Metro Radio's Night Owls extends to TFM
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Metro Radio’s Night Owls extends to TFM

Alan Robson’s late night phone in show on Metro Radio, Night Owls, is to be networked to TFM in Stockton.

The two Bauer Media stations will share the show weeknights Monday to Thursday from 10pm till 2am. It’s been on-air for 34 years and latest figures show 72,000 people tune in every week with a 17.9% market share.

At the moment, TFM Radio’s schedule shows “The Wind Down” from 10pm till 2am, with no presenter.

Since starting the show in 1978 Alan has picked up over 64 awards including an MBE, a Sony Radio Award and a New York Radio Award, but says the listeners are his only interest: “I am absolutely thrilled to be broadcasting officially across the entire TFM area. Over the years we’ve had thousands of calls from that patch. We’ll be uniting the entire North East and I could not be more honoured. Special people in an amazing area, we can’t wait to share our show with them. I’m proud to say it’s Britain’s Most Listened to, and it’s all thanks to our listeners.”

Show producer Gaynor Marshall added: “Night Owls is a show always pushing the boundaries and I’m looking forward to entertaining, inspiring and welcoming more listeners to our ever growing family. Alan Robson has a huge following and I’m delighted we’ll be able to bring it to listeners all over the North East. I’m confident we’ll learn and grow, as we have every step of the way since our early days and make a lot of new friends on the way.”

0 5 1904 07 October, 2012 Station News Sunday, October 7th, 2012


  1. Graham Welford

    I am sure this is not the first time this has happened. I am sure we had nightowls in the south of the region when metro bought the old Radio Tees, before the james stannage days

    1. Radio Geordie

      It was.
      I left a similar comment a few days back, but for some reason, it’s been taken off.

    2. Radio Old

      Radio Tees / TFM used to have shared shows with Metro (1985-6 ish) – Nicky Brown, Night Owls and the Hot ‘n Heavy Express amongst them. Discovered the show again online recently – nice to see some traditions holding firm in the days where the blander music mix has taken over everywhere else.

  2. Radio Geordie

    Just for the record:
    Alan could not have presented the Night Owls programme in 1978 as James Whale was the first presenter and was still presenting it until 1980. It then went through a number of presenter changes. Alan Beswick did it for 6 months then came Tony Crosby, Paddy MacDee and Dave Porter before Alan got the gig in 1985. Dave Porter’s tenure in 1984 was the show’s low point due to the Miner’s Strike (nothing to do with Dave, it was just the topic of practically every caller).
    Alan joined Metro in 1978 but was largley only presenting the rock music programme which at the time was called ‘Bridges’ – later becoming the ‘Hot & Heavy Express’. He then got a Friday evening show which also featured the light side of rock with some comic elements thrown in before he got the Night Owls show.
    Alan is the shows longest presenter, currently at 27 years.

  3. diane sugden

    Hiya listen to ure show since I was a child I love the show and that u hav help a lot of ppl in the past I love your grizzly trail it always cheer me up thank u diane sugden

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