Ray Cokes

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Ray Cokes
Raycokes poperinge2011.jpg
Ray Cokes, Poperinge, Belgium 2011
Born (1958-02-24) 24 February 1958 (age 56)
Isle of Wight, England, UK
Occupation TV presenter, actor

Ray Cokes (born Raymond Christopher Cokes on 24 February 1958 on the Isle of Wight) is an English television presenter. His father was an officer in the Royal Navy, who was stationed at various navy bases around the world. At age 15 they permanently moved back to Britain. At age 20 he had become a punk and moved to Belgium, where he took on various jobs, including being a DJ in a club and on a local radio station. This led to a job as a music presenter on Belgian national TV channel RTBF in 1982, where he presented the show Rox Box (in French) which featured alternative music videos and live studio performances.[1]

His success led to additional music video shows on Sky Channel and Music Box. When MTV Europe launched in 1987 he became a Video Jockey there. Arguably his most popular programme was "Cokes and Vanthilt", with co-presenter Marcel Vanthilt.

Between 1992 and 1995, Cokes hosted MTV Europe's cult live television series MTV's Most Wanted, an award winning daily show which soon became the most popular one on MTV Europe and gave a break to presenters such as Davina McCall. After it ended in 1995 Ray got a weekly 90 minute show X-Ray which was not as successful. He left MTV Europe in 1996.

In 1994, Cokes released a single titled Simply Sexy![2] under the name Ray Cokes & the Sex Gods featuring Al Agami, the song's title referring to one of the catchphrases frequently used in Most Wanted.

Ray also presented Channel Four's hit 1990s TV Show Wanted.

Cokes' subsequent work includes presenting En Direct de from 1995, broadcast on the French television station France 4.[3]

Ray Cokes also worked as the compère for the White Concert, a live concert recorded in Horsens, Denmark, in November 2008 due to the 40-year jubilee of the Beatles' eponymous White Album.

In late 2008 he moved to Berlin and in 2009 to Antwerp, Belgium, declaring that he would like to settle there permanently.[4]

During the summer of 2009, Ray Cokes and Jean Blaute co-hosted "Tournée Générale", a 10-part exploration of Belgian beer around the world, on Flemish channel Canvas.[5] A second 10-part series was aired in 2011 and a third in 2013.

In August 2011, Ray Cokes was part of a prank in which he was apparently kidnapped by a Minecraft player with the username JulianClark. The kidnapper posted a comment on the Minecraft branch of Reddit. The post stated that he was the godson of Ray Cokes, and that he would kill Ray Cokes if he did not receive a "Minecraft Cape." Before the kidnapping occurred, the phrase "Bring me Ray Cokes" was shown on Minecraft. After the prank, JulianClark received the "Minecraft Cape."

In September 2011 Cokes hosts the Sunday afternoon show "Cokes calling" on "Classic 21", one of the radio stations of the Belgian RTBF.[6]

During 2012 and 2013 he was one of the three judges in the first Belgium's Got Talent.

In February 2014, he hosted the Swedish Grammy awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray+Cokes". Everything2. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ray Cokes & Sex Gods, The – Simply Sexy!". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "En Direct de - France 4" (in French). France4. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Cokes wants to become Belgian" (in Dutch). De Standaard. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Canvas Tournée Générale
  6. ^ Classic 21 Cokes Calling

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