Above: Jamz Supernova, Selector's UK presenter
Radio Today Fellowship for Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson, the Founder and CEO of Folded Wing – the radio production company who have produced Selector every week for so many years – won a Fellowship award from Radio Today on Wednesday 7 September. On scooping the award, Jamie Cullum – who has his show for Radio 2 produced by Folded Wing said: 'I’ve had the immense privilege of working with Karen for the last 12 years – I’ve been tutored by you, I’ve been mentored by you, and it’s been such a pleasure to learn from you and get to know you during that time. I’ve also watched you grow your business with grace and humility and a sense of trying to do what’s right, and it’s such an inspiration. I’m very proud to know you – huge congratulations.' Everyone here and everyone who's behind the scenes for Selector is also delighted for Karen – way to go, Karen!
Selector Spreads Its Wings
In August 2022, Selector arrived in the Solomon Islands, broadcasting there for the first time on Paoa FM every Saturday at 12.00pm. Paoa FM is the largest FM radio station in the Solomon Islands, broadcasting to two-thirds of the country’s population. They play top hits, including Reggae and local stars. Paoa FM covers Guadalcanal, Malaita, Central Islands, Russell Islands and parts of Isabel and Makira Ulawa provinces.
Ahead of the launch, Paoa FM’s General Manager, an excited Joel Samuel Lamani said, ‘we are so excited to have this programme on Paoa FM, connecting us to the UK, keeping us up to date’ and the British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and Nauru, His Excellency, Thomas Edward Coward said, ‘I can’t wait to hear new UK music in Solomon Islands. Music has the power to bring us together and this is a celebration of the friendship between the UK and Solomon Islands.’
Selector Radio Highlights
Mercury Music Prize
Our UK host, Jamz Supernova, brings you a roundup of this year’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize – the contenders, the nominees who have featured on Selector on their way to the top of their game and her industry insights. Winners receive £25,000 … but a play on Selector does put your music in front of four million listeners around the world …
Latest Selector Sessions
Our latest Selector Sessions come courtesy of Freya Roy and feeo. Both have been on the Selector radar for some time so it was great to have them down in the studio, in person, recording live for us and delivering intimate performances of their latest music. So stand by for heart-wrenching, soulful sounds from two phenomenal emerging female artists.
You can also catch up with all the Selector Sessions over the years – more than 40 live music sessions featuring Yard Act, Hak Baker, Nabihah Iqbal, The Orielles and Franc Moody among many others. Just head over to our YouTube channel.
Selector Radio is in its Twenties!
What’s being in your 20s all about? Grown up, now knowledgeable and travelling all around the world? That’s what Selector’s 20s is all about! In 2021, we turned 20 years old and celebrated with brand new music from some of our favourite UK artists live music in November, Selector Sessions from the likes of Mali Hayes and Louis VI, birthday messages from Selector artists and friends from across the world, and an exclusive livestream event on 24 November on YouTube Premiere.
Unlike birthday cards, we’re not taking these things down! Check out everything there is to enjoy about our 20th birthday plus, every weekly Selector Radio show from 2021 is still available to listen to – again for our avid listeners or for the very first time for any others! – over on our Selector Shows page.
Discover Selector at 20:
- Read Selector's Story So Far
- Watch the Green Selector Sessions
- Listen to Selector's 20th birthday radio show
- Listen to our 2001-2021 Spotify playlist
From Gorillaz to Connie Constance, the story of Selector Radio is the story of UK music and wider culture across two decades. With contributions from just about everyone who has helped steer the show for 20 years this is how Selector came to be and why it is still, after all this time, so important to so many people around the world. Read the Selector story.
Inspired by COP26 and the climate emergency, we have taken steps to 'green' the production of our Selector Sessions and make them as environmentally friendly as possible. Looking at all the elements of production and researching climate-conscious music sector approaches, these new sessions have been a process of understanding how to produce 'greener' digital content. Watch the sessions here.
Host Jamz Supernova brings you a birthday special show packed with UK music plus a mix from the archive and new sounds from Bicep. Connie Constance is in conversations talking about new music and the black punk movement. Yard Act give us an exclusive track recorded live in lockdown. There's new music from Snowy and an Isolation Creation from the amazing Sans Soucis.
We kicked off the Selector at 20 year with a playlist which goes back in time, starting with recent Selector favourites going all the way back to one of the first songs ever played on the show back in 2001. These are tracks from the UK music makers who have made the past 20 years so exciting for Selector – all artists we've had in session, in interviews and been around the world with. What did we miss?
Warning: some tracks on our playlist contain explicit lyrics.