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Election shows with a twist on Jazz FM and 5 Live

By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 6 May 2015, 5.18pm edt

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Jazz FM's broadcasting a special overnight programme for the election: their "Jazz FM Election Swing-A-Thon". Their pun-filled press release includes...

Jazz FM plans to keep the energy going all night when it’s needed most. From 1am to 6am on Friday 8thMay, we will be following the action from the General Election with up-to-the-minute news and a coalition of swing, jazz and blues.

Jazz FM’s resident spin-doctor, raconteur and swing (music) expert Bob Sinfield will be hosting, with a smart, funny and entertaining alternative in the early hours. His music will reflect and react to the news as it happens, and listeners up and down the country will be able to interact with the show on Twitter, Facebook and Periscope, whilst Jazz FM will keep them up-to-date with the latest calls from the polling stations around the UK.

Bob Sinfield, host of the “Jazz FM Election Swing-A-Thon” said, “This idea instantly got my vote. An estimated 20 million Brits will be staying up for the result of what experts are calling the closest election in UK history. We can’t predict what will happen on the night, but Jazz FM might be the surprise winner. You can immediately count me in.”

Meanwhile, on Sunday evening at 9.00pm on BBC Radio 5 Live, Jenny Eclair will be broadcasting a special programme called "5 live's Ballot Box Brigade", which their press release calls "a unique programme where ordinary voters give a real insight into this years’ election campaign."

5 live selected a 'brigade' of listeners who have been tasked with passing judgement on the debates, interviews, policy announcements, and any gaffes that took place in the weeks running up to the election.

No stranger to radio, Jenny's also presented programmes for LBC and BBC London 94.9.

James Cridland — James is the Managing Director of media.info, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. His website is at james.cridland.net, where you can subscribe to his weekly newsletter.
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