Radio Romance is about a top actor (Yoon Doo Joon) who becomes a radio DJ, but he can’t do anything without a script and the program’s writer (Kim So Hyun) who struggles to succeed with her writing. It follows stories of healing through their radio show as they fall in love.
Kim So Hyun plays Song Geu Rim, a writer at a radio station. She is passionate about radio because it’s the way she connects with her blind mother. But she has had trouble getting ahead with her writing. That is until she gets top actor Ji Soo Ho to be the DJ of a radio program at the station.
Yoon Doo Joon is the popular actor Ji Soo Ho. He’s good at pretending and playing a part, but in real life he is very withdrawn, sad, and cut off from those around him. He struggles to connect with others and to show his true self. Becoming the DJ of a radio program allows him to discover a new side of himself and explore his feelings for Geu Rim.
Yoon Park play the radio PD Lee Gang. He’s kind of an eccentric man who is tough but good at his job. He finds himself a bit at odds with Soo Ho and even more so when he also develops feelings for Geu Rim.
Radio Romance is a mostly nice watch. I enjoyed the radio station as a setting, and it has a cute romance coupled with a nice journey of character growth for Soo Ho. This drama is more character driven with the plot revolving around the characters’ personal journeys. Soo Ho’s story is the most prominent with it being very intertwined with Geu Rim’s.
It was sad watching Soo Ho so awkwardly try to navigate the world while remaining closed off and withdrawn. Past hurts and trauma haunt him and create so much pain. But seeing him slowly take interest in those around him as well as actually looking forward to working at the radio station was great.
I also liked how Soo Ho’s core personality doesn’t dramatically change throughout the drama despite his inner transformation. He’s had years of being hurt and withdrawn, and that isn’t something that easily changes. He remains a bit closed off, but we see that subtle smile more often and see him feel more at ease around Geu Rim.
The romance between Soo Ho and Geu Rim was very sweet. I liked how their childhood connection very much related to their present. It had a big impact on Soo Ho that played a major part in him being able to finally open up and desire a relationship with Geu Rim. I didn’t find their relationship particularly swoony, but it felt very down to earth and comfortable. It was a nice relationship to watch blossom.
The villains are quite strong in this drama. Soo Ho’s mother (Oh Hyun Kyung) is completely controlling and not to be swayed, and Tae Ri (Yura) is an actress who clings on to Soo Ho and creates a lot of drama. Neither are very appealing characters.
The drama did feel a bit slow at times, but mostly it felt like an easy watch. The back story surrounding Soo Ho and Geu Rim was interesting though I wish they would have went deeper with it much sooner rather than saving so much for the end of the drama.
But I still enjoyed watching their healing journeys. There are also some very touching stories that play out through the radio program. Many times they helped push Soo Ho forward in his own healing journey.
While Radio Romance doesn’t do anything particularly revolutionary, it’s cute and fun with a main couple that is easy to root for. It also delivers plenty of heartfelt moments to make for a thoughtful and enjoyable story.
My Rating: 7/10
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Televisual fairy floss.
But Kim So Hyun was very good.
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Yes, Kim So Hyun was great! I always love her performances 🙂
Hello Kay, I agree with your review. But I was not so good in my review. I also got bored in parts, but as you say it ends up being nutritious and leaves a good flavor.
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Yep, it definitely had some slow parts as the pacing was quite laid back it didn’t have a ton of story to tell. But it had enough good elements that I enjoyed it for the most part 🙂
I indeed agree with your review to an extent. I was a little taken aback on how the drama unveiled and the plot progressed, going by your words, it seriously didn’t have much story to tell. Apart from seeing a good lead couple, I didn’t find myself to be that connected with the characters. Moreover, I expected a lot from this drama since it had KSH but wasn’t that much happy and contended. The plot didn’t have much things to keep the anxiety and apprehension at the high. It was too simple to be a k-drama. Since all dramas I’ve seen so far has so many elements and so many emotions to deal with which makes me crave for them more and more. But somehow this drama didn’t live up to my expectations and I thought it was only good for a one-time watch.
Hope we have many more worth watching dramas coming this year to deal with this void and dissatisfaction.
Btw, wonderful review once again.
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Yes, the worst thing was that the drama just didn’t have enough story to tell. It had such a good back story that I think if they would have utilized that a bit better throughout it would have helped a lot. Instead we got lots of crumbs and then sort of a dump of here’s the full story a the very end.
I too didn’t connect with the supporting characters. Most of them just weren’t that likable. But the main thing the drama did right was the main couple. Their present day story was well handled and both Yoon Doo Joon and Kim So Hyun were great in their roles. But even then it was still a very simple story. So yeah, it was a nice watch, but not something that will stand out from the rest. I too will definitely be looking forward to some other exciting dramas in the months to come 🙂
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This is why I love your reviews, they’re so honest. You gush when there’s reason for it and you tell it like it is when there are things lacking. I’m halfway through this series and I’m enjoying it but not completely taken with it. So much potential but missing that special something. Great review as always 🙂
I really appreciate you saying that Kate! It means a lot to me 🙂 Yes, Radio Romance a sweet drama but was a lacking a bit. Some of the story and pacing wasn’t executed as well as it could have been which created some slowness. But nonetheless, the character journey’s were really nice to see and overall it was a cute and pleasant watch 🙂
I get so frustrated with some of these dramas because the men are always so jealous and can’t stand the women talking or working with other men but when it comes to them they can talk and work and even kiss (while working) the women who have crushes on them. So one sided.
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Yeah, that definitely happens a lot in dramas. Things have improved over the years for sure, but there is still a ways to go.
I know I’ve already commented but I find the fact that the girl was only 18 when this was made and her two love interests were 28 and 30 at the time it’s not the age difference it’s the fact she was a teenager so it’s made it a little bit cringe for me.