Steve Allen wins Global award as he marks 40 years on LBC

Steve Allen has been honoured at the Global Awards as he celebrates 40 years on-air at LBC.

He won the LBC Award for his weekday early show, which was presented to him by LBC’s Nick Ferrari and Classic FM’s Moira Stewart.

Speaking on-stage as he collected the award, Steve said: “Oh my god. Oh, my goodness, there’s a week’s worth of programming in this room tonight. I’ve been looking round the tables and I’ve featured most people in here, most people.

“I have to thank James Rea. Tom, thank you so much. Ofcom, Ofcom I thank on a daily basis, I’ve basically got a hotline to Ofcom. They love my show, they really do. I have to thank Ashley who has just been such a big supporter, thank you so much.

“I never thought 40 years ago that I would still be working on the same station and still working. I think I’m living proof that some decrepit old tart like me can actually get an audience at 4 o’clock in the morning. It’s a miracle. I love every day, I love everything, everything about it and at the end of the month they give money. Please god it continues.

“I’m not supporting anybody, but I might after tonight. I love working with the people at LBC, they’re so nice. I see so many friends in this room that I see at work all the time and I love every single one of you. Even you lot down here!

“So, thank you, thank you so, so much for this. You’ve no idea what this means, and I generally cry quite easily so I am going to try not tonight and just say, thank you!”

Ashley Tabor OBE, Global’s Founder & Executive President, said: “The Global Awards, with, is truly unique among awards shows, as we honour the stars of music, news and entertainment, all together on one night, with multiple awards voted for by the public alone. Some of the world’s biggest artists from across the musical spectrum treated us to some spectacular performances – what a way to celebrate our second ever awards show! Our huge congratulations to every nominee and winner, with special recognition to Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson and Little Mix for being our big double winners on the night.”

The Global Awards were hosted by Rochelle Humes, Roman Kemp and Myleene Klass and featured performances by Mark Ronson, Anne-Marie, Lang Lang, Blossoms, Little Mix and, the winner of last year’s Rising Star Award, Mabel.

Rochelle Humes, Roman Kemp and Myleene Klass

Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson and Little Mix all did the double on the night, each winning two awards. Dua Lipa was one of the big winners, scooping two major awards – Best Female and Best British Artist or Group.

Mark Ronson was another big double winner – taking home Best Male and the second ever Global Special Award, which recognised the producer, DJ and musician for his phenomenal career and contribution to the worldwide music industry.

Little Mix took home Best Song with Metro for ‘Woman Like Me’ (feat. Nicki Minaj) and Best Group for the second year-in-a-row – with both awards voted for by the public.

The Awards also crowned Halsey with the Rising Star Award, recognising the artist who has broken through in 2018, also voted for by the public.

Showing the unique, musical diversity of the awards, the public voted Nicola Benedetti as Best Classical Artist and Khalid as the winner of Best RnB, Hip Hop & Grime. In addition, Joe Sugg was voted Social Media Superstar.

Lady Gaga won the Mass Appeal award, recognising an artist’s true crossover appeal across multiple formats and genres, while Anne-Marie scooped the award for Best Pop and Blossoms won Best Indie.

Rudimental won the Most Played Song for ‘These Days’ featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, recognising the song that had the most airplay across Global radio stations in total in 2018.

Finally, Smooth Radio’s Kate Garraway gave out the first ever Very Award to 19-year-old Joshua Hill. Global has created the brand-new award with to celebrate someone who’s overcome a personal challenge. At the age of 5, Joshua was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Despite that, he went on achieve his GCSEs and A-levels; he’s currently studying Fitness and Health at college and – 14 years on from his diagnosis, conquered three of Britain’s biggest mountains last year to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise.

Ronan Kemp – host of the Capital Breakfast Show

A number of Global staff and singers took to the stage to hand out the awards too. They were:

Best Song with Metro – Harry Redknapp & Fleur East

Mass Appeal – Emma Bunton & John Newman

Rising Star – Jonas Blue & Tim Westwood

LBC Award – Moira Stuart & Nick Ferrari

Best Group – Cheryl & Anne-Marie

The Very Award – Kate Garraway

Best Indie – Chris Moyles & Johnny Vaughan

Social Media Superstar – Mabel & Will Manning

Best Classical Artist – Charlotte Hawkins & Aled Jones

Best Male – Marvin Humes & Ava Max

Best RnB, Hip-Hop & Grime – Yinka & DJ Semtex

Best Female – Olly Murs & Vick Hope

Best Pop – Kelly Brook & Mark Wright

Best British Artist or Group – Martin Kemp & Shirlie Kemp

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  1. Mr Boltar says

    A shame Ashley doesn’t appreciate him enough to put him on at a time when most people could listen. I’ll bet he was originally shoved there thinking that he’d get no audience and that could be used as an excuse to get rid or him but they didn’t reckon on how popular a witty, chatty host with a magazine style program is compared to the tedious Brexit political drivel that fills most of the rest of the LBC schedule.

    1. Mike Rose says

      I’m sure he is appreciated and very passionate about that time of the morning hence he’s been successful in that slot for 40 years. Many haven’t been for the same length of time. Lots of people in London are around at that time so it’s not as if he’s attracting a small dawn chorus.

      1. Mr Boltar says

        He hasn’t been in that slot for 40 years. IIRC he’s been all over the schedule at various times in the past.

    2. David says

      He’s a vile bitchy old queen who should be taken off LBC, that could be why he’s got the award – I think his days are numbered as he doesn’t fit the station output anymore.

      1. Brad says

        God may that be true. Global Awards are shite and soon forgotten the day after the event.

  2. oxmale1981 says

    I know we are all supposed to be nice on here but the Global Awards really are just a ghastly attempt by Ashley Tabor (who strikes me as a petulant little man not averse to a hissy fit) to compete with the Brits et al while promote his radio empire. I listen to a couple of Global stations but I switch off when talk comes round to this or the “Make Some Noise” charity.

  3. Ron Dobbyn says

    I thought the Global awards were going for excellence in all radio. The Steve Allen award is Great. I just wish that Clive Bull, and Nick Abbott had got awards, Nick for his hilarious weekend shows*, and Clive for his pre Global takeover shows. * Nick chat with a man who had been locked in a toilet was very funny.

    1. Mr Boltar says

      Nick Abbot hilarious? I guess the smug self important numptie constantly talking down to his listeners with the unfunny sound effects and samples that I heard was a different guy.

  4. Rsymond says

    I did wonder why the presenters are predominantly gay on LBC and discover the owner is also, it now all falls into place

  5. Radio Geordie says

    Congratulations, now pick up your P45 on the way out as we need the space for a reality TV star.

  6. Richard Cohen says




    1. Joe Smith says

      I totally agree. Melbourne would be an excellent location for him. Or Mongolia.

      1. Jeff C says

        …or the ISS (Internation Space Station), separate module of course.

        1. M says

          Have to agree with you I stopped listening to him some time ago, unless he’s changed he doesn’t seem to have a good word for anyone. And always seems to jump on the bandwagon that enjoys bashing and criticise s the BBC all of the time.

  8. Patrick says

    Big up Steve been listening for long time and would say you deserve it. May you live for more broadcasting awards and thanks for being so nice to the James obrien. Am thankful for your old crew and lbc for improving my linguistic sense as un immigrant who came to england speaking few words of english 20yrs since I found you. May god give you more life as I know won’t be the only student in your companies class /NHS ENGLAND.

  9. Freda says

    So a man who was offensive to a young blind man who works for the BBC getvan award…something wrong there to me

    1. Sally says

      A nice reply you ask ! I must admit he certainly says it as it is , which I feel at times makes me cringe ! Albeit he makes me on edge ! Keep listening though , I miss him when he’s not on x

  10. Lord Reith says

    I think the fact that LBC put this individual “on-air” at 5am is enough said. I’ve had the misfortune of both listening to Mr Allen and shortly after his mother passed away meeting him and I can say he is the most rude and offensive man I have spoken too and sadly that comes across on-air. As a radio executive I would never employ this talentless man, who seems to think he his some kind of radio god.

  11. Shirley Evans says

    Cogratulations Steve Allen, you are a true legend, I seldom miss your shows unless I have over done the Prosecco ! I admire and respect you so much! You have me in fits of laughter at 4 am and I cry with you too. I love and adore you to bits you old tart. Thank you xxx

  12. Stuart says

    Not quite 40 years. He was dispensed of when LBC lost their license in 1994. He was brought back about a year later initially to do a showbiz panel show.

    During that time he appeared on the text transmissions for a station called Viva but never appeared on the station

    1. Joe Smith says

      They clearly had a narrow escape.

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