James Whale is heading back to the late show with talkRADIO.
He last hosted the 10pm show during the first incarnation of Talk Radio in the 90s and has more recently been on evenings at the digital station.
James Whale said: “Nearly 50 years ago I started my radio life with Metro Radio in Newcastle and because I had what they described as a ‘late night voice’ they put me on at 10 o’clock at night.
“I moved around radio stations and then eventually was asked by Yorkshire Television to do something similar for late night TV, which brought me to talkRADIO in the mid 90s and then to talkSPORT and now back to talkRADIO.
“I’m so delighted to be going back to my spiritual home on late night radio to end my career, thank you talkRADIO, thank you Wireless.
“The company has looked after me since I was re-diagnosed with kidney cancer and for that I really can never thank them enough.”
talkRADIO Programme Director Dennie Morris said: “James is the godfather of speech and it’s a privilege and pleasure to return him to his rightful home. He is a giant of radio, and broadcasting to the nation in spite of his diagnosis reinforces what a true radio professional and amazing man he really is.”
Cristo Foufas, who currently hosts the late night slot, will take over Weekend Breakfast.
Cristo said: “I’ve loved getting to know the late night audience and will miss them, but I know I’m leaving that slot in James Whale’s legendary hands and we are all so pleased he will be back in his iconic late night radio slot.
“I’m also absolutely thrilled to present such an important show as weekend breakfast on talkRADIO and am excited for the challenge of bringing the biggest stories to our audience as they wake up.”
The show will also be fully visualised on talkRADIO’s YouTube channel. The station’s newest signing Trisha Goddard is now broadcasting The Week with Trisha on Saturdays at 1-4pm.