Feeling out of the Buenos Aires loop? Wish you could listen to music that’s actually cutting edge and not churned up 80’s pop? With chats in English, tips about what to do and where to go in Buenos Aires, and the latest cool music tracks, Radio BA Live will plug that Thursday night hole in your life that you probably didn’t even know existed.
Hosted by erstwhile Brit, Sorrel Moseley-Williams, BA Live airs every Thursday night between 9 and 11pm on Radio Urbana 89.5FM. If you don’t have a radio, it can also be heard online or downloaded a couple of days after going to air. The magazine-style program is made up of a series of guests who shoot the breeze with Moseley-Williams, interspersed with alternative music tracks from a playlist provided by Crobar regular DJ Rama, as well as a weekly guest DJ set.
Moseley-Williams, who is also entertainment writer at The Buenos Aires Herald, says she met producer Flora Dido by chance over pizzas at the La Trastienda club after a gig. “We started chatting and she said she used to work at Metro and wanted to get back into radio. I told her that I wanted to be on the radio! So we met and knocked some ideas about, and came up with the concept, which is an extension of my work at the Herald.”
She explains that Urbana didn’t see it as a great risk to broadcast a show in English. “The owner loved the idea. The music on the station is new music out of the US and Europe and he recognized that it would also make the show edgy among dozens and dozens of shows in Spanish. Plus, plenty of Argentines speak English.”
For those who have stumbled through the week to Thursday devoid of any plans for the weekend, regular BA Live guests such as tour guide Chance Miller, who offers tips sightseeing in the city, and Elizabeth Gleeson, who updates listeners on artsy goings on, can be very handy listening. Other regulars are restaurateur Sunae Wiseman and rocker Jonah Schwartz from Los Alamos. Moseley-Williams keeps the vibe congenial, and obviously knows most of the studio visitors on a personal level, making for some easygoing natter, even if guests are whisked in and out quite quickly. Events such as upcoming concerts, gallery shows and foreigner gatherings are discussed in the WWW section (Where to go and What to do this Weekend), giving the listener the kind of valuable inside information that you only get from veteran expats who have their fingers on the pulse.
Radio Urbana 89.5FM