Latest audience figures
A few weeks ago when England played poorly against Algeria, we received 3,000 phone-calls from listeners trying to get themselves on 606 or the Stephen Nolan show.
Not long before that, all our news programme teams were reporting a bigger-than-usual response to our General Election coverage.
So It wasn't a huge surprise earlier today when the audience figures for April, May and June arrived:
5 live has set a new high of 6.76 million listeners each week. That's up nearly 350,000 from last year.
I'm really pleased for our production teams that all the hard work they put into both the election campaign and the World Cup in particular seems to have been rewarded with a big audience response.
With Radio 4 also reaching a new high, it's also a big success for speech radio despite the competition on other platforms.
Here are some other interesting stats: the average 5 live listener is tuned in for 7 hours 23 minutes each week; Danny Baker and Colin Murray have put on the highest figures for several years in their respective slots; and Breakfast and Drive audiences are very near to their highest ever.
So, despite predictions to the contrary several years ago about speech radio's uncertain future, people across the UK are still choosing radio as one of the main ways to keep in touch with what's going on in the world.
We're now looking ahead to the next three months -- starting of course with the new Football League season this weekend. We also have a major set of outside broadcasts in the northeast of England for 5 live's Septemberfest, and our news teams are already planning their coverage of the party conference season.
We also have that new Sunday evening schedule from September 5th: Alan Green moves to Sunday 606, followed at 7pm by Pienaar's Politics and then at 8pm we will have our new business programme "On the Money" hosted by Declan Curry. Our news investigation show moves to 9pm and will be called "5 live investigates". I hope to bring you news of the new presenter of that show early next week.
I know not all of you will like everything we do, and you are not shy in telling us what you think doesn't work, but thank you for being part of our record audience numbers.
Jonathan Wall is 5 live's commissioning editor