JK and Joel
Jason King (né Griffiths) and Joel Ross (né Hogg), known professionally as JK and Joel, are a radio show presenters and are best known for hosting the official UK chart on BBC Radio 1 between 2004 and 2007 and then presented on Virgin Radio UK, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at weekends and covering the breakfast and hometime shows. They also formerly presented the CBBC show Hider in the House.
The two first worked together at Viking FM in Kingston upon Hull from 1996 when Ross joined the station from Yorkshire Coast Radio to present the overnight programme. King was hosting the afternoon show at the time. In 1998 King took over the breakfast show and Ross, who was on the afternoon programme, later began reading the travel bulletins on the show. Eventually the two were paired up as co-hosts and together they won both a bronze and silver award at the acclaimed Sony Radio Awards in 2000 for Best Breakfast show.
They left Viking FM to join Key 103 in Manchester in 2000, taking over from Mike Toolan as hosts of the breakfast show where they won a further 3 Sony radio awards, GOLD for UK best breakfast show, SILVER for UK's best presenters and Bronze for the competition award. Joel was sacked from Key 103, agreeing to join Radio 1 towards the end of 2003, after turning up three hours late for work, while JK saw out the remainder of his contract with Key 103 presenting the breakfast show alone before joining Radio 1 in 2004. However, Joel came back to present their final breakfast show together.
They went on to join BBC Radio 1 in Spring of 2004. They initially hosted a weekend afternoon programme before moving to the Radio 1 Chart show in March 2005. They also presented the overnight show every Monday - Thursday from 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. replacing Nemone Metaxas who left to join BBC 6 Music. They did not host the overnight show on a Friday, to compensate for their Sunday chart show and TV commitments, being replaced by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates of Top of the Pops fame, who presented the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show together until the latter part of 2009 when Fearne Cotton was given her own daytime show. Jameela Jamil now presents the Chart Show as of 2013.
They have also hosted programmes for BBC Three, Pure Soap, and Men & Motors. Joel distinguished himself by winning Channel 5's 2005 Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver competition on 25 September 2005, despite the best efforts of JK, his co-driver. They were also seen every Sunday morning on CBBC on Escape from Scorpion Island on BBC Two. They took over from Reggie Yates and Caroline Flack who hosted the first series. JK and Joel were the presenters of both series 2 and series 3 of Escape from Scorpion Island.
In January 2006, the duo won a "celebrity pairings" edition of The Weakest Link, raising £12,900 for the Five Stars Scanner Appeal, a children's charity they had supported while working in Manchester.
In February 2007 JK and Joel appeared on Virgin Media TV channel 999, 'Virgin iD' introducing the new features of the cable service.
In February 2007 the two men became presenters of the award winning CBBC show Hider in the House, where a celebrity has to be hidden in a house, without one parent finding out. The children involved must undergo a series of tasks to win prizes which they will receive if the parent doesn't find the celebrity. The last episode in the series of 20 finished at the end of June 2007. The second series of 22 episodes is still running on Sunday mornings on BBC2 at 9am and is the most watched kids programmes on the channel.
In October 2007 by mutual decision and on good terms they left Radio 1 but continue to have strong ties with the BBC as presenters. Their last show being the chart show on 30 September. They were replaced by Greg James in the overnight slot,who the pair said on the record that "Greg is the next big thing in radio" and taking over the chart show were good friends Fearne & Reggie.
They then joined Virgin Radio presenting their 10am - 1pm slot at weekends, but decided to leave the station in the later part of 2008 following the radio stations take over and subsequent rebranding as Absolute Radio.
Between 2008 and 2009, the pair presented series 2 and 3 of Escape from Scorpion Island on ABC in Australia and the BBC in the United Kingdom. They hosted the first series of My Camp Rock on the Disney Channel in the UK and Ireland in 2009.
JK and Joel made a return to radio in early 2009, covering shows on Manchester's Key 103 and Leeds' 96.3 Radio Aire. In July 2009, it was announced that the duo would permanently take over the breakfast show from Simon Logan on Radio Aire. They made their debut on 20 July.
Their new TV show Remote Control Star launched on BBC in early 2011.
In August 2011, JK and Joel signed to the Capital FM network.
From November 2011, the duo started presenting for Flirt!TV on Tour - a weekly mini series following different nights out at Universities around the country.
From January 2011, Global Radio have announced JK and Lucy are to take over the breakfast show on Fareham-based Heart South Coast from next Monday.
JK has been one half of ‘JK and Joel’ for many years – and Lucy was most recently co-presenting Bauer’s network evening show ‘In Demand’ with Alex James.
On 12 June, the double act appeared on CBBC's 'Hacker Time', as guests.
Joel is currently presenting the highly successful "Wrestletalk TV" for Challenge TV as well as hosting weekend radio shows on Heart
- Joel, JK (9 January 2008). "http://onegoldensquare.com/2008/09/new-arrival-by-clive-dickens/". One Golden Square. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
- "Listeners' Questions about Absolute Radio". VirginRadio.co.uk. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-09-01.[dead link]
- Radio Aire gets new programme director Bauer Media Advertising
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chart show presenter
6 March 2005 - 7 October 2007