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August 30, 2014

Smooth Radio returns to regional output

A number of new presenters have been hired by Global Radio to take on the breakfast and drivetime slots for Smooth Radio.

Eight new presenters have been recruited to host breakfast and drive in the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and North East from Monday.

Smooth Radio in Glasgow will continue with its current breakfast host John McCauley, minus Sharon Oakley who co-hosted the show, and Smooth London has new recruit Andrew Castle replacing Simon Bates.

In the North West, current Real Radio network presenter Darren Parks will make the move to the studio next door at Laser House Salford Quays to Smooth Radio Breakfast – in the same studio Smooth Radio used to broadcast from until late last year when operations were moved to London. In the afternoon, former Smooth Radio evening show host Carlos returns for the drivetime slot. “After seven years with Smooth it’s so exciting to be part of our new line up here in the North West.” Carlos said.

In the North East, Steve Coleman takes on breakfast. He was most recently on Magic AM evenings and has previously worked at Century Radio North East and on Metro FM breakfast in the 80s. Former Metro/TFM presenter Clive Warren gets drivetime. Clive was with Metro since 2009, before which he was at Century FM North West, Heart, Virgin and BBC Radio 1.

Speaking about his move to Smooth Breakfast, Steve said; “Smooth has established itself as a great music station, playing a relaxing music mix, and I can’t wait to be part of it. Not only will I be waking up listeners, but all the many friends I have made over the years.”

In the East Midlands, BBC Radio Nottingham’s Gareth Evans gets breakfast and Capital FM’s Emma Caldwell takes on drivetime. Emma says: ““I’m thrilled to be back on air in the East Midlands on a station that I love.”

In the West Midlands, Nigel Freshman from Free Radio is joining Global to host Breakfast. “I’m really looking forward to joining Smooth. It’s a fantastic station with a great vibe and I get to hang out with a whole bunch of friends everyday over coffee and great music. I have the best job in the world”, he says.

At drivetime, Charlie Jordan is returning to Smooth having previously presented weekends on the station. Charlie has previously worked on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BRMB. She says: “I can’t wait to be back with my Smooth family in the West Midlands. After a busy and often hectic day for our listeners, I’ll be helping them relax and de-stress on their way home and into the evening.”

Each regional Smooth station will take the output of London outside breakfast and drivetime hours – which now includes Kate Garraway on mid-morning, Paul Phear on afternoons (soon) and Chris Skinner in the evening. Weekend presenters include Myleene Klass and Tina Hobley.

All changes take place from Monday 24th, with breakfast running 6-10am and drivetime 4-8pm.

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10:12 am by .

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  • Chris

    Glad to hear Emma will be back on the radio, although after hearing her on Gem the other Sunday, I didn’t expect her to be on smooth.
    Will have to tone down her usually upbeat style though

  • Steve C

    Who? Who? And who? What a load of tripe. Carlos excluded of course – he’s gotta be the best of the whole line up. Prepare for a drop in listeners Richard!!

  • MP

    Some very strong names in the regional line-up. Glad to see Carlos who adapted to the new format well rewarded with NW drive.

  • Stuart O.

    With all the networking that goes on with these commercial stations these days, it’s good to hear Smooth are going back to their old ways and splitting their output again. At least as far as having different presenters goes. I’m wondering though if like other commercial stations if Smooth’s music output will still be networked though?

  • Matt

    The management probably realised listeners figures in each region were slowly declining. An element of ‘local ness’ is to key selling more local advertising and in return bring more listeners back. Ok I’m an anorak and I would say that, but to be honest there are some areas of the country where networking daytimes is an issue and listening figures are declining, ok saving £30,000 on a mid morning presenter is saving money but just think if local programming in daytimes was brought back to certain areas i.e 10-4, the sales and revenue from this would out weigh the costs for employing a daytime presenter and even listeners figures would increase.

    • mb

      It’s nothing to do with listening figures, it’s a regulatory issue. The Smooth stations owned by Communicorp (and operated under franchise) are not allowed to share all programming with Global’s Smooth, even if Smooth remained on national DAB. They have to do the minimum 7 hours per day local. It’s the same as Heart Watford, which is also run as a franchise and has its own breakfast and drive shows.
      Following the Competition Commission ruling it made sense to remove Smooth from Digital One and make it all regional.

  • scb960

    Now all Heart needs to do is bring back Today’s Best Mix, Late Night Love with Jenny Francis [since Graham has now gone to the Beeb], local shows 6am-7pm and drop Toby Anstis and Emma Bunton…. maybe even drop Jamie and Emma from Heart London breakfast, and get Ditchy to do breakfast there!
    I’d much rather see Heart network David Heane, Dave Rhodes and Graeme Smith and give Heart the Real playlist.