Loyal fans of Kerrang! 105.2 have received an email from programme director Gordon Davidson about the future of the station, and the departure of key presenters.
In the refreshingly open email, Gordon explains the tough decisions the company has made regarding the departure of presenters Christian Stevenson, Emma Scott and Nick Margerrison.
Breakfast presenters Si and Hill will continue in their role, whilst weekend and cover jock Luke Wilkins is promoted onto the weekday schedule with a new show between 11am and 3pm.
Gordon told listeners: "I wanted to drop you a line to run through some changes we are making at Kerrang Radio, and as loyal fans of the station I wanted to explain why we are making these changes.
"Kerrang Radio over the last year has seen its audience grow both in the West Midlands and across the country. We are also the Sony Radio Station of the Year for 2009, and add to this the award Simon James and Hill picked up (beating some big name BBC types) and the Rising Star award that was presented to Singin’ Henri, I am personally really proud of the team we have built here. Unfortunately though, we can’t escape the fact that the economy at the moment is screwed and like every other business we have had to make some tough decisions."
He finished by saying: "It was important that we told you guys first about the changes, we will keep you fully informed on when things will start to swap over so please keep listening for more info."
It was reported yesterday that up to 20 jobs in total could be going at the Bauer Media station.
That email is full, is below:
We have been talking to a lot of the team about our plans and in some cases we have had presenters flag up some of their future plans themselves. For example Christian Stevenson has a young family based on the south coast and working on a weekday show at Kerrang means he is missing his boys growing up. Christian has also started to develop his live work and had already requested to take a lot of the summer off as he has been booked to DJ at major festivals across UK and Europe. He has two TV projects scheduled for later in the year and as you’ll be aware he has plans to write that BBQ book he’s been talking about for years!
Emma Scott will also be leaving us after five brilliant years on the station. She has been one of the key players that helped drive this station forward. As some of you are aware Emma is heavily involved in the live music scene, running her own very successful music promoter business and along with her husband managing up coming new bands. Emma is looking forward to spending the school holidays with her girls, and then presenting TV shows and hosting gigs. She’s also in talks with a major band to go on a World Tour with them to film their live DVD in 2010.
Finally, we will also be saying goodbye to Nick Margerrison, who in the time he has driven the ‘Night Before Show’ has built up a very loyal following and seen his show make worldwide headlines with some great radio he and his team have produced. Talking of his team, Alex and Amy will be staying on at Kerrang towers; Alex will be staying on maintaining his regular weekly slot on the unsigned show, whilst the brilliant Amy Jones – nominated as a rising star at last years Sony Awards – will be getting her own show on the station as well as covering for other presenters as we continue to develop the best new radio talent.
New talent is the driving force behind our success so I am genuinely delighted that we can announce that Singin’ Henri will be taking over the reigns of the evening show. This will give us two current Sony award winning shows on the air, with Si & Hill on Breakfast. Henri’s new show will be driven by new music and of course you guys, we want you to get involved on air and on line, selecting the songs and let us know what’s going on where you are. We will still have complete access to all the big names, who will be dropping into the show for a chat and have some fantastic give-aways.
This means we have a new home for Loz Guest, who will be launching a new late night eclectic music sequence for Kerrang, including sessions, interviews as well as guests from comedy, TV and movies and your chance to have your say on the music we play.
The last piece of the jigsaw, sees Luke Wilkins promoted onto the weekday schedule with a new show between 11am and 3pm. Luke joined us from Ocean FM 18 months ago, where he was already presenting their Drive-Time show, to present Kerrang weekend shows and to cover during presenter holidays, but has been working hard to get his break and has proven himself.
These new shows will sit along side; Dan Morfitt on Early Breakfast, Si, Hill and Danielle on ‘The Morning After Breakfast Show’, Stuart Cable’s Rock n Roll years, Kate & OJ’s Drive and of course the inimitable Johnny Doom’s Late licence. As I’ve said, whilst it is change, I am really pleased that we can develop the talent we have here at the radio station. We can now claim to have more current Sony award winners on air than any other UK radio station and we won’t be losing any of the attitude that drives us. We’ll also be one of the few stations in the UK that produces every second of its output from our own studios. There are no plans for networking and we will continue to deliver more specialist music programming than any other commercial station.
Everyone who works on Kerrang wants to wish the guys all the best for the future. I’m sure it won’t be the last time we hear their voices on the station, but we needed to make the changes and as you’ve seen there have been some genuine “chances of a lifetime” that have fallen into place. On a personal note, Kerrang has always had a real family feel, not just in the office but also when we meet up with you guys at gigs/events or just down the pub and it’s going to be weird for the next few weeks while the changes settle in, so please if you want to drop us a line at any time just use the e-mail address below and we’ll try and respond to everyone, even it takes a little while.
It was important that we told you guys first about the changes, we will keep you fully informed on when things will start to swap over so please keep listening for more info.
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