A radio station for babies! – What a brilliant idea! I’m pretty sure that there were only four lullaby CDs ever made, and all of them make me want to bury my head in some very loamy soil…that’s what listening to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star seven hundred times in six months does to a mum.
Okay, so I might be embellishing my family’s listening habits ever so slightly (500 times, not 700) but the point remains: children’s music can be desperately dull. And I am guessing that that’s the reason why French actor and father of three Julien Bocher started his own baby-friendly radio station.
Radio DouDou features no news or adds…just tunes; soft, melodic and varied. The station, designed to appeal to both children and parents, plays rhymes and lullabies, but also classical, jazz, and pop.
The radio station has been going for 5 months and already has 50,000 listeners. It runs 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The app (which costs €1.79 to upload) even enables listeners to send in dedications!
The station’s top 10, as indicated by ‘likes’ on the Radio Doudou Facebook page, currently features Henri Salvador’s A Sweet Song in number one, and favourites including The Kids’ Crocodiles and Bach’s Prelude in C Major at numbers three and eight respectively. The playlist is different every day, songs including Abba’s Dancing Queen, a jazz version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Dusty Springfield’s song The Look of Love are the kind of song’s you’re likely to hear.
The key to loamy soil avoidance is variety – or just make your children listen to your favourite music. For a fairer alternative, tune in to radiodoudou.com.