Huey Morgan gets Radio 2 slot
BBC 6 Music presenter – and Fun Lovin Criminals singer – Huey Morgan is to take over the Saturday overnight slot on Radio 2, vacated by Mark Lamarr.
Huey does a regular weekend show on 6 Music but has also been covering the weekday mid-morning slot during Lauren Laverne's maternity leave.
The 12midnight to 3am Saturday morning show will start on 2 April 2011, and we're told Huey will play the same eclectic mix of music from the past 60 years that has already made him a favourite with 6 Music listeners. From hip hop to be bop, punk to soul, rock to country, Huey will cast his record net wide with an aim to satisfy the most discerning music fan.
Huey says: "Radio 2 is the most listened to radio station in the land and it's a huge honour to be given three hours a week to kick back and play some of the hottest tunes, both new and old, with a disregard of genre.
"Growing up in NYC, I could never have imagined that the prestigious and world famous BBC would give me six hours of airtime a week to play my favourite records and allow me chat to some of the people who have inspired me along the way."
Huey will continue to present the Sunday 1-4pm programme on 6 Music. During 2010, his guests have ranged from Jazzie B, MC Rakim, actor/rapper Idris Elba and Squeeze, to Mick Jagger, Earth Wind and Fire, Northern Irish three-piece Two Door Cinema Club and renowned music photographer Adrian Boot.
Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: "Huey has earned his presenting stripes on 6 Music and his appointment clearly demonstrates Radio 2's fierce commitment to producing a network full of the most diverse music programming available today on UK radio."
Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2 and 6 Music, added: "I'm sure with his musical credentials and love of music from all over the world, rap, soul, punk and more, Huey will become a firm favourite with Radio 2 listeners and fit nicely into this time of day."
Bob Harris will host the Radio 2 show until Huey takes over in April.