Not just one of the best podcasts out there at the moment but Iain Lee is one of the most refreshing voices to be heard on radio for many years. The daily podcast of his late night talk show on TalkRadio is essential listening.
Iain Lee has a unique ability to be able to cover any topic ranging from really serious social issues to complete madness, he’s able to bounce from varying topics and treat each one on it’s merits with the correct dose of dignity, humour and honesty.
Who is Iain Lee?
Iain Lee has been around the block for many years as a broadcaster and comedian. His career started on Channel 4’s 11 O’Clock show in the 90’s, alongside the likes of Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen. More recently his broadcasting career became the focus of the mainstream media after an encounter with a Christian Lawyer, who on national airwaves of the BBC defended the homophobic actions of a client. Iain Lee, speaking his mind and the minds of any right thinking person in modern society, completely slated this views and called them out for exactly what they were, bigotry… he was fired by BBC.
It’s these kind of actions that make Iain Lee a bit of a cult hero in radio broadcasting. He speaks with no agenda and with no loyalty to anyone but his listeners. The story above is a perfect example, what would most radio presenters in this position do, brush it aside and end the call… press the dump button… say thanks to the guest and then slate them off air. What Iain Lee wanted to do is make someone accountable for their comments, he wanted to say what the VAST majority of his listeners would say if they were in his seat. The fact that he’s on the radio is always secondary, it’s like he carries on as if he could be anywhere and forgets there’s a mic infront of him and it makes for entertaining radio.
Iain Lee is different, he doesn’t sound like he’s reading from a script, his focus is not based around branding, cross-promotion, competitions, arrogance and desperation… he tears up the rulebook and it’s great!!
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Why is it so great? it’s hard to put into words!! you have no idea what your going to get. Iain himself makes no bones of this, he’s always been refreshingly honest and tells you straight up “this could be good or this could be rubbish”… it’s actually very difficult to describe apart from that, it goes from discussing something very serious like a caller who is suicidal to complete an utter random discussions from the regular callers like Nigel in Maidestone and the legendary Barry from Watford…
There’s completely out of the ordinary games and features like “Katie Hopkins Bingo”, where listeners guess what topic competitor station LBC and presenter Katie Hopkins are covering… after which Iain checks the LBC feed to see if they are right. What kind of radio show not only mentions a competitor, but plays a live feed from their competitor? It’s unheard of, it’s against the rules… but actually Iain Lee is thinking outside the box, he’s making fun of how predictable mainstream radio is while highlighting how different his show is to the rest.
He bounces between topics at a seriously fast-pace as apposed to the usual 1 hour, 1 topic structure of radio phone in shows… but if you’re in the pub with mates, do you discuss 1 topic in 1 hour? that old stale format once again, is a narrow minded view on how we should be entertained “People can’t possibly process multiple topics in one hour”… says the radio consultant… radio now surely should, flow at a natural pace and not be strictly formatted.
It’s hard to condense this show into 30 / 40 minutes of audio, but listening to the podcast gives you a taste for what Iain Lee is all about… even if you’re not completely sold right away, stick with it. It’s a complete mix bag orchestrated by an absolute master of his trade, who if justice existed would be getting way more credit and money for his talents. The money some broadcasters are on today is sickening… and what REAL purpose do a lot of them serve us as an audience?? Give 90% of the big earners Iain Lee’s job and they wouldn’t be able to do it! yet he’s somehow found himself refined to a DAB radio station… perhaps DAB is the only format given the freedom to do something creative. All we can do is try and get him the listeners he deserves.
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Who Is this podcast / radio show for?
Anyone who appreciates intelligent discussion with and a bit of random humour.
People who are bored of “traditional” radio formats
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