Listen: The power of Myf Warhurst's giggle
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Listen: The power of Myf Warhurst's giggle

Myf Warhurst

​ABC Radio, weekdays 12.30-2pm

Myf Warhurst.

Myf Warhurst.Credit:Stephen Baccon

One suspects the ABC knows the power of Myf Warhurst's giggle. The national broadcaster recently made a promo for Warhurst's radio show starring her signature laugh. And why not? The effervescent sound rises like freshly-popped champagne and makes us feel good. And by "us", I mean the socially isolated, slightly lonely people listening to ABC Radio in the middle of the day. We need a little love, y'know?

We're the ones at home with small kids amid the uneaten crusts and bright Ikea cups, we're the tradies and self-employed, the fridge-tempted working-from-homers. We don't have colleagues for company. But we do have Warhurst's giggle frothing through her daily music and culture show.

Fans of ABC TV's Spicks and Specks know Warhurst (pictured) has formidable music knowledge. But in her show, which debuted in January, Warhurst never turns into a terrible music bore. At heart, she is an enthusiast ("I just have to pick myself off the floor!" she'll gush after a particularly riveting live studio performance) and also a Gen-X sentimentalist, so there are quite a few trips down the orange-carpeted halls of the 1970s (an interview with the agent who recently sold the Brady Bunch house in LA, for instance).

Another highlight is her "Middle of the Road" segment, in which touring musicians do covers of old favourites in a homage to easy-listening radio (google Sarah Blasko's version of Terence Trent D'Arby's Sign Your Name for an exquisite example). Interviewing musicians is not easy – and, frankly, the results can be boring – but Warhurst always unearths some gentle revelation. It makes sense, of course, that Warhurst makes them feel more relaxed and open. It's the power of The Giggle.

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