I am always shyly pleased when someone asks if I am still on the radio or asks when I am next on Thought For The Day. When I am sitting in front of the microphone, for Pause for Thought all on my very own, or in these Covid days in my own front room I wonder if anyone is actually listening at all. So, when people ask, it is nice.
So, for those who ask, I am delighted to let you know that I will be on the radio almost once a week the whole way through to March!
The first batch is on BBC Radio Ulster. I will be doing Thought For The Day around 7.20am every Thursday morning in January - 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
Then after a week off I will start a series of four Wednesdays Pause For Thoughts on BBC Radio 2 at 5.45am - 9th, 16th, 23rd and March 2nd.
Thought For The Day and Pause For Thought have different approaches. Radio 2 give us a theme. The theme lasts all week and each contributor brings their own slant. Radio Ulster is a free for all. Choose your own theme.
The truth is that when I am doing Thought For The Day I so wish I had a theme to work within, to spark an idea. Then when I am on Pause For Thought I am thinking how difficult this theme is and how I wish it was free for all! Go figure?! Maybe there is a Thought For The Day in that.
Anyway, we start in the morning. A Bob Geldof thought on commitment and providence and how I have seen it work itself out in 4 Corners Festival.
If you are up early...