Joel Ross joins Bauer to co-host Rock FM Breakfast

Former Heart North West Breakfast host Joel Ross is moving to Rock FM to present the breakfast show with Janine Marsh.

Janine currently hosts the show with her husband Steve Marsh, but this show will come to an end on Friday 6th December 2019 as Steve leaves the station and Janine takes time off to have a baby.

A new show with Joel and Janine will start next year when Janine returns from maternity leave.

Joel Ross, who has previously worked at Virgin, Key 103 and Radio 1, was most recently on Heart North West with Lorna Bancroft, before the show was networked from London with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden.

Speaking about the appointment, James Brownlow, Content Director Hits Radio Network North West, told RadioToday: “Joel is a radio industry stalwart having hosted across both national and local breakfast shows, and he brings huge amounts of experience, passion and charisma to the role. Alongside Janine, we’re excited to bring a fresh new Breakfast Show to the North West region in 2020.”

Joel Ross added: “Janine and I have been friends for years, so it’s going to be so much fun getting behind a microphone with her each morning.

“Rock FM is a great station, with a huge reputation and I can’t wait for listeners to join us each morning as we play the biggest hits and the biggest throwbacks.”

James Brownlow added: “We send huge thanks to Steve for his time on the Breakfast show. He’s a real talent and I’ve no doubt he’ll be doing some amazing things next year.”

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9 Comments
  1. Mark Levy says

    Surely its only a matter of time before Hits Radio is rolled out to the rest of the North-West. Besides why have a station called Rock FM when it doesn’t actually play rock?

    1. MICHAEL BOLTON says

      It was never a Rock station – It was supposed to be based in Blackpool when it started (The franchise was Prestion & Blackpool) and was a play on words but that fell through – iyt came from Preston as Red Rose (PreSplit) and Red Rose Gold did and they most it ever had was a shop. Joel is a true profesional and good signing.

  2. Radio Producer says

    For once, I can say something nice on here…
    Joel Ross is “The Man”.
    I worked with him and JK at a certain station in East Yorkshire… A truly mad time, and the best time to have been in radio IMHO….
    Good on you mate!

  3. Gary Wilkinson says

    Be good to hear Joel back On Air in the North West…fair play, it will be good for Rock FM or whatever the name changes to.

  4. Victoria Hamnett says

    Good luck Joel, loved you on key 103, the beeb & heart. Pleased to be able to enjoy listening to you on a breakfast show again.

  5. John James says

    How can Rock FM call itself a radio station. According to its Public File it’s only programme is weekday breakfast so it’s basically just an out-out of Hits Radio.

  6. S says

    So glad to see Joel’s back. Boycotted Heart radio after he left and have struggled to find a decent breakfast show ever since. Can’t wait ….

  7. Bev King says

    Hurrah! Been looking for weeks to find out where Joel and Lorna (still wondering where Lorna has gone) had gone. Cant wait to listen to Rock FM when Joel joins.

  8. wakele6 says

    Rock FM could work as a sort of standalone station from Hits – with a line-up of:

    1am Chris Martin (split links, from Golden Square
    6am Joel on Breakfast
    10am Greigsy
    1pm Grant Thomson
    3pm Chris Kirk
    7pm Danielle Perry (networked from Absolute, split links)
    10pm Pete Donaldson (networked, split links)

    and return to Best Variety of Hits slogan

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