Absolute open up the Cafe 80s

Absolute Radio 80s is to launch a new Saturday morning show presented by Chris Evans' former sidekick Dan McGrath and PD-turned-consultant Nik Goodman.

We're told the show will be an entertaining and light-hearted mix of music and guests with an 80s theme.

Cafe 80s will go out on Saturdays 9am-12noon from 14th May.

Announced on Absolute Radio's [link=http://onegoldensquare.com/2011/04/new-weekend-show-for-absolute-80s-%E2%80%93-cafe-80s/]One Golden Square blog[/link], we are told: "Dan and Nik have over 40 years of radio experience between them – they grew up in the halcyon days of the 1980s and share the same memories, experiences and growing pains as the station’s audience of reluctant adults."

Dan and Nik know each other from their time at Absolute's predecessor Virgin Radio when Nik was PD and Dan was part of the breakfast show.

Dan was in Chris Evans' on air team at Radio 1 and Virgin, as well as on screen at The Big Breakfast, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. He was known on the radio shows as 'Dan The Sound Man'. Since then he's written TV themes including for Strictly Come Dancing and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

Nik started his radio career in the 80s at Radio City in Liverpool, before going on to work at Power FM and then as programme director at Virgin Radio and later Kiss and Capital. Over the last five years he's been running his own media consultancy focusing on music, programming, and content development for radio stations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and India.

Dan told us: "Presenting 'Cafe 80s' on Absolute 80s finally allows me to admit my (some say) unhealthy obsession with Depeche Mode, Drum Machines and Digital Radio."

Nik added: "I'm there to make sure Dan doesn't talk about Drum Machines every week."

Absolute Radio's Content Director Tony Moorey says: "Cafe 80s will be what Saturday Swapshop was for weekend TV in the 80s, with exactly the same audience – just a little older."

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