BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are planning a week of guest presenters for the afternoon show, branding the week as hosted by radio legends.
The 12pm till 4pm slot will be hosted by Ed Stewart, Anna Raeburn, David Hamilton, Piers Bishop and Graeme Dene.
BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Assistant Editor Mark Carter told us: “We’ve a track record of employing some of the great radio names such as Graham Dene and David Hamilton. The week ahead is an opportunity to celebrate them and welcome some other big names back to the airwaves too. Most of us have grown up with Ed Stewart on the radio and Anna Raeburn’s phone-ins were a must-listen. It was also important for us to mark the history of our own service and Piers Bishop was the obvious choice.”
Here’s the info from the station:
MONDAY – ED STEWART: Ed locally and was one of the original team of presenters on Radio 1, perhaps best remembered for his weekend show – Junior Choice. He is also known for his long stint at Radio 2, his presenting of Crackerjack on BBC1 and his work for local commercial station Radio Mercury.
TUESDAY – ANNA RAEBURN: Anna was known for her late night problem phone-in show on Capital Radio, called Anna And The Doc. A prominent contributor on both TV and radio, Anna has been the recipient of Sony awards for her work and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in December 2006.
WEDNESDAY – DAVID HAMILTON: David lives on the Sussex/Surrey border. He presented shows on both BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, before moving into the commercial sector, including a long stint on Capital Gold. His television appearances include Top of the Pops and the quiz show All Clued Up.
THURSDAY – PIERS BISHOP: The name might not be a familiar one outside of Sussex, but Piers is a local broadcasting legend. He was the first voice to be heard on BBC Radio Sussex, when the station began countywide broadcasting in 1983. Piers was back with us last year for our 30th anniversary celebrations and can’t wait to get back behind the mic.
FRIDAY – GRAHAM DENE: A week of radio legends wouldn’t be complete without our very own Graham Dene, who presents with us each Saturday lunchtime from 12-2. He became well-known in the London area as Capital Radio’s breakfast presenter in the 1970s and 1980s, before moving to Virgin Radio, followed by Magic and Smooth. To round up the week, he’ll double head a special edition of our show, alongside regular Friday host Joe Talbot.
Graham Dene added: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Radio Legends week. I’m loving life at the BBC and it’s a delight to share this special week with some friends and former colleagues.”