Rickie Haywood Williams
He attended the Riddlesdown High School in Riddlesdown. At 16 he attended the BRIT School, gaining an A level in Media and a BTEC in broadcast journalism. He studied at the University of Bedfordshire, learning the tools of the trade at Luton FM.
The Kiss 100 Breakfast show signed up Rickie and Melvin as their new hosts in 2007. The show won Silver at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2009 for Best Breakfast Show.
Rickie presented MTV News bringing viewers up to speed on the hottest music news, the latest crazes and celebrity gossip as it happens. He has presented news from various red carpets, including the lavish MTV Awards and London’s biggest film premieres.
Alongside MTV News, Rickie and Melvin presented MTV Digs on MTV One, Monday to Saturday between 1600 and 1900. Rickie and Melvin hosted MTV’s big music show, MTV Music Junkie which was recorded within a live studio audience, interviewing some of the biggest and best music stars around at the moment, including Robbie Williams, Shakira and Mr Hudson. Together they have also hosted a week long special on Big Brother’s Big Mouth for Channel 4.
In 2010, Rickie & Melvin also presented the backstage online footage for Sky 1′s ‘Must Be The Music’.
Rickie filmed a BBC3 documentary, My Weapon is My Dog, which explored in depth the hip-hop and peer-pressure culture that has led to a growth in aggressive dogs and examining why many young men want to be feared. Following the success of this documentary, Rickie was seen presenting BBC3′s Cannabis: Britain’s Secret Farms. Rickie set out to discover the true impact of the UK’s skunk-smoking habit. Rickie accompanied Avon And Somerset Police on raids, rode in a heat-seeking helicopter as it uncovered cannabis farms with thermal imaging equipment, and met some of the landlords and homeowners horrified to find their tenants are really criminals who have ripped their property apart.
Rickie and Melvin also present celebrity interviews for “The Hook Up” on MySpace and have rubbed shoulders with artists such as Alicia Keys, Kelli Rowland and John Legend.
In the time Rickie spend away from Kiss and MTV, they both indulge in numerous aspects of social networking with followings across Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and their very own blog page called, ‘Welcome to 21′ which is updated daily. They have an active online presence and regularly DJ at club nights.