weekday from 6 AM. Here in the Philippines, that means that the show starts in the afternoon at 2 PM. Normally listeners from my side of the globe cannot listen to the show since it is supposed to be exclusive to their area but I’ve discovered that if you decide to stream online directly from their website and enter a post code from the UK to verify that you are from there you can have access to the radio station and listen from there. It’s a bit of an effort, but as a Ronan fan who was curious about how he is as a DJ, this was something I was willing to try. I hope they don’t revoke my access if they find this!

At first, I was only listening to the show because I was wondering if Ronan would mention if Boyzone will still be back for one last tour in the Philippines this 2019. They recently had their “farewell” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena, but they had mentioned they were considering giving one last show in 2019 so I was hoping I would hear confirmation of that on the radio show (no such luck though). After a while though, I found myself following the show more often because I was actually having fun listening to it.


Magic Breakfast started in 2017, with both Harriet Scott and Ronan Keating coming from other programs on Magic Radio before coming together for this program. I actually enjoy listening to these two together. Given the fact that they are on an early morning slot, the two have a lot of energy between them, which would help listeners who are trying to get a head start to their mornings. I love the banter and the jokes between the two, they are always entertaining to listen to. For me, 2PM is a bit of a sleepy hour at work so being able to listen to the lively repartee on Magic Breakfast helps to wake me up at work. I find myself enjoying the show so much that often I get surprised when they say that the show is over. I like the show so much that I get surprised at how fast time has passed while I was listening. 

As far as the music goes, I love that they don’t strictly play just the new songs that are out there. They also play a lot of older songs, mostly songs that I have grown up listening to. I love that. It’s a good balance of the new and the old music and I have to say, I love the songs that they select for the show every time. I also get a good laugh listening to the radio contests that they have because they often have a good laugh with their listeners when they do that. It’s refreshing to hear European accents for a change because most of what we hear in English here in the Philippines has an American accent.

I love it when I get to actually see these two interact via the videos that are shared on the official Magic Radio Youtube channel. These two are just hilarious together!


If you feel like listening to something different on the radio, you might want to check out Magic Breakfast with Ronan & Harriet on Magic FM if you’re in the UK (or not, please refer to the start of this post!). Give a listen and let me know what you think!

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