BBC Radio 2 shakes up its schedule for the day

2DAY returns on Thursday May 10 as the station once again turns its schedule upside down for 12 hours.

On 22 June 2011 BBC Radio 2 celebrated its distinctive range of programming and eclectic range of presenters by turning its schedule upside down for 12 hours, and hosted a bonanza of the best of what the UK’s biggest radio station has to offer.

The Radio 2 audience told us in their thousands via Twitter, online and telephone that they enjoyed the day so much that we’re doing it again on Thursday, May 10.

2DAY returns to combine Radio 2’s award winning mix of content with its stellar range of presenting talent which includes Chris Evans, Sir Terry Wogan, Steve Wright, Jamie Cullum, Ken Bruce, Johnnie Walker, Bob Harris, Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, all of whom will be taking part. They all work together to help make Radio 2 the UK’s most listened to radio station with a weekly audience of 14.23 million listeners.

Bob Shennan, Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: “Last year we worried that dismissing our daily 12-hour schedule was a crazy move – but we took the chance, and our audience appreciated hearing a variety of different programmes for one day only.

“A massive 81% of the audience enjoyed 2Day 2011 and we saw a 98% increase in listeners going online throughout the day to explore the Radio 2 website. With 2Day 2012 promising to be even bigger and better, they won’t be left disappointed.”

Graham Norton kicks off the proceedings at 7am with British roots pop band The Musgraves and The Organist Entertains host Nigel Ogden, who will be performing one of Graham’s favourite songs on a Wurlitzer. And a special guest will be taking part in Tune With a Tale, sharing the story behind a song that has a special place in their heart.

Zoe Ball takes over at 8am for a show celebrating all things Big Band. She will be joined by presenter and jazz aficionado Clare Teal who will be giving a very special acoustic performance.

At 9am, Pick of the Pops presenter Tony Blackburn will be broadcasting in front of a live audience in The Empire Theatre in Blackburn. Fellow presenters Janice Long and Mark Radcliffe will be keeping him company, and there’s local insight from Blackburn-born comedian Lee Mack.

Tony hands over to Jo Whiley at 10am, who will be showcasing some of the best in live music and hosting a very special pop quiz.

Jo hands the baton to Steve Wright at 11am who will be presenting an hour of the very best in soul music, plus he will be speaking to some special guests along the way.

Vanessa Feltz takes to the airwaves at midday, welcoming David Rodigan MBE, whose reggae series returns in 2012.Plus there will be live music from rockabilly sensation JD McPherson.

Ken Bruce is heading North, taking his show to the Orkney Islands. Broadcasting live from 1pm his show will feature live music from Scottish singer Amy Macdonald, local folk outfit called Saltfishforty and Kris Drever, a former nominee for Folk singer of the Year 2011 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

At 2pm Simon Mayo explores the country music genre, with special guests live from Nashville. Throughout the show, he will build his own country band from scratch, using some of Nashville’s finest musicians who will be live in a studio in Music City. Each player will showcase their instrument, pick an inspirational tune and talk to Simon about their colourful careers. At the end of the programme, the super group will come together to perform a couple of country classics exclusively for Radio 2.

At 3pm Dermot O’Leary brings listeners an hour of musical entertainment with the support of Radio 2 hero Bob Harris OBE. Popstar Will Young will be popping into the studio to perform an acoustic set of old and new tracks and Dermot will be speaking to Paul Gambaccini who will introduce a unique collaboration between the BBC Concert Orchestra and British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka at the Watford Coliseum.

Dermot hands over to legendary broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan at 4pm, who will be joined by nocturnal DJ Richard Allinson and Radio 2 newcomer Anneka Rice.

At 5pm Claudia Winkleman will be letting her hair down with lots of 80s music, chat about films and banter with performance poet Murray Lachlan Young.

And bringing the day to a close, Breakfast host Chris Evans fronts a live music extravaganza from a venue in Central London at 6pm with guests including the host of the Radio 2 Jazz show Jamie Cullum, folk band Bellowhead, the cast of the hit West End show The Jersey Boys and Chris Rea.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 Programming says: “Our audience’s listening habits mean they tend to tune in at the same times every day, so they’re only exposed to a small amount of what Radio 2 has to offer. The feedback we had from listeners about last year is that they thoroughly enjoyed the day: with six in 10 wanting more of the same, this year we’re giving them exactly what they want."

Listeners will be able to watch the day unfold online with video and audio of the 'best bits' available throughout the day at

For listeners who have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes - from who chooses the music to who makes the tea - Radio 2 staff will be on hand all day for live online chat to answer these questions.

Also available via will be an interactive schedule for the whole day plus a behind the scenes photo gallery.

2DAY full schedule

7am - 8am Graham Norton

8am - 9am Zoe Ball

9am - 10am Tony Blackburn in Blackburn

10am - 11am Jo Whiley

11am - 12pm Steve Wright

12pm - 1pm Vanessa Feltz

1pm - 2pm Ken Bruce in Orkney

2pm - 3pm Simon Mayo

3pm - 4pm Dermot O’Leary

4pm - 5pm Sir Terry Wogan

5pm - 6pm Claudia Winkleman

6pm - 7pm Chris Evans - Live Music Extravaganza

March 30, 2012 11:43am ET by BBC Radio 2   Comments (0)

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