Thames Radio is converting itself to a non-stop music station, as management tells all presenters not to record any more shows.
The London DAB service launched 12 months ago with an impressive line-up of former Capital FM and Radio 1 presenters, including Neil Fox, Pat Sharp and Tony Blackburn. The schedule currently includes Chris Brooks, Neil Long, Sean Gerard, Neil Francis, Martin Buchanan, Alex Lester and Dean Martin.
Neil Fox hosted his last breakfast show today and Tony Blackburn was on weekends till this evening. Pat Sharp left a few months ago.
The service is unique in that it doesn’t have actual studios in London, instead allowing its presenters to record/VT programmes in their own facilities and upload them to the station’s servers in Wales. According to the latest RAJAR, Thames Radio has 4,000 weekly listeners.
Martin Mumford, Group CEO told RadioToday it’s just a refresh: “From Monday we are refreshing the programme line-up and launching Thames Radio’s Summer of non-stop hits.”
Tony Blackburn posted on Twitter and Facebook to say: “I’m afraid this is the last Soul Party as Thames Radio will have no presenters anymore just non-stop music from now on day & night.”
I'm afraid this is the last Soul Party as Thames Radio will have no presenters anymore just non stop music from now on day & night.
— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) June 17, 2017