Alan Robson

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Alan Robson MBE
Born1 October 1955
OccupationRadio presenter

Alan Robson MBE (born 1 October 1955) is an English radio presenter who hosts Alan Robson's Night Owls a widely listened to talk show on Metro Radio and TFM Radio in North East England. He claims that in November 2000 he received a Masters in Exoricsm and Spiritualism at Birkbeck, University of London. [1]


Alan began his media career within radio. He was awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting.[2]

Past shows[edit]

His early broadcasting on Metro Radio was on a rock show called Bridges, and he went on to host the late Saturday Hot 'n' Heavy Express show. Alan had long red hair and moustache - which made him quite a distinctive character in public.

After the departure of James Whale, Alan Beswick, Tony Crosby and Dave Porter presented the Night Owls show for a short period, before Alan Robson began presenting the show in 1983.

Metro Radio[edit]

Alan Robson's Night Owls debuted in 1983 on Metro Radio and is of a talk radio format. It is one of Britain’s most listened to shows on commercial radio.[citation needed] The show won World's Best Talk Show in the New York Radio Awards[3]. It is broadcast each night from 2200 to 0200 (excluding Friday and Saturday).

From 8 October 2012 the Monday to Thursday broadcasts are simulcast on sister station TFM Radio.[4]


Robson has presented 14 different television series (such as Robson's People and Robson's Personal Call) for Tyne Tees Television and appears on Living Channel.

He contributes to Scariest Places on Earth, which is broadcast across parts of the U.S. by ABC. While making the show, he broadcasts his radio show from the haunted locations. He has also appeared on dozens of hit TV shows as an expert on the paranormal, including Larry King Live and appeared in the BBC One documentary series Trouble in Store.

Mars One Mission[edit]

Alan has been selected to be part of the second phase of the Mars One Mission. He is due to depart in 2022 and will continue to broadcast from the red planet 2200-0200[5]


Alan Robson has written or compiled six books:

  • Simply The Best: Geordie Jokes and Stories
  • Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales
  • Nightmare on Your Street: More Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales
  • Trimmings from the Triffid's Beard
  • The Lives and Loves of a Night Owl
  • Flying The Owl Into The Stars: My Journey To Mars(due early 2019)

His first five books were published between the years 1992 and 1994. The Lives and Loves of a Night Owl is his autobiography.

He also wrote a book called Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales, an anthology of supernatural stories from North East England, followed up by a second book the following year.

He is also the editor of one book by the author Wayne Schreiber (Arise A Hero) published in 2011.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Alan embraces the spirit of the radio. Journal Live, Feb 16 2008 by Hannah Davies, The Journal.
  2. ^ "Metro Radio - All the Biggest Hits - All Day Long". Metro Radio.
  3. ^ New York Radio Award 2018
  4. ^ Metro Radio’s Night Owls extends to TFM Radio Today, 6 October 2012
  5. ^