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London Greek Radio (LGR) has recorded a huge increase in listening figures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with other local, commercial and BBC stations across the UK, whilst some stations have reported double-digit increases in online listening in recent weeks, LGR has seen our figures more than triple!

London Greek Radio has recorded a significant increase in connected radio listening, with an average increase of 173% with the most notable growth over the Orthodox Easter weekend of 346%.

The figures suggest that people staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic seem to be listening to more radio rather than listening to music apps.

The numbers are from LGR’s online streaming platforms. Some of LGR’s biggest increases have been especially noted across morning and daytime programming – which suggests that people are keeping devices on when they would normally be heading out to work.

Pierre Petrou, Head of Programming for London Greek Radio said: “LGR has been the backbone for our communities for over 30 years and provides companionship and friendship. As a result, solid relationships are formed between the listener and presenter on the radio. During this crisis, our presenters aim to inform, update and entertain.

He added, “We have developed systematic programming which includes regular live updates from Cyprus, Greece and the UK. Understandably, our regular schedule has changed but it seems that people are welcoming this as we are working in partnership with organisations who are providing essential key services to the most vulnerable – from free food packages to ‘a listening ear’.

“We’re also aware that calls, texts and emails have increased, so I think there is a bit of a general rediscovery of radio and how important it can be at times like this.”

Siobhan Kenny, CEO of Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, said: “As the UK acclimatises to a new world of working from home and enforced isolation, radio proves its strength as a hugely valuable source of information, reassurance, company and, most importantly, fun. As one of the most trusted and accessible forms of media, it is perhaps no surprise that so many are tuning in right now.”


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It’s been reported this week that 287 UK Cypriots have died in relation to Coronavirus.

The weekly Parikiaki newspaper which has continued to print it’s circulation during the pandemic have been providing regular updates.  The latest figures were published as of 29th April 2020, however it is not known whether the deceased have died directly from Coronavirus or whether they had tested positive for the virus, but died of other causes.

The newspaper has contacted hospitals, churches, funeral directors, Turkish Cypriot media and community, plus requests for their weekly death announcements, and confirmed 287 UK Cypriots have died, with 51 deaths of UK Cypriots in the past week.

According to Parikiaki’s calculations the deceased are as follows:-

UK Greek Cypriots – 170, which includes a married couple and two brothers
UK Turkish Cypriots – 90
UK Maronite Cypriot – 1

All of the above are from the London area with 8 additional UK Greek-Cypriot deaths and 1 Turkish-Cypriot in Birmingham, 3 (from the same family) in Weston-super-Mare, 1 in Southend, 1 in Luton, 1 in Cheltenham, 1 in Lowestoft, 1 in Derby, 1 in Cambridge, 1 Greek-Cypriot and 1 Maronite-Cypriot in Liverpool, 1 in Glasgow, 1 in Newport, 1 in Leeds and 3 Turkish-Cypriots outside of London (awaiting details).

With 233,829 deaths worldwide, the above total of 287 UK Cypriot deaths equates to 0.12% of deaths globally and 1.07% of deaths in the UK.

Cyprus currently has 850 cases of positive tests for Coronavirus with 15 deaths and so far, 148 have recovered from the disease, (just over 17%).

In Greece, of 2,591 cases, 140 people have died and 1,374 have recovered, (just over 53% so far).

Globally, from the 3,304,140 who have tested positive for the disease, 1,039,055 have recovered and 233,829 have died.  [Just over 31% recovery rate so far and 7% spot-on who have died worldwide.]

London Greek Radio (LGR) expresses our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those who have sadly died during the pandemic and continuing to work with various organisations to help and support our communities at this challenging time.

John Kyriakides, Chairman of LGR said, “The LGR family are working hard to keep listeners informed, entertained and updated during this unprecedented time. I am saddened to hear of so many deaths in our communities.”

Tony Jay, Managing Director for LGR added, “LGR will continue to promote cross-partnership initiatives to help our listeners and communities. Our work to communicate the help that is available is more important than ever because we all have a role to play in fighting this virus.”

London Greek Radio – working together with partners, businesses and organisations to support our communities.

#StayHome#SaveLives#StayTuned

Information credited and attributed to Parikiaki newspaper and www.worldometers.info

Figures correct at time of publication 01:15 on Friday 1st May 2020.


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Top 40 LGR Official UK ‘Airplay Chart’ this month.

April 1st to April 28th 2020 inclusive.

The biggest, most in demand hit songs in the chart.

1 Nikos Vertis, Amir – I Lexi S’ Agapo
2 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Agapi Mou
3 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val’to Terma
4 Christina Salti, Ilias Vrettos – Taxidi Magiko
5 Melisses – Misi Kardia
6 Onirama – Pous Isoun Chtes
7 Alcatrash – Xana
8 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
9 Giorgos Livanis, Areti Katime – Ela Apopse
10 Helena Paparizou, Sakis Rouvas – Etsi Einai I Fasi

11 Natasa Theodoridou – Chartopolemos
12 Kostas Karafotis – Afiste Me Oloi Stin Trela Mou
13 Ilias Kampakakis – Se Synantisa
14 Christos Mastoras, Dimitris Basis – Ena Lepto
15 Despina Vandi – Esto Ligo Akoma
16 Christos Menidiatis – Dyo Dromoi
17 Nikos Apergis – Ego O Dinatos
18 Konstantinos Koufos – Parasyromai
19 Ivi Adamou, Konnie Metaxa – Pao
20 Anastasios Rammos – Se Dyo Mono Matia

21 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Vale Ena Kafe
22 Giota Negka – Oxygono
23 Giota Negka – Diarkeia Mias Zois
24 Michalis Hatzigiannis, Dimitra Galani – Se Poion Na Po To S’ Agapo
25 Ilias Vrettos – I Agapi Mporei
26 Stelios Rokkos – S’ Agapo
27 Konstantinos Christoforou Feat. One – Billy Bam Bam
28 Andromachi – Na ‘soun Psema
29 Natasa Theodoridou – Den Me Afora
30 Demy – Ela

31 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Akousa
32 Dimitris Mpasis – Psithiroi Kardias
33 Despina Vandi – To Nisi
34 Dionyis Schoinas – Allazo
35 Kelly Kelekidou – Gia Chari Sou
36 Kelly Kelekidou (Feat. Stamatis Kraounakis) – Vasanizomai
37 Helena Paparizou – Askopa Xenihtia
38 Knock Out – Ach Ntina (Bika Karantina)
39 Josephine – Den Echo Sima
40 Kings – Pio Poly Apo Pote

“Celebrating Greek music and creativity on the air-waves”

Source: The Official Radio Monitor detection, 28 days monthly.

London Greek Radio, Official UK Airplay Chart.

April 1st to 28th 2020 inclusive.


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It’s been reported this week that 236 UK Cypriots have died in relation to Coronavirus.

The weekly Parikiaki newspaper which has continued to print it’s circulation during the pandemic have been providing regular updates.  The latest figures were published as of 22nd April 2020, however it is not known whether the deceased have died directly from Coronavirus or whether they had tested positive for the virus, but died of other causes.

The newspaper has contacted hospitals, churches, funeral directors, Turkish Cypriot media and community, plus requests for their weekly death announcements, and confirmed 236 UK Cypriots have died, with 36 deaths of UK Cypriots in the past week.

According to Parikiaki’s calculations the deceased are as follows:-

UK Greek Cypriots – 140, which includes a married couple
UK Turkish Cypriots – 80
UK Maronite Cypriot – 1

All of the above are from the London area with 5 additional UK Greek-Cypriot deaths in Birmingham, 3 (from the same family) in Weston-super-Mare, 1 in Southend, 1 in Luton, 1 in Cheltenham, 1 in Lowestoft, 1 in Derby, 1 in Cambridge and 1 in Liverpool.

With 192,262 deaths worldwide, the above total of 236 UK Cypriot deaths equates to 0.12% of deaths globally and 1.26% of deaths in the UK.

Cyprus currently has 795 cases of positive tests for Coronavirus with 14 deaths and so far, 98 have recovered from the disease, (just over 12%).

In Greece, of 2,463 cases, 127 people have died and 577 have recovered, (almost 25% so far).

Globally, from the 2,754,506 who have tested positive for the disease, 762,128 have recovered and 192,377 have died.  [An almost 30% recovery rate so far and just under 7% who have died worldwide.]

The 2,754,506 confirmed worldwide cases represents 0.035% of the world’s population who have been diagnosed with Coronavirus.

London Greek Radio (LGR) expresses our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those who have sadly died during the pandemic and continuing to work with various organisations to help and support our communities at this challenging time.

John Kyriakides, Chairman of LGR said, “The LGR family are working hard to keep listeners informed, entertained and updated during this unprecedented time. I am saddened to hear of so many deaths in our communities.”

Tony Jay, Managing Director for LGR added, “LGR will continue to promote cross-partnership initiatives to help our listeners and communities. Our work to communicate the help that is available is more important than ever because we all have a role to play in fighting this virus.”

London Greek Radio – working together with partners, businesses and organisations to support our communities.  #StayHome#SaveLives#StayTuned

Information credited and attributed to Parikiaki newspaper and www.worldometers.info

Figures correct at time of publication 16:09 on Friday 24th April 2020.


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LGR has teamed up with restaurateur, George Psarias, who has nearly 40 years of cooking experience to bring you a recipe every Wednesday for you to try one evening this week!

Tune in for Drive-Time 4-7pm with Tony Neophytou every Wednesday to hear George’s latest recipe!

Click here to download this week’s recipe!

WEEK 1: 20th April 2020
GALAKTOBOUREKO STO TAPSI (PDF file)

WEEK 2: 27th April 2020
GREEK KLEFTIKO (PDF file)

WEEK 3: 6th May 2020
SPANAKOPITA (PDF file)

WEEK 4: 13th May 2020

YIOUVETSI (PDF file)

WEEK 5: 20th May 2020

SFOUGATO (PDF file)

WEEK 6: 27th May 2020

PSARI PLAKI (PDF file)

WEEK 7: 3rd June 2020

HTAPODI (PDF file)


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The increasing daily death toll from Coronavirus has stunned the nation. The pandemic has caused widespread disruption to jobs, family life and individual liberty. Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is currently fighting this dreadful disease.

The media and politicians alike suggest that we will need to call upon ‘The Dunkirk Spirit’ to see us through the crisis. It was said that the “Yorkshire flood victims showed the Dunkirk Spirit as they battled the rising water”. However, what does this really mean?

A brief look at the history does at least give us a startling perspective.

The renown historian, AJP Taylor famously wrote, “Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster but it might simply have been a great disaster”. Put bluntly, had Hitler not halted the advance of his Panzers at a critical point during the allied retreat, the miracle of Dunkirk would not have been possible. The term ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ would not exist.

Hypothetically, under these circumstances, “Dunkirk Capitulation” is a more appropriate epitaph as it is likely that the whole area would rapidly have been transformed into a giant POW cage.

As we know, for reasons which have never been convincingly explained, Hitler did halt his tanks, allowing the British and French to build a defensive perimeter around Dunkirk making mass evacuation possible.

More than three-hundred thousand British and French troops were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk.  But make no mistake – this was a collective effort.  A brilliant feat of improvisation from our forces supported by a selfless rear-guard action from troops on the ground, notably the defenders of Calais and the French 12th motorised infantry division.

However, not everyone behaved as heroes and, like today, although most are observing social distancing, but not all, back then, some service personnel / civilians behaved selfishly.

Recently, Scotland’s chief medical officer has resigned after making two trips to her second home during the coronavirus “lockdown”.  The chief medical officer had fronted television and radio adverts urging the public to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.  However, it is the majority that create a collective spirit, not random individuals.

In 1940, private boat owners volunteered themselves and their vessels, (often just pleasure craft), to help with the evacuation. Their contribution was critical and is regarded, rightly so. with great pride. No doubt, in time, memories of the volunteers prepared to risk infection for the greater cause during the Coronavirus will attribute similar status.

After Dunkirk, Winston Churchill reminded the public, “wars are not won by evacuations”, but added, “there was a victory inside this deliverance which should be noted”. From this platform, based on a common spirit of defiance, Churchill was able to galvanise a nation to defend itself against invasion.

Of course, to varying degrees, this spirit was evident during the threat from the Spanish Armada and later Napoleon, although modern communication was not available then so the message would have taken time to circulate. Churchill had radio. Today our leaders have satellite TV, the internet and social media.

It is often said that the British are at their best when their “backs are to the wall.”  There is truth in this. Unlike our cousins across the pond, we champion the underdog, celebrate near misses, honourable defeats, resistance against all odds, rarely sublime victory. At the defence of the mission-station at Rorke’s Drift, which was a courageous, yet defensive engagement, the ‘hero’ status was accorded to Captain Scott after failing to reach Antarctica ahead of his biggest rival.

Our sentimental attachment with the Second World War is another factor. A couple of weeks ago, H.M the Queen made a rare televised address to the nation in which she called on the country to “remain united and resolute”, and echoed the words of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime anthem, when she said “we will meet again.”  I can’t imagine other world leaders resurrecting our memories from the war to boost morale.

We are told hundreds of workers in small laboratories across the UK are working to create a 21st century flotilla of little ships to avert Britain`s threatened Coronavirus Dunkirk by testing the nation’s frontline NHS workers. This is truly uplifting, but is it really a version of the Dunkirk Spirit?

I believe this reaction to be a trait which is intrinsically British, but not exclusively so. “Lest we forget” the Spartans gallant stand at Thermopylae against overwhelming odds, or the French defenders at Verdun.

We may very well be a softer society than the one our parents or grandparents inhabited, but our current plight and capacity to endure should be measured against our world of 2020, not 1940.

I joined in the hand-clapping for National Heath /social workers which, although pre-ordained by the media, showed the very best of British.  In my street, (Heywood Road, Harrogate), people came together in a simultaneous act of appreciation. Whole families clapped and cheered, not only out of respect, but there was a real sense of ‘we are in this fight together – we will beat this disease together.’  Other countries have shown their appreciation in similar ways but it is unusual for the British to embrace a collective emotional outpouring of this kind.

We may very well still be influenced by past glories perceived or otherwise, but our special spirit remains intact.  Whether this is a British characteristic or the Dunkirk Spirit remains to be seen, but it is nevertheless, something we will be increasingly reliant upon in the months to come.

Michael Janes
LGR Broadcast Journalist.


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The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, have compiled useful support information for our UK Cypriot diaspora and Cypriot nationals currently in the UK. This initiative is also supported by the Presidential Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus.

We will continue to update this page, so if you know a service that we should be including please let us know, by email: enquiries@cypriotfederation.org.uk. Also, subscribe to our mailing by clicking here to get our regular updates.

More HERE


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Top 40 London Greek Radio ‘Airplay Chart’

The Monthly Chart, which covers March 2nd to March 30th, 2020.

The biggest, most in demand hit songs in the Chart.

1 Giorgos Livanis, Areti Ketime – Ela Apopse
2 Christina Salti, Ilias Vrettos – Taxidi Magiko
3 Helena Paparizou, Sakis Rouvas – Etsi Einai I Fasi
4 Christos Mastoras, Dimitris Basis – Ena Lepto
5 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Val’to Terma
6 Elli Kokkinou – Taxe Mou
7 Konstantinos Argiros – Ta Matia Sou Eroteftika
8 Nikiforos – Ta Leme To Vradi
9 Stelios Legakis – Perasmena Xehasmena
10 Anastasios Rammos – Se Dyo Mono Matia

11 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Kathimerina
12 Giorgos Sabanis – Allaxe Ta Ola
13 Ilias Kampakakis – Se Synantisa
14 Josephine – Den Echo Sima
15 Apostolia Zoi, Nino – Esy
16 Andromachi – Na ‘soun Psema
17 Christos Cholidis – Pali Sto Spiti Mou Charamata
18 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai
19 Konstantinos Christoforou Feat. One – Billy Bam Bam
20 Ilias Vrettos – I Agapi Mporei

21 Stelios Rokkos – Makari
22 Christos Mastoras – Den Echo Idea
23 Nikos Apergis – Ego O Dinatos
24 Peggy Zina – Mesa Mou Kati Egine
25 Giannis Vardis, Giorgos Lianos – Emeis I Dio
26 Nikos Kourkoulis – Eline Kai Edene
27 Ivi Adamou feat. Konnie Metaxa – Pao
28 Zanis Knock Out, Panos Myrianthous – Moro Mou
29 Eirini Papadopoulou, Stamatis Houhoulis – Halali
30 Natasa Theodoridou – Chartopolemos

31 Kings, Giannis Ploutarhos – Oso Tha Leipeis
32 Alcatrash – Xana
33 Kelly Kelekidou – Gia Chari Sou
34 Kostas Doxas – Seri
35 Nikos Vertis – Allaxa
36 Alkistis Protopsalti, Antonis Remos – S’Agapo
37 Christos Dantis – Pros To Paron
38 Stefania – Superg!rl
39 Stan – De Me Xereis
40 Melina, Michalis Hatzigiannis – Love, Love, Love

Celebrating Greek music and creativity on the air-waves

Source: London Greek Radio, Official UK Airplay Chart,
The Official Radio Monitor.

March 2nd to 30th 2020 inclusive


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London Greek Radio is showing love to all our NHS workers by supporting #ClapForOurCarers this Thursday night.

This is something which affects us all, in London, whole of UK, and the World, the like of which has never been seen ever before.

The spread of coronavirus across the globe has forced us to stop doing things that for so long we’ve taken for granted…

Our favourite sports postponed, the Eurovision Song Contest especially Greek/Cypriot fans, the gigs/concerts of our favourite artists, our favourite restaurants, local businesses and community places, our Greek Orthodox Church services suspended.

We’re being asked to change a lot from our daily routine… social distancing, to self-isolate, in order to save lives.

The NHS heroes on the front-line deserve our recognition. The nurses, doctors, GP’s and carers for their ongoing hard work and fight against the virus. This is only the beginning of what looks set to be a challenging and difficult few months… we here at LGR want them to know, on behalf of you and everybody listening right now – how much they are appreciated… Which is why, this Thursday, we’re coming together, for them.

The hash-tag #ClapForOurCarers has been trending on social media in the last few days – and this Thursday – us here at LGR, along with the wider British public will be taking a minute out to ‘Applaud Our NHS Heroes’.

At 8pm on Thursday night – we’ll stop everything – to take a minute to put our hands together and make some noise for the doctors, nurses, carers, GP’s, pharmacists and all the NHS staff who are working hard to help those affected by coronavirus.

And we want you to join us – so, make sure you’ve got LGR on – this Thursday, at 8pm… turn your radio up and open your windows and front doors, stand on your balcony or in your garden and show your support.

Join us to create a wave of positivity for our friends in the NHS and let’s really make a difference – as we applaud our NHS heroes this Thursday at 8pm on LGR.


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