New talent and live breakfast for The Hits
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New talent and live breakfast for The Hits

Former Key 103 and Rock FM Late Show host Darryl Morris is taking on a live breakfast show on national digital station The Hits.

Hits - Darryl MorrisHe’ll be on-air each morning from 7 at Bauer Media’s Manchester HQ – home of Key 103 and Magic 1152.

Darryl said, “I’ve been having so much fun starting the day on The Hits Radio, I can’t wait to get underway with a new look live show!”

In addition, the station is introducing four new presenters after conducting a wide reaching search for new presenting talent. The new additions include presenters from student radio, community radio and a Sony Award winner.

The Sony Rising Star Award Winner 2012 – Luke Franks – joins the station to present a new look Sunday afternoon show at 1pm.

Luke, who presents the breakfast show on Fun Kids, says “Sunday afternoons are about putting off work until Monday and eating a quality lunch, I’m looking forward to being the soundtrack to that on The Hits Radio.”

The second new addition is Will Manning, who is currently finishing up his degree at the University of Westminster. Will, who previously presented on BBC Radio 1Xtra, joins to host a new look ‘Rated’ – the station’s Sunday night new music show (Sunday at 7pm). Will has previously toured with The Saturdays and Pixie Lott, warming up the crowds before live sets, and is a familiar voice on TV and radio adverts.

Will comments, “I’m really excited to be joining The Hits Radio. Forget about your homework – Sunday nights are about to change. I can’t wait to get started!”

Fresh from university, Elliot Holman is joining the station to front a new midweek early breakfast show – and Sunday late show (Tuesday to Thursday 5am-7am and Sunday 10pm-midnight). Elliot graduated from the Radio Production Degree at Bournemouth University, where he was also Head Of Production at student station ‘Nerve Radio’.

thehitsElliot said, “Being given the chance to present on a station you love is an incredible opportunity and I think it’s one that will help me grow and develop even further. I learnt so much from student radio, it provides such a great platform to showcase your talent and now I’m really excited to challenge myself at a whole new level!”

The final new presenter is Warren Flanagan who joins from his home town community station Vibe 107.6 in Watford. He has presented shows across the schedule, including Vibe’s drivetime and afternoon shows. Warren joins The Hits Radio to host the new look early breakfast shows between Friday and Monday from 5am -7am.

Warren commented, ”I am really excited to be joining a big brand like The Hits Radio and being part of one of the biggest and most exciting media owners in the UK, Bauer Media.”

In further changes to the station’s line-up, Dave Kelly takes over the weekday afternoon show from 1-3pm. Dave will host the show alongside his drivetime show on Radio City in Liverpool.

Additionally, James Everton hosts a new look Saturday show, Takeover UK’s Saturday Smash-Up featuring the weekend’s biggest hits ‘smashed together’ and takeovers from some of pop’s biggest stars.

Programmes Manager Paul Fernley comments, “We’re delighted to be able to continue to work with new talent in 2013. These exciting changes definitely mean that we’ve got some of the most exciting future radio talent on our line up. I can’t wait to hear Luke, Warren, Elliot and Will on-air in their new shows.”



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