All change at Radio 2 weekends
BBC Radio 2 has unveiled a range of weekend schedule changes across Fridays - Sundays from Friday 15 July, including new shows with Angela Griffin, DJ Spoony and Michelle Visage
PHOTO: DJ Spoony, Angela Griffin, Michelle Visage
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Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 says: “I’m delighted to welcome Angela, DJ Spoony and Michelle to the Radio 2 family and looking forward to hearing their new weekly shows on Radio 2 from July. As ever, listeners can hear the shows they love any day and any time of their choice via BBC Sounds.”
Michelle Visage will be presenting her own show each Friday night (7pm-9pm), kicking off the weekend in style with a brilliant mix of the tunes that make you feel good! Michelle, who grew up in New Jersey, is a vastly experienced radio presenter, having hosted breakfast shows in the US for over 17 years for stations including WKTU and WNEW FM in NYC and Hot 92 Jamz in LA.
Michelle is best known for being RuPaul's wing woman and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and US, as well as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2019. She’s already familiar to Radio 2 listeners as she’s fronted one-off specials including her New Year’s Eve spectacular as well as deputising for Rylan, Dermot O’Leary and Elaine Paige on Sunday.
Michelle will also return with series two of her BBC Sounds podcast, Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers, which sees her sit down for more one-to-one encounters with famous faces to hear stories that inspire us. Returning in August, the show will also be broadcast on Radio 2 on Saturdays. In the first star-studded series, available now on BBC Sounds, Michelle enjoyed frank and funny chats with Cameron Diaz, Dawn French, Jessie J, Marc Jacobs, Tan France, Alan Carr, Dita Von Teese, Billy Porter, Alok Vaid-Menon and RuPaul.
Michelle says: “I’m over the moon to be broadcasting my very own show to millions of listeners on Radio 2, where each Friday night I’ll be launching the listeners’ weekends in fabulous style with some of my all time favourite tracks that promise to get you in the best mood! And I’m back with a new series of my Rule Breakers for BBC Sounds - I'M SO EXCITED! Bring it all on!”
Regular listeners to Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour need not worry as the show moves to Sunday nights (7pm-8pm), where Tony will continue to bring his upbeat energy and sense of humour to 'the fastest show on radio' as he plays his favourite classic songs from across the decades and ‘future gold’ live from Wogan House. The show will also be available on BBC Sounds.
The Good Groove with DJ Spoony, which ran as a four-part series on Radio 2 in January, will return as a weekly show every Friday night (9pm-11pm). Spoony will be raiding the dance music vaults of the past 60 years for a Friday night set of classic soul, Motown, Philly, R&B, soul, garage and hip hop. DJ Spoony has also covered recently for Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation as well as Craig Charles’ House Party.
With his Dreem Teem partners Mikee B and Timmi Magic, he joined Radio 1 in 2000 to bring UK garage to a national audience, subsequently winning a Sony Award later that year. He was also the host of Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast show between 2003-2006 at the same time as a six-year stint presenting BBC Radio 5 Live's football phone-in '606'.
DJ Spoony says: “I’m so excited to be launching my very own show on Radio 2 on Friday nights in July. Whether you’re having a great night in or getting ready for a brilliant night out, join me for the best dance and party tracks I can find as we make Friday night, party night!”
The darker hours will claim The Rock Show with Johnnie Walker as it moves from Saturday night (8pm-9pm) to the more traditional late night rock show slot of Friday nights (11pm-midnight), from Friday 15 July.
Sounds Of The 80s with Gary Davies will be breakdancing its way from its current Friday night slot (8pm-10pm) to the heart of the weekend on Saturday nights (8-10pm). Gary will present the perfect 80s tunes as well as classic tales from some of the decade’s biggest stars, giving listeners’ every excuse to Get Down, Saturday Night!
Sounds Of The 90s with Fearne Cotton is also on the move from Friday night (10pm-midnight), pitching its tent in the party hours of Saturday night (10pm-midnight). Join Fearne for a 90s nostalgia-drenched celebration of the best music and pop culture of the decade.
Angela Griffin will host Radio 2 Unwinds, a Sunday night show (10pm-midnight) to take listeners on a mood-boosting musical journey across genres and decades, to help them relax and switch off, waving good-bye to the week that was and saying hello to the one ahead. The playlist will effortlessly blend music from Morcheeba to Moloko, Bruno Mars to Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight to Gregory Porter, Air to Zero 7 and much more, giving listeners a licence to chill!
The second hour of the show will be the Radio 2 Unwinds Mixtape, that listeners can tune in to at any time on BBC Sounds when they need a moment of relaxation. Angela is familiar to listeners following the first four-part series of Radio 2 Unwinds last summer and she’s also covered for Steve Wright on Sunday Love Songs.
Angela Griffin says: “I’m over the moon to be given my very own BBC Radio 2 programme. I loved presenting my series last year as I was already a huge fan of the station, so I’m proud to be given my first proper weekly show. I’ll be bringing two hours of chilled out tunes curated by myself and the listeners, to help unwind and relax before the week ahead.”
A performer since the age of 13, Angela hit the big time at the age of 16 by joining Coronation Street, and winning a National Television Award for Best Newcomer. Angela went on to star in many successful TV dramas including Cutting It (BBC), White Lines (Netflix) and Lewis (ITV). Angela has co-presented The One Show, hosted her own chat show Angela & Friends, and presented live from the red carpet at both the Golden Globes and The Academy Awards.
Craig Charles’ House Party (Saturday, 10pm–midnight) and Ana Matronic’s Dance Devotion (Sunday morning, midnight-2am) shows, as well as Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s show (Sunday 10pm-midnight) will come to an end. Craig can still be heard on BBC Radio 6 Music each weekday (1pm-4pm) and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (Saturday nights, 6pm-9pm).
Craig says: “Every party must come to an end, and although I’m packing up my Trunk Of Funk on Radio 2, I’ve loved bringing the party to its funky listeners each Saturday night.”
Ana says: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the Radio 2 line up for the last five years. To be able to represent dance music culture, history, and community is an honor that I will continue to devote myself to. To all my listeners I wish the very best, and hope to see you on a dance floor very soon!”
Dr Rangan says: “I’ve immensely enjoyed presenting my Radio 2 show, and I hope I’ve helped guide listeners through a unique time in our lifetime.”
Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 says: “Thank you so much to Ana, Craig and Dr Rangan. It has been a pleasure to have them bookend Saturday and Sunday evenings on Radio 2.”
The regular one-hour documentaries/music genre slot will move to a new home of midnight Friday to 1am on Saturdays, and, as ever, all programmes can be heard at any time on BBC Sounds.
New amended schedule from Friday 15 July:
• 7pm-9pm Michelle Visage, produced by Mostest Productions.
• 9pm-11pm The Good Groove with DJ Spoony, produced by BBC Audio.
• 11pm-midnight The Rock Show with Johnnie Walker, produced by Listen.
• 3am-4am Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers, produced by BBC Audio.
• 8pm-10pm Sounds Of The 80s with Gary Davies, produced by Listen.
• 10pm-midnight Sounds Of The 90s with Fearne Cotton, produced by Somethin’ Else.
• 7pm-8pm Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour, produced by 7Digital.
• 8pm-10pm Sunday Night is Music Night, produced by BBC Audio.
• 10pm-midnight Radio 2 Unwinds with Angela Griffin, produced by Somethin’ Else.
Source BBC Radio 2
June 9, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC Radio 2