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Coia replaces Collins on Smooth

Smooth Radio in London has appointed Paul Coia to host the drivetime show, weekdays 4 till 8pm from December 8th, replacing Martin Collins who is leaving the station to work on other projects.

The show will continue to include ‘Seventies at Seven’, where Paul will play the greatest hits from the Seventies as well as introducing a new feature called the Quick Quiz, where celebrities have sixty seconds to answer various, very personal, questions.

Smooth Radio’s station director Paul Fairburn said: "Paul is a very talented presenter and brings a wealth of experience to the station. He has been great at filling in for presenters like Mark Goodier, so I am delighted to offer him a show of his own. He knows the team well and I have no doubt that listeners in London will love his style and sense of humour."

With overnights well behind him, and after presenting all of Radio Clyde’s day time shows, Paul moved on to present for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 2 and 4, and London’s LBC, whilst also carving out a career for himself in TV.

In 1980 Paul secured a deal with Scottish Television as an announcer and news reader, and this was followed by his first chat show, ‘Meet Paul Coia’. When Channel 4 launched in 1982, it was Paul who opened the new station as the first voice.

Bored with saying “And now, Countdown” each day, he moved to Birmingham and fronted Pebble Mill At One for three years, followed by BBC 2’s long running quiz series, Catchword.

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