BBC Radio 2 presenter Richard Allinson is joining Magic 105.4 to host the drivetime show on an interim basis.
He’ll cover Nick Snaith whilst he’s standing in for Neil Fox who was arrested last month and has not been on-air since.
Richard is losing his weekend early breakfast show in the recent changes at BBC Radio 2, but will continue to cover. His agent told RadioToday: “Richard has a long relationship with Radio 2 and that is something that all parties are very happy to continue”. The move to Magic marks a return to commercial radio since his early shows at Capital in the 80s and 90s.
The station, which is going national in January on DAB, has also made some changes to its weekend schedule with the introduction of specialist music shows including a Soul and Motown slot with Angie Greaves.
Other new shows include Magic 80s with Gary Vincent every Friday night, and a Sunday night music show with guest ‘big stars’.
Elsewhere on the weekend, Paul Hayes takes over the 10am slot on Saturday morning for the rest of 201 and Denise Van Outen will be on-air at 1pm. Saturday afternoons will see Celeb-show The Green Room with Jo Parkerson move to a new slot at 3pm meaning Nick Snaith will move to a new 4pm start. At 6pm a brand new music show with Angie Greaves called “Magic’s Soul Town” – is promising “the best of Motown and Soul featuring regular interviews and special guests”.
Content Director Liam Thompson: “Our new weekend line-up offers appointments to listen around music pillars we know our audience loves ahead of the Magic brand going national in January 2015.”
The new weekend schedule starts on Friday 17th of October with Richard Allinson starting drive on Monday 27th October 2014.