Jason King (radio)

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Jason King
Born Jason Griffiths
(1975-01-06) 6 January 1975 (age 39)
Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom British
Other names JK
Occupation Disc Jockey, Television Presenter
Employer Global Radio

Jason King (also known as JK, born Jason Griffiths, 6 January 1975 in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom) is a Sony Gold awarding winning British radio DJ (Radio 1, Virgin Radio, Radio Aire) and Rose D'Or award winning TV presenter of programmes such as Hider in the House and Escape from Scorpion Island with friend and long-time colleague Joel Ross. He is currently employed by Heart London on Weekday drivetime from 4pm-7pm. Also, King presents Saturday breakfast on Heart FM from 6am-10am with Lucy Horobin.

Career[edit]

Early radio career[edit]

Jason King has formerly presented for Sunshine 855 in Ludlow, Galaxy 101 in Bristol and 96.9 Viking FM in Hull, where he met, and was first paired on-air with, Joel Ross.

JK and Joel[edit]

Main article: JK and Joel

King had become breakfast show host in 1998 after two years on the lunchtime slot, while also hosting a weekend dance music programme called "Club 969". After a year of presenting the breakfast slot alone, he was paired up with Ross (a long-time colleague and socialising partner).

Initially, the arrangement was just for Ross to earn some overtime from his afternoon shift by reading JK's travel reports; but instantly it became clear that the pair had a natural broadcasting rapport as well as great ability to communicate with the audience, and so Ross was relieved of his afternoon duties and elevated to the role of breakfast co-host. Together, they won two Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards for 'Breakfast Show Of The Year' and a Silver for 'Entertainment Show'.

This success led to the pair working together on many other projects in radio and television, until going their separate ways in 2013.

Other Work[edit]

JK took part in the Channel 4 series "The Games" where he finished third. He recently appeared on "Celebrity Poker", but has since said that he "won't be appearing on any more reality shows as [he has] been on too many". For more information on his career visit the page dedicated to JK and Joel.

JK also took part in Celebrity Total Wipeout and was the eventual winner

Since 23 January 2012 he co-presents Heart Breakfast alongside Lucy Horobin on Heart Solent.[1] On 4 August 2012 he begun co-presenting Saturday breakfast alongside Horobin across the Heart Network.[2] From 13 until 29 August 2012 he and Horobin presented Heart Breakfast on Heart London, in the absence of Harriet Scott and Jamie Theakston, meaning they were absent from their usual show on Heart Solent. In 2013 JK along with his co-host Lucy moved to Heart London to present weekday drivetime.


Personal life[edit]

Jason King attended Tenbury High School.

Away from the media spotlight, JK is a football fan and an animal lover. A farmer's son, he initially wanted to work for the RSPCA. As a young child he lived on a dairy farm with his family.

King has been dating former Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw since December 2005, after appearing together on Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver. The couple had been friends since Shaw's Hear'Say days, and live together with Shaw's son in Yorkshire. They announced their engagement in August 2008,[3][4] and the couple married on 14 June 2009. On 13 February 2012 it was announced the couple had separated.[5] He is now dating radio DJ Charlie O'Brien who co-presents the weekday breakfast show for Heart Kent with James Hemming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ JK and Lucy join Heart Solent Radio Today, 16 January 2012
  2. ^ JK & Lucy Heart
  3. ^ "Hear'Say singer to marry radio DJ". BBC News. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Third Time Lucky, Suz?". Sky News. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Suzanne Shaw and Jason King announce their breakup". Unreality TV. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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