A number of new presenters have been hired by Global Radio to take on the breakfast and drivetime slots for Smooth Radio.
Eight new presenters have been recruited to host breakfast and drive in the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and North East from Monday.
Smooth Radio in Glasgow will continue with its current breakfast host John McCauley, minus Sharon Oakley who co-hosted the show, and Smooth London has new recruit Andrew Castle replacing Simon Bates.
In the North West, current Real Radio network presenter Darren Parks will make the move to the studio next door at Laser House Salford Quays to Smooth Radio Breakfast – in the same studio Smooth Radio used to broadcast from until late last year when operations were moved to London. In the afternoon, former Smooth Radio evening show host Carlos returns for the drivetime slot. “After seven years with Smooth it’s so exciting to be part of our new line up here in the North West.” Carlos said.
In the North East, Steve Coleman takes on breakfast. He was most recently on Magic AM evenings and has previously worked at Century Radio North East and on Metro FM breakfast in the 80s. Former Metro/TFM presenter Clive Warren gets drivetime. Clive was with Metro since 2009, before which he was at Century FM North West, Heart, Virgin and BBC Radio 1.
Speaking about his move to Smooth Breakfast, Steve said; “Smooth has established itself as a great music station, playing a relaxing music mix, and I can’t wait to be part of it. Not only will I be waking up listeners, but all the many friends I have made over the years.”
In the East Midlands, BBC Radio Nottingham’s Gareth Evans gets breakfast and Capital FM’s Emma Caldwell takes on drivetime. Emma says: ““I’m thrilled to be back on air in the East Midlands on a station that I love.”
In the West Midlands, Nigel Freshman from Free Radio is joining Global to host Breakfast. “I’m really looking forward to joining Smooth. It’s a fantastic station with a great vibe and I get to hang out with a whole bunch of friends everyday over coffee and great music. I have the best job in the world”, he says.
At drivetime, Charlie Jordan is returning to Smooth having previously presented weekends on the station. Charlie has previously worked on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BRMB. She says: “I can’t wait to be back with my Smooth family in the West Midlands. After a busy and often hectic day for our listeners, I’ll be helping them relax and de-stress on their way home and into the evening.”
Each regional Smooth station will take the output of London outside breakfast and drivetime hours – which now includes Kate Garraway on mid-morning, Paul Phear on afternoons (soon) and Chris Skinner in the evening. Weekend presenters include Myleene Klass and Tina Hobley.
All changes take place from Monday 24th, with breakfast running 6-10am and drivetime 4-8pm.